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Faith, Family and Maine-Anjous by Jennifer Carrico The journey to get to Kennebec, South Dakota started from another area of South Dakota in the early 1940s for the DeJong family. Now, Miles and Kim DeJong enjoy watching their grandchildren growing up on the ranch. “In 1948, my dad and uncle decided they needed to look for another place to ranch because the place my grandfather had homesteaded near Eagle Butte didn’t have enough weather protection and water to raise livestock,” said Miles. “They found this ranch after they found an Orthodox Presbyterian Church in this area.” The DeJong’s faith has always been a large part of their lives. “We are the stewards of what we are good at for His glory,” said Miles. In the 1950s and 1960s, the DeJong Ranch included running yearlings, a cow-calf herd and competitively showing Quarter Horses. It wasn’t until the early 1970s that Maine-Anjou cattle became a mainstay at the ranch. Prior to that the cowherd was mostly Angus and that base is still in the pedigrees of many of the cattle on the ranch. DeJong started using artificial insemination in the 1960s on the registered Angus herd. By the early 1970s, they were breeding to Maine-Anjou bulls. Miles and his brothers started showing steers about the same time and in 1973, a Maine-Anjou steer shown by Miles was named Reserve Grand Champion at the International Livestock Show in Chicago. This was one of the first Maine-Anjou steers to win against the dominant British breeds. In 1978, a Maine-Anjou shown by Miles’ youngest brother, Monte was named Reserve Grand Champion at the ...continued on page 14

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MAINE-ANGUS The American Maine-Anjou Association Board of Director’s announces new program, Maine-Angus.

The Maine-Angus program is an initiative created by the American MaineAnjou Association (AMAA) to showcase the complementation of Maine-Anjou genetics when crossed with Angus cattle. This program will reveal Maine-Anjou’s ability to enhance feed efficiency and red meat yield when placed on British based genetics. This program should provide seedstock that will increase production and carcass yield through heterosis. The name Maine-Angus is both strong and informative by stating exactly what breeds are present in said animal. The standard of both parents being registered at the AMAA, American Angus Association (AAA) or Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) will provide validated lineage and genetic information along with valuable EPDs. Through a partnership with the AAA

our Epds will be updated with the latest genetic evaluation by the AAA which will provide the breeders and customers the best genetic prediction available. This program is focused on producing quality registered offspring that will aid in the incorporation of Maine genetics into the mainstream of the USA beef sector. Program Standards • Maine-Angus refers to cattle with the following characteristics: 1) The animal will have between 3/8 Maine-Anjou to 5/8 MaineAnjou blood and have between 1/4 registered Angus to 5/8 registered Angus and/or registered Red Angus blood. Qualifying cattle can have no more than 1/8 of non-registered blood or other breeds.

• A registered Maine-Angus bull must be proven free of genetic defects PHA and TH. Depending on the Maine-Angus bull’s genetic makeup, the individual must also be proven free of known Angus lethal genetic defects (Ex. AM and NH) and/or known lethal Red Angus genetics defects (Ex. AM,NH, and OS) whether identified by pedigree or test. • A registered Maine-Angus female must be proven free of PHA and TH, whether identified by pedigree or test. ** Please refer to the AMAA upgrading chart for % purposes.**

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Faith, Family and Maine-Anjous by Jennifer Carrico The journey to get to Kennebec, South Dakota started from another area of South Dakota in the early 1940s for the DeJong family. Now, Miles and Kim DeJong enjoy watching their grandchildren growing up on the ranch. “In 1948, my dad and uncle decided they needed to look for another place to ranch because the place my grandfather had homesteaded near Eagle Butte didn’t have enough weather protection and water to raise livestock,” said Miles. “They found this ranch after they found an Orthodox Presbyterian Church in this area.” The DeJong’s faith has always been a large part of their lives. “We are the stewards of what we are good at for His glory,” said Miles. In the 1950s and 1960s, the DeJong Ranch included running yearlings, a cow-calf herd and competitively showing Quarter Horses. It wasn’t until the early 1970s that Maine-Anjou cattle became a mainstay at the ranch. Prior to that the cowherd was mostly Angus and that base is still in the pedigrees of many of the cattle on the ranch. DeJong started using artificial insemination in the 1960s on the registered Angus herd. By the early 1970s, they were breeding to Maine-Anjou bulls. Miles and his brothers started showing steers about the same time and in 1973, a Maine-Anjou steer shown by Miles was named Reserve Grand Champion at the International Livestock Show in Chicago. This was one of the first Maine-Anjou steers to win against the dominant British breeds. In 1978, a Maine-Anjou shown by Miles’ youngest brother, Monte was named Reserve Grand Champion at the ...continued on page 14

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Thank You We are so blessed and humbled by the continued support in our program. Day in and day out we will keep working, striving, and driving the miles to bring you the best genetics we can find and raise. Our goal is for you to be successful! We are committed to the industry and people that we feel are second to none! THANK YOU!

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HEADQUARTERS

American Maine-Anjou Association (AMAA) Mission Statement The AMAA will promote Maine-Anjou genetics that provide superior, value added performance, docility and carcass excellence for the beef industry, while also providing expanded membership services for adult and junior members. Current EPD Profile (Active) CE MaineTainer Sires 6.9 MaineTainer 7.1 Dams Maine-Anjou 6.9 Sires Maine-Anjou 6.9 Dams

Holiday Greetings, I trust that things are going well. It has been a fast paced fall here at the AMAA headquarters. Sale season may have lacked consistency but still had some very bright points with Maine genetics topping several sales where multiple breeds were sold. The national show in Louisville was one of the largest in recent years and the quality was outstanding. This time of the year always forces me to spend time reflecting, counting my blessings and looking forward to the future. This past year has been filled with meeting many Maine-Anjou enthusiasts and learning a lot about the breed. I feel like we have accomplished many things and I will highlight some of the major points below.

Staff

Digital Beef

The MAINE-ANGUS Program

The transition to Digital Beef has been successful. We all have had some rocky moments, and still do occasionally, but the new program is working well and has improved efficiency in registering cattle.

Commercial Program

Many new programs have been implemented to enhance the value of Maine-Anjou and provide marketing opportunities for the membership. The Maine Max feed out program and additional breed sponsored sales are some of these events.

Research

Currently the AMAA is engaged in a cutting edge genomics project with the University of Missouri that will improve the predictability of Maine-Anjou genetics and expedite identifying outliers that can quickly improve the breed. The sire testing project currently has a variety of commercial cattle that have been bred to Maine bulls and should produce invaluable date from their offspring.

Juniors

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Two new staff members have joined our great team with Robin Marston, Director of Member Services and Joshua Cribbs, Director of Commercial Development and Breed Promotion. These are some of the great things that have happened in the Maine-Anjou world. I am thankful to get this chance to work with some of the best people in the business that have a true passion for Maine-Anjou cattle. As we look to the future I get even more excited about the possibilities. The AMAA Board of Directors has made some important decisions that should strengthen the breed and open up new horizons for cattlemen. Below are some of the actions that will be implemented this spring and summer. This program has created a lot of buzz in the industry. It was designed and approved by the board to improve our commercial acceptability. This cross has proven to work well and it is time that we put a name with it for marketing purposes. Maine-Angus refers to cattle with the following characteristics: - The animal will have between 3/8 Maine-Anjou to 5/8 Maine-Anjou blood and have between 1/4 registered Angus to 5/8 registered Angus and/or registered Red Angus blood. - Qualifying cattle can have no more t han 1/8 of non-registered blood or other breeds. - A registered Maine-Angus bull must be proven free of genetic defects PHA and TH. Depending on the Maine-Angus bull’s genetic makeup, the Individual must also be proven free of known Angus Terminal Genetic Defects (Ex.AM and NH) and/or known terminal Red Angus Genetics Defects (Ex.AM,NH, and OS) whether identified by pedigree or test. - A registered Maine-Angus female must be proven free of PHA and TH, whether identified by pedigree or test. If you have any questions or thoughts on this program, please contact myself or any of the AMAA staff.

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Genetic Evaluation

The board also approved moving the MaineAnjou genetic evaluation from our current provider, International Genetic Solutions (IGS), to Angus Genetics Incorporated (AGI). This transition will take place the summer of 2017. This should strengthen the accuracy of our EPDs and create a working partnership with a beef industry leader.

Genome Sequencing Project

By the summer of 2017 we should have some results in hand from the University of Missouri. This project, in all reality, lets us “see what’s under the hood” when we are looking at the genetic ability of MaineAnjou cattle. This will be a huge leap in predictability.

Results

We should have a great amount of hard data available at the completion of the Maine Max feed outs, the sire testing projects and the genome project to tell our story about the strength of Maine-Anjou cattle. These are all things that I am looking forward to. Your AMAA leadership has implemented a plan to help you be successful with your Maine cattle. It is up to you to participate and support the program that will help your herd. Despite the size of your herd whether it is 1 or 1,000 there are opportunities for you to be a part of. The future is Bright for Maine-Anjou! I would like to remind all of you about the great sales that will be taking place at the National Western Stock Show, in Denver, CO. On January 14th, 2017 the Bright Lights sale is full of tremendous herdsire prospects and a select group of females. New this year is the “Royalty on the Rocks” online Maine genetics sale that will be managed by Tyler Humphrey. Please check these out and if you need a catalog or assistance, give us a call. Thank you for a great year at AMAA and we wish for all of you to have a happy and blessed Christmas and New Year! Happy Holidays, Blake MAINE-ANJOU- Vision, Vigor Value!


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SELLING 66 HEAD - PERFORMANCE & MATERNAL SIRES - 38 Maine-Angus bulls - 23 Maine-Anjou bulls - 5 Simm-Maine-Angus bulls 16 SONS SELL BY LEADING ANGUS BULLS - GCC Gold Standard - GCC Legacy - GCC Business Elite (First Class son) - SAV Angus Valley - JMG Upward 13X

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- Registration# 439987 - 1/2 Maine 1/2 Angus, Homozygous solid and polled - Our selection from GVC 2014 Sale - Blew his contemporary group away in every performance, epd and ultrasound trait along with a 40 cm yearling scrotal - A phenomenal sire group, over 70 calves in 15’ & 16’, no throw a ways, every one in the top of their contemporary group. - Tremendous female quality - 20 sons sells February 9th!

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- Registration# 444896 - 1/2 Angus 1/2 Maine, Homozygous black & solid - High end EPD values - Moderate frame, good headed, big bodied kind - Siring easy doing cattle - 5 sons sell February 9th!

- 1/2 Simm 3/8 Maine 1/8 Angus - High seller NCC Sale 2013 to Klockgether’s, Charter Oak, Iowa - We won’t sell a lot of Simm-Solution bulls, but they’ll be good ones! - 5 sons sell February 9th - Bandwagon and Driver genetics!

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“I haven’t been this excited about a prospect since NAGE WideTrack 94J! Deep Pockets excells in style, muscle, hair quality and internal capacity along with his best attribute, length of stride and athletic ability! His donor dam, 87W, is a powerhouse, she is averaging 19 eggs/ flush! Deep Pockets sells Saturday, January 14! JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017

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Bright Lights

Maine-Anjou Sale

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017 - 3 p.m. MST In the ‘Yards’ - Denver, Colo.

Selling over 70 Lots of high Quality Maine & MaineTainer bulls, Females and Embryos! Watch for more details coming soon on our Facebook page and website!

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Lot 1

The American Junior Maine-Anjou Association would like to extend a very heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Dr. Bob Morton, Morton Farms, for their generous donation of a heifer calf to benefit the 2017 junior national. This unique female will be offered for sale at the 2017 Bright Lights Maine-Anjou Sale, January 14, 2017. All proceeds from this sale will help to insure another successful Maine-Anjou Junior National in Hutchinson, Kan.

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MTF DARLING 680 BK Xikes X59 X CMCC Yannie 1028 Reg. # 474721 - PB Maine-Anjou - Black - Polled

It is with pleasure that Morton Farms is able to donate MTF DARLING 680. It is without question the Junior organization along with the Reaching Beyond foundation is the future of the Maine-Anjou business. A May heifer calf that is sired by the proven BK Xikes X59 and out of 1028, a Wisdom daughter that is out of a full sister to BK Unlimited Power. Her dam entered embryo transplant last spring and her sire has produced numerous Champions on the National level and sired our high selling bull last spring commanding $29,000 for 1/2 interest. This May calf is one that will hold her own on the tanbark and more importantly is bred to become a leading female in the pasture!!

Lindsey Broek 605-351-6669 or Lindsey@amaapc.com

Dr. Robert Morton and Family Brett Carter, (580) 759-9694


Miles DeJong looks through a pen of bulls at the DeJong Ranch. National Western Stock Show in Denver. Eventually, they phased out feeding yearlings and grew the cowherd to now being over 650 head. Nearly threefourths of the herd is Maine-Anjou, with most of the rest being Angus and a few Simmental, Chianina and Charolais cows. The bulk of the cows calve in the spring and a small group in the fall. The fall bull calves are held over to be older for the spring bull sale the last Thursday in February. The 2017 bull sale will mark the 49th annual event. For the past five years, the bull sale has all been online. The DeJongs have liked this format because the bulls don’t have to be hauled. Bulls are pictured and videoed and can be viewed online. When they had a live auction, they sold around 120 bulls and now with the online format, they sell around 70. Other bulls are sold private treaty on the ranch. “The online format has it’s advantages and disadvantages. It’s a different kind of work, but it is better for us since we don’t

have a lot of help on the ranch,” said Miles. A small group of bulls is taken to the National Western Stock Show for the Maine-Anjou pen show. At times the DeJongs have exhibited on The Hill in Denver also. About 150 replacement heifers are kept each year at the ranch. Other replacement heifers, bred heifers and show heifers are marketed in the fall. Most recently, these females have been marketed through the Dakota Style Sale in October. This year they also sold a flush on one of their elite donor cows. Steer calves are sold privately to a feedlot and others are sold to the salebarn throughout the year. They have retained ownership on steer calves at times, in order to collect carcass data. DeJongs have used embryo transfer since 1992 and utilized in vitro fertilization for the first time this year. They put 100 to 120 embryos in each year out of their 12 donor cows. Miles said they prefer to set up recipient cows so they can transfer fresh embryos on flush day. Heifers are synchronized to begin calving around March 1, cows start by March 10. A large percentage of the females are AI-bred or carry embryos. DeJong cows and heifers are Pictured from left: Kim & Miles DeJong, Kevin, Katrin & Family 14 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017

expected to calve on their own, but barns are near-by if one needs help. Calving in the trees of the White River valley provides good protection from weather conditions. Miles and Kim have four children. The oldest, Tina, lives and works in China. Tara and Adam and their five children live in Sioux Falls. Katrin and husband, Kevin live and work on the ranch with their three children. The youngest, Wyatt, is an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor in nearby Winner, South Dakota. “We are blessed to have Katrin and Kevin here on the ranch. We don’t have a lot of other help. Wyatt enjoys helping when he can. We enjoy doing this as a family,” said Miles. “My parents gave me the opportunity to come back to the ranch and I want to keep that going. I’m not sure there is a better place to raise a family than on the ranch.” Conservation is important on the ranch and for the future of the ranch. With ground on both sides of the White River, they have both warm and cool season grasses. Miles said the rule of thumb is to take half and leave half of the grass. This provides for a healthier plant and allows for good regrowth. This also helps prevent weed growth and improve the quality of the grasses. Besides grazing, nearly 4,000 big round hay bales are harvested and stored in


various locations around the ranch for easier access when needed. The small amount of crop ground is planted in corn to be cut as silage to feed. Extra corn and feed is purchased as needed. Artesian wells are utilized around the ranch for water year round. The wells are 1,100 feet deep. Miles said the wells have to not be at too high of an elevation in order to be sure the water flows continuously. The water is around 95 degrees, which allows for pipes to be shallow and no electricity is needed to keep water tanks thawed in the winter. Cattle run on grass all year. Miles said because of the type of grass and ground they have in south central South Dakota, 15 acres is needed per cow-calf pair. Cows are supplemented when needed and have protein blocks and mineral tubs available all the time. Cows and calves are turned out in large groups into 500-acre pastures, sorted by breed or similar pedigrees. Since all cows have been AIed or have had embryos implanted, only two or three bulls are turned out into each group. Miles said they will continue to use Maine-Anjou genetics on their ranch because it works for them. The muscle, disposition and maternal abilities compliment the other breeds they are crossed with. “We want cattle that look good and

perform,” said Miles. “Our cattle need to work us and more importantly, for our customers.” Calves are given their first set of vaccinations on the cow and they are also branded while still on the cows. Vaccinations are also given pre-weaning, with a booster at weaning. Heifer calves receive bangs vaccinations. Cows are vaccinated in the fall. An injectable wormer is given in the spring, with a pouron used in the fall. DeJongs also use an anthrax vaccination. While they haven’t had a problem on their ranch, outbreaks up-river in the past five years has made them go back to using the vaccine again as a preventative.

Showing hasn’t been a priority for the DeJong family, but it has let them get the cattle out in front of potential customers. Showing has also been something they have enjoyed doing as a family. Miles and Kim served as advisors to the South Dakota Junior Maine-Anjou Association and each of their children enjoyed showing at state, regional and national shows. Tina and Wyatt both served on the National Junior Maine-Anjou Board of Directors. The DeJongs have had a few years off from exhibiting at the junior shows, but with eight grandchildren, they look forward to helping their next generation with continuing the family traditions.

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MAINE-ANJOU SHOW

JUDGES:

ERNIE WALLACE, MISSOURI - OPEN MARK MCLINTOCK, TEXAS - JUNIOR

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GRAND CHAMPIONS MAINE-ANJOU & MAINETAINER

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female Champion Junior Yearling

CRLL MISS CRYSTAL 1c

Grand Champion Mainetainer Female Champion Junior Yearling

jjb carla

March 25, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: K&A Daquiri 176Y Exhibited by Meghan Crall, Albia, Iowa

April 15, 2015 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: NFLL 937W Exhibited by Taylor Goering, McPherson, Kan.

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou bull

Grand Champion Mainetainer bull

BPF Beastie boy 12C

GCC get down 6413d

Champion Junior Yearling

Champion Junior Bull Calf

April 10, 2015 Sire: BPF Beast 213Z Dam: BPF Excitement 315R Exhibited by Mason Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark. Whitney Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark. Gateway Genetics, Pierce, Neb. Gana Farms, Martell, Neb.

April 3, 2016 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: GCC Miss Whizard 26IY Exhibited by Griswold Cattle Company, Stillwater, Okla.

Grand Champion junior Maine-Anjou Female

Grand Champion junior Mainetainer Female

Champion Junior Yearling

MINN CHEERLEADER 71C

May 16, 2015 Sire: HETN Real Man 1Z Dam: JSC TST Taylor 33W Exhibited by Taylor Goering, McPherson, Kan.

Champion Senior Heifer Calf

JJBF CARLA

April 15, 2015 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: NFLL 937W Exhibited by Taylor Goering, McPherson, Kan.


RESERVE GRAND CHAMPIONS

Reserve Grand Champion Mainetainer Female

RADK Miss i-80 007c

BPF Whiskey lady 501c

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

March 6, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: GVC Jazzmyn 70Z Exhibited by Mason Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark.

March 12, 2015 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: MIMMS 4267 Exhibited by Mason Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark.

Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou bull

Reserve Grand Champion Mainetainer bull

kbsc family money

KKKG road warrior 602d

Champion Junior Bull Calf

Jan. 16, 2016 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: 35 Exhibited by Kendall Bremer Show Cattle, Blakesburg, Iowa

Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf

Jan. 5, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: KKKG Black Eagle 405B Exhibited by Kourtney Grimm, Audubon, Iowa

Reserve Grand Champion junior Maine-Anjou Female reserve Grand Champion Mainetainer Female Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

RADK Miss i-80 007c

gcc miss boston 5501c2

March 6, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: GVC Jazzmyn 70Z Exhibited by Mason Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark.

March 15, 2015 Sire: Daddys Money Dam: GCC Miss Whiskey 5066 Exhibited by Stewart Skiles, Dalhart, Texas

MAINE-ANJOU SHOW

Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female

2016 AMERICAN ROYAL

MAINE-ANJOU & MAINETAINER

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2016 AMERICAN ROYAL

MAINE-ANJOU SHOW

DIVISION & RESERVE CHAMPIONS MAINE-ANJOU BULLS & FEMALES

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 kbsc clairebelle 683d et

reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 crll miss denali 77d et

March 6, 2016 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: K&A Claire 394N Exhibited by Macy Schroeder, Pella, Iowa

ERNIE WALLACE, MISSOURI - OPEN MARK MCLINTOCK, TEXAS - JUNIOR

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Feb. 22, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: K&A Daiquiri 176Y Exhibited by Jordan Crall, Albia, Iowa

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 2 sksk lucky’s dynamite

JUDGES:

March 25, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: K&A Daiquiri 176Y Exhibited by McKenna Striegel, Moravia, Iowa

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 2 CRLL Miss demi 5d et

Champion Summer yearling bjan lou lou

Feb. 16, 2016 Sire: HAA Essential 500T Dam: JSC Lucky Lady 2A Exhibited by Stephanie Kersten, Gretna, Neb.

May 15, 2015 Sire: Irishman Dam: BJAN Ms. Suh 27Y Exhibited by Abagail Wood, Leavenworth, Kan.

Reserve Champion Junior BULL Calf kkd mr. maine ain jango

reserve Champion Junior yearling bull BBBC Critter

March 12, 2016 Sire: GVC Suh 01W Dam: GDE Miss Beth 6A Exhibited by Drew McCullough, Allerton, Iowa

reserve Champion summer yearling minn cheerleader 71c

May 16, 2015 Sire: HETN Real Man 1Z Dam: JSC TST Taylor 33W Exhibited by Taylor Goering, McPherson, Kan.

Jan. 7, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: 3B Zola 2612Z Exhibited by Blayze Bierschwale, Copperas Cove, Texas

Premier Breeder jordan crall, albia, iowa Premier exhibitor mason walker, prairie grove, ark.


March 3, 2016 Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682 Dam: Miss Rihanna Exhibited by Maci Chamberlin, Winchester, Ind.

Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 CRLL Miss miss diva 25d March 18, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: NM-68R Exhibited by Brayton Shay Striegel, Moravia, Iowa

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 2 hdly daddy’s girl 602d

Jan. 12, 2016 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: Hadley’s Whiskey Girl Exhibited by Hadley Dunklau, Wayne, Neb.

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

reserve Champion junior heifer calf - div. 2 sh schultz miss sarah 414 69d et Jan. 17, 2016 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: BEB Queen Mother 079 Exhibited by Sarah Armitage, Mcloud, Okla.

Champion Senior heifer calf TVR Scarlett et

reserve Champion Senior heifer calf drcc miss crystal clear et

reserve Champion summer YEARLING ecax missy 5730c

Champion cow/calf wac smokin desire 55a

Oct. 28, 2015 Sire: BBBN X2 201X Dam: WMBX Adoline 23a Exhibited by Trevor Reiboldt, W. College Corner, Ind.

Nov. 15, 2015 Sire: Solid Gold Dam: DRCC Pink Pinkalicious Exhibited by Jace Prough, Altus, Okla.

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

Champion summer YEARLING wlk mercedes girl

May 9, 2015 Sire: Monopoly Dam: BPF Mercedes 129U Exhibited by Kendon Mcalister, Green Forest, Ark.

July 12, 2015 Sire: ECAX Monopoly 309 Dam: ECAX 8040 Exhibited by Hunter Perrier, Bartelsville, Okla.

Champion Junior YEARLING BBR CAIN 530C

reserve Champion Junior YEARLING tlm empire 535c

April 7, 2015 Sire: BBBN X 483X Dam: AN X MA 509 Exhibited by Mason Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark. Whitney Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark. Blind Badger Ranch, Fort Morgan, Colo.

April 12, 2015 Sire: LATH Imax Dam: TLM Miss SS 264Z Exhibited by Truline Richards, Richards, Mo.

Feb. 20, 2014 Sire: Choppin Wood Dam: WAC 997K Exhibited by Max Alexander, Linneus, Mo.

MAINE-ANJOU SHOW

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 CHAM MISS DAISY 4D

DIVISION & RESERVE CHAMPIONS

2016 AMERICAN ROYAL

MAINETAINER BULLS & FEMALES

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AMAA THREE-TIER

COMMERCIAL CONNECTION

PROGRAM

MISSION: To provide documented, superior performance genetics to the Commercial Cattle industry. COMMERCIAL CONNECTION:

- Requred data submission: calving ease, birth weight, weaning weight and yearling weight. - Commitment to MAPP herd involvement. - Core traits essential for commercial acceptance of Maine-Anjou genetics.

COMMERCIAL CONNECTION PLUS:

- Tier 1 requirements PLUS: ultrasound data and/or actual carcass data, scrotal and docility (BIF chute scores). - Added traits that enhance the marketability of Maine-Anjou genetics.

COMMERCIAL CONNECTION POWER:

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Josh Cribbs (813) 967-6949 or josh@amaapc.com or visit: maine-anjou.org

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- Meet Commercial Connection Plus (Tier 2) criteria. - Cow herds that maintain high across the breed EPD levels. - Herds to be so recognized at AMAA Annual Meeting.


JOIN US Friday, January 13 for the Royalty on the Rocks

social & mixer on the Hill at 6:30 p.m.

RoyalRocks ty ON THE

ELITE embryo & semen SALE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 - 6 P.M. MST - HOSTED BY SC ONLINE SALES

MATERNAL MADE Selling 3 full sib embryos.

BNWZ CALYPSO 403Z Supreme Female 2013 NAILE Selling 3 embryos, buyers choice, by Irish Whiskey or Primo!

TSSC TYRA X013

Selling 3 embryos by GOET I-80.

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2016 NAILE

JUDGES:

OPEN TIM FITZGERALD, PENNSYLVANIA

NATIONAL MAINE-ANJOU SHOW - LOUISVILLE, KY.

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female

Grand Champion Mainetainer Female

tjsc miss harmony 58c

bpf whiskey lady 501c

Champion Junior Yearling

Feb. 27, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: BOLAN Miss Harmony 533R Exhibited by Caitlin Schaub, Wapakoneta, Ohio

March 12, 2015 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: Mimms 4267 Exhibited by Mason Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark.

Grand Champion Maine-Anjou bull

Grand Champion Mainetainer bull

BPF Beastie boy 42c

THMT MRH NYQUIST

Champion Junior Yearling

Champion Junior Bull Calf

April 10, 2015 Sire: BPF Beast 513Z Dam: BPF Excitement 102Y Exhibited by Mason & Whitney Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark., Gana Farms, Martell, Neb. and Gateway Genetics, Pierce, Neb.

March 28, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: MRH Junebug Exhibited by Megan Hunt, New Madison, Ohio

Grand Champion junior Maine-Anjou Female

Grand Champion junior Mainetainer Female

mtf cold chills 501

bpf whiskey lady 501c

Champion Junior Yearling

March 7, 2015 Sire: BK Xikes X59 Dam: BK JRF Zanella 227 Exhibited by Becca Moore, Madill, Okla.

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Champion Junior Yearling

March 12, 2015 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: Mimms 4267 Exhibited by Mason Walker, Prairie Grove, Ark.


2016 NAILE NATIONAL MAINE-ANJOU SHOW - LOUISVILLE, KY.

reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female

reserve Grand Champion Mainetainer Female

mtf cold chills 501

gcc MISS BOSTON 5501C2

Champion Junior Yearling

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

March 7, 2015 Sire: BK Xikes X59 Dam: BK JRF Zanella 227 Exhibited by Becca Moore, Madill, Okla.

March 15, 2015 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: GCC Miss Whiskey 5066 Exhibited by Stewart Skiles, Dalhart, Texas

Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou bull

Reserve Grand Champion Mainetainer bull

dcf the hag

DMCC Ironman 9C ET

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

April 30, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: WCC Trisha 343T Exhibited by Clampeechen Farm, Martinsville, Ind.

Champion Junior Yearling

March 3, 2015 Sire: Man Among Boys Dam: DMCC Martha 1000M Exhibited by Jeff Miller, Cutler, Ind.

Reserve Grand Champion junior Maine-Anjou Female Reserve Grand Champion junior Mainetainer Female Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling

tjsc miss harmony 58c

gcc MISS BOSTON 5501C2

Feb. 27, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: BOLAN Miss Harmony 533R Exhibited by Caitlin Schaub, Wapakoneta, Ohio

March 15, 2015 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: GCC Miss Whiskey 5066 Exhibited by Stewart Skiles, Dalhart, Texas

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2016 NAILE NATIONAL MAINE-ANJOU SHOW - LOUISVILLE, KY.

MAINE-ANJOU BULLS & FEMALES

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 tjsc lucky lady 85d et

Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 BUT DEvin 3 May 24, 2016 Sire: LFCC Unstoppable 727X Dam: Miss Tyson Exhibited by Macey Banter, Eaton, Ind.

Jan. 7, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: MOORE Shelby 283Y Exhibited by Hudson Pine Farm, Tarrytown, Ny.

reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 2 bpf miss wisdom d6 et

Champion senior Heifer Calf llc bpf miss wessington

reserve Champion senior Heifer Calf buck bk common sense 5015

March 19, 2016 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: FSJC Campbell Lucky Lady Exhibited by Jones Show Cattle, Harrod, Ohio

Feb. 7, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: GRIMMS Miss Wisdom 33 Exhibited by Abbie Collins, New Paris, Ohio

Sept. 24, 2014 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: BPF Miss Caffee 01X Exhibited by Abbie Collins, New Paris, Ohio

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

Champion summer yearling ahff kell fantasy girl

reserve Champion summer yearling MINN Cheerleader 71c

May 6, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: AHFF Fantasia 947W Exhibited by Emilie Campbell, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.

May 16, 2015 Sire: HETN Real Man Dam: JSC TST Taylor 33W Exhibited by Taylor Goering, McPherson, Kan.

Champion Junior bull Calf - Div. 1 ebad ecc funny money 681d

Reserve Champion Junior bull Calf - Div. 1 rmfm snapback 8d

April 14, 2016 Sire: Daddy’s Money Dam: ECC Blackbird 081B Exhibited by Adelyda Ebersole, Kellerton, Iowa

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April 19, 2016 Sire: CICM First and Goal 12B Dam: Mason’s Allie Exhibited by Randy Mason & Family, Logansport, Ind.

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 2 hpf shelby d016 et

Oct. 2, 2015 Sire: BK Ambush A100 Dam: BK Yanessa 198 Exhibited by Hunter Morton, Stratford, Okla.


DIVISION & RESERVE CHAMPIONS MAINETAINER BULLS & FEMALES

2016 NAILE NATIONAL MAINE-ANJOU SHOW - LOUISVILLE, KY.

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 tssc camilla belle 620d et

Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 1 GRN GOF Miss mia

Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 2 TSSC Sweeter n honey 606d et

reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf - Div. 2 BFJv irish fantasy 111d et

Champion senior Heifer Calf shrl princess

reserve Champion senior Heifer Calf norb whiskey rose 11t

March 3, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: HPF Miss Honey R007 Exhibited by Sara Sullivan, Dunlap, Iowa

March 16, 2016 Sire: GOET Driving 80 Dam: TJSC Rieman Mia 61Y Exhibited by Green Oaks Farms, New Paris, Ohio

Jan. 26, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: HPF Miss Honey R007 Exhibited by Clint Main, Seymour, Ind.

Feb. 5, 2016 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: MOORE Fantasia 16B Exhibited by Cindy Mansfield, Harrison, Neb.

Sept. 5, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: SHRL Ling Ling Exhibited by John Haven Stalvey, Ray City, Ga.

Oct. 14, 2015 Sire: Irish Whiskey Dam: Bainridge Miss Whodaman Exhibited by Storm Show Cattle, Fresno, Ohio

Champion summer yearling BBTB Katie 502C

reserve Champion Junior bull Calf - Div. 1 AHFF Fire fox 605D ET

Champion Junior bull Calf - Div. 2 KKKG Road warrior 602d

May 2, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: HARVS Miss Kodak 832U Exhibited by Bertsch Farms, Connersville, Ind.

April 9, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: AHFF 473M Exhibited by Heart Felt Farms, Gettysburg, Pa.

Jan. 5, 2016 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: KKKG Black Eagle 405B Exhibited by Kourtney Grimm, Audubon, Iowa

Reserve Champion Junior yearling men-n-black Jan. 31, 2015 Sire: GOET I-80 Dam: SLG Moonlite 25Z Exhibited by Lucas Ebersole, Sterling, Ill.

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DIVISION & RESERVE CHAMPIONS MAINE-ANJOU BULLS & FEMALES

NATIONAL MAINE-ANJOU SHOW - LOUISVILLE, KY.

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

Grand Champion junior b&o Maine-Anjou Female

Grand Champion junior Mainetainer B&O Female

April 19, 2016 Sire: BNWZ Jose 703Y Dam: JSJ Ms Lily 052 Exhibited by Beau Johnson, Gallipolis, Ohio

March 4, 2016 Sire: SAV Bismarck 5682 Dam: Miss Rihanna Exhibited by Maci Chamberlin, Winchester, Ind.

beaj louise

cham miss daisy 4d

2016 Premier Breeder Bushy Park Farm, Highland, Md.

2016 Premier Exhibitor mason & whitney walker, prairie grove, ark. 26

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American Maine-Anjou Association Board of Director’s Meeting The American Maine-Anjou Association Board of Director’s meeting was held in conjunction with the National Maine-Anjou Show in Louisville, Ky.

The American Maine-Anjou Association (AMAA) Board of Director’s meeting was called to order by president, Marty Van Vliet, at 8:32 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2016 in Louisville, Ky. Board members in attendance were Leon Matlock, Brett Carter, Jim Opperman, Jim Hett, Dennis Moore, Eric Walker, Alicia Rigdon, Cliff Randall, Hardy O’Hara. Absent were Troy Jones and Cory Thomsen. New board members were announced. In attendance was Jirl Buck, absent were Steve Robinson and Landon Nagel. Minutes of the last board meeting were read and approved. Treasurer’s report was presented. Budgets and report were tabled until questions regarding the report could be answered by the accounting firm. A teleconference will be scheduled to bring an updated report and budgets before the board at a date to be determined.

Committee Reports Building and Grounds Leon Matlock presented an update on maintenance projects for the office. Foundation Update on fundraising activities for the Reaching Beyond foundation presented by Cliff Randall. Discussion was held that all scholarships and Maine-Anjou junior show activities, including fundraising, will be coordinated through the foundation. Long Range Motion was made and passed to change genetic evaluation providers after required contractual notification from International Genetic Solutions (IGS) to Angus Genetics Incorporated (AGI). Magazine Alicia Rigdon presented the 2017 budget and recommended adjustment. The modified budget was approved.

Election of New officers with the results as follows: President – Brett Carter, Oklahoma Promotion and Marketing 1st Vice President – Jim Hett, Colorado Blake Nelson introduced Josh Cribbs 2nd Vice President - Jirl Buck, Oklahoma as the new Director of Commercial Secretary/Treasurer – Alicia Rigdon, Iowa Marketing. Motion made and passed to At-large Member - Dennis Moore, Illinois accept the report on the Main Max bull test. 28 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017

Sale Committee No motions. An update was presented on the Maine Max bull sale for spring 2017 and the addition of an online genetics sale at the 2017 National Western Stock Show. Show 2017-2018 judge selections were made. Motion was made a passed to add the following rules for show violations: Open Shows: For a Show Rule violation 1. First offense by a member at an open show, that animal is banned/ineligible to show at all Maine-Anjou Association sanctioned shows. 2. Second offense by a member will result in a one year suspension of that member from exhibiting animals at any Maine-Anjou sanctioned show. 3. Third offense by a member will result in a three year suspension of that member from exhibiting animals at any


Region 1 Troy Jones

P.O. Box 35 - Harrod, OH 45850 c: (419) 230-8675 jonesshowcattle@hotmail.com

Dennis Moore

30992 St. Hwy. 16 - Jerseyville, IL 62052 c: (618) 410-3325 moorepaint@brick.net

Cliff Randall

2043 Robert Gray - Vidalia, LA 71373 h: (318) 386-5358 - c: (318) 719-0560 Maines10@aol.com

Eric Walker

14844 Walker Rd. Prairie Grove, AR 72753 h: (479) 267-2211 - c: (479) 601-3567 eric@walkermasonryinc.com

Cody Tebbenkamp

3705 Forum Blvd. , Apt. 818 Columbia, MO 65203 c: (660) 641-2671 c-tebbenkamp@hotmail.com

Region 2 Landon Nagel

41008 312th St. - Springfield, SD 57062 c: (605) 464-1197 nagelclubcalf@hotmail.com

Hardy O’Hara

Box 991 - Fort Benton, MT 59442 h: (406) 734-5252 hardy@oharalandandcattle.com

Alicia Rigdon

19591 187th Ave. - New London, IA 52645 h: (319) 394-9733 - c: (417) 540-3986 Alicia_Rigdon@yahoo.com

Marty Van Vliet

372 190th Ave. - Otley, IA 50214 h: (641) 628-9639 c: (641) 780-0631 blueprintcattle@yahoo.com

AtLarge Jim Opperman

10493 290th St. Manning, IA 51455 h: (712) 653-3032 c: (712) 210-6013 Opperman@mmctsu.com

Region 3 Jirl Buck

18478 Cattle Dr. - Madill, OK 73446 c: (580) 795-4865 jirl@buckcattle.com

Jim Hett

P.O. Box 175 Roggen, CO 80652 c: (303) 435-1271 jimfhett@msn.com

Brett Carter

11690 N. C.R. 3340 - Stratford, OK 74872 c: (918) 914-3085 brettcarter79@yahoo.com

Leon Matlock

25118 C.R. 1380 - Andarko, OK 73005 h: (405) 247-7043 c: (405) 222-7979 lmatlock@wichitaonline.net

Steve Robinson

2651 N. Harwood St. Ste 200 Dallas, TX 75201 c: (301) 854-0547 steve@bpfcc.com

Executive Committee

PRESIDENT: Brett Carter, Oklahoma 1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Jim Hett, Colorado 2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Jirl Buck, Oklahoma SECRETARY/TREASURER: Alicia Rigdon, Iowa DIRECTOR AT-LARGE: Dennis Moore, Illinois

Maine-Anjou sanctioned show. Any further offense will be considered by the show committee.

Junior Shows: For a show rule violation 1. First offense by a member at a junior show, that member will be on probation for the remainder of their junior eligibility and all prizes and winning for the show will be forfeited. 2. Second offense by a junior member will result in that animal being banned/ineligible to show at all Maine-Anjou association sanctioned shows. 3. Third offense by a junior member will result in loss of eligibility to show as a junior member in any Maine-Anjou sanctioned show. A motion was made to split the March and April division at the National Junior Heifer Show into two separate divisions

resulting in a division for all March heifers and a division for all April born heifers, motion was approved. Youth Report on youth program activities was approved as presented by Lindsey Broek regarding a plan to reduce the number of days for the junior show. This includes eliminating some and combining contests some contests with the Chianina participants and joint prizes will be awarded. Breed Improvement Maine-Angus program was approved as follows: • Maine-Angus cattle refers to cattle with the following characteristics: the animal is at least 3/8 Maine-Anjou and 1/4 Angus and/or Red Angus and no more than 5/8 registered Maine-Anjou blood or 5/8 registered Angus and/or Red Angus; the animal’s parents are

both registered in the herd book of the AMAA; and qualifying cattle can have no more than 1/8 of commercial or Non-registered Maine-Anjou or registered Angus/Red Angus blood. • A registered Maine-Angus bull must be proven free of genetic defects PHA and TH. Depending on the Maine-Angus bull’s genetic makeup, the individual must also be proven free of known Angus lethal genetic defects (Ex. AM and NH) and/or known lethal Red Angus genetics defects (Ex. AM,NH and OS) whether identified by pedigree or test. • A registered Maine-Angus female must be proven free of PHA and TH, whether identified by pedigree or test. Meeting was adjourned.

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"The Foundation of every state is the education of its youth" 2017 American Junior Maine-Anjou Scholarship Opportunities

The AJMAA and its supporters have expanded the Scholarship opportunities for the year 2017. Take a look at these awesome opportunities available to high school seniors and college age members. A sincere thank you to all of the donors in helping us grow and build our strong foundation... the AJMAA and its youth!!

AJMAA Scholarship

Two (2) $1,000 Available Applications due May 1 Available to all AJMAA members.

All Around Senior Scholarship One (1) $500 One (1) $250 Available to all NJHS exhibitors in the Senior division who attend junior national. Exact guidelines listed in the NJHS rulebook.

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for a week’s stay at the 2017 National Junior Heifer Show in Hutchison, Kansas! The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a 7 night hotel stay (at the hotel headquarters), $100 gas card, $50 restaurant card and show supplies! In addition, 5 lucky winners will be drawn to receive 1 of the following: - $50 Gas Card - $50 Wal Mart Card - $50 Sullivan Supply Card - $50 Weaver Leather Card - $50 Restaurant Card

Tickets are $100 and ONLY 100 tickets will be sold!!! Contact any junior board member or the AMAA office to buy your tickets today! Winner will be announced at the Bright Lights Maine-Anjou Sale, Saturday, January 14. (Winner does not have to be present to win.)

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Learning to Single Step... It's Not a Dance Move! by Bob Weaber, Ph.D. - Associate Professor/Cow-Calf extension Specialist, Kansas State University The move to a ‘single step’ genetic evaluation system has been the genetic evaluation buzz across the seedstock business this past autumn. Unlike the country western dance, the ‘two step’ which is two steps forward and one back, the single step methodology to handle genomic and legacy phenotypic records in a single genetic evaluation is a quantum leap forward and no steps backward. During the first quarter of 2017, International Genetic Solutions (IGS; AMAA’s genetic evaluation service provider) is anticipated to release the much anticipated genetic evaluation results from their implementation of the BOLT software. BOLT (Biometry Open Language Tools) is a revolutionary, new computing environment developed specifically to solve the extremely large and complex system of equations used in genetic evaluation. BOLT enables genetic evaluation to move from computing platforms developed largely in the 1990’s (single CPU computers with computing power less than many mobile devices available today) to state of the art technology using massively parallel computing routines on off-the-shelf gaming hardware that includes 1,000s of processing units working together to solve a problem. The prototypes of the system takes the current multi-breed evaluation that runs 32

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over a couple of days down to a couple of hours. Mind you, the current evaluation includes more than 16 million animals from a dozen breed organizations. The Single Step Advantage: Single-step methods also allow the information contained in the genomic data to be used throughout the pedigree. Current blending methods only enable the genomic data to inform the EPDs of animals tested, often times limited to non-parents. All the genotypes available from breeders will be included directly in the new single step evaluation along with thousands of genotypes for other collaborating breeds. In addition to incorporation of genomics for all animals with actual genotypes on file, the system provides imputed (predicted via pedigree) genotypes for all non-genotyped animals in the pedigree. In this way, genotype investments by breeders influence the genetic predictions of animals up and down the pedigree. The currently developed two-step blending method only allows genomic information to affect the EPD of the genotyped animal directly. Some early test results indicate a massive increase in EPD accuracy through imputation across the entire pedigree whereby average possible change values were reduced by 50%. The ‘Quantum Leap’ to the new system

will also provide improved calculation of EPD accuracy. Current evaluation procedures only provide an estimate of accuracy, a pretty good one for most animals, but an estimate none the less. This estimation procedure has a tendency to over-estimate for animals such as great grand-sires or dams that may not have any direct progeny performance records in the evaluation. The BOLT software allows the computation of accuracy directly from the model due to the implementation of parallel compute procedures and a massive number of computing processors. Improved accuracy calculation provides a better perspective on the performance and genomic data used to compute the EPD and the reliability of those estimates. Moreover, the improved accuracy of EPD leads to improved accuracy of selection index values. For some time, breeders, association personnel and academics have recognized the complexity of computing interim EPDs for non-parents and, more recently, the challenges associated with providing Genomically Enhanced EPD (GEEPD) through a blending process where the EPDs and genomic information is weighted by accuracy. Most breeds are envisioning a data processing and evaluation system that eliminates the computation of interims. The American Angus Association made this change when


they moved to weekly evaluations. The shift to single-step EPD computation via BOLT enables IGS participants the ability to move to more frequent evaluations over time. Recommended Breeder Operating Procedures The timing of record and DNA sample submission will be critical. If breeders wish to have GE-EPDs computed from the BOLT system in time for selection decisions or marketing efforts, they will need to be aware of data cutoffs and submission deadlines. I recommend that if a breeder is going to use the genomic testing to make selection decisions (why else would you test?), that DNA samples be collected and submitted early in the animal’s life, perhaps before weaning, so the resulting testing and data processing is done well in advance of the genetic evaluation. These dates will likely shift some as the BOLT system is implemented. Prior planning is required if you want to assure your data makes the evaluation cutoffs. The move to more frequent evaluations will help ameliorate data timing issues, but early on the system may still publish results only twice per year. Although easier to say than do, breeders should include genotyping in heifer and bull development budgets. Given the information gained from testing, more and more breeders are finding the value in testing and the enhanced accuracy of selection. If you plan to stay in seedstock business for the long haul, get started genotyping today. Genotyping should be considered as part of the branding or preweaning processing standard operating procedures. Genotypes won’t replace intensive phenotypic record collection. In some cases it allows us to bridge small gaps in data or knowledge, such as single animal contemporary groups, but long term we’ll need more data on more animals and on more traits. I like the mantra of Mushrush Red Angus, a breeder here in Kansas, who

says ‘All the data, all the time.’ You should know more about your cattle than anyone else in the value chain. Do you? Another major area of change needed with the implementation of BOLT is in our own mindset. Often, changed EPD is perceived as a bad or undesirable thing. Rather, producers should embrace the change EPD. Indeed as more data is amassed and accuracy goes up, EPDs adjust to reflect the new information which has led to a new, even more reliable estimate of the animal’s genetic merit. Knowing an animal’s merit with higher precision earlier in life has value! Consider Calving Ease EPD. If you turn a yearling bull on a set of replacement heifers would you rather know today that was a good or bad decision, or would you prefer to wait until calving season to learn if you’ll pull a lot of calves? How about Milk EPD, would prefer to know early in a sires life that his daughters will really milk or just provide companionship to their calves? Time has a monetary value. For this reason, among others, we must become more accustomed to changes in EPD and view the change as valuable. No doubt, genotyping animals has a real cost. As a producer one of the best ways to capture the return on investment is to aggressively use the newly informed EPD in selection. Genomically Enhanced EPDs provide a new level of precision through improved accuracy. That improvement in accuracy leads to enhanced response to selection. In some examples, this improvement leads to a doubling of the rate of genetic gain from selection. The prerequisite to the gain is the use of the tool in selection. A surprising number of breeders invest in genotyping of their bull sale offering to bolster their marketing efforts. While your buyers benefit from the improved accuracy of selection, your herd doesn’t benefit much, if any, from this investment as you’ve not informed or changed selection of the animals in your herd. To really capture value, one must use the tools to inform better selection

decisions. One area producers should strategically invest in genotyping is in the selection of seedstock replacement females. Consider this, a genotype on a potential replacement candidate will yield more information about her genetic potential and her contribution to your selection system, than a lifetime of natural calves she may produce. Let me reiterate, the DNA test tells me more about a heifer’s merit in terms of EPD accuracy than her whole future production record and for all traits evaluated. That’s a game changer! Utilizing good selection practices and leveraging genomics, I can predetermine the genetic trend from the maternal side of the pedigree. Would your herd benefit from knowing a potential great cow now or 10 years from now after she’s had eight calves? No other tool allows for inference of genetic potential in such an accelerated method and across all traits. Genotyping provides an additional check of pedigree integrity to catch and fix issues related to incidental record keeping errors, cows that switched calves at birth, etc. Undetected, these errors cause complications to the genetic prediction system. DNA genotype inspection of sire, dam and offspring provide a convenient check of pedigree. In addition to testing young females, producers should genotype influential animals in the herd of mature stock. Knowing the genetic contributions of herd bulls used via natural service and donor dams helps build additional accuracy in the resulting EPDs. The revolutionary genetic evaluation system empowered by generations of pedigree and phenotypic records and emboldened with genomic information that lies before us present an opportunity of unprecedented value. Seizing that opportunity will require investment in our own knowledge, training and discipline. Will you learn to single step?

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‘THE CYCLE’ Article submitted by Anipro/Xtraformance Feeds. Anipro/Xtraformance Feeds has been providing high quality supplementation in multiple forms, professionally serviced by our sales staff and dealers for 24 years.

During a 12-month period, there are specific physiological stages a cow progresses through and certain opportunities, challenges and goals we need her to navigate to ensure we optimize our productivity, which simply stated is to produce a weaned calf every year. In today’s beef industry, we just don’t have the luxury of making a mistake. Unlike the poultry and hog industries, we get one progeny per year in the beef cattle business and it is incumbent on us to ensure our cost decisions are properly balanced with our production goals in order to optimize performance and profitability.

Period 1:

The Calving/Post-Calving Period is approximately 80 days in length and the single most important objective is for the cow to give birth to a live and healthy calf. There are many things to consider in advance of this period, but this calf is our revenue from this cow for this year. Our feeding program needs to be at its best during this period as the cow’s nutrition requirements are at their highest due to lactation. Additionally, it is one of our major goals that this feed program be strong enough to sustain peak lactation as long as possible. In beef cows this is normally 75-90 days. A final challenge during this period is to recondition the reproductive tract for breedback. All elements of the feed and supplement program (protein, energy, minerals and vitamins) must be in the right amounts and proportions to ensure optimum nutrition during this critical stage.

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Period 2:

During the next 125 days, we are concerned with Maintaining Lactation. Nutrient requirements, while lower than the previous period, still remain high as we try to sustain lactation as long as possible. My assumption has always been that a cow can grow a calf much cheaper than buying feed to grow the calf. Therefore, ensuring nutrient levels remain high through good supplementation practices on emerging forages is critical. Cows should also gain weight and increase body condition during this period. Finally, and most importantly, for future profitability, this is the period in which we breed back and need to maintain early pregnancy.

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Mid-Gestation is the period I have always felt we can catch up. This is primarily because we will wean our calf during this period, and as the cow dries up, because of reduced calf demand, we are able to utilize mature forages to increase cow weight, flesh and body condition before entering the last stage of production. Adding critical body condition at this time is optimal because there are plenty of days between now and calving so that the daily requirements for gain are smaller. However, if we cheat the cow nutritionally and don’t take advantage of our opportunities during this period, then our average daily gains must increase as we get closer to the precalving period in order to achieve the body condition to ensure successful calving and breed back for the future.

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As we reach the Pre-Calving Period (60-90 days prior to calving), we see a significant increase in nutrient requirements for the cow. 70%-80% of fetal development occurs during the last trimester of gestation which results in a tremendous spike in fetal protein requirements. If nutrition from the combination of our feed and supplement program does not meet this increase resulting from fetal development, we run the risk of poorly developed calves, reduced vigor, reduced colostrum value to properly develop the calves immune system and a host of other problems. Additionally, the body condition of the cow at calving dictates the ability to return to estrous in 90 days following calving to ensure we have that 1 calf every 12 months. In the final analysis, every producer must weigh the available nutrition from the feed program to determine the level of supplementation required to optimize performance. Each of us may define optimum cow performance in many different ways, but I am confident we all agree that profitability starts with a live calf on the ground. Feed quality and quantity will vary from day-to-day and property-to-property, but the consistency and continuity of your supplementation program can give you the level of comfort and nutrition necessary to be confident that productivity and profitability will be optimized.


Contributed by Rick Carlson. For the past year, Rick has worked as a consultant for the American Maine-Anjou Association and is an integral part in our commercial development process and programs.

Maine-Anjou A year in review, with a future as bright as we want it to be.

It’s hard to believe it has been a year since John Boddicker, Blake Nelson and I sat down in Platte City to discuss how to put together a strategic plan to address the commercial beef industry. I thought I would give you a little background on how this came together and a little of our rational. Jerry Gibson of Texas was actually the catalyst that got this movement going. He challenged us to come up with a game plan to penetrate the commercial market. Jerry’s business background in retooling companies is well known. His guidance and help in jump starting the thought process is greatly appreciated. As Jerry pointed out, no breed has ever grown or been very successful without a good commercial program. It is the backbone of any breed association.

When you enter into these situations the first thing that needs to be done is to look at yourself in the mirror. It’s what I like to call the good, bad and ugly phase. Be realistic in pointing out the bad things as well as the good things. In this case the question was what does the MaineAnjou breed do well in terms of how it contributes to the beef industry and what traits does the breed need some work on in relation to other breeds. If you are not brutally honest with yourself you will never make any progress toward change. So what we did was visit with producers in other breeds, commercial operators, current and past breeders to find out what their views were with regard to the breed. During this process one must keep an open mind in order to benefit from these conversations.

What we learned was that early on Maines were used to increase growth, enhance muscle mass and make cattle docile. Inroads had been made in the commercial beef industry in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Several past breeders had recollections of Maine based cattle selling at good premiums above the market. For some reason this progress was not sustained. A steady decrease in market share has been experienced over the past few years. The number of Maine-Anjou commercial bull offerings from 2005 to 2015 has declined substantially. The current issues with regard to Maine-Anjou cattle include the perception of a mostly club calf breed which has a large birth weight problem and has bred performance out of the the equation for the most part. (I.e. weaning weight

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How did the industry get to that point?

Packer grids have rewarded choice cattle and sent a message of wanting more of these types of cattle. However, as feeders took cattle to heavier weights to satisfy market demand and because of certain market situations, discounts for over fat cattle have increased substantially over the past few years. To the point, they more than offset the premiums paid for choice cattle. The story is much more complicated but that’s a quick overview. The beef industry may never be as low cost as pork or poultry, but the industry can and has to close the gap by concentrating on increasing efficiency. Producing a genetically programed animal 38

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genomic trends comparison to other breeds). Like any other product or service sold, a specific breed such as Maine-Anjou must deliver on unique traits which add value to a customer’s end product. In the cow/calf world it’s a live calf that grows fast that in most cases is black in color, without horns. The Maine-Anjou breed has very little brand recognition within the commercial beef industry for any of the traits listed above. For the most part it is somewhat unknown what the MaineAnjou breed can positively contribute to the commercial beef industry. The breed is not relevant in about 95% of the beef world. Sounds like a pretty big uphill battle or a great opportunity. After reflecting on our conversations we looked at the beef industry and began to ask questions. What major problems does it currently have and can the Maine-Anjou breed address any of these issues? There is a big issue with yield grade 4 and 5 cattle. As cattle have gotten bigger over the last 16 years the ability to keep them lean and increase muscle mass has not kept up. Because of branded beef programs focusing on producing a choice product, numbers of fatter cattle with less muscle mass has increased. The inclusion of more byproducts into finishing rations has contributed to this issue as well. This has created a major problem for the industry. Once cattle reach their physiological maturity point they put on fat. At this point they are 20% to 30% less efficient. Cost of gain increases and external fat is being deposited which will be all trimmed off on the fabrication floor at the plant since most all product is sold as closely trimmed these days. This makes no sense and costs the industry millions each year.

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Adapted from Spring 2016 Genetic Trends from Breed Associations and 2016 AB-EPD factors which creates value for all segments of the beef industry begins with the producer at the ranch. The mission statement here is to create a moderate birth weight calf, that grows fast, converts well in the feedlot, remains healthy throughout its life cycle and hangs up a yield grade 2 average Choice carcass. The calf is likely polled, black hided and comprised of 2 or 3 breeds. Might also want to have an average milk EPD, because undoubtley some heifer mates will be retained. Sounds pretty simple, but in reality is very complicated as those of us that breed livestock know all too well.

How can Maine-Anjou cattle fit into the equation? 1. Heterosis, all breeds can claim this one.

2. Black, again most all breeds in some form can lay claim to this position in the market. 3. Docility, hard one to measure and I would say most all breeds have cow families within them that display this trait. Although Maines appear to be a very docile breed, I think we have to acquis this position to Herefords.


4. Growth, Maine-Anjou had a position here but gave it up as our genetic trends comparison indicates. This can quickly be fixed though the use of EPDs. 5. Low birth weight, Maines have made substantial progress here. While the vast perception is the breed has a problem, the fact is it’s not the reality. Marketing is the key here. It may be the biggest hurdle we face when convincing ranchers to sample Maine-Anjou cattle. However, EPDs, commercial trials and smart marketing can overcome this issue. I experienced this problem last summer when talking to two of the ranchers we ended up running trials with. Both had neighbors who tried Maine-Anjou cattle back in the 70’s and 80’s and had bad experiences. I had to talk both off the ledge. I did it via the use of EPDs and conversation with other ranchers who use Maine-Anjou cattle. So, it’s a problem we need to hit head on. 6. Increase muscle mass and decrease fat. Now we start to sort the wheat from the chaff. If we look at more than 30 years of research at the USDA’s MARC research center we can see Maine-Anjou cattle along with Charolais and Limousin are the breeds to use to reduce fat and increase muscle mass. We have a unique market position here. This trait also addresses a current problem the industry needs solved. Eureka! Problem solved. Wrong. Now we have to validate our market position and answer the question of why use MaineAnjou versus another breed in addition to fixing our growth problem and change the perception of our birth weights. 7. Milk/Replacements, I may get some push back with this one. A low percentage Maine-Anjou cow is about as pretty a beef machine as you can find. If you can combine look with a fairly good data set, those females will top the market every time. One thing that kept coming up time after time in our interviews was the fact ranchers no matter whether they showed cattle or were in the commercial beef business liked to look at deep ribbed, square hipped, wide made, sweet fronted cows that were underpinned by good feet and legs. While some had switched to other breeds they still had an appreciation for the Maine-Anjou cow. So, we have identified some opportunities. What are the tactics

we are going to use to validate our position and build information so we can effectively go to market? If you haven’t noticed by now the common denominator in all this is data collection and the use of EPDs and sound science which we will talk about a little later. The mission statement here is to provide breeders with forums to compare animals, collect data and analyze that data on the most advanced system available to animal agriculture ultimately to create value for Maine-Anjou cattle. • Launch a bull test program. With the purpose to provide a venue to compare some of our best genetics and market bulls into new commercial operations. We currently have 36 bulls on test at Sylvester’s bull development in Wamego, Kan., with a sale slated for the end of March. • Launch a steer feed out program. With the purpose to provide a venue for small and large operations to feed cattle in large commercial settings. Data from birth to carcass will be accumulated, analyzed and bench marked against over 600,000 head of cattle. Breeders can learn what they have currently in the way of performance. • Genetics. Compare Maine-Anjou cattle with other breeds. Helps accumulates data regarding our yield grade position. Currently we have 217 head of calves on feed at JBS, Dalhart, Texas, Chappell, Neb., and Gregory Feedyards, Tabor, Iowa. • Ranch Trials. With the purpose to get Maine-Anjou genetics into large commercial herds. Currently we have about 340 beef cows bred in Iowa, Florida. • Move our genomic evaluation to AGI, a division of the American Angus Association (AAA). This gives us access to the same data program which is used by the largest swine, poultry, dairy (Holstein) along with the largest beef breed registry (Angus) in the world. We now have access to a World Class system to analyze and catalogue our data. The Maine-Anjou breed will not have to deal with technology becoming obsolete or using an untested system. The system is constantly being improved and updated. The ability for us to work with the AAA and AGI gives us a greater

opportunity to take what we learn from our trials as well as our ranch data and apply it to complementing other breeds to produce a better beef product thus creating value for Maine-Anjou cattle. • Sequencing. I could talk about this topic for several paragraphs. To accumulate vast amounts of data needed to move EPDs and create better accuracy takes years. So we (John, Blake and I) asked the question, is there a low cost way we could use new technology to speed the process up. This is common in many businesses where technology and innovation allow smaller companies to leap frog larger more established competitors. The technology being used is the same which is used to analyze the human genome and is housed at St Louis University. We hope to start having data by next spring that can be incorporated in our EPDs. In addition we will be working with AGI and the University of Missouri to identify key variants which exist within the Maine-Anjou genome that affect things like feed efficiency immune response and fat deposition to name a few. These are in addition to genes that affect birth weights, growth and milk and carcass traits. While this is not a “silver bullet” it does allow us to make progress at a quicker pace though sound science. In summary the AMAA has a lot of things happening which will allow for better value creation in the future. BUT, its ability to be successful hinges only on its members. The participation in the programs, submission of data and registrations are the things that help make progress possible. Without these, it doesn’t matter how good or sophisticated the programs are they won’t work. It is also incumbent on breeders to not become discouraged if the results initially are not what is expected. Use the programs the AMAA has put together and learn from them and use the results to make progress in your herd. Ultimately it’s up to each producer to build a product which has features and benefits the market is willing to pay a premium for. Creating value and sustainability for his operation.

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online registering

In order to register online you must have a member number and password. If you have forgotten your login information or need access to Digital beef, please contact AMAA staff via e-mail or by phone. Registrations are completed and mailed in the order they are received. If you wish to place a rush on your registration work you must contact the AMAA to request a rush or Fed Ex.

Helpful tips wHen registering

To avoid delays in your registration work during our busy season, please follow the tips below: Double check that all blanks and information are correct and complete before mailing or submitting online. Things most commonly missed are: o Missing herd prefix and herd ID o Birthdates o Date of sale o Name of animal o Payment Make sure the person that is registering owns the dam with exception of ET calves. If ET, make sure the donor dam has been DNA, PHA & TH typed and that we have the results on file. If you are checking on work please e-mail us at maine@kc.rr.com. When calling or e-mailing please have the name and breeder number of the person submitting the work. When registering annual active dams for performance only animals please submit them online if you have the capabilities. This will help the registrar processing tremendously. Rush work is processed ahead of regular work that is received in our office and mailed by regular mail so please do not procrastinate to avoid extra charges and to assure buyers that they are purchasing from a reputable business person. As always, we appreciate you and your business and want to make sure that the registration process runs as smooth as possible. Thank you in advance for your extra time in making sure all work is correct, complete and received in a timely manner.

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It is now time to register show animals for winter shows. Please keep in mind during the winter show season you will need to allow at least two to three weeks for turn-around on registrations and transfers sent in to our office. If a paper is needed within that time, a rush fee ($50 per eight head) will be required before the work will be completed.

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a reputable business person. Rushes will be done in the order received; a rush fee is currently $50 (covers eight head). If rush work is faxed, it will be considered a rush unless otherwise specified. it is the breeder’s responsibility to give us a follow-up phone call to make sure the work is legible and to cover all fees. it is not our office staff ’s responsibility to call breeders that fax in registration work. no work will be released until payment is complete. Rush work is processed ahead of the regular work that is received in our office and mailed by regular mail within one to two business days. We will do our best to complete rush work that is received in our office by 2 p.m. (Monday – Friday). there is no same-day turnaround. if requiring a registration number only, it will still be considered a rush as we still have to process the work to obtain the number. If you need to have registrations sent out by overnight delivery, there is an additional fee (in addition to the rush fee) for sending overnight. We normally use Federal Express (Fed Ex) and the charges are based on Fed Ex fees at that given time. Again, let us emphasize, it is your responsibility to contact our office to make arrangements for overnight delivery so that we have the correct shipping address and payment before sending. Fed Ex WiLL not deliver to a post office box. A rush will be picked up by Fed Ex the next business day for delivery the following day. For big weekend events, such as state expos, we reserve the right to require work to be in our office no later than 2 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to that weekend’s show. Please plan ahead. If a paper is needed within two weeks, a rush will be required at this time of year. tattoo Year letters tattoo Year letter for 2014: B tattoo Year letter for 2015: c

AmericAn mAine-Anjou AssociAtion P.O. Box 1100 - 204 Marshall Rd. Platte City, MO 64079-1100 AMAA (816) 431-9950 Fax (816) 431-9951 Voice (816) 858-9954 - Fax (816) 858-9953 maine-anjou.org - maine@kc.rr.com

stAff M. Blake Nelson, executive vice president Marcena Fulton, registrar Lindsey Broek, Voice editor/director of youth, communications and shows Rhonda Boddicker, administrative assistant Robin Marston, office assistant Tammy Seevers, office assistant Donna Grame, office assistant executive committee: Brett carter, president jim Hett, 1st vice president jirl Buck, 2nd vice president Alicia rigdon, secretary/treasurer Dennis moore, director at-large region i troy jones - (419) 230-8675 P.O. Box 35 - Harrod, OH 45850 Dennis moore - (618) 410-3325 30992 State Hwy. 16 - Jerseyville, IL 62052 cliff randall - (318) 719-0560 5563 Hwy. 129 - Monterey, LA 71354 eric Walker - (479) 601-3567 14844 Walker Rd. - Prairie Grove, AR 72753 region ii Hardy o’Hara - (406) 899-6903 Box 991 - Fort Benton, MT 59442 Alicia rigdon - (417) 540-3986 19591 187th Ave. - New London, IA 52645 Landon nagel - (605) 464-1197 41008 312th St. - Springfield, SD 57062 marty van vliet - (641) 780-0631 372 90th Ave. - Otley, IA 50214 region iii Leon matlock - (641) 628-9639 25118 C.R. 1380 - Anadarko, OK 73005 Brett carter - (918) 914-3085 12594 N. C.R. 3340 - Stratford, OK 74872 jirl Buck - (580) 795-4865 18478 Cattle Dr. - Madill, OK 73446 jim Hett - (303) 435-1271 P.O. Box 175 - Roggen, CO 80652 At-Large cody tebbenkamp - (660) 641-2671 3705 Forum Blvd., Apt. 818 - Columbia, MO 65203 jim opperman - (712) 210-6013 10493 290th St. - Manning, IA 51455 steve robinson - (301) 854-0547 2651 N. Harwood St. Ste. 200 - Dallas, TX 75201


TaTToo year leTTer for 2016: d TaTToo year leTTer for 2017: e TaTToo year leTTer for 2018: f dna, Th and pha requiremenTs Prior to registering any ET calves, all donor dams (including commercial or non-registered dams) must have DNA, TH and PHA on file in our office. Also, all AI sires are required to have the same on file. Therefore, our office will hold any ET registrations submitted out of dams without testing on file as well as all registrations out of AI sires that do not have complete testing on file. If the donor dam is deceased and not tested, we do require that the ET(s) have the tests done, in the absence of the donor’s records. The DNA, TH and PHA testing can be done at GeneSeek. A submission form is found on our Web site, maine-anjou.org. Maine-Anjou samples are put into testing at GeneSeek on Wednesdays, please plan accordingly when submitting. DNA results will be back in the AMAA office late the next week after the testing begins; TH and PHA results will be in our office two weeks later, usually on a Thursday. We would like to start sending the test results by e-mail only, please make sure we have an up-to-date e-mail address for you, if applicable. new self billing worksheeT Please dispose of any old self-billing worksheets and registration forms you may have to avoid work being held for price differences. new members All new members must choose a program when submitting a new membership. The two programs that are offered are MAPP and Breeders Choice. You may read about these two programs by visiting maine-anjou.org and clicking on “Member Information” and then choose the “MAPP or Breeders Choice” option. If a membership is submitted without choosing a program, the new member will be placed in the Breeders Choice program. foundaTion animals Non-registered bulls and females must be entered as a foundation animal prior to MaineTainer progeny being registered. All current “P” (performance only) cattle will be grand-fathered into the program. If the sire is an AI sire and registered at another

breed association, the pedigree and testing must be on file with the AMAA. The charge to add a sire pedigree will be a onetime charge of $40. If the AMAA finds that the pedigree has already been paid for by another breeder, the $40 charge will not be applied. Dams registered at another breed association may also be added for a one-time charge of $25. See the new selfbilling sheet for foundation fees. bull calf regisTraTion If registering a bull calf born after Jan. 1, 2014, it must be TH/PHA free by parentage or have testing completed prior to registering and on file with the AMAA. Carriers will no longer be registered, but may be entered as a foundation animal. If registrations are submitted before testing has been completed, the animal will not be registered. Instead, the animal will be given a performance number at a nonrefundable penalty charge of $10. Once the animal has been tested the registration may be completed at the regular rate. Please plan accordingly as testing can take up to three weeks. online Transfers Registered animals with certificates are now able to be transferred online but must be completed by the current owner by logging into his/her online account to complete the transfer. If the buyer is responsible for the transfer fees, the seller must indicate this in the comment line, otherwise the seller will be charged the transfer fees. Remember, anytime you transfer an animal your dues must be paid unless the animal being transferred is the last animal in your inventory. You will be able to see your current inventory when logging in to your account online. online regisTraTion discounTs A 10 percent discount on registration fees will be given to all active members registering online (discount does not apply to annual dues, new memberships, MAPP fees or foundation animals). If you have not created an online account, you may do so by visiting maine-anjou.org, select the green tab that says “Login”, select “Create Account”, enter your current breeder number, enter your e-mail address, verify your e-mail address and enter a password of your choice. You will then be automatically logged in to your account. You may view your current inventory, cancelled animals you no longer have, register and transfer animals and enroll

announcemenTs

your MAPP online if you are a current MAPP member.

purchase regisTraTion blocks You may purchase registration blocks of 15, 25, 50, 75 and 100 at a discounted rate. These blocks are prepaid registrations and may only be used for animals under 13 months of age. Any unused blocks expire December 31 of each year. See the new self-billing worksheet for pricing. Multiple discounts will not be allowed. If you register online, the block discount (the greater discount) will be applied at checkout. 2016 mapp Our 2017 MAPP enrollment opened on September 1, 2016 and will remain open until our deadline which is of December 31, 2016 (no later). As there will be no invoice adjustments for 2017, please make sure to complete your inventories by this deadline. We are asking that you complete your 2017 enrollment online. If you do not have access to a computer, please call our office at 816-431-9950 and ask for Donna to request a copy of your inventory to be mailed to you.

ATTENTION AMAA MEMBERSHIP

GVC Twitter has been tested and confirmed as a carry of Congenital Contractural Arachnodactly (CA)

Congenital contractural arachnodactyly (CA) is a non-lethal autosomal recessive genetic disorder in cattle. An autosomal recessive defect is a disease caused by the presence of two recessive mutant genes on an autosome.

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CANADA

MICHIGAN

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Maines, MaineTainers, Semen & Embryos Available!

Sires Represented: DLDJ Ceelo Z41, GVC Scooby B53, GVC Upward, BPF Premium 1001Y, Hard Whiskey, I-80, Predator, Suh, Daddy’s Money, Comfort Zone, Total Perfection, Liberator and Dubai.

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COLORADO

21223 310th St. - Columbus, NE 68601 h: (402) 563-3473 or c: (402) 910-1397

CLAY KNOLL FARMS The Simpkins Family clayknollfarms@yahoo.com

BEAUPREZ

LAND & CATTLE Mark, Lisa, Nick & Megan Beauprez Mark (303) 378-0718 Nick (303) 880-7827

Duane, Lisa & Sons 989-329-6141 989-578-0328

NORTH DAKOTA

Gary & Janette h: 989-426-8185 c: 989-329-4668

MONTANA

Black, Polled, Purebred & Percentage Maine-Anjou

Gene & Danette Loder 13408 90th St. S.W. • Scranton, ND 58653 (701) 275-6227 — home • (701) 206-0721 — cell lodercc@ndsupernet.com

IOWA K&A FARM

since 1971

The RIGHT BEGINNING for a GOOD ENDING

Ken, Audrey and Kendall Bremer 23384 Ridge Rd., Blakesburg, IA 52536 (641) 938-2163 kafarm@iowatelecom.net • www.kafarm.net

128 Rockin LV LN Fort Benton, MT 59442 Mike O’Hara — (406) 734-5434 Heath O’Hara — (406) 734-5443 Hardy O’Hara — (406) 734-5252 www.oharalandandcattle.com

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Denison Acres Breeders of Quality registered Maine-anjou & Mainetainers Denny and Donna Denison P.O. Box 86 Keatchie, LA 71046 o: (318) 747-1400 c: (318) 453-6093 Breeding, Show Cattle & SeMen aVailaBle

NEW HERD SIRE! BPF Common Ground 504B

Cliff Randall 318-386-5358

Garlen, Jamie & Hunter 318-386-2919

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Kahl Cattle Co.

Quality Maines in Southwest Missouri

Lakeside Farms The Randalls

Foundational • Commercial • Show Quality Cattle Everett - Mike - Steve Forkner 9282 E. Indian Line Rd. • Richards, MO 64778 www.trulinemaines.com • (877) 489-0570 • eforktlg@gmail.com

Hard Drive X Lucky Lady - Purebred Maine-Anjou Semen available thru SEK and owners! Bulls & Females for sale!

Ron & Amy Kahl - 2651 Lincold Rd. • Reeds, MO 64859 h (417) 246-5329 • c (417) 850-0705 OR e-mail: kahl4hay@yahoo.com


SOUTH DAKOTA

Al Conover Auctioneer

P.O. Box 9 Baxter, IA 50028 (641) 227-3537 Office (641) 227-3686 Home (641) 227-3792 Fax (515) 491-8078 Cell

Miles & Kim DeJong 31842 DeJong Rd. Kennebec, SD 57544 (605) 869-2329 (605) 222-1292 - Miles cell www.dejongranch.com Visitors welcome! Please no Sunday business

Fred & Joan DeRouchey

1001 Hurst Ave. • Mitchell, SD 57301 Phone: (605) 990-6488 Fax: (605) 990-6489 Mobile: (605) 530-6488 or (605) 530-6489 derouchey@mitchelltelecom.net www.deroucheycattle.com

conover@conoverauction.com www.conoverauction.com

Ron KReis Auctioneer

(740) 683-3235 • RTKREIS93@GMAIL.COM 2005 World Champion Livestock Auctioneer Specializing in purebred and general livestock auctions

Blane & Cindy Landon, Shayna, Chesney, Cheylee & Shalayne 31164 E. R.S. Rd. - Springfield, SD 57062 Blane 605.464.1187 (c) 605.369.2628 (h) nagelcattle@excite.com - www.nagelcattle.com

Bill SheRiDan auctioneer (517) 676-9800 740 S. Cedar St. Mason, MI 48854

www.sheridanauctionservice..com

Worthy of Your Confidence

McClure Club Calves Gillette, Wyoming 307-660-2534

AUCTIONEERS/SERVICES

STEVE BONHAM AUCTIONEER

Cell | 405.823.2972 Res. | 405.387.3236 Fax | 405.387.2965 1748 South Portland

518 Brownstone Dr.

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AmericAn Junior mAine-AnJou AssociAtion

• Ladd Landgraf, President - Region 3 17093 Coleman Rd. Madill, OK 73446 Ladd.Landgraf33@gmail.com • Hannah Topmiller, Vice President - Region 1 9111 S.R. 28 Pleasant Plain, Ohio (513) 877-3603 htopmiller@yahoo.com • Kaylee Miller, Secretary/Treasurer - Region 2 18451 G76 Hwy. Lacona, IA 50139 (641) 534-3002 kayleemiller95@gmail.com

Region 1

• Taylor Dorsey 35291 C.R. 41 Eaton, CO 80615 (970) 397-0356 Taylor.dorsey@icloud.com

Region 2

• Stephanie Kersten 15010 S. 200th Circle Gretna, NE 68028 (402) 957-0087 Srkersten@gmail.com

Region 3

• Reighly Blakley P.O. Box 465 Oologah, OK 74053 reighlylou10@gmail.com

At-Large

• Hunter Randall 5563 Highway 129 Monterey, LA 71354 (318) 715-2918 Hdr005@latech.edu • Kassi Rice 21621 280th St. Parkersburg, IA 50665 (319) 939-7476 Kmr131998@gmail.com

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• Queen

Adelyda Ebersole, Iowa

• Princess

Morayah Cupp, Nebraska Parker Garrett, Oklahoma

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by Taylor Dorsey Region 1 Director As the days become shorter, and the nights become cooler, it brings a sense of joy to all livestock exhibitors. Why you may ask would this weather bring such a sense of excitement for all? Well to answer that question is quite simple. Every livestock kid knows that this means Denver and Fort Worth are right around the corner. Some may say that this is arguably the best time of the year: a time when all your friends are finally in the same barn together again, a time for seeing some of the worlds best livestock competing against each other and a time to make the best memories that you will carry with you forever. Around the show barn, everyone has his or her favorite part about each of these two shows. Unmistakably, one of the favorite parts about Denver is the Yards. No one can deny the joy of walking around the yards and taking is the historic sight that it is. From walking around the display bulls to the pen shows, everyone can find a little slice of heaven in the Yards. There is also no denying the feeling of showing up on the hill. The excitement of walking into the arena in nothing short of amazing, and knowing that no matter what happens out in the ring, there is no place that you would rather be. Considering the NWSS is right in my back yard, it has always felt like home to me and for that I will always love it. Lets not forget about the pretzels either; no trip to Denver is complete without one of the world famous pretzels. Speaking of food, one of the highlights of Fort Worth has to be those ooy-gooey cinnamon rolls. Nothing warms you up in the mornings like one of those cinnamons rolls before you show. Another favorite about Fort Worth is the Stockyards. So much history lies within those brick walkways that every livestock showman must experience once in their life. It resembles so much passion in the industry and is a constant reminder to keep working on improving the breed we all love so much. There is no denying that both Denver and Fort Worth are in a league all of there own. I am so honored to get to serve as this years Region One director on the AJMAA board. It has truly been a blessing to get to interact with so many great people in this industry. Just as a reminder, the AMJAA is still selling raffle tickets for the 2017 Junior Nationals. If anyone is interested don’t hesitate to get ahold of myself or any other junior board member. The Maine-Anjou and MaineTainer show in Denver is on Jan. 15, 2017 and the show in Fort Worth is on Jan. 29, 2017. Hope to see you all there!


NATIONAL WESTERN Maine-Anjou Schedule

- Sunday, January 8 -

- Friday, January 13, 9-11 a.m. -

- Monday, January 9 -

- Friday, January 13, 12 p.m. -

Yard cattle begin arrival.

All Yard cattle must be in place.

- Wednesday, January 11, 9 a.m. -

Junior & Open Hill cattle check-in.

Pen-of-Three Maine-Anjou and Sale Heifer Show, Pepsi Arena.

Pen-of-Three & Bright Lights sale cattle check-in. - Saturday, January 14, 3 p.m. Check-in will be in the yellow tent behind the Bright Lights Maine-Anjou Sale. Pepsi Arena.

- Thursday, January 12, 1 p.m. Sale cattle evaluation, Pepsi Arena.

- Thursday, January 12, 5 p.m. Hill cattle may move in.

- Sunday, January 15, 8 a.m. -

Junior & Open Maine-Anjou Show Show order: MaineTainer Bulls, Maine-Anjou Bulls, Junior MaineTainer Females, Open MaineTainer Females, Junior Maine-Anjou Females, Open Maine-Anjou Females Junior Judges: Greg & Pearl Walthall, Missouri Open Judge: Brad Winegardner, Ohio JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 45


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Contributed by Veterinary Research and Consulting Services (VRCS) For many producers, calving season is beginning or just around the corner. Making sure the calving season goes smoothly is essential for establishing a successful year for your operation. Calving during this time of year has several issues including unpredictable weather and not enough daylight hours to accomplish all of the necessary tasks; however it is critical to check the heifers to identify any problems early during the birthing process. According the USDA, 88% of heifers and 95% of cows calved without assistance. Due to the increased assistance required with heifers, this article will primarily focus on heifers but similar strategies and guidelines can be used for calving cows. Over 25% of calf death loss during the first 3 weeks of age is related to calving problems representing an important period to intervene to increase the number of calves born alive on each operation. A common question producers have is, “When do we need to intervene and assist heifers during calving?” The question is valid because intervening too late may cause the loss of the calf and potentially the heifer. Intervening too early may result in unnecessary labor and fees. To simplify the decision on timing to intervene, the act of calving may be broken down into four different stages. Calving Stages Stage 1: The heifer becomes restless and isolates from the rest of the herd to start the birthing process. Heifer will begin

straining and laying down. The water bag will be appear from the vulva of the heifer. The water bag is a large, fluidfilled grayish/whitish structure varies in size from a grapefruit to cantaloupe. Stage 1 typical is 4 to 6 hours in heifers, and shorter for cows. In cows, stage 1 may be unnoticed. Stage 2: The water bag is broken and the front feet and nose of the calf becomes visual. During this period, the heifer will be standing up and laying down frequently, and she will be pushing with great force to expel the calf from the uterus. A heifer should be making progress during calving every hour. If the calf hasn’t hit the ground yet, and its feet and nose have not made it any farther than they were the last time you saw her or you don’t see anything coming, you need to intervene. Potential reasons a heifer to not progress in labor include she doesn’t realize she is in labor and stops pushing, calf is too big for the heifer, heifer is too small for the calf, or the calf is malpresented (i.e. head back, leg back, backwards calf, or true breech). The malpresentations may be corrected and the assist the heifer by pulling the calf or cesarean section performed. If using mechanical pullers, apply only as much force as one person would be able to apply by using their own body. Do not use the full capacity of the mechanical pullers, as this may cause harm to the heifer or calf.

Stage 3: Calf is born. The heifer should begin licking the calf, and the calf should start to try and stand. During this period is a good time to assess the heifer and calf. If the heifer only had one calf and relative

minimum calving problems should result in improved calving percentage. These recommendations are by no means the official rules for calving out heifers. Do not hesitate to contact your local veterinarian if you have any issues during calving season or would like to determine optimal intervention points for your operation. Veterinary Stage 4: The calf begins to nurse. The Research & Consulting Services would be available to assist in first milk the calf consumes is identifying a local veterinarian colostrum which is important or further discussing calving for develop the calf ’s immune system to survive and function management strategies, and we can be contacted by email at for the rest of its life. In one study, calves which experienced maine@amaapc.com. morbidity at a feedlot had References lower amounts of plasma Besser, T. E. 1994. The protein 24 hours after birth importance of colostrum to compared to healthy calves. the health of the neonatal calf. Timing of colostrum delivery is important, as the calf needs Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract.. to have colostrum within the Matte, J. J. 1982. Absorption first 12 hours after birth to of colostral immunoglobulin have adequate absorption. G in the newborn dairy calf. J The sooner the calf is able to Dairy Sci. stand up and begin nursing, Patterson, D. J. 1981. Effects the better off the calf will be. of caesarean section, retained If a calf isn’t standing and placenta and vaginal or trying to nurse an hour after uterine prolapse on subsequent it is born, both the heifer and fertility in beef cattle. J Anim calf should be brought in to assess the situation. The heifer Sci. USDA. 2008. Part II: should expel the afterbirth and Reference of beef cow-calf placenta within 12 hours after the birthing process. Retaining management practices in the placenta greater than 12 hours United States, 2007-08. USDA. 2008. Part IV: is abnormal, but if the heifer Reference of beef cow-calf is otherwise acting normal management practices in the no intervention is generally needed to remove the placenta; United States, 2007-08. Wittum, T. E.. 1995. Passive however if retained placenta is causing the heifer to become immune status at postpartum hour 24 and long-term health sick, then intervention is and performance of calves. Am needed. J Vet Res. We wish you best of luck during the calving season. Selecting bulls to use which are low birth weight and able to sire calves with easy calving process, the heifer should stand up relatively quickly. Making sure the heifer is able to stand and does not have a prolapsed uterus is important. If the heifer has a prolapsed uterus, contact your local veterinarian immediately as that is a life-threatening situation.

Veterinary Research & Consulting Services would be available to assist in identifying a local veterinarian or further discussing calving management strategies, and we can be contacted by e-mail at maine@amaapc.com. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 47


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Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female 2016 Missouri State Fair Many time division and reserve champion!

Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou Female 2016 Missouri State Fair Many time division and reserve champion!

Bar R Cattle Company Alicia Rigdon - New London, IA 52645 (417) 540-3986

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Are we Maine-Anjou...

or just good Angus and Shorthorns?

Before it’s too late, step to the plate & embrace the real Maine-Anjou

Can they get any better? We have lots more like this! MANITOU MAINE-ANJOU SINCE 1970

we’ve sold to Germany, Australia, New Zealand & Brazil. Just an e-mail or phone call away! OMAA_sale.qxp_Layout 1 12/15/16 2:43 PM Page 1

See our website manitoumaineanjou.ca or grahamgs@sasktel.net Gary & Sandy Graham (306) 823-3432 Marsden, Saskatchewan, Canada

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The Beast in the East!

Craig M. Reiter, Sale Manager PO Box 305 • Perrysburg Ohio 43552 567.331.3560 • 877.800.9230 419.350.9159, mobile www.primetimeagrimarketing.com

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KKkG

ROAD WARRIOR

602d

GOET I-80 X An/ma/sm

CED: 11 BW: 0.5 WW: 52 YW: 72 M: 19 M&G: 45 CEM: 2 Proof that PERFORMANCE cattle can have STYLE! Congratulations to Kourtney with your Bred & Owned MaineTainer bull.

Grand Champion Bred & Owned MaineTainer Bull 2016 Junior National

Grand Champion MaineTainer Bull Iowa State Fair

Reserve Grand Champion MaineTainer Bull American Royal

See Road Warrior on the Hill in Denver 2017! SENIOR HERD SIRE - NAGE Banker Hours 20A

ailable Semen Av arrior & on Road W rs Banker Hou

CED: 16 BW: -2.7 WW: 40 YW: 46 M: 20 M&G: 40 CEM: 9

Reserve Maine-Anjou Bull 2014 Iowa State Fair 3/4 Maine-Anjou Outcross - Calving Ease GVC Special Delivery, Wide Track, Forecast, RDD New Direction Sired 2nd Place Steer RVDOF (retail value days on feed) at the 2016 Iowa Cattleman’s Steer Carcass Challenge - 56 Steers in the group.

Find other bulls at:

Maine-Anjou Bull Test KKKG All In 630D - Ante Up X Statesman - CED: 10 BW: 1.3 WW: 54 YW: 73 M: 21 M&G: 48 CEM: 3 Iowa Beef Expo KKKG Smart Choice 601D - Brilliance X Sooner - CED: 15 BW: -0.8 WW: 55 YW: 84 M: 20 M&G: 48 CEM: 8

KOO’S KATTLE KOMPANY PERFORMANCE KATTLE WITH STYLE Ken, Rhonda, Kourtney & Renee Grimm Audubon, Iowa 712-830-1089

Holden’s Maines and More Call us for cattle that excel in the AUCTION ring or “hanging” on the rail. They are not “fluff and puff” cattle but they DO possess eye appeal! • 3rd Place Overall steer in Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge and we have always finished in the top 20% out of 60-80 head. • 2016 Iowa State Fair Reserve Champion FFA “Window A” carcass contest out of 48 head. • Past AMAA Commercial Producer of the Year.

Docility is a very important part of our operation!

Give us a call, we’d love to show you our cattle. Mike Holden at 712.830.8994 or e-mail: mholdfam@netins.net web site: holdensmainesandmore.com 559 240th - Scranton, IA 51462 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 51


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“Who’s in Heat” this stylish bull is out of Who Made Who and a Heatwave cow. The pedigree has two of the most famous sires of the industry.

DSSS Dream Maker 604D

This female has captured many champion titles.

The ClassiC also feaTures e m b r yo paC kag e s , f lu s h opporTuniTies, prospeCT sTeers and muCh more!

This Maine anjou bred heiFer will be a

ClassiC highlighT.

make sure & review The ClassiC CaTalog or piCTures online.

RBCK Safety Zone 45C is out of Cowmans Safe & Sound and a Meyer 734 x Stockman365 dam. She sells safe in calf to WWSC Slider (PB Angus).

For complete details call Ronette K. Bush-Heinrich at 308.627.6385 www.necattlemen.com or follow us on facebook Classic Sales can be viewed at LiveAuctions.TV

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this fancy heifer is 13.6% Chianina. The pedigree features Irish Whiskey x Chill Factor. The Dam of this female is a clone to Sullivan’s great donor HS46.

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l l b i e w P t a e h r t f o s l m l u a b n r ce tes u o r o f te ch Clay Knoll Farms has 6 bulls at the following bull tests and all bulls t a W will be for sale later this spring! - AMAA Maine Max Bull Test - Sale Date TBD - University of Tennessee Bull Testing Program - Sale Date March 9, 2017 - Purdue University, Indiana Beef Evaluation Program - Sale Date April 20, 2017

GVC iBull

GVC Jackhammer

GVC Maverick X Miss Green Valley 535R EPD % of the Maine-Anjou Breed if converted to Angus EPDs Top 4% in BW - Top 5% in WW - Top 35% in YW

GVC Settler 004X X GVC Jazzmyn 001L EPD % of the Maine-Anjou Breed if converted to Angus EPDs Top 40% in BW - Top 1% in WW - Top 1% in YW

- AVAILABLE NOW - 18 Month Old bulls for sale and ready for delivery! - Increase your yield grade in your calves while maintaining Quality Grade in a problem free package. - Clay Knoll Farms had the Champion Pen & Individual in the 2005 National Maine-Anjou feeding trial. - Bulls & Bred Heifers for sale out of these performance increasing genetics. - Purchase your seedstock from Breeders who care!

Duane & Lisa Simpkins & Sons Cell: 989-329-6141 clayknollfarms@yahoo.com

Gary & Janette Simpkins Home: 989-426-8185 Cell: 989-329-4668 clayknollfarms@yahoo.com

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Sired By:

GVC REPRINT, DADDY’S MONEY & WS REVIVAL

FRIEDLY CATTLE - Akron, CO Chance: 970-554-1963 Vincent: 970-554-0239

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WELCOME

INDEX of advertisers Alexander, Will & Myron Ani-Pro Bakenhus, Ward Bar R Cattle Co. Beauprez Land & Cattle Bessler, James Blind Badger Ranch Bonham, Steve Bushy Park Farm Cattle Visions Clay Knoll Farms Conover Auction Services DeJong Ranch Denison Acres DeRouchey, Fred EDJE Technologies Friedly, Chance Gateway Genetics Graham, Gary Grimm, Kenny Griswold, John Holden Maines & More Iowa Maine-Anjou Association Kahl, Ron & Amy Kreis, Ron Loder Cattle Co. McElroy, H.W. McClure Show Cattle Mid-Continent Farms Nagel Cattle Co. Nebraska Cattelmen’s Classic O’Hara Land & Cattle Ohio Maine-Anjou Association Randall, Cliff Redgate Cattle Co. Secondino, Jami SEK Sheridan, Bill Trans Ova Genetics Truline Maines Wendt, Kevin Willow Springs Cattle Co. Wilson, Shawn 56

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Josh Cribbs

10 36 5 48 42 43 IBC 43 BC 60 53 43 59 42 42 35 54 55 50 51 3 51 49 42 43 42 4 43 1 8,9 52 42, 57 50 42 42 43 11 43 34 11, 42 43 IFC 58

commercial development director

Joshua grew up in Plant City, Florida, as the 5th generation on his family’s cattle, fruit and vegetable farm. In his youth, he was an active member of FFA where he exhibited SimmAngus and Angus cattle. Upon high school graduation, he attended Connors State College and went on to complete his bachelor’s degree Texas Tech University. At Tech, he was a member of the National Western Champion Livestock Judging Team and the National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Team. Joshua remained at Texas Tech following graduation to help coach the livestock judging team and work on a master’s in beef cattle nutrition with an emphasis in receiving cattle health and performance. With his master’s degree in hand, Josh accepted a position as a lecturer and the livestock judging coach at South Dakota State University. Over the course of his four years at SDSU, he has taught hundred of undergraduate students in his feedlot production and livestock marketing and evaluation courses. Josh also aided SDSU Beef Extension staff with the South Dakota State’s Calf Value discovery program, providing expertise to the visual evaluation and interpretation of when cattle are ready for market. In recent years, Josh has served multiple times as a representative and advocate for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at different conferences across the nation promoting the beef cattle industry as a sustainable source of protein. He has also been afforded the honor of judging multiple livestock shows across the country, encompassing some 13 different states. Josh is honored to become a part of the Maine-Anjou community. He believes Maine-Anjou cattle can secure a footing in today’s beef market by offering the natural growth and muscle the breed is noted for. Joshua and his wife, Abbie, and son Jesse (6mo.) reside in Brookings, SD, where Abbie works as a communication specialist for a local graphic design and print shop. As a young, ag-focused family, the Cribbses look forward to this new adventure and the many friendships they will make in the Maine-Anjou community.


2017 O’Hara Sale Cattle Include:

MVH Northern Whiskey 902D

Complete Information, Pictures and Videos on our website:

www.oharalandandcattle.com

MVH Miss Whiskey Xtra 909D

Mike - Heath - Hardy O’Hara 811 Redant Lane - Fort Benton, MT 59442 (406)734-5252 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 57


The

Wilson Families 13th Annual ‘The Maine Bull Sale’ March 22, 2017 - 7 p.m. MST 100% Online at TEAMAUCTIONSALES.com

Selling 50+ of the top cut of bull calves from our Maine-Anjou & Mainetainer 2016 CALFCROP.

Senior Herd Sire - NAGE Special D 59Y GVC Special Delivery 42S X NAGE Ms. Trojan 183K

Junior Herd Sire - BK Atomic 80A BBBN X3 X BK Xinnie 0080 (Trendsetter 501T daughter)

Females for sale private treaty. For more info check out our website at Swcattle.com SW Cattle Shawn & Stacey, Jayse & Kadin 403.934.3061

Strathmore, AB 30 minutes east of Calgary

swcattle.com

Wilson Stock Farm Bill & Judi 403.560.5265

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DeJong Ranch 49th Annual Bull Sale

Online auction Thursday, February 23, 2017 Closing time 6 p.m. CST with extended bidding Selling 55 yearling & 15 eighteen month old bulls 40 Maine-Anjou, 20 Angus and 5 Simmental

Performance data, EPDs, Ultrasound data, eye appeal and backed by generations of productive, efficient mothers that run in large, rough pastures along the White river. No creep and not pushed for maximum gain to enhance longevity. One fourth of the offering are embryo transplants and all are out of breed leading sires. Hands down the deepest set of bulls we have offered.

DJ ON POINT

EMPIRE

GVC REPRINT

725T - DONOR DAM

Watch for weekly updates on our website and plan to view the bulls prior to Feb. 23 at your convenience. Free delivery in South Dakota and Nebraska.

DeJong Ranch Miles & Kim DeJong (605) 869-2329 - Kevin & Katrin Van Zandbergen (605) 869-2362 - Wyatt DeJong (605) 842-5683 31842 DeJong Rd. • Kennebec, SD 57544 - www.dejongranch.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 59


CattleVisions Calving ease outcross to I80/Ali lines!

(866) 356-4565 call for a free directory or view online at www.cattlevisions.com

Sold for $300,000 in the 2016 Embryos on Snow

2012 National Champion Bull

BNWZ Jose

HAA Target − Purebred TH/PHA Free

All That Matters

MINN Hard Whiskey − PB Maine-Anjou TH/PHA Free

I Deliver

GOET I-80 − 3/4 Maine-Anjou TH/PHA Free

Unstoppable

Monopoly − 50% Maine-Anjou THC/PHA Free

Daddy’s Money I-80 − 3/4 Maine-Anjou TH/PHA Free

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Maternal Made

BPF Mercedes Benz − 50% Maine-Anjou TH/PHA Free

No Worries

The shiroetstesatre here! DCC Hard Drive 138R

GVC Statesman 4R ET − Purebred TH/PHA Free

Poker Face

BPF Comfort Zone

GOET I-80 − 3/4 Maine-Anjou TH/PHA Free

Triple D Brooks − 3/4 Maine-Anjou TH/PHA Free

McKinley

MINN Hard Whiskey

Summit − 3/8 Maine-Anjou TH Free/PHA Free

WAC Loco

DCC Hard Drive 138R − Purebred TH/PHA Free

BPF Beast

MCF Chaos − MaineTainer TH/PHA Free

Irish Whiskey − MaineTainer PHAC

TLM Edge

NAGE Ante Up

TLM Passion − Purebred TH/PHA Free

BBBN X

CMAC Hard Core − Purebred TH/PHA Free

GVC Suh − Purebred TH/PHA Free

Mercedes Benz − Purebred TH/PHA Free

Boomer

DMCC Limited Edition − Purebred TH/PHA Free

I-67

I-80 − 50% Maine-Anjou TH/PHA Free

Rum Chatta

Irishman − MaineTainer TH/PHA Free


Mark your calendar today for our annual online bull sales. These are POWERFUL bulls!

Maine-anjou Bull online Sale February 7 – CW Cattle Sales

SiMMental online Bull Sale February 9 - CW Cattle Sales

HyBrid advantage online Bull Sale February 14 - CW Cattle Sales

LOT ONE - SiRED BY BEAST - SELLS 2/7

LOT TWO - SiRED BY i80 - SELLS 2/7

LOT ThREE - SiRED BY COMFORT ZONE - SELLS 2/7

LOT FOUR - SiRED BY i80 - SELLS 2/7

All bulls located at our Mitchell, South Dakota location. Stop by and see us in the YARDS during the 2017 NWSS in Denver, Colorado. We’d love to visit with you about these bulls and our operation. remaining committed to providing you with the BeSt genetics available to move your program forward.

BuSHy Park FarM

40281 260th Street • Mitchell, SD 57301 Fax: 605-996-0721 • Steve Robinson, Owner Cory Thomsen, General Manager, 605-730-2397 Collin Langston, Show & Sale Cattle, 260-224-8379 On-line at: www.bpfcc.com. Visitors always welcome!

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