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November 2010 • Volume 38, No. 3


1302 B Platte Falls Rd. P.O. Box 890, Platte City, MO 64079 (816) 431-2808, Fax (816) 431-5381 E-mail: Web site:


Chief Executive Officer Stan Comer ACJ Production Manager/ Director of Shows & Activities Heather Counts (517) 214-0927 – direct line


ACA National Show Schedule


ACA Beef Derby Results Announced


ACA Board of Directors Candidate Profiles


2011 National Western Hybrid Advantage Sale Consignment Form

Registrar Jennifer Roach Director of Marketing & Performance Tanner Winter Administrative/Membership Services Coordinator Samantha Winter Member

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Chi Commentary Chi Performance Ladies Auxiliary AJCA Update Ultrasound 101 Baxter Black

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On the Cover:

Production Sale Reports New Junior Members New Adult Members Upcoming Events ACA Bulletin Show Reports Advertiser Listing

Fall brings beautiful colors, new calves and the ACA National Show.


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Chi Commentary by Stan Comer, CEO

A Busy Fall for the Chianina Breed


t’s been a fast and furious fall this far! State fairs, production sales, open houses, private treaty sales and a gathering of Chiangus enthusiasts in Tennessee have all been really good for Chianina cattle and breeders. We are putting the finishing touches on the ACA headquarters building and grounds improvement project. I would like to thank the ACA Board of Directors for their proactive action to invest in the future of this great building that has so much history with our Chianina breed. For those of you who have never had the opportunity to visit our headquarters, I would like to invite you to do so and for those who have been here, it will be worth the trip back to see all the improvements! We are planning an event during the 2011 NJHS to bring exhibitors and friends up to Platte City one evening to tour your national headquarters. We would like to congratulate Heather & Buck Counts on the birth of their new baby girl, Kaelyn, and hope her health continues to improve. In regard to Chianina Beef, there has been more buzz, inquiries from cattle producers as well as restaurant owners and chefs as to where they can find Fullblood or high-percentage Chianina breeding stock and Chianina beef. Many of these people are familiar with Steak Florentine, which comes only from Chianina cattle. Folks we have a very unique tenderness trait in our cattle and we have a very unique marketing opportunity to fill a niche market within the beef industry. I have asked Tanner Winter, Director of Marketing and Performance Programs, to review

and evaluate the research that the ACA commissioned from Texas Tech University in the 1980s that was instrumental in the development of Key Lite Beef and correlate it to today’s Chianina production to begin the ground floor of identifying a Chianina Branded Beef Product we could market as an association. Obviously we will learn from the adversity Key Lite Beef encountered and develop a plan to identify and grow the supply as the demand grows. This could be one of the most exciting and profitable ventures the American Chianina Association has ever pursued. Breeders like Bob Morrow, Gehrke Farms, Byerly Brothers and the original promoters of Key Lite Beef have known for some time about their market and now that our association has a promotion and research and development fund to work with, this concept has the potential to become a reality. Profit potential looks extremely good over the next three to four years for the cow/calf producers who know their input costs, manage production and genetics and have a marketing plan. The national cowherd inventory is at the lowest point in recordable history and beef demand is up 5% for 2010. According to Randy Black, Cattle Fax economist, “We need a few of you to keep a few more heifers. We don’t need a huge expansion, but we need a stable herd with a little bit of upkick. With genetic improvement in the industry contributing to increased market weights, the industry does not need 5 million more cows to meet the anticipated growth in demand.” But, he said, “We do need 600,000-700,000 more

ACA Board of Directors Chairman – Neal Branscum

814 Ard Ridge Rd. • Nancy, KY 42544 Cell: (606) 872-5395 • Office: (606) 871-9454 At Large • Term expires 2010

Vice Chairman – Steve Melroe

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Secretary – Ken Culp III

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Treasurer – Rob Sheets

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Dennis Clarahan

19425 280th Ave • Harper, IA 52231 Home: (641) 635-2105 • Cell: (319) 330-6377 Northeast Region • Term expires 2012

Don Esch

9362 Apache Rd. • Longmont, CO 80504 Home: (303) 833-6554 • Cell: (303) 709-1595 At-Large • Term expires 2012

John Higgins

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Dwight Hossle

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Chuck Madaris

232 Cruise Rd. • Hope Hull, AL 36043 Home: (334) 288-5049 • Cell: (334) 657-5833 At Large • Term expires 2010

Ed Miller

8805 Fm 818 • Big Spring, TX 79740 Home: (432) 398-5348 • Cell: (432) 816-8676 At Large • Term expires 2012

Keith Schrick

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Brian Sulak

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Chi Commentary (continued) cows by the end of the decade.” Two items that could have an effect on this prosperity are corn prices and the proposed GIPSA rule by USDA. If the GIPSA rule passes we could revert back to commoditized prices of the 1970s and 80s when profit margins averaged $2 per head. All things considered, I believe we are at a pivotal point where we can be proactive as a beef breed associa-

tion with a very unique product and capture a piece of the beef business that will be prosperous for all our members involved. We have exceptional members, junior members and allied industry friends and it will take a combined effort from all to move the Chianina breed forward! We have a new look for our National Sale, Banquet and Herdsman Social this year in Louisville. Please check the

schedule and National Show information to keep informed. Hope to see you all in Louisville and I hope you take the time to meet and visit with our newest staff members, Samantha Winter, Membership Services Coordinator, and Tanner Winter, Director of Marketing and Performance Programs. You will be energized!

ACA Production Sale Reports Wilson Cattle Company Production Sale Sept. 12, 2010 Cloverdale, Ind. Wilson Cattle Company's "Featuring the Best of Three" annual production sale featured the following breeds: Angus, Hereford and Chianina. The cattle went to 14 states and 3 provinces in Canada. The sale growwed $345,380 and the Chi cattle sold as follows: Sale Averages: 1 Bull – $18,000.......................$18,000 18 Heifer Calves – $90,375.........$5,020 3 Bred Heifers – $6,800..............$2,266 7 Pairs – $23,390.......................$3,341 1 Flush – $3,500.........................$3,500 30 Lots – $142,065....................$4,735 Top Selling Lots: Lot 50 – $40,000 – WCC Struttin 395W 1CM – This 11/06/09 daughter sired by CJ Prestige 25T (Angus) and out of WCC Struttin 192P 1CM sold to Hunter Hamilton of Indiana. Lot 45 – $18,000 for half interest – WCC Exact Science 350X 1CA – This 1/12/10 son of WCC Exact T53 (Angus)


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and out of WRL Miss Rattle 107P 2CA was purchased by Schrick Land & Cattle, Ltd., Weatherford, Texas; Clarahan Farms, Harper, Iowa; Lazy SB, West, Texas; Chad Hudgins, Millsap, Texas; Gold Buckle Cattle, Illinois; and Jason Schimit, Illinois. Lot 45A – $8,350 – WCC Miss Rattle 354X 1CA – This 2/2/10 daughter of WCC Exact T53 (Angus) and out of WRL Miss Rattle 107P 2CA sold to Hunter Hamilton of Indiana. Lot 50A – $8,000 – WCC Struttin 387X 1CM – This 5/9/10 daughter of KF Precision 361 Banjo (Angus) and out of WCC Struttin 192P 1CM sold to Young Brothers of Tennessee. Lot 45C – $6,500 – WCC Miss Rattle 362X 1CA – This 3/2/10 daughter of WCC Special Design L307 (Angus) and out of WRL Miss Rattle 107P 2CA sold to Lazy SB Ranch, West, Texas. Lot 49 – $5,250 – WCC Lady Bug Hottie 361X 1CA – This 3/1/10 daughter of WCC Gunsmoke 365T 1CM and out of WCC Lady Bug 366T 1CM sold to Hyatt Show Cattle of Indiana.

Lot 45D – $5,100 – WCC Miss Rattle 388W 1CA – This 10/6/09 daughter of CJ Prestige 25T (Angus) and out of WRL Miss Rattle 107P 2CA sold to Schrick Land & Cattle, Ltd., Weatherford, Texas. Lot 55 – $4,350 – WCC Red Riding Hood 378X 1CM– This 4/29/10 daughter of WCC Easy Rider 350U 1CM and out of WCC Super Baldie S502 (F1 AN x HF) sold to Garren Cattle Co. & Hollywood Show Cattle both of Texas. Lot 54A – $4,000 – WCC Tiny Dancer 371X 2CM – This 3/28/10 daughter of WCC Gunsmoke 365T 1CM sold to KC Buis of Indiana and her dam, Lot 54, WCC Super Baldie 264T 1CM, a 10/10/07 daughter of Hannibal sold for $3,800 to Haines Show Steers of Canada. Lot 45B – $3,500 – The Right to Flush WRL Miss Rattle 107P 2CA – This exciting lot sold to Four Roses Cattle, Logansport, Ind., and Sheets Chiangus, West Lafayette, Ind.

Chi Performance

A Great Start


hen thinking of what to focus my first editorial around, there is simply so much to write about. I came to this position as objectively and unbiased as possible. I was met with more hospitality and inclusion than I ever expected, which is a direct reflectance of the great group of people involved as members, staff and directors of the ACA. Through my first round of phone conversations and all of those since, one thing is evident; with our variety of operational goals, we all still have a passion for Chianina influenced cattle and their obvious place in the beef industry. The first weeks were intense as Stan and I traveled to state fairs, sales and a meeting with a collective of Chiangus bull breeders in Tennessee. In meeting so many new people, it was apparent how fortunate I was to be talking with such forward thinking breeders. One issue discussed often was the percentage of Chianina in our cattle and what is right or wrong. It is to each their own on what they want in my opinion. However, the vast underlying tone is the desire for higher percentage cattle, although the degree of higher percentage desired varies. With that said, we have been bombarded in the office with producers of different sizes and locations trying to track down very high percentage Chianina cattle or even Fullbloods! It is somewhat exciting to get more calls every week about our cattle and requesting information on how to get a hold of some. In researching old journals and ads, I kept coming across a cliché, “the best kept secret in the industry”. I am sure that our breeders would like to believe otherwise. In order to get the word out though, there has to be a change in the way we submit information to the ACA. This means turning in performance records on all the cattle we can. In the visit to Willow Oak, Dr. Weaber spoke to us about our EPDs. In this discussion it became evident that our good cattle don’t look as good when their performance records don’t have less desirable cattle to be compared to. In addition, the ACA beef derby is a great way to get the word out not only on your own cattle but the breed as a whole. We can’t effectively promote the qualities of

our breed until we have the data to back it up. In the big scheme of things, there is good discussion on where we are and the future of Chi influenced cattle which needs to be continued. I have enjoyed the kindness from everyone I have met and hope to cross paths with those I haven’t in the future. If there is ever anything I can do, don’t hesitate to call. IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER: • It is ACA policy that donor dams, AI sires and clones are to be parentally verified, tested for genetic defects (TH & PHA) and those results recorded with the ACA before progeny will be registered. It is a good idea to have these tests run before collecting semen on a bull or flushing a cow. • IGENITY is now an ACA approved laboratory to conduct AM, NH, TH & PHA tests. They also are able to conduct parental verification services. A comprehensive DNA analysis can be ordered along with any of these tests.

Hybrid Advantage Logo The ACA has submitted the Hybrid Advantage Logo to be trademarked. We are now able to use it in our publications and advertisements. This is a great new opportunity for the ACA and its membership. ACA members will be able to use the Hybrid Advantage Logo in their advertisements and sale catalogs. This logo will become a well recognized logo and this will be useful for members who use the logo in their advertisements.


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ACA Ladies Auxiliary by Jessica Comer, Auxiliary President

ACA Ladies Auxiliary Directors

Greetings from Indiana!


s I am sitting here writing this article, I can’t believe that in a few days it will be November and we will all be getting the trailers loaded and cattle ready for the trip to Louisville. It doesn’t seem like it should be time for the N.A.I.L.E,. especially for me since I recently got married in October. This year has flown by for me! I hope every lady is planning on attending our Ladies Luncheon. The “Come As You Are Luncheon” will be on Tuesday, November 16. This will be our annual meeting and membership drive, along with elections. We need to get as many ladies as we can involved. With most of the other major events being held on Monday this year, we are hoping that we will get more ladies to attend. Last year we had 25. Let’s try to beat last year’s number!! If you do plan to attend please remember to bring a small gift for our gift exchange. Don’t forget to stop by the booth and look at all the items in the Silent Auction. The ACLA will also be selling cookbooks during the week. There were a lot of yummy recipes entered. This is a fundraiser for the Ladies Auxiliary along with the proceeds from the Silent Auction to be able to fund the Queen throughout the year. The association has lost a very prominent breeder this fall. Winfred Brown will be greatly missed by all. It won’t be the same this year at Louisville without seeing his face around the stalls. Hope everyone has a safe trip. ~Jessica

Recipe Corner Wild Mushroom Beef Stew Ingredients: 2 lbs beef for stew, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves, crushed 3/4 c. beef broth 1/4 c. tomato paste 1/4 c. dry red wine 1 lb. red skinned potatoes, cut into quarters 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 oz. assorted mushrooms, such as shitakke, cremini & oyster, cut into quarters 1 cup baby carrots fresh parsley (optional) Instructions: 1. Combine flour, salt, pepper & thyme in small bow. Place beef in 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with flour mixture; toss to coat. 2. Combine broth, tomato paste, wine & garlic in small bowl; mix well. Add to beef. Add potatoes, mushrooms & carrots; mix well. 3. Cover & cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours or on LOW 8 to 9 hours, or until beef and vegetables are tender. (No stirring necessary during cooking) Stir well before serving. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Recipe from


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Jessica Cheesman – President 4199 S 900 W • Farmland, IN 47340 (765) 468-7405 At Large Susan Ostrom – Vice President 3091 144th Ave • Dorr, MI 49323

(616) 896-9433

Deb Geuns – Secretary/Treasurer 4995 Sleight Rd. • Bath, MI 48808 (517) 641-7152 At Large Melissa Beckett 266 McCarty Rd. • Brooksville, KY 41001 (606) 782-5006 Southeast Region Sue Comer Box 383 • Lynn, IN 47355 (765) 874-2228 Northeast Region Shawnda Foster Rt 2, Box 36 • Lockney, TX 79241 (806) 652-2383 Southwest Region Marna Higgins 9845 Statesville Rd. • Watertown, TN 37184 (615) 273-2656 Southeast Region Barb Ohlrichs 55943 US Hwy 275 • Norfolk, NE 68701 (402) 371-0695 Northwest Region Rhetta Riley 1607 Avenue G • Abernathy, TX 79311 (806) 298-2591 Southwest Region Bonnie Weber 17459 331st Ave. • Highmore, SD 57345 (605) 436-6240 Northwest Region

AJCA Update

AJCA Board & Directors Executive Committee:

President • Josh Nelson Vice President • Segayle Foster Secretary • Kelsey Culp Treasurer • Kelsey Rutt Public Relations • Taylor Graham Public Relations • Tyler Mackey

AJCA Directors: Matthew Blankenship – Southeast Region 7375 Nolensville Rd Nolensville, TN 37135 (615) 776-2805 • Term expires 2012 Quintin Bucher – At Large 23430 State Rd. 95 Marietta, IL 61459 (309) 255-0752 • Term expires 2012 Front Row (L to R): Matthew Blankenship, Nolensville, Tenn.; Kelsey Culp, Nicholasville, Ky.; Segayle Foster, Lockney, Texas; Kelsey Rutt, Minden, Neb.; Megan Hunt, New Madison, Ohio; Tyler Mackey, Blum, Texas. Back Row (L to R): Josh Nelson, Valparaiso, Neb.; Will Coor, Selma, N.C.; Taylor Graham, Crossville, Tenn.; Quintin Bucher, Marietta, Ill.; Shane McGlothlin, Anadarko, Okla.; Ty Sexton, Ainsworth, Iowa.

Hello Chi Breeders & Enthusiasts


ello all, another fall is coming to a close, harvest is being finished up and Louisville is nearing. I hope harvest, fall sales and the state fairs all went well for everyone. Congratulations to all exhibitors and great job on representing the Chi breed well. Keep up the good work. As Louisville nears, I would like all the junior members to remember to thank the people who helped to get them there, whether it is your parents, friends or other family members. That simply little thank you can mean a lot and if it wasn’t for them you wouldn’t be where you are today. Keep that in mind, you wouldn’t be able to do what you do if it wasn’t for the people who support you. Finally, I hope to be seeing everyone in Louisville for a week of friends, family and great cattle. Safe travels to everyone on the way to and from Louisville. For those of you not attending Louisville I hope to be seeing you in either Ft. Worth or Denver. Just a reminder, don’t forget about the 2011 Chi Junior Nationals. It will be held in Kansas City the week of June 26-July 2. It's sure to be a great time.

Kelsey Culp – At Large 1065 Durham Ln. Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 576-7460 • Term expires 2011 Segayle Foster – At Large 1231 County Road 57 Lockney, TX 79241 (806) 652-2383 • Term expires 2011 Taylor Graham – At Large (Representing Northeast Region) 2355 Peavine Firetower Rd Crossville, TN 38571 (931) 260-6666 • Term expires 2011 Megan Hunt – At Large 2505 Weavers Ft. Jefferson Rd. New Madison, OH 45346 (937) 548-3050 • Term expires 2012 Tyler Mackey – Southwest Region 352 HCR 1120 Blum, TX 76627 (859) 583-0826 • Term expires 2012 Shane McGlothlin –At Large Rt. 2, Box 88 Anadarko, OK 73005 (405) 247-3523 • Term expires 2011 Josh Nelson – Northwest Region 2918 Co. Rd. C Valparaiso, NE 68065 (402) 784-2556 • Term expires 2011

Sincerely, Megan Hunt At-Large Director


Will Coor – At Large 1935 Batten Farm Rd. Selma, NC 27576 (919) 284-5630 • Term expires 2012

National Junior Heifer Show

Kelsey Rutt – At Large 447 W 16th Minden, NE 68959 (308) 832-1953 • Term expires 2011

Kansas City, Missouri

Ty Sexton – At Large 1752 Willow Ave. Ainsworth, IA 52201 (319) 657-3928 • Term expires 2012

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New Junior Members Alabama



Austin Fulcher Brock Road Athens, GA 30607

Jake Smith 1896 Cr 643 Cullman, AL 35055 Tyler Copeland 514 Mountain Home Rd Paragould, AR 72450


Lexi Grade 19130 Bowman Rd Cottonwood, CA 96022 Samantha Lehnhoff 1415 Eureka Lane Templeton, CA 93465 Rebecca Rotter 25444 Larkspur Ct Salinas, CA 93908 Shannon Russo 9630 Bruceville Road 106-158 Elk Grove, CA 95757 Stacy Stroing 14690 Pepper Tree Ln Red Bluff, CA 96080 Hailey Traynham P.O. Box 100 Maxwell, CA 95955 Alexis Watje 3348 Zeering Road Modesto, CA 95358 Nathan Yerian 3731 W Linne Rd Tracy, CA 95304


Bobbi Jean Frazier 980 SW 160th St Ocala, FL 34473


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Jaren Jeffords P.O. Box 45B Fairmount, GA 30139


Cooper Block 3540 Public Well St Paris, IL 61944 Kaitlin Block 3540 Public Well St Paris, IL 61944 Olivia Claire 607 E Lincoln Ave Watseka, IL 60970 Blake Ebersole 27865 Pilgrim Road Sterling, IL 61081 Lucas Ebersole 27865 Pilgrim Road Sterling, IL 61081 Tiffany Russell 736 80th St Roseville, IL 61473 Addison Morse 15467 Lomax Rd Prophetstown, IL 61277 Kendra Snyder 15559 W Howardsville Lenn, IL 61048


Shelby Cutter 13329 Prosperity Ridge Rd Dillsboro, IN 47018 Breanna DeKemper 4986 W Stewart Rd Jasper, IN 47546

Evan Eggersman 1671 S Cr 400 E Seymour, IN 47274

Colby Sorenson 28128 530th St Walnut, IA 51577

Colton Geiger 6680 E Johnson Rd Columbia City, IN 46725


Michael Henderson 826 South Johnson Street Bluffton, IN 46714 Kory Kovert 5373 S Seymour Rd Crothersville, IN 47229 Clayton Main 610 E 875 N Seymour, IN 47274 Warner Ott 5501 N 125 W Columbia City, IN 46725 Jeffrey Hayden Smith 1132 Louie Smith Rd Williams, IN 47470 Hunter Smithson 7825 E 300 N Churubusco, IN 46723 Kaylee Yager 6525 E State Rd 244 Rushville, IN 46173


Taylen Abarr 404 W Madison Mt Ayr, IA 50854 Cody Kitzerow 2488 Berington Park Rd Saint Charles, IA 50240 Gayge Samuelson 1216 Sattre Ridge Decorah, IA 52101

Austin Abeldt 1360 200th Ave Hope, KS 67451 Tayler Bacon 764 200th Rd Powhattan, KS 66527 Katelyn Brockus 2793 John Brown Rd Princeton, KS 66078


Colin Shady 11405 Jefferson Trace Blvd Louisville, KY 40291


Tyler Eldridge 15614 Schultz Rd Allenton, MI 48002 Valarie Ann Miller-Finney 4944 W Burns Road Coleman, MI 48618 Kayla Phillips 7655 Dryden Rd Almont, MI 48003 Austin Shivers 615 Stoddard Columbus, MI 48063 Calen Shivers 615 Stoddard Columbus, MI 48063 Chandler Steele 3630 N Eastmen Rd Midland, MI 48642

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Matthew Joel Krause 12431 County Road 3 NW Pine Island, MN 55963 Jonathan Swanek 65148 230th St Dexter, MN 55926


Tucker Thrash 782 Salt Dome Rd Seminary, MS 39479 Tucker Wagner 9364 Collinsville-Martin Rd Collinsville, MS 39325


Brianne Abramovitz 6969 E Bass Lane Columbia, MO 65201


Garrett Harstine 1767 Pleasant Hill Rd NW New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Garrett Hudgins P.O. Box 302 Mannford, OK 74044

Jessica Beall 3165 Fm 2259 Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Kylie Hemchak 7805 Street Route 18 Bellevue, OH 44811

Clinton Ira Jackson P.O. Box 966 Warner, OK 74469

Lilea Dial 490 James Road Ferris, TX 75125

Cheyenne Jepsen 5270 Drum Rd Amanda, OH 43102

Taylor Mullins Rt 1 Box 450 Idabel, OK 74745

PJ Dial 490 James Road Ferris, TX 75125

Sierra Jepsen 5270 Drum Rd Amanda, OH 43102

Brooke Ramsey P.O. Box 514 Checotah, OK 74426

Jeremy Finley P.O. Box 882 Eastland, TX 76448

Branden McDaniel 3259 Johnstown-Utica Rd Utica, OH 43080


Dakota Fowler 917 William Albany, TX 76430

Macie Ott 1085 State Rt 250 Norwalk, OH 44857

McKinzie Miller 30097 205th Ave Columbus, NE 68601

Chase Sanders 1606 Miday Ave NE East Canton, OH 44730

North Carolina

Hannah Vestal 11442 Shinew Road Portage, OH 43451

John Baltzell 525 Allens Creek Rd Waynesville, NC 28786


Brandon Laird 393 Delashawn Rd Claysville, PA 15323

Rhode Island

Ethan Oatley 1180 Ten Rod Rd Exeter, RI 2822 Ashlyn May Roudabush 40275 257th Street Mitchell, SD 57301

Aubrey Laurent 5623 Cr 817 Nacogdoches, TX 75964


Samuel Lane Davis 508 Helton Rd Maryville, TN 37804

Jared Leonard 3241 Happy Meadows Dr Alvarado, TX 76009


Keily Masters 5901 Michael Rd Sanger, TX 76266

J Christopher Mackey 1150 Fred Holcomb Rd Mars Hill, NC 28754 Carlye McCoy 114 Hobbs Rd Cove City, NC 28523

Brady Denney 15 Tipton Place Clinton, OK 73601


Kaylea Herndon P.O. Box 892 Muskogee, OK 74402

Cheyenne Alderman 2051 State Highway 208 Girard, TX 79518

Thad Howard 118 West 3rd Fargo, OK 73840

Crystal Alderman 2051 State Highway 208 Girard, TX 79518

Kaylee Fisher 17965 Wapak Fisher Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Trevor Hedeman P.O. Box 224 Morgan Mill, TX 76465

South Dakota

Haleigh Davis 62760 E. 90 Road Miami, OK 74354

Lydia Dance 5720 US Rte 50 Hillsboro, OH 45133

Emory Quain Geye P.O. Box 414 Rising Star, TX 76471

Lynae Aelvoet P.O. Box 34 Spring Branch, TX 78070

Kaylee McInvale 290 Dodson Street Canton, TX 75103 Paige Modisette 13633 Us Hwy 69N Pollok, TX 75969


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New Junior Members (continued)

Ethan T Muehlstein 3970 Medina Hwy Kerrville, TX 78028

Dalton Russell 480 Cr 2220 Ivanhoe, TX 75447

Kasey Williamson 4652 Fm 2289 Normangee, TX 77871

Paige Phillips P.O. Box 1353 Madisonville, TX 77864

Ross Thorn 16294 Fm 850 Arp, TX 75750


Brady Briggs P.O. Box 55 Manila, UT 84046


Cade J Austin 4617 Cty Road KK Milton, WI 53560 Micaela Wilharm N 499 County Road K Whitewater, WI 53190

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New Adult Members California

Joe Kleine RJ Show Cattle 15712 White Oak Ave Lowell, IN 46356


Ryan & Ashley Truebenbach 5861 E Sr 234 Greenfield, IN 46140

Nicholas & Brandi Backer 11631 Bruceville Rd Elk Grove, CA 95757 Blaine Franklin P.O. Box 34 Meeker, CO 81641


Vickland Family JPV Farms 1330 Sunset St Longmont, CO 80501

Fred Jepsen Jepsen Show Calves 307 Cedar Ave Charter Oak, IA 51439


Barry Maass Maass Show Cattle 5754 320th Street Ida Grove, IA 51445

Rebecca F Rich 16 Rich Rd Abington, CT 6230


Phil Reed Spring Creek Farm 921 Mathis Rd. SE Rome, GA 30161 Jud & Kyle Temple Lazy T Farms 1531 Lebanon Church Rd Jefferson, GA 30549


Trevor Roche Trevor Roche Cattle 30865 Shelton Rd Parma, ID 83660


Scott Block Block Farms 3540 Public Well St Paris, IL 61944


Dennis Badskey Dennis Badskey & Family 1102 E Albion Street Avilla, IN 46710

Jeff Scott 43001 Hwy E-16 Mapleton, IA 51034


Dr Donald P Coover, DVM SEK Genetics Incorporated 9525 70th Road Galesburg, KS 66740 Mary C Werth MCW Club Calves 1562 Antonino Road Hays, KS 67601


Randy, Lisa & Ramsey Johnson RJ Cattle 905 Morris Rd Winchester, KY 40391


Dan & Amber Bates 20323 Norris Rd Manhattan, MT 59741


Casey Horn Rt 1 Box 1833 Lookeba, OK 73053

Taylor & John Lueking Lueking Club Calves 10597 722 Road Oxford, NE 68967

Musick Cattle Co Route 1 Box 25 Sentinel, OK 73664

North Carolina

DD & Denise Chalfant Hidden Creek Farms 1570 Gordon Moore Rd Franklinton, NC 27525

Scott Standridge Mud Creek Ranch P.O. Box 746 Lindsay, OK 73052


Douglas Germann 7580 Wolfcale Rd Van Wert, OH 45891

Thompson Livestock 4402 Parkview Court Stillwater, OK 74075

Nicholas Chance Holley 7530 W US Highway 6 Gibsonburg, OH 43431

Randy & Susan Wassom 76090 S 300 Rd Wagoner, OK 74467

Bob Maurer 5850 Mercer Rd Mendon, OH 45862

James Wooden Triple J Cattle Co 405 W Beech Pond Creek, OK 73766

Samuel Speiser 06805 Will Centr-Cecil Rd Mark Center, OH 43536



Brad Ashpaugh B&M Cattle Rt 3 Box 58 Laverne, OK 73848

Larry Rider Marengo Hollow Farms 1630 Morengo Rd Warriors Mark, PA 16877

South Dakota

Daniel Fawcett 21003 Green Valley Rd Ree Heights, SD 57371

Caleb Bolton 26284 180th Rd Purcell, OK 73080

Paul Grace Grace Show Cattle 44204 252nd St Salem, SD 57058

Rusty & Lynda Carrier 616 S Prairie Rd Stillwater, OK 74074

Jeremy Skoglund Skoglund Cattle Co 10103 407th Ave Hecla, SD 57446

Neal Head HPK Cattle P.O. Box 62 Braman, OK 74632


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New Adult Members (continued) Richard & Barbara Swett Pleasant Grove Farms 36012 268th St Platte, SD 57369


Randy Allgood Allgood Show Cattle 119 Liberty Road Bellevue, TX 76228 Brendon Benson 1212 Haley Place College Station, TX 77845

Zach Ivey 13611 Cannady Ct Houston, TX 77069

Conda Odom 6900 Nine Mile Bridge Rd Ft Worth, TX 76135

Trew James 3657 Minnie Mack Lane Dalhart, TX 79022

Raleigh & Marsha Rhodes Broken Oak Farms P.O. Box 180 Yantis, TX 75497

Leonard John John Farms 16842 I-H 35 N Schertz, TX 78154

Ruegena Davidson 9701 Hill Rd Amarillo, TX 79119

Lia Harrison, Tim & Timothy Kukuk TK Cattle Co 420 White Bull Lane Millsap, TX 96066

Jason Gaston Circle G Farms P.O. Box 1242 Bridgeport, TX 76426

Dalton Nix Nix Farms 6780 Paluxy Hwy Tolar, TX 76476


Nickolas R Whittier Whittier Show Cattle 50 N Cove Dr Cedar City, UT 84720


Adam White 4372 Hypoint Rd Lancaster, WI 53813


Heath or Kristi Mackey Mackey Club Calves 210 Second N Cokeville, WY 83114


Larry Morris Main Stream Genetics 7147 Cross Keys Rd Mt Crawford, VA 22841

Upcoming Events Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 15 Nov. 17 Nov. 17 Nov. 20 Nov. 22 Nov. 28 Dec. 31


Junior Show, NAILE, Louisville, Ky. ACA National Sale, Benefit Auction & Social, NAILE Facility, Louisville, Ky., 6 p.m. Entry Deadline: Ft. Worth Stock Show ACA National Show, NAILE, Louisville, Ky. 8 a.m. Consignment Deadline: ACA National Western “Hybrid Advantage” Sale Entry Deadline: National Western Pen Show Ad/Copy Deadline: January ACJ Martin Cattle Company’s Second Annual Dream Girls Sale, At the Farm, Bargersville, Ind., 2 p.m. The Winner's Circle Sale, Green Oak Farms, New Paris, Ohio, 1 p.m. EST

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2011 Jan. 13 Jan. 16 Jan. 28 Feb. 5 Feb. 19 March 26 April 16

Process all "Hybrid Advantage" Show & Sale Entries, NWSS, 9 a.m. NWSS Pen Bull & Pen Female Show, LCAA, 8 a.m. Sale Cattle Evaluation, LCAA, 10 a.m. ACA National Western "Hybrid Advantage" Sale, LCAA, Denver, Colo., 1 p.m. Ft. Worth Stock Show Junior & Open Shows, Ft. Worth, Texas, Junior Show: 10 am; Open Show: 12 noon Ad/Copy Deadline: March ACJ Willow Oak Ranch Best Black Bulls In America Sale, Rogersville, Tenn., 1 p.m. EST Schaefer Chiangus Production Sale, Farmers Livestock, Bismark, N.D., 1 p.m. CST Schrick Land & Cattle "The Lone Star Crown Event" Sale, SLC Sale Facility, Millsap, Texas

ACA Bulletin Words From Your Board Member:

As you read this, I hope all of you are planning to be with us at Louisville November 14 through November Rob Sheets 17th. I know the excitement of either showing or attending the Junior Show on Sunday and the ACA Open Shows on Wednesday is unmatched in anticipation and will inspire us all. Hopefully many of you will attend the newly formatted Monday evening “party” with the “Cowboy Social” immediately followed by the video auctioned ACA National Hybrid Advantage Sale. This is an extremely high quality offering of live lots, pregnancies, flushes and embryos this year and I’m sure there is something to fit your needs to add quality to your program. Make plans to support your ACA and fellow members while having a great time with old and soon to be new friends. A silent auction will also be on the schedule with quality items donated by ACA members for your appraisal and hopefully your purchase. We have tried to include things of interest for you and to get our membership “jacked up” with the single evening Monday event. Doing away with the formal banquet to make it as convenient and fun as possible to enjoy these great opportunities while not having to dress up or even leave the barn, we hope to engage and motivate you to participate. Don’t miss it, as it will be awesome! The National and Regional meetings are a great place to voice your ideas and hear updated information about your

association. Please stop by the ACA booth to chat and look at the schedule on the event calendar for that day and the week. Anyone who wishes to help our great staff sometime during the week, please step up as I know it would be much appreciated. Go through the aisles of Chi cattle and talk with the exhibitors and breeders. For me that is the thing I enjoy most about this important week. I hope to see you all during Louisville and thanks for being there with your ACA family. Sincerely, Rob Sheets

Headquarters Hotel for ACA Events at NWSS Announced

The Doubletree Hotel on Quebec Street will serve at the headquarters hotel for the ACA events at the 2011 National Western Stock Show. The hotel is located at 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207. The room rate is $97/night. Rooms must be reserved by Dec. 10, 2010 in order to receive the block rate. When making reservations, please call (303) 321-3333 and ask for the American Chianina Association block.

New Additions

Heather & Buck Counts announce the birth of their daughter, Kaelyn Eleanor. Kaelyn was born Sept. 13, 2010 at 12:52 p.m. She Kaelyn Eleanor Counts weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grand-

parents are Billy & Leslie Adams and Jim & Jeanne Counts.

Wedding Bells

Terry and Sue Comer, Lynn, Ind., announce the wedding of their daughter, Jessica Comer, to Ryan Cheesman. Jessica & Ryan Cheesman Jessica works for the Randolph County Highway Department as the secretary. Ryan works for Reynolds Farm Equipment as a salesman. The couple were married on October 16, 2010.

In Passing

Winfred Brown Sr., 89 of Weatherford, died Friday morning, October 1, 2010 in a Weatherford nursing center. Mr. Brown was born April 20, 1921 in Memphis Texas. He was a resident of Weatherford for 87 yrs. Mr. Brown was a retired airline pilot for Frontier Airlines and owner of W.B. Brown Cattle Co. He was a member of South Main Church of Christ and the American Chianina Association. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by wife Margot Clay Moseley Brown, father, Talmage Herbert Brown and mother Vida Lee Cantrell Brown He is survived by: Daughter, Pam Tarpley of Weatherford, grandson, Clay Tarpley and wife Carla, of Throckmorton, TX, great granddaughters, Britney Tarpley and Scotlyn Tarpley both of Tucson AZ, and great grandson, Bryson Tarpley of Throckmorton, TX; daughter, Joan Lathrop and husband Russell of Weatherford, granddaughter, Heather Chang and husband Tony of Roundrock, TX and great grandsons,


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ACA Bulletin (continued) Asher Chang and Laird Chang and granddaughter, Tiffany West all of Weatherford; great grandson Tristan West; son, Bob Brown and wife Mary Ann of Weatherford and granddaughter, Mandy Brown; son, Win Brown Jr., and wife Sherry of Katy TX; grandson, David Brown; grandson, Tim Brown and numerous friends and other relatives. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2010 at the East Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford, Texas. Memorials may be made to the American Jr. Chianina Association, P.O. Box 890, Platte City, MO 64079

ACA Creating a Chianina Beef Directory

The ACA has been receiving numerous calls from restaurants and businesses that want to purchase Chianina beef. Therefore, the ACA would like to create a directory of breeders who have Chianina beef to sell. Most of these restaurants desire fullblood beef, however, there seems to be a demand for Chi beef in general. If you are interested in participating in this directory, please contact Heather at (517) 214-0927 or

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Contact the ACA office to place your order.

ACA Website Now Offers Banner Ads

The ACA would like to announce a new member service – Banner Ads on the ACA website! Members can utilize this space to advertise a sale, an operation or anything pertaining to your operation that you want to get out in front of the public, 24/7. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Heather for more information and pricing. You can reach Heather at (517) 2140927 or We hope you enjoy and take advantage of this new opportunity.

ACJ Can Design Your Sale Catalog

The next time you have a sale catalog to produce, make sure to consider the ACJ. We can design catalogs for all breeders and organizations. By utilizing the ACJ, you not only have a contact that has the most up to date information on your cattle, but you also help support your association. If you are interested in having the ACJ design your catalog, please contact Heather Counts, publications manager, at (517) 214-0927 for a bid and further information. You also have the option to mail your catalog along with the ACJ if timing allows. This is just one of many services the Association is offering breeders. We hope you take advantage of this great offer.

ACA Board Approves New Genetic Testing Policy

The ACA requires animals consigned to ACA sponsored sales to be tested for known genetic abnormalities, as identified by the ACA Board of Directors, if they are suspect for one or more of

these genetic abnormalities. A suspect animal has a sire or dam (or both) that have tested positive as a carrier of one or more known genetic abnormalities. If carrier status of one or both parents is unknown and one or more ancestors have been identified as a carrier of known genetic abnormalities, the animal in question will be considered suspect for known genetic abnormalities. Any suspect animal with unknown carrier status for the known genetic abnormalities on sale day will not be able to sell. The sales management is responsible for publishing test results in the sale catalog and/or announcing test results for carrier status for known genetic abnormalities from the auction block sale day. The ACA recognizes PHA, TH, AM and NH as known genetic abnormalities in which the ACA requires tests for.

Ultrasound Data Guidelines

As a reminder, in order for ultrasound data to be entered with the ACA and adjustments made, all cattle must be registered. Please make sure the ultrasound technician has registration numbers to submit with the data. Data received without registration numbers will not be processed. If you have any questions, please contact the ACA staff.

Bulletin Info Needed

The ACJ is always looking for interesting information to print about out members. If you have ay news or activities that you have been involved in, or that you know someone else has been involved in, please send in the information to Heather Counts. We will be happy to print it.

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Carcass Ultrasound 101

Vol. 20

Combining Carcass Ultrasound Data & Molecular Breeding Values for Powerful Selection Tools


he world is rapidly changing. Technologies that were barely imagined just a few years ago have become a normal way of life. Genomics1 is the new buzz word for beef, and research into the genetic make-up of cattle holds great promise. But no new science is complete without practical context, and in beef selection and production that means measuring physical attributes, or phenotypes,2 to assess end result. Larry Kuehn, research geneticist in the Genetics & Breeding Research Unit of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), part of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, makes the case for continuing to collect phenotypes, beginning with the limitations of genotypic3 data. “Genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) show a decent amount of accuracy, but they’re not perfect,” he explains. “Ultrasound measurements provide sources of variation in actual carcass merit in addition to that provided by the genomic tests; and that contributes a substantial amount of accuracy.” Kuehn’s colleague Mark Thallman, also a research geneticist at USMARC, adds: “Current genomic tests are reported in the form of molecular breeding values4 (MBV), which are similar to EPDs, but based on DNA tests instead of phenotypes. In the national cattle evaluation system MBVs are merged with phenotypes and pedigree to produce EPDs. The DNA-based approaches are an exciting development, but currently we’re accounting for relatively minor proportions of genetic variations with them. We still get better accuracy by accounting for more of that variation by including additional sources of information.” Matt Spangler, assistant professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, further explains the advantage of using two sources of data. “If we take a DNA sample on an animal (assuming that DNA actually does predict some of the differences and the MBV is included in the EPD calculation) we’ll increase the


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accuracy of the EPD,” he says. “Likewise, if we collect ultrasound records and include that data in EPD calculation, the accuracy of that EPD increases because we have a record on an individual.” Published work by Spangler, J.K Bertrand, and R. Rekaya in the Journal of Animal Science backs that up, “Jointly considering molecular and phenotypic information showed greater long term response as compared to tandem selection, showing that discrimination of candidates for selection based solely on molecular information is not optimal.” (Spangler, Bertrand, Rekaya 2006) M.D. MacNeil and his team also make the case for both sources of information in citings included in their work “Genetic Evaluation of Angus Cattle for Carcass Marbling Using Ultrasound and Genomic Indicators” (MacNeil et al., 2007). “If both phenotypic and molecular data are available, their joint consideration is the most powerful selection strategy.” (Dekkers and Hospital, 2002; Spangler et al., 2007) Kuehn explains why ultrasound data, in particular, is needed to make the equation work. “In terms of ultrasound,” he says, “the advantage is rapidly getting pedigree, or progeny, phenotypes. In other words, if both the ultrasound and MBV tests had the same correlation with an actual carcass measure, both would increase the accuracy of that carcass EPD by the same amount. But ultrasound can also be done on that bull’s progeny and that will make accuracy shoot up quite a bit higher. Getting a MBV on progeny doesn’t do anything for that.” Again, MacNeil and company concur. “In predicting breeding values, records of MBV from relatives do not increase accuracy, whereas IMF5 records from relatives improve the accuracy of prediction.” (Beef CRC, 2009). Keeping it Honest Continuing to collect phenotypic data is also crucial to ongoing accuracy of the genetic information.

Carcass Ultrasound 101 (continued) “These MBVs probably aren’t good forever,” says Kuehn. “They’re kind of time dependent.” He says they do a good job for current populations, but over time, the relationship of the MBV with the current set is going to deteriorate. “They will become reorganized, fixed in some cases. They aren’t going to work forever with the same level of accuracy.” That means it’s important to continue phenotypic collection in order to continue to make marker panels that are useful down the road. “That’s nothing negative against the MBVs,” adds Kuehn, “but phenotypes are still important. They are the last thing we want to get rid of.” Spangler agrees. “We need something to continue to validate those genomic tools,” he says. “It’s not like a DNA marker panel comes out onto the market and for perpetuity it predicts marbling extremely well. It doesn’t work that way. We have to “retrain” it every few generations, and by that I mean validate it again to see how good it’s doing. And the only way to do that is to have phenotypes to validate it against.” Again, MacNeil’s team agrees: “Continued data collection will be needed to update EPDs and MBV to account for erosion in LD6, for changes in allele7 frequency that result from selection, and because some sires used to construct the MBV had low accuracy EPDs. To date, high accuracy EPDs continue to require the collection of phenotypic data for economically relevant traits.” (MacNeil, Northcutt, Schnabel, Garrick, Woodward and Taylor, 2009) Working Data Thallman breaks the issue of continued phenotype collection down into two practical applications. “In the micro view, for the individual producer, we need to look at it from the perspective of how do we evaluate each individual animal. In order to

achieve the kind of accuracy people would prefer to have in their breeding program, we need more information than a single source would provide. Probably more than just a DNA test would provide today,” says Thallman. “And just having that additional info from ultrasound is going to increase accuracy substantially, relative to what we can do with just a DNA test.” From a more macro perspective, continued collection of phenotypic data and its incorporation into EPDs is essential for the industry. “It’s really a benefit to the industry to continue to collect all these phenotypes,” says Thallman, “in order to really know how much impact DNA tests are having, and how much variation they’re accounting for. To understand what the relationships are between DNA tests, ultrasound, and carcass data, we’re going to have to collect all those sources of information.” For the Sake of Science From a pure research standpoint there is an even stronger case to be made for the use of ultrasound and phenotypic measurement. “As a center (USMARC) it’s important for us to make sure these MBV tests are being done very well, and to do them right, we need a lot of phenotypes, and most of us don’t have anywhere near what we need right now,” says Kuehn. “In terms of trying to develop new novel phenotypes for things like disease resistance, cow longevity, or whatever, we need a lot of phenotypes. If we’re going to try to use this marker technology we’re going to need more than we’ve been collecting, not less.” Spangler adds: “Fundamentally, the collection of phenotypes isn’t going to go away. Ultrasound has provided a very reliable data set across a multitude of breeds to include in national cattle evaluations, and make very valuable EPDs, and we’ve seen the amount of change that’s occurred because of

that,” he says. “So ultrasound is a very valuable and reliable technology from that sense. “Genomic technology holds a tremendous amount of promise,” he continues, “But for it to be truly as useful as it could be, genomic information has to be integrated into EPDs. And so that becomes the benefit of ultrasound right now. Across the board, it is.” (Endnotes) 1 Genomics – is the study of the entire complement of DNA characteristic to individuals of a species. 2 Phenotype – The visible or measurable expression of an animal. 3 Genotype – The genetic makeup of an animal. 4 Molecular Breeding Value (MBV) – An estimate of the transmissible genetic merit of an individual based entirely upon genomic tests. 5 Intramuscular fat reported as percent (%) 6 Linkage disequilibrium (LD) – The tendency of alleles located close to each other on the same chromosome to be inherited together; correlation between nearby variants such that the alleles at neighboring markers (observed on the same chromosome) are associated within a population more often than if they were unlinked. 7 Allele – Alternate form of a gene; variations of DNA sequence. For instance, if an animal has the genotype for a specific gene of Bb, then both B and b are alleles.


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The 2010 ACA National Show & Sale November 11-19 • NAILE • Louisville, Kentucky

Schedule of Events Thursday, November 11 All Day Noon

Cattle may begin arriving Stall assignments will begin

Friday, November 12

Noon All junior heifers must be in place Open cattle may arrive all day

ACA National Sale Monday, November 15 6 p.m. NAILE West Hall Auctioneer: Ron Kreis

Saturday, November 13 10 a.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m.

Check in junior heifers AJCA Board of Directors Meeting – NAILE West Hall Room 5 AJCA Membership Meeting – NAILE West Hall Room 5 All open show cattle must be in place

Sunday, November 14 TBA

ACA Junior Show – Coliseum (Junior only heifers released after the show)

Monday, November 15 9 a.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m.

Check in ACA National Show cattle ACA Board of Directors meeting – NAILE Saddle & Sirloin Board Room Pre-Sale Viewing of Cattle & Herdsman Social – Chi Stalls ACA National Sale, Banquet & Fundraiser – NAILE West Hall Room 3

Tuesday, November 16

9:30 a.m. ACA Regional Meetings – NAILE West Hall Rooms 6, 7, 8, & 9 10:30 a.m. ACA General Membership meeting – NAILE West Hall Room 3 Noon Ladies Auxiliary "Come As Your Are" Luncheon – NAILE West Hall Room 5

Wednesday, November 17 8 a.m.

No events scheduled

Friday, November 19


3 p.m.


Wednesday, November 17 8 a.m. • Coliseum Bull Show Female Show Group Classes Judge: Dan Hoge

For More Information, Contact:


P.O. Box 890 Platte City, MO 64079 (816) 431-2808 E-mail: Heather Counts: (517) 214-0927

ACA National Bull & Female Show – Coliseum Judge – Dan Hoge

Thursday, November 18

ACA National Show

Cattle released

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ACA Show & Sale Committee Chairman – Rob Sheets, IN • (765) 583-4565

2009-2010 Beef Derby Results Announced! Grassland Farms, Canby, Ore. takes top honors.


nother Beef Derby is in the books and what an outstanding event it was. From the Calcutta auction in January to the final results when cattle were harvested, it was a great learning experience for everyone involved. $20,000 will be awarded to the breeders who purchased the top placing pens in the Calcutta, and those breeders who owned the top placing pens will receive another $10,000. Participants in this years contest were Clarahan Farms, Harper, Iowa; Danny Coward, Noxapater, Miss.; Grassland Farms, Canby, Ore.; Pleasant Valley Ranch, Ogden, Utah; Ramsey Chiangus, Lincoln, Neb.; Walco Farms, Stanford, Ky.; and Willow Oak Cattle Ranch, Rogersville, Tenn. The ACA Beef Derby is helping breeders learn what genetics perform and how well they perform. The contest is designed to measure the efficiency of each animal’s weaning weight, daily rate of gain, feed efficiency per pound of gain, quality grade, yield grade, ribeye area, fat cover, harvest weight, age of harvest and total dollars earned when carcasses are sold and all expenses have been deducted. Many producers who participate test a group of steers by one of their own herd sires to see how their cattle compare to the rest of the Chi cattle in the ACA Beef Derby This knowledge is very valuable to any operation. It is useful information if a producer is raising bulls for commercial operations, replacement females, or steers and females that will be sold to the feedlot or on the grid. This information lets a producer know where their cattle fit into the beef industry and which programs will benefit their cattle the most. Stay tuned to the Chi Performance articles for more information on the Beef Derby and for new and exciting opportunities for this contest.

Adjusted Net Return 1st 2nd 3rd

Grassland Farms


calves sired by GF Generator 208S

Clarahan Farms Pen 4


calves sired by KFF Unlimited

Clarahan Farms Pen 3


calves sired by RDD Future Direction 8833 1981S

4th 5th

Clarahan Farms Pen 2


calves sired by RDD Benchmark 1848S

Willow Oak Cattle Ranch


calves sired by WOCR Double Star & WOCR Legend of Bart

Adjusted Carcass Value 1st

Grassland Farms


calves sired by GF Generator 208S

2nd Willow Oak Cattle Ranch $1430.04 calves sired by WOCR Double Star & WOCR Legend of Bart 3rd Danny Coward $1414.25 4th 5th

calves sired by RDD Mr VRD 105N and an RDD Mr VRD 105N Son

Walco Farms

calves sired by WOCR Superman

Clarahan Farms Pen 3

$1349.85 $1343.10

calves sired by RDD Future Direction 8833 1981S

Feed Efficiency 1st

Clarahan Farms Pen 4

calves sired by KFF Unlimited


2nd Clarahan Farms Pen 3 4.41 calves sired by RDD Future Direction 8833 1981S 3rd Clarahan Farms Pen 2 4.48 4th 5th

calves sired by RDD Benckmarn 1848S

Clarahan Farms Pen 1


Ramsey Chiangus


calves sired by RDD New Direction 1436R & WRL Tracken Norman calves sired by RDD New Direction 1441R


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ACA Board Candidate Profiles Southwest Region


breed and undertake the challenges the ACA will face in the next several years.

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Brad Stoppel Brad Stoppel was born, raised and currently resides in Russell, Kan. He is involved in a partnership cattle operation with his brother Mike. The operation includes livestock, farming and haying. They entered the Chianina business in 2004 actively, but had been involved in the breed in the late 1970s as well. When they reentered the breed, they noticed a vast improvement in disposition, mothering ability and consistency in that span of time. Currently they operation shows cattle at the local, state and national levels and they are working to increase Chi-influenced bull use at the commercial level. “I am running for the board because I hope to make Chi cattle mainstream enough that we’ll see wider use in the cow-calf sector and feeding business. I look forward to working with and for all Chianina breeders.”


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Art Pittman ”Art Pittman was born and raised on

a small family farm outside of Micro, N.C. He is the fourth generation to operate Little Creek Farms that started out raising Polled Hereford cattle, flue cured tobacco, corn and soybeans. With the changes that have brought about the demise of so many of the family farms across the United States, he was steered in a path of public work. Art has worked in the farm equipment business for 16 years representing Case IH and currently John Deere. He and his wife Elizabeth are enjoying their first child, Kaylee, born April 22 of this year. Art’s passion for Chi cattle came in 2000 with the purchase of a Chiangus heifer from Horsley-Cardinal. With his long time friend and mentor Sonny Batten at his side, this female would become the foundation of Art’s herd. After purchasing this heifer Art began to realize that you can combine great maternal traits along with off-thechart carcass values and still maintain the competitiveness in the show ring. Since there are not many Chi breeders in North Carolina, Art strives to promote the Chi breed with every breeder he comes in contact with and explain the values of the Hybrid Advantage. If elected to the board Art would be accessible and open to all ideas and questions from ACA members and would use his years of marketing and sales experience to promote the Chi

Rob Sheets Dr. Rob Sheets is seeking a second term on the ACA board of directors. "I would like to follow through with my commitment to the ACA membership and serve them for another 3 years. The ACA has had a lot positive things occur the past 3 years such as; the remodeling construction of the ACA headquarters, also new membership is up and the continued support from our membership in a tough economy. Rob and Becky have three grown children: Kyle and wife Rayelle with son Cole is in his final year of Dental School, Allie and husband Brandon with son Ashton are now in Chicago, and Brittany and husband Andy are located in Northern Indiana. Sheets Chiangus runs 35 head of brood cows producing seed stock and club calves. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or concerns which I will relay to the rest of the ACA board of directors. Thank you for your continued support.

ACA Board Candidate Profiles At-Large

Mark Johnson Mark Johnson from Maurice, Iowa has been involved in raising Chianina influence cattle for over 25 years. Mark and his wife Pam run a 60 head cow herd made up of mostly ChiMaine and ChiSimmental influence females. They

are assisted by their two sons, Matt a senior at South Dakota State University and Brad, a freshman at Iowa State University. The Johnson’s hold a bid-off club calf sale each September and consign bulls and heifers to several consignment sales throughout the Midwest. Mark has been employed by Trans Ova Genetics at Sioux Center, Iowa for 24 years and works in sales and client service. Through his work he has contact with producers throughout the country and enjoys staying abreast of the seedstock industry, regardless of breed. Mark has served two previous terms on the ACA Board of Directors. “I feel

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On The Edge Of Common Sense by Baxter Black, DVM

Saint Temple


he Vatican has proclaimed Sister Theresa a saint. It was one of those wonderful recognitions that allow Christians in particular, and humanitarians in general, to put aside our differences and appreciate humans who have made the world a better place. As time passes and the erosion of years smooth our memories we can look back at others in a historical sense. Those who rose above the often contentious or apathetic daily grind to make us a better class of men like Martin Luther King, for one, Helen Keller, Cpl. Pat Tillman, Billy Graham, Winston Churchill and Ghandi. Their lasting impact, personal integrity, and inspiration have lifted us all to a higher plane. A familiar figure has risen from our own small world of animal husbandry, who, to me, may be our own “saint”; Temple Grandin. Autistic, curious, insightful and innocent of guile, she has carved a trail to the top of the science of animal behavior, particularly livestock. Earlier this year an HBO movie of her life story received 7 Emmy awards. She is being feted as a celebrity worldwide, but she is one of us. She represents all of us who spend our lives in animal agriculture. Because of her honest, uncomplicated, logical explanations and lack of bias, she leaves the animal rights loonies at a loss on how to attack or ridicule her. She is also one of the most visible forces that is changing how we in the cattle business treat and handle our critters. We ARE changing. Many programs have come into use over the last ten to twenty years that are designed to increase the value of the beef we sell. Programs that reduce stress, bruising, sickness, and mortality, many


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offered with 3rd party verification for marketing advantage. Today it is not uncommon to invite professionals, be they Temple Grandin, county agents, drug company reps or experienced cowboys to elaborate on or demonstrate techniques and advantages available to make us better stockmen. They include pre-conditioning, proper vaccination, better designed handling equipment, traceability for disease containment, and kinder-gentler methods like less chousing, less yelling, paddles not hot-shots, quieter facilities and stockmen, and patience. Temple Grandin is our ‘saint’, maybe our ‘poster girl’, that stands in the public eye assuring consumers that we know what we are doing and we are trying to do it better. On a personal note, I wish there was some way she could draw us cattlemen together. I think that within the cattle business today there is more bickering, distrust and lack of meaningful discourse than I have ever seen. Temple Grandin stands head and shoulders above us in the public eye. She gives us all a big dose of pride. Her personal story, what she means to us in so many ways, her ability to overcome huge odds and turn her affliction into a discovery that us “neuro-normal” people overlook. We need to pause, rethink our differences, and appreciate what we could become if we could look through her eyes. “Saint Temple”…maybe her statue could ride on the dashboard of every truck with fencing pliers in the glove box and cow manure on the tires.

2011 ACA National Western "Hybrid Advantage" Sale Consignment Form Sunday, January 16, 2011

at the 105th National Western Stock Show – Denver, Colorado

Bull & Female Show & Sale

Grand Champion Bull & Female – $500 Jackpot (minimum) Reserve Champion Bull & Female – $500 Jackpot (minimum)

2011 Judge: TBA – In conjunction with the ACA Pen Bull & Female Show – Pen Bulls and Females may also show as individuals

Schedule of Events

Entry Guidelines

January 13:

• All cattle must be entered no later than November 17, 2010. • All cattle must be registered with the American Chianina Association. • Bulls must be no younger than May 1, 2010 and no older than 28 months. • Females must be no younger than July 1, 2010. • Embryos/flushes/pregnancies are also eligible at the discretion of the sale committee and sale manager. • Entry fee: $150 per head or lot • Pen of Three Bulls and Females will show as a pen but may also show individually. Bulls & Females that show individually must sell. • Show classes will be broken by the sale manager and sale committee, if needed, after check in. • Judge's decisions are final regarding the pre-sale show. • Sale manager will decide the final sale order.

Sale Cattle & Pen of Three Check In, Scanning & Processing

January 14 & 15:

Sale Cattle on Display in Yards

January 16:

8 a.m. - Pen Bull & Female Show 10 a.m. – Individual Cattle Show 1 p.m. – "Hybrid Advantage" Sale

Event Headquarters

Double Tree Hotel – Quebec Street

Ask for the American Chianina Association Block at (303) 321-3333

Sale Management

Sears Marketing Services Alan Sears – (970) 454-3986 (office) (970) 396-7521 (cell) •

For additional show & sale information visit:


• Entries close November 17, 2010


• Pens of Three Bulls & Females must be entered through the National Western Stock Show by Nov. 19, 2010.






EMAIL: # of bulls entered

# of females entered

total # entered

x $150/each = $

• A portion of your entry fee will be used to pay your National Western Stock Show stalling (cell) and processing fee. Sale cattle need only be entered with the sale manager. We will enter them with the NWSS. • All cattle must comply with NWSS regulations.

amt. due with entry form

Make checks payable to Sears Marketing Services and return completed entry forms by Nov. 17 to Sears Marketing Services, 61 Westward Way, Eaton, CO 80615. Additional consignment opportunities available by contacting the sale manager.


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• Include copies of pedigrees, photos, footnotes and/or other necessary information for the sale catalog. • Entry fees are non-refundable after December 1.

Statement of Ownership


• November 2010


ACA Show Reports Kansas Junior Chi Field Day

Ohio State Fair Junior Show

Ohio State Fair

May 29, 2010 Judge: Brigham Stewart

Columbus, Ohio July 31, 2010 Judge: Cliff Orley

Columbus, Ohio Aug. 1, 2010 Judge: Jerry Douglas

Grand Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Morgan Halderson Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Tate Schloctermeier Third Overall Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Payton Stoppel Fourth Overall Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Chance Draper Fifth Overall Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Chance Draper

Grand Champion Chianina Heifer Ms Rockn Candy 257W 1CM Exhibited by Hannah Winegardner, Lima, Ohio

Grand Champion Chianina Heifer Ms Rockn Candy 257W 1CM Exhibited by Hannah Winegardner, Lima, Ohio

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer DPF Erin 01W Exhibited by Ali Muir, Waynesfield, Ohio

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer KALA Miss Sail Away 1CM Exhibited by Kayla Campbell, Cedarville, Ohio

Grand Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Madison Clark

Grand Champion Chianina Bull LBG Max 1CM Exhibited by Larry Garrett, Richmond, Ind.

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Elizabeth Heintz

Reserve Champion Chianina Bull LW Heat 26W 2CM Exhibited by Lester Ward, Versailles, Ohio

Grand Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Payton Stoppel Reserve Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Payton Stoppel Third Overall Chianina Steer Exhibited by Baron Crumbaker Fourth Overall Chianina Steer Exhibited by Jarrod Beam Fifth Overall Chianina Steer Exhibited by Jarrod Beam Champion Senior Showman Jarrod Beam Reserve Champion Senior Showman Morgan Halderson Champion Junior Showman Payton Stoppel Reserve Champion Junior Showman Taten Schloctermeier


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ACA Show Reports Indiana State Fair Junior Show Indianapolis, Ind. Aug. 8, 2010

Indiana State Fair

Iowa State Fair FFA Show

Indianapolis, Ind. Aug. 11, 2010 Judge: Dan Shike

Des Moines, Iowa Aug. 12, 2010

Grand Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Morgan Tomson

Grand Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Samantha Brooke

Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer Grand Champion Chimaine Heifer Exhibited by Shelby Moothart, Fairfield, Iowa

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Kyle Shoufler

Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer Exhibited by Josh Streitmatter

Reserve Champion Chimaine Heifer Exhibited by Jesse Kohl, Mechanicsville, Iowa

Reserve Supreme Steer Grand Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Jacob Miller

Grand Champion Chianina Bull Exhibited by Wilson Cattle Company, Cloverdale, Ind.

Reserve Champion Chianina Steer Exhibited by Katie Brumbaugh

Reserve Champion Chianina Bull Exhibited by Wilson Cattle Company, Cloverdale, Ind.


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