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INSIDE WLJ PRODUCERS EXPLORING OPTION OF FEEDING COTTON — Texas beef producers are exploring the use of whole cotton plants as a protein source for cattle due to extreme drought conditions, according to a report from Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Page 4 BILL PROVIDES CERTAINTY TO RURAL AMERICA — Although there is some regulation of agricultural dust, Congress wants to ensure that no more regulations are enacted. Farmers and ranchers told members of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Energy and Power last week that some farmers already face limits on their operations because of dust regulations. Page 9 NEBRASKA HOLDS SPECIAL SESSION ON PIPELINE — Gov. Dave Heineman announced that he will be calling the Nebraska Unicameral into special session to determine if siting legislation can be crafted and passed for pipeline routing in Nebraska. The purpose of the special session will be to find a legal and constitutional solution to the siting of oil pipelines within the state. Page 17 GRAZING RESEARCH COULD INFLUENCE WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT — Overgrazing and 20th century fire-suppression strategies have laid the groundwork for some of today’s “catastrophic” wildfires, according to New Mexico State University experts. Researchers at the university are halfway through a three-year study investigating the possibility that implementing a targeted grazing strategy for range cattle can significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in certain ecosystems. Page 19 INDEX Beef Bits ..................................... P-3 Sale Reports ............................. P-13 Markets ..................................... P-22 Classifieds ................................. P-24 Sale Calendar ........................... P-27

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Texas vets Bangs vaccinate adult cattle leaving state Due to severe drought, thousands of Texas cattle are being moved to other states. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) records from Certificates of Veterinary Inspections indicate that 24,330 breeding cows left Texas in August 2011 compared to 3,815 breeding cows leaving the state in August 2010. Those cows were sharing the road with 151,325, versus 64,837, non-breeding cattle (feeders) during those two respective months in 2011 and 2010. And they still continue to leave the parched Lone Star State. Within that sixfold difference in breeding cows leaving desiccated pastures, it has been estimated that at least a third of those cows leaving Texas so far have been shipped to western states where grazing and hay are plentiful. A large portion of

those shipped cattle originate from some of the bigger ranches in northwest and West Texas. Some western states require brucellosis (Bangs) vaccination of female cattle prior to entry. Texas, a Brucellosis Free State, does not require cattle producers or owners in the state to calfhood vaccinate their age eligible (4 to 12 months) heifer calves against brucellosis. However, calfhood immunization is common and strongly urged by large animal veterinary practitioners, TAHC, USDA and many state and national cattle organizations. This past August, in order to assist producers in meeting those states’ entry requirements, TAHC provided a protocol for Texas licensed accredited veterinarians to use when administering brucel-

losis vaccination in beef and dairy cattle over the age of 12 months. Prior to this, only government officials could administer brucellosis vaccine to adult cattle in Texas in those situations when receiving states required brucellosis vaccination of all female cattle entering, yet calfhood vaccination has not been performed.

Vaccination of sexually immature female cattle against Brucella abortus, also known as Bangs disease, began more than a half century ago in an effort to prevent the transmission and spread of bovine brucellosis which can cause abortion in cattle, weak calves and low milk production. Brucellosis See Vets on page 14

EPA changes CAFO requirements The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed rule for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that was written primarily to settle another dispute between EPA and environmentalist groups, although EPA claims it is necessary to meet water quality protection responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA). EPA finalized the rule in October, claiming it will protect the nation’s water quality by requiring CAFOs to safely manage manure. According to Ben Weinheimer, vice president, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, the rule would require CAFOs to submit information to EPA such as the owner’s name, contact information, exact location, and status of permit coverage, head count, and details on land application of manure, information that is already provided to the states. “EPA already has the information in their hands; the rule is duplicating information the states already have readily available,” Weinheimer said. According to EPA, this information would allow them to monitor and oversee the effectiveness of permitting programs already in place by state agencies and EPA regional offices. See CAFO on page 15 Photo courtesy of Jeff Vanuga, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Packer margins remain sharply negative

LIVE STEERS DRESSED STEERS CME FEEDER $121.02 $190.02 $140.00 WEEK ENDING: 10-27-11

Despite the lower cutout values last week, fed cattle prices were higher. The fed cattle market strengthened at $1 to $2/cwt. higher last week with sales at $120-121 in the south Plains and $120-122 in the Corn Belt. Dressed sales were reported at $189 to $192/cwt. “Given the enthusiasm and ‘hope-ium’ from the general market rally following the announcement of a ‘comprehensive package’ rectifying the European debt issues, cash cattle offerings returned the higher levels,” according to Andy Gottschalk with HedgersEdge.com. Dressed trade was $2 -3 /cwt.

higher at $190-192/cwt. The cash trend bias was steady to higher. The cattle complex is approaching an “overbought” condition, which could limit gains from current levels, according to analysts. “The latest Cattle on Feed report has not altered our outlook for higher prices in 2012,” Gottschalk said. Finished cattle prices are expected to trade in the low-$120s for the rest of this year and increase modestly in the winter, according to analysts. The 2012 spring price rally is expected to increase prices to the higher120s for March, April and May, with summer prices cooling to the mid-

$120s. Record annual prices are expected for 2012, averaging in the low to mid $120s compared to the previous record which will be set this year near $115. Last week’s cattle slaughter totaled 651,000 head, up 0.2 percent, or 1,000 head, from the previous week and down 669,000 head, or 2.7 percent, compared to the same week last year. Auction receipts totaled 288,200 last week, up from the previous week’s total of 245,000. Last year’s total was 278,000. Futures settled lower midweek. “Part of the selloff can be contributed to the ongoing roll of December long forward, but also

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Cattle on feed up 5 percent Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 totaled 11.3 million head on Oct. 1, 2011. The inventory was 5 percent above Oct. 1, 2010, and the second highest October inventory report since the series began in 1996. Arizona, California, Texas and Washington posted the largest gains, up 17 percent, 10 percent, 12 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Placements during September were reported at 2.469 million head, slightly above 2010. This was unchanged from the prior year. Net placements were 2.4 million head. By weight category, those over 800 pounds declined 3.6 percent, 700- to 799-pound placements declined 16.5 percent, 600-699 pounds declined 8.8 percent, while calves under 600 pounds placed on feed increased 34 percent. “The placement weight distribution continues to be positive and will aid in preventing a backlog of cattle from developing in the foreseeable future,” ac-

cording to Andrew Gottschalk at HedgersEdge.com. The inventory included 6.95 million steers and steer calves, and accounted for 61 percent of the total inventory. Heifer and heifer calves accounted for 4.32 million head, also up 5 percent from 2010. According to Gottschalk, the weights showing higher placements of cattle under 600 pounds going

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I think the grains and livestock sold off sharp going into the close on concerns over the financial well-being of a major futures clearing firm in Chicago/New York after the company’s stock lost 70 percent of its value in the last two days,” Troy Vetterkind, Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage, said. “We got December live cattle down into some pretty good support [midweek] at $120 and given my ideas of a stronger cattle market for at least another week or two, I think we can expect to see a bounce higher off that support going into next week,” Vetterkind said. The October live cattle futures contract ended the previous week at $121.97/cwt., up 27 cents from the prior week’s close. December fed cattle lost $1.05 to end the week at $122.15/cwt. February live cattle futures settled at $124.80/cwt., down 57 cents. April 2012 live cattle futures moved $2 per cwt. higher in September and have since added another $2 in October. On Oct. 21, April 2012 futures approached $130. Packer margins remained sharply negative, as much as $56 per head. “Nothing much has changed in the fundamentals of the cattle market; numbers remain relatively tight, beef sales are reportedly improving in forward timeslots, which gives packers incentive to own cattle process as the kill is running 4,000 head See Market on page 23


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ately, it seems hardly a month is allowed to pass without Interior Secretary Ken Salazar hawking a new, cleverly marketed scheme for repurposing multiple use lands for “conservaRIEBER tion,” “national heritage,” and the enjoyment of “future generations.” Seemingly oblivious that these lofty objectives may be largely compatible with natural resource use, the energetic Mr. Salazar has rolled out “Treasured Landscapes,” “Wild Lands,” and now his latest, “Crown Jewel” wilderness recommendations—all of them grand scale, top-down initiatives that threaten multiple use and accessibility on public land. One wonders if monument proposals can be far behind. In addition to Salazar’s unflagging enthusiasm for recreation and apparent disdain for grazing and other “traditional” uses, other challenges to the public lands grazing industry are mounting daily. As readers of this journal are no doubt aware, groups like Western Watersheds Project (WWP) and their ilk continue to pursue an anti-grazing agenda in the courts with zeal and notable success. Public lands ranchers are feeling besieged, and with reason. But what is to be done? First, we need to accept the fact that continual challenges to public grazing are the new norm. Bitterness, outrage, and shaking our fists at the sky will not fix this. We simply must recognize that such is the court we play on, and act accordingly. In this new reality, groups like WWP will be working night and day to undermine grazing as a principal use of public lands. And we can expect that the current administration in Washington will continue its efforts to reshape America’s multiple use lands in the image of the National Park Service. How is public lands ranching to stay afloat in these turbulent waters? At very least, this much is certain: The industry’s time-honored “crisis management” approach to problem solving— waiting until things hit the fan to mobilize our forces—is woefully inadequate in the extremely competitive public lands arena. Instead, the public lands grazing industry needs to position itself positively and proactively. The public needs to be reminded on a constant and ongoing basis that public lands ranchers are passionate, serious caretakers of America’s rangelands. And we need the proof to back it up. Here, ranchers ought to steal a page from the playbook of the radical environmentalists. WWP, the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), and similar groups have shown tremendous industry in promoting their cause to the public. We need to do the same, and do it better. This means responding promptly to attacks in the press, having scientific information at our fingertips, engaging the public in dialog about grazing, and reacquainting America with the cowboy at its cultural core, a living legacy still alive and well, largely thanks to public lands ranchers. All of this, of course, takes time and money. Hopefully, the endowment recently negotiated between the Public Lands Council and Ruby Pipeline will go some way toward leveling the playing field between public lands grazing and its detractors. But a well-stocked war chest is only half an answer to the question of how we are to mount a successful defense of the industry. The other half lies within ourselves. Radical environmental groups have demonstrated beyond question what a well-organized, passionate community can achieve, even with very few people. Consider that WWP has a mere 1,200 members, while ONDA has around 1,400. By contrast, there are over 23,000 ranchers grazing on public land. But our “rugged individualism” often keeps us from uniting in a common cause. Who can tell what the effect of 23,000 public lands ranchers would be if they combined their resources, their ingenuity, and their passion in support of their industry? For my part, I expect the impact would be seismic. — ANDY RIEBER

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‘Winterizing’ your herd

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Although we have seen a fairly mild progression of fall weather so far this year, prior experience tells us that the weather is known to change without much rhyme or rhythm! Between the harsh winds and sub-optimal temperatures, cattle can be faced with tough living conditions that adversely affect healthy body condition and immune system function. It is important to remember that what producers do and don’t do during the fall months can affect next year’s calving success, conception rates and weaning rates. According to Dr. Dennis Hermesch of Novartis Animal Health, cows can typically maintain body condition while the ambient temperature is above 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that dip below 30 degrees Fahrenheit are more of a concern regarding the maintenance of body weight, thus causing a need for more dietary intake or energy in order to keep the body warm and functioning optimally. An increase in protein levels for the daily ration may be indicated in order to aid energy production via rumen microflora. This is especially important for pregnant cows; the digestible energy will ultimately go towards keeping the dam warm instead of developing the calf and creating colostrum, a potential economic loss to future estrus cycles and neonatal calf disease. Hermesch recommends adding 1 to 2 pounds of crude protein per head every two days to compensate for marginal winter

grazing. Producers who have not analyzed their rations with a nutritionist or veterinarian are strongly recommended to do so. Besides slightly increasing the crude protein within the ration, as well as providing wind shelter to the herd, many producers will utilize rumensin (an ionophore that can aid in shifting the rumen microbe population and pH, thus enhancing feed efficiency) in hopes to decrease some of the grain feed costs. Soil samples can be analyzed by your local university extension agent in order to determine mineral deficiencies or supplementation needed. A sample of forage can also be analyzed for proper energy and protein intake in regards to gestation and age factors in particular groups of animals. Now is the best time to evaluate your feeding program with an animal nutritionist or veterinarian to determine proper energy and supplement needs. Having an accurate portrayal of the quality of your forage may prevent under-feeding or over-feeding and demonstrate financial savings in the long run. Possibly one of the most overlooked aspects of winter care is the access to fresh water. Animals need adequate hydration above all in order to digest other nutrients. When access to water is limited, animals can quickly become dehydrated and rapidly decrease in energy production for all body systems. Water tanks that may freeze easily should have heating devices to ensure a

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constant fresh supply. While running cattle through chutes during the fall pregnancy examinations and vaccinations, it is also important to note the body condition score of each animal. Without a calf by her side, directly after weaning is a time period when cows may rapidly gain condition if not assessed early on. This “scoring” system evaluates each animal’s fat deposits relative to its skeletal structure, using numerical values of ‘1’ (emaciated) to ‘9’ (obese). A quick palpation over the back, tailhead, and hindquarters can reveal whether each animal is going into winter with too little or too much fat. One must keep in mind the age and breed of animals when conducting scoring; older animals tend to carry less fat along the top-line than younger cattle. Thin cows will tend to look “sharper” or more angular compared to fatter and more “square” animals. Not only can the body condition score affect the animals’ performance over the cooler months, excessive fat deposition around the vulva and rectum may restrict proficient breeding and calving in the future. Producers should aim for a body condition score of 5 or 6 in pregnant cows as we go into the winter months, as the developing calf and cold weather will utilize daily nutrients from the dam. Utilize this opportunity to have a closer examination of bulls as well, by evaluating body condition and breeding soundness. A final step in preparing

for winter weather involves making necessary culling decisions. Many producers base this decision on the diagnosis of open cows during routine rectal palpation. Running animals through the chute will also allow for a quick examination of udder condition, hoof health, and oral or eye lesions (such as ‘cancer eye’ or pink-eye ulcerations). A ‘smooth’ or broken mouth demonstrating worn teeth may indicate a need for feed supplementation. While considering rising feed costs, one must ascertain whether holding on for another year to the animal will still be profitable in the long run. Management considerations may also center on the need for replacement heifers. Questions one may ask themselves are: What are the current and future market prices? Do I have the labor and finances to buy animals? Do my facilities need work? Your local veterinarian, livestock nutritionist, and university extension agent can provide further information regarding vaccination, nutritional and other management aspects in order to increase efficiency and performance within your herd. Any down time available can be most optimally used to conduct a complete review of your herd’s management plan and make updates for the next year. — Dr. Genevieve Grammer [Dr. Genevieve Grammer is a mixed-species veterinarian practicing in eastern Colorado. Please direct correspondence to drgigi19@ gmail.com].

Drought impacts may be slowing down

There are indications that the worst of the droughtforced movements of cattle may be slowing down, at least for now. Beef cow slaughter in federal Region 6 has decreased each of the last three weeks, though the rate is still 19 percent above last year in the most recent week that data is avsailable. Beef cow slaughter outside of Region 6 has also been higher than last year since late July, but may be tapering off as well, with a smaller increase in the most recent data. For the year to date, Region 6 slaughter is 24 percent above last year and combined with the rest of the country that has beef cow slaughter down a scant 2 percent, results in a national total year to date beef cow slaughter that is 105 percent of year ago levels. With the bulk of the seasonal cow culling period coming in November, these totals could grow. However, there is some reason to think that much of the normal culling has already occurred and that seasonal culling will be smaller than usual. In Oklahoma, the auction totals for cows are still above year ago levels as well, but are down significantly from the extremely large volumes of the summer. Feeder cattle auction totals are currently close to year ago levels but may drop lower if, as expected, some of the normal fall run of calves has already occurred in drought-forced early sales. The latest Cattle on Feed report also shows a more normal pattern of placements without much obvious drought impacts. Total placements were down in Texas, though higher in the lightweight category. In fact, the under-600-pound weight group was the only group with an increase in placements, indicating limited supplies of heavy feeder cattle. Overall, placements were even with a year ago and enough to hold cattle on feed totals even with last month at 105 percent of year ago levels. However, feedlot inventories should begin to drop for the re-

mainder of the year and into next year. The biggest increase in feedlot placements occurred in Nebraska, which was comprised of increases in both the lightest and heaviest placement categories. Excellent forage conditions likely mean that more big yearlings will be marketed out of the northern Plains this fall, but overall, feeder supplies will be tight. Oklahoma feeder cattle prices, especially calves, have increased recently despite the lack of wheat pasture grazing this fall. A break in corn futures, in early October, spurred feedlot demand for feeder cattle and offset the lack of wheat pasture grazing demand. — Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

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BEEF bits China agreement with Missouri Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the state has reached an agreement to sell $4.4 billion worth of products to China through 2014. Nixon said last Monday that the deal includes an emphasis on selling Missouri agricultural products. The trade agreement is between the state Department of Economic Development and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. Nixon said the agreement will increase Missouri’s exports to China by more than $1 billion from 2012 to 2014. He said it is an important step for helping the state’s economy. The Missouri governor is to be in China for about a week and is also scheduled to meet with the American ambassador to China and to speak to the American Chamber of Commerce.

Felony charges on brand altering Two Montana men who authorities say engaged in illegal cattle branding have been charged with felonies. Thomas Edward Green has been charged with illegal branding or altering a brand and felony theft. Timothy E. Kulbeck has been charged with illegal branding or altering a brand. Blaine County Deputy Attorney Valerie Ovitt told the Great Falls Tribune that the two men run their cattle herds together. Ovitt says the charges were filed after a local brand inspector did an inspection. Illegal branding or altering a brand carries potential penalties of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Gujarat bans cow slaughter After protests and agitations by Maldhari community for two months, the state government has finally imposed a complete ban on illegal cow slaughter, transportation and selling of cow beef. The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amended) Act, 2011, was passed in the last assembly session and will be strictly enforced, according to the government. The announcement was made by government spokespersons Jaynarayan Vyas and Saurabh Patel. According to them, Gujarat, India, is the only state which took the issue to the Supreme Court and enacted a law for the protection of cows. According to the act, those involved in cow slaughter and related crimes will be penalized with Rs50,000 fine and imprisonment of up to seven years. Anyone directly or indirectly involved in the storage, transportation or sale of cow beef and its products will also be charged.

Siblings arrested for rustling An investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Doug Hutchison led to the arrest of two siblings on charges of livestock theft. The suspects were arrested after allegedly stealing nine head of cattle in December 2008 from a U.S. Army Apache helicopter pilot who was serving in Iraq. Diana Marie Brown, 27, Elgin, TX, was served with two charges while serving time in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on an unrelated crime. Her brother, Garrett Wayne Brown, 20, Lexington, TX, was arrested in September 2011 in Lee County. Garrett Brown faces one charge of theft and is currently out on a $25,000 bond. “A good tip from an informant and solid record keeping by the livestock markets helped us capture the suspects,� said Hutchison.

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Eight factors for confident vaccine selection Discuss vaccine choices with your herd veterinarian to help ensure complete protection. Not all vaccines are created equal, and the myriad of choices can be confusing. Your veterinarian is the best resource to help you sort through product information and make sciencebased vaccine recommendations to provide complete protection for your herd. If your cattle aren’t fully protected against respiratory and reproductive diseases, your herd’s health, productivity and profitability could be at risk. “The investment you make in selecting the right disease prevention products also can help reduce the significant costs and labor associated with disease treatment,� says Greg Edwards, DVM, Cattle Technical Services, Pfizer Animal Health. Edwards suggests sitting down with your veterinarian to evaluate vaccines based on eight areas of product differentiation and pick vaccines that best fit your man-

agement needs and vaccination program goals. 1. Label indications and levels of protection: USDA grants label claims based on demonstrated efficacy for each disease organism in the vaccine. These levels of protection include: Prevention of Infection, Prevention of Disease, Aids in Disease Prevention, Aids in Disease Control and Other Claims. 2. Duration of immunity: Duration of immunity (DOI) is the minimum amount of time you can expect a vaccine to help protect your cattle, based on manufacturer efficacy and disease challenge studies. A vaccine’s DOI should help protect during the critical period for disease risk. Your veterinarian can help schedule revaccination protocols according to your vaccines’ DOI. 3. Immune response time: Some types of vaccines stimulate protective immunity more rapidly than others. For example, intranasal vaccines can help provide a quick immune response. 4. Modified-live virus vs.

killed virus vaccines: Modified-live virus (MLV) vaccines contain live organisms that can undergo limited replication within the body. MLV vaccines can have benefits including rapid immune response, comprehensive immune response and duration of immunity, and few post-vaccination reactions. 5. Route of administration: Follow the route of administration indicated on the label to help achieve the expected efficacy of the vaccine. Your vaccine choice and preferred route of administration may depend on your management capabilities, and training your employees on administration may be necessary. 6. Safe for use in pregnant cows and nursing cows: Choose vaccines that are safe for use during pregnancy to help bolster immunity of the cow and enhance colostrum quality. Having flexibility to revaccinate cows during gestation provides protection against viral shedding and supports herd immunity.

7. Convenience: Vaccines come in a variety of combinations that can be tailored to fit your disease challenges and management needs. Your veterinarian can help you identify disease risks based on herd history or geographic challenges. When choosing combination vaccines, remember that DOI and levels of protection may be different for each antigen in the vaccine. 8. Cost-effectiveness: Profitability on the operation is important, and costeffectiveness is always a factor in product selection. Work with your veterinarian to discuss factors that impact a cost-effective vaccine, including management time and labor for administration, vaccine combinations, levels of protection, duration of immunity, cost of a potential disease outbreak, and price. Partner with your veterinarian to select vaccines that provide complete protection for your cattle and optimal results for your operation. — WLJ

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Korea FTA not done President Obama signed the three free trade agreements (FTA) that Congress approved Oct. 12. But the South Korean FTA still has a few more steps before it goes into effect. According to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler, the KORUS deal must now be ratified by the Korean legislature where the opposition party has made it the subject of intense political debate and where 14 laws must be passed to meet the deal’s commitments. Once all those actions are completed, Obama then must certify to the U.S. Congress that Korea has these laws in place and issue a proclamation to implement the agreement. Moving the agreement through Korea’s National Assembly is being made more difficult by the fact that elections for a new Assembly are scheduled for next April and a Korean presidential election will take place in December 2012.

Japan reviewing restrictions The American Meat Institute (AMI), in conjunction with the Brazilian Embassy in Washington and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply in Brasilia, is offering an opportunity to travel to Brazil to learn first-hand about the Brazilian beef, pork and poultry production and processing systems and gain an up-close view and orientation to the industry. Limited spots are available and will be assigned with priority to exhibitors at the AMI Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition, then any other AMI suppliers. The cost of airfare and meals will be the responsibility of the participants (estimated at $6,200). All local transportation and transfers will be paid by the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil. For more information, please contact Horrys Friaca at Horrys.Friaca@brasilemb.org.

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ing may occur, but the animals do well with the cotton diet.â&#x20AC;? Preliminary results included the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Fresh whole cotton plants, including stems, leaves and bolls: crude protein 13.3 percent, total digestible nutrients 62.4 percent. â&#x20AC;˘ Whole cotton plants including stems and bolls, but minus the leaves: crude protein 11.2 percent, total digestible nutrients 58.8 percent. â&#x20AC;˘ Cotton and seeds from a harvested cotton module: crude protein 15.6 percent, total digestible nutrients 59.4 percent. Wickersham suggests the cotton could be used as a source of supplemental energy. Meanwhile, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, notes most cotton defoliation or desiccation products prohibit grazing or feeding to livestock for at least 30 days to 45 days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recommend referring to the product label to ensure the minimum labels restrictions are met,â&#x20AC;? Morgan said. Redmon said weather conditions are not forecast to improve in the near future and those who continue to hold cattle during these unprecedented drought conditions will find it difficult to find hay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will also pay extremely high prices for hay they do find, and can set themselves up for significant environmental damages by keeping animals in pastures that are devoid of any ground cover,â&#x20AC;? Redmon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As reluctant as we are to sell cattle, the best option from an economic and ecological standpoint is likely to simply sell out.â&#x20AC;? Redmon also advises a sample of any cotton or cotton plants to be grazed should be analyzed for nutritive value prior to feeding or grazing. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ

Consignments open for the 46th annual Fallon bull sale This year, we are celebrating our 46th year of gathering in Fallon, NV, for this traditional sale. Our sale will be held at the Fallon Livestock Exchange Feb. 18, 2012, starting at 11:00 a.m. Consignments are still open for the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual sale and will be taken until Dec. 1, 2011. We are looking for bulls from 12 to 25 months of age and from any registered breed. Following last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exceptional sale, we again hope to draw buyers and consignors to our sale. This annual tradition brings Nevada producers and producers from around the West together to sell and buy bulls. We work hard each year to bring the best range ready bulls to the sale to provide our buyers with quality and selection. We are thankful for our many dedicated consignors who come every year with consistently excellent bulls. The bulls sold at the sale will be graded and sifted

before the sale to ensure quality and consistency. Each bull has been semen tested, BVD tested, Trich tested, and is free of genetic disorders. Please contact the office if you have questions regarding the health requirements for the sale. If you have questions regarding the sale or would like a copy of the consignment form, contact the sale office at 775/738-9214 or email the sale secretary at nca@nevadabeef.org. We would also like to thank the dedicated sponsors of the sale: Walco, Pinenut Livestock Supply, Churchill FFA, Progressive Rancher, for their continued support of the sale and the association. Without the help of these businesses, our sale would not be possible. Please help us thank these businesses with a stop by their stores. We look forward to seeing you at the sale. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ


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Elevated currencies, global economic uncertainty and climate risks might be posing short-term obstacles for global beef markets, however, the longer-term outlook remains bullish, according to a recently released industry report, the Rabobank Beef Quarterly. Australian markets will feel some ongoing pressure through to the first quarter of 2012, however, a number of factors should provide support for prices in the second half of next year, the report says. One key factor will be the reduction in the cattle herd due to the severe drought taking place across the U.S., which is a key competitor in Australian beef export markets. The Australian live export market looks strong, with the potential to reach record prices this quarter. Through to quarter one 2012, Rabobank expects an increase in global beef competitor meat supplies. This will take place amidst a backdrop of uncertain economic growth. However, cattle prices are likely to reach record highs later next year as markets transition from a short-term supply bulge, primarily in the U.S. where herds are diminishing due to drought, to materially lower supplies. Report co-author Wendy Voss says the longer-term view is that global meat protein supplies will continue to lag income and population growth in important emerging markets. “This places pressure on supply, increasing prices throughout the supply chain from feeder cattle buyers, processors and all the way through to consumers,” Voss says. Voss says a number of factors combined to drive prices down in Australian markets during quarter two and three of 2011. Specifically, a very high Australian dollar, the effect of the tsunami in Japan, and a seasonal easing of demand from Korea and Russia. By late third quarter, however, Voss said a number of these pressures eased and prices began to recover. Live cattle exporters also faced a turbulent quarter

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three due to uncertainty surrounding the resumption of trade with Indonesia, the report highlights. The suspension of live exports by the Australian government was lifted in early July, yet exports did not begin until August as it took time for the governmentrequired supply chain audits to be conducted. Once the shipments resumed, prices rose sharply, reaching record highs for September. “The rise in prices has been due to the restriction on availability of cattle that meet Indonesian market requirements, in particular the 350kg maximum live weight limit,” Voss said. “Given the north of Australia is fast approaching the wet season, which will seasonally reduce supplies, prices for live export cattle are likely to remain high during quarter four and may even exceed these record levels.” Rabobank expects prices for southern Australia’s finished cattle, which have risen rapidly in recent weeks, will ease during the upcoming quarter. Spring pasture offerings are ex-

pected to increase. However, demand will remain curtailed by eroding export returns from a strong Australian dollar and the uncertain global economy’s impact on consumer confidence in some key Australian beef markets. The report highlights that 25 per cent of U.S. beef cows live in the drought-stricken states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico—areas that are experiencing the worst drought on record following the heels of another extreme drought in 2006, causing 84 per cent of ranchers to reduce their herd. Drought is driving aggressive cow slaughter rates on an already-low herd. As a result, U.S. beef production will surge in early 2012, but rapidly decline later in the year and production will remain low until at least 2014. “For Australian cattle producers, a decline in U.S. beef production in 2012 will likely be a support for higher farm gate prices. The U.S. is a major export market for Australia and a key competitor in a number of significant overseas markets,” Voss said. — WLJ

Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan from Gering, NE, is teaming up with the Animal Agriculture Alliance to launch a new website, www.realfarmersrealfood. com, which showcases the importance of American farmers and ranchers, large and small, to our nation’s security and vitality. “Not everybody farms, but everybody has to eat,” Scanlan said. “Most Americans don’t realize how essential and crucial agriculture is to our lives and to our economy.” Farming and ranching is not a typical platform for a Miss America winner, but Teresa has been known to operate outside of the ordinary, a reputation that started when she won the crown at age 18 to become the youngest Miss America in history. But why, of all the issues that we face as a nation, has Teresa chosen to use her crown to educate her fellow citizens about the importance of agriculture? “To me, it means the difference between prosperity and disaster in our country,” Teresa stated on a local radio show in Scottsbluff, NE. “To me, it’s about not forgetting our roots and what is most important to our country. Holding on to that thin green line …protecting the heartland of the country …protecting a way of life and a livelihood for many farmers and those involved in agriculture.” Teresa has continued to spread her message through an op-ed that was pub-

lished on FoxNews.com and an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” where she was interviewed by fellow Miss America Gretchen Carlson. “[We need to talk] about why agriculture is so important, why it is the heart and soul of this country and, being from Nebraska, I understand that quite well.” Visitors to the website can: Sign a pledge in support of agriculture’s diversity and consumer choice; read and share an op-ed showcasing American agriculture by the Alliance’s current chairperson, Chris Ashworth, a veterinarian and rancher; learn about common myths and facts about farming; and view a collection of farm tours on video. Scanlan also partners with The Hand That Feeds U.S. to get the message out to urban reporters, young people, and other Americans who have become detached from the farming process. “Sure, people buy food from the grocery store every day,” she says, “but they don’t seem to understand how it got there. It is not something we should take for granted.” “It’s refreshing to see the positive story of American agriculture told on a national stage,” says Alliance Executive Vice President Kay Johnson Smith “Teresa has stayed true to her agricultural roots during her time as Miss America by speaking out for farmers and ranchers who often receive too little credit for the hard work that they do—feeding us every day.” — Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor

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ested in following up by arranging with producers to monitor water and test soil on affected lands. Judy Finley, an NMSU Extension agriculture and small business development agent also based at Alcalde, said a follow-up workshop on the implications of wildfire ash on the soil is being planned for Nov. 10 in Cochiti. The event will feature Robert Flynn, soil expert in NMSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Extension Plant Sciences and superintendent of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. The impact of the Las Conchas fire became a topic of interest at NMSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural Top of the Valle field day Sept. 24 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve west of Los Alamos. Approximately 30,000 acres of forest and grassland at the 89,000-acre preserve were affected by the fire. The field day agenda included presentations by NMSU faculty members Nick Ashcroft, Doug Cram and Sam Smallidge, all of whom are members of NMSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Range Improvement Task Force. Their topics ranged from the generalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; fire ecology in the Southwestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to more specific issues of post-fire resource recovery and the impact of fires on cattle grazing and wildlife foraging. According to Smallidge, task force members are frequently called upon to help mediate natural resource conflicts between federal officials and ranchers with federal grazing leases. Smallidge anticipates that following the 2011 fire season, issues such as post-fire range readiness will arise and the task force may be called to bring science to bear in the resolution of management tensions. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ

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New test can precisely pinpoint food pathogens With salmonella-tainted ground turkey sickening more than 100 people and listeria-contaminated cantaloupes killing 15 this year, the ability to detect outbreaks of food-borne illness and determine their sources has become a top public health priority. A new approach, reported online Oct. 14 in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology by a collaborative team led by Cornell scientists, will enable government agencies and food companies to pinpoint the exact nature and origin of foodborne bacteria with unprecedented accuracy, says food science professor Martin Wiedmann. The standard method of tracing food-borne illness involves breaking up the DNA of bacteria samples into smaller pieces and analyzing their banding patterns. But scientists often find that different strains of bacteria have common DNA fingerprints that are too genetically similar to be able to differentiate between them, making it difficult to establish whether the Salmonella that made one person sick was the same Salmonella

that infected another person. This was the case in a salmonella outbreak linked to salami made with contaminated black and red pepper that included 272 cases in 44 states between July 2009 and April 2010. To surmount this challenge, Wiedmann adopted a genomic approach. By sequencing the genome of 47 samples of the bacteria—20 that had been collected from human sources during the outbreak, and 27 control samples collected from human, food, animal and environmental sources before the outbreak—he and his team were able to rapidly discriminate between outbreak-related cases and non-outbreak related cases, isolating four samples believed to be connected to the pepper contamination. In the process of doing so, he also found other links. A salmonella strain that led to a nationwide recall of pistachio nuts in 2009 turned up in samples from four people—only one of whom had reported eating pistachios. Other connected cases suggested smaller outbreaks of which officials had been previously unaware.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s priorities for the 2012 farm bill The next farm bill will most likely have less funding than the current one, and USDA is going to have to learn to do more, with less, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Speaking at the John Deere Des Moines Works in Iowa last week, Vilsack emphasized the importance of simplifying existing programs. “We need to reduce redundant provisions; and we need to put a premium on creating innovative solutions to address our current and future problems, also recognizing the importance of making targeted investments to keep agricultural productivity high and our rural communities vibrant,” he said. Vilsack emphasized that three core principles needed to be protected and advanced as Congress worked on the next farm bill. “We need to maintain a strong safety net, we need to support sustainable productivity, and we need to promote vibrant markets,” he said. Safety nets need to become more efficient. “Producers need assistance quickly after they lose their crops to a natural disaster. Their bankers are not going to wait two years to make loan payments.” Conservation programs need to remain a key part of the farm bill. “I want to encourage Congress to continue their commitment to improve conservation programs, to maintain a robust investment in voluntary conservation assistance, and to encourage our efforts towards regulatory certainty tied to conservation,” he added. Referring to the recent trade agreements, Vilsack said more trade agreements need to be explored. “Congress can continue this success story and build on it with continued investments in USDA’s trade promotion programs, which studies

have shown return a 31-dollar, for every dollar we invest, return on investment,” Vilsack said. Vilsack wants to continue making the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, more efficient. “We stopped payments to tens of thousands of individuals who weren’t qualified and sanctioned more than 1,800 stores for improper trafficking of SNAP benefits or other violations. And we want to work with Congress to continue this work, to improve our data collection, to reduce our error rate, and to stop fraud.” Creating jobs and improving Americans’ quality of life is also a priority for the next farm bill, according to Vilsack. The farm bill should contain funding to expand the production of advanced biofuels. “I’m hoping that Congress, as it looks at the farm bill, understands and appreciates the significance of the BCAP [Biomass Crop Assistance] program and the REAP [Rural Energy for America] program, two programs that are continued— worthy of continued investment. Just in 2009 and 2010, USDA invested in more than 22,000 renewable energy projects. We’re pursuing this next generation of advanced biofuels by helping communities and companies invest to build those biorefineries, we’re funding regional research, and we’re helping farmers to establish those biofuel crops,” he said. Continuing rural America’s recovery should be one of the keys to the next farm bill, according to Vilsack. “It’s been a long time coming, but rural America’s making a comeback, and Congress’ important work on this bill will lead to a much brighter, more hopeful, and more optimistic future for rural America.” — WLJ

“The use of genome sequencing methods to investigate outbreaks of foodborne bacterial diseases is relatively new, and holds great promise as it can help to identify the temporal, geographical and evolutionary origin of an outbreak,” Wiedmann said. “In particular, full genome sequence data may help to identify small outbreaks that may not be easily detected with lower resolution subtyping approaches.” Wiedmann, research associate Henk den Bakker and other lab members developed the single nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP, test that is specific to the 2009 pepper-associated outbreak

with the help of researchers at Life Technologies Corp. They also collaborated with researchers at Washington State University and departments of health in New York City and New York state. A similar approach has previously been used in hospital settings to trace pathogenic bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, but this is its first application for foodborne illness. Wiedmann said he is continuing to perfect the method and use it to test other types of bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other agencies are also starting to use similar approaches. — WLJ

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While seedstock producers are often in direct competition with fellow breeders to gain market share, they also harbor a spirit of cooperation that brings them together for the betterment of their breed. On Sept. 15â&#x20AC;&#x201C;16, Red Angus breeders convened in Durham, NC, to share marketing ideas, conduct business and celebrate the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successes at the Red Angus Association of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (RAAA) 58th National Convention. In his address to the convention assembly, RAAA President Joe Mushrush of Strong City, KS, modeled RAAA as a perfect example of â&#x20AC;&#x153;co-opetitionâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a term combining the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;cooperationâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;competitionâ&#x20AC;? that describes competitors within an industry cooperating to increase the size of their market share, then competing individually for clientele. Mushrush said Red Angus breeders combine their resources to increase the demand for Red Angus genetics beyond what each member could do individually. This includes submitting

data for accurate genetic descriptions for commercial producers, as well as coming together for events like convention to share ideas that increase the overall genetic value of Red Angus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yet at the end of the day,â&#x20AC;? said Mushrush, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is our own driveway in which we hope that commercial producers turn into in search for Red Angus genetics.â&#x20AC;? Co-opetition in Red Angus extends beyond individual breeders to include other breed associations. For the past 10 years, RAAA has pooled data with the Canadian Angus Association and, last year, combined datasets with the American Simmental Association to increase the accuracy of expected progeny differences (EPDs) for a true multi-breed database of over 9 million animals. The strength of this database is magnified through

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Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP), enrolled a record-breaking 125,525 head in 2011, representing a 13.1 percent annual growth over the past four years. This USDA genetics -, age- and source-verified program will continue to expand and offer more services and profitability opportunities for cattlemen using Red Angus genetics. To further document the value of Red Angus cattle, RAAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing department awarded a record 47 Grid Master Awards to FCCP-enrolled producers whose cattle reached tremendous carcass yield and quality combinations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Angus cattle not only produce valuable carcasses, but they are very good at meeting grid specs that increase the profit margin on the rail,â&#x20AC;? said Myron Edelman, RAAA director of value added programs. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ

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the use of Total Herd Reporting (THR) of all progenyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; not just those good enough to registerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hence eliminating reporting bias from data used to calculate EPDs. Since the implementation of THR in 1995, the Red Angus registry has grown from ranking 12th in the nation to being the fourth largest beef breed today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of THR, Red Angusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; EPDs have evolved to give our cattle more accurate values,â&#x20AC;? said RAAA CEO Greg Comstock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are continually innovating and simplifying the selection process to provide better, more reliable tools for commercial cattlemen.â&#x20AC;? RAAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objective is to not only provide a better product for commercial producers, but to also supply services that help customers receive better returns on their cattle. One of these services, the

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tion last week of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011, a cross cu cross-cutting initiative aimed at helping the next generatio generation of farmers and ranchers enter into agriculture and ttake advantage of emerging markets. The bill is sponso sponsored by Reps. Jeff Fortenbe Fortenberry, R-NE, and Tim Walz, Walz D-MN. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, and other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee will introduce a companion bill in the Sen Senate when next in session session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This legislation is smart, cost-effective public policy that will create jobs and invest in the future of rural America,â&#x20AC;? said Traci Bruckner, assistant director for rural policy of the Center for Rural Affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It addresses obstacles that often prevent beginning farmers and ranchers from getting their operation started.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the average age of the American farmer continues to increase, it is critical for the well-being of rural America that young people engage in farming and agricultural entrepreneurship. This legislation provides commonsense incentives to young farmers and ranchers, helping overcome the initial challenges facing those who wish to establish their careers in agriculture and raise families on the farm,â&#x20AC;? said Fortenberry, who represents Nebraskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first congressional district and is a co-sponsor of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act. The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act contains several key elements, including: â&#x20AC;˘ Reauthorizing the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, a beginning farmer and rancher training and support initiative. It would increase mandatory funding from $75 million to $125 million over the next five years to help meet growing demand for the program, and include a new priority on agricultural rehabilitation and vocational training programs for military veterans. â&#x20AC;˘ $30 million in annual funding for the Value Added Producer Grants Program and will retain the priority for projects benefitting begin-

ning farmers and ranchers as well as a set-aside of program funding for these projects. â&#x20AC;˘ Creating savings and enhancing lending provisions that help beginning farmers and ranchers access credit and establish a pattern of savings. â&#x20AC;˘ Providing conservation incentives to assist beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to establish conservation practices and sustainable systems on their farms and ranches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you compare the numbers from the 2007 and 2002 Census of Agriculture, you see a big drop in the number of younger farmers in agriculture as their primary occupation. The revitalization of rural America depends, in large part, on reversing that trend,â&#x20AC;? explained Bruckner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can be difficult to get started in the world of agriculture,â&#x20AC;? said Garrett Dwyer, a beginning rancher and former Marine infantryman from Bartlett, NE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skyrocketing costs of buying or renting land make entry into farming and ranching a daunting task.â&#x20AC;? Dwyer traveled to D.C. in June to participate in a nationwide flyin called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sound Investments to ensure the Next Generation of Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.â&#x20AC;? According to Dwyer, more beginning farmers and ranchers are needed because without a new generation of beginners, the land will concentrate in large farms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that will cause the permanent loss of opportunity for family farms, ranches, and rural communities and squander the chance to shift to a more sustainable system of agriculture,â&#x20AC;? explained Dwyer. Bruckner explained that the introduction of these bills in both the House and the Senate is a crucial step in focusing more of the public investment in the 2012 farm bill on the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Congressional investment in beginning farmers and ranchers is an investment, by all Americans, in the future of rural America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it is money well spent,â&#x20AC;? continued Bruckner. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ


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Bill provides certainty to rural America NCBA stays firm on farm dust Though Environmental He compared the so-called States, and make it more Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson told members of Congress that the agency has no intention to regulate farm dust, some lawmakers and their rural constituents arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced. Although there is some regulation of agricultural dust, Congress wants to ensure that no more regulations are enacted. Farmers and ranchers told members of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Energy and Power last week that some farmers already face limits on their operations because of dust regulations. The committee started a debate on the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, designed to define the difference between farm dust and dust from power plants and other industrial operations, and to leave any dust regulation to states and local governments. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-SD, has 112 co-sponsors and makes an attempt to define what it calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;nuisance dustâ&#x20AC;? that is subject to regulation at the state and local levels. EPA would have authority to regulate nuisance dust only if local governments are unable to do so effectively. The bill defines nuisance dust as that â&#x20AC;&#x153;generated from natural sources, unpaved roads, agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities typically conducted in rural areas; or consisting primarily of soil, other natural or biological materials, windblown dust, or some combination thereof.â&#x20AC;? Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for air and radiation at EPA, said the definition is â&#x20AC;&#x153;broadâ&#x20AC;? and would legally preclude EPA from enforcing particulate matter (PM) standards on polluters in rural areas, including power plants, ethanol plants and other industrial operators. The current PM standard was put in place by the Reagan administration in 1987. There are 41 counties in nonattainment areas, primarily in California and Arizona, where many farmers and ranchers are required to take actions to reduce dust from their operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not believe there is any evidence that farming has been significantly affected by any air standard,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy said. Noem said she and her constituents are concerned that they, too, may at some point have to comply with dust regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my home state of South Dakota, this is a huge concern for farmers, ranchers, and small business owners who are struggling to stay afloat in an already stressed economy,â&#x20AC;? Noem said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the most overwhelming concerns I hear about from farmers and ranchers back home is the overbearing regulations coming out of the EPA, including the regulation of farm dust. Their concern is not unwarranted.â&#x20AC;?

Rural, urban differences The differences between the urban and rural view of regulating farm dust perhaps may be best illustrated by the comments of Rep. Edward Markey, D-MA.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;mythâ&#x20AC;? of regulating farm dust with an internet fraud recently perpetrated that claimed there was a proposed 5-cent tax on all emails sent in the U.S. That â&#x20AC;&#x153;hoax,â&#x20AC;? Markey said, led to real proposed legislation to prevent such an action, making light of the proposed act as something akin to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairy dust.â&#x20AC;? In contrast, farmers and ranchers told the committee how current particulate matter rules affect their farms. Steve Foglesong, a ranch owner of Black Gold Cattle Company in Illinois, speaking on behalf of the National Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beef Association, said current standards already are having an effect on agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;cattle producers specifically. Cattle producers currently abiding by PM standards have incurred individual costs of up to $400,000 in a single year to take measures to reduce dust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should EPA lower the standard, much of the Midwest, West and Southwest would move into nonattainment or to the brink of nonattainment, which would put many more cattlemen and women across the country in the position of being forced to bear similar costs or go out of business,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cattle producers have been fighting this issue for many years, and hope that this committee and this Congress can bring permanent relief from this standard by passing HR1633.â&#x20AC;? Kevin Rogers, a farmer from Maricopa County, Arizona, speaking on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said farmers in his county have to select among a menu of options to reduce dust, including parking farm equipment on windy days, watering dirt roads and many other steps. In that county, he said, agriculture has been determined by EPA modeling to be responsible for about 3 percent of PM pollution. Those steps taken have been costly to farmers, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are unaware of any general economic studies on the impacts of such restrictions,â&#x20AC;? Rogers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, I can tell you that if I am required to park my tractor on windy days or when soil moisture is insufficient, it will cost me time and money in lost labor and productivity. If I or my employees are limited to driving 15 miles per hour on county roads, it will greatly increase the time we must spend on these roads, taking time away from engaging in other more productive activities.â&#x20AC;?

Stripping EPA authority John Walke, senior attorney and director of the clean air program with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), said the bill would turn back the clock on the Clean Air Act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;H.R. 1633 attempts to block EPA from setting health-based standards for this pollution in the future,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bill fundamentally rewrites the Clean Air Act to interfere with EPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study of the science of coarse particle pollution, introduces a vague and expansive definition of nuisance dust that would exempt much dangerous PM2.5 and PM10 industrial pollution across large swaths of the United

difficult for states to meet air quality standards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This bill is sweepingly over-inclusive, creates unintended consequences, and increases harmful air pollution and health hazards for the American people.â&#x20AC;? On several occasions throughout the hearing committee, members raised concern that though EPA is not changing PM rules at this time, that at some point, environmental groups will force the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand. In many instances, environmental and other groups sue EPA, reach settlements and essentially force the agency to implement regulations in a certain manner. Rep. John Shimkus, R-IL, asked Walke whether NRDC would consider legal action if the bill becomes law. Walke said he would not discuss potential litigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In contrast to imaginary problems or imaginary lawsuits, no one is bringing up the fact that this bill would affect 80 percent of Americaâ&#x20AC;? by stripping EPA of its authority to regulate PM in most cases, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Todd Neeley, DTN

Although rumors are circulating that refer to the Environmental Protection Agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (EPA) attempt to regulate farm dust as a myth, a hearing hosted by Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-KY, of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, cleared up what many call profound misconceptions. Testifying on behalf of National Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beef Association was Steve Foglesong, immediate past president of the organization and a rancher from Astoria, IL. Foglesong said ranchers are pleased EPA has decided not to propose to lower the standard for coarse particulate matter (dust) this year but the issue is far from resolved. He said EPA does not have a consistent track record of doing what it proposes. In fact, in 1996, EPA proposed to remove the dust standard altogether, only to bring it back in the final rule. In 2006, EPA proposed to exempt farm dust. That exemption also disappeared in the final rule. Foglesong said even if EPA retains the current dust standard, the opportunity remains for the agency to tighten it in the future. Unless Congress passes the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, he said that threat remains. Whitfield said family farmers and ranchers need flexible, science-based regulations, rather than an EPA guessing game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;EPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unprecedented wave of stringent and inflexible regulations pose a serious threat to the economy,â&#x20AC;? said Whitfield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, this overly aggressive EPA has discussed focusing their efforts on family farms under the guise of revising the Na-

tional Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. With record-high unemployment and deficits, it is beyond understanding as to why EPA would even think about regulating farm dust.â&#x20AC;? Foglesong testified that the regulation of dust under the Clean Air Act (CAA) is supposed to be based on a finding by scientists of adverse health effects. Historically, he said there has been no evidence of adverse health effects from farm dust at ambient levels. But EPA has decided to regulate it anyway. In 2006, EPA based its decision on the precautionary principle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, EPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dust regulation is not based on science but on caution,â&#x20AC;? said Foglesong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In an effort to bring a little common sense back into the process, cattlemen believe the best solution is for Congress to pass the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011. That way, regulatory decisions regarding dust will be left to state and local government instead of the federal one-size-fits-all approach.â&#x20AC;? He cautioned that no one can be sure of the outcome of the rulemaking until it is final. Foglesong still worries about the future since the CAA requires the standard come under scrutiny every five years. He said the only way to provide certainty to farmers and ranchers is for Congress to pass the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact is, farmers and ranchers want and need certainty about this issue. Regulatory uncertainty is unnecessary and unproductive,â&#x20AC;? said Foglesong. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ

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on feed will adjust the weight distribution in cattle on feed during the next 120-plus days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Therefore, the numerical buildup is less of a concern than in prior years,â&#x20AC;? he added. The surprisingly high rate of placements in September may be in part because corn prices have become relatively inexpensive, at least in relation to forages, according to analysts. December corn futures fell by $1.75 per bushel during September, which was enough to shift the feedlot outlook from bleak to rosy,

The report showed a more normal pattern of placements without much obvious drought impact, according to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel. Peel noted that overall, placements were even with a year ago and enough to hold cattle on feed totals even with last month at 105 percent of year ago levels. However, feedlot inventories should begin to drop for the remainder of the year and into next year, he predicted. J.P.Morgan analyst Ken Goldman agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This should help relieve the rise

according to Chris Hurt, Purdue University Agricultural Economist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The implication of placing such a large number of young calves is that they will be on feed a long time and eat a lot of feed grains. The broader implication for the corn market is that most end users of corn saw a similar shift in their industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outlooks as corn prices fell,â&#x20AC;? said Hurt, discussing the October report. Av e r a g e p l a c e m e n t weights increased to 712.7 pounds, a sharp increase from August to September, comparable to the five-year average, but 14 pounds lower than one year ago.

in cattle prices that has hurt industry packing margins of late.â&#x20AC;? Goldman added that the number of cattle on feed will likely fall, as ranchers in drought-stricken areas run out of animals to sell. Beef demand maintained positive gains during the third quarter, making it the fifth consecutive quarter for improvement. Total demand was up 10.9 percent, with exports adding to the value of fed cattle. But Gottschalk points out that weekly exports, for the last three weeks, are trailing levels from the same time last year. Retail beef demand for

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the third quarter was up 5.9 percent, with ground beef leading the demand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middle meats have simply been priced out of range for many consumers, at home and at the local restaurant. This change in buying patterns has added support to values of end-cut items,â&#x20AC;? Gottschalk said. Contributing to the interest in putting young calves in the feedlot has been a bullish finished cattle market, according to Hurt. April 2012 live cattle futures moved $2 per cwt. higher in September, and have since added another $2 in October. On October 21, April 2012 futures approached $130. According to Hurt, the three main factors driving the bullish market include: the anticipation of very limited 2012 domestic beef supplies; foreign buyers of U.S. beef who are willing to pay the high prices; and a more optimistic tone for the world economy. Per capita availability of beef in 2012 will be down to just 54.3 pounds, according to USDA estimates. That is a startling 17 percent reduction since 2007 when high corn prices (and drought more recently) set the beef industry into a liquidation tailspin. Marketing of fed cattle during September totaled 1.81 million, 1 percent above

2010. Marketings were inline with analystsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expectations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To maximize the benefit of the positive weight distribution pattern of recent months, producers need to maintain an aggressive marketing posture in the upcoming months,â&#x20AC;? Gottshalk said. The feeder and calf supply outside feed yards declined to 28.81 million head, down 1 million head form the prior year, leading to the bullish market, according to analysts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;supplyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side of this category of cattle projects to remain positive for the next two years. Demand for beef, which will ultimately determine the value of fed cattle, and lack of fed cattle profitability are the hazards to higher feeder and calf prices,â&#x20AC;? Gottschalkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report said. Other disappearance totaled 74,000 during September, 37 percent above 2010. Trade forecast leading up to the Cattle on Feed report expected placements to be down 3.5 percent, marketings up 0.6 percent, and the October 1 on-feed number to be up 3.9 percent. The report was seen as bearish for spring and summer cattle prices, according to the CME Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daily Livestock Report.â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor

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Survey raises doubts on consumer views regarding U.S. ag feeding the world Consumers want the U.S. to help other countries feed themselves rather than relying on American farmers to feed the world, according to a food-industry survey released last week. Food prices are a bigger concern now than they were just a year ago, according to a study on U.S. consumer attitudes conducted by the Center for Food Integrity CFI). Those views have some implications about how Americans view food production policies and food aid, especially given the frequent message from farmers that U.S. agriculture “feeds the world.” CFI released its study on 2011 consumer trust research at the group’s food summit in Chicago. The survey polled 2,004 men and women across the country about various economic and food issues. About 220 people throughout the food chain attended the meeting, including some farmers and agricultural groups. CFI has built its meeting around the annual examination of consumer perceptions. A large segment of consumers don’t believe U.S. farmers should be responsible for feeding the world. Only 15 percent of consumers strongly agreed that U.S. farmers should be responsible for feeding the world. “What we find from consumers is, ‘It’s not your job,’” said Charlie Arnot, CEO of CFI. Arnot added that if consumers don’t believe U.S. agriculture has a responsibility to feed the world, then the industry can’t build consumer support for today’s farming by simply claiming we need to feed more people. On a scale of 1 to 10, 40 percent of respondents ranked “feeding the world” in the low end of the range and the mean score was a 4.23. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed strongly agreed that it is more important for the U.S. to teach developing nations how to feed themselves than to export food to them. That view hit a mean score of 7.35 in the ranking. In listing of consumer concerns, the U.S. economy, rising food costs and food safety ranked high, but issues such as global warming and having enough food to feed people in developing countries ranked lowest.

These views raise questions considering people in agriculture have been repeatedly told farmers globally have to double food production to keep pace with rising population and incomes. It’s not uncommon for consumers to put their own issues ahead of others in a survey. The problem, or difference, with the view that U.S. farmers shouldn’t take care of the world is the lack of broader challenges in such a question, said Ted McKinney, who heads public affairs globally for Elanco Animal Health. “I would implore them that the world, the U.S., the Middle East, developed countries and developing countries, we all have to keep the pedal to the metal on increasing food production, and that includes food safety, quality of food, but, yes, the quantity of food,” McKinney said. The survey also showed that consumers have different levels of trust regarding “family farms” versus “commercial farms.” That extends to what consumers expect, and the level of outside verification needed for these farmers. Closer to home, the economy continues to weigh on consumer choices. Food prices are a bigger concern now than they were just a year ago to a slightly higher percentage of people, with 53 percent of people ranking prices as 8 or higher on the scale. Yet, Americans largely recognize that U.S. food remains among the most affordable in the world, with the percentages and mean score staying almost constant with last year’s figures. The survey showed 56 percent of people ranking that view between a 4 and a 7 on the scale, and another 30 percent ranking it between 8 and 10. The survey showed consistent dips in questions about the confidence in food safety. For instance, 10 percent fewer people than last year think today’s food is safer than when they were children. Further, fewer consumers think they have all the information they want about how and where their food is produced, despite aggressive industry efforts to share more information. “There is more information now than there was before, but somehow we are not making that connection,” Arnot said.

When asked if U.S. meat is derived from humanelytreated animals, 7 percent fewer people gave that perception a high ranking, and 4 percent more gave that a low ranking. Yet, fewer people would support a state law to ensure humane treatment of animals. It’s a question of whether people may be tired of the government having an answer for everything, Arnot said. “This may be a function of fatigue in government regulation,” Arnot said. Every consumer-acceptance forum eventually comes around to how consumers view ingredients from genetically-modified crops. Susan Borra, senior

vice president of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the major lobby for grocers, said on a forum panel that people in the food business need to communicate the benefits and risks of their products, be transparent and have a continuous dialogue with consumers. Grocers are taking on new roles in food safety and nutrition, partially to help build more consumer loyalty. Some chains are hiring nutritionists to work in stores, while Safeway has even hired a chief medical officer for food issues. Some of those initiatives by retailers are meant to help consumers feel more confident about their food

established in September when Bill and Peggy Sproul of Sedan donated a conservation easement on a portion of their Flint Hills ranch in Chautauqua County. Key partners in the project include the state of Kansas, The Nature Conservancy, USDA, Ranchland Trust of Kansas (an affiliate of the Kansas Livestock Association) and Kansas Land Trust. Other conservation areas dedicated during the ceremony were the Tulare Basin Wildlife Management Area in California, Dakota Grassland Conservation Area in South Dakota and North Dakota, and the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. — WLJ

ogy such as genetically modified crops, Borra said people don’t want to hear about environmental benefits or increases in overall crop production. Consumers want to know what the benefits are for their family. Consumers see benefits affecting them as taste, health, safety and price. Other information from FMI shows consumers rely more on themselves than anyone else for ensuring their food is safe. They also trust grocers on food safety—90 percent trust the grocers, compared to 80 percent trusting USDA and 78 percent trusting the Food and Drug Administration. — Chris Clayton, DTN

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Flint Hills Legacy recognized U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar was joined by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and senators from three other states last week during a ceremony recognizing new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation areas. The Flint Hills Legacy Conservation Area in Kansas was one of the new projects highlighted. A series of voluntary, perpetual conservation easements make up the 1.1 million acres included in the Flint Hills Legacy Conservation Area. Agreements with landowners in the area will help maintain the integrity of the tallgrass prairie wildlife habitat, water quality and the agricultural heritage of the Flint Hills. The refuge officially was

choices. Consumer research by FMI shows 33 percent of consumers think the U.S. food system is heading in the right direction while 58 percent think it is the wrong direction. The economy also has had an impact on what people perceive is important in groceries, FMI research shows. Food prices are the biggest issue when choosing a grocery store, for instance, though prices ranked fourth with consumers back in 2005. Still, consumers maintain high-quality fruits and vegetables, as well as highquality meats both remain important factors in shopping for food. When it comes to technol-

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Preserving rangeland ecosystems could become a profitable enterprise

THE BEEF INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED

SPENCER HEREFORD BULLS MEET THE CHALLENGE!

SIRES OF 2011 OFFERING ...

DS Spartan 8008 {DLF,HYF,IEF}

Sire: 5S Exceptional new sire in our lineup! Our 2009 top seller at $14,500 to Upstream. Incredible spread numbers and backed by industry greats 552, Legend, Online, 9126J and CL 1 Dominet 496. BW 0.7; WW 66; YW 105; MM 21; M&G 54; FAT 0.035; REA 0.62; MARB 0.24

KFC Bennett 10H {CHB,DLF,HYF,IEF}

Great young sire in our program recently leased by ABS. Modereate framed, deep ribbed, easy fleshing sire group known for overall dimension and eye appeal. Progeny topped our 2010 fall sale! BW 2.7; WW 60; YW 91; MM 28; M&G 59; FAT 0.060; REA -0.08; MARB 0.39

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Sixty percent of the ecosystem services that all life depends on are being degraded and used in ways that cannot be sustained. This is the conclusion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a scientific report about human interaction with the lands and waters of our world. Fortunately, finding ways to incorporate ecosystem services into our world economies is also on the rise. The current issue of the journal Rangelands offers several articles focusing on the intertwining of ecosystems and economies in the context of America’s rangelands. Authors discuss topics such as payment for ecosystem services, marketbased approaches to climate change mitigation, and carbon offsets. About 31 percent of the U.S. consists of public and private rangelands, provid-

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The fast-proliferating critters may make exciting target shooting, but farmers in a large swath of the U.S. find wild hogs to be a serious— and expensive— pest. USDA calculates wild hogs cause $1.5 billion of damage to crops annually. In the past 30 years, feral swine populations have expanded from just nine southern states to 39 states today.

More than ‘Bulls and Females that Simply Work’ Sale 230 Head Sell • November 17, 2011 • Park City, MT • 12:00 noon 100 Rugged, Athletic Two Year Old Bulls - Range ready bulls – summered and conditioned on grass 5 Mature Herdsires - right out of our own breeding pastures 125 Feminine Females - Red Angus, Angus and Simmental • Donors, Bred Cows and Heifers

Lot 5 • Tank x Big Sky x Red Spread -1.8BW, 36WW, 74YW, 30Milk, 11HPG, 6STAY, 0.14MB, 0.31RE “A stunning herd bull destined for greatness”

Lot 2 • Packer x Ribeye x Top Brass -0.1BW, 42WW, 77YW, 16Milk, 11HPG, 11STAY, 0.56MB, 0.34RE “Herdbull's like this sell all day long at Ludvigson's”

Estimates have the feral hog population in the U.S. at 4 million. The largest numbers are found in Hawaii, Texas, California and Florida. They range as far north as Wisconsin and Iowa, and are also found in four Canadian provinces. The wily rooters—weighing 150 pounds and more, with keen senses of smell and hearing—run in family groups, called sounders, of 20 and even 50 animals. They rip through pasture and cropland, destroy fences, and have been clocked at 30 mph. Feral hogs have no natural predators, and they eat both plants and animals. They have become such a problem in Germany that some are calling for the military to take up the hunt. Feral hogs are carriers of a plethora of swine diseases, including hog cholera, pseudorabies and swine fever. “Up to 20 to 30 percent of the feral hog population in Alabama has brucellosis,” says state veterinarian Tony Frazier. And, laments Chris Jaworowski of the Alabama Department of Natural Resources, “you won’t deal with another animal that has the reproductive capacity of hogs.” Females can breed at six months of age and produce two to four litters a year with four to 12 piglets in each litter.

Control measures

Lot 50 • Gold Bar x Julius x Julian -1.1BW, 31WW, 65YW, 20Milk, 10HPG, 13STAY, 0.07MB, 0.22RE “Deliciously profiled maternal calving ease bull”

Lot 12 • P707 x Destination x Monu 4X-303 -2.6BW, 41WW, 76YW, 16Milk, 12HPG, 14STAY, 0.36MB, -0.11RE “Several P707 sons selling along with outstanding herd bull”

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Lot 101 • LSF Crystal R5154 X0105 Expectation x Ribeye x Top Brass -4.6BW, 28WW, 56YW, 25Milk, 0.55MB, 0.67RE “One of the most interesting females to sell all year”

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sion and promoting good land management. A carbon market could compensate ranchers for managing their lands in ways that sequester carbon and offset the emission of greenhouse gases in other places. The 52,000-acre Trigg Ranch in New Mexico offers a case study in carbon sequestration. The Trigg family took part in the 2008 Chicago Climate Exchange program that allowed ranchers to generate and sell carbon credits. The family earned $90,000 by selling the carbon credits they generated to a Texas corporation. The path of the Trigg Ranch illustrates how landowners might transition to carbon-oriented grazing management. The family has recreated their ranch as an enterprise that emphasizes continuity and sustainability rather than shortterm profits. — WLJ

Controlling destructive wild hogs

from Wilson Ranch, Lakeside, NE, bred AI to Conquest and cleaned up with Spencer bulls.

Lot 6 • Expectation x Combination x 4912 -1.2BW, 47WW, 84YW, 18Milk, 12HPG, 10STAY, 0.91MB, 0.48RE “This bull can walk and talk with the best of them”

ing an abundance of ecosystem opportunities. Ranchers are the primary stewards of large sections of the western U.S. landscape. Their businesses depend on clean water and abundant vegetation, and provide the public these benefits as well. But with rising costs for land and production, public scrutiny, and other challenges, ranchers may turn to extractive uses of their land, such as housing development, to make a profit. While livestock sales currently provide a rancher’s income, payment for practicing good stewardship could provide income and ecosystem preservation at the same time. Increased plant production and biological sequestration can increase carbon uptake, mitigating climate change. This can be accomplished by sustaining ranchlands against land conver-

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Hunting hogs one at a time can’t seriously suppress a wild hog population, Jaworowski says. Two breeding pairs can become 16,000 pigs in just three years. That’s why Jaworowski and other wildlife specialists recommend landowners use large cage traps to knock down their wild hog populations. “With wild pigs, it is about killing them,” says Dana Johnson of USDA’s Wildlife Services division. A recent successful effort eradicated 250 hogs on a 1,500-acre farm, Johnson says. States have developed various initiatives to tackle

the problem. In Alabama, the Cooperative Extension Service recently conducted a series of seminars to help landowners deal with the wild hog invasion. Officials told landowners that because of strict environmental and wildlife regulations, it is important that they first contact their county game warden or wildlife officer to learn of any local rules that affect wild hog hunting and trapping. Most wildlife officials are enthusiastic supporters of wild hog eradication efforts. The regulations, says Johnson, are to ensure that catching and killing the hogs doesn’t negatively affect desirable wildlife. In many areas, hunting hogs at night or with bait may require a permit. Many county and state wildlife management departments also have a variety of cage traps available for loan. “If you follow their food and water supplies, you’ll find the pigs,” says Johnson. As for bait, Jaworowski suggests corn topped with something sweet like molasses or peanut butter. But the list of what they won’t eat is pretty small. “What won’t they eat?” is a better question, he says. “Anything with a strong smell will attract them.” The best place to put cage traps is around thickets with shade that are close to protective cover and near a water and food source. Check with your local wildlife experts concerning the disposal of the carcasses. Because of the diseases they carry, the damage they cause and the natural resources they take away from favorable game animals, Alabama’s Frazier has little sympathy for the wild hogs in his state. “The only good feral swine is a dead feral swine,” he declares. Jaworowski offers one caution: Landowners should be extremely careful when dealing with wild hogs. The sows are aggressively protective of their young, and the boars have flesh-slashing tusks.— DTN


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SALE reports OxBow Ranch Female Sale Oct. 10 & 11, Wolf Creek, MT 186 Total lots . . . . . . . . . . $3,323 35 Pairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,457 71 Bred cows . . . . . . . . . . . 3,066 55 Bred heifers. . . . . . . . . . 2,855 19 Heifer calves . . . . . . . . . 2,318 6 Frozen embryo lots . . . . 1,375 Auctioneer: Roger Jacobs Sale Management: Marcy Livestock Services This female sale saw strong, steady prices from this respected Angus firm featuring the complete dispersion of their 6- to 8year-old cows. TOPS—Pairs: Lot 116, Ox Bow Blackcap Lady 5142, 1/25/05 by KMK Alliance 6595 I87; to Mc Pherson Angus, Sturgis, SD, $9,500. Heifer calf by Garrets Nation Wide 8001; to M Diamond Angus, Glenrock, WY, $3,500. Lot 15 (9500) OxBow Manor 538, 2/4/05 by BLR Russ 9082; to Dave Stolberg, Axtell, NE, $5,250. Heifer calf by McCumber 4X13 Extra 7159; to Gary Gottsch, Cambridge, NE, $4,250. Bred cows: Lot 34, Miss Wix 2027 of McCumber, 1/23/02 by Garrison 8128 Cynamite; to McCumber Angus Ranch, Rolette, ND, $10,000. Lot 2, OxBow Manor 443, 2/6/04 by N Bar Emulation EXT; to Skinner Ranch, Hall, MT, $8,000. Lot 4, OxBow Manor 506, 2/9/05 by BCC Bushwacker 41-93; to Skinner Ranch, $7,000. Bred heifer: Lot 142, OxBow Florabelle Fanny 044, 2/4/10 by HA Power Alliance 1025; to Greg McKean, Mercer, PA, $4,500. — Jerry Gliko Evergreen Exclusive Oct. 8, Kennewick, WA 43 Open heifers . . . . . . . . $2,444 17 Bred heifers. . . . . . . . . . 2,229 1 Flush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,500 3 Semen lots . . . . . . . . . . . 1,141 8 Registered steers. . . . . . 1,187 31 Crossbred steers . . . . . 1,453 Auctioneer: C. D. “Butch” Booker Sale Manager: Kendall Cattle Sales This annual sale sponsored by the Washington Angus Association (WAA) was again heralded as a very successful sale. The large crowd that gathered at the BentonFranklin County Fairgrounds found a strong offering of registered Angus females, show heifer prospects and steers. Prior to the sale, the annual meeting of WAA was held along with a banquet. The morning of the sale, the youth judging contest was held. Congratulations to all of the consignors on a very strong offering

and an excellent sale. A flush on Sitz Fanny 3877, donated by Crouthamel Cattle Co. of Touchet, WA, and Camas Prairie Angus Ranch of Grangeville, ID, benefitted the Washington Junior Angus members to help defer costs to participate in the 2012 National Junior Angus Show. This flush was purchased for $2,700 by SHB Angus of Reardan, WA. TOPS—Open heifers: CCC Montana Dream 1011, 1/12/11 by SAV Net Worth 4200; Crouthamel Cattle Co., Touchet, WA to Madison Dixon, Pomeroy, WA, $13,000, 1/2 interest. CCC Lucy 1076, 2/10/11 by OCC Big Sky 825; Crouthamel Cattle Co. to Glenn Rapp, San Francisco, CA, $5,500. CCC Flossie 1009, 1/11/11 by Mytty Thunderstruck; Crouthamel Cattle Co. to Beus Cattle Co., Pasco, WA, and Camas Prairie Angus Ranch, Grangeville, ID, $4,000. McCoy Georgina 118-5183, 3/9/11 by Mytty Thunderstruck; McCoy Angus, LaGrande, OR, to Cory Predoehl, Omak, WA, $4,000. BDR Lucy 475, 2/1/11 by SAV North Dakota 7451; Blue Drifter Ranch, Ellensburg, WA, to Tatiana Taylor, Goldendale, WA, $3,750. Bred heifers: SK 114 of Total, 1/21/10 by TC Total 410 bred to Coleman Regis; SK Ranches, Burlington, WA, to Jessica Schmidt, Othello, WA, $3,300. BTR Pride 0153, 2/20/10 by SAV Net Worth 4200 bred to BC eMid Emblazon 845E-702; Bird Tail Ranch, Simms, MT, to Shelby Slater, Kennewick, WA, $3,200. Flush: A flush on Sitz Everelda Entense 5038; Crouthamel Cattle Co. to JR Ranch, Othello, WA, and Sackman Cattle Co., Warden, WA, $5,500. Purebred steer: Lot 73 sired by EXAR Unamimous 81010; McCoy Angus to Kelcey Hanson, Newport, WA, $1,600. Crossbred steer: Lot 105, 3/12/11 by Sunseeker; JS Angus, Enterprise, OR, to Perry Imler, Colfax, WA, $2,700. — Jerry York 46th Annual Famoso Bull Sale Oct. 15, McFarland, CA Sale management: Western Stockman’s Market We conducted one of the better sales we’ve ever had on Saturday. 220 bulls sold to an aggressive crowd of buyers. Thanks to all the consignors and buyers that made our 46th Annual All Breed Bull Sale a great success. Thank you to Col. H. Skinner Hardy for a great job as always and the WSM staff and press for all their hard work. Bulls: High grading bulls commanded $4,000-

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Beef herd continues to shrink 5,500/hd with a $6,000 top. Medium grading bulls commanded $3,0004,000/hd, and the bottom grading bulls sold for mostly $2,300-2,800/ hd. Top 40 all breeds averaged $3,953.75. Females: Pairs mostly $1,500-1,550/hd and Bred hfrs mostly $1,250-1,500/hd, Open hfrs: 84 “Fancy” blk hfrs $1,000/hd. — Western Stockman’s Market 29th Annual Nile Red Angus Sale Oct. 21, Billings, MT 11 Bred heifers . . . . . . . . $3,773 29 Open heifers . . . . . . . . . 2,705 9 Embryo packs. . . . . . . . . 1,855 1 Bull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,000 Auctioneer: Kyle Gilchrist Sale Management: Gilchrist Auction Co. Tops: Lot 15, Fisher Lakme 123, 1/25/11 by Red SSS Pursue 99 M, Fischer Red Angus to Kurt Rich, Vinton, IA, $8,000. Lot 52, Suth Flaming Toni 1013, 2/4/11 by Red Northline Fat Tony 605U, Sutherlin Farms to Brenner Red Angus, Mobridge, SD, $7,500. Lot 17, MLK CRK Sheba 048, 2/28/10 by 5L Blazine Trail 1336-237V; Millk Creek Reds to Crump Red Angus, Gillette, WY, $7,250. Lot 19, DKK Harmony 03, 1/28/10 by Glacier Chateau 744 Klompien Red Angus to Summitt Cattle Co., John Day, OR, $5,000. Lot 18, MLK CRK Lakina 1019, 4/5/11 by MLK CRK Express 9141, Milk Creek Reds to Wildcat Creek Ranch, Newton, KS, $4,500. — Jerry Gliko Nile Angus Female Sale Oct. 22, Billings, MT 9 Bred heifers. . . . . . . . . . $4,056 34 Open heifers . . . . . . . . . 3,365 99 Frozen embryos . . . . . . . 314 Auctioneer: Roger Jacobs Sale Management: Conover Auction TOPS: Lot 18, NA Miss Sweetheart 140, 2/14/11 by Hoover Dam; Nissen Angus to Devan Evansen, North Plains, OR, $8,500. Lot 9, FF Evergreen Y1, 1/4/11 by Connealy Revenue 7289; Flesch Angus to Krista Callantine, Belgrade, MT, $8,000. Lot 48, OCC Montana Dream 019, 2/11/10 by Laflin Cutting Edge 2075; Olson Cattle Co. to Jim Madder, Ringsted, IA $6,000. Lot 8, JF Shoshone Y4, 1/6/11 by Sav Iron Mountain 8066; Flesch Angus to Leisa Stevenson. Hobson, MT, $6,000. Lot 3, Basin Dame X955, 12/12/10 by SQ Credence 67S; Basin Angus Ranch to Sioux Pass Angus, Lodge Grass, MT $5,750 — Jerry Gliko

Drought in the southern Plains and several years of high feed prices have discouraged beef producers enough that the U.S. cattle herd continues to shrink, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says. Since 2007, beef cow numbers have dropped by 12 percent, and the number of heifers retained for replacements is down 5 percent, Chris Hurt said. Cow slaughter has remained high this year, ensuring even smaller cow numbers in 2012. While less beef is being produced in the U.S., more is being exported. Hurt said beef exports would be up about 19 percent this year. “A weak dollar and strong economic growth in developing countries stimulates demand,” he said. “Beef exports are expected to be a record 11 percent of total U.S. production next year. This is a sharp recovery from 2004 when exports represented just 2 percent of production after discovery of a BSE cow caused many world buyers

to drop U.S. beef. Imports also are down 5 percent this year, meaning the U.S. will be a net exporter of beef—an unusual situation, according to Hurt. The smaller production numbers, higher exports and lower imports mean the amount of beef available for each person in the U.S. will be down about 6 percent in 2012. “Since feed prices began to escalate in 2007, the per-capita supply of beef available to Americans is down 17 percent,” Hurt said. “This means in 2012, there will only be 54.3 pounds of beef available per person, compared with 65.2 pounds in 2007.” Less supply and strong demand mean beef prices are likely to soar in the coming year. In 2007, finished steer prices averaged $92 per cwt. The 2011 average will be about $113 per cwt., and in 2012, Hurt expects prices to surge to new records above $120. While drought and high feed costs are likely to stifle

any herd expansion plans for now, Hurt said the outlook for cow/calf operators appears positive in coming years. “The breeding herd is not likely to begin expansion until the drought in the southern Plains fades,” he said. “If crop yields return to normal in 2012, prices for major feedstuffs and forages will be lower, and finished cattle prices will be very high. This is a combination that can add quickly to calf prices by the fall of 2012. The start of heifer retention in late 2012 would reduce beef supplies even more and be the foundation for even higher cattle prices in 2013.” Hurt said low beef production likely will keep calf prices high through at least 2015. “All of this favors Midwestern cow/calf operations that have reasonable forage supplies this year and can hold cows for the longer run opportunities,” he said. — WLJ

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can additionally cause fertility problems in bulls. This bacteria is also important with respect to public health concerns as it can be transmitted to people and is the causative agent of undulant fever in humans. Strain 19, the original brucellosis vaccine administered by federally accredited veterinary practitioners and government officials, did not come without some problems. The primary issues with calfhood vaccination using the reduced dose of strain 19 were interference by that vaccine with brucellosis testing, oftentimes resulting in false positive tests. The maximum age for calfhood vaccination was lowered from 12 months to 10 months to reduce the number of possible abortions and false positives. Other problems were encountered when accidental inoculation into a person of the modified live strain 19

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vaccine occurred, thereby exposing them to a reduced and altered dose of brucellosis bacteria. This exposure was usually via needles containing strain 19 vaccine, although splashing of vaccine into the mouth, eyes and other mucous membranes was another possible entry for contact. The first new brucellosis vaccine in 50 years, strain RB-51 was approved by Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in February 1996 and became available to all federally accredited licensed veterinarians. RB-51â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest advantage over strain 19 vaccine is its ability to protect against bovine brucellosis but not interfere with diagnostic testing for the disease. This allowed the maximum age for calfhood vaccination to be changed from 10 months back to the original 12 months. The problems associated with accidental exposure of humans to brucellosis vaccine, such as fever and malaise, have been vastly minimized with the RB-51 vaccine. Strain 19 is no longer used in private practice. Prior to August 2011, accredited Texas licensed veterinarians were able to administer brucellosis vaccinations in the state only to heifer calves that met the age requirements. Historically, adult brucellosis vaccination has been the responsibility of state or federal veterinarians under unique situations or certain circumstances such as those encountered by government

agencies working with affected herds within Texas. Now, Texas licensed veterinarians qualifying under federal accreditation guidelines may vaccinate adult cattle against brucellosis in the state. Brucellosis vaccination and/or testing of test eligible cattle is required by some states for entry unless cattle are going straight to feedlots, slaughter or originating from a Certified Brucellosis Free Herd. There may be other exemptions, depending upon the state. Age requirements for cattle and length of testing interval between testing, vaccination and transport may vary between states. In addition to brucellosis testing, some states require all female cattle to be brucellosis vaccinated. Consequently, making adult brucellosis vaccination more readily available in Texas affords increased opportunities for movement of cattle in situations where females have not been previously calfhood vaccinated. Official Texas adult brucellosis vaccinates with RB51 must be more than 12 months of age and be brucellosis tested at the time of vaccination or within 10 days prior to receiving the vaccine. States vary as to the amount of vaccine required to be given; for example, Wyoming and Montana require a 2 cc dose (full calfhood dose) of RB-51 for import of non-calfhood vaccinated female cattle. Texas requires a 1 cc dose of RB-51 vaccine for adult vaccination

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EPA has already been regulating CAFOs for more than 30 years. According to EPA, the final rule responds to a February 2005 federal court decision that upheld most of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 rule, but directed further action or clarification on some portions. Under the settlement, EPA agreed to tighten what they consider an oversight of animal feedlots where releases of bacteria, viruses and parasites from animal waste could pollute nearby waterways. The settlement agreement between the Natural Resources Defense Council, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Sierra Club has EPA considering two options in the proposed rule. One option would require every CAFO to report this information directly to EPA, unless states with authorized permit programs choose to provide this information on behalf of the CAFOs in their state. A second option would require CAFOs in focus watersheds that have water quality concerns associated with CAFOs to report information to EPA. Both options would apply to unpermitted and permitted CAFOs. The proposal also contains a detailed table setting thresholds for large, medium and small CAFOs for cattle, swine, horses, sheep, chickens and other livestock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are attempting to get their hands around and identify those CAFOs not in the permit system so they can monitor them,â&#x20AC;? Weinheimer said. The never-ending debate of EPA overreaching its authority adds to the frustration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reporting rule is pure frustration. Why add on additional reporting for something that is already there,â&#x20AC;? Weinheimer added. EPA estimates that a CAFO will only need one hour to collect and submit the required information. Based on an estimated 20,000 CAFOs in the U.S. (both permitted and unpermitted), the collective administrative reporting costs would be about $200,000 annually, EPA said. Region 7 Administrator John B. Askew said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This CAFO rule strengthens environmental safeguards by allowing the public to comment on CAFOs land-application requirements and provides that approved requirements become enforceable terms of a facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permit. The rule also creates a no-discharge certification based on stringent design and management requirements. The changes will better protect water quality while also clarifying the requirements that CAFOs must meet.â&#x20AC;? The rule adds new requirements relating to nutrient management plans for permitted CAFOs. The rule also includes a no-discharge certification for CAFOs that can establish that they will not discharge. Additionally, the rule revises the requirement for all CAFOs to apply for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits and instead requires only those CAFOs that discharge, or propose to discharge, to apply for permits. Previous rules required a

CAFO operator to use a nutrient management plan (NMP) for controlling manure, but the new regulation requires the NMP to be submitted with the permit application. The plan will be reviewed by the permitting authority and conditions based on it will be incorporated as enforceable terms of the permit. The proposed NMP and permit will be available for public review and comment before becoming final. The revised rule allows CAFO operators who do not discharge or propose to discharge to obtain a zero-discharge certification. This certification requires that the CAFO (1) be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained so as not to discharge; (2) develop and implement a nutrient management plan that governs the land application of manure; and (3) maintain documentation necessary to demonstrate that the CAFO does not discharge. Specifically, the CAFO must evaluate the adequacy of its storage using 100 years of precipitation and other weather data. If the CAFO would have discharged, it is not eligible for the no-discharge certification.

The regulation clarifies that an owner or operator of a CAFO that actually discharges or proposes to discharge to streams, lakes and other waters must apply for a permit under the CWA. EPA estimates CAFO regulations will prevent 56 million pounds of phosphorus, 110 million pounds of nitrogen, and 2 billion pounds of sediment from entering streams, lakes and other waters annually. Comments on this proposed action must be received on or before Dec. 20 and can be submitted through www.regulations. gov under docket number EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0188. EPA plans to adopt a final rule by July 2012. EPA national headquarters and Region 7 headquarters will sponsor separate webcasts on Nov. 19. The EPA headquarters webcast will begin at 11 a.m. CST and online registration is required. The EPA Region 7 webcast will begin immediately after the headquarters webcast, with no registration required, and login posted on the Region 7 webcast portal. Questions can be emailed to ca fowebcast@yahoo.com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor

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April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad never pushed it.â&#x20AC;? In fact, she had plenty of opportunities to find a path outside of farming. She spent high school at a boarding school in Chattanooga, TN, and went to a liberal arts college before transferring to Murray State University to get her ag business degree. She loved her art history classes, and after working as a camp counselor one summer and on an organic diversified farm another, decided she wanted to move back to Fulton County. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been farming full time for three years and found a coach in her father. Katie is responsible for the crop insurance and government paperwork and will take on more of her dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibilities on the marketing side as he gets closer to retiring. When she felt nervous about talking to a seed dealer, she said her dad told her to â&#x20AC;&#x153;go in, take it seriously, show them that you know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll respect you.â&#x20AC;? It worked. She can run all of the equipment on the farm, and got a few odd looks from neighbors when driving the semitrailer to the bin site. But otherwise, â&#x20AC;&#x153;starting out, just the stereotype was the hardest thing. Women donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually farm.â&#x20AC;? Debbie Lyons-Blythe moved to her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown 40 miles south of Manhattan right after they got married. While he worked at the bank, she worked as a county 4-H agent and then owned the newspaper for three years. She always had a few cattle, but when she got pregnant with twinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after having three children in four yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she sold the newspaper to her assistant and started to ranch full time. This let her stay home to raise her children. Her oldest daughter is now 20 and the twins are 16. Lyons-Blythe runs 200 certified Angus cows, 350 heifers and sells certified Angus bulls. She loves that she can set her own schedule, which has helped her raise the children and be involved in their lives off the ranch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know the days that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a ballgame in the evening and I need the chores finished in enough time so the minute my husband gets home, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to roll,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it.â&#x20AC;? Her children have always

been involved on the farm and help mow hay, build fences and vaccinate calves. But for the most part, LyonsBlythe does most of the work. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built special facilities to make it easier for her to breed the cattle without help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anybody can get the work accomplished. It might just have to be a little bit differently how you do it, but a girl can do just as much work as a guy,â&#x20AC;? she said. She said she learned from her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s example as a National Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beef Association (NCBA) president and rancher, Jan Lyons, that the cattle donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about your gender; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just hungry. Her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s example as NCBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president in 200405, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just really showed me that it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter that I was a woman. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not first a woman. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m first a rancher. And, oh, by the way, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also a woman.â&#x20AC;? Her mother encouraged her to join organizations and take on leadership roles when appropriate; and now Lyons-Blythe is serving as NCBA chair of the Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to encourage leadership in her children, and as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re becoming more involved, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noticed a perplexing trend. Her oldest daughter, a 20-year-old student at Kansas State University, was elected to the National Junior Angus board of directors. One candidate of the 12 running for the board was a male and he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t elected. More than half of the students in Kansas Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ag school are women, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raised some hairy thoughts about making sure her three boys stay motivated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a problem with women stepping up, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the men to step back because of strong women,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want my boys to feel like they compete on a producer level, on a leadership level, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter your gender. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to feel like a woman will beat them out, but yet, I want them to look at women and see them as strong and capable and partners. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a real question for my husband and I, because we really strongly believe thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as many gender roles as there are jobs that need done.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katie Micik, DTN

COMINGevents Nov. 10-12 - Washington Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Convention, Walla Walla, WA; for more information visit www. washingtoncattlemen.org Nov. 14 - Wyoming Beef Council, Casper, WY; for more information or a copy of the agenda, please call the WBC office at 307/777-7396 Nov. 14-16 - Idaho Cattle Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, Sun Valley, ID; for more information visit www.idahocattle.org or call 208/343-1615 Nov. 14-16 - Nevada Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Meeting, Minden, NV; for more information call 775/738-9214 Nov. 16-18 - California Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Annual Meeting at John Ascuagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nugget in Reno, NV; for more information visit www.calcattlemen.org Dec. 1-2 - Kansas Livestock Association Annual Meeting, Wichita, KS; for more information visit www.kla.org or call 785/273-5115 Dec. 7-8 - South Dakota Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Annual Convention, Pierre, SD; for more information contact Jeanine Van Ash at 605/945-2333 or email office@sdcattlemen.org Dec. 7-9 - Nebraska Cattlemen/Nebraska CattleWomen Annual Convention; for more information visit

www.nebraskacattlemen.org or call 402/475-2333 Dec. 15-17 - Montana Stockgrowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, Billings, MT; for more information visit www.mtbeef.org Dec. 16-17 - Missouri Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Annual Convention & Trade Show, Columbia, MO; for more information visit www.mocattle.org 2012 Jan. 7-22 - National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO; for more information visit www.nationalwestern.com Jan. 17-18 - Colorado Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Mid-Winter meeting; for more information visit www.colorado cattle.org or call 303/431-6422 Mar.29-Apr.1 - TSCRA Annual Convention, Fort Worth, TX; for more information visit www.tscra.org or call 817/332-7064 June 11-13 - Colorado Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association/Colorado Livestock Association joint annual meeting, Loveland, CO; for more information visit www.coloradocattle.org or call 303/431-6422 Sept. 27-29 - North Dakota Stockmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association 83rd Annual Convention and Trade Show, Fargo, ND; for more information contact Julie Schaff Ellingson at jellingson@ ndstockmen.org


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Approximately $20 million invested in local farm and ranch communities The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office, with the California State Department of Conservation (DOC) and several farm and ranchland trusts, have had a historic year preserving 14 significant farms and ranches throughout northern and central California in 2011. NRCS and partners invested approximately $20 million in conservation easements to preserve 5,000 acres of prime and productive agricultural land. “NRCS could not have done this important work without the dedication and commitment from our easement partners throughout the state,” said Ed Burton, NRCS California state conservationist. “These properties will continue to have a profound impact on California agriculture and their local economies for generations to come.” NRCS provided up to 50 percent of the cost of the conservation easements through its Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), with additional funding being provided by DOC, other partners, and landowner donations. In fiscal year 2011, NRCS closed the highest numbers of properties, and invested the largest amount of funding, since FRPP was created in 1996. The 14 easements are located in Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Kings, Marin, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tehama and Yolo counties. These properties provide a diverse mix of agricultural

products for domestic consumption and export as well as pump millions of dollars into local economies. Many of these farms grow crops unique to California, such as walnuts and almonds, and have prime soil and provide wildlife benefits. “The partnership between DOC’s California Farmland Conservancy Program and the USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program has resulted in the protection of thousands of acres of the nation’s best agricultural land from development and is a model of state-federal cooperation,” said Derek Chernow, DOC acting director. “Good farmland is a finite resource, and there’s less and less of it every year. We have to continue to work to preserve as much high-quality farmland as possible.” In many of these counties, the population-increase rates are nearly double the state average. In this difficult economy, the temptation to sell prime ag land for development is high. These landowners are committed to keeping their land in agriculture for the long term and an easement provided them the security they were looking for.

Descriptions of two of the easements: In December 2010, NRCS worked with DOC and the Yolo Land Trust to preserve the 140-acre Clark Farm, located between the cities of Davis and Winters. The farm grows tomatoes, walnuts, alfalfa, sunflower and beans, and was at risk of being con-

Nebraska to hold special session on oil pipeline Gov. Dave Heineman announced that he will be calling the Nebraska Unicameral into special session to determine if siting legislation can be crafted and passed for pipeline routing in Nebraska. The purpose of the special session will be to find a legal and constitutional solution to the siting of oil pipelines within the state. “The key decision for current pipeline discussions is the permitting decision that will be made by the Obama administration, which is why I have urged President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to deny the permit,” said Heineman. “However, I believe Nebraskans are expecting our best efforts to determine if alternatives exist. Therefore, I will be calling a special session of the Nebraska Legislature to have a thoughtful and thorough public discussion about alternative solutions that could impact the route of the pipeline in a legal and constitutional manner.” Heineman worked with State Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, speaker of the Legislature, to set the starting date of the special session for Nov. 1. In early October, Heineman sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones seeking clarification of federal siting authority over pipelines. In a meeting with Jones,

Heineman was told that individual states could enact laws establishing primary siting authority of oil pipelines, and that the federal government does not possess any siting authority for oil pipelines. In Heineman’s letter, he asked Jones, “If prior to your agency’s action on the pending permit application, the State of Nebraska enacts siting legislation that results in the disapproval of the current proposed route through the Nebraska Sandhills and over the Ogallala Aquifer but your Administration approves the permit with the route over the Ogallala Aquifer, then would the State of Nebraska’s decision require a rerouting of the Nebraska portion of the pipeline based on its primary siting authority? “Rerouting the pipeline around the Ogallala Aquifer is in the national interest; therefore, I request that Secretary Clinton use her permitting authority to change the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline,” Heineman also wrote, following this with emphasis on his opposition to the proposed route, but not the pipeline itself. “I want to emphasize that I am not opposed to pipelines. I am opposed to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route because it is directly over the Ogallala Aquifer.” — Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor

verted to residential properties. The property also provides wildlife habitat for both common and protected wildlife species, including nesting and foraging habitat for Swainson’s hawks. In July 2011, NRCS worked with DOC and the Northern California Regional Land Trust to preserve the 145-acre Comanche Creek Farm in Chico, CA. The farm grows almonds and walnuts, and was at risk of being broken up into 20-acre ranchettes. This easement preserves the farm during a time when Butte County is experiencing a decrease in agriculture production and farm revenue. “Conservation easement transactions are complex and can take a long time to negotiate and implement,” said Michael Bilancione, NRCS California realty specialist. “At the end of the day, though, we can reflect on and be proud of the landscape and natural resources that our efforts have protected, and this year was especially rewarding.” The federal FRPP is a voluntary easement program that protects productive agricultural land by providing funds for the purchase of conservation easements to limit conversion of farm and ranch lands to non-agricultural uses. NRCS partners with state, tribal or local governments, and non-governmental organizations to fund the acquisition of conservation easements or other interests in land from landowners. — WLJ

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Selling 502 Head:

Sydenstricker Genetics 33rd Annual Production Sale

103 Fall Yearling Bulls 82 January Bull Calves

The Finest Products of the Breeding Art

(Wintering Program Available)

1 35 50 53 66 53 9

Sat. Nov. 19—10 a.m. at the Farm

Spring Yearling Herd Bull Spring Calving Cows Fall Calving Pairs Bred Heifers Fall Yearling Heifers Spring Heifer Calves Show Steer Prospects

Lot 84—SydGen Trust 0589 10/24/10 CED +8

16807515

$W +34.49

$B +71.17

This outstanding young son of SydGen Trust set a SydGen record, scanning an adj. REA of 19.1. He also boasts the #1 $W and #2 $B value of the entire fall yearling bull division.

59 of the fall bulls had adj. REA of 15 sq. in. or higher. The 186 bulls in the sale had an average 205-day-weight of 703 pounds & the 103 fall yearling bulls had an average 365-day weight of 1280 pounds.

Lot 121—SydGen CC & 7 0679 08/24/10 CED +11

16807520

$W +33.60

$B +64.70

A tremendous calving ease, herd sire prospect by the Docility leader SydGen CC & 7. He weighed 62 pounds at birth and has a BW EPD of –1.4, plus a +99 YW EPD. He scanned the second highest % IMF reading of 103 Fall Yearling bulls to go along with his 16.0 adj. REA.

Check our website for complete weights, calving, and other updates as they become available Complete catalog available online; mailed with November Angus Journal; and on request from the Farm Office

14th Annual SydGen Influence Commercial Heifer Sale 7 p.m. - Callaway Livestock Market, Kingdom City Selling 128 Bred Heifers—all sired by or bred to SydGen Herd Sires & meeting Show Me Select type standards. Contributing Breeders: C Bar Cattle Co., Auxvasse, MO; Chamness Farms, Anna, IL; Newbrough Genetics, Clark, MO; Springvale Ranch, Hot Springs, MT; W Bar Cattle Co., Auxvasse, MO Registered Angus Cattle Since 1952

Eddie Sydenstricker (573) 581-5900, office (573) 581-5991, fax EddieL@sydenstrickers.com

Visitors Always Welcome

PO Box 280 Mexico, MO 65265

www.sydgen.com

Farm Office—(573) 581-1225 Ben Eggers—(573) 473-9202 eggers@socket.net Allen Robinson—(573) 473-9203

1997 Certified Angus Beef® Seedstock Commitment to Excellence Award 2001 Beef Improvement Federation Seedstock Producer of the Year

5TH ANNUAL

PRODUCTION SALE Saturday, November 19, 2011 • 1 pm Western Park Arena · Vernal, UT • Complimentary Lunch 11:30

Calving Ease • Performance • Carcass • Profit

95 LOTS SELL!

RV EXAR R013

60 – Performance-Tested Bulls 20 – Powerful Bred Heifers 10 – Hand Picked Bred Cows 5 – Elite Heifer Calves NTERING I W E E R F g bulls n i l r a e y l l on a 1, 2012 y a M l i t n u

BW +1.1 WW +65 YW +122 Milk +39 CW +33 Marb +.53 RE +.89 Fat +.0001 $W +30.1 SF +56.70 $G +35.68 $B +75.2

RV EXAR R013 - The answer to your calving-ease, performance, carcass and maternal needs!

AI Sires Represented: Mytty In Focus, SS Objective T510 OT26, Stevenson Moneymaker R185, TC Total 410, GAR Retail Product, GDAR Game On, 21AR Roundup, RV Exar R013, GAR Progress, SydGen CC&7, Hoover Dam, Exar 263C and many more.

PO Box 203 Jensen, UT 84035

PAP Tested

Randy Vincent Randan Vincent Lewis Vincent Jake Wilkins (435) 828-1111 (435) 828-1116 (435) 789-2655 (435) 789-8381

For your free reference sale booklet, contact anyone in the office of the Sale Managers, TOM BURKE/KURT SCHAFF/JEREMY HAAG, AMERICAN ANGUS HALL OF FAME at the WORLD ANGUS HEADQUARTERS, Box 660, Smithville, MO 64089-0660. Phone (816) 532-0811. Fax (816) 532-0851. E-mail: angushall@earthlink.net • www.angushall.com


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Japan halts imports from meat plant Americans have little connection to farming or ranching Japan, the third-largest buyer of U.S. beef, has suspended imports from a Tyson Foods Inc. meat plant in Hillsdale, IL, a company spokesman said. The Tyson beef was checked on Oct. 17, but cannot be cleared until an investigation is completed by U.S. authorities. Authorities could not confirm if the beef met Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beef import age requirements. Under Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current restrictions, U.S. beef imports must come from cows under 20 months of age. However, Japan is considering changing the restriction to include cows less than 30 months of age. Reports said officials stopped the imports because the cargo failed to include the proper documentation. This is the 15th reported violation by U.S. beef suppliers in five years. Japan banned imports of U.S. beef in December 2003 when the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was confirmed. It lifted the ban in December 2005, but imposed the current restrictions. Japan reinstated the import ban in January 2006 after a veal shipment from the U.S. was found to contain part of a backbone, a risk material banned under the bilateral beef trade agreement. The ban was lifted again in July that year under the same conditions. The number of violations has declined in the last few years, with most occurring in the years following the 2006 BSE concerns. Worth Sparkman, Tyson Foods Inc. manager of public relations, released a statement saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of our beef processing plants has been suspended from exporting to Japan pending a review of an order discrepancy. We are working with the Japanese government to review the facts and it is our hope the matter will be resolved quickly.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is regrettable to make this announcement,â&#x20AC;? an official from Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health ministry said. It is the first violation case this fiscal year, which started in April 2011, and there was only one case in 2010/11, the official said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re scheduled to ask the views of our panel of experts about the risk of BSE at home and abroad on Oct. 31, with the latest facts and findings provided,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) released the results of two surveys focused on the opinions, attitudes and questions consumers and farmers/ ranchers have about the current and future state of how food is grown and raised in the U.S. Results reveal that lack of access to information, as well as no interest or passion for the topic, have divided consumer opinion on the direction of agriculture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americans have a lot of questions about where their food comes from, how it is raised, and if it is good for their health long-term,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;USFRA commissioned two separate surveys to first ask farmers and ranchers what they wished Americans could have more information about where their food comes from. We then asked consumers what questions they have on the same topic. The findings of both surveys indicate there is an opportunity for more dialogue between farmers, ranchers and the American public about how food is grown and raised in the U.S.â&#x20AC;? Highlights include: â&#x20AC;˘ While nearly all Americans

agree that food production is important to the success of the country, they are split over whether it is going in the right or wrong direction â&#x20AC;˘ Consumers think about food production constantly, yet know very little about how food is brought to the dinner table â&#x20AC;˘ Overwhelmingly, farmers and ranchers share the same values as consumers on issues related to environmental stewardship and animal care The purpose of the consumer survey was to ask Americans what additional information they want to learn more about related to how food is grown and raised in the U.S. The survey revealed that consumers have become disconnected from their food, yet think about the subject regularly. According to the survey findings: â&#x20AC;˘ 72 percent of consumers know nothing or very little about farming or ranching â&#x20AC;˘ 69 percent of consumers think about food production at least somewhat often â&#x20AC;˘ 70 percent say purchase decisions are affected by how food is grown and raised, with 72 percent of Americans saying they think about this topic while purchasing groceries

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â&#x20AC;˘ 42 percent of Americans say the way that food is grown and raised has improved in the last 10 years, while a slightly smaller group say it has worsened (37 percent) â&#x20AC;˘ Those who say the way that food is grown and raised has improved cite food safety (22 percent) and food quality (17 percent), whereas respondents who said the way food is grown and raised has worsened also cite food safety (21 percent) and food quality (21 percent) â&#x20AC;˘ Of all the aspects of how food is grown and raised, Americans are most satisfied with the availability of healthy foods (73 percent) and food safety standards (66 percent) â&#x20AC;˘ One in five consumers who say food production has worsened in the last 10 years cite environmental impact as the top area of demise â&#x20AC;˘ 79 percent of consumers say producing healthy choices for all consumers is very important for farmers and ranchers to consider when planning farming and ranching practices Consumers also were asked to identify the top five topics they want more information about; responses included:

These Fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sell!!

7TH Annual Lot 12

Production Sale November 21, 2011

Bobcat Xcalibur (M1F) 2/10/2010

4JSF7FSNJMJPO9'BDUPS %BN%BOOZ#PZY3JHIU5JNF 'JSTU$BMG)FJGFS

#8r"EKrĚž"EK #8 r88 rĚž:8 rĚž. r."3# r3&"  Could be the best that we have ever raised â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Absolute Herdsire Prospect! We used him natural service this spring and are going to continue to use him in the future. He has been a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stick-outâ&#x20AC;? since the day he was born!

127 Bulls & 470 Females Sell

Lot 13

Selling:

Bobcat Xman (M1F) 

4JSF7FSNJMJPO9'BDUPS %BN&9"3.JMFTUPOFY$POOFBMZ%BUFMJOF #8r"EKrr"EK #8 r88 r:8 r. 

11 Bull Calves (All sired by WK Bobcat) 44 Fall Yearling Bulls 82 Coming 2 Year Old Bulls

A big , extremely long-sided bull with worlds of performance.

Lot 83

Bobcat Nebraska X126 8/20/2010 4JSF#BMESJEHF/FCSBTLBr%BN73%Y#BTJO"NCVTI BW 88 r"EKr"EK #8 r88 rYW+101 r.  Lead-off Fall Bull of the Sale. We have sold many Nebraskas in the pastâ&#x20AC;Śbut maybe none better than this one.

Western Livestock Auction, Great Falls, Montana

(Including 10 ET sons by Right Time)

Lot 84

Bobcat X Factor X102 (M1F) 8/12/2010 4JSF7FSNJMJPO9'BDUPSr%BN#PCDBU0-JOFY73% BW 74 r"EKr"EK #8 r88 rYW+102 rM+20 This bull has caught our eye ever since he was born and just continues to keep getting better!

Registered Bre d Heifer

440 Commercial Bred Angus Heifers

â&#x153;ą Synchronized AI bred to WK Bobcat â&#x153;ą Ultrasounded for calving dates & sex

2 Registered Bred Heifers 30 Ten Year Old

Lot 15

Bobcat Xceed (M1F) 2/7/2010 4JSF7FSNJMJPO9'BDUPS %BN73%Y$PSOIVTLFS+JN 'JSTU$BMG)FJGFS

BW 70 r"EKr"EK #8 r88 r:8 rM+20 Long, Clean, Thick & Good.

Commercial Bred Cows

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1. How chemicals are used in farming/ranching 2. How pesticides are used in farming/ranching 3. Food safety standards 4. Effect of government regulations on farming/ranching 5. How antibiotics are used and genetic engineering in crops The goal of the farmer/ rancher survey was to identify topics that farmers and ranchers wished Americans had more information about when it comes to food and how it is grown and raised in the U.S. According to the survey, farmers and ranchers said the top misconception they need to overcome as an industry is that a few â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad actorsâ&#x20AC;? are representative of the entire industry. Additionally, farmers and ranchers identified the effect of pesticides, antibiotics and fertilizers on food as the most important priorities they should address when communicating with consumers. Additional findings included: â&#x20AC;˘ 86 percent of farmers/ ranchers responded that the average consumer has little to no knowledge about modern farming/ranching â&#x20AC;˘ 58 percent of respondents in this survey felt consumers have a completely inaccurate perception of farming and ranching â&#x20AC;˘ Nearly all farmers and ranchers say that protecting the environment (99 percent) and practicing humane animal care (96 percent) are very or somewhat important goals or practices related to their business â&#x20AC;˘ 80 percent of farmers/ ranchers say that consumers have little to no knowledge about proper care of livestock or poultry â&#x20AC;˘ 83 percent of farmers/ ranchers responded that new ways of improving yields with fewer environmental inputs will have a major impact on farming/ ranching in the future When asked which top five topics were most important to educate consumers about, farmers and ranchers responded: 1. The effect of pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics on food 2. Where food comes from in general 3. Proper care of livestock and poultry 4. Effect of government regulations on farming/ranching 5. Economic value of agriculture â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want all Americans to join us to ask questions and regularly get information from farmers and ranchers who are growing and raising their food. We invite all to join the discussion online at www.fooddialogues.com,â&#x20AC;? added Stallman. The 2011 USFRA Farmer/ Rancher Survey was fielded by phone for USFRA by Ketchum Global Research Network and Braun Research between Aug. 6-18, 2011, reaching 1,002 farmers and ranchers nationwide. The base sample has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent. The 2011 USFRA Consumer Survey was fielded by phone for USFRA by Ketchum Global Research Network and Braun Research between Aug. 24-31, 2011, reaching 2,417 consumers nationwide. The base sample has a margin of error of +/- 2.0 percent.â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ


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NMSU grazing research could influence wildfire management strategies set by the potential benefits of reducing the intensity and rate of spread of wildfires? Assuming that the answer to the above question is “yes,” the follow-up question would be: who should bear the additional costs of herding the cattle and purchasing the feed supplements that the new grazing strategy would entail?

promote adoption of the targeted grazing practice if the practice is found to have economic potential.” If targeted grazing is shown to be both effective and cost-effective in managing wildfires and their damage, effective communication will be needed to change the behaviors of individuals and organizations responsible

“Behavior of wildfires is affected by the abundance of what we call ‘fine fuels.”

Courtesy photo: Derek Bailey, a professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, herds cattle at NMSU’s Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center north of Las Cruces. He and three colleagues are in the middle of a three-year study, funded by a $363,000 USDA grant, that includes assessing the effectiveness of targeted cattle grazing and reducing the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires.

According to New Mexico State University (NMSU) rangeland expert Derek Bailey, overgrazing and 20th century fire-suppression strategies have laid the groundwork for some of today’s “catastrophic” wildfires. In some areas, the grasses that fueled normal and periodic low-intensity surface fires in the past have been replaced by densely packed trees and brush that fuel the raging prairie and forest fires seen in recent years, including record-setting 2011 fires in the Southwest. Bailey is a professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and the director of NMSU’s Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center north of Las Cruces. He and other investigators are halfway through a three-year study that, among other things, is investigating the possibility that implementing a targeted grazing strategy for range cattle can significantly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in certain ecosystems. Titled “Integrated Approaches for Targeting Cattle Grazing to Improve Ecosystem Services,” the project also includes NMSU professor and agricultural economist Allen Torell, Larry D. Howery, a professor and rangeland Extension specialist at the University of Arizona, and Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, an associate professor and expert in the ecological and social dimensions of rangelands at Colorado State University. The project is funded by a $363,000 grant from the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The study is based on the premise that cattle tend to graze unevenly. Their natural tendency is to stay close to water sources, which can lead to deterioration of riparian plant life while leaving an abundance of forage material in more rugged areas or areas away from water. In some cases, the neglected forage exacerbates fire danger. “Behavior of wildfires is affected by the abundance of what we call ‘fine fuels,’” Bailey said. “Our assumption is that moderate levels of grazing can be used to strategically reduce the lev-

els of fine fuels and, correspondingly, limit impacts and economic losses of wildfire by reducing fire risk and rates of fire spread and allowing for the establishment of fire barriers.” The targeted grazing approach employed by Bailey and his colleagues at four locations in New Mexico and Arizona involves manually herding cattle into the more rugged and remote areas of fine fuel build-up and determining if the availability of forage, along with the strategic positioning of protein supplement blocks, encourages the animals to spend a higher percentage of their time away from the overgrazed areas around their water source. GPS collars are being used to monitor where the cattle in both the control group situation and the experimental group situation spend their time. Where the cattle graze and wander is only one element in evaluating the targeted grazing strategy. Researchers need to determine the extent to which the fine fuels are actually being consumed by the cattle and then incorporate that data into what Bailey calls fuel load/ fire behavior computer modeling. To date, the project has been implemented at NMSU’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center in central New Mexico and on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment in the Santa Rita Mountains of Arizona. According to Bailey, preliminary results suggest that the combination of herding and strategic supplement placement can effectively reduce biomass of fine fuels. “In Arizona, Howery and I were able to reduce the abundance of fine fuels in the desired target area by half, even though the site was located in steep, rugged terrain and was almost two miles from water,” he said. “We will continue to evaluate targeted grazing over the next two years in all four study sites to determine if the successes observed thus far can be repeated.” Torell’s role in the project is to examine the economic feasibility of using targeted cattle grazing to manage

fine fuels and other potential ecosystem services. He will incorporate all of the data from the study and work up

what is essentially a cost/ benefit analysis: are the costs of herding cattle and providing supplements off-

“The people who will potentially pay the costs for the targeted grazing—the ranchers—are not the homeowners most likely to realize the major benefits from the grazing activities,” Torell said, pointing out that a good portion of the recent economic loss has been from the destruction of homes owned by people other than ranchers. “This means some type of cost share and incentive program will be needed to

for management policy and practices. Fernandez-Gimenez is assessing how familiar ranchers and public land managers are with the concept of targeted grazing and their level of willingness to incorporate it into their management plans. This information will eventually be used to develop the outreach and extension portion of the project under the terms of the AFRI grant. — WLJ


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Committees include Ag Policy & Environmental Issues, Animal Health, Brand & Theft, Feeding & Marketing, and Research & Education. Safeguarding the health of the domestic herd was the theme of several animal health-related resolutions passed or renewed at the convention. Members reinstated the Foreign Cattle Imports resolution, which opposes the importation of cattle from countries with known animal health diseases until the possibility of infecting U.S. livestock is remote, and indicates that diseases traced back to imported cattle be the full responsibility and liability of the country of origin. In an effort to maintain swift disease surveillance and diagnosis, NDSA members also passed the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory resolution, supporting program, staff and technology needs for North Dakota State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and renewed policies endorsing the Professional Student Exchange Program and the availability of more food-animal veterinarians. To increase beef demand, NDSA members also renewed their beef checkoff resolution, which pledges support of the industry’s promotion, research and education program and encourages an open discussion about amending the Act and Order to enhance the per-head assessment and restore the checkoff ’s buying power. NDSA members were instrumental in getting the national beef checkoff passed more than 25 years ago. Members also renewed resolutions recognizing the North Dakota CattleWomen, NDSA’s auxiliary organization, for its voluntary work to build beef demand and directing some checkoff dollars be earmarked to educate teachers and their students about modern beef production and nutrition. NDSA also called upon Congress and the administration to develop a balanced budget through realistic spending priorities and budget cuts, but identified agricultural research and extension as critical funding priorities that should be preserved. Under the private property rights umbrella, NDSA members passed three separate, but related, resolutions opposing wilderness and wild-andscenic-river designations and the Antiquities Act, which allows the president to designate national monuments without congressional approval. NDSA members assert that such designations often result in diminished ability to graze livestock and manage those lands as the landowner sees fit and are the first step in further regulation. NDSA members likewise reaffirmed their belief that perpetual easements evade the private property rights and hamstring the management ability of fu-

ture generations in the Perpetual Easement resolution. “North Dakota cattle producers support conservation, as well as the rights of current and future generations to manage grasslands relevant to modern stewardship practices,” said Schmidt. “The resolution explains that voluntary, renewable, single-generation conservation easements are far superior to those with perpetual terms and strike a more appropriate balance of values.” A series of Ag Policy & Environmental Issues resolutions focused on surface owner issues and challenges that have arisen as new technology has allowed North Dakota’s substantial oil reserves to be tapped. Members passed policy supporting a fair compensation plan that better reflects the lost production of developed land, elevation of surface owner rights, enforcement of current statute and changes to the permitting process to allow for more input from townships, counties and cities in the development process to reduce infrastructure impacts. “These resolutions will help the association continue its meaningful dialogue with the energy industry and others so that we can promote the growth of both energy and agriculture in this state,” Schmidt said. In the National Grasslands Management resolution, members opposed the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Plan and called for the utilization of NorthDakota-generated and range-science-supported alternatives that promote wildlife and rangeland health without significant livestock reductions. The resolution also lends support to the idea of returning the management of the national grasslands to grass-minded agencies, as it had been previously. The environment was the subject of a couple other new and renewed resolutions. In the Clean Water policy, members assert support for voluntary, incentive-based and locally controlled approaches to clean water. In the Endangered Species Act Risk Assessments policy, members emphasize the need for effective, commonsense tools for insect, fungi and rodent control and call for statutory changes to facilitate a more reasonable consultation process for the registration of such products. The court’s recent order to cancel the federal registration of a popular prairie dog bait and a related lawsuit by environmental activist organizations were catalysts for the resolution. A complete list of the new and renewed NDSA policies will be published in the November North Dakota Stockman magazine. The "2011 NDSA Resolution Book," which will include all policies passed in 2009, 2010 and 2011, will also be available soon and is available upon request by calling 701/223-2522. — WLJ


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retailers have been slow to pass on cost increases to date. Price levels in 2012 will hinge significantly on several macroeconomic factors such as weather conditions, fuel prices, and the value of the U.S. dollar. The CPI for all food increased 0.4 percent from August to Septtember 2011, increased 0.5 percent from July to August. 2011, and is now 4.7 percent above the September 2010 level. The food-at-home CPI increased 0.6 percent in September 2011 and is up 6.3 percent from last September, while the food-away-from-home index was up 0.2 percent in September 2011 and is 2.6 percent above last September. Food commodity and energy price increases over the past year, combined with a weak U.S. dollar, have caused most of the grocery store price increases observed in 2011. The all-items CPI was up 0.2 percent in September and is 3.9 percent above the September 2010 level. Beef prices were unchanged in September and are 10.1 percent above last September, with steak prices up 8.8 percent and ground beef prices up 11.5 percent. Pork prices increased 1.5 percent in September and are 7.5 percent above last Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level. Poultry prices increased 0.7 percent in September and are 3 percent above prices last year at this time, with chicken prices up 1.7 percent and other poultry prices (including turkey) up 7.8 percent. Due to higher input costs, beef and pork prices remain significantly higher than in

2010. The beef and pork industries also downsized their inventories during the high price inflation of 200708, and the supply of these commodities remains low relative to demand. Egg prices increased 6 percent in September 2011; egg prices remain high and are now 11.1 percent above the September 2010 level. The inventory of table egglaying hens in the U.S. decreased for five of the first seven months of 2011, and USDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Research Service is closely monitoring egg production for the 2012 price outlook. Dairy prices were up 1.2 percent from August to September 2011, compared with a 0.9 percent increase from July to August 2011. Dairy prices are now 10.2 percent above the September 2010 level. Within the dairy category, prices changed as follows in September: milk prices were up 0.7 percent and are 13.1 percent above last Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prices; cheese prices were up 1.9 percent and are 10.2 percent above last Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level; ice cream and related product prices were up 2.3 percent and are 10.3 percent above last Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level; and butter prices decreased 1.2 percent this month and are 9.2 percent above last September. In 2010, dairy prices were up only 1.1 percent from 2009 (following a 6.4 percent decline from 2008 to 2009). Due to higher projected prices for farm milk in 2011, ERS forecasts that retail dairy prices will increase 5 to 6 percent in 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WLJ

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MARKET news Beef Report

Markets at a Glance CHOICE FED STEERS CME FEEDER INDEX BOXED BEEF AVERAGE AVERAGE DRESSED STEERS LIVE SLAUGHTER WEIGHT* WEEKLY SLAUGHTER** BEEF PRODUCTION*** HIDE/OFFAL VALUE CORN PRICE

THIS WEEK

WEEK AGO

YEAR AGO

10/27/2011 121.00 S 140.00 S 178.77 T 190.02 S 1,403 T 651,000 T 20,999.4 S 12.81 T 6.53 S

120.97 139.07 179.10 187.00 1,450 666,000 19,984.6 13.20 6.36

101.09 109.56 160.61 159.51 1,294 659,000 20,448.8 11.34 5.64

WEEKLY COMPOSITE BOXED BEEF WEEK ENDING October 22 October 15 October 8 October 1

10/27 12105 12010 12267 12662

High* 12600 12500 12632 12922

Low* 10960 11345 12095 10332

10/21 10/24 10/25 10/26 10/27 October 13940 13985 13995 13972 14000 November 14272 14282 14180 14170 14205 January 14760 14795 14675 14627 14620 March 14862 14817 14717 14695 14692 *High and low figures are for the life of the contract.

High* 14395 14547 14760 14862

Low* 12272 12407 11880 12582

October December February April

10/26 12105 12042 12305 12650

CME FEEDER CATTLE

Fed Cattle Trade HEAD COUNT AVG. WEIGHT

AVG. PRICE

October 24-26, 2011 Live FOB Steer .................. 1,605 ................ 1,370 ................... 120.95 Live FOB Heifer .................... 125 ................ 1,227 ................... 120.00 Dressed Steer ...................... N/A ................... N/A................... N/A Dressed Heifer ..................... N/A ................... N/A................... N/A

Week ending October 23, 2011 Live FOB Steer ..................... N/A ................... N/A................... N/A Live FOB Heifer .................... 204 ................ 1,230 ................... 119.61 Dressed Steer ........................ 15 ................... 797 ................... 186.00 Dressed Heifer ....................... 37 ................... 850 ................... 188.00 Same Period Last Year Live FOB Steer ................ 15,663 ................ 1,360 ................... 100.07 Live FOB Heifer ............... 19,828 ................ 1,180 ................... 100.03 Dressed Steer ................... 1,008 ................... 856 ................... 157.04 Dressed Heifer .................. 1,804 ................... 812 ................... 154.90 Domestic Imported Forward Contract .............58,051...............................5,357 Formula .........................198,060...............................3,814 Negotiated Cash ............152,975..................................329 Negotiated Grid ...............34,840...............................3,283 Packer Owned .................17,400 Total ..............................461,326 Delivery Month October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 Febru 2012

303,166 212,645 255,455 212,826 197,709

FORWARD BEEF SALES

Neg. Sales 0-21 days ........ 2,145 Neg. Sales 21+ days .......... 1,357 Forward sales..................... 3,467 Forward contract sales .......... 342 Domestic sales .................. 7,254 NAFTA Exports...................... 335

Imports and Exports CANADIAN LIVESTOCK PRICES AND FEDERAL INSPECTED SLAUGHTER FIGURES, OCTOBER 14 Alberta Direct Sales (4% shrink) Slaughter steers, mostly select 1-2, 1,000-1,200 lb Slaughter heifers, mostly select 1-2, 850-1,050 lb. Ontario Auctions Slaughter steers, mostly select 1-2, 1,000-1,200 lb Slaughter heifers, mostly select 1-2, 850-1,050 lb. Slaughter cows, cutter and ut. 1-3, 1,100-1,400lb.

Price 107.51 107.13

Weekly Change* -1.00 -.94

108.99 107.17 65.97

+3.16 +2.95 +2.68

*Price comparison from two weeks ago.

Average feeder cattle prices for October 14, 2011 Steers: Southern Alberta Saskatchewan 400-600 lb. 156.85 152.71 600-800 lb. 138.04-144.76 134.95-142.92 800+ lb. 128.98 125.70 Heifers: 300-500 lb. 151.58 148.81 500-700 lb. 130.68-138.80 129.27-136.35 700-800+ lb. 125.04 126.26

Manitoba 154.19 131.64-139.52 126.12 150.74 126.41-136.18 121.05

USDA MEXICO TO U.S. WEEKLY LIVESTOCK IMPORTS Feeder cattle imports weekly and yearly volume. Species Feeders

Current Week 10/22/2011 31,371

SELECT Loads/Price 1,682 166.96 1,455 168.82 1,377 169.77 1,548 169.13

UNGRADED Loads/Price 3,573 160.31 3,581 161.56 3,217 162.53 3,359 162.06

Previous Week 10/15/2011 18,848

DATE MARKET

200-300 LB.

300-400 LB.

WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 27, 2011 STEERS HEIFERS 400-500 LB. 500-600 LB. 600-700 LB. 700-800 LB.

800 LB. -UP

SLAUGHTER COWS SLAUGHTER BULLS

112-122 107-117

55-68 60-72

PAIRS REPLACEMENTS

NORTHWEST October 21 1,400 Blackfoot, ID No report available Burley, ID October 22 595 Junction City, OR October 24 1,722 Madras, OR October 19 1,048 Vale, OR October 25 1,585 Davenport, WA October 21 1,830 Toppenish, WA

150-180 138-158

140-175 134-154

134-154 127-137

125-141 118-130

120-132 115-125

115-149.75 115-140.50 145-157 134-154 159-184 139-152

120-151.50 110-136 145-162 130-144 141-169 125-149 132.50-170 127.50-137.50 139-148 131-132

120-145.50 110-138.50 143-152 130-139 133-147 120-139 124-154.75 118-131.50 139.50-145 127.50-133

110-135.75 105-130.50 134-141 117-134 122-139.50 107-121 119.50-141 113.50-130 134-139.50 113-127

95-111.50 90-100 85-104 88.50 120-133 109-119 112-126 80-112 113-125 111-117 102-119 97-117 112-129.50 118.50-121.50 113.75-123.50 123.75-125 113.75-122.75 115-119 107-111.50

141-158 125-138

135-148 125-135 175-204 145-162 159-192 125-146

132.50-154.50 117.50-138.50 150-176.50 130-146 130-158 110-125 155-183 130-150 130-146 121-153 165-200 135-155 140-167 124-140

139.50-144 125.50-137 135-155 120-137 120-152 105-132 130-156 125-140 122-147 120-135 140-166 132-147 128-140.50 116.50-128

124-136 127-145 116-128.50 115-142.25 100-118 1330-146 120-131 123-133 115-136 135-149 125-135 128-141.25 116.50-127

105-119.50 124-138 115-125 110-122 108-110 130-134 115-126 115-125 102-115 130-142 118-125 114.50-134.25 114-120

153-167 190 160-173

142-183 142.50-165 174-230 149-186

141-179 133-153.75 160.50-230 139.50-167.50

138-158 131-143 141.50-173 129.50-151

56-64.75 57-70.50 64-70 72-74 56-64 48-65 53-58.50 60-65 56-62 62-68

750 635-1,025

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FAR WEST October 25 2,159 Chino Valley, AZ October 21 2,406 Cottonwood, CA October 24 1,001 Famoso, CA October 26 1,055 Galt, CA October 18 Madera, CA October 18 3,475 Turlock, CA October 26 1,972 Salina, UT

151

151-156 133-138

130-180 110-141 160-194

109 117-132 110-118 105-112

110-120 122-129 115-120 109.50-117 101-115

59-63 60-77 67-80 72-85 56-63 68-80 62-70 70-75 62-75 73-79.75 55.25-61.50 70-76.50

850-1,350

NORTH CENTRAL

NATIONAL WEEKLY SLAUGHTER VOLUME

SLAUGHTER FORWARD CONTRACTS

CHOICE Loads/Price 2,118 183.98 1,974 183.39 1,979 182.58 2,049 182.65

SELECTED AUCTION MARKETS

CME LIVE CATTLE 10/25 12210 12197 12472 12805

BRANDED Loads/Price 877 190.32 885 190.08 861 188.59 847 188.89

————————————— FED BOXED BEEF ——————————————————————————————————— DATE CHOICE SELECT COW BEEF CUTOUT 50% LEAN 90% LEAN October 21 183.63 167.09 141.30 101.87 171.56 October 24 184.58 167.33 142.51 101.71 174.15 October 25 186.79 168.56 143.57 106.68 183.42 October 26 175.85 169.54 143.50 105.80 175.85 October 27 187.96 169.82 143.10 108.15 175.15

Cattle Futures 10/24 12287 12275 12480 12890

PRIME Loads/Price 61 225.37 58 226.61 54 226.24 54 225.35

CUTOUTS

*Average weight for previous week. **Total slaughter for previous week. ***Estimated year-to-date figure in million pounds for previous week.

10/21 12192 12215 12525 12905

COMPREHENSIVE Loads/Price 8,311 178.77 7,952 178.29 7,488 179.10 7,856 177.70

Current Year-to-date

Previous Year-to-date

994,027

818,657

USDA WEEKLY IMPORTED FEEDER CATTLE Fri, Oct.22, 2011 Receipts EST: 19,000 Week ago Act: 18,848 Year ago Act: 27,016 Compared to last week, steer calves and yearlings steady. Trade moderate to active, demand moderate to good. Bulk of supply consisted of steers and spayed heifers weighing 300-600 lbs. Feeder steers: Medium and large 1&2, 300-400 lbs 140.00-152.00; 400-500 lbs 130.00-142.00; 500-600 lbs 120.00-132.00; Medium and large 2&3, 300-400 lbs 130.00-142.00; 400-500 lbs 120.00-132.00; 500-600 lbs 110.00-122.00. Feeder heifers: Medium and large 1&2, no quote. (all sales fob port of entry.)

MARKET SITUATION REPORT

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October 24 Iowa October 24 Montana October 26 Bassett, NE October 22 Ericson, NE October 21 Imperial, NE October 26 Kearney, NE October 21 Lexington, NE October 20 Ogallala, NE October 21 Herreid, SD October 25 Riverton, WY October 21 Torrington, WY

2,010 12,557 1,370 1,700 800

202-220 161 200.10-205 170-185

177.50-188 175.50-178 1778 149-167 185-186 148.75-153 173-185 165 184-211 161-171 180 161-164.50 195-218 145-178 187-207 150-165

185-212 187.50

141-184 137-170

180

2,480 1,630 5,400 4,399 5,178 8,419

130-149.25 130.50-141.75 136-147 125-138.50 135-143.75 143.75 155-181.50 147.50-169 147-158.25 148350-165.25 14.25-156.50 137.50-141 149.25-180 144-157 143 140-157 130-144 160-175.50 145-165.75 140-156.25 140-164 138-159 137.50-140.50 163.50-180 142.50-166 149-158.50 145-156.53 134.50-160 135.50-152.75 163.25-212 154-172.75 139-143 143-166.50 137-148 125-137.50 157-187 155-170.25 146-160.50 150-167 133-163 130-141.50 168.75-190 145-167 129-145.25 145-158 130-141.50 130-135.50 182-188 153-165 146-153 137-162 143-150 132-136

133-143 117-137.50 131.75-134.75 115 131-140 118-129.75 120-125 117.75-125.50 138.50-152.75 136.75-147.60 134.50-142 123.75 137.25 125.25-129.75 130.50-131.50 131-139.25 74-81.50 140-148.25 69-71.25 75.75-79.25 138.50 134 124.75-126.50 120-144.25 121-127.25 120-128.50 132.25-139.10 128-133.25 122-125 135.50-138 109-135.75 120-129 119-127.10 139-143 130-143 129-135 126-134

63-69 72-79

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61.25-71

64-70 73-79

810-1,360

57-61.50 65-75.50

850-1,085 510-835

59-62 66-69 67-70.50 75-78.50 60-67 70350-75 64.50-66.50 66-69 52-72.50 58-74 65-66.50 67.50-73.50

830-1,180 760-990 810-1,200 640-950

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above last week,” according to Vetterkind. The U.S. dollar reached a record low against the Japanese yen last week with only 76 yen needed to buy a dollar. The dollar is the weakest against the Chinese yuan of anytime since 1993. A weak dollar helps boost U.S. exports, but makes imports more costly. Both U.S. beef and pork exports are expected to set annual records this year. Foreign markets are buying a record amount of beef at record high prices, according to analysts. USDA now expects a record 2.7 billion pounds of beef to be exported this year, representing a record 10 percent of domestic production. A new record is expected to be set next year with 11 percent of production moving to foreign consumers. In sharp contrast, in 2007, only 5 percent of production was exported when the U.S. was still in the grips of lost exports due to BSE discoveries beginning in late 2003. Weekly beef exports have trended below year-earlier levels. Analysts say it is possible export gains have peaked. Exports for 2012 are expected to grow at a slower pace than the past two years. Boxed beef prices were mostly flat to slightly lower. Choice boxed beef was quoted at $184/cwt., $1.27 lower than the previous Friday.

Select was quoted at $167, down $1.89 from the previous week. The Choice-Select spread was $16.54. Meat remains a tough sale, according to Gottschalk. “Some items are carrying the load for the entire carcass and cutout,” he wrote. Beef product continues to be led by ground beef, while muscle meat sales remain lethargic. The positive impact of Wal-Mart’s nationwide roll-out of Choice beef offerings in conjunction with their Select offerings is on schedule for completion at the end of this month. Local Wal-Marts have allocated approximately four feet of counter space to Choice offerings. Choice strips were priced at $9.98/ lb. while Select was priced at $8.68 per pound, according to Gottschalk. Retail beef prices were record high during September for the second consecutive month. Choice beef in grocery stores averaged $4.914 per pound, up 4.2 cents from August and 48.9 cents higher than in September 2010. Total red meat supplies were up, while total frozen supplies of poultry were down from last year as of Sept. 30, USDA said in its monthly Cold Storage report. Red meat was up 5 percent from August and up 12 percent from the previous year. Total pounds of beef were down a bit from the previous month but up 8

percent year on year. Looking ahead, estimated cow/calf returns in 2012 should at least match 2005’s record (about $150 per cow). Preliminary forecasts for 2013 suggest returns will set a new record high (exceeding $160 per cow) because the up trend in calf and cull animal sale prices are forecasted to out-pace production cost increases, according to Livestock Marketing Information Center reports.

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ANGUS Oct. 31 – J&L Livestock, Female Sale, Billings, MT Nov. 2 – Sitz Angus Ranch, Commercial Bred Female Sale, Dillon, MT Nov. 3 – Rathbun Angus Ranch, Bull & Female Sale, Moses Lake, WA Nov. 7 – Sandpoint Cattle Co., Female Sale, Chappell, NE Nov. 8 – Thistledew Cattle Company, Joliet, MT Nov. 9 – Bosco Land & Cattle, Bred Heifer Sale, Buffalo, WY Nov. 9 – Evans Farms, Bull Sale, Stephenville, TX Nov. 9 – Heart K Angus, Production Sale, Grass Range, MT Nov. 12 – Central California World of Bulls Sale, Galt, CA Nov. 12 – Rocky Mountain Angus Bull & Female Sale, Ogden, UT Nov. 12 – McConnell Angus, Female Sale, Dix, NE Nov. 15 – Rice Ranches, Production Sale, Harrison, MT Nov. 17 – Sand Dune Cattle Co. Production Sale, Burwell, NE Nov. 18 – Schurrtop, Angus & Charolais Bulls, McCook, NE Nov. 18 – Green Mountain Angus Ranch, Production Sale, Ryegate, MT Nov. 18 – H D Dunn & Son, Production Sale, Tetonia, ID Nov. 19 – Sydenstricker Genetics, Production Sale, Mexico, MO Nov. 19 – Bear Mt. Angus, Female

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CHAROLAIS Nov. 18 – Schurrtop, Angus & Charolais Bulls, Bella McCook, NE Dec. 7 – Acord River Charolais & Angus, Bull & Female, Caldwell, ID Mar.13, 2012 – Romans Ranches, Production Sale, Vale, OR

HEREFORD Nov. 14 – Mohican West, Bull Sale, Laurel, MT Nov. 19 – Spencer Herefords, Brewster, NE Dec. 3 – Nugget Hereford Sale, Reno, NV Dec. 7 – Beef Country Breeders, Bull Sale, Hereford & Angus, Columbus, MT Dec. 12 – Cross Diamond Cattle Co. Production Sale, Bertrand, NE Jan. 16, 2012 – Van Newkirk Herefords, Bull & Female Sale, Oshkosh, NE

MAINE ANJOU Nov. 19 – Yardley Cattle Co., Female Sale, Beaver, UT

POLLED HEREFORD Nov. 19 – California/Nevada Polled Hereford Assn., Plymouth, CA

RED ANGUS Oct. 31 – Milk Creek Reds, Pelvan, MT Nov. 12 – Laubach Red Angus, Production Sale, Big Timber, MT Nov. 16 – 5L Red Angus, Production Sale, Sheridan, MT Nov. 17 – Ludvigson Stock Farms, Production Sale, Park City, MT Dec. 3 – Redland Red Angus, Production Sale, Hysham, MT Dec. 12 – Buffalo Creek Red Angus, Bull Sale, Leiter, WY Dec. 12 – Cross Diamond Cattle Co. Production Sale, Bertrand, NE Dec. 17 – Leachman Cattle Co., Bull Sale, Loma, CO

SALER Dec. 5 – Jacobsen Ranch, Production Sale, Angus & Salers, Great Falls, MT Dec. 12 – Skinner Ranch Seedstock, Production Sale, Salers & Angus, Hall, MT

SIMANGUS Nov. 19 – Yardley Cattle Co., Female Sale, Beaver, UT Feb. 19, 2012 – Bar CK Cattle Co.,

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SIMMENTAL Dec. 3 – Montana Simmental Assoc. Sale, Billings, MT Feb. 6, 2012 – Gateway Simmental & Lucky Crow, Bull Sale, Lewistown, MT

STABILIZERS Dec. 17 – Leachman Cattle Co., Bull Sale, Loma, CO

COMMERCIAL Nov. 2 – Sitz Angus Ranch, Commercial Bred Female Sale, Dillon, MT Nov. 7 – Central Oregon Livestock Auction, Special Feeder Calf Sale, Madras, OR Nov. 8 – Stockland Livestock Auction, Inc., Stock Cow & Bred Heifer Sale, Spokane, WA Nov. 11 – Cattlemen’s Livestock Market, Special Replacement Female Sale, Galt, CA Nov. 14 – Central Oregon Livestock Auction, Special Feeder Calf Sale, Madras, OR Nov. 17 – Cattle Country Video, Grizzy Ranch, Complete Commercial Cow Herd Dispersal, Walden, CO Nov. 28 – Central Oregon Livestock Auction, Special Feeder Calf Sale, Madras, OR Nov. 29 – Ranchers Select Bred Heifer Sale, Juntura, OR Dec. 3 – Central Oregon Livestock Auction, Special Feeder Calf Sale, Madras, OR Dec. 6 – Western Video Market Sale, Silver Legacy Hotel, Reno, NV Dec. 10 – Turlock Livestock Auction Yard, 4th Anniversary Feeder Sale, Turlock, CA Dec. 12 – Central Oregon Livestock Auction, 21st Century Replacement Female Sale, Madras, OR Dec. 18 – Turlock Livestock Auction Yard, California Female Expo Sale, Turlock, CA Dec. 19 – Central Oregon Livestock Auction, 21st Century Replacement Female Sale, Madras, OR Jan. 9, 2012 – Central Oregon Livestock Auction, Special Bred Cow Sale, Madras, OR

HORSE Nov. 5 – RM Livestock’s Main Event Horse Sale, Paso Robles, CA Jan. 24-28, 2012 – Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale, Red Bluff, CA

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