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The Jimmy & Mandy Martin Family

PO Box 164 Bargersville, IN 46106 317.431.0618

For more information or to request a sale catalog:

Kevin Mears, 937.533.0169 or 937.839.6142

2:00 p.m. Sunday

November 29, 2009 At The Farm • Bargersville, IN


• A large offering of Bred Heifers • 15 4-6 Year Old Bred Cows all safe in calf to Immortal • 15 Banner Grabbing Show Heifers • Several Pregnancies • AI Sire Prospects • Elite Frozen Genetics

ACA Res. National Champion - Offering Full Sib Pregnancies

3rd Overall Steer, 2009 Ohio State Fair - Offering 3 Full Sib Pregnancies to this great Steer

Elite Bred Females - Q Dog X Wonder Woman. She sells bred to Mercedes Benz!!

Elite Bred Females - Macho X Angus Sells Bred to Grizz She sells bred to Built Right!!

Fancy Show Heifers! - Offering Many Fancy Show Heifers Like These Two!!


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Contents November 2009 • Volume 37, No. 3


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

Staff ACJ Production Manager/ Director of Shows & Activities Heather Counts (517) 214-0927 – direct line


ACA Board of Directors Candidate Profiles


ACA National Show Schedule


ACA Peak of Performance & Style Sale Consignment Form


Director of Marketing & Performance Ed Creason (573) 823-5635 (cell) Accounting/Membership Dawn Jochim Registrar Jennifer Roach

ACA Statement of Activities


Production by

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

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

ON THE COVER: Deiter Brothers – Doug, Roger & Kevin 2009 ACA National Show Honorees

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ACJ Platte City, MO ACJ (ISSN 1068-8021) is published monthly, with the exception of February, April, June, July, September, November and December at 1708 N. Prairie View Rd., Platte City, MO 64079. Subscription price is $25 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Platte City, MO and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to: ACJ P.O. Box 890 Platte City, MO 64079

2009 Year Letter: “W” 2008 Year Letter: “U”

Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 2 p.m. EST At Green Oak Farms near New Paris, Ohio Located along I-70 just east of the Indiana line

THMT Hot Sauce A dominant champion and a proven source of winning calves. Selling confirmed pregnancies by Hard Core and Who Made Who!

Who’s Too Foxy 76N Grand Champion of the 2004 National Junior Heifer Show and the NAILE Junior Chi Show - Her dam was a National Champion, as well. Selling a tremendous daughter!

HALDERMAN SHOW CATTLE New Paris, Ohio 937/533-0489 or 937/437-0564

Gale Long, Owner 5945 Orangeburg Rd. New Paris, OH 45347

HUNT FARMS New Madison, Ohio Tom, Deanna, & Megan Hunt 937/459-3050 or 937/533-0155

See several of the cattle in Louisville!

Goettemoeller SHOW CATTLE

Brian, Dru, & Spencer Goettemoeller Winchester, Indiana 937/459-0209 or 765/584-7219

MRH Paige Calf Champion of the 2008 ACA National Show and a 7-time winner in 2009. Selling a fantastic sister by Get It Done!

ELITE SHOW HEIFERS & BREDS - Also selling bulls, embryos, and unique genetic options To request your FREE copy of the 2009 reference catalog visit or contact anyone at PrimeTIME, Inc., 419/862-0117


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ACA Board of Directors

Chi Commentary by Stan Comer, ACA Board of Directors Chairman

Gearing Up for the National Show xcitement and anticipation are building as Fall production sales and shows are taking place. I hope everyone is busy making plans to attend our ACA National Show & Sale as well as the general membership meeting and annual banquet. There are many activities planned for junior and adult members during the North American International Livestock Exposition. Louisville is always a good place to meet up with old friends and a great place to make new acquaintances and contacts. It’s also a world-class venue to display and market your genetics to a large and diverse audience from across the country. The ACA National Show is always one of the largest and most impressive of all the cattle breeds that are represented. We have a great list of consignments for our National Sale to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17. I would


like to encourage everyone to study the catalog, visit with the breeders and plan to invest in the most cutting edge genetics our breed has to offer. Your Board of Directors and staff are busy preparing for the fall meeting held in Platte City and Mr. Ken Geuns, chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee, is working hard to prepare the agenda for their committee meeting to be held in conjunction with the fall board meeting. The Long Range Planning Committee is extremely important to the future of this breed association and we appreciate all the time, effort and foresight this group provides to enhance the preservation and longevity of the American Chianina Association. I hope you all have a safe and successful trip to Louisville and the staff and I look forward to seeing you all there!

Important ACA National Show Items ACA Junior Show – Time TBA

10:30 a.m. – ACA General Membership Meeting

Monday, November 16

We will be voting on the proposed amendment to the bylaws during this meeting

Sunday, November 15

2 p.m. – ACA Board of Directors Meeting – Saddle & Sirloin Board Room

Chairman – Stan Comer P.O. Box 705 • Ardmore, OK 73402 Home: (580) 504-4477 At Large • Term expires 2009

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

Secretary – Lene Hitz 100 Harrison Dr. • Annville, PA 17003 Home: (717) 867-1266 • Cell: (717) 269-1115 Northeast Region • Term expires 2009

Treasurer – Steve Melroe 8005 Hwy 32 • Gwinner, ND 58040 Home: (701) 678-2225 Northwest Region • Term expires 2011

Dennis Clarahan 19425 280th Ave • Harper, IA 52231 Home: (641) 635-2105 • Cell: (319) 330-6377 At-Large • Term expires 2009

Ken Culp III 1065 Durham Lane, Nicholasville, KY 40356 Home: (859) 881-9115 • Cell: (859) 227-7506 Southeast Region • Term expires 2011

Dwight Hossle Box 98, Faulkton, SD 57438 Home: (605) 598-6751 • Cell: (605) 380-4677 At-Large • Term expires 2011

Tom Looney P.O. Box 603 • Crossville, TN 38557 Office: (931) 484-7569 • Cell: (931) 248-3293 At Large • Term expires 2009

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

Keith Schrick

3 p.m. – ACA National Sale – Newmarket Hall

1624 Ft. Worth Hwy, Weatherford, TX 76086 Cell: (817) 366-6435 At-Large • Term expires 2011

6 p.m. – ACA National Social & Banquet, Awards Presentations & Benefit Auction – Crowne Plaza

7 p.m. – ACA Herdsman Social & Embryo/Semen Auction– ACA Booth Area

8250 U.S. Hwy 52 W • West Lafayette, IN 47906 Home: (765) 583-4565 At Large • Term expires 2010

Tuesday, November 17

Wednesday, November 18

Rob Sheets

9:30 a.m. – ACA Regional Meetings


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8 a.m. – ACA National Show – Coliseum

Brian Sulak 1865 FM 2114 • West, TX 76691 Home: (254) 580-8194 Southwest Region • Term expires 2010

Chi Performance by Ed Creason, Director of Marketing & Performance

all is here and things are going really well for the Chi breed. Many of the shows and state fairs had an increase in the number of Chi animals exhibited at them; some of them even had record numbers. The sales have been really good also. Chi cattle have been selling well and even better than some of the other breeds. This fall should continue to be prosperous for Chi breeders. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the Chi breed right now and we need to capitalize on it. Now is the opportunity for everyone to grab a hold and move forward. The momentum is building and we have to continue to build this momentum and benefit from it. There are more people searching for genetics to cross on their straight bred cattle than there has been in the past. Take this opportunity to improve your market share and get out there and promote your operation and Chi cattle!


Promotion Campaign The ACA is continually working on the new promotion campaign. The ACA booth is being redesigned and will be unveiled at the ACA National Show in Louisville. We also purchased a video camera, digital camera, LCD projector and a color printer to increase the amount and quality of advertising that we can do. We will be taking videos and pictures while traveling. These pictures and videos will be used at the ACA booth, on the website and maybe even on an ACA YouTube channel. The current technology allows us to do a lot of promotion efficiently. The color printer is being utilized to develop brochures and information for people requesting information on Chi cattle. We are also utilizing data that has been collected through the ACA Beef Derby and other programs to promote Chi cattle. Please let your board members know if you have any ideas for the promotional campaign. On another note, there has been talk of finding regional facilities to collect data on Chi bulls. We would like to find facilities that have the ability to collect individual feed intakes, because Chi cattle excel in feed efficiency. If we can develop regional “test centers” and get this information in front of the public then it will help our members sell more Chi bulls and more Chi cattle. If anyone is interested in this type of program or has an idea of places

we may be able to collect this information, please let me know. Another way to help promote Chi cattle is through the ACA Beef Derby. The ACA Beef Derby is a great way for everyone to promote their program and help them market bulls and females. It also yields a great opportunity to collect data for the ACA to promote the breed. Please be thinking ahead and maybe consign a pen of steer calves to the 2010-2011 ACA Beef Derby. Beef Derby Winners It is time to close out the 2009 ACA Beef Derby and announce the winners. This year’s contest was an outstanding event and was a very close race all the way to the end. This year provided us with more data and information and was a great learning experience for everyone involved. You cannot place a price tag on the valuable information the producers and the ACA are receiving on the sires of the ACA Beef Derby steers. With the many changes in the beef industry since the 2008 ACA Beef Derby concluded and even since the 2009 ACA Beef Derby started it has made a difference in the outcome of the 2009 ACA Beef Derby. Many input costs have increased, cattle prices have been stagnant to higher and the choice/select spread has been lower than in past years. The price of feedstuffs, fuel, fertilizer, land and many other factors have affected the beef industry in the past year. These factors are changing the amount of time cattle spend in the feedlot and the age that cattle are harvested. Decatur County Feed Yard has a program they use to formulate the best time to harvest their cattle that are currently on feed. The formula takes into account live weight, back fat, cost of feed, cost of gain and market price. The cost of feed to cost of gain ratio is very important this year with the cost of feedstuffs being higher; this was major factor in determining the harvest date for these steers. Micro Beef Technologies and Dan Dorn of Decatur County Feed Yard did the final calculations. Data collected by Decatur County Feed Yard was analyzed to calculate feed efficiency, carcass value and adjusted net return.


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Chi Performance (continued) Beef Derby Participants

genetic abnormality tests as well as parental verification. They have a comprehensive genetic analysis they can provide on animals along with the required test. They have the ability to conduct AM, NH, TH and PHA tests. You can find more information along with the submission forms at www. you have any questions please contact me at Adjusted Net Return (816) 431-2808 or at 1st Walco Farms $86.57 The easiest way to submit samples is to order hair cards Sires: WOCR Superpower 793K & Walco Legend (they are free) from Igenity at or 1-877IGENITY. Let us know if you have any problems. 2nd Clarahan Farms Pen 2 $56.80 Please read the new ACA sale policy for genetic abnormaliSire: KFF Unlimited ties in this journal or online at Clarahan Farms, Harper, IA • Merrimac Cattle Co., Geyser, MT Ramsey Chiangus, Grand Island, NE • David Evans, Ashville, AL Grassland Farms, Canby, OR • Walco Farms, Stanford, KY Willow Oak, Rogersville, TN • Wilstem Inc., French Lick, IN


Clarahan Farms Pen 1


Data Reporting Make sure that all of your data is submitted by Nov. 1 to the ACA for the spring 2010 EPD run. This includes calving ease, birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight and ultrasound Adjusted Carcass Value data. This information is important to increase the accuracy Merrimac Cattle Co. Pen 1 $1,277.17 of EPDs on individuals in the ACA database and to strengthen the ACA database. Sire: RDD New Direction 1436R

Sires: RDD Benchmark 1848S 1CA & RDD Future Direction 8833-1981S

1st 2nd

Grassland Farms


Sires: CK Coalition & GF Generator


Walco Farms


Sires: WOCR Superpower 793K & Walco Legend

Feed Efficiency 1st

Clarahan Farms Pen 2


Sire: KFF Unlimited


Clarahan Farms Pen 1


Sires: RDD Benchmark 1848S 1CA & RDD Future Direction 8833-1981S




Sires: RDD Tracker & WRL Tracker Owners of the Winning Pens The Calcutta auction provided an opportunity for members to purchase pens they thought would be the winners and the owners of those winning pens are: The first place Walco pen was purchased by the Chiangus Cartel of John Coble, Myron Danner, Harold Jakob, Tom Looney, Dan Dorn, Richard Arnold, David Evans, Marvin Fried and Ron Jensen. Dennis Clarahan and Wilstem, Inc. purchased the second place Clarahan Farms pen 2. The third place Clarahan Farms pen 1 was purchased by Tom Looney. Genetic Testing Update The ACA has approved Igenity as a laboratory to conduct


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Travels A new edition to my editorial will be a column documenting travels; where I’ve been and where I’m headed. I try to visit as many people as I can when I am traveling and I’m sorry if I was close to your place and didn’t visit you. If this happens please let me know and I will try my best to schedule you in the next time I am in the area. I make every effort I can to visit as many people as possible in an area when I’m in that area. If you see that I am going to be in your area in the next few months, please give me call or email me and let me know that you would like me to stop by. This will help me with my scheduling and travel arrangements. I’m not going to list every stop, but I did make a trip to Eastern Iowa, Southwestern Minnesota and Southeastern South Dakota over Labor Day weekend to visit some of the private treaty sales happening at that time. If you are interested in what I saw, just give me a call or send me an email. I traveled to about 50 places, visited with many people and saw a lot of cattle. I have also made stops at the following places since August: IN State Fair • MO State Fair • KY State Fair • TN State Fair • Wilson Cattle Company Sale, IN • Sheets Chiangus, IN • Grand Ole Place Farms, IN • Jeff Miller, IN • Four Roses Cattle, IN • Gettinger Chiangus, IN • Larry Garrett, IN • Green Oak Farms, OH • Hunt Farms, OH • Winegardner Show Cattle, OH • Graham Chiangus, TN • Tom Looney, TN • CK Cattle, AL • Triple E Farms, AL • Circle E Farms, AL In the next couple of months, I’ll be on the road quite a bit. Here’s a list of places I will be and if I’m going to be near your

Chi Performance (continued) place, just let me know and I’ll do my best to make it by. Ard Ridge Genetics, KY • Bushy Park Farm, SD • Wayne & Barb Ohlrichs,

NE • Buck Cattle Company, OK • Winegardner Show Cattle, OH • NAILE (National Chi Show), KY • Hartman Cattle Company, NE • Hunt Farms, OH

And many more. I look forward to seeing many of you down the road.

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

The logo is available in color or black and white. Please contact Heather Counts at (517) 214-0927 or if you would like a copy of the file to utilize in your promotions.

Save this Date March 27, 2010 Talmo Ranch Customer Appreciation and Preview Check our web page for updates Wayne and Jill Miller 706-693-4133


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ACA Ladies Auxiliary by Melissa Beckett, Auxiliary President

ACA Ladies Auxiliary DIRECTORS

Greetings from Kentucky!'s already October. This year is flying by so fast. State fairs are mostly over and I hope everyone had a great fair season. I have to brag about one of our own youth at the Kentucky State Fair. Blake Quiggins had the Grand Champion Hog! Congratulations to Blake and his family. That's quite an accomplishment. I hope everyone got their North American entries in on time. I know we were cutting it close, but we got it done. I can't wait to see everyone there. Ladies, I hope you are all making plans to attend our get together during the week. Our luncheon will be on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. This will be our annual meeting and membership drive, along with elections. We need all ladies involved, so please try and stop by. We've moved the luncheon back to Tuesday in hopes of getting a few more ladies. We won't be long and you'll have plenty of time to get back to the barns for the National Sale events also. We need new and fresh ideas from young and old alike. So, if you know of anyone who would be great to have in our organization, please personally invite them to join us. We have a fun time together and it's a nice time to get away from the barn for a little while. Don't forget to bring a little gift for our gift exchange. It's always fun to see what everyone brings. We also need to be thinking of someone to nominate for the Chi Lady of the Year award. We will vote on this during our luncheon and she will be recognized at the national banquet that night also. Don't forget our silent auction! This is our only fundraiser during the year and money raised helps support our activities, including the National Queen. Dig deep and let's see some great items! Lastly, don't forget the National Banquet on Tuesday night, Nov. 17. This is a great time to get together with breeders and have some great fellowship. It's also the night we hold the benefit auction for the junior association. If you are interested in donating an item, please contact Heather at (517) 214-0927 or Look forward to seeing everyone in Louisville! Until next time,

Melissa Beckett – President 266 McCarty Rd. • Brooksville, KY 41001 (606) 782-5006 Southeast Region Marna Higgins – Vice President 9845 Statesville Rd. • Watertown, TN 37184 (615) 273-2656 Southeast Region Deb Geuns – Secretary/Treasurer 4995 Sleight Rd. • Bath, MI 48808 (517) 641-7152 At Large Sue Comer Box 383 • Lynn, IN 47355 (765) 874-2228 Northeast Region Nancy Culp 1065 Durham Ln • Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 881-9115 At Large Shawnda Foster Rt 2, Box 36 • Lockney, TX 79241 (806) 652-2383 Southwest Region Barb Garrett 4496 N Round Barn Rd. • Richmond, IN 47374

(765) 935-7384 Northeast Region Barb Ohlrichs 55943 US Hwy 275 • Norfolk, NE 68701 (402) 371-0695 Northwest Region Rhetta Riley 1607 Avenue G • Abernathy, TX 79311 (806) 298-2591 Southwest Region

ACA Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon Tuesday, November 17 – 11:30 a.m. Contact Melissa Beckett or Deb Geuns with questions.


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Bonnie Weber 17459 331st Ave. • Highmore, SD 57345 (605) 436-6240 Northwest Region

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