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Cow CountryNews Cattlemen’s Association

September 2017

Issue Highlights The Importance of Water Quality for Cattle Health & Performance - pg. 36-37 The Yard Grand Opening Set for September 11 - pg. 39 Bobby Shilts: Dedicated to the Goal of Recruiting New KCA Members - pg. 54 Hunt Leases - What to Know? - pg. 64-65

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Chuck Crutcher, Knowing Your Place Ryan Quarles, Remember Farm Safety, Make It a Priority Dave Maples, KCA Sets Milestone, Looking to Make Many More Baxter Black, Horses Kin Hurt Ya! Chris Teutsch, Weed Control in Pastures : Challenging Paradigms Dr. Michelle Arnold, The Importance of Water Quality for Cattle Health and Performance Glen Aiken, Managing Pastures during the Late-Growing Season Roy Burris, Back to School


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Cover Crops: A Tool in Agricultural Production Cover Crop Economic Consideration 2017 Master Cattleman Program Beginning Japan’s Frozen Beef Safeguard Triggered in First Quarter of Japanese Fiscal Year U.S. Beef Industry Highlights Success of Korea Free Trade Agreement Recycling Silo Bags and Other Agricultural Plastic Films New Training Center to Showcase Kentucky’s Beef Industry Leadership Class: Session 5 UK Hemp Field Day Sept. 9, in conjunction with National Conference Vaccination Programs for the Cow/Calf Operation Record High Potential Exists for 2017 Soybean Production Bobby Shilts: Dedicated to the Goal of Recruiting New KCA Members Navigating Pathways to Success KCA Hires Communication and Special Project Assistant Hunt Leases - What to Know?

County News Economic & Policy Update KJCA Membership Kentucky Beef Council Kentucky Beef Network News Releases Calendar of Events - Advertisers Index KCA Leadership Class on their Classified Section: industry trip to Colorado. Find out more - Classified ads

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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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Knowing Your Place Chuck Crutcher

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

down a good steak? Kevin Stith (county president) apologized for having only 7 entries. They may have had only 7 entered, but their culinary skills were outstanding. Their steak contest

drifted back to me and asked “Have you looked at your name tag?” I replied, “No, should I”? Upon looking at my name tag it read, Chuck Crutcher, Guest and hers read Sandy Crutcher, President,

is judged on taste, presentation and side items. On a very hot 95 degree Saturday afternoon their grilling talents were displayed. After the three judges made their selection, the audience came through to sample the entries and vote for the People’s Choice award. Thank you Meade County for spotlighting and promoting the cattle industry. Before we judged the steaks, we were asked to judge their homemade yeast rolls. Very good bakers in this class. There was one other contest that I thought I was going to judge which was the best ice cream contest. Due to a mix up (somehow) it was held earlier. I’m not saying who was at fault, but I’m sorry I missed that one. A few weeks ago I got a call asking if I would attend an event representing the KCA at a multi-state reception and dinner and I could bring a guest. Of course I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to take my wife out to eat, so I gladly accepted. When we arrived at the reception name tags were given to each of us. In the reception we mingled with the other guests. After we had been there a while, I noticed that there was a lot of talk and laughter wherever my wife went. Gradually she

Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association!!!! She did explain the mix up, and it


very organization that I’ve been involved in at some time during the year will always talk about membership and what do we need to do to increase our numbers. Almost always the answer is let’s recruit new members. As I have traveled the state visiting various county associations, it has been truly refreshing to see the young producers with their children in attendance. We all talk about engaging the younger generation and these counties are stepping up and making them feel free to bring their children. The kids have been well mannered and have not disrupted the meetings. These parents are bringing up their children in a good atmosphere at home. We know that today both parents are working outside the home and family time is limited but they are still taking time to be involved. Maybe more of our associations can plan their meetings to bring future generations to the table to increase their membership. Many times recruiting new members proves successful, but what happens after we have them as members? Do we make it a point to ask them “What programs would you like to have discussed”? Are we living up to your expectations? Bottom line is we need to spend as much time with the new members as we did when we recruited them. If you’re looking for someone to speak at your association, look no further than your KCA staff or members of the executive committee. They would welcome the opportunity to come to your county. During the Meade County Fair I was asked to judge the Cattlemen’s Association steak cook-off contest. I gladly accepted for who would turn

provided for an entertaining night. She also stated that she went to their dinner and got promoted. It was just a little reminder of who the driving force is in our household. This month as I was clipping my fields, I thought back to the days of how we handled things growing up on the farm. We definitely had fewer weed problems and most problem weeds (thistle and poke) were handled with a grubbing hoe. I don’t think we had 2-4d, Crossbow or Roundup to eradicate those weeds. We did a lot of things by the “signs”, meaning that if the moon was right you planted, castrated or cut weeds when the time was right. Sometime in August the sign was right to cut thistles and poke. We spent many a day going from field to field cutting away. Actually, that probably was another way my dad classified as “building character”.

OAK HOLLOW FALL BULL SALE Monday, October 30, 2017 At The Farm - Smiths Grove, KY


Kenneth D. Lowe (270) 202-7186

Joe K. Lowe II (270) 202-4399

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Remember Farm Safety, Make it A Priority Ryan Quarles

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


he Kentucky Hunger Initiative reached a milestone this summer when we announced that Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank would provide more than 120 chest freezers to food pantries throughout the Commonwealth. We started deploying the freezers in August, and when they are all placed, they will enable food pantries to accept meats and other foods that must be kept frozen. This will provide much-needed protein to our less fortunate friends and

neighbors while making it possible for farmers to donate meat products. The KDA and our partners at the Kentucky Association of Food Banks are deeply grateful to these two great agricultural lenders for their generosity, which will change the lives of untold numbers of Kentuckians. We started the Hunger Initiative in the spring of 2016 with the hope of finding solutions to the problem of persistent food insecurity in Kentucky, and our efforts are paying off. No one should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from, and we will continue our efforts until that dream comes true in Kentucky. *** We are rapidly approaching National Farm Safety and Health Week, coming up Sept. 17-23. This year’s theme – “Putting Farm Safety Into Practice” – puts safety first for ourselves, our

The 73rd Red Poll National Sale (September 30, 2017) and Membership Meeting (September 29, 2017) Murray State University • Murray, KY Reminder:

Catalogs will be out by September 1 but if you need more info, please refer back to the last issue for more informatio n.

to educate folks on tractor, grain bin, lawn mower, power takeoff, anhydrous ammonia, and all-terrain vehicle safety. The program reaches some 1.5 million people a year, encouraging them to take

Control Evaluation (FACE) Program’s annual report. That’s a far cry from the 50 fatalities logged in 1995, but we can still do better. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) seeks to raise awareness of hazards on the farm and steps we can take to minimize those hazards. The KDA’s Farm & Home Safety Program travels across the state

those extra steps that might prevent a serious injury – or even save a life. Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in America, with hazards from machinery, livestock, farm chemicals, weather, and other factors. I am committed to maintaining and enhancing our vitally important farm safety program. Please join me in making safety your top priority.

Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in America, with hazards from machinery, livestock, farm chemicals, weather, and other factors.

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families, and our employees. The number of fatalities in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting in Kentucky totaled 16 in 2016, according to the Kentucky Fatality Assessment and

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KCA Sets Milestone, Looking to Make Many More Dave Maples

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


attle futures have declined sharply over the past couple of weeks. There has been talk for months of the wall of cattle coming to market and it looks as if those challenges will continue through 2017. If you study Auction Market reports, Kentucky producers are in a better position when it comes to Auction Market prices compared to our fellow cattlemen in the eastern half of U.S.. Kentucky prices are very close to Missouri auction prices

and a nickel back from Oklahoma City prices during August. One other bright spot is that we have had rain. Pasture conditions are much better than they have been at the same time period over the last five years.


KCA hit another milestone this past month with membership growing to 10,669 members. This represents a lot of hard work and is a testament to the county organizations. Congratulations to everyone for the nice job and for the support that you give to the organization.


The KCA staff is heavily involved in five big projects plus the daily chores and multiple meetings. The nice thing about

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your staff is that they will jump in and help out whereever needed. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s ground beef project is one that has required everyones attention. The project has many moving parts and some of the parts are very difficult. If we can get them all to come together at the same time later this fall we will have to have a celebration. The second project that has taken more time in the details than one would expect is The Yards education center at the new Blue Grass Stockyards. I had the opportunity to attend the Internet sale and see the last few lots sell this past week. The Stockyards is very impressive to say the least. The opportunity to have a tool like we will have with a class room in a livestock market will have to be close to, if not a first. I have to say, thank you to Farm Credit and Tarter Farm and Ranch for their support in making this a reality. This room is only the beginning and it will be interesting to watch how the project transforms over the years. The third project that I want to highlight is the rebrand that the Beef Council has undertaken. I know personally that I saw two T.V. ads this past weekend and a very impressive ad that popped up on my Facebook page. The new colors and the different design

features are eye catching and easy to see. Kentucky Beef Producers will be hard pressed not to see a Beef Council message over the next six months. You may not realize it but the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is the national advertising sales representative for fifteen other livestock publications. Carey Brown and her team have done an outstanding job in building this book of business. The next venture is to move more towards video. Everyone wants a video but it takes a great deal of skill to edit and compose a high quality video. The plan is that you will be seeing more video in the coming months. Don’t forget we still have to manage a 900 acre farm in Owen County. I have been so pleased with the progress that has been made at the Eden Shale Farm from the increased quality of the cattle and grass to the many different educational projects that are in progress. The farm keeps the entire staff grounded and is a good reminder to all of us of just what you as farmers go through on a daily basis. These are just a few of the projects that are under way within your organization. I hope that you can see that the association has many things going on. I would hold your organization up to just about any other state cattlemen’s organization in the country.


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Horses Kin Hurt Ya! Baxter Black

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

Horses kin hurt ya! SOMETIMES ON PURPOSE! I looked up at the pig-eyed backyard horse. The roll of fat down the crest of his neck quivered as he snorted and flared his nostrils. He was not pleased that I’d managed to get a halter on him in the first place. He belonged to a thirteen year old kid who rode him faithfully at least once a month. This horse was used to bein’ the boss and he did not tolerate

my attempts to force my wishes on him. I tried to calm him but the suspicion never left his eyes. Maybe I’ll try him without a twitch, I told myself with optimistic bravado. I picked up my plastic syringe of Ivomec paste, took a firm grip on the halter and gently eased the tube into his lips. He froze for a moment. I pushed in another inch and he exploded! He reared up! I fell back losing my syringe but tangling my other hand in the lead shank! He pawed and struck at me, hooves flashing on either side of my head! My hand came free and I toppled over backwards. He ran to the corner of the corral while I lay there with my heart pounding in my throat. That night I noticed a razor thin cut runnin’ along my cheek. A rough

edge on one of his hooves, I guessed. So Close. Horses kin hurt ya! SOMETIMES IN SELF DEFENSE! Dr. Voss was demonstrating to my vet class how to castrate horses standing up (the horse, I mean). “Reach up between his legs and grasp the testicles. Inject the local anesthetic into the cord. Then stop and wait a couple minutes,” he instructed. “So the anesthetic will have time to take effect,” interjected the A-student gunner. “No,” said Dr. Voss, “So you can quit shakin’!” Horses kin hurt ya! SOMETIMES ACCIDENTALLY! Ol’ Ben opened the big barn

door. His four Belgian draft horses tromped on in. Ben tried to close the door but the horses had knocked it off its overhead rail. He backed up to the heavy door and tried to lift it back on the hanger. It wasn’t easy in the boot suckin’ mud. He had it balanced precariously just about to drop into the groove when one of the horses bumped into the door from the inside. It toppled over on Ben like a giant shoe sole squashing an ant! The horses spooked and thundered out of the barn...clattering the length of the door! Ben tunneled our f rom under and lay there gasping like a winded salamander ‘til somebody found him. He survived, just like I did. It happens all the time. Close calls. Horses kin hurt ya!


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Featuring a 150 Head Selection of Registered Angus Cattle: Outstanding Pedigrees, Numbers and Performance!

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SALE DAY PHONES: 859-238-3195 or 859-583-0364 SALE MANAGER:

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Lot 1 Maplecrest Eva L4200 18134376 L4200 is the #3 $Weaning dam in the breed! She has a +11 CED plus her numbers rank her in the top 1% for WW, YW, CW, Marb, $W, $F, $G, $QG and $B.

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SELLING • 80 Lots of Angus & Sim-Angus Females • Select Offering of Commercial Females

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Madison County Submitted by Janice Jackson

Bo Tate, John Thomas, Isaac Marcum, and Danny Turner cook dogs and burgers for the beef cattle veterinary update meeting on July 18, 2017 at Bevins of Richmond.

Brandon Sears, Madison County extension agent, opens the session and makes introductions

Dr. Kate Onasch (pictured) and Dr. Nick Werle of W & W Veterinary Services spoke and ended with a question and answer session. Brandon Sears, Madison County extension agent, opens the session and makes introductions


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Submitted by Doug Marshall Left top and bottom:Jessamine County Beef Cattle Association was asked to cook at the Jessamine Co Fair for two occasions. We cooked Wednesday for the Senior Citizens Day and again Friday for the County Judge Day. Each day the air temperature was 90+ degrees but everyone seemed to enjoy the hamburgers. We even got our new Ag agent, Steve Musen, to help cook.

Jessamine County Beef Cattle Association recognized five students who will be enrolled in Ag classes this fall during their July meeting. They each received $1,000 from our association to help with their high education expenses. They are from left to right Danielle Milbern, Courtney Travis, Jordan McKinney, Matthew DeMoss-Hale, Josiah Renner along with Doug Marshall, Jessamine County Beef Cattle President.

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Larue County

Philip And Debbie Larue shown here with Chuck and Sandi Crutcher, KCA President, during Larue County’s Agstravaganza held August 12th. A huge thank you to Philip and Debbie who were instrumental in the preparation of beef tips for the meal.

The Larue County Cattlemen’s Association met on August 8th. Guest speakers (at right) were Richie Thompson, Crop Insurance Specialist, and Emily Duckworth, Financial Officer, with Farm Credit, Mid America. Above: LCHS Graduates Cristine Shive, shown here with Joe Stults, and Hattie Ward (not pictured) each received a $500 scholarship from Larue County Cattlemen’s.



n Thursday, July 13, the Bracken County Cattlemen held their summer meeting. A good crowd of men and women were present.  Chefs Dave Parker and Jim Fields prepared the meal which was sponsored by Flemingsburg-Maysville Southern States.  Woodmen of the World supplied the grill. The members were entertained by guest speaker, Warren Beeler, of the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy.  Mr. Beeler gave a very informative talk of all available means by which the state can help the farming community.   An   upcoming trip was planned to the new Lexington Blue Grass Stockyards.  Door prizes were drawn.  President Cooper closed the meeting

Representatives of the Flemingsburg- Maysville Southern States and member Darrell Williams. with a thank you to all members and a reminder of the next meeting set for October 19th.

Women in the Bracken County Cattlemen.

Warren Beeler and President Danny Cooper.

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Cover Crops: A Tool in Agricultural Production BY JIM JOHNSON, SOILS AND CROPS CONSULTANT AND BRYAN NICHOLS, NOBLE FOUNDATION here are many variables to consider when deciding if cover crops fit into a cropping system. For the purposes of this article, a cover crop is defined as a crop grown between cash crops with the primary intent of noncash benefits, such as soil heath, erosion control, weed suppression, etc. Following are three topic areas relative to cover crops that are discussed frequently among Noble Research Institute consultants.


Water Use

Cover crops do use water. However, bare soil will also evaporate water. Tradeoffs must be examined between water used by a growing plant and its benefits versus water lost through evaporation. Other management practices can be employed to reduce, but not eliminate, water loss on fallow ground through evaporation, such as eliminating tillage and maintaining good residue cover. Even though a cover crop does use water, it also has the potential to increase infiltration when subsequent rains occur, which can offset the amount of water used by the growing plant. Obviously, there are risks in this equation. If the rains do not come in a timely manner, soil moisture may not be restored soon enough and the following crop will be affected. In some environments, a growing cover crop using water may be seen as a positive when wet conditions that prevent field work exist.


Climate varies according to location, and our farming practices should and do vary accordingly. Amount of rainfall is not the only underlying climatological factor in agricultural production. Temperature, evapotranspiration (the 18

sum of evaporation from the land plus transpiration from plants), timing of rainfall, growing season, etc., must also be taken into account. It is important to look at research conducted in a similar environment to determine the effect of cover crops in a cropping system.


Integrating cover crops must be an economical proposition. In some areas, economic benefits may be seen immediately through yield increases or reduced erosion, which reduces machinery costs, etc. Others may not see benefits for an extended period of time. Most of the proponents of cover crops tout the long-term benefits more than the short-term. This is an area where

very little, if any, research is available. Each operator must ask themselves whether the short-term costs are worth the real and/or perceived long-term benefits. Cover crops are a tool in agricultural production just as tractors and herbicides are tools. When used correctly and with purpose, they can be effective. When used incorrectly or with unrealistic expectations, they can be harmful. Agricultural producers do not make a living by growing cover crops; rather, they make a living by producing a saleable product. Focus on the system that does this in the most efficient and profitable way while maintaining and improving the land resource for generations to come.

A common sunflower, like other types of sunflowers, attracts pollinators. Typically, black oil sunflowers (not pictured) are used as cover crops. The Noble Research Institute is testing dozens of cover crop species with potential to help build soil health in the Southern Great Plains. Watch for an upcoming video series featuring the cover crops we’ve grown on our Headquarters Farm in southern Oklahoma. We’ll share our thoughts on establishment and growth, ground cover potential, and weed control. Look for them soon at

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he focus on soil health has tremendously increased within the past few years, and cover crops have played a larger role in those discussions. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) defines cover crops as grasses, legumes and other forbs that are planted to control erosion, maintain or increase soil health and organic matter content, reduce water quality degradation by utilizing excessive soil nutrients, suppress excessive weed pressure and break pest cycles, improve soil moisture use efficiency, and minimize soil

compaction. That is a long-winded definition, and nowhere does it mention forage for grazing purposes. However, many producers are interested in cover crops for multispecies grazing. So for the purposes of this article, we will think of cover crops as a multispecies grazing crop. From research,we have learned that cover crops can help increase water retention and soil organic matter, regulate soil temperature, reduce erosion, and provide nutrients back to the soil. Some of these impacts are slow to realize and may take many years to see. Part of a cover crop’s beauty is that it is individualized, tailored to each piece of land. However, that also means the devil is in the details as we try to determine the economic value of cover crops. This is probably why there has been little written on the topic. It

is difficult to generalize how cover crops will perform from location to location and what the cost and revenue figures might look like, especially when used as a multispecies grazing crop. Further, it becomes much more difficult to estimate the value of soil health benefits, such as increased water retention. To top it off, cover crops can be planted and used in a variety of settings. However, we will try to cut through all of this complicated mess and make the rubber meet the road on a couple of examples. At the Noble Research Institute, we see cover crops filling two predominate forage production gaps here in the Southern Great Plains. The first is for a summer cover crop to be used for grazing in conjunction with wheat between harvesting and planting. The second is for a cool-season cover crop to be interseeded

into a warm-season pasture, providing early spring season forage for cattle.

Scenario 1

Summer Cover Crop for Wheat

The following example is of a warmseason cover crop planted between wheat harvesting and planting. Let us caution that this example is what we think might be the best-case scenario. The cover crop was seeded following wheat harvest, then 500-pound stocker calves were placed on the cover crop to graze for 70 days. The animals gained 2 pounds per head per day, totaling 140 pounds of gain per head. The cover crop cost approximately $50 per acre ($20 for seed, $15 for planting and $15 for crop burn down, all per acre) Contʼd on pg. 22


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and supported 3.6 head per acre. Putting 3.6 head per acre and 140 pounds per head together, we estimate 504 pounds per acre were gained. Then, dividing the $50 per acre cover crop cost by the 504 pounds per acre gained, we estimate the cost of gain to be 10 cents per pound. Pretty reasonable! To make this scenario pay off, the value of gain would need to be greater than the cost of gain (10 cents per pound). Again, using our 140 pounds per head gained and 10 cents per pound (140 pounds × 10 cents), we see that if we can advance the animal by $13.89 per head, this cover crop investment will have paid for itself. (Note: This cost of gain figure does not include animal health costs, labor, interest, etc.) Hopefully, a stocker animal would increase its value by more than $13.89 per head. However, we do not know what the effects were on the subsequent wheat crop or how this example would change with varying amounts of rainfall. Further, this is not a replicated study, and we do not know if these types of results can be repeated. It will take more research to understand this. Currently, research is being done at the Noble Research Institute on cover crop systems in till and no-till settings, followed by winter wheat grazing with stockers to help answer these types of questions. This study, led by James Rogers, Ph.D., found decreased wheat forage production and weight gains in stocker calves on the wheat pasture during the first year. Again, we will better understand this as the study moves forward over the next few years. Even if we do make a profit, we will also have gained in other soil health areas. If we just breakeven or the cattle don’t gain, we haven’t had a total loss. Typically, there may be a summer weed control pass on fallow wheat ground that we have avoided while also building soil health. Other advantages may be changing the timeframe in which you market your cattle. Cows might also be grazed on cover crops with their calves. Some anecdotal evidence points toward calves gaining around 3 pounds per head per day on their mother’s side while on summer cover crops, as well as easier weaning by just pulling the cows. Again, we caution that the examples we provide are merely that – examples. However, they do show some of

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Scenario 2 Cool-Season Cover Crop Interseeded Into Bermudagrass

The second example is to interseed a cool-season mixed cover crop into bermudagrass in the fall at a rate of 50 pounds per acre with 30 pounds of in-row phosphorus at planting. Costs are $35 per acre for seed, $15 per acre for bermudagrass burndown, $15 per acre for fertilization and $15 per acre for planting, totaling $80 per acre. This cool-season cover crop mix would provide forage at a time when hay is usually provided for cows. To compare the two, we assume one hay bale per head per month for two months and 1 acre of cover crop per head for two months. Good quality bermudagrass hay bales cost about $45 per bale. So, we would take the bale cost times the amount consumed per cow in those two

months ($45 per bale × 2 months × 1 hay bale per head per month). This gives us a cost of $90 per cow. Taking a look at the cover crop option, we can calculate the cost per head is $80 ($80 per acre × 1 acre per head). Using a cool-season cover crop allows us to save $10 per cow and fill that early season spring forage gap.

Some producers may choose to topdress fertilizer on the cover crop in the spring, which would increase the cover crop cost to more than feeding hay. Yet, we haven’t taken into account the reduction in the time spent hauling hay, storage costs, or the reduction in wear and tear on equipment. Yes, there is time and equipment use put into the cover

crop, but it is most likely a wash. For a reduced cost, or even near same cost if you top-dress fertilizer, our pick would be for the cover crop for many of the reasons we have already mentioned: increased water retention, increased nutrient cycling, increased soil organic matter, better ground temperature regulation and reduced erosion. You must still be sharp with your own pencil to know if these examples and numbers fit you and your operation. Today, we do not have a dollar value to assign to benefits such as increased water retention or better regulated ground temperature. We do know that increased water retention can increase soil moisture and will better help plants weather the summer heat. This will further allow more forage to be grown and stocking rates to be increased; that has a monetary benefit. Over the next few years, we will work on filling these gaps and help you further discern the true economic impacts of using cover crops.

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Weed Control in Pastures: Challenging Paradigms Chris Teutsch

robably one of the biggest paradigms when it comes to weed control in pastures is that herbicides are the ONLY solution! When most people see weeds in their pastures they reach for the herbicide jug. There are certainly some very effective herbicides available, but in most cases, herbicides alone will not provide the longterm results that most people desire. Just

want to outline other components of an integrated weed control program, some are obvious and others not so much. All of these components together as a whole will help us to successfully manage, not completely control, but rather manage weeds in our pastures. Choose adapted forage species. I realize that these seems obvious, but people often read about forage species that do well in other regions of the country and want to bring those species to Kentucky. In many cases, these species are not well adapted to the growing conditions in the Commonwealth. This results in stands that are weak and more susceptible to weed encroachment. The single best defense against weeds in pastures is a

Manage grazing. Weeds often occur where pastures are overgrazed. Overgrazing weakens forage stands and opens up gaps that weeds fill in. Implementing a rotational stocking system in which pastures are grazed and rested helps to maintain a vigorous forage stand that will keep weeds out. Clip pastures. Timely clipping of pastures can help to control problem weeds. The keyword is TIMELY. Clipping problem weeds after they have gone to seed is not an effective control, but rather helps to spread weed seed. Clipping endophyte infected tall fescue pastures in late spring also helps to reduce toxin levels and in some cases pinkeye incidence.

take a moment and think about what an effective herbicide does, it kills a weed, right? What is there in the pasture when that weed dies? A bare spot, right? What grows in bare spots? You got it, a WEED! My point is that herbicides are great tools to help control difficult weeds, but a weed control program based solely on herbicides is doomed for failure! In the remainder of this article I

healthy and vigorous sod. Maintain soil fertility. Soil fertility is a key component of an integrated weed control program and should be based on soil test results. The older I get, the more that I realize that everything starts with the soil. Poor soil fertility weakens forage stands and allows for weeds to creep into our stands. Staying on top of soil fertility creates an environment that our desirable forage species can thrive in.

Apply herbicides. Herbicides should be used as part of integrated weed control program to control targeted weed species that cannot be managed with cultural practices. It is important to identify the problem weed species so that the proper herbicide and application timing can be selected. In also important to check reseeding restriction when herbicides are used as part of pasture renovation program.

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Graze weeds. You are probably saying until now everything seemed logical, but grazing weeds, this guy has lost his mind! If you ever watch a cow graze they graze a variety of plants, some that we planted and some that we didn’t. Animals are not unlike humans, they have likes and dislikes when it comes to eating and those preferences are often related to their moms. I grew up on a farm northeast Ohio with a strong German influence, so when I moved south, I tend to pass up grits and collard greens. My mother never made us grits or collard greens. So the question becomes can we introduce new foods to our cattle, plants that we might consider weeds? To find out the answer to this question and much more about designing an effective weed control program for your pastures, make plans to attend the Kentucky Forages and Grassland Council’s Annual Forage Conferences in October. The focus of this fall’s KFGC forage conferences will be using an integrated approach to control weeds in Kentucky’s pastures and hayfields. Keynote speakers and topics include: Weed Grazing: Science and Theory, Kathy Voth, Livestock for Landscapes Soil Fertility and Grazing Management as Part of an Integrated Weed Control Program, Dr. Chris Teutsch, UK Forage Specialist Emerging Technologies in Weed Control, Scott Flynn, Dow Agrosciences Mixed Species Grazing as Part of an Integrated Weed Control, Greg Brann, NRCS Grazing Lands Specialist Herbicides as Part of an Integrated Weed Control Program, Dr. Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech Weed Specialist Weed Grazing: Putting Science into Practice, Kathy Voth, Livestock for Landscapes To learn more about this conference and how to register visit http://www. or call Krista Lea at 859-257-0597.

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2017 Master Cattleman program beginning BY AIMEE NIELSON


nother round of the University of Kentucky ’s Master Cattleman program will begin soon. More than 4,000 beef producers have already participated in the comprehensive program and put the management strategies they learned into practice in their operations. The Master Cattleman program consists of 10 sessions that include management, marketing, nutrition,

10 sessions and have a current Beef Quality Assurance certification to successfully complete the program. All program participants will receive a set of reference materials, and those who successfully complete the program will receive a personalized farm gate sign. Program dates and county groups are as follows: ·Breckinridge and Grayson – Sept. 25 through Nov. 27 ·Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer – Sept. 19 through Nov. 21

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Japan’s Frozen Beef Safeguard Triggered in First Quarter of Japanese Fiscal Year


oday the Japanese government released its June import figures for frozen beef. From this data it now is clear that imports during the first quarter (April 1-June 30) of Japan’s fiscal year, from the United States and other countries covered under Japan’s “safeguard” mechanism, were large enough (by a margin of just 113 metric tons) to trigger an increase in the duty charged on imports of frozen beef from these countries. The

will work with its partners in Japan to mitigate the impact of the safeguard as much as possible. We will also continue to pursue all opportunities to address the safeguard situation by encouraging the U.S. and Japanese governments to reach a mutually beneficial resolution to this issue.” As agreed to in 1994 in the WTO Uruguay Round, Japan maintains separate quarterly import safeguards on chilled and frozen beef, allowing

The implications for U.S. beef exports are significant because U.S. frozen beef now faces an even wider tariff disadvantage compared to Australian beef. rate will increase from 38.5 percent to 50.0 percent for the remainder of the current fiscal year (through March 31, 2018). “USMEF recognizes that the safeguard will not only have negative implications for U.S. beef producers, but will also have a significant impact on the Japanese foodservice industry,” explained U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng. “It will be especially difficult for the gyudon beef bowl restaurants that rely heavily on Choice U.S. short plate as a primary ingredient. This sector endured a tremendous setback when U.S. beef was absent from the Japanese market due to BSE, and was finally enjoying robust growth due to greater availability of U.S. beef and strong consumer demand. USMEF 28

imports to increase by 17 percent compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The duty increases from 38.5 percent to 50 percent when imports exceed the safeguard volume. Japan’s frozen beef imports in the 2016 Japanese fiscal year were lower than in previous years, thus the growth in imports during this first quarter of the current fiscal year exceeded 17 percent, driven in part by rebuilding of frozen inventories and strong demand for beef in Japan’s foodservice sector. The most recent quarter saw strong growth in imports from all of Japan’s main beef suppliers. The implications for U.S. beef exports are significant because U.S. frozen beef now faces an even wider tariff disadvantage compared to

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Saturday, September 30th, 2017 12 NOON CDT, PIKEVILLE, TENNESSEE Australian beef. The duty on U.S. frozen beef imports, effective Aug. 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018, will be 50 percent while the duty on Australian beef will remain at the current rate of 27.2 percent, as established in the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement ( JAEPA). The snapback duty of 50 percent will apply to frozen imports from suppliers that do not have an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with Japan, which are mainly the U.S., Canada and New Zealand. Conditions have changed since the quarterly safeguards were established in 1994, and the growth in Japan’s imports this year has not adversely impacted Japan’s domestic beef producers. Prices for wagyu carcasses and wagyu feeder cattle are down from the record highs of last year, but are otherwise the highest in recent history. Japan has also moved away from the quarterly safeguard mechanism in its recent trade agreements. Through the JAEPA, Japan transitioned from quarterly safeguards to annual safeguards, which are much less likely to be triggered. The snapback duties on Australian beef have also been reduced, minimizing any potential impact on trade. Japan also agreed to similar terms in its economic partnership agreement with Mexico and in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Supplemental information on Japan’s imports of U.S. beef and possible implications of the safeguard are available in this brief USMEF fact sheet at




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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

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



lass XI of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program recently returned from an agricultural study tour of Austria, Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. These countries are approaching nearly thirty years of transition from a centrally planned economy under communist control to a capitalistic market-based economy. Despite the current challenges facing U.S. agriculture, most of the farms we visited in Central Europe did not appear overly concerned over the status of the current farm economy. These farms were very diversified in producing and marketing specific commodity traits and valueadded foods, beverages, textiles, and energy and make it very clear that they were benefitting/surviving from farm subsidies from the European Union (EU) and premiums they are receiving from organic/non GMO production. The EU consists of 28 nations with the United Kingdom currently proceeding to formally withdraw following the Brexit vote in June 2016. Historically much of the EU farm policy has centered on providing sufficient quantities of food for European consumers by offering direct subsidies to EU farmers. In recent years, there has been more of a focus on providing funding for farm infrastructure/rural development investments (similar to Kentucky’s Ag Development Board), focus on environmental issues, and protecting EU consumers (i.e. traceability and food safety). The EU’s “farm bill” policy is called the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is a seven-year commitment from the EU to provide support for farmers, rural communities, and consumers. The last set of reforms

occurred in 2013, with policy debate already formulating ahead of the CAP renewal in 2020. Similar to the U.S. farm policy debate, there exists much discussion over the majority of payments being distributed to larger operations, benefits accruing to absentee landowners, vs producers, geographical disparities among regions (i.e., Eastern vs Western European nations), and the proper balance of benefits to farmers versus addressing environmental issues. Agricultural support from the EU has declined over the years, but still comprises nearly 40% of the EU budget. The farmers we visited realized that future EU support for agriculture would likely decline, but would remain an important component of EU agriculture. CAP supporters claim that EU policy allows a large majority of farms to survive in markets were local/regional food security is valued. Opponents argue that CAP provides a disproportionate amount of taxpayer funds to agriculture, inflates food prices, and has adverse effects on farmers in developing nations with limited government funds to assist producers. Besides concerns over the future commitment of policymakers to support agriculture, the farmers we visited have many of the same concerns confronting U.S. farmers today including a declining supply of labor, increasing age of farmers, and misinformed consumers. These farms and agribusinesses are attempting to better understand a changing consumer base and adjusting production and management practices to meet growing niche markets. The farms and businesses we met with seemed to indicate they have moved beyond the GMO and climate change debate, with anticipation that animal welfare will become the next major battle. It also appears that EU agriculture is moving to become more aggressive

in developing trade agreements and business opportunities outside the EU, especially following recent U.S. trade policy actions. Our visits to farms in this region indicated crop yields and livestock/ dairy production were not as high as top managing U.S./Kentucky operations, but they were still impressive.Farm technology in many cases rivaled U.S. farms with most of these operations utilizing individual pieces of equipment over a much longer time horizon compared to most U.S. farms. Structurally, the majority of farms in these nations are small farms that have absentee landowners.Active small farms are producing primarily for a local market, but depending mainly on off-farm income.However, an increasing number of farms withlarger operations (1000s of acres) are prevalent, some renting from 100sof small farms and consisting of board of directors for a company farm or organized as cooperative farms with 100s of members. Following the movement from a centrally-controlled economy to a free market economy, land was transferred to the original owners which often resulted in some reestablished farms consisting of multiple family owners possessing very small tracts of land (in many cases less thanan acre).Over the years, these owners have held onto the land inducing significant transaction costs for active producers attempting to rent multiple tracts of land to benefit from the economies of scale and marketing opportunities evolving from larger operations.While the future of these land-holdings is uncertain, it appears that agriculture in these nations will be faced with significant land transfer issues among future generations as the number of active farmers continues to decline.

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Preparing to Transfer Your Farm to the Next Generation: Estimating Your Family Living Expenses BY JENNIFER HUNTER, ASSOCIATE EXTENSION PROFESSOR, FAMILY FINANCE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT


here are many factors to consider when deciding to transfer your farm business to the next generation. Open communication between the generations is a key in successfully navigating the farm transition process. As part of the conversation, the topics of profitability and income generation should be addressed, for both the retiring and new generations. If the farm business does not have the ability to provide the income and asset needs of both generations, then the likelihood for success is greatly reduced. Producers will often continue with specific enterprises on the farm business when the enterprise can generate enough income to cover short-run expenses; however, to ensure the longevity of the farm business, it should be profitable in the long run. Several factors influence profitability, such as input costs and commodity prices, but you should also considerthe anticipated standard of living for the operation’s farm families and current debt loads. Households often struggle to estimate their current living expenses, which makes planning for the future difficult. According to the 2016 Kentucky Farm BusinessManagement (KFBM) Family Living Summary, family living expenses were $67,478. This number may be higher than you anticipated your current family living expenses; however, many families have trouble estimating their actual living expenses. Both the retiring and new generations need to calculate the amount of income they will need to generate from the family farm. This should be done separately, because the two generations will have a different set

of needs. The retiring generation may need to consider long-term care planning, while the younger generation may be concerned about establishing college saving funds. Below are some points to ponder for both generations: Retiring Generation: The first step in determining your retirement income needs is to calculate your current living expenses. If you already track your family living expenses on a monthly budget, then you are ahead of the game. If not, start a spending diary. Write down all of your expenses for a one-month period. The big expenses are normally easy to identify such as mortgage payments, insurance, taxes, and utility bills; however, the everyday expenses such as eating out, trips to the store, and even things like snacks at the ballfield are much more difficult to track. It is important that you write down all expenses for one month because even the smallest expense adds up over time. Multiply your spending estimate by twelve. As you review your expenses, identify the expenses that may not occur monthly, such as your property tax bill or holiday spending. Estimate your occasional expenses; examples of other occasional expenses that you may incur include home improvements, medical expenses, federal and state income taxes, recreation/vacations, and automobile expenses such as license, registration, insurance, and repairs. Add together the total of monthly expenses and occasional expenses; this number should give you a realistic idea of your spending needs. Next, consider each item that you listed in your spending diary as an occasional expense. Do you anticipate any of these expenses increasing or decreasing when you enter into

retirement? Many families are able to pay off their home mortgage prior to entering retirement, so this may be a reduced expense. However, many couples anticipate traveling more, so this expense category may actually increase. It is also important to recognize that your expenses may change during retirement. For example, as you age your medical bills may increase. Nonetheless, with a little planning you should be ableto determine a realistic income that will maintain your desired standard of living. Most retiring couples will not need to rely on the farm as their only source of retirement income; total all of your estimated retirement income from other sources, whichmay include social security, and investments, or employer retirement from off-farm work. After you subtract the total amount of other income sources from your estimated retirement needs, you will have a realistic figure for the amount of income that you need to generate from the farm. Younger Generation: Similar to the retiring generation, the younger generation needs to develop a realistic estimate of its yearly family living expenses. Follow the same steps as the retiring generation for creating a spending

diary and estimating occasional expenses. As you review your anticipated yearly expenses, determine if there are expenses that may adjust up or down over the next several years. Are you planning on having a child or another child? Will your day care costs increase? Or, maybe your children will be moving into public school and your day care expenses will decrease. Do you have a child that will be driving soon? You will not be able to anticipate all of your future living expenses; however, you can develop a realistic estimate. Determine your sources of other income. Do you or a spouse have off-farm employment? Do you have rental property or other investments that generate income? Subtract your total off-farm income from your estimated expenses; the remainder represents that amount of income you would need to generate from the farm operation. As a reminder,the younger generation should be certain to include savings and investment in retirement accounts in their expense estimates. Once you have determined the income needs for both generations, you will have a realistic projection of the amount of income needed to cover your current standard of living.

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U.S Beef Industry Highlights Success of Korea Free Trade Agreement WASHINGTON, D.C. (JULY 27, 2017)


he CEOs of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the North American Meat Institute, and the U.S. Meat Export Federation today sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer of USTR to highlight the success the U.S. beef industry has experienced with its exports to South Korea since the entry into force of the KoreaU.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). The industry letter was prompted by the recent announcement from the Trump Administration that there will be a special session with South Korea to discuss potential changes to the KORUS. The meeting will be held in Washington,

D.C., in August. “Simply put, KORUS created the ideal environment for the U.S. beef industry to thrive in South Korea,” the letter said. “We would not support any changes in the terms of the KORUS that would jeopardize either our market share or the significant investment that has been made in rebuilding Korean consumer confidence in the safety, quality, and consistency of U.S. beef.” Together, the three U.S. beef industry associations represent the entire beef value chain, from ranchers to feedlot operators to meat packers and export trading companies, and they are united in the position that continued access to the South Korean market on the terms that were negotiated in the KORUS is essential to the future health of the U.S.

beef industry. The letter states that “Under KORUS, the U.S. beef industry has seen an 82 percent increase in annual sales to South Korea, from $582 million in 2012 to $1.06 billion in 2016, making South Korea the second largest export market for U.S. beef. Many cuts like short ribs and chuck rolls receive a significant premium in South Korea over prices in the U.S. market. KORUS established strong science-based trade measures and a schedule for the elimination of South Korea’s 40 percent tariff on U.S. beef— terms that have allowed the U.S. beef industry to be very competitive in South Korea.” The letter further states that “implementing KORUS before the Australians implemented their free

trade agreement with South Korea has given U.S. beef a significant tariff rate advantage in South Korea, and the United States is now the leading source of beef imports in South Korea.” The U.S. beef industry is a vitally important part of the U.S. agricultural economy and one of the largest employers in rural communities across the United States. Exports are a critical component of the continued profitability of the U.S. beef industry and make a significant contribution to the positive balance of trade that the United States enjoys in food and agricultural products. Last year, we sold $6.3 billion of U.S. beef to foreign consumers, with exports to South Korea, accounting for 17 percent of the total.



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lastic films are used extensively for silo bags, bunker covers, bale wraps, and horticultural mulch. Managing large, dirty plastic sheets is a major headache and cost for Wisconsin farmers. Until recently, the only legal disposal option for most farmers was landfilling. These plastic films, once largely unusable resources, can now be recycled into other plastic products. Some communities are exploring ways to create local collection and/ or baling sites, commonly located at landfills and solid waste transfer stations. In a few cases, plastic processors offer on-farm pickup services to facilitate easier recycling. Some processors or counties may require plastic to be managed in certain ways and delivered at certain times of the year. To determine the available options and relevant  requirements in your area, contact your UW-Extension, Land Conservation Department, or SolidWaste/Recycling Department offices. This publication reviews practices farmers can use to efficiently manage used plastic films. The general goal of such practices is to keep plastic as clean and dry as possible to maximize recycling opportunities. Recycling agricultural films – A stepby-step approach 1. Minimize plastic waste. Reduce waste by purchasing the right size silo bag or silage cover for your needs. 2.Minimize



contamination. Locating silo bags on concrete or asphalt pads keeps bags clean, allowing entire bag  – top and bottom  – to be easily recycled. A gravel base is less expensive, but grit and debris can adhere to the plastic. Soil bases lead to the greatest contamination of plastic. If bags must be placed on soil, use higher elevation sites with good drainage. Avoid removing silage when soils are wet. If the plastic is dirty, let it dry and then shake it with a bucket loader to remove soil and make it more suitable for recycling. 3. Remove the plastic film from silos frequently.  Removing less than three days’ accumulation of top silage film at a time maximizes silage protection and keeps the size of plastic sheets small enough to be easily handled. 4. Cut the plastic to keep it manageable. For silo bags located on

soil, separate the top plastic from the bottom plastic by cutting the plastic from the top down to four inches above ground (see illustration). Slice the bottom plastic at 10- or 15-foot intervals for greater manageability.

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5. Keep stored plastic dry and secure it to minimize blowing. Shake dirty plastic to remove soil and debris. Then bundle it by rolling it or tying it with a strip of sheet plastic or plastic baler twine.  (Do not use non-plastic twine.) Or, place unbundled plastic loose in a storage area. While placing plastic on the ground is common, it requires extra labor later to load the pile for hauling. A hayrack or trailer can provide convenient storage and eliminate re-handling. If the pile is stored outside, cover it with a weighted top sheet to keep it dry and protect it from blowing. A number of low-cost plastic containment pens can be constructed using plastic fencing, hog or beef panels, or pallet bins. 6. Transport the plastic to a collection center.  Use a dumpster, roll-off box, farm truck, or wagon to haul the plastic to the recycling collection center. Secure the plastic to prevent blowing. Large vehicles with densely-packed plastic provide the most efficient transportation.

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The Importance of Water Quality for Cattle Health and Performance

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hen an unexplained death occurs in a cattle herd, one of the first questions producers ask is “Could it be something in the water?” There is always concern expressed about potential runoff from neighboring crop fields after a hard rain or contamination upstream that has made its way down the creek affecting the livestock drinking water. In most situations, problems with water lead to poor performance and increased health issues but acute poisoning is also possible. In Kentucky, excess sulfur and nitrates in drinking water, blue green algae in ponds and certain microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and protozoans) in water are the most common water-associated problems causing serious clinical disease in cattle. Testing water sources is a good first step to know if they are acceptable for livestock use. Water is the cheapest and most readily available nutrient but it is often the most overlooked. Consumption varies with age, breed, temperature and humidity, stage of pregnancy or lactation, and level of production but can reach as high as 25-30 gallons per day for a dairy cow during hot weather. Generally speaking, cattle health problems are seldom directly due to what is in the water but rather the decrease in water consumption because of the poor taste and odor. Similarly, cattle prefer water at temperatures between 40-60 degrees F and intake dramatically decreases when water temperature rises above 80 degrees F. It has been shown that steers drinking cool water will gain 0.3-0.4 pounds per 36

day more than those drinking warm water. Another study demonstrated that heifers with access to water pumped from a well or stream gained 23% more weight than heifers drinking pond water. Decreased consumption is potentially as harmful as not having enough water available. When cattle do not drink enough, feed intake and milk production drop, heat stress worsens, and overall immunity suffers. In Kentucky, sulfur spring water or high sulfate concentrations in water sources are relatively common. The most common form of sulfur in water is “sulfate” (SO4-2). Elevated sulfate concentrations above 500 ppm will affect water taste and reduce intake resulting in reduced growth and performance. Additionally, elevated sulfate in water will decrease copper absorption and may be confused with the effects of fescue toxicosis. A much more serious risk to cattle is polioencephalomalacia (PEM) due to exposure to high dietary sulfur from sulfate in the water combined with feeds high in sulfur, especially distillers grains. Cattle affected with PEM may be found dead or become “brainers” with neurologic signs of blindness, circling, an off-balance gait, teeth grinding, and muscle tremors. Many of these cases progress to death. The maximum tolerated dietary concentration of sulfur is 0.4% of the diet dry matter (DM) in cattle other than feedlot cattle which should not receive over 0.3%. Total sulfur intake from both feed and water must be determined when investigating PEM in cattle. Water sulfate levels below 500 ppm are considered “safe” and 1000 ppm is the recommended maximum. Cattle can adapt to elevated levels of sulfate if gradually introduced over several weeks. Nitrate and nitrite contamination of water, most often from nitrogen

fertilizer runoff, can result in death and abortion in cattle. Nitrates are soluble and move with percolating or runoff water. Therefore, ponds with runoff from heavily fertilized or manurecovered fields and water from poorly cased, shallow wells may contain nitrates. Other potential sources besides fertilizer are animal manure, crop residues, human waste and industrial waste. Bear in mind that nitrates present in water must be added to the nitrates in feed and forage to arrive at total amount consumed. Nitrates, when consumed more rapidly than they can be converted in the rumen to protein, enter the bloodstream as nitrite. The absorbed nitrites combine with hemoglobin of red blood cells to produce methemoglobin, making the blood incapable of transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Death occurs as methemoglobin levels approach 80%. Signs include weakness, rapid breathing, staggering, muscle tremors, a brownish color to mucous membranes, collapse and death. If a pregnant cow survives, she will likely abort 3-7 days following recovery from nitrate poisoning. Low doses of nitrate over a long period of time may result in poor weight gain and infertility but this has not been scientifically proven. Nitrate levels below 100 ppm in water are considered safe. Be aware that nitrate levels can be reported a variety of ways and the method of expression can differ between laboratories. Nitrate can be reported as nitrate (NO3), nitrate-nitrogen (NO3N), or potassium nitrate (KNO3). These numbers are NOT equivalent, as they represent different chemical structures. Make sure the water reference range used for a particular result match the type of analysis performed. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can reduce water quality and intake, and can

be deadly to livestock. In freshwater, the majority of HABs are caused by cyanobacteria or blue-green algae. They prefer warm, stagnant, nutrientrich water so farm ponds contaminated with fertilizer run-off or direct manure and urine contamination are prime places for algae to thrive. Blue-green algae toxins (commonly in the form of microcystins) are released when algal cells are damaged and die in the water (for instance, after water is treated with an algaecide such as copper sulfate), or when ingested water reaches the animal’s digestive tract and algal cells are disrupted, releasing the toxins. Some algae produce potent neurotoxins (toxins that affect the nervous system) causing signs in animals such as muscle tremors, difficulty breathing, seizures, profuse slobbering, diarrhea, and rapid death within minutes to hours. Other algae can produce hepatotoxins (toxins that affect the liver) that can cause death quickly or a more delayed onset of death after signs of liver failure develop. Photosensitization, a skin condition causing white (light or non-pigmented) areas of skin to peel, can occur in animals that survive the acute stages of liver damage. Most cattle exposed to blue-green algae toxins die quickly and are often found dead in the pond or very near the water source. Bacteria, viruses and protozoa can survive and spread in water and cause disease. Coliform count is a measure used by laboratories to indicate the level of bacterial contamination in water. The EPA recommends livestock water contain less than 5000 coliform organisms per 200 ml of water and fecal coliforms near zero. These standards are difficult to reach if cattle drink surface water. Contamination of water by human sewage is a potential source of disease due to Salmonella. Cows

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allowed to stand and urinate in a pond can easily spread leptospirosis, a bacterial disease caused by an organism in the urine of carrier animals. Problems from leptospirosis may range from infertility, to low milk production, mastitis, to widespread late-term abortion and death of young calves. Viruses (BVD, Rota- and Coronavirus) and protozoan parasites (Neospora caninum, Giardia, Cryptosporidia) are just a few examples of known cattle pathogens that can be contracted from water. So when is it important to test the water? Sometimes the eyes and nose can provide an answer if water is unsuitable for meeting the animal’s needs. Stagnant water with excess algae, water that smells bad, or is warm to the touch will not be readily consumed by cattle. If cattle are allowed to stand in water sources, fecal and urine contamination will decrease water quality and disease spread can be expected. When an animal is diagnosed with a disease such as PEM or nitrate intoxication, investigation of the water source is absolutely necessary to see if it is contributing to the problem. If multiple animals are sick or dead and the water source is common to most if not all of the cases as with a blue-green algae bloom in a pond, testing of water is certainly appropriate. But what about 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 to access to clean water. Testing the water, especially from wells, makes sense in these circumstances to see if some ingredient is making the water unsuitable. There are many different analyses that can be done on water, depending on what the problem is or what the submitter wants to look for. Most routine water quality tests for livestock include pH, a

measure of salinity [total dissolved solids (TDS), total soluble salts (TSS) or electrical conductivity (EC)], hardness, nitrate, sulfate, and iron levels. Certain labs report total coliform counts and fecal coliforms as measures of bacterial contamination. If concerned about blue green algae, there are a variety of options that can be done to either identify the algae itself (cheaper) or look for the various toxins (expensive). The UKVDL offers two water screens, “anions in water” that includes bromide, chloride, fluoride, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate and sulfate and “metal panelwater” for arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc. Further testing is possible to detect organic compounds if needed. A general screen that can pick up a variety of chemical contaminants is the GC/ MS screen. Details of all tests may be found on the website (http://vdl.uky. edu/TestInformation.aspx) by selecting “Toxicology” under the “Laboratory Section” drop-down menu. Depending on the tests selected, the laboratory performing the tests 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. For further information on water quality, see UK Extension factsheet ID-170 “Drinking Water Quality Guidelines for Cattle” at id/id170/id170.pdf . Next Month: Part II: Interpretation of Water Quality Reports and How to Address Common Water Problems

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New Training Center to Showcase Kentucky’s Beef Industry


sk Niki Ellis about Kentucky’s beef cattle industry, and pride resonates in her voice. “We’re eighth nationally in cow-calf production and the largest beef cattle state east of the Mississippi. We’ve got a 2.1 million head cow herd and 38,000 cattle producers. You couldn’t ask for anything better.” Besides the pride, there’s excitement in her voice too. That’s because Ellis, director of education for the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, will handle programming for a new beef training center, known as “The Yards.” The educational space will be part of the new Blue Grass Stockyards Regional Marketplace, located in Lexington. Through their community engagement program, Farm Credit Mid-America helped fund The Yards and is partnering with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association in its goal of teaching visitors—both from within the beef industry and non-farm types generations removed from it—about beef and the importance of the cattle


industry in K e n t u c k y ’s economy. Scheduled to open in September, the new state-of-the-art Blue Grass Stockyards will have five acres under roof, and have the capacity to comfortably and humanely handle 3,500 head of cattle at a time. In addition to the beef training center, the facility will also be home to more than a dozen businesses and will feature a full-service restaurant, a museum and the training center. The facility replaces the Blue Grass Stockyards, which burned in January of 2016. While the training center will serve all types of visitors, educating young people—both the farming and non-

farming varieties—will be a primary focus. Local students, ranging from kindergarten through college, will come to the facility, see cattle being delivered and sold at the stockyards, learn more about how beef is produced and finish with burgers for lunch in the restaurant. Future cattlemen also figure to be a prime group to benefit from The Yards. “With the average age of producers being around 60, our producers saw a need for classes for the generations who are going to be replacing them,” says Ellis. “We want to engage youth, but especially hope to become a hub for

young and beginning farmers.” Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association president Chuck Crutcher, a cow-calf producer from Hardin County, praised Farm Credit’s participation. He says that in addition to being a trusted and reliable source of credit for the state’s beef producers, Farm Credit has been a longtime friend to Kentucky cattlemen. “They’re always giving back to our communities, and they step up to help us in preparing the next generation of farmers,” he says. “We’re appreciative of organizations that help us get the message out about where our food comes from.” Mark Barker, senior vice president for Farm Credit Mid-America says the ag financial services cooperative was honored to be able to help with a visionary project like The Yards. “We know how vital the cattle industry is to Kentucky, and we want to do our part to preserve it for future generations.” 

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Leadership Class: Session 5 BY NIKKI WHITAKER


lass VIII of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Leadership Program held their fifth session in Colorado July 24-27. The group flew into Denver on Monday around 7:00am and headed for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) office. Sam Albrecht, NCBA Membership Director, welcomed the group and gave a tour of the NCBA office where the group was able to view the Cattlemen to Cattlemen studio and the new Beef Digital Command Center where NCBA staff can monitor consumer conversations about beef on social media and conventional media in real time. The group also heard from Duane Lenz with Cattle Fax, John Hinners with US MEF, and Mandy Carr who gave an update of the Beef Checkoff activities. The next morning the class traveled north to Greeley to the JBS Packing Plant. This 5,400 head per day facility employs 3,200 people and produces 3.3 million pounds of meat ready for supermarkets and restaurants. The class got a great overview of the company and day-to-day operations as well as a wonderful tour of the facility, putting them up close and personal with the cutting floor. Next, the group went 40

east a few miles to the 100,000 head JBS Five River’s Kuner Feedlot where the group heard how JBS feeds their cattle and the importance of health management in the feedlot. The visit concluded with a bus tour of the feedlot. On Wednesday, the group was able to tour two cattle ranches; Hill Land and Cattle, a commercial cattle ranch in Saguache and Oswald Cattle Company, an operation that produces natural grass fed beef to consumers in Cotopaxi. Both tours proved to be an eye opening experience for the group. The average size of a Colorado farm and ranch is 890 acres and most cattle are open range on native grasses. The group also learned about irrigated and sub-irrigated pastures as well as dealing with a mix of federal and private lands. The last day was spent visiting some of Colorado’s beautiful tourism locations. The group was able to ride the cog railway to the top of Pike’s Peak looking over the edge of the 14,114 foot summit and visit the red rock Garden of the Gods. Thursday evening brought Session 5 to an end with a late night plane ride back home to Kentucky. Session 6, the final session for Class VIII, is scheduled for October 17-20 in Washington, DC. Cow Country News, September 2017, A publication of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association


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UK Hemp Field Day Sept. 9, in conjunction with national conference BY KATIE PRATT


he University of Kentucky industrial hemp agronomic science group will present their annual field day Sept. 9 in conjunction with the 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s Hemp Conference, which is Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Convention Center. The field day is from 10 a.m. EDT until noon at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm and is open to the public. Preregistration is not required for the field day. Various researchers and specialists from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will discuss their research projects including work on hemp agronomy, microbiology and diseases. The stops will have information

related to hemp production for grain, fiber and cannabinoids. Upon arrival, field day participants will receive abstracts of each of the 12

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research projects and a map to each plot. All plots are accessible by walking. Participants can choose which plots to visit within the time allotted. The UK Hemp Field Day concludes at noon. Registered hemp conference participants will have lunch, sponsored by the Hemp Industries Association, as well as additional Central Kentucky hemp-related tour stops at the conclusion of the field day. The conference is open to the public. Those interested in attending the conference can register and receive more information at event-2535421. The conference is a partnership between UK, the Hemp Industries Association, the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.



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Vaccination Programs for the Cow/Calf Operation UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION


isease prevention is of utmost importance in a cow-calf operation because it is a low profit margin enterprise. Adequate nutrition, strategic deworming, sanitation and a well designed vaccination program are all necessary to maintain herd health. This paper focuses on the vaccination program aspect of herd health and the goal is to provide producers with information they need to evaluate their own program if necessary. However, this is not to be used as a substitute when advice from a local veterinarian is available. The local veterinarian understands the predominant diseases in a particular area and has the ability to design a vaccination program that is tailor made for the needs of each operation. In addition, producers

currently on a vaccination program designed by a veterinarian should not make changes to the program without first consulting with their veterinarian. Failure to do so may lead to undesired consequences.

Overview of the vaccination program

Vaccine programs used in the breeding herd are primarily designed to prevent against diseases that cause reproductive losses which includes failure to conceive, embryonic death, abortion and stillbirths. Vaccinating the breeding herd also protects the developing fetus and has the additional benefit of increasing antibodies in colostrum which helps protect the newborn calf. In calves, the vaccination program is primarily designed to prevent respiratory disease and diseases that cause sudden death.

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The first step in designing or evaluating a program is to know the diseases that are most likely to impact a cow/calf operation. The following is a description of the diseases that typically make up the core of most vaccination programs and when the vaccines for the disease are to be administered. Vaccines for other diseases can be added when deemed necessary. Viral diseases Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) – in a non-immune pregnant cow, exposure to this virus can cause abortions. The abortions typically occur after four months of gestation but can occur at anytime and abortion rates of 5-60% have been reported. In calves, IBR is responsible for respiratory disease outbreaks. Calves with IBR will exhibit fever, lethargy, heavy nasal discharge and open mouth breathing. IBR may also affect the eye creating symptoms similar to pinkeye. This “ocular form” of IBR may or may not occur in conjunction with respiratory disease. Cows and replacement heifers should be vaccinated for IBR before the breeding season begins and calves should be vaccinated near weaning. Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) - BVD is a complicated disease and can cause a wide variety of problems in a cow/calf herd. In pregnant animals, infections may result in early embryonic death, abortions or calves may be born with congenital defects. BVD infections also have an immunosuppressive effect and can make the cowherd more susceptible to other infectious agents. Calves exposed to this virus may show severe diarrhea but respiratory disease outbreaks are more common. The immunosuppressive effect of this virus also makes calves more susceptible to other infectious agents. The greatest impact of BVD is seen in herds that have one or more persistently infected (PI) animals. The creation of a

persistently infected (PI) animal happens only during pregnancy and occurs in the following manner: Around 60 to 125 days of gestation, the immune system of the unborn calf is in the recognition period. If a non-cytopathic strain of the BVD virus infects the unborn calf during this recognition period, the virus may be recognized as “normal” by the calf ’s immune system. If this occurs, the virus is never eliminated from the calf ’s body and the calf is infected for life. Once this animal is born it is the primary source of maintenance of BVD in the herd since it sheds high levels of the virus in body secretions and excretions. Pregnant cows and calves that come into contact with these PI’s experience the problems described in the previous paragraph. Because PI animals are so detrimental, the common recommendation for herds that suspect they have one or more PI’s is to test and remove the infected animals under the guidance of a veterinarian. Vaccination alone is not enough to overcome the effects these PI’s may have. If a herd is currently PI free, it is recommended that all purchased cattle are tested before they are introduced into the herd and a BVD vaccine should be given to the cowherd pre-breeding. If the cow is protected, this greatly reduces the risk of the unborn calf becoming infected if the herd is accidently exposed to the virus. Calves should be vaccinated for BVD near weaning. Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) – Even though BRSV is occasionally reported to be the cause of respiratory disease outbreaks in nonimmune adult cows, it is more likely to cause respiratory disease outbreaks in calves. Calves that develop a severe form of BRSV have steadily increased breathing difficulty, fluid accumulates in the lungs and they may have open mouth breathing. If it is decided a BRSV vaccine should be used in the breeding herd it should be administered at the same time the IBR and BVD vaccines are administered. Calves should be given

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the vaccine near weaning. Parainfluenza (PI3) – This virus has traditionally been considered to be part of the respiratory disease complex in calves but there is little evidence to indicate how significant its role is. Even though the importance of this virus is in question, producers will find that vaccines containing IBR, BVD and BRSV will also contain PI3 and therefore they will be vaccinating against this disease by default. Bacterial diseases Leptospirosis – This bacterial agent predominately affects cows and causes abortions, stillbirths or weak born calves. Abortions may occur as early as the third month of gestation, but more frequently occur in the 3rd trimester. Historically, vaccinating against leptospirosis has been done with a multivalent (several strains) vaccine containing L. hardjo, L. pomona, L. canicola, L. icterohaemorrhagiae and L. grippotyphosa. Vaccination of the breeding herd normally occurs before the breeding season begins and again at pregnancy examination time because the duration of immunity of this vaccine is less than one year. More recently, animal health companies have been offering a vaccine that contains another strain of leptospirosis called L. hardjobovis. Producers should consult with their veterinarian to determine if this additional strain should be included in their vaccination protocol. Vibriosis - Vibriosis is a venereal disease that can be spread from an infected cow to uninfected cows via the bull. Vibriosis may cause embryonic death and resorption which goes unnoticed by the producer or it may lead to infertility and the producer notices his/her cows rebreeding several times before they finally conceive. Infected cows usually recover and become normal breeders after a normal pregnancy is

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FEATURE Contʼd from pg. obtained. However, a few cows will carry the infection through gestation, deliver a normal calf and then infect bulls in the next breeding season. Vaccinations for vibriosis should be given to all breeding animals prior to the breeding season. Clostridial diseases – Clostridium bacteria can cause disease of the muscle, liver or intestine in cattle. Terms frequently used when muscle is involved are blackleg and malignant edema and the term red-water is used when the liver is involved. Clinical signs of a clostridial infection are dependent upon the organ involved. In most instances, producers will find the affected animals dead rather than sick due to the rapid progression of the disease. Occasionally, clostridial diseases affect older animals but in most instances the greatest impact is seen in calves. Vaccines against clostridial diseases are commonly referred to as 7-way or 8-way blackleg vaccine and they are normally given to calves at marking and branding time and again near weaning. Brucellosis – Signs of this disease in cattle are abortions, weak calves, failure to settle, faulty cleaning and decreased milk production with no apparent signs of sickness. Even though testing and slaughtering has greatly reduced the incidence of this disease, it is highly recommended that replacement heifers still be vaccinated for it. This vaccine is normally administered around weaning time and must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

are no longer alive and “Modified Live” means the organisms are still alive and have the ability to replicate, but they have been altered in such a way they don’t cause disease when they are administered to the animal. Common examples of killed vaccines producers may be familiar with are blackleg and leptospirosis which are bacterial diseases. However, killed vaccines may also contain viruses such as IBR, BVD, BRSV and PI3. When the term modified live is used, people are generally referring to viruses only even though there are a few modified live bacterial vaccines available. It is also important to be aware that modified live vaccines may have a killed component to them. A common example of this is a vaccine that contains a modified live IBR, BVD, BRSV and PI3 and also contains the five strains of a killed leptospirosis. There are also some vaccines that contain both killed and modified live viruses. Carefully reading the vaccine label will indicate whether the vaccine is killed, modified live, or a combination of both. A question that commonly arises is which type of vaccine should be used when vaccinating for viral diseases –

killed or modified live? The advantages most frequently cited for using modified live vaccines are they provide quicker protection, better protection, and longer lasting protection against viral diseases than do the killed vaccines. Another advantage commonly cited is that one dose of a modified live vaccine may elicit a protective immune response in an animal that has never been vaccinated before, whereas a killed vaccine will require a second dose 3-4 weeks later. Even though one dose of a modified live may be adequate in some instances, it is generally recommended that a second dose of the vaccine be administered 3-4 weeks later to ensure a greater percentage of the herd is immunized. Once the animals have been properly immunized, one dose of either the killed or modified live annually, is usually sufficient to “booster” immunity. The primary disadvantage of the modified live vaccines is the precautions they have associated with them. Some modified lives are not labeled for use in pregnant cows or calves nursing pregnant cows. Those that are approved for use in these circumstances requires the cows be vaccinated with a modified live vaccine

from the same company within the past 12 months. There is also some that information that suggest a modified live should be administered no sooner than 30 days before the start of the breeding season; especially in cows or heifers in which a modified live vaccine has never been used before. The reason behind this is the modified live IBR component of the vaccine may cause inflammation of the ovary thereby reducing fertility for a short period of time. If the vaccine is administered 30+ days in advance, the inflammation will have subsided and fertility will have returned to normal by the breeding season. Producers that can follow these precautions are encouraged to use modified lives because of the advantages previously mentioned. For those that cannot, killed vaccines will still provide protection as long as label directions are followed. Talking with the local veterinarian will help the producer decide if a modified live viral vaccine will fit with their management style.

Vaccine Timing

Since the purpose of vaccinating a group of animals is to reduce the


Vaccines contain bacteria, viruses or a combination of both. To prevent the vaccine from causing disease when it is administered to an animal, the vaccine manufacturers will alter the organisms during the manufacturing process. Currently, vaccines used by cattle producers can be divided into two major categories. They are the inactivated or killed vaccines and the modified live vaccines. These terms are referring to the condition of the bacteria or virus in the vaccine. “Killed” means the organisms 50

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FEATURE likelihood that a disease outbreak will occur or instead, reduce the impact of an outbreak if it does happen, it would make sense that the vaccine should be administered before the disease is likely to occur. Therefore, it is important to assure that the appropriate vaccines are administered in the breeding herd prior to the breeding season and to the calves before weaning time. Failure to do so increases the risk of a disease event. Timing of vaccination is also important for a achieving an adequate immune response. Administering vaccines during stressful periods, such as during weaning, reduces the ability of the animal’s immune system to properly respond to the vaccine resulting in poor protection. This is why vaccination programs often recommend administering the respiratory disease vaccines 2-4 weeks prior to weaning and then again at weaning. Administering the vaccine prior to weaning not only gives the calves time to respond to the vaccine but the calves are under less stress at this time because they are still with the cows. Other factors lead to a poor vaccine response is poor nutrition, parasitism, overwhelming disease challenge and mishandling of vaccine. Comments: · BRSV and PI3 may be considered as optional in breeding livestock. · The replacement heifers will require two doses of Leptospirosis and Vibriosis since they have not received these vaccines before. The first dose of Lepto and Vibrio can be given 60 days prior to breeding and again at 30 days prior to breeding when the viral vaccine is administered. The other option is to administer the Lepto and Vibrio along with the viral’s 30 days prior to the breeding season and then the second dose may be administered at breeding time. · In many cow/calf operations vaccines are only given to calves at weaning time. If this is the case, consider using a modified live viral vaccine and administer it the same day that weaning begins.

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Record High Potential Exists for 2017 Soybean Production


he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the August Crop Production report today, showing the soybean production is forecast to be 10 percent higher than 2016. This month’s report is the first of the season to forecast row crop production. “Prospects for corn, soybeans and tobacco look promising at this point in the growing season,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. “Favorable weather conditions have provided adequate soil moisture, heat and limited disease pressure. With the start of harvest still a couple weeks away, it’s too early to get really excited about the yields, but crop condition ratings have been as good or better than last year throughout the growing season.” Soybean production for Kentucky is forecast at 98.3 million bushels, an increase of 10  percent from 2016.  “Conditions remain favorable for soybean production,” Knopf said. “If the yield forecast holds, it will be a record high yield and production.” Soybean yield is estimated at 52 bushels per acre, up two bushels from a year ago. Acreage for harvest as beans was estimated at 1.89 million acres, up 110,000 acres from the previous year. U.S. 52

soybean production is forecast at 4.38 billion bushels, up two  percent f rom last year. Based on Aug. 1, conditions, yields are expected to average 49.4 bushels per acre, down 2.7 bushels from last year. Area for harvest is forecast at 88.7  million acres, unchanged from June but up seven percent from 2016.  “Tobacco yield prospects in 2017 have rebounded from the 2015 and 2016 crops,” Knopf said. “The two previous years’ crops suffered from too much rain. Kentucky burley tobacco production is forecast at 120  million pounds, up 12  percent from 2016. Yield is projected at 2,000 pounds per acre, up 250 pounds from the 2016 crop. Harvested acreage was estimated at 60,000 acres, down 1,000 acres from last year’s crop. For the burley producing states production is forecast at 160  million pounds, up 14  percent from last year. Burley growers plan to harvest 80,500 acres, up one percent from 2016. Yields were expected to average 1,984 pounds per acre, up 237 pounds from last year. Production of Kentucky dark fire-cured tobacco is forecast at 32  million pounds, up 46  percent from the previous year. Dark aircured tobacco production is forecast at 13.5 million pounds, up 76 percent from last year. Other Crop Production Forecasts Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 215 million bushels, down three percent from the previous crop.  Yield is estimated at 171 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from the 2016 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.26  million acres, down 140,000 acres f rom 2016. The U.S. corn production is forecast at 14.2 billion bushels, down seven  percent from 2016. Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, yields are

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expected to average 169.5 bushels per acre, down 5.1 bushels from 2016. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.5 million acres, unchanged f rom the June forecast but down four percent from 2016.  Kentucky farmers expect to harvest 25.5  million bushels of winter wheat during 2017. The expected crop for 2017 would be down 20 percent from the previous year. Growers expect a yield of 75 bushels per acre, down five bushels from 2016 and down two bushels from July. Farmers expect to harvest 340,000 acres for grain. Winter wheat production for the Nation was forecast at 1.29  billion bushels, down 23  percent from 2016. The United States yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushels from last month and down 5.3 bushels from last year. The expected area to be harvested for grain or seed totals 25.8  million acres, down 15  percent from last year.  Production of hay by Kentucky farmers is forecast to be down from last year due to lower yields.  Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 450,000 tons, 17 percent below the 2016 level. Other hay production is estimated at 5.04  million tons, unchanged from last year. NASS gathered data for the August Agricultural Yield Survey earlier this month. The monthly yield surveys begin in May with the focus on small grains through July and shifts to row crops beginning in August. All reports are available on the NASS website: https://www.nass. u s d a . go v / P u b l i c a t i on s / C a l e n d a r / reports_by_date.php. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Kentucky Field Office at (800) 9285277, or visit https://www.nass.usda. gov/Statistics_by_State/Kentucky/.



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Bobby Shilts: Dedicated to the Goal of Recruiting New KCA Members



f there’s one thing that Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association’s 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Shilts will be remembered for, it was his tenacious recruitment of new members to the Breckinridge County Cattlemen’s Association. During his tenure as president, the association’s membership grew from 97 to 217. Today the association has more than 500 members and is the largest in the state for the current membership year. This growth is a testament to Bobby Shilts’ dedication to beef cattle and to the farmers who raise them here in Kentucky. Shilts, 81, grew up on a farm in Meade County, Ky. “We had chickens, hogs and sheep,” remembered Shilts. “I grew up doing a little of everything. I started out with sheep when I was a little fella. I bought a bottle lamb, and eventually got a sheep. When 54

she had babies, I would raise them and sell them.” Shilts learned the value of a dollar early on. “Every time I sold a sheep, my family would march me to the bank and I would deposit my money,” laughed Shilts. “I never spent a nickel of it. I wasn’t allowed to!” “When I was about 8 or 9, I got my own calf. I raised it and sold it as a fattening steer. After a stint in 4-H, Shilts joined the Future Farmers of America while in high school. “I took some of the money I had saved and bought a heifer calf from the Richardson’s Meade Stock Farm in Brandenburg. It was bred to a pretty nice bull, and I got a calf out of it,” said Shilts. “I was lucky. It was a nice calf. Square on the front end and square on the back end. I sold it to Ginger Wilson, an Angus breeder with a farm just outside of town, for $600, which

was a pretty high price back then.” With the money he earned, Shilts bought four or five more heifers and began breeding them. “I just went on from there into farming,” said Shilts. After graduating from high school, Shilts went right to work. “I got a job at Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation,” said Shilts. “I started as a mail boy, and then I was transferred to a lab that made chemicals.” While he was working full time, Shilts still found time to raise a few calves to sell. “I wanted the money, because I had to buy a car,” admitted Shilts. Shilts needed transportation, because he had just begun courting his wife of 59 years, Mary. “He had to have a car to take me out!” laughed Mary. Over the next 40 years, Shilts worked many jobs at Olin.

“Eventually, I was elevated to a production supervisor,” said Shilts. “Olin made antifreeze at the time.” After Shilts and Mary married, they lived in Irvington, Ky., and raised their three sons, Jerry, Barry and Todd in town. But the family rented a piece of ground out in the county, where Shilts raised cattle on a parttime basis. In 1989, the couple invested in their own 54-acre farm on Highway 333N. They christened it Rollie’s Rolling Acres. “Our extension agent, Carol Hinton, was visiting and she said, ‘You need to put a name on this farm. Why don’t you just call it Rollie’s Rolling Acres?’” said Shilts. “Rollie is my middle name,” explained Mary. “It was also my grandmother’s name.” Rollie’s Rolling Acres was usually home to a herd of around 175 to 180 Black Angus cows. “I fed some feeders for a while,” remembered Shilts. “I had a little feed lot.” During this time, Shilts was invited to a dinner sponsored by the Breckinridge County Cattlemen’s Association. It wasn’t long before he became a member. “I wish I had joined earlier,” admitted Shilts. “I think the KCA is important because it is a connection between cattlemen and the community.” His friend Ginger Wilson was president at the time, and eventually Shilts was persuaded to take more of a leadership role. “Well, I have to blame Carol Hinton again,” said Shilts. She kept saying, “Bobby, we need a vice president.’ That was about 20 years ago. She said that I could just take the post for one year. I knew how that worked though… Finally, in a weak moment I took it!” It was also Hinton who encouraged Stilts to eventually become president of the association. “I said, OK, I’ll be president for one year,” said Shilts. “Famous last words! I ended up being president for five years.” “When he became president, we had less than 100 members,” said Mary. “I remember him getting on the phone and

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 • 12 noon calling people to ask them to join. He worked hard in his first year to get more members. He traveled many miles.” Breckinridge County Extension Agent Carol Hinton remembered the early days of Shilts’ involvement with KCA. She spent many a night serving up beef alongside him at fundraising meals, and she often found it difficult to keep up with him. “He always had so much more energy than I ever had!” admitted Hinton. “He always made sure everything was going good.” “His goal at the beginning was to increase membership,” remembered Hinton. “He was very persistent. He knocked on farmers’ doors and said, ‘I’m here to pick up your membership.’ He revived the group, and we were able to increase our county’s scholarship programs because of the extra membership.” “The first scholarship we ever gave was $500, and now we’re up to three $1,000 scholarships a year.” Shilts was also instrumental in launching the county’s Dustin Worthington “I Love Cows” Essay Contest and Heifer Giveaway Program. “Gary and Susan Greenwell started that program under my regime,” said Shilts. “They donated the first heifer. It was one of the best things we did. Giving boys and girls a start by giving them their own beef.” Today, Shilts is encouraging his grandson, Jacob, to take up farming. Jacob, 15, is the only one out of Shilts’ seven grandchildren to have an interest in raising cattle.

“Jacob is my main helper here on the farm,” said Shilts. “He’s been driving the tractor since he was about 7 or 8. He was so young that his grandmother raised a lot of Cain about him being on that tractor.” “Jacob can drive a combine now,” added Mary. “He planted just about all those beans in the field across from us,” Shilts said with pride. Jacob, a sophomore at Breckinridge High School, explained how he got started working at Rollie’s Rolling Acres. “My granddad said he needed some help, and it was a chance to make some money, so I said I’d try,” said Jacob. “I’m just learning the process though.” Luckily, his granddad is usually nearby to offer advice. “He lectures me from inside the house,” said Jacob. “He teaches me a lot.” Jacob checks the cattle for his grandfather every day, and he feeds and mows hay. Jacob intends to continue breeding black Angus cattle on the farm, and he plans to join the FFA this year. And when he’s a bit older, it’s likely his grandfather will encourage Jacob to become a member of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. When asked how he felt about being inducted in the KCA’s Hall of Fame at this year’s convention in Lexington, Shilts became emotional. “It was quite an honor. There’s a lot of people more worthy than I,” he said. “But, I appreciate it. I really, really do.”

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ince 1991, the beef checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) has delivered a set of guideposts and measurements for cattle producers and others to help determine quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. Early NBQAs focused on the physical attributes of beef and beef by-products – marbling, external fat, carcass weight and carcass blemishes. These cattle industry concerns have evolved to include food safety, sustainability, animal well-being, transportation and the growing disconnect between producers and consumers. As a result, over the past 25 years, NBQA researchers have made significant changes to the research, leading to an increasingly meaningful set of results. In fact, data from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit add tremendously to the core knowledge from preceding audits. Following is a summary of the research, as well as its implications for the industry.


Major elements include: The Face-to-Face Interviews provided understanding of what quality means to the various industry sectors, and the quality challenge priorities (Table 1). This research will help the industry make modifications necessary to increase the value of its products. Among the findings… 

As it did in the previous audit, food safety surfaced as a key quality factor. In fact, to many respondents, food safety was believed to be implied as part of doing business;

The prevalence of branded beef items increased in the marketplace, which matched concerns about size inconsistencies in beef boxes. While size consistency was more important than size increase, large carcasses are making it harder for many further processors to meet customer specifications for thickness and weight;

Many companies were willing to pay a premium for guaranteed quality attributes. However, the average premiums companies were willing to pay were lower than in 2011. Tenderness and flavor continue to be the two beef quality factors that drive customer satisfaction;

BQA is not currently a recognized leader in consumer-facing channels, which is consistent with 2011 findings. Educating packers, retailers, foodservice, and further processing entities about the BQA program could improve Table 1. Quality Challenges - Ranked according to priority marketing weaknesses and negative public perceptions;

Product quality was the most cited strength of the steer and heifer sector of the beef industry. Retailers and foodservice companies identified marketing and lack of progression toward process transparency as the greatest industry weakness.




External Fat


Food Safety

Seam Fat

Overall Uniformity

Eating Satisfaction

Overall Palatability

Instrument Grading

Lean, Fat and Bone


Market Signals

Weight and Size

Overall Cutability



Carcass Weights

How and Where Cattle were Raised Visual Characteristics


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Figure 1. Mobility score of fed cattle entering the packing plants1

Figure 1.



Mobility Score 2

Mobility Score

Mobility Score 3



Normal, walks easily, no apparent lameness


Exhibits minor stiffness, shortness of stride, slight limp, keeps up with normal cattle


Exhibits obvious stiffness, difficulty taking steps, obvious limp, obvious discomfort, lags behind normal cattle


Extremely reluctant to move - even when encouraged, statue-like

Source: North American Meat Institute (2015) 1 Because of rounding, percentages do not total 100.

The Transportation, Mobility and Harvest Floor Assessments evaluated various characteristics that determine quality and value, including the number of blemishes, condemnations and other attributes that may impact animal value. The transportation and mobility assessments represented about 10 percent of a day’s production at each plant. The harvest floor assessment represented 50 percent of a day’s production – about 25,000 cattle. Research showed:


Mobility Score 1

Figure 2. Bruise severity (% of bruises observed) Bruise Severity (% of bruises observed)

Nearly 97 percent of cattle received a mobility score of 1, with the animal walking easily and normally, with no apparent lameness (Figure 1);

There was a decrease in black-hided cattle and an increase in Holstein-type cattle compared to the NBQA 2011, 57.8 percent vs. 61.1 percent and 20.4 percent vs. 5.5 percent, respectively;

There were more cattle without a brand, more cattle with no horns, fewer cattle with identification, more carcasses with bruises, although bruising was generally less severe (Figure 2);

The number of blemishes, condemnations and other attributes that impact animal value remain small; however, of livers harvested, more than 30 percent did not pass inspection and were condemned. Industry efforts to address these issues since 1995 have been generally encouraging.



Bruise Size Key



60 50

< 1 lb surface trim loss


1-10 lb trim loss


> 10 lb trim loss


Entire Primal

40 30 20.6 20 10 1.7 0



0.7 Extreme



Table 2. Percentage distribution1 of carcasses stratified by USDA quality and yield grades USDA Yield Grade

The Cooler Assessments captured data on quality and yield grade attributes and carcass defects (Table 2). It also provides a benchmark for future beef industry educational and research efforts. The 2016 research showed: 

While the industry is improving the quality of beef being produced, that quality is being accompanied by an increase in size and fatness;

Since 1995 there has been a continued increase in carcass weight. In 2016, 44.1% of carcasses weighed 900 lb or greater (Figure 3), which is 20.7 percentage points higher than in 2011. While total cattle slaughtered is the lowest in years, total beef production has increased. This suggests a positive sustainability outcome, producing more beef with the same amount of resources;

Heavier carcasses could result in an increased ribeye area which, in turn, could lead to a steak with an undesirable surface area. Consumers generally prefer thicker steaks with a smaller surface area.

There was a dramatic increase in the frequency of Prime and Choice (Figure 4), and a decrease in the frequency of Select. One of the reasons for this is the increase in dairy-type carcasses. While the greatest proportion of carcasses were within the lowest third of the grade for both Choice and Prime, the majority of carcasses qualifying for Select were in the top half of the grade.

USDA Quality Grade, % Prime







Other2 0.55






















with missing values for USDA quality or yield grades are not included. 2Other includes: Standard, Commercial, Utility, dark cutter, blood splash, hard bone, and calloused ribeye.

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Instrument Grading Evaluation reviewed data that represented more than 4.5 million carcasses over a one-year period, and provided results that were similar to those observed through in-plant research, giving confidence to the increasingly prevalent assessments provided by instrument grading throughout the industry. The trends echoed those observed in 2011.

Figure6.3.Frequency Frequency distribution by carcass weight group Figure distribution by carcass weight groups 19.6%


18.4% 16.0%


13.3% 11.0%


7.4% 6.0% 5

Food Safety and Animal Health  Implement information-sharing systems, based on modern animal identification and record-keeping technologies, to improve global market access; 

Improve uptake of preventive health strategies and good cattle husbandry techniques to ensure future effectiveness of antimicrobials;

Continue efforts to improve supply chain safety interventions.

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One essential need identified was for greater education and communication of BQA to the supply chain and consumers, and how increased certification of BQA followers could enhance respect for the program. Participants identified three categories for focused improvement:



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In a December 2016 Strategy Session, more than 70 individuals representing every sector of the beef industry met to review results of the research and discuss industry implications. Outcomes from that meeting provide quality guidance to the industry for the next five years.

Weight Group (lbs)

Figure 4. Changes in Prime and Choice combined over time Changes in Prime and Choice Over Time

80 71%

70 61%

60 55%



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Eating Quality and Reduction of Variety  Develop more measurable information systems to increase supply chain coordination; 

Utilize advancements in genetic technologies to breed for carcasses with increased eating satisfaction, uniformity, and desirable end-product specifications;

Implement or refine sorting strategies to maximize uniformity of cattle, carcasses and end product. Systems to enable rewarding of increased uniformity should be developed.

Optimizing Value and Eliminating Waste  Implement information-sharing systems, based on modern animal identification and record-keeping technologies, to assist in sending informed market signals to producers for greater (or lesser) valued carcasses and improve system efficiency; 


Increase industry-wide uptake of proven genomic technologies and invest in the development, testing and acceptance of techniques to improve traits more quickly.

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Table 3. Target Consensus for Quality Grade, Yield Grade and Carcass Weight Quality Grade Grade




Upper 2/3 Choice


Low Choice






Yield Grade Grade












Carcass Weight Range


<600 lb


600-800 lb


801-900 lb


901-1000 lb


>1000 lb


LOST OPPORTUNITIES Lost opportunities are calculated for each audit to give perspective to the value of industry losses for not producing cattle that meet industry targets. During the strategy workshop, participants set a target consensus for Quality Grade, Yield Grade and carcass weight. The target consensus is presented in Table 3. These goals, with the actual prevalence of each from the audit and summary prices for 2016, as reported by USDA, are used to calculate these values. Challenges arise each audit in this exercise as prices sometimes are not reported, or changes in data collection occur. New issues for 2016 include lack of yearly prices for lungs and tongues as well as no collection of tripe condemnations. The total lost opportunities for previous audits are adjusted to 2016 prices to give an accurate comparison between years (Table 4).


The beef industry has spent the last quarter century significantly improving the quality of its product. However, there’s no denying room for continuous improvement. While the data show that those in the industry have a valuable story to tell, it’s no help that many in the industry don’t fully know the best way to tell it. In conclusion, the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit observed a decrease in cattle with hide brands, presence of horns, and an increase in the frequency of Prime and Choice carcasses. However, it is evident further improvement is needed with liver condemnations and carcasses with bruising. An important strategy for improved industry health and success was evident in the research: utilizing BQA and its principles to increase consumer confidence and enhance industry commitment would encourage greater beef demand, and improve industry harmonization. Carrying this BQA message throughout the industry all the way to consumers would benefit every audience.

Table 4. Lost opportunities in quality issues for NBQA-1991, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2011 and 2016 (using 2016 prices) 2016 2011 2005 2000 1995 1991 Quality Grade







Yield Grade







Carcass Weight




























The full Executive Summary and more information about the 2016 NBQA and previous audits can be found on the Beef Quality Assurance website at FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: National Cattlemen's Beef Association Contractor to the Beef Checkoff 9110 East Nichols Ave. Centennial, CO 80112 303.694.0305

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ur cool-season grass pastures are in the second half of the growing season, and it is time to think about preparing them for cold weather and spring green-up. Yes, I said spring green-up, because management inputs that prepare your pasture forages’ root systems to survive freezing ground temperatures and provide maximum storage of nutrients can promote early spring growth. In other words, your pastures get a good start in the next growing season with good grazing management and fertilization in the fall. Pastures are generally not as productive in the fall as during the spring season, so you may wonder why full attention is not spent on promoting and utilizing the spring growth. Maximizing and utilizing spring growth should be a priority, but fertilizer application and sound grazing management decisions in the late-growing season can promote winter survival, which can carry-over into an early and strong spring growth. Why would we want to fertilize in the late summer or early fall? The answer is: why not? An application of 50 to 70 pounds of nitrogen from early August to middle September can generate growth of fall pasture. Much of this growth is due to increases in tillers/ shoots that increases ground cover and thickens grass stands. An application of nitrogen in early to mid-August is routinely recommended for stockpiling tall fescue to maximize pasture growth for winter grazing that will save dollars spent on hay and feed. A fall application of nitrogen will

also increase storage of nitrogen in the root systems, needed for maintenance during the winter months, and growth as air and soil temperatures rise in the early spring. Although a late application of nitrogen in October may not generate a reliable amount of forage growth, it can conserve the nitrogen stored in the roots to generate stronger and more productive grass stands in the spring. Phosphate and potash are ordinarily applied in the spring, but the fall is also a good time to spread these nutrients. If soil tests state that phosphate has dropped below 60 pounds per acre and potassium below 120 pounds per acre then it is wise to apply these nutrients prior to the onset of winter. Both of these nutrients have critical functions in growth and maintenance of grass and legume root systems. Fall is also a good time to spread lime if needed to increase soil pH. It does not make much sense to fertilize during a dry summer, but there will likely be some showers in the fall before freezing temperatures. Grass plants that are stressed from hot and dry summer weather have less chance to recover with fall rains if fertility is low. Consequently, plant losses can be high and pastures will exhibit deterioration in the spring following a dry summer with overgrazing, and low fertility in the fall. Best grazing management practices in the late summer and fall will also improve winter survival and spring growth. Pastures should be rotationally stocked such that cool-season grasses are grazed to a 3- to 4-inch height and rested to obtain above a 6-inch pasture height before grazing again. Perennial grasses and legumes during the fall are primarily growing new tillers and leaves to increase their capacity to produce soluble carbohydrates through photosynthesis. During the fall, a substantial amount of these carbohydrates are routed to the root systems for storage and used as an

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Fall Edition

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energy source during the winter and spring green-up. You can think of the fall as a time when perennial grasses and legumes are trying to prepare themselves for freezing temperatures. The fall growth must be grazed, but enough green residual should be maintained for recovery growth and replenishment of stored carbohydrates in the root systems. If there is not enough leaf material to generate enough carbohydrate for new growth, the plants will draw the needed carbohydrate from their root systems. Make sure to reduce thatch in pastures that are going to be frost planted with clovers. In late November or December, graze all pastures to a 3- to 4-inch height. However, successful frost planting of clovers is doubtful if there is excessive amounts of mowed material on the ground. Mowing might be needed if there are ungrazed weeds or summer grasses, such as fox tail. You could be inclined to graze or mow close to the soil surface, but why give spring weeds room to emerge and have some competitive advantage with the grass and emerging clover? A final note in regards to stockpiled ‘Kentucky 31’ tall fescue: Ergot alkaloids are oftentimes higher in the fall than in the spring. Fall growth of tall fescue that is fertilized in the late summer has the greatest potential to be very toxic. It is advisable that fall growth of tall fescue not be grazed until after a hard freeze— less than 27 degrees Fahrenheit—that inactivates fescue growth. Next month, I will discuss the ergot alkaloid toxicity of Kentucky 31 tall fescue in the fall.

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State and National Beef Promotion and Research Programs Information is required by 7 CRF 1260.201. Failure to report can result in a fine. Information is held confidential per 7 CRF 1260.203.

Today’s Date

ID Number (if known)________________________

Seller’s Name

Buyer’s Name







Seller’s Signature



Buyer’s Signature

Both the seller & the buyer are responsible for making sure that the $1 per head assessment is collected and remitted to the Kentucky Beef Council.

Date of Sale

*State of Origin

Total Number of Cattle Sold:


Person remitting form:


$1.00 per Head Federal Checkoff


$1.00 per Head State Checkoff



Total Checkoff Payment for Federal and State

Phone Number:

*If the cattle purchased came from another state within the last 30 days, indicate from which state the cattle were purchased.

Send Report and Remittance to:

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KCA Hires Communication & Special Project Assistant


ello! My name is Emilee Wendorf, and I am the new Communication and Special Project Assistant at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. When you walk into the KCA office, my smiling face will be the first you see.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication and Marketing. I spent my collegiate experience as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity, the Agricultural Education Club, and National Agri-Marketing

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Saturday, October 28

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Sale starts at 12:30pm Eastern

g n i l l e S 60+ simmental cross heifers bred A.I. to ABS Angus sire Future Force.

Greeting members and guests of the Association, managing social media sites, as well as working on Cow Country News and the Livestock Advertising Network, will be just a few of my duties at KCA. I was raised on a small crop farm in southeastern Wisconsin. We grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa. I was an active member of 4-H and FFA. Through these programs I held leadership positions, attended local and national conferences, competed in Meats Evaluation contests, and spent ten years showing livestock at the county fair. I took my passion for agriculture to the Twin-Cities, where I attended the University of Minnesota. In 2016,

Association. After graduation, I worked at an advertising agency. Though I had agribusiness clients and was learning a great deal, the work I was doing felt too far removed from the industry I was so passionate about. It wasn’t long before I realized advertising wasn’t for me. Which brings me to my current chapter. I moved from America’s Dairyland to the Bluegrass State to begin work with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. I am excited to be in the largest cattle producing state east of the Mississippi, helping KCA provide a voice for Kentucky’s Beef Farm Families.

Cattle sold will be CAIP eligible & tested negative for P.I.

For more information contact Tim Graves 859 481-3954

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CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use in animals that have shown hypersensitivity to florfenicol. NOT FOR HUMAN USE. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Can be irritating to skin and eyes. Avoid direct contact with skin, eyes, and clothing. In case of accidental eye exposure, flush with water for 15 minutes. In case of accidental skin exposure, wash with soap and water. Remove contaminated clothing. Consult physician if irritation persists. Accidental injection of this product may cause local irritation. Consult physician immediately. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk about Norfenicol with your veterinarian. For customer service, adverse effects reporting, or to obtain a copy of the MSDS or FDA-approved package insert, call 1-866-591-5777. PRECAUTIONS: Not for use in animals intended for breeding. Effects on bovine reproductive performance, pregnancy, and lactation have not been determined. Intramuscular injection may result in local tissue reaction which persists beyond 28 days. This may result in trim loss at slaughter. Tissue reaction at injection sites other than the neck is likely to be more severe. RESIDUE WARNINGS: Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 28 days of the last intramuscular treatment. Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 33 days of subcutaneous treatment. Not approved for use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older, including dry dairy cows as such use may cause drug residues in milk and/or in calves born to these cows. A withdrawal period has not been established in pre-ruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. ADVERSE REACTIONS: Inappetence, decreased water consumption, or diarrhea may occur transiently. Manufactured by: Norbrook Laboratories Limited, Newry, BT35 6PU, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The Norbrook logos and Norfenicol ® are registered trademarks of Norbrook Laboratories Limited.


unt leasing farms or other types of property are a growing business across the country. In some areas of the country, hunt leasing arrangements have been common for decades, however across Kentucky the concept has really just started gaining traction within the last few years. The topic can be a touchy subject, as traditionally free access for hunting or other recreation is lost, people are left with limited or no options to partake in an activity they love. Traditional hunting spots they hold close to their heart, like the tree stand they always sit in on the first day of deer season, may be lost, causing mixed emotions and responses.

Potential Income

One of the big reasons this concept is now taking off in Kentucky, is that hunt leasing potentially provides another diversified and consistent income for the property. This is especially true for landowners who may not hunt or do not reside on their properties. In addition, the current popular hunting culture in the country is very mobile, informed, and Kentucky, because of its potential for large deer, is now a destination hunting state. This provides demand for areas to hunt that are not public ground. Kentucky landowners can expect a wide range of incomes from hunt leasing their property. The average per acre income within Kentucky is around $10 - $20, however if you have a prized property you can potentially earn upwards of $40 per acre. So what makes one farm worth more than another, well it depends on many, many, variables, some that are within the landowners control and some that are not. What are the big ones? What species leasee(s) are allowed to hunt, year round access, and abilities to manipulate properties through active

wildlife management are examples of negotiation topics that can impact the cost per acre. Larger properties with more woods generally fetch a higher price than farms dominated by pasture fields. Farms in Western Kentucky will get a better price per acre on average than those in central or eastern parts of the state.

out trail cameras or scout your property too extensively. You want to find a person or group that you can personally work with and get along with. It is a business relationship that occurs on your property, potentially in your backyard, so be prepared to deal with any issues or damages that occur.

Do it yourself or hire a middle man?

You want to make sure that when you put together a lease it has some key components within it. First, you want to clearly define all individuals involved with the lease. It is recommended that no one else is allowed to hunt the property if they are not on the lease. This means you may need to include immediate family members that may hunt, like the children of those involved. They do not need to be signing the lease but should be listed as a potential hunter. Clearly define and include the purpose of the lease, what species are allowed to be hunted, the term of the lease, amount of payments and due dates, boundaries of the property(ies), transferability to another party, statement of compliance with game laws, and any other specific conditions you have negotiated. Examples of specific conditions could include limited areas that hunters can use to access the property, the use of off road vehicles, or anything else that is important and needed to be clearly defined in writing. Make sure renewal procedures, breach of contract clauses, liability waivers, and termination procedures are all present and clearly laid out. If at all possible have a notary and lawyer involved to ensure the lease will hold water if anything does not go as planned.

Multiple options exist if you decide to lease your property. Several companies exist and operate within Kentucky that act as middle men to help facilitate the successful leasing of a property. Usually the group will do a site visit, get a history of the property, take some pictures, and put together a description of the farm to advertise to their hunters. The advantage to using these groups is that they can put the farm in front of a larger number of perspective hunters. In addition, these companies are going to price your property to maximize your income and are aware and usually can fetch the actual market value of your property. However, they are a business and therefore you will be paying them for their advertisement and management of the lease, usually somewhere around 15-20% of the income from the lease. The other option is to do everything yourself, but you should be aware of several issues before you go this route. When advertising that you want to hunt lease your property, use several different methods so it’s visible to lots of potential clientele. It really is not a good idea to lease your property to the first person that contacts you. Vetting your potential lease(s) as best you can is a must, although it is tedious and time consuming, just remember these are the folks that are potentially going to be in your backyard on a regular basis. Expect to have people ask to visit your farm before signing a lease and you should let them, however don’t let them put

What to include in the lease?

Liability Concerns

Under Kentucky law, landowners are free from liability if they give free access to individuals for hunting or other outdoor recreational activities on their property. Now, the second a penny is

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exchanged for access, the landowner is potentially liable if an accident occurs on their property (hunter caused or not). The best way to deal with this issue is to require anyone leasing your property to carry hunt lease insurance. This type of plan is sold by a variety of companies and will help alleviate any concerns associated with that liability if the worst happens. It is recommended that when you sign your hunt lease, the hunters should provide documentation of a paid insurance policy or you can purchase the policy and work its cost into the lease. It is strongly recommended to have a lawyer look over your lease agreement before it is signed. They will be able to identify any problems or direct you if things need to be changed.


This topic is really meant to help landowners to think outside the box. You have the potential here to negotiate with your leasee to accomplish some goals or get some help on your property. The key is that you have the ability to bargain with your leasee to potentially decrease their costs for the hunt lease the next year. This also means you will have a decreased income but you may be getting other goals accomplished through their help. A great example is if you have a farm that is experiencing crop damage, you could offer a “$25 off your lease next year for every doe” incentive to help lower deer populations on the farm.

Take home

The major points to take home are:

•This is a negotiation and a business relationship. You can specialize and personalize the lease as much as you want but remember for every extra requirement your price for your farm will probably change, and that goes both ways. •If at all possible get a lawyer to look over your lease and make sure you are protected from liability. •When you find a good tenant, someone that is easy to work with, respects your property and the resource, they are worth keeping around. •You will not get rich off of hunt leasing your farm but you may make a little extra cash that can go a long way at certain times.

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REPORTERS: Kalli Flanders

KJCA Directors Directors At Large: Abigal Smoot, Gabriel Sharp, Trey Tucker & Jessica Tucker REGION 1 Zach Imbruglio & Walter Steely REGION 2 Megan Underwood & Kailey Thompson REGION 3 Quentin Sowder & Jeremy Miller REGION 4 Addie White & Will Blaydes REGION 5 Julia Weaber & Reba Prather ADVISOR Nikki Whitaker and Niki Ellis


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KJCA Field Day at Bell’s Angus Farm BY NIKKI WHITAKER


he Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association had their Summer Field Day at Bell’s Angus Farm in Irvington on August 2nd. Around thirty-five youth from across the state, along with their parents, came together on the beautiful Registered Angus farm in Breckinridge County to learn about agriculture and beef cattle genetics. KJCA Officers, Sara Crutcher (President) and Kalli Flanders (Reporter), were on hand to welcome the group to the field day. Bobby Bell, a third generation cattle farmer, gave an overview of the Bell’s operation. Bobby’s father, Floyd Bell, along with Bobby and his family, run 30 Registered Angus cows on their 65 acre farm. Bobby explained how they use EPD’s in selecting breeding stock with superior genetic merit to increase the economic importance of their herd. Dr. Darrh Bullock, UK Beef Cattle Genetics Extension Professor, spoke to the crowd more on EPD’s and why it is important for a producer to make good bull decisions when selecting for genetics. Afterwards, the junior members participated in some Agriculture Literacy games provided by the Breckinridge and Grayson County Extension Office. The event ended with the Breckinridge County Cattlemen’s Association providing a delicious lunch with products from the KY Proud garden at the Breckinridge County Extension Office. The Kentucky Junior Cattlemen’s Association would like to thank the Bell family for hosting this year’s field day as well as the Breckinridge County Cattlemen’s Association; Breckinridge County Ag Agent, Carol Hinton; Grayson County Ag Agent, Whitney Carman; and Dr. Darrh Bullock for their time and dedication to the event. Because of their generosity, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is able to continue its outreach for youth in the cattle industry.

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KCA Membership Year Ends or the sixth consecutive year, the KCA membership has ended with a record breaking high. Since 2010, membership in KCA has risen steadily and had 2017 ending with 10,668 members, which is close to 200 more members than last year. Many county chapters increased membership as well. In all, thirty-

nine county associations increased their membership from last year with 21 of those increasing by 10 or more members. Bracken County had the largest membership increase, exceeding their membership by 129 members. Breckinridge County has won the Big Bull award for the first time having 523 KCA members in their county. You can see all the Membership Madness winners on page 69. The 2018 membership year starts

Division 1 (151+ MEMBERS)

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



2017 Breckinridge Barren Shelby Marion Grayson Adair Logan Madison Bath Lincoln Jessamine Larue Washington Mercer Hart Clark Christian Warren Hardin Casey Meade Green Harrison

523 465 361 332 283 278 273 264 257 240 240 210 205 196 194 193 192 184 183 169 167 166 159

2016 Difference 401 512 338 303 290 248 290 270 212 251 217 230 209 199 205 187 200 206 225 159 170 174 159

122 -47 23 29 -7 30 -17 -6 45 -11 23 -20 -4 -3 -11 6 -8 -22 -42 10 -3 -8 0

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2017 Henry Northern Kentucky Fleming Monroe Daviess Laurel Allen Metcalfe Trimble Northeast Area Pulaski Franklin Scott Anderson Garrard Jackson Mountain Edmonson Boyle Webster Purchase Area Owen Campbell Russell Caldwell-Lyon Bourbon Muhlenberg Fayette Mason Hancock

141 138 133 132 131 128 126 117 116 115 114 112 111 104 103 100 98 97 95 92 89 87 84 83 82 80 79 79 63 56

2016 Difference 150 132 120 135 123 134 108 121 124 115 113 111 111 89 96 106 85 84 96 79 79 80 81 83 82 92 97 81 78 98

-9 6 13 -3 8 -6 18 -4 -8 0 1 1 0 15 7 -6 13 13 -1 13 10 7 3 0 0 -12 -18 -2 -15 -42

October 1st. Please support KCA even further by renewing for the 2018 membership year. And, if at any time in the future you have a question about your membership, please feel free to contact the KCA office. Thank you again for your loyalty and support!

2017 Bracken 156 Taylor 83 Clinton-Cumberland77 Louisville Area 72 Out of State 72 Woodford 71 Nelson 69 Todd 65 Ohio 63 Trigg 63 Grant 59 Rockcastle 57 Oldham 56 Pendleton 53 Whitley 51 Highlands 47 McCreary 44 Wayne 44 Carroll 44 Estill 42 Butler 42 Union 39 Robertson 39 Lewis 39 Nicholas 36 Montgomery 35 Twin Lakes 34 Simpson 33 Clay 32 Calloway 30 Bullitt 26

Division 3 (CONTINUED)

2016 Difference 27 72 59 66 62 57 70 63 75 63 66 63 65 49 51 54 48 50 50 39 37 42 31 27 40 51 23 27 33 27 43

129 11 18 6 10 14 -1 2 -12 0 -7 -6 -9 4 0 -7 -4 -6 -6 3 5 -3 8 12 -4 -16 11 6 -1 3 -17

2017 McLean Livingston Menifee Hopkins Crittenden Henderson Magoffin River Hills Powell Eastern Foothills Knox Pike Gallatin Bell Harlan

26 25 23 22 19 16 12 8 7 7 6 4 2 1 1

2016 Difference 35 26 21 22 27 16 13 13 8 9 5 4 2 1 1

-9 -1 2 0 -8 0 -1 -5 -1 -2 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS AS OF: JULY 31, 2017 10668 10470 198

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Kentucky’s Largest County Top Ten Recruiters Overall Cattlemen’s Association (KCA Blue Jacket Award) (Big Bull Award & $1,000 1) Bobby Bell (Breckinridge County) Cash Prize) – 2 10 M embers Recruited W inner: Breckinridge County – 5 2 3 M embers

Top Five Counties Overall (Cash Prize) 1) Breckinridge – 5 2 3 M embers ($1, 000) 2 ) Barren – 4 6 5 M embers ($4 00) 3 ) Shelby - 3 6 1 M embers ($3 00) 4 ) M arion – 3 3 2 M embers ($2 00) 5 ) G rayson - 2 8 3 M embers ($100)

Top County in Numerical Membership Increase ($500 Cash Prize) Divi sion 1 – Breckinridge County – 12 2 M ember Increase Divi sion 2 – Allen County – 18 M ember Increase Divi sion 3 – Bracken County – 15 6 M ember Increase

Top Five Recruiters Overall (Cash Prize) 1) Bobby Bell (Breckinridge County) – 2 10 M embers Recruited ($1, 000) 2 ) Je ssamine County Cattlemen’ s Association – 18 6 M embers Recruited ($4 00) 3 ) Barren County Cattlemen’ s Association – 17 6 M embers Recruited ($3 00) 4 ) L incoln County Cattlemen’ s Association – 13 2 M embers Recruited ($2 00) 5 ) Irv in J. K upper (Shelby County) – 9 2 M embers Recruited ($100)

2 ) e J ssamine County Cattlemen’ s Association – 18 6 M embers Recruited 3 ) Barren County Cattlemen’ s Association – 17 6 M embers Recruited 4 ) L incoln County Cattlemen’ s Association – 13 2 M embers Recruited 5 ) Irvi n J. K upper (Shelby County) – 9 2 M embers Recruited 6 ) L arue County Cattlemen’ s Association - 7 3 M embers Recruited 7 ) M ercer County Cattlemen’ s Association - 6 3 M embers Recruited 8 ) Carrie Haynes (Breckinridge County) - 5 5 M embers Recruited 9 ) Scott Childress (E dmonson County) - 4 7 M embers Recruited 10) Darla W ethington (Breckinridge County) - 4 5 M embers Recruited

Recruiters who Recruited 10 or More Members (KCA Shirt Award) Bobby Bell, Je ssamine County Beef Cattle Association, Barren County Cattlemen’ s Association, L incoln County Cattlemen’ s Association, Irvi n J. K upper, L arue County Cattlemen’ s Association, M ercer County Cattlemen’ s Association, Carrie Haynes, Scott Childress, Darla W ethington, Charlie Hunt, Hardin County Cattlemen’ s Association, Tammy W arner, Sheryl Boyd, Ja ckson County Cattlemen’ s Association, Steve Downs, Rita Spalding, Sara G reenwell, Hart County Cattlemen’ s Association, Phillip Reese, W anda Hawkins, W es Hargis, Thomas W Spalding, Bo Tate, J ohn F. Buck, Jo hn M ark Brown, Nancy Adam K loentrup, Royce V incent, Shane W iseman

Counties with a 10 or More Membership Gain Based on the Previous Membership Year (County President Award / Red Jacket) Danny Cooper (Bracken County), Bobby Bell (Breckinridge County), Danny Harmon (Bath County), Troy G rider (Adair County), Steve Downs (M arion County), Irvi n K upper (Shelby County), Doug M arshall (J essamine County), Bret Harper (Allen County), Barney L atham (Clinton/ Cumberland Area), L ee Hahn (Anderson County), Rusty Thompson (W oodford County), Chris M itchell (Fleming County), Arch Sebastian (M ountain Area), Royce V incent (E dmonson County), K eith Jo hnson (W ebster County), Steve Singer (L ewis County), Darrin Price (Taylor County), Steve Peddicord (Twin L akes Area), Phillip Reece (Casey County), Shawn Harper (Purchase Area)

County Presidents who Exceeded County Membership Numbers from the Previous Year (KCA Coffee Mug Award)

Danny Cooper (Bracken County), Bobby Bell (Breckinridge County), Danny Harmon (Bath County), Troy G rider (Adair County), Steve Downs (M arion County), Irvi n K upper (Shelby County), Doug M arshall (J essamine County), Bret Harper (Allen County), Barney L atham (Clinton/ Cumberland Area), L ee Hahn (Anderson County), Rusty Thompson (W oodford County), Chris M itchell (Fleming County), Arch Sebastian (M ountain Area), Royce V incent (E dmonson County), K eith Jo hnson (W ebster County), Steve Singer (L ewis County), Darrin Price (Taylor County), Steve Peddicord (Twin L akes Area), Phillip Reece (Casey County), Shawn Harper (Purchase Area), Ja mes Cook (Davi ess County), Robertson County, Jo e Ball (G arrard County), K yle Ja cobs (Owen County), Je remy Jo nes (Clark County), Davi d M iller (Northern K entucky Area), Nathan L awson (L ouisvi lle Area), Chris Brown (Simpson County), Ron G lass (Butler County), Ji mmy Roseberry (Pendleton County), Ronald Steffen (Campbell County), Danny Callahan (E still County), Calloway County, Don L aster (Todd County), Billy Hall (M enifee County), Jo hn Burnett (Pulaski County), Patrick Stone (Franklin County), K nox County

Congratulations to all counties on another great membership year!

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KBC Intern Reflects on Experience


ell Cattlemen and Cattlewomen, it’s been an awesome summer being able to work on behalf of the 38,000 beef producers across the Commonwealth. For the past three months I have been able to experience a lot, learn even more, and I’ve grown as a person and producer. Coming from a small operation in Hardin County I never fully understood how much time and effort goes into the council work, most people think it’s a walk in the park but this summer I have learned there is a small army of women who are working day end and day out to promote beef. And I have had the honor to be a part of this small army this summer. My first week in the office was nothing like I expected it to be. I was expecting to just learn the ends and outs of the Beef Council, but I soon realized there was a lot going on and a 70

lot of moving parts. I was able to go to Remke Market with Katelyn Hawkins in Northern Kentucky to conduct a cooking class highlighting beef ’s versatility. Being at a cooking event in the grocery store was a welcomed change from my normal grocery shopping routine. Attendees were able to try a four coarse meal, learn more about beef products all while sitting in the middle of a grocery store, which personally I’ve never seen it done before so it was an amazing experience. The next day I was able to go with Kiah Twisselman to sample the mozzarella flatbread with a flank steak at the Boone’s Butcher Shop customer appreciation day in Nelson County. It was good to be close to home and seeing familiar faces, but it was also nerve racking conducting my first sampling which is quite different from serving Shmacon at convention. Thankfully, I survived and I had a great

time talking to consumers about beef. The next big event was state convention and as a lover of all things blue and gold, I was at home. We were able to talk to hundreds of FFA members, advisors, and fellow sponsors; it was different not being in the blue corduroy but it felt like it had come full circle from the time I was the one in the blue jacket to being an intern at the Kentucky Beef Council. Then the Beef Council life took me to Franklin- Simpson Boys and Girls Club where I was able to talk to children about byproducts from cattle and we made marshmallow cows that they loved. The next event that happened was the Teachers PD event: Teach Prime; where Agriculture Education teachers came to the office for an in depth demonstrations and learning experience of the meat industry. They learned how to yield grade and even able to break down

a ribeye roll, as a WKU AG student it was awesome to be able to see another colleges meat lab and be able to see how other universities do certain things. (I still love my TOPS) A similar event but also a different experience was the Meat Your Neighbor Tour, a farm to table event that was full of dieticians, bloggers, and teachers exploring Spencer County and learning about all things beef. It was weird to be to meet people who had never been close to a cow or even seen one, it was my first event that I learned that not everyone knows the pros of beef products and how the media makes presumptions for people without knowing all the facts. They had a lot of questions ranging from GMO’s to What is a Cow/Calf operation and everything in between. Throughout the summer I was able to travel and talk to different cattlemen’s groups so it was nice to be pushed out of my comforts zone in the questions department. After Meat your Neighbor it’s been full forced state fair madness, as a beef exhibitor I’ve only seen one side of the state fair so it’s is definitely going to be a different experience but I’m super excited to be able to promote beef on behalf of every beef producer in the Bluegrass State. I am super sad my internship is ending but I’m very blessed to be able to leave Lexington with a suitcase full of memories, experiences, and connections that will last a lifetime. It has been an amazing summer and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to have spent it. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Katelyn Hawkins, Niki Ellis, and Kiah Twisselman for taking me under your wing this summer, showing me the ends and outs, and being the best second moms I could ask for. And also a thank you to the beef producers all across the Commonwealth for allowing me to promote your products and lifestyle from Eastern Kentucky all the way to Western Kentucky and everything in between. It’s been an amazing journey but the ride isn’t over but until then “Beef it’s what’s for dinner”.

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

Eden Shale Farm Serves as Learning Farm for Summer Intern



pending the summer as the Kentucky Beef Network’s Summer Intern has allowed me to experience Kentucky’s beef cattle industry in many unique ways. In the mountains of Jackson, KY it was very interesting to see how their cattle handling techniques differed from those used in central and western Kentucky. One of the most interesting events of the summer was attending the KBN Facilitator trip to western Kentucky where we toured the O.Z. Tyler Bourbon Distillery, where we also got to see how the excess slop from the distillery was used to feed cattle on a local farm. While these trips were very fun and educational, most of my days were spent working at the Eden Shale Farm and Learning Center. Working on the farm allowed

me to work closely and interact with cattle daily, whether it be feeding cows in the barn, rotating steers between paddocks, or vaccinating and castrating calves, these experiences allowed me to become very familiar with the cattle on the farm and helped me to better understand how to work with and manage a large cow herd. Days when the cattle were not the top priority, were spent mowing, raking, and baling grass hay, wheat, or sudan grass, other days were spent removing and rebuilding a new cattle handling facility which will give the farm easier means to work cattle held in the paddocks on the farm. Overall my experience with the Kentucky Beef Network has been great, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with them

over the summer, I am sure that I will take away beneficial advice and experience to assist me in my future career in the agriculture industr y, and I hope that during my time with KBN this summer has been what they expected and more.

Weaning 101 Workshop: “A KBN Facilitators Hands-on Weaning Program” Ben Lloyd Ron Shrout

B N an d U K are ex c i ted to an n oun c e that the W ean i n g 10 W orks hop wi l l be of f ered agai n thi s year at the E den S hal e Farm . I t i s getti ng c l os e to that ti m e of the year when produc ers are prepari ng to wean thei r s pri n g- b orn c al v es . T hi s program i s a great opportuni ty to hear f rom U n i ve rs i ty of K ent uc ky E xt ens i on S pec i al i s ts and I ndus try E xpe rts on a va ri ety of areas pertai ni ng to the weani ng peri od. T opi c s to be c ove red duri ng the day eve nt i nc l ude: V ac c i na ti on P rotoc ol s , I m pl an ti n g S trategi es , D ev el opi n g a Feedi n g P rogram f or W ean ed C al v es , M ana gem ent of L ots f or W eani ng, Feeder C attl e G radi ng, and the E c onom i c s of W eani ng C al ve s . P arti c i pant s wi l l have the opportuni ty to gai n hands - on, c hute72

s i de ex peri en c e of proc es s i n g c al v es ; i nc l udi ng proper va c c i ne handl i ng an d i n j ec ti on s i tes , i m pl an ti n g tec hn i q ues , and ear taggi ng. T hi s year’ s program wi l l take pl ac e on S eptem be r 1 3 th, 2017 wi th regi s trati on be gi ni ng at 8: 30 a.m . T he W ean i ng 10 W orks hop i s f ree to producers but space is limited to the first 30 people. Lunch will be sponsored by Elanco. To reserve your spot, please call the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association at (859)-278-0899. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jeff Lehmkuhler (, Becky Thompson (bthompson@kycattle. org), or Ben Crites (benjamin.crites@uky. edu).

Whitesville, KY (270) 993-1074

Winchester, KY (606) 205-6143

Charles Embry

Tim Graves

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Springfield, KY (859) 481-3954

Jacob Settles

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Eden Shale Update

Dan Miller

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


oy, did the summer fly by or what?! Somehow it has gotten to be September and fall is right around the corner. But I can’t complain about the summer this year. Other than a few hot weeks the weather has been nice and it has rained and stayed green all the way through August. This year at the farm we have 61 stocker calves that have been grazing through the paddocks. Dr. Glen Aiken has then broken into 6 different groups and we collected weights on them throughout the summer. The steers were purchased on June 7th and processed on June 9th with an average beginning weight of 620 lbs. We

collected another weight on August 15th with an average weight of 675 lbs. During these first 67 days the steers averaged 0.8 lbs Average Daily Gain as a group. There were subgroups in each rotation based on the forage treatment each group was eating. The calves grazing the Chaparrel treated paddocks had an ADG of 1 lb per day. The paddocks that had clover seeded also gained 1 lb per day. The control group, which had no treatment and consisted of mainly KY 31 fescue averaged 0.6 lbs per day. Enable to give the paddocks some rest we are now going to put all the steers together and graze through some pastures that haven’t had animals on them since early spring. During the past month we have also worked a lot on our new handling facility. There were about 70 post that had to be put 3 foot into the ground. I believe we hit rock on all but about a dozen of the post. Needless to say I am

glad that part of the project is finished. It has turned out really well and I am looking forward to using the new system. So far this year we have gotten two cuttings off of our sorghum sudan grass. We will get a third cutting before frost kills the warm season annual. This should give us roughly 80 bales off of the 15 acres of sorghum sudan. Please mark your calendars for our upcoming field days. A Weaning Workshop will be held on September 13th, and our annual Open House will be on October 14th. Please visit the website for more information at www.

Lastly, I would like to thank our intern this summer, Ben Willoughby. Ben was a huge asset and helped us increase our efficiency around the farm. He worked hard all summer and with never a complaint. Thank you Ben, for your efforts and good luck this semester at the University of Kentucky.

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A ngus - T he Business Breed K E N T U C K Y A N G U S A S SO


2016-2017 K Angus Association Officers: President: Tim J effries Ÿ Camner, KY V President: Gil Ray Cow les Ÿ oc field Sec res : Anne DeMott Ÿ Lexington, KY

KY Angus Association Membership Application Name:____________________________________________


W illiam N . O ffutt IV 3790 Paris R oad Georgetow n, KY 40324 Phone: (859) 533-2020 Email: W ebsite: w w w 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

R ichard and Glenda Stallons 1240 Dogw ood Kelly R oad Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240 Home- (270)885-4352 Cell- (270)839-2442 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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F or More Inf ormation: In the pasture

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

2004-2014 NCE Charolais Genetic Trends BW





REA Marb

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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


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argill has reached an agreement to acquire the animal feed business of Richmond, Va.,based Southern States Cooperative, Inc., a move that will help the company better serve its customers in the eastern United States. The transaction is expected to close within 90 days, subject to customary approvals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This acquisition is an important part of Cargill Feed and Nutrition’s growth strategy and its commitment to the U.S. animal feed industry, strengthening its distribution, and go-to-market capabilities in the important Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. “Customers are at the heart of everything we do, and this agreement will allow us to better meet their needs in this key geography,” said Adriano Marcon, vice president and group director, Cargill Animal Nutrition. “I’m especially enthused about this partnership because it is clear that we share common core values, including a positive work environment and a commitment to delivering for our customers.” Under the agreement, Cargill will purchase the assets of Southern States Cooperative’s animal feed business, including seven feed mills and an important portfolio of products, brands and customer and supplier relationships.  The other segments of Southern States Cooperative’s business – retail, farm supply, energy, and agronomy – are not part of this transaction. “Southern States is excited to partner our feed manufacturing business with Cargill,” said Jeff Stroburg, president and CEO of Southern States Cooperative. “It’s important to note that while Southern States will no longer be making feed, we are committed as

ever to provide feed to our members and customers. We’re excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring to all stakeholders as we work together to grow the feed business in our marketplace.” Upon closing this transaction, Cargill will integrate complementary capabilities, expand access to innovation platforms, align nutrition capabilities and incorporate a broad trading and risk management competency. “Like Cargill, Southern States Cooperative has a rich history, important heritage and strong reputation,” said Mark Lueking, U.S. managing director, Cargill Feed and Nutrition. “We are committed to working together to continue to meet the needs of the local business and communities it serves. We will honor that legacy, and further build upon Southern States Cooperative’s reputation in the market, commitment to quality, and relationship with longstanding retail and customer networks.”

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Stocker1TM Stocker and Backgrounder Management System Measure, so You Can Manage Two segments of the Cattle Industry that haven’t had much technology available to it for managing their outfits are stocker operations and backgrounding yards. That has now Contʼd on pg.


Limousin Breeders of The Bluegrass B.F. Evans Cattle Company Byron Evans

Fullblood & Purebred Ÿ Embryos & Semen Stephen: 270-799-8685 760 Emily Court Ÿ Bow ling Green, KY 42101 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

land & cattle company 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 MMINS PO L L ED L IMO U SIN David & Donald P. Cummins Daniel G etting s 4312 W illow -L enoxburg R d. Foster, KY 41043 Elbow B end & C enter Point R d. Tompk insville, K Y 4 2 167 David 606-747-5886 Ÿ (C) 606.782.7003 2 7 0-4 8 7 -9 4 54 or 2 7 0-2 02 -7 7 55 Email: cumminsd@w “ R eg istered L imou sin and A ng u s G enetics” Tom & Chris Daniel

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

5171 Camargo-L evee R d. Mt. Sterling, KY 40353

859-498-0030 Ÿ 859-585-1785 Ÿ 859-585-8388 1225 E. Leestown Rd. Midway, KY 40347

Maple Shade Farm

Jonathan R ay 859-339-1137

Pete Gray Ÿ 606-748-3763 Martha Prew itt Ÿ 724 Secrest Crossing Ÿ 606-849-4249 L aura Beth R ay 355 Indigo Point Email: mapleshade1@w 859-792-1830 L ancaster, KY 40444 Flemingsburg, KY 41041

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

Bob Minerich, 859-582-6888 2003 Barnes Mill R d. Ÿ R ichmond, KY 40475 minegw “ Cattle for sale private treaty”

Ri c c i R o l a nD 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 606-843-6903 Cell: 606-524-9241

g Oaks Fa rm

1645 W inding Blade R d. East Bernstadt, KY 40729


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

Triple K L imousin

Allen & Jon Anderson

Paul & Brad Kidd

260 Henderson R d.

8254 HW Y 711 Ÿ W est L iberty, KY 41472

Eubank, KY 42567

606-743-7349 Ÿ 606-738-9493 Ÿ 606-495-6396

Allen: 606-872-8072 Ÿ Jon: 606-305-8859

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Kentucky Hereford Association KH A I nvi tes any H

eref ord Breeder to Become a Member!

Dues are $ 25. Send to 2396 Union City Rd. Richmond, KY 40475 U pcoming Events:

KHA Officers

President: L.W. Beckley President-elect: Tim Wolf Secretary/ Treasurer: Earlene Thomas 859-623-5734 thomasep@


Codee Guffey • 1815 Grassy Springs R oad Versailles, Kentucky 40383 Phone: 502-598-6355 Email: w w w


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



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

Peyton’s Well Polled Herefords The L ow ell Atw ood Family 133 Edgew ood 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”

BE CKLE Y H E RE FO RD S L.W. Beckley D.V.M L. Wayne Beckley 284 Pyrse Lane 1420 Fitchburg Rd. Irvine, KY 40336 Ravenna, KY 40472 Cell: 859-779-1419 Home: 606-723-3021 Clinic: 606-726-0000 Cell: 859-779-0962



Polled Herefords 439 Flatw oods Froz en Camp R oad • Corbin, KY 40701 Kevin, Angela, Bobby & Brenda W ells Kenlea & Kyler Murray 606-523-0569 - Home 606-528-1691 - Home 606-344-0417 - Cell 606-682-8143 - Cell w ells_



Boyd Beef Cattle

6077 Helena Road • Mayslick, KY 41055 Charlie Boyd II · 606-584-5194 Annual Bull Sale second Saturday in March Hereford and Angus Bulls

T K4 H eref ords Tony & Kathy Staples 992 Knotts Road Brandenburg, KY 40108 270-422-4220 tstaples@

J ackson Farms

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

Ch ambliss H eref ord Farms Brad, Carla, Clay an d Clint Ch ambliss 916 W inch ester Blvd . E liz abeth town, KY 42701 H ome ( 270) 982- 3905 • Cell ( 270) 668 -7126 fax 270-735-9922 w w w

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

WCN Polled Herefords Since 1961

Bill & L ibby N orris 2220 Celina R oad Burkesville, KY 42717 Phone (270) 433-7256 Cell (270) 433-1525 “ Every calf needs a w hite face”

Sweet T Farm

Pile Stock Farm

Registered Polled Herefords

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

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

Windy Hills Farm


R egistered P olled H eref ords 8103 Bill Moss Road • White House, TN 37188 Home/ Fax: 615-672-4483 Cell: 615-478-4483 billy@ j ® “F arming the Same Land Since 1834”

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

Thomas Farm

“Cattle for sale at all times”

Wells Farm

MPH Farms

P olled H eref ord and Gelbvi eh Cattle 3459 KY Hw y. 1284 E. Cythiana, KY 41031 (859) 234-6956 Ben, J ane, Shelby and Lincoln Eric & Ronnie Thomas 2396 Union City Rd. Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 623-5734 • Eric’s Cell (859) 314-8256

Contact Earlene Thomas for more information: 859-623-5734 w w w

Bulls • Heifers • Show



TS TS Tucker Stock Farms F F

“ R egistered Angus and Polled Herefords”



“Breeding Polled Herefords for over 58 Years” John Tucker “Registered Angus and Polled “Registered AngusHerefords” andIIPolled Herefords” 1790 Hidden Valley Lane Breeding cattle for sale at all times. John A. Tucker II John A. Tucker II Hudson, KY 40145 HiddenHerefords” Valley Lane 1999 Walnut Hill Rd. • Lexington, KY “Registered 40515 1790 Hidden Valley Lane Angus and 1790 Polled 270-617-0301 Hudson, KY 40145 Hudson, KY 40145 (859) 271-9086 • cell (859)533-3790 (270) 257-8548 (270) 257-8548 Offi 257-8167 Office for (270) 257-8167 John A. Tucker IIce (270) “Bulls always Sale”

Popplew ell’ s H eref ords

Re g i st e r e d He r e f o r d & An g u s F a r m

Service Ag e Bulls O pen and Bred Females For Sale V ince, Tracy & Alex Home ( 270 ) 8 6 6 - 4 4 8 0 1 5 26 Clearfork Rd. Cell ( 270 ) 5 6 6 - 1 8 5 2 Russell Spring s, K Y 4 26 4 2

O AHA ld& Fall Creek Farms KHA member • Proven bloodlines

1790 Hidden18-month-old Valley 18-month-old AngusLane & Polled Hereford Bulls For Sale Angus & Polled Hereford Bulls For Sale Hudson, KY 40145 (270) 257-8548 Office (270) 257-8167

Polled LINEBRED Hereford Bulls For Sale Private treaty sales • Visitors 18-month-old alw ays w elcome Angus & LINEBRED VICTOR DOMINO CATTLE VICTOR DOMINO CATTLE Multi-Trait Multi-Trait Selection Selection

1874 O ld Fall Creek R oad • Monticello, KY 42633

Reed Bertram 6 0 6 - 3 4 8 - 74 8 6 David Bertram 6 0 6 - 278 - 3 6 3 0

Fertility Disposition

Danny Miller

Fertility Calving Ease Calving Ease Disposition Milking Ability Milking Ability

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

270-465-6984 • 270-566-2694


Contʼd from pg. changed. A simple to use but very detailed program called Stocker1 TM is now available, offered to the industry by Micro Technologies of Amarillo, TX. Stocker1 is an intuitive, simple to use internet based software system built for the complexity of a backgrounder or stocker operation. “Stocker1 was built and tested by stocker and backgrounder operations across the country for ease of use and allows the user to access current inventory information like location, current head count by group, current weights and current break-evens on groups of cattle. Stocker1 allows the user to easily record the unique activities that occur on a stocker operation such as numerous moves, merges and splits within and between groups with the system rolling the costs forward so a current break-even is calculated on the new groups,” says Joe Young of Micro Technologies. Micro has been a familiar name to feedyards since the 1970s and has long been known for its “innovation in motion” approach to developing and marketing new technologies that drive efficiencies as well as distributing a full line of animal health and feed additive products. Micro’s animal health and feed management systems are in hundreds of feedyards across North America. Basically, Stocker1 is a Full featured management system for stockers and backgrounders, Stocker1 captures cattle costs, feeding, processing and treatment events plus other expenses such as pasture rent, yardage or gain charges. One-time expenses such as dropping off a round bale of hay or delivering mineral blocks can also be easily recorded for an accurate break-even calculation for a particular location or group of cattle. Group billing summaries or detailed billing reports for customers, health reports by origin or buyer and treatment history are a few of the reports available on Stocker1. Stocker1 was developed by Stocker Innovations of Hydro, OK. The system

was developed in cooperation with many diverse stocker and backgrounding operations. Shawn Walter of Stocker Innovations stated that working closely with a wide range of operation types has allowed Stocker1 to handle the many different situations that occur on operations today. In visiting with operations using Stocker1, the main theme is that the system not only helps them manage their operation, it saves them time. Having all their information, from feed to cattle costs, and health to management reports, in one easy to use system allows everyone on the team to be on the same page. One person can be entering feed information while another can be doctoring animals. Equipment Needs: Stocker1 is an internet based system. Due to that, most operations don’t need to purchase any additional hardware. Users can access it from any location with internet capabilities from an office desktop, laptop or Windows tablet, utilizing a secure username and password.

New Applicator Gun Offers Easy and Accurate Deworming


attle producers now have another weapon in their arsenal against parasites. Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) introduced a new applicator gun for its Synanthic® (oxfendazole) bovine dewormer suspension. The applicator gun allows cattle producers to more easily and accurately deworm their cattle against damaging internal parasites. The durable gun is made of metal and holds up to tough conditions and the wear and tear of handling cattle. It also features a dial-a-dose system that gives producers the option to easily adjust dosage units for different cattle weights. The gun is made specifically for use with SYNANTHIC. SYNANTHIC is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic effective for the removal

and control of lungworms, roundworms and tapeworms in cattle. SYNANTHIC is a low-dose product, requiring just five mL per 550 pounds of body weight. With the new dial-a-dose system, producers are able to quickly adjust between three and 15 mL, providing more accurate dosing and reduced product waste, with less processing time and stress. “We have a responsibility to use dewormers as judiciously as possible to help prevent resistance,” said Mitch Johnson, senior marketing manager at BI. “SYNANTHIC uses a concentrated solution, which allows for a lower dose, so you can get more deworming done with less dewormer. We invested in the new applicator gun to make the application experience the best it can be for both the animal and our customers.” Contact your BI representative to learn more about the applicator gun and how it can help ease your deworming process.

Purina Animal Nutrition and Performance Livestock Analytics work together to offer cattle producers real-time decision tools Purina Animal Nutrition and Performance Livestock Analytics (PLA) are joining forces to give Purina customers access to Performance Beef software. Built for farmer-feeders and feedlots, Performance Beef software gives producers the data they need to make real-time, profit-focused decisions. “Performance Beef software allows producers to capture and analyze the large amount of feed data generated today,” says Anthony Robinson,associate marketing manager ™

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CPH 45 Sale Dates December

December 4, Steers & Heifers, Guthrie December 5, Steers & Heifers, Paris December 6, Steers & Heifers, Springfield December 7, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro December 12, Steers & Heifers, Richmond December 13, Steers & Heifers, Lexington


January 17, Steers & Heifers, Lexington January 22, Steers & Heifers, Guthrie


February 1, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro


March 21, Steers & Heifers, Lexington


April 26, Steers & Heifers, Owensboro

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NEWS RELEASES Contʼd from pg.

helps uncover insights.

with Purina Animal Nutrition. “The new software subscription service eliminates data collection and entry, and helps optimize operation costs.” With easy-to-read charts and graphs, Performance Beef software: ™

monitors feedyard performance, organizes feed inputs, automates delivery, eliminates batch sheets, and;

The software also connects producers to their closest advisors. When a producer shares data through Performance Beef software, their Purina representative can make timely nutrition recommendations to enhance profit potential. “We focus on delivering real-time data to help make cattle operations more profitable,” says Dane Kuper, CEO with Performance Livestock ™

Analytics. “Our goal is to help optimize the performance and efficiency of every animal, so operations remain sustainable.” Purina customers can access a proprietary software model for a monthly fee. After set-up, cattle producers can access their information from any device anywhere in the world. “Performance Beef software is a convenient tool to help put cattle producers in control of performance ™

KE N T U CKY GE LBV I E H B L U EG R A SS G EL B V IEH INV ITA TIO NA L SA L E Chennault Ag Center M t. Sterling , K entucky Saturday, September 3 0 1 :0 0 p.m. ( ET)

and profitability potential,” says Robinson. “Producers can be confident they’re making the right decisions for their operation at the right time.” Contact your Purina representative to learn more about Performance Beef or go to ™



Kentucky Fair & Expo Center - Louisville, Kentucky Junior Heifer Show Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Shows start at 8:00 a.m. (ET) Arrival - By noon on Friday, November 10, 2017- Release at the conclusion of show Open Shows Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m. (ET) Arrival - 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET) on Monday, November 13, 2017 Release at the conclusion of days show or 00 p.m. T tie outs on ednesday, ovember 1 , 01 Entries due by Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Visit for more info

William M cIntosh, President ( 5 0 2) 8 6 7- 3 1 3 2 Jo e Piles , V ice President ( 5 0 2) 5 0 7- 3 8 4 5 Pat Tilg hman, Secretary/ Treasurer ( 270 ) 6 78 - 5 6 9 5

Clifford Farms 3459 Ky Hwy 1284E Cyn th iana, KY 41031 Since 1937

Cattle for Sale at all times.

Black &


Gold Gelbviehs

Gelbvieh, Simmental, & Commerical Cattle

R andy & W anda W ade 859-234-4803 Mike, Shelley & R onin Meyer 859-298-9931 Kevin, Shannon, & Kamber Farrell 859-588-9121

Brian W . D ye r D V M

Ow ner/ Manager

GELBVIEH/ BALANCERS 2050 Glasgow Road Burkesville, KY 42717 Brian, Lauren, Kristen Barry, Emily & J ulia

F u ll C ircle F arms

Brad Burke 9 8 9 M etcalf M ill Rd. • Ewing , K Y 4 1 0 3 9 ( H) 6 0 6 - 26 7- 5 6 0 9 • ( C) 6 0 6 - 78 2- 1 3 6 7 g bb78 9 @

Pleasant Meadows Farm

Meeting modern industry demands: • Added Fertility • Increased Efficiency • More pounds of calf weaned American Gelbvieh Association 303-465-2333 | 82

Gary & Pat Tilghman Lindsey Tilghman Jones Family Carrie & Daryl Derossett Family 690 Lick Branch Road Glasgow, KY 42141 270.678.5695 Ÿ

Bar IV Livestock

Barry, Beth & Ben R acke • Brad R acke 7416 Tippenhauer R d. • Cold Spring, KY 41076

R eg istered G elbvieh C attle

Phone (859) 635-3832 • Barry cell (859) 991-1992 Brad cell (859) 393-3677 • Ben cell (859) 393-3730 Fax (859) 635-3832 • bar4@tw

Bee Lick Gelbviehs

K ilbourne G elbvieh

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

East Bernstadt, K Y 6 0 6 -8 4 3 -6 5 8 3 cell 6 0 6 - 3 0 9 - 4 6 6 2

Black R eplacement Heifers & Bulls Availble Embryo transplant & AI sired calves

Mockingbird Hill Farms

Larry C lark &

Sons LLC

Registered Gelbvi eh Cattle Registered Gelbvieh Cattle 1153 Robert Landis Road-Greensburg, KY 42743 Shane Wells 10172 Provo Rd. Rochester, KY L arry Clark, O w ner & O perator H: 270-934-2198 C: 270-791-8196 (270) 299-5167 (270) 337-2801 L

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Back to School and better role models. They need parents and families that pay attention to them and do things with them – share their interests. You can’t spoil a good kid with ----------------attention, but lack of attention University of Kentucky and giving “things” in lieu of Extension Beef Specialist attention is a bad plan. Children without a supportive family unit are y grandkids just came in for at a big disadvantage. their last visit before the There is one great equalizer that new school year starts and money can’t buy and that is the ability I am now reflecting on the changes to learn. It is my firm belief that that more knowledge can bring to almost all kids have an innate ability them. Is it just me or are they smarter to be very good at something. We than we were at that age? I think they (all of us) need to help young folks are much smarter. One thing is for find out what that something is and sure, then youth are the future of our then mentor and encourage them to industry – and of this great country. reach their dreams. Smart kids can We must make an investment in be rich or poor – doesn’t matter but young folks while they want to learn. opportunities do matter. The most common need for young People ask “what’s wrong with this folks is an education. That’s right. It’s new generation?” I’ll tell you what’s an education. It always has been and wrong. We are! They need more

Dr. Roy Burris


still is. Education is the great equalizer. I recently read “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. I won’t do a review but he points out how he escaped poverty, beat the odds and got a Harvard education. More importantly, he points out that we “lose” a lot of kids before they get to college. They need help and encouragement before that. Sometimes we forget about the importance of secondary education. I do not understand the recent trend (by some folks) to think that knowledge and education isn’t important. It is. Here’s what I think scares people about the future: we have extended science and technology to the point that the seemingly impossible may now be possible. Now we also need to add bioethics to the study of science. Education and knowledge are taking us to heights that we never expected. We must now, as always, use this knowledge to benefit mankind.



People that haven’t studied science have a difficult time understanding a lot of scientific advancements and frequently dismiss anything that they don’t understand as “junk science” but it won’t go away. College professors don’t get these young minds together and trick them into believing that the world is round – knowledge is gained “one brick at a time” with each generation adding more and making new discoveries. I believe that the millennials will not care as much about the “rich getting richer” but will be much more attuned to societal needs than my generation (the baby boomers) ever was. Several years ago, I printed a poem in this column and didn’t think a lot about it until I saw the late Russell Hackley and he had laminated it and was carrying it in his billfold. Maybe this is a good time to print it again as we watch our kids and grandkids go off to school.















































































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“Hold Fast the Summer” by Mary W. Abel


Feeder cattle were $3 to $4 lower this week. Calves were steady to $4 lower. Market cows were $1 to $2 lower this week. -Troy Applehans

Hold fast the summer. It is the beauty of the day and all it contains. The laughter and work and finally the sleep. The quiet. Oh September, do not put your weight upon my mind. For I know he will be going. This son of mine who is now a man – he must go. Time will lace my thoughts with joyous years. The walls will echo his “Hello”. His caring will be around each corner. His tears will be tucked into our memory book. Life calls him beyond our reach – to different walls. Contʼd on pg.

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General September 7 CPC Fall Field Day September 11 Blue Grass Stockyards and Regional Marketplace Grand Opening, Lexington, KY, See ad on pg. 87 September 11 The Yards Education Center Grand Opening, Lexington, KY, See ad on pg. 39 September 10-15 FACTS Tour, California September 27 Whitestone Farm Cattleman Seminar, Aldie, VA, See ad on pg. 8 October 6-8 KJCA/KDA Fall Classic, More information on pg. 66 October 28 Tibetan Yak Exhibition, Morehead, KY, See ad on pg. 42

Angus September 9 CKAA Ladies Day Sale, Danville, KY, See ad on pg. 12 September 22 The Bluegrass Trifecta Angus Production Sale, Carlisle, KY September 23 Boyd Beef Cattle Elite Angus Female Sale, Mays Lick, KY, See ad on pg. 45 September 23 Maplecrest Farms Annual Female Production Sale, Hillsboro, OH, See ad on pg. 12 October 6 Factory Direct Elite Female Sale, West Lafayette, IN, See ad on pg. 3 October 7 Wood Angus Bull & Elite Female Sale, Willow Spring, NC, See ad on pg. 51 October 14 Solid Rock Angus Production Sale, Paris, KY, See ad on pg. 44

AD INDEX ACH Holdings Agrifinancial American Red Poll Association B & L Farm Cattle Company Bayer Animal Health Belles of the Bluegrass Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational Blue Grass Stockyards Bourbon Co. Elite Bred Heifer Sale Boyd Beef Cattle Burkmann Feeds Burns Farm CKAA Ladies Day CPC Commodities CPH-45 Capital Classic Heifer Sale Caudill Seed


15 41 8 10 11 35 49 87 32 45 10 29 12 19 77 42 75

October 14 Isaacs’ Angus Fall Harvest Sale, Horse Cave, KY, See ad on pg. 60 October 21 Whitestone Farm Sale, Aldie, VA, See ad on pg. 11 October 21 Circle A Angus Ranch Fall Bull and Heifer Sale, Iberia, MO, See ad on pg. 28 October 28 GMAA Annual Fall Sale, Campbellsburg, See ad on pg. 33 October 30 Stone Gate Farms Annual Fall Sale, Flemingsburg, KY, See ad on pg. 9 October 30 Oak Hollow Fall Bull Sale, Smiths Grove, KY, See ad on pg. 7 November 11 CKAA Fall Sale, Danville, KY February 27 Woodall Angus Buyer’s Choice Bull Sale, Quality, KY March 31 Heritage Farm Inaugural Sale, Shelbyville, KY

Brangus October 21 Town Creek Farm Sale, West Point, MS, See ad on pg. 55

Charolais October 7 Spirit of the Bluegrass Sale, Blue Grass Stockyards, Lexington, KY, See ad on pg. 13

Gelbvieh September 30 Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational Bull & Female Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 49 November 11 NAILE Gelbvieh & Balancer Show, See ad on pg. 82

Central Farm Supply 25 Central KY Premier Heifer Sale 47 Circle A Angus 28 Debter Hereford Farm 63 Dievert Sales Service 65 East KY Replacement Bred Heifer Sale48 FPL Food, LLC 87 GMAA 33 Gateway Regional Bred Heifer Sale 42 Genex 46 Gibbs Farm 22 Graves Grandview Simmentals 63 Green River Area Heifer Sale 9 Green River Fence 42 Hayes Trailer Sales 47 Horstmann Cattle Co. 3 Isaacs Angus 60 John Deere 2 Kentucky Angus 74

Hereford September 2 The “Breeders Cup” Sale, Mayslick, KY September 9 Grassy Run Farms Mature Cow Herd Dispersal, Winfield, WV September 30 Burns Farms & Friends Female Sale, Pikeville, TN, See ad on pg. 29 October 28 Debter Hereford Farm Production Sale, Horton, AL, See ad on pg. 53 November 10 Beef Maker Bull & Female Sale, Cedartown, GA, See ad on pg. 61

Limousin September 2 Time to Shine Limousin Sale, London, KY October 7 The Foundation Sale III, Bowling Green, KY, See ad on pg. 15

October 27 Gateway Regional Bred Heifer Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY, See ad on pg. 42 October 28 Yon Family Farms Fall Sale, Ridge Spring, SC October 28 Graves Grandview Golden Genetics Commercial Bred Heifer Sale, Washington County Livestock Center, See ad on pg. 63 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. 9 November 6 Elite Bred Heifer Sale, Paris, KY See ad on pg. 32 November 18 West KY Select Bred Heifer Sale, Guthrie, KY, See ad on pg. 4

Red Poll September 29-30 Red Poll National Sale and Meeting, Murray, KY, See ad on pg. 8



September 16 Seedstock Plus Showcase Sale, Kingsville, MO, See ad on pg. 21 September 16 East KY Replacement Bred Heifer Sale, Lee City Stockyards, See ad on pg. 48 October 16 Central KY “Top of the Crop” Replacement Heifer Sale, Richmond, KY, See ad on pg. 19 October 21 Seedstock Plus Fall Bull Sale, Carthage, MO, See ad on pg. 21 October 27 Capital Classic Premier Heifer Sale, Owenton, KY, See ad on pg. 42

September 9 Silver Towne Farms Annual Production Sale, Winchester, IN, See ad on pg. 47 September 16 Family Matters Simmental Production Sale, Augburn , KY October 7 Belles of the Bluegrass Simmental Sale, Campbellsburg, KY, See ad on pg. 35 November 11 Gibbs Farms Bull & Female Sale, Ranburne, AL, See ad on pg. 22

Kentucky Charolais Association 76 Kentucky Gelbvieh Association 82 Kentucky Hereford Association 80 Kentucky Salers Association 84 Kentucky Simmental Association 78 Kuhn 14 Limestone Farm 27 Limousin Breeders of the Bluegrass 79 McBurneys Livestock & Equipment 15 Maplecrest Farm 12 Mid South Ag LLC 9 Multimin USA 23 Neat Steel 4 Newport Laboratories 26 No Bull Enterprises 9 Norbrook 64, 65 Oak Hollow 7 Reality Farm 33 Ridley, Inc. 34

Seedstock Plus 21 Shady Bottom Ranch 32 Silver Towne Farms 47 Solid Rock Angus 44 Southern States Coop 19 Stone Gate Farms 9 Sullivan Charolais 13 Town Creek Farm 55 Top of the Crop Bred Heifer Sale 19 Walters Buildings 31 Wax Company 88 West KY Select Bred Heifer Sale 4 White Hawk Ranch 61 Whitestone Farm 5, 8 Wood Angus 51 Zhi-ba Shing-ga Tibetan Yaks 42 Zoetis 43

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REGISTERED GELBVIEH Weaned registered Gelbvieh bulls & bred females. Contact Trent Jones 270-590-5266 STOLTZFUS SPREADERS Lime/Chicken Litter/Fertilizer Leo TMR Mixers- Manure Spreaders Great Plains Turbo max 1200 $19,500 New Holland BR 780A- $13,900 Call Charlie @ 859-608-9745 LIMOUSIN, ANGUS & LIM-FLEX BULLS & FEMALES FOR SALE HB Farms Midway, KY Greg Blaydes (859) 338-9402 James Hicks (859)227-0490 CALL US TODAY! Call Jacob Redway today to advertise to over 10,500 cattle producers in Kentucky for the month of September The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association offers print and digital options. Call us at 859-278-0899. FALL 2015 BULLS FOR SALE Registered Gelbvieh/Angus Balancer bulls. Homo black and black. Breeding Soundness Evaluation. BVD tested, Semen and Trich tested. Calving ease EPDs. Huntingburg, IN J&D Kerstiens 812-482-2688 or Duane Cassidy at 812-661-8005

25 RED ANGUS-SIMMENTAL CROSSED BRED HEIFERS Safe in calf to Red Angus bulls. Will start calving end of Feb. as 2 year olds. 1100 lbs. Call Lynn at 502-220-7156 or Steve at 502-321-9560 SORTING POLES-PADDLES-FLAGS Poles with your 8” decal. $5.70 each per 50. Sorting flag, $10.50. Sorting paddles $9. Kerndt Livestock Products. 800-207-3115 COMPREHENSIVE NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANS (CNMPS) Livestock manure management and water quality BMPs - Financial assistance available through NRCS or Ky Division of Conservation. Ben Koostra, Lexington, KY - NRCS Technical Service Provider 859-559-4662 MUNDY’S FARM - VERSAILLES, KY Registered Polled Herefords. Young heifers and 2 service-age bulls for sale. 559-348-3818 or email 10 BLACK CROSS HEIFERS W/ 9 MARCH 2017 CALVES FOR SALE Bred back to top SAB 0035 son for second calf. $2500 each. Middle Tennessee 615-618-0541 REGISTERED BLACK ANGUS CATTLE FOR SALE Bulls, cows & heifers 270-469-0339

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CATTLE MANAGEMENT CALENDAR Contʼd from pg. New faces, shiny halls, shy smiles, many places. Greater learning – he must go. But wait, before he leaves, be sure he knows you love him. Hide the lump in your throat as you hug him. He will soon be home again – but he will be different. The little boy will have disappeared. How I wish I could take September and shake it, for it came too soon. I must look to the beauty of each new day, and silently give thanks. The “next” generation is our greatest resource. We must help them be successful. They might just do better than we did. I hope so.

Timely Tips for September Spring-Calving Cows

•Limited creep feeding can prepare calves for the weaning process since they can become accustomed to eating dry feed. This will especially benefit those calves which you are going to keep for a short postweaning period – like the CPH-45 program. It’s time to start planning the marketing of this year’s calf crop. •Begin evaluating heifer calves for herd replacements – or culling. Each time you put them through the chute

you can evaluate them for several traits, especially disposition. •This has generally been a good year for pastures but many parts of the state are dry now. Evaluate moisture condition and consider stockpiling some fescue pastures. •Stresses associated with weaning can be minimized by spreading-out other activities commonly associated with weaning – like vaccinations, deworming and, perhaps, castration and dehorning (which should have already been done!). Therefore, this month is a good time to do a “preweaning” working of cows and calves. •When planning the preweaning working, consult with your veterinarian for advice on animal health products and procedures. Some procedures which can be done now are pregnancy checking cows (which will allow time to make culling decisions prior to weaning time). The remainder of the work, like booster shots, can be done at weaning time.

Fall-Calving Cows

•Fall-calving should start this month. Get your eartags ready. Cows should be moved to a clean, accessible pasture and be watched closely. Tag calves soon after they are born and record dam ID and calf birthdate, etc. Castration is less stressful when

performed on young animals and calves which are intended for feeders can be implanted now, too. •Watch for those calves which may come early and be prepared to care for them. •Be on guard for predators – especially black vultures. •Move cows to best quality fall pasture after calving. Stockpiled fescue should be available to these cows in November-December to meet their nutritional needs for milking and rebreeding. •Start planning now for the breeding season. If using AI, order supplies, plan matings and order semen now.


•Calves to be backgrounded through the winter can be purchased soon. A good source is Kentucky preconditioned (CPH-45) calves which are immunized and have been preweaned and “boostered”. •Plan your receiving program. Weanling calves undergo a great deal of stress associated with weaning, hauling, marketing, and wide fluctuations in environmental temperature at this time of year. Plan a program which avoids stale cattle, get calves consuming water and high quality feed rapidly. Guard against respiratory diseases and other health



•Plan the winter feeding program. Take forage samples of hay which you will feed this winter. Request protein and TDN analysis so that supplemental feed needs may be estimated. Don’t wait until you run out of feed in February to purchase extra feed. Plan to minimize hay storage and feeding losses because feed is too expensive to waste. •If you have adequate moisture, stockpiling fescue might be a viable option. Nitrogen application to fescue pastures can be made now and allow them to grow and accumulate until November, or when other sources of grazing have been used up. To make best use of this pasture, put fall calvers, thin spring-calvers or stockers on this pasture and strip graze. •Don’t graze sorghum or sudan pastures between the first frost and a definite killing frost because of the danger of prussic acid poisoning. Johnsongrass in stalk fields can also be a problem after a light frost. Grazing can resume after the sorghum-type grasses have undergone a killing frost and dried up.


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weather last year we had no grass to cut for hay. We planted Marshall in September and the cattle were grazing in 6-8 weeks. We rotated 60 pairs on five acres paddocks. Marshall came on so strong that we didn't have to feed hay. Later we cut and rolled seven rolls per acre. Marshall really saved us this year and works for my cattle.” Donald Russelburg Morganfield, Kentucky

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