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CONTENTS

February 2016

FEATURES 12

Making The Grade

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Investing in the Next Generation

Wright Farm Team Opens Butcher Shop, Showcases Premium Akaushi Beef

The Next Generation of Livestock Marketing Specialists

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Missouri Cattle Industry Convention Highlights MCA Convention was January 8-10

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Association Update County News Beef Checkoff News

Investing in the Next Generation

Making The Grade

COLUMNS 8

MCA President’s Perspective Convention Season is Here

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CattleWomen’s Corner

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What’s Cookin’ at the Beef House

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Straight Talk: Mike Deering

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Capitol Update

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Field Notes: Wes Tiemann

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Convention and the Year Ahead

Beef House Committee

Favorites

Plan for the 2016 Session

Real Cowboys, Mom!

On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black

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The Gun Battle

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The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.


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New MCA Members

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Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 mike@mocattle.com Kevin Johansen • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 kevin@mocattle.com Wes Tiemann • Manager of Strategic Solutions - Ext 235 wes@mocattle.com Candace Rosen • Public Relations - Ext 234 Candace@mocattle.com

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2016 MCA Officers

NCBA News

Keith Stevens, President 417-326-4673 • 4740 S. 85th Rd., Bolivar, MO 65613

Breed News

Butch Meier, President-Elect 573-270-4185 • 2013 Co. Rd. 330, Jackson, MO 63755

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Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 636-226-4481 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

2016 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Luke Miller, RR 2, Box 182 Hurdland, MO 63547 660-299-0798 Region 2: Mike Henderson, 103 Harris School Rd. Wellsville, MO 63384 • 573-684-2773 Region 3: Bobby Simpson, 3556 CR 6150 Salem, MO 65560 • 573-729-6583 Region 4: Mark Garges, 315 Oak Cameron, MO 64429 • 816-248-6275 Region 5: Bruce Mershon, 10015 Windsor Dr. Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 • 816-525-1954 Region 6: Marvin Dieckman, 28998 Hwy JJ Cole Camp, MO 65325 • 660-596-4163 Region 7: Dustin Schnake, P.O. Box 145 Stotts City, MO 65756 • 417-461-3139

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Missouri Beef Cattleman, (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) is published monthly (12 times a year) and is the official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Missouri, 65201. PERIODICALS postage paid at Columbia, Missouri and additional mailing offices. Subscription price is included as a part of the minimum membership dues of $70.00 per year in Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Missouri, 65201.

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Thaddeus Allen, Potosi, Mo Marcia Anglani, Thornfield, MO Austin Beushausen, Lebanon, MO Jason & Leyna Blackwelder, Elk Creek, MO Michael Bokarae, Stilwell, KS Kinleigh Bolin, Walnut Grove, MO Alexis Bremer, Boonville, MO Steve Brune, Beaufort, MO David & Terri Joe Brunner, Jacksonville, MO Doug Chadd, Nevada, MO Koby Chadd, Nevada, MO Dakota Chewning, Ionia, MO Darryl Chewning, Ionia, MO LeLand Chrisco, Neosho, MO Jerry Collins, Bethany, MO Hunter Corman, Pomona, MO Greg Cotter, Caulfield, MO Aaron Day, Windfield, MO Curtis Delgman, Frankford, MO Zackary Doak, Milan, MO Tony Dugger, Hartville, MO

Carrie Edwards, Boonville, MO Allison Eitel, Novinger, MO Anna Eitel, Novinger, MO Emily Eitel, Novinger, MO Scott & Melissa Eitel, Novinger, MO David & Sherry Elliott, Ionia, MO Cody Freeze, Dadeville, MO Rachel Gastler, Martinsburg, MO Adam Griffin, Carrollton, MO Larry Henebry, Hawk Point, MO Braxton Hoemann, Washington, MO A. Leroy Huff Rutledge, MO Clint Hunter, Fair Grove, MO Michael Huskey, Hillsboro, MO Mark Jasper, Leslie, MO Eric Jones, Marshall, MO Mikala Jungmeyer, Russellville, MO Doyle Justus, Troy, MO Kraig Kasson, Holt, MO Larry Knapp, Mayview, MO Adam Kuebler, Kirksville, MO Hannah Kuhn, Neosho, MO Kyle & Devin Lake, Lincoln, MO

Jonathan McMillen, Stella, MO Aimee McPherson, Cairo, MO Dennis & Sherry Michael, Jericho Springs, MO Cooper Neill, Macon, MO Larry O’Hern, Vermont, IL Jeff Oldham, Higginsville, MO Larry Ragsdale, Cabool, MO Walter Schaefer, Callao, MO Randy Schlotzhauer, Pilot Grove, MO Paige Shelton, Jamestown, MO Cailynne Summers, West Plains, MO Trent Templeton, Sedalia, MO Jordan Teter, Atlanta, MO David Thomas, Cainsville, MO Chris Vaught, Verona, MO Brett Waddell, Elsberry, MO Joel Walter, Powersville, MO Brandon West, Kansas City, MO J.R. Whittle, Elk Creek, MO Tori Whittle, Elk Creek, MO Lauren Wilson, Anabel, MO Tysen Wilson, Anabel, MO

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President’s

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with Keith Stevens Convention Season is Here The 2016 MCA convention is in the books, and I felt the staff (the finest that I know of anywhere) and convention committee did an outstanding job of putting together meetings, a great cattlemen’s college, trade show, and fun evening events for everyone to enjoy. Thank you all. I was very happy to see many young folks, along with people from every age group in attendance. Some had many years of experience down to just a few weeks old, but all with a common goal of improving and building our industry. I also want to thank our 2015 President Janet Akers again for a tremendous job last year, and I look forward to working with everyone this year to continue to build our association. I had the opportunity to meet several of you at convention and look forward getting around the state this year to meet many more of you. I am here to serve you and our great association, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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2016 President By the time you read this, many of you, including myself, will have made the trip to San Diego to attend the 2016 NCBA Convention to represent our state association at the national level. If you have not had the chance to go to the national convention yet, you might consider going to Nashville next February, it is an outstanding opportunity to learn, see everything that is available in equipment, and spend time with a very large group of like-minded, great folks from all around the country. Coming up very soon will be the start of Cowboys at the Capitol. The schedule is being finalized as I am writing this article (see the Association Update for the full schedule). If you haven’t taken part in this activity in the pasty, make this your year to get involved. Many legislators comment that we are one of the only associations that has a steady presence at the capitol, which helps us to keep our priorities fresh in their minds. This program is well-organized and has made us very successful in the last few years. Let’s work together to continue to grow our association and our cattle industry.


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McCarty To Lead Missouri Farmers Care Source: Missouri Farmers Care Missouri Farmers Care, an organization that represents the state’s farmers and ranchers, is pleased to announce Ashley McCarty of Kirksville, Mo., has accepted the position of executive director. McCarty and her husband operate McCarty Cattle Company on their family farm in Adair County. She is currently a district field manager for the Missouri Corn Growers Association, a board member for the Adair/ Schuyler County Farm Bureau and an agricultural representative on the Missouri Clean Water Commission. “Ashley McCarty has a solid record of achievement in agriculture,” said Dr. Alan Wessler, chairman of Missouri Farmers Care. “With her knowledge of both the livestock and row-crop sectors of agriculture, she will provide experienced leadership to the organization. Ashley is involved in numerous efforts to advance the interests of family famers.”

Ashley McCarty of Kirksville, Mo., has been named Missouri Farmers Care executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

McCarty is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. She has also served as an Extension council member and previously worked for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

with our commodity groups and agribusiness associations as well as local leaders to help foster growth in this state’s top industry.”

“Thanks to committed leadership, Missouri Farmers Care has become a strong and effective coalition over the last five years,” said McCarty. “The launch of the Agri-Ready county certification program brings new focus to this organization. I’m looking forward to working

Missouri Farmers Care is a joint effort by Missouri’s agriculture community to stand together for the state’s top industry. The group promotes the growth of Missouri agriculture and rural communities through coordinated communication, education and advocacy. Learn more at www.MOFarmersCare.com.

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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers Your MCA State Fair Missouri Beef House, which was established in 1982 to promote Missouri’s beef cattle industry by serving premium beef to the crowds at the Missouri State Fair, is overseen by a standing committee according to MCA Policies and Procedures Article VI Committee Structures. Members of the committee shall be appointed to a three-year term. The President shall appoint the replacement of each retiring position after the annual convention. The terms of the organized committee members shall be staggered so that all terms do not end at the same time to allow continuity of the committee. The committee chair shall be appointed by the MCA President. The State Fair and Beef House Committee has the awesome responsibility to serve as the advisory committee and monitor the operation of the Missouri Beef House, the Missouri Beef Showcase and other State Fair activities. The committee shall execute other responsibilities assigned by the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors. In addition to specific roles required by membership, your State Fair and Beef House Committee is challenged to actively participate in the work of the committee, provide thoughtful input to committee deliberations, and focus on the best interest of the association and committee goals rather than on personal interests.

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Thought for the month: “Roses are red, Violets are blue; The steaks on the grill, waiting for you!”

Terms Expires 2016

Terms Expires 2017

Terms Expires 2018

Merrel Breyer

Thomas Black

Mike Carter

Marvin Dieckman

Kent Corbin

Suetta Carter, MCW

Lonny Duckworth

David Dick

David “Blue” Geier

Jimmie Long

Carl Elliott

Paul Gibbs

Chuck Massengill

Mary Kay Lyle, MCW

Donna Martin

Pat Wood

Carl Bettels

Russell Martin

***Patty Wood, MCW

Taylor Tuttle, MBIC *

Mike Deering, MCA Exec**

Kevin Johansen, MCA **

*one year term

***Chair

**no expiration date

Keith Stevens, MCA President*


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Straight

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with Mike Deering Favorites I have been to more workshops than I care to admit regarding association management. Many of these workshops are useful and some are a complete waste of time – something similar to a self-help group. One consistent rule when it comes to association management is to never pick favorites. Well, I am guilty. I certainly have favorites and they were on full display at the 48th Annual Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show Jan. 8-10. More than 50 young people were recognized at the convention for various achievements throughout the year. I met many of these young people for the first time as I shook their hand and congratulated them as they walked off the stage. While I may not remember their name the next time I see them, they are the future of this industry – they are a favorite of mine.

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MCA continued in the tradition of recognizing its Cattleman of the Year, Pioneer Award and Allied Industry Award. MCA recognized Greg Buckman as the 2015 Cattleman of the Year. Buckman is one of the most loyal members of this association and recruits more members to this association than any other individual in the three years I have been here. Greg was also elected as MCA vice president. Greg is a favorite.

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Executive Vice President Patty Wood’s term is over as the region five vice president. Patty is a walking, talking (she is pretty chatty) example of what a regional vice president should be. She maintained constant contact with the dozen counties in her region and kept them informed on everything MCA. Patty is a favorite. Sheryl Brewe’s term as treasurer is over, but I have no doubt she will continue being involved with MCA in many ways. Sheryl is a favorite.

John Paul Jones from Dallas County and R.E. Voorheis from Boone County received the Pioneer Award, which is a lifetime achievement award. These gentlemen, both in their 90s, devoted their lives to this industry and are still doing so today. I do not know them well, but I admire and appreciate their contributions. They are favorites.

Janet Akers, the second female president of this association, now moves to the role of past president where she will chair the executive committee. Janet was an outstanding president. She led efforts to make MCA more accountable to its members. She led an effort to grow and strengthen the annual convention. She is tough, passionate and committed to each and every one of you. She is a favorite. I am looking forward to working with 2016 MCA President Keith Stevens who has already made his mark by leading efforts to establish collegiate MCA affiliates. It will be a worthwhile year.

Jim Anderson of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board received the Allied Industry Award. It is hard not to know Jim if you are involved in MCA. He is at every major function of this association and never turns down an opportunity to work with MCA. He is a favorite.

And yes, you are a favorite. I truly love this association and the people who proudly pay their dues every year without hesitation. I appreciate you. Even if we have yet to meet, you are a favorite. Because of you, we will keep this association going for generations to come.


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2015 Dietary Guidelines Support Lean Beef in a Healthy Diet Source: NCBA ( January 7, 2016) – The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reaffirm the role of lean beef in a healthy diet and confirm that Americans are, on average, consuming lean meat in daily amounts that are consistent with the recommendations for protein foods. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis commended HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for ensuring the final recommendations were based on the latest nutrition evidence available. Dr. Richard Thorpe, a physician and Texas cattle producer, agreed, saying he is pleased the guidelines recognize all the strong science that supports the many Americans who are looking to build a healthful diet with lean beef. “As a physician, I appreciate the Secretaries making sure the dietary guidelines are based on the latest nutrition science,” said Thorpe. “Numerous studies have shown positive benefits of lean beef in the diet, and I commonly encourage my patients to include beef in their diet to help them maintain a healthy weight and get the nutrients they need to be physically active. Lean beef is a wholesome, nutrient-rich food that helps us get back to the basics of healthy eating, providing many essential nutrients such as zinc, iron, protein and B vitamins, with fewer calories than many plant-based sources of protein.” Updated every five years, this report serves as the foundation for federal nutrition policy and shapes the recommendations found on USDA’s MyPlate. While there is no one-size-fits-all diet, Dr. Thorpe said consumers can feel confident about putting lean beef on their plate knowing the Dietary Guidelines recommend Americans choose lean meat. Thirty-eight cuts of beef now meet government guidelines for lean, including some of America’s favorite cuts like sirloin steak and 95 percent lean ground beef. “Over the last decade or so, a significant amount of research shows that many people can lose and maintain a healthy weight, support a healthy metabolism and age more vibrantly when they consume more high-quality protein, within calorie goals,” said Thorpe. “As a physician, I see an opportunity to improve the health of Americans in all age categories by choosing nutrient rich protein foods, like lean beef, more often and by pairing them with more vegetables, fruits and whole grains.”

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Ellis, a Wyoming rancher, noted the changes in today’s retail meat case and said cattlemen and women provide a healthful product consumers demand.

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“U.S. cattle producers work each and every day to provide safe, wholesome and nutritious beef for consumers around the world,” said Ellis. “Since the first Dietary Guidelines were released in 1980, external fat on beef has decreased 81 percent and 65 percent of the most popular beef cuts sold at retail are lean, a prime example of beef producers responding to consumers’ nutritional preferences.”


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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Chewing on the Chuck (roast) Executive Director Mark Russell Your one dollar check-off has helped build demand for U.S. beef here in Missouri, the United States and around the world through promotion, research and education efforts. New products have been created like the “Flat Iron” steak. And, it has helped defend our industry’s reputation during situations like the “Cow that stole Christmas.” In fact, studies have shown that international market development programs supported by beef checkoff funds have added $170 in value to every 550-pound steer we sell. The challenges facing us today are serious. Organizations like HSUS and PETA continue to push their anti-meat agenda. And many in the new, and largest ever, generation called the “Millennials” believe chicken is healthier than beef. If we don’t remain proactive, consumers and future generations to follow them, will not buy our product. Many producers have been asking questions about their checkoff and we wanted to share what the checkoff means to each and every one of you.

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Who benefits from the beef checkoff? Producers benefit. The fundamental goal of every checkoff program is to increase commodity demand, thereby increasing the potential long-term economic growth of all sectors of the industry. Eight out of 10 producers say the beef checkoff has contributed to a positive trend in beef demand and added profitability to their operations.

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How is the Missouri Beef Checkoff managed? Missouri farm organizations nominate producers and individual producers may petition to serve on the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC). These nominations are allocated geographically throughout the state. Producers registered receive a ballot and actually elect those nominated to serve. The MBIC serves as the management council of the checkoff. This structure ensures a highly coordinated use of all the checkoff funds for the benefit of Missouri farmers and ranchers.

What kind of research does the beef checkoff invest in? The checkoff helps support research in the consumer market, human nutrition and safety. For example, checkoff-funded safety research led to new protocols in packing plants that helped reduce pathogens. Closer to home, in Missouri, research in areas addressing E.Coli reduction, ground beef and whole muscle cuts extending shelf life through light sources, and protein needs of children are a few of the current projects impacting the industry. Does the checkoff helped develop new retail and foodservice cuts? That’s right. Through muscle profiling research, the checkoff helped develop the Flat Iron, Delmonico Steak, Denver Cut, Boneless Country- Style Ribs and America’s Beef Roast. In Missouri, new product innovations have included Convenient Fresh and Fast tray packs and soon, a fresh smoked beef may be available to consumers. These are all examples of adding value to traditionally lower value sub-primal cuts. In fact, 13 new value-added cuts have contributed more than $100 to the carcass value for producers. With the help of checkoff-funded research and development in the last 14 years, more than 3,000 new beef retail and foodservice products have been introduced, many to meet increased consumer demand for convenience; like the flat iron steak and Schmacon (beef bacon) What has the checkoff done to counter the diet-health scares? The beef checkoff has helped fund studies and research that show beef plays a major role in a healthful diet. The BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) study is helping health professionals to update their dietary recommendations. A partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) allows its heart-check mark to appear on numerous beef cuts. Missouri is working with many local AHA affiliates.


Recently, the World Health Organization released a study linking red meat to cancer. Checkoff funds addressed this head-on in the media sharing facts that disputed the accuracy of the recommendation. Additionally, the checkoff has played a major role in communicating facts and information back to those generating new dietary guidelines for schools and government Can you name a program that is directly helping cow/calf producers? Absolutely! The checkoff has funded educational programs such as Missouri Beef Quality Assurance training that teaches beef quality assurance principles on animal care, handling and nutrition. This program ensures beef quality and safety. Hundreds of Missouri beef producers have completed certification programs helping to insure safe and high quality beef for consumers.

Show-Me state. Social media continues to reach targeted Millennial and youth audiences. Retail Foodservice partnerships stimulate beef sales. Beef training sessions with top foodservice directors, chefs and retail meat market managers is a priority in 2016. Nutrition education of health professionals, health organizations and media reinforces beef’s nutritional benefits. Resources allow greater visibility among these audiences. Keep us posted on any meetings and events where we can come talk to producers this winter and spring! And check us out at www.mobeef.org.

How does export market development help the bottom line? Checkoff investments into foreign marketing of U.S. beef continue to pay off because export volume and value continue to increase. In 2014, exports generated strong returns for producers, as beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged a record $297.68 in 2014, up $52.72 from the previous year. The value of the U.S. dollar has negatively impacted all exports recently, including beef. Continued efforts to expand foreign markets in 2016 will help drive future demand.

Advertising and public relations reaches consumers. The checkoff keeps beef top-of-mind with consumers across the

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How do I know I’m getting a good return on my checkoff investment? A 2009 University of Florida study showed that for every $1 invested by producers into the beef checkoff, the industry had a return of $5.55. That study was revisited and commissioned to Cornell University in 2014 and the industry had a return of $11.20 for every $1 invested by cattlemen. With a goal of driving demand/consumption 10% more by 2020, Scott Brown, economist at the University of Missouri, predicts that could add $60/head to the price of calves at the farm-gate.

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Withdrawal of United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims Source: USDA/AMS A notification on January 12, 2016 was sent out by the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) informing the public it is withdrawing the U.S. Standards for livestock and meat marketing claims. Specifically, towards: Grass (Forage) fed claim for ruminant livestock and the meat products derived from them. As well the naturally raised claim for livestock and the meat products from them. The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 directs the Secretary of Agriculture to develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging. In order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.

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Since then the U.S. Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims were initiated through a federal register notice and published on December 30, 2002. This gave producers and marketers the ability to distinguish their products in the marketplace. To increase credibility in production claims, AMS provides industries with an option to verify their marketing claims using a voluntary USDA-Certified or verified program. As a result the grass (forage) fed marketing claim standard was

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published on October 16, 2007. Furthermore naturally raised claim standards were established on January 21, 2009 in the code of federal regulations. AMS continually reviews the services it provides. It has determined that certain services do not fit within the agency’s statutory mandate to facilitate the marketing of U.S. Ag products. When AMS verifies a marketing claim a company often seeks to market that claim on a food label. When doing so a company must receive approval form the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) or meet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label requirements. The issue arises when a company wishing to market USDA verified production or marketing claims on food labels, because there is no guarantee that an USDA verified claim will be approved by the FSIS or FDA. The AMS acknowledges that the U.S. Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims do not always help facilitate the marketing of agricultural products and will develop and maintain U.S. Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims when there is a statutory mandate to do so.


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Missouri House Passes Resolution to Stop Tax Hike on Farmers- House Moves Quickly on MCA Priority Source: Mike Deering, MCA Today, Jan. 20, 2016, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 58 (HCR 58), which disapproves the Missouri Tax Commission’s recommendation of a five percent tax increase on Missouri farmers and ranchers. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R-160), passed with a bipartisan 133-24 vote. The resolution is supported by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) and is a priority for members of the association. MCA President Keith Stevens said now is not the time to increase taxes on Missouri farmers and ranchers.

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“It would be irresponsible for this association to compromise on yet another tax increase when we have members struggling to even make a loan payment,” said Stevens. “The market is volatile and we are seeing a dramatic downward trend that has some family farmers and ranchers in a very difficult situation. Our goal is to provide the safest, most nutritious product to our consumers. We also want to keep food affordable.”

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The Missouri Tax Commission makes recommendations for tax adjustments on agricultural property every two years. Two years ago, the Commission increased taxes on farm and ranch ground by five percent. This tax hike went into effect in 2015. According to Stevens, the formula used by the tax commission when considering taxes on farm and ranch property does not take into account flooding - or weather of any kind - volatility in the market or the value of the food produced from the land. Stevens said an increase of any rate could prevent expansion and growth in the state’s top industry. HCR 58 now moves to the Missouri Senate for consideration. Sens. Mike Parson (R-28) and Will Kraus (R-8) have filed a similar resolution in the Senate. “We urge the senate to pass the resolution as quickly as possible,” said Stevens. “The legislature has a limited amount of time, according to state statute, to disapprove the Commission’s recommendation.”


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President Vetoes Resolution of Disapproval of WOTUS Source: NCBA ( Jan. 20, 2016) – After bi-partisan passage in both chambers of Congress, President Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis said this is a clear indication the President does not understand the role America’s cattle producers, land owners and state governments play in preserving our natural resources. “We are extremely disappointed the President chose to side with the EPA, which has pulled out all the stops and shown an appalling disregard for the law throughout this rulemaking process,” said Ellis. “In siding with the EPA, the President has ignored the will of Congress, including members of his own party. Moreover, he has taken side against the 32 states, and countless stakeholders who have challenged the WOTUS rule. With Congress clearly showing their disapproval of this rule, the consequences of WOTUS implementation now rest solely with President Obama.”

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that while the outcome remains certain, the path is now much longer. “Rather than ditch the rule, the President ignored the tidal wave of opposition to appease the EPA’s radical agenda,” said Richards. “Due to the President’s veto cattle producers, stakeholders, states and ultimately taxpayers are now going to have to spend millions of dollars on litigation to ultimately determine what we already know; the WOTUS rule extends beyond Congressional intent under the Clean Water Act and violates Supreme Court precedent. Once again the regulatory train wreck has landed squarely on America’s rural economy.” NCBA and PLC filed a lawsuit in the Southern District Court in Texas on July 2, 2015. That litigation will continue. While the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals considers jurisdiction, a temporary nationwide stay on implementation of the WOTUS rule remains in effect. “Cattle producers need regulatory certainty,” said Ellis. “While the WOTUS rule remains at the EPA, we will continue to pursue litigation and legislation to bring about that certainty. This is a top priority for our members and today’s action shows that we have only begun our fight.”


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Red Angus Association of America Acquires Interest In Top Dollar Angus Source: Red Angus Association of America The Red Angus Association of America recently acquired a major share in Top Dollar Angus, Inc. RAAA President Kim Ford made the announcement at BrainTrust during the Red Angus activities held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show. “This is a tremendous day for the RAAA to become directly involved as an owner in Top Dollar Angus,” said Ford. “The Red Angus breed believes strongly in value-added genetic programs and has a long history of innovative thinking as a breed association. Top Dollar Angus is a pioneer in bringing distinct feeder calf marketing based on superior genetics to the U.S. beef business. We view this purchase as an investment that will bring greater rewards to cow-calf operations that consistently purchase high-genetic-merit bulls and match those genetics with good health management and nutrition programs. And if it’s good for commercial cattlemen and women, it’s positive for Red Angus.” Tom Brink, founder of Top Dollar Angus Inc., will retain an ownership interest, and will continue to serve

as president. The firm will operate as a separate, standalone entity from the Association. “In working with ranchers and farmers across the nation over the past two years, it is apparent that cattlemen with superior Red Angus and Angus beef genetics are actively seeking to differentiate their calves,” said Brink. “Top Dollar Angus helps accomplish that important task. By partnering with the RAAA, the program will be strengthened, become more visible, and be more able to successfully serve commercial ranchers and farmers. Those men and women raising the beef industry’s best calves deserve a premium price, and Top Dollar Angus is now in an even better position to help make that happen.” A board of directors is now being selected and should be in place mid-February. The board will include representation from the Red Angus and Angus breeds, and other related segments of the beef industry. In the future, Top Dollar Angus will seek to raise additional capital from a limited number of outside investors.

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South Central Missouri Cattlemen We recently had our annual meeting and elections for 2016. Over 80 members and new members were served a brisket dinner catered by Colton’s of West Plains and sponsored by John Williams of Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply of West Plains. Distinguished guest for the evening were Bobby Simpson regional director and Mike Deering from the state office. Also, Mark Russell of the Missouri Beef Industry Council updated our group on the latest news.

Supply Inc of Thayer and West Plains. Winner was Ron Kahl a future new cattlemen member. Elected President Greg Brown; Vice President Janet Crow; and Directors John Steffensen, Matt Conn, Barry Slayton, Scott Schaumburg. Many thanks to Don Alford and Keith Tharp for serving as directors. Until next month thank a farmer.

Speaker Randy Wiedmeier livestock specialist from the University of Missouri Extension spoke of “Winter Feed Supplement.” Highlight for the evening was the raffle of a Arrow Cattle Working chute donated by Hirsch Feed & Farm

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Winner of raffle. Left to right: John Williams owner Hirsch Feed; Ron Kahl & son winner; Greg Brown President.


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Dallas County The Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) kicked off the 2016 year with a membership meeting on Jan. 12th at the O’Bannon Community Center in Buffalo. About 130 members and guests enjoyed a brisket dinner catered by Brick House Smoked Meats. We would like to thank McCurry Trailers of Springfield and Elanco for sponsoring our meal.

LCCA members were well represented at this year’s MCA convention at Tan Tar A resort at Lake of the Ozarks.

Lafayette County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen attended the annual meetings, cattlemen’s college and industry trade show held at Lake Ozark Jan 8 -10. Two Lafayette County youth were awarded scholarships. Neal Barnett of Wellington and Dalton Edwards of Higginsville were recipients of scholarships awarded at the Foundation banquet. Dalton was also recognized as a winner in the junior points competition. Plans are underway for the LCCA winter meeting to be held March 3rd at the American Legion Hall in Higginsville.

First to speak that evening was Danny McCurry of McCurry Trailers. Danny talked about the line-up and features of WW Trailers that he sells. He mentioned that he and his wife, Teresa, started their company 32 years ago. A well-known “Cowboy Poet”, Danny also entertained us with some of his poems that he has written. We certainly enjoyed his wit and humor. Next on the program was Jeff Cleland of Elanco. Jeff focused his presentation on the use of implants. He mentioned that spending $1-$2 per head can add $15-$25 worth of gain per head. He told the group that implants are underutilized and encouraged beef producers to use them for calves and stockers. With the $1 beef checkoff referendum coming up for a vote this spring it is crucial that producers understand (Continued on page 52)

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the importance of it. Also with us that evening were Davin Althoff, chief financial officer of MBIC, and Keith Baxter, MBIC board member. Both men did a great job explaining the referendum, how it works, and what the money will be used for. We really appreciate them coming to our meeting and answering a lot of the questions our members had. With the 48th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show now in the past, we want to congratulate Mike and his MCA staff as well as the convention committee on another fantastic event. Everything was so well organized and orchestrated. We had quite a large group of DCCA members attend this year. Whether it be for one day or the entire time, everyone certainly enjoyed everything! We are especially happy for one of our own—Mr. John Paul Jones—for receiving the “Pioneer Award”. At 98 years young, John Paul is an inspiration to us all. He still takes care of nearly 200 head of cattle and bales his own hay with a minimum of help from family and friends. Also a huge thank you to Past President Janet Akers and her officer team for a job well done this past year. We are always blessed with a great MCA officer team to lead us. Our February 9th meeting will be held at Prairie Grove School. We will be serving up lots of chili and other soups and have our pie auction that night. All monies will benefit our scholarship program.

Boone County

The next event for the Boone County Cattlemen was the 6th Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction held on November 6, 2015 at the Peachtree Banquet Center in Columbia. It was a fun event filled with laughter and good fellowship to support kids in Boone County. In total for the 2015 year, we raised $13,600. Thank you to everyone who donated items, attended this event, and purchased silent and live auction times. Also a special thank you to Phillip Brooks for coordinating the event this year without an intern. Last, but certainly not least, was the annual membership meeting on December 8 at the MCA office. The meal was sponsored by Kent Feeds. Following the meal, Ed Creason, Beef Specialist for Kent Feeds, gave an insightful presentation on heifer development for your operation and Maurice Eagan gave a short overview of Kent Feeds products. Greg Buckman then presented R.E. Voorheis with the Boone County Cattlemen “Pioneer Award,” highlighting his dedication not only to our organization, but at the state and national levels, as well as his involvement and commitment to our Scholarship Fundraiser. RE has been a member of the Missouri Cattlemen Association for longer than there are records, and has attended most of the state conventions, many American Royals, and donated to many of the Missouri Cattlemen Association causes. Rarely does Mr. Voorheis miss a Boone County Cattlemen meeting. He has called bids in all our scholarship auctions, as well as donated and purchased items. Even this year at 90 years young, when our auctioneers were running behind, without hesitation he volunteered to begin calling bids to ensure we had a successful auction for the kids.

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The Boone County Cattlemen has had a busy fall. Their September membership meeting was held on September 29 at the MCA office. The meal was sponsored by the Missouri Valley Commission Company and the Eastern Missouri Commission Company. Following the meal, Justin Angell gave what he called, “the State of the Cattle address” explaining the current situation of the cattle market and where he projects it will go. President Bruce Noble then updated the cattlemen that we had yet another successful year at the Missouri Valley Steam Show in Boonville on September 11-12. Thank you to all members and Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen that helped at the show.

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In order to prepare everything for the Annual Scholarship Dinner and auction, there was not an October or November membership meeting. However, they did another cooking event at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival on October 10-11, which was also very successful. Thank you to all the members and Ashland FFA kids that helped out at this event. (Continued on page 54)


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Phillip Brooks then presented Vernon Yager with the Boone County Cattlemen “Cattleman of the Decade” award for his many years of service and dedication to the Boone County Cattlemen’s and his time spent on the Board. Both gentlemen were presented with a nice vest embroidered with their name to commemorate their respective awards. President Bruce Noble also recognized and presented Sarah Uptegrove with a parting gift and thank you for her years of service to the Boone County Cattlemen’s as well.

Also at the December Meeting, the 2016 officers and board members were selected and are as follows: President Bruce Noble, VP David Schlemeyer, Past President Phillip Brooks, Treasurer David Stock, and Secretary David Grant. Continuing board members are Scott Kennison, Luke Barnett, Brian Lease, and Seth Frerking. New board members are Wendy Flatt, and Russell Martin.

Henry County The Henry County Cattlemen have had a slow month. The nominating committee has been busy working on a slate of officers for the next year. Several of our members just returned from the state convention at Tan-Tar-A. We were proud to have the retiring MCA President Janet Akers as one of our members. We welcome member Marylin Lesmeister becoming the new President of the Cattlewomens Association.

Local president Roy Batschelett and wife Wanda seem to be enjoying the annual banquet.

The next meeting is to be determined, but all members were encouraged to attend the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show January 8-10.

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Cole County The Cole County Cattlemen’s Association held a membership meeting on June 17, 2015 at the Wardsville Lion’s Club. Sponsors for the meal was Vita-Ferm of St. Joseph. Dennis Delaney and Ken Gillig spoke on behalf of Biozyme. Other guests included Mark Russell with M.B.I.C., Jim Frank with soil and water district, Kevin Johansen our membership manager at MCA, and Greg Connell the general manager of the Missouri Angus Association. Jill and Jared Wareham enjoying their first convention.

Past Cattlewomen President, Brenda Black, neighboring Bates county member, Blair Morris, visit with new MCW President Marylin Lesmeister.

Douglas/Wright Co Come out and join us Monday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. at Club 60 Steakhouse in Mt. Grove. Our sponsor’s will be Dow Agri Chemical. Brent Medler will be speaking about what Dow has to offer our pastures to ensure the best growth. Lebanon Live Stock will be presenting information on sales/purchases of livestock and the services they can offer. We will be charging $5.00 at the door. Hope to see you there. Questions contact Karla Besson 417-746-0297.

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The CCCA also held board meetings on July 23, August 27, and September 24, 2015. The board meets on the 4th Thursday each month at Oscar’s in Jefferson City. We invite members and guests to join us to eat at 6:30 pm with the meeting starting at 7 pm. The board voted to hold general membership meetings four times per year; winter, spring, summer, and fall. Members will be informed of board minuets via e-mail. Also, Vic Lovell has volunteered to send MCA a newsletter recapping the board meeting highlights which will also be sent out to members via e-mail. Those wishing to receive these updates will need to be sure MCA has your correct e-mail address. Contact Kevin at kevin@mocattle.com with your information. Please remember to sign up for the Prime Cuts newsletter as well. In keeping with our desire to support the future of agriculture, the CCCA is recognizing six beef showmanship winners at the Cole County Fair. Congratulations to all six winners for their hard work and skills! Our President, Travis Roling, personally acknowledged each winner and handed them their check as the winners were announced at the fair. 5 of the six families were able to attend the September board meeting where they were recognized. Our day to work at the Beef House at the State Fair was Wednesday, August 19th. 18 representatives from CCCA came to work and socialize that evening and to enjoy a beef dinner. Another membership meeting was held on September 30th. The speaker and sponsor of the meeting was Nick Hammett, the marketing manager from Circle A Angus Ranch in Iberia, Mo. He gave us an overview of how the business was started and grew and how the operation helps the cattle farmer to receive more revenue from the sale of their cattle by following the Circle A protocols. Their next sale is October 17, 2015 and will be selling bulls and bred heifers. Nick also encouraged people to take tours of the ranch and the covered feedlot in Huntsville Mo. Matt Ivy and Travis Roling of Burrus Seed was a co-sponsor of the meeting as well. Burrus


sells corn and soybean seed. We enjoyed a meal of ribeye steaks with all the sides and dessert. Our region 2 vice president, Mike Henderson, attended the meeting. He briefly updated us on several topics: The state board meeting is at 10 am on October 1 in Columbia; Ed Ehrhardt is attending for Cole County. Mike gave us an overview of all the benefits of becoming a MCA member. Mike Deering had just renewed his 3 year contract with MCA as Executive Vice President. The PAC fund – raising money to support political activities and/or people who support our Agricultural values. The state convention is to be held at Tan-Tar-A January 8-10, 2016. Henderson also won $60 in the 50/50 raffle held that night. He graciously donated the money back to us. Thank you Mike! Were you aware that the University of Missouri at Columbia has a “Quarter Scale Tractor Pulling Team”? We weren’t. In fact, none of the board members at the September meeting had even heard of it. Travis was contacted by one of the team members, Victoria Forck,

to ask if her team could come and speak with us at our membership meeting on the 30th. Having received the okay, Victoria arrived at the meeting with two of her teammates, Tanner Brundage, and AJ Feicht. They also brought 2 of the Quarter Scale Tractors for everyone to see, and if they wanted, take it for a spin around the parking lot. The team explained that each year, the students on the team build one tractor. Each tractor costs about $20,000. They are responsible for finding funding, parts, sponsors, problem solving, engineering, and driving the tractors in pulling competitions around the US. Teams from around the world participate. This year’s tractor is the “Tiger 12”. Working with this team, students experience real life problems and problem solving, and establish connections that could lead to jobs and internships. The team likes to attend meetings like ours to make connections and look for sponsorships. We wish the “Torq’N Tigers” good luck with all their endeavors! Check them out at www.facebook.com/MizzouTractor . Everyone mark your calendars for the CCCA 2nd Annual Banquet, Fundraiser, and Dance to be held March 19, 2016 at the Wardsville Lions Club. The popular band “Shiloh” will again be there to play at the dance.

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association About 80 persons attended the January 5 meeting of the association. The meeting was held at the University’s Southwest Research Center, near Mt. Vernon. The Vigortone folks sponsored the meal which was catered by Patty Osterloh, Verona. Of course, the meat dish was roast beef with a wide variety of desserts. Following supper, John Marks the nutrition specialist for Vigortone gave a review of various forages mineral content and the beef animal’s requirement and how cer-

L to R – Keith Hankins, Killin Caldwell, Eric Oeltjen, Brian Gillen and Kailee Essary, member of the selection committee for the presentation of the $2500 check.

tain minerals could be in short supply. Additionally, he showed several minerals that could affect the utilization of others when they’re excessive. Sulfur and iron were the two he emphasized. John concluded his remarks with comments on a colostrum replacer that is being used now for calves that may not be receiving an adequate amount from their mothers.

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President Keith Hankins called on Kailee Essary and Lane Hankins to make a few remarks on their use of the scholarships awarded to them to help in their college studies. Ashley Bailey was unable to attend. Each received $1000 from the association’s foundation.

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In addition, the Lockwood FFA was recognized by the Southwest Cattlemen with a financial gift of $2500 to be used to help purchase a hydraulic steel roller that will help the students build hay rings. The hay ring is one of their fund raisers by the sophomore class and FFA advisor, Brian Gillen thanked the association for the help of his 65 member chapter. Brian brought along two members, Killin Caldwell and Eric Oeltjen who said a few words about their FFA projects.

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Keith encouraged members to attend the MCA Convention at Tan-Tar-A later in the week. He also recognized the many persons who made the auction and annual meeting the big success it was. Around $15,000 was raised for the foundation. Glen Cope reminded everyone to register to vote on the upcoming $1 checkoff election. You may register on-line and the closing date for that is March 4. Ballots will be mailed out on April 4 and must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2016.

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“Go Time” for Newborns Source: Black Ink (CAB)- Miranda Reiman A baby calf nursing for the first time … if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful. But no matter how serene it may seem on the outside, what’s happening inside is a fast and furious defense system. The biological signal that calf, and its immune system, gets could be summed up as, “It’s go time!” Everybody knows the ideal situation is an easy birth and calf nursing shortly thereafter, but do you know the specifics? You may know that a calf’s gut is not fully closed until after it gets something in its stomach, but it’s now pretty clear how critical it is that “something” be colostrum. There’s usually about 24 hours until the animal’s chance of absorbing antibodies into the bloodstream is greatly decreased, but if it consumes anything besides colostrum first, that window is much narrower. “It’s not really selective. There’s nothing in that calf’s gut that picks out the antibodies and leaves everything else. Essentially the gut grabs bunches of stuff in the gut

and engulfs it and dumps it out into the bloodstream,” says Brian Vander Ley, University of Missouri (MU) veterinarian. That is to say, no matter what a calf gets in its stomach (think trying to nurse on a not-exactly-sterilized fence) first, it has a direct line to its bloodstream. The reality of most calving environments emphasizes the importance of selecting for good mamas (who readily accept their babies) and cows well-suited for the environment. Those that are in good condition going into calving will have a much better chance of producing enough—both in quality and quantity—of that liquid gold. In addition to “feed your cows,” Vander Ley has one more recommendation: when a calf doesn’t nurse and milking its cow isn’t practical, use a true colostrum replacer versus a colostrum substitute or electrolytes. A replacer comes from hyper-vaccinated cows and is pretty similar to actual colostrum, where a substitute has substantially fewer immunoglobulins and other proteins found in colostrum.

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I’ve heard many people say that cattle that grade well have “never had a bad day.” I sincerely believe that goes all the way back to the time spent in utero. Recently, I was fascinated to learn that scientists believe colostrum could do a lot more than just provide an energy-dense meal and protective antibodies to newborn animals. Work out of Auburn University talks about the “lactocrine hypothesis” in swine. “We have always known that growth factors in colostrum are really important for gut development,” says Allison Meyer, MU animal scientist, “but this shows there are parts of colostrum that are helping with development of other organs after the animal is born.”

less likely to get respiratory disease in their life. If I put that together, my assumption is if they get good colostral transfer as a calf, they at least stand a much better chance of reaching their genetic potential.” That sounds like a convincing case to pay attention to it here and now, but isn’t it also exciting to know that there could be dozens of other benefits we don’t even know about yet? As many of you gear up for calving season, keep in mind that what you’re doing now could impact that calf’s early, ever-important dose of nutrition. Colostrogenesis starts 16 weeks pre-calving. In other words, “It’s go time.”

It’s not proven, but she suspects the same happens in beef cattle. The link between colostrum and immune system function, however, is well-documented and we know that lifetime disease resistance has proven benefits in the feedyard and on the rail. “I know if animals have respiratory disease they’re less likely to grade well,” Vander Ley says. “And I also know if they have good passive transfer at birth, they’re

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Bedwell Joins American Hereford Association Source: American Hereford Association (AHA) Shane Bedwell has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director of Breed Improvement of the American Hereford Association (AHA).

A Kansas State University graduate, Shane was a member of the 2003 Reserve National Champion Judging Team. Shane earned a master’s degree in beef cattle nutrition from the University of Illinois in 2007.

In this role, Shane will lead the AHA performance department and oversee the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) and Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR) program.

Shane was raised on a cow-calf and stocker ranch near Medicine Lodge, Kan., and continues to help manage his family’s 350 head cow-calf operation, which consists of a rotational cross of Hereford, Angus and Red Angus.

“I feel very humbled and honored to take the job as Director of Breed Improvement and COO for the American Hereford Association,” Shane says. “I look forward to serving the membership and working for a first-class organization. I believe that because of AHA’s outstanding leadership, the breed is currently positioned very well in the industry and envision continued growth for the years to come.”

Shane has had the opportunity to judge cattle in 30 states including the National Western Stock Show, American Royal, North American, Fort Worth Stock Show, San Antonio Livestock Show and the Houston Livestock and Rodeo. He says he enjoys youth events and working with students who are focused on pursuing a career in the livestock industry.

Prior to joining the AHA staff, Shane coached the livestock judging team at Colorado State University. In that role since August 2007, he has led many successful and championship teams. He also was an instructor for two livestock selection classes, as well as co-taught animal nutrition while serving as advisor for CSU’s Block & Bridle club.

“We are excited to have Shane join our Hereford team,” says Jack Ward, American Hereford Association executive vice president. “He brings a wealth of commercial industry knowledge to our organization as well as a unique ability to communicate technology and science in beef-producer terms. He will lead our research projects as we continue to document and prove the Hereford advantage.” Shane and his wife, Lacey, have a 4-year-old daughter, Cealy Rose, and a 1-year-old son, Chisum. The family has relocated to the Kansas City area.

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Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference The 2016 Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference will be February 9, 3;30 pm at the National Guard Armory. The event will be the 47th annual conference and has become a must attend event for southwest Missouri cattle producers. The conference kicks off at 3:30 pm as the trade show opens. Educational presentations begin at 4 pm. The opening speaker is the popular Dr. Scott Brown, University of Missouri Agricultural and Applied Economist. He’ll reveal the 2016 beef market outlook and discuss the various risk management tactics producers can draw on in marketing cattle. Craig Payne, DVM with the University of Missouri Veterinary College will explain how the veterinary feed directive (VFD) will affect cattlemen, feed providers and veterinarians beginning January 1, 2017. Payne introduced this topic to cattlemen at the 2015 conference. Since then there is more clarity to the numerous details which he will review. Just ahead of the evening break, Keith Stevens, Bolivar will share what’s happening in Jefferson City as far as the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association is concerned. Keith was elected the association’s president at their annual meeting in early January. During the break attendees will enjoy a chili super with all the trimmings. The chili is a blend of Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association recipes.

Time will also permit visitors to look the exhibits over and register for drawings. Presentations resume just before 7 pm with the topic, “Preparing Future Generations For Agricultural Production and Leadership.” Dr. Jim Spain, Vice Provost for Unndergraduate Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia will lead this with student and former student help. The concluding session looks at strategies for genetic improvement in commercial beef cow herds. Purebred herds have expected progeny differences (EPDs) to guide their progress and a new company, Method Genetics, LLC, St. Joseph has exciting plans to help commercial cow men. Presenters for that topic are the founders of the company, Dr. Sally Northcutt and Bill Bowman. You may never have heard of their company but if you’re a cow-calf producer you’ll find this to be quite futuristic. The conference is a cooperative effort of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, University of Missouri Extension and trade show exhibitors. Advance registration is not required but there is a $5 charge at the door. Details are available at either the Monett Chamber or the Extension Center, Mt. Vernon 417-466-3102.

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Come and have fun to benefit… MCF Scholarships • Farm Safety Programs Disabled Children 2016 Cattlemen’s Roundup Saturday Evening, March 19th, 2016

No Place - Bar 3414 S. 22nd Street St. Joseph, Missouri Andrew • Clinton Dekalb • Ray County Cattlemen Hosts For more information contact: Mary Kay Lyle (816) 387-1930 or Marty Lyle (816) 387-3583

“A Night on the Town” 4:30-6:00 Cattlemen’s Social Get together and fellowship 6:00 Steak Fry and Rocky Mountain Oysters • Auction of donated items to support the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation • Dance to “Live” Music $50.00/Couple $30.00/Individuals

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32nd Annual Spring Forage Conference Set for March 1st in Springfield Source: Pat Adams, NRCS, Ozark The 32nd annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference will be held Tuesday, March 1st 2016, at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri. Each year this conference attracts an increasing number of people interested in learning more about management strategies for forages and livestock.

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This year’s keynote speaker will be Trent Loos. Trent was raised on a diversified farm near Quincy, Illinois, but now owns and operates a ranch in central Nebraska where he and his family raise beef cattle, horses, and hogs. He is a strong advocate and activist for promoting production agriculture in America. Trent travels the globe to unearth stories about the people involved in the many different facets of production agriculture and to spread the good word about food producers. In 2013, Trent traveled to 22 different states, Ireland, and Canada to share his passion for an industry he truly believes in. His radio show “Loos Tales� is aired on nearly 100 radio stations in 19 states as well as numerous columns printed weekly in the High Plains Journal and other publications. Trent will be sharing his thoughts and advice

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with the conference audience about how each farmer can tell their own story and be an advocate for agriculture. More information about Trent can be found at www.loostales.com. The conference will also feature several breakout sessions throughout the day. Topics will include: understanding forage tests, forage quality versus quantity, how to graze 300 days a year, using annual forages, the new antibiotic rules, how to get started with livestock grazing, ranching tips for making a profit, preparing the next generation to farm, retaining versus buying heifers, the benefits of trees in a grazing system, and tips for managing a successful grazing system. There will be a large trade show in conjunction with the conference. Agricultural businesses and organizations will have exhibits and representatives available to discuss their products and services. If interested in becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, contact Nathan Witt at 417-4511007 ext.3. Conference registration begins at 8 a.m., with sessions running from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A banquet lun-


cheon is included with the registration. The cost is $35 per person in advance or $45 at the door. To pre-register (by February 18th) or to get more information, contact the Laclede County USDA Office at (417) 532-6305, ext.3. Participants can find more information about the conference and register online at www.springforageconference.com.

The conference is co-sponsored by several southwest Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Missouri State University Darr School of Agriculture, University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Department of Conservation, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, and the USDA Farm Service Agency.

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Braunvieh Show Highlights 2016 National Western Stock Show Braunvieh Results Beef Builder Show Grand Champion Heifer - AGB Kellie Mae C152 Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Jr. Champion Heifer - DSB Miss Rosa 4741 Andrew Gunnett, Billings, MO Grand Champion Bull - OCC Desperado C812 pld Andrew Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Reserve Grand Champion - BLC Outrider 571C Brink Livestock, Piedmont, KS & Dark Side Braunvieh, Peculiar, MO

Senior Bull Calf - QPG Mr Pouncer Andrew Gunnett, Billings, MO Purebred Show Heifer Grand Champion - BLC Loyalti 001B Jordan Walker, Tecumseh, OK Senior Heifer Calf - BLC Loyal Liberty 470B Brink Livestock, Piedmont, KS

Purebred Show Heifer Grand Champion - BLC Loyalti 001B - Jordan Walker, Tecumseh, OK

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2015 Braunvieh Junior National Springfield, MO • June 16-19, 2015 Bred and Owned Beefbuilder Bull Show Senior Bull Calf - QPG Mr Pouncer 269b Andrew Gunnett, Billings, MO Bred & Owned - Purebred /Full Blood Bulls Senior Bull Calf - HK Mr Thor Hannah Kuhn, Neosho, MO Senior Yearling Bull Grand Champion Agb General Lee 217y pld Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Bred & Owned Percentage / Beefbuilder Females Spring/Heifer Calf & Grand champion AGB Kellie Mae - c152 pld Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Senior Heifer Calf - Miss CBF Caramel b08 Molly Russell, Jasper, MO Full Blood Purebred Females Senior Heifer Calf & Grand Champion AGB Kelsie b152 et - Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Junior Yearling 2nd Place - AGB Isabella b22/pld Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Senior Yearling 2nd Place - CBF Grace a08 Molly Russell, Jasper, MO 3rd Place - HK Suzie q - Hannah Kuhn, Neosho, MO Steer Show Grand Champion - Britini Bronson, Peculiar, MO Reserve Grand Champion - Chase Bronson Peculiar, MO Percentage Owned Jr. Calf Champion - AGB Kellie Mae c152 pld Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Senior Heifer Calf Miss CBF Caramel b08 - Molly Russell, Jasper, MO

Thanking Don Hankins for all his work on the Jr. National.

Reserve Champion Group of Four Missouri Purebred Grand Champion Cow Calf Pair - Occ Kellie 152x Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO Winter Heifer Calves llb Miss 12b. - Austin Morlen, Walnut Grove, MO Senior Heifer Calves Class 43 - llb Miss Betsy Clayton Morlen, Walnut Grove, MO - 3rd place Class 44 1st Place - AGB kelsie b152 et Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO 2nd Place - Bcc Miss Maxine - Logan Stinnett, Seymour, MO 3rd Place - Pjdc Miss Jasmine - Andrew Gunnett, Billings, MO Class 45 1st Place - BLC Loyal Liberty 470b Molly Russell, Jasper, MO 2nd Place - Pjdc Miss Black Rose. Andrew Gunnett, Billings, MO 3rd Place - Bcc Miss Autumn - Vanessa Stinnett, Seymour, MO

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Senior Yearling Females Class 53 - CBF Grace a08 - Molly Russell, Jasper, MO Senior Yearling Class 54 - HK Suzie Q - Hannah Kuhn Grand Champion Female AGB Kelsie b152 et. - Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO

Fitting Contest 3rd Place Team - Faith Mills, Asbury, MO 4th Place Team - Anna Gaddy, Molly Russell & Emma Hankins, Springfield, MO Herdsmanship/Display Andrew Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO

State Group of Four Champion Missouri

Junior Braunvieh Association of America Herdsman of the Year Andrew Gunnett, Billings, MO

Contests Results

Intermediate High Point 2nd Place - Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO

Costume Contest 2nd Place - Chase Bronson, Peculiar, MO 3rd Place - Andrew Gunnett, Billings, MO

Senior High Point 1st Place - Molly Russell, Jasper, MO 2nd Place - Andrew Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO

Intermediate Showmanship 3rd Place - Anna Gaddy, Mt. Vernon, MO 4th Place - Logan Stinnett, Seymour MO 5th Place - Josie West, Mt. Vernon, MO

Quiz Bowl Missouri - 1st Place - Andrew Gaddy, Anna Gaddy, Andrew Gunnett, and Molly Russell

Senior Salesmanship 2nd Place - Molly Russell, Jasper, MO

JBAA Board of Directors. President - Andrew Gunnett. Newly Elected - Anna Gaddy Ex Officio - Molly Russell

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FIELD NOTES with Wes Tiemann

Real Cowboys, Mom! January always brings me to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. This two-week period is a cattle marketing mecca for those in the seedstock business. In just three days, I took in seven sales and witnessed millions of dollars trading hands. Not to mention the countless private treaty deals and promotions of cattle “in the yards.” This is the place where stock is stalled under the open sky, the same spot in the past where millions of feeder and fat cattle, sheep and hogs made a short stay at the Denver Stockyards. It is a sight to see and each year generates stories that will live with me forever. The National Western has plans to renovate the entire complex in the next several years. This will alter the look and feel that so many are accustomed to. The old wooden pens that have seen untold amounts of people and animals will be replaced with something fitting of today’s needs.

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Each year, friends of mine gather from across the country to conduct business in the Mile High City. We make it a point to dine at a different and unique places each night. Five to 10 cowboys in downtown Denver stick out like sore thumbs in today’s society. It wasn’t that long ago when we actually fit in with the crowd. Now, we get stares and fingers pointing our direction. Yes, times have changed.

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In fact, we find ourselves posing in selfies with tourists. We also respond to nearly anyone who confronts us that, “We are not from Texas and are not in the rodeo tonight.” Every kid stops and tugs on their mothers coat loudly pointing out real cowboys! This year, we even signed autographs for two ladies from New York. Several rounds where purchased from across the crowded rooms from revelers who got the nerve to shake our hands or say a quick hello on their way out.

MCA Manager of Strategic Solutions Obviously none of us are famous or recognizable to any of these folks. The fact that we were living, breathing people they have only seen the likes captured in a book or on the screen was exhilarating to them. What hits home is the fact that people around the country generally see cattle folks as nothing short of heroes to them. Perhaps that’s a stretch but we can’t deny the good feeling you get when someone appreciates the life you live. Cattle producers can be proud of the good reputation we have at least with the folks we bump into each year at the National Western. See you at the sale.


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World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifier Results Source: Livestock Marketing Association Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky., was named Champion at the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Midwestern Regional Qualifying Event. Keoco Auction Company, LLC hosted the final of three WLAC qualifying events on Monday, January 11. A total of 28 contestants competed for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the 2016 WLAC at Paris Stockyards in Paris, Ky.

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Following in his father’s footsteps, Romine decided to become a livestock auctioneer in Kentucky. The decision was a quick one after attending livestock auctions with his father and taking note of all the fun auctioneers seemed to have while on the block.

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ing cattle for producers at Blue Grass Stockyards. He believes that auctioneers should know their product – no matter what is being sold, exhibit honesty and integrity, and follow the Golden Rule by treating others how one would like to be treated. This summer’s WLAC will be the fourteenth that Romine has qualified for since 1990, when he first started competing in WLAC qualifiers. While winning the 2016 Midwestern Regional was an honor for Romine, he’s most looking forward to another chance at winning the World Champion title.

“They sounded cool, and they were always smiling, laughing and having a good time,” says Romine.

“I’m not going to let it get the best of me, because I’ve gotten the best from it,” Romine says of the WLAC, lamenting on the many cherished memories he’s acquired traveling the contest road. His preparation for the interview portion of the WLAC will begin early, though he says his twenty-five year old chant will stay the same.

That still rings true today. Romine says his job as a livestock auctioneer does not seem like “work,” as he enjoys the day-to-day job of an auctioneer and loves market-

Romine was sponsored by Blue Grass Marketing Group, Lexington, Ky., and Blue Grass South Livestock Market, LLC, Standford, Ky.

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Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, Colo.; and Kevin Schow, Paxton, Neb. A live cattle sale took place with actual bidders in the seats. Contestants were judged on the clarity of their auction chant; vocal quality; ability to catch bids and conduct the sale; and if the judge would hire the auctioneer. Judges for each qualifying event are livestock market owners and managers from across the United States. The Midwestern Regional was judged by Travis Bock, Columbus Sales Pavilion, Columbus, Neb.; Bob Fidler, Fairview Sale Barn, Fairview, Ill.; Darrell Ford, Hope Livestock Auction, Hope, Ark.; Brian Glick, Belleville Livestock Market, Belleville, Penn., and Brandon Hickey, Elk City Livestock Auction, Elk City, Okla.

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Also making a great showing were Reserve Champion Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo. (pictured above); Runner-Up Kyle Layman, Morland, Kan.; and Top Rookie Aaron Cantrell, Archie, Mo. The following contestants who earned a top ten finish are Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Brandon Hamel, Damar, Kan.; Garrett Jones, Los Banos, Calif.; Jared Miller, Leon, Iowa; Daniel

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Other contestants who competed are Ross Annett, Brooks, Alberta; Zach Ballard, Creston, Iowa; Glenn Berkner, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Billy Bruce, Fair Play, Mo.; Brent Croom, Dyer, Tenn.; Dakota Davis, Caldwell, Kan.; Brandon Frey, Creston, Iowa; Cody Kirschbaum, Bloomington, Wis.; Bill Nance, Sheldon, Mo.; Mark Oberholtzer, Owen, Wis.; Henry Redmond, Poplarville, Miss.; Roger Robinson, Orleans, Ind.; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Justin Steward, Wyoming, Iowa; Scott Werlein, Mondovi, Wis.; Vernon Yoder, Dundee, Ohio; and Zack Zumstein, Prairie, Idaho.


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Nick Hammett Honored at Conference Source: MDA and Nick Hammett Missouri beef industry professional Nick Hammett, from Ashland, Mo., was recognized by Gov. Jay Nixon and Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce at the 46th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture with the 2015 Missouri Beef Cattle Legacy Award, recognizing him for leadership in Missouri’s beef cattle industry. Hammett has spent his life striving for increased profitability for beef producers while promoting the positive attributes of beef and an agricultural way of life. The Missouri Agriculture Awards recognized producers for their commitment to innovation, supporting their communities, committing to good land stewardship and being a great example for future generations. “Missouri agriculture’s top commodity is the men, women and families who work on behalf of the state’s number one industry each day,” said Director Fordyce. “Having the opportunity to recognize a group of producers and agriculture leaders who have gone above and beyond is a privilege. These award recipients tell, and live, the story of agriculture every day; and I’m proud we have them as part of our agriculture family.”

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Left to right: Richard Fordyce, Nick Hammett, Governor Jay Nixon, and Dr. Linda Hickam.

Science at the University of Missouri and obtained a Master’s Degree in Beef Cattle Production from Colorado State University. He has worked for multiple beef cattle breed associations, individual ranches, a vertically integrated beef company and has been employed as Marketing Manager by Circle A Angus for the last 8 years where he uses his production knowledge to increase customer profits and his marketing skills to not only promote Circle A’s products, but beef in general. Hammett’s family, including his wife Rebekah and children Cole and Lauren, are heavily involved in 4H and FFA and live on a small farm in Ashland, MO where they raise and show multiple species of livestock.


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Common Sense with Baxter Black The Gun Battle As radical Islamic terrorists continue their penetration of the Unites States and mentally deranged psychos attack unsuspecting pedestrians, our country seeks solutions. Conservative Constitutional fundamentalists stand by the law and support arming everyone! Whereas progressive liberals insist on disarming everyday citizens and depend on government to protect everyone! Yet compromise is hard to find. Speaking for myself, I know many reasonable supporters of the 2nd Amendment and the NRA who would be amenable to some restrictions on sales of some automatic weapons or ground to air missile, for instance. So why can’t we compromise with the Anti-2nd Amendment’s political promises? Simple… we do not trust our own government. We know there are those who would disarm us all. The wisdom of our forefathers was prescient. They knew that men in power would immediately begin to take freedom away from the citizens they serve. The most precious of which is freedom of speech. We have reached a point in our history where plutocrats are

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trying to outlaw anything offensive they determine might hurt someone’s feelings. Like termites, these opponents of free speech gnaw away at our most powerful right… the right to speak our mind. An American citizen should not have to look over her shoulder before she expresses her opinion, be it religion, profanity, racist, unkind, profound, offensive, untrue or beautiful. In a country founded on a Christian moral foundation, we encourage “Love thy neighbor as thyself” as a guide. But, by law, we permit the foulest of behaviors to be allowed. The government does not have the right to deny the First Amendment to any lawful citizen. Nor do states or cities. No court, mayor, governor or college president has the right to restrict legal citizens from voicing their opinion. But they do. So how do these specious political weasels get around the law? The writers of our Constitution could see them coming. They knew that somewhere down the road government officials would try to eliminate the 1st Amendment, the Right of Free Speech. We are watching them in action today. It is the first step toward dictatorial control. Laws being enacted by unelected bureaucrats, uncontrolled looting and crime under the guise of legitimate protest, cartels smuggling people and drugs across our border, terrorists with no name, yet the throttled


media mince around, clouding the truth in the name of political correctness and diminishing our right to vocally object. Where does it end? The writers of the Constitution built an impervious wall to protect our precious Right of Free Speech. It is called the 2nd Amendment, to wit… “...necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” How clear is that? Though many power seekers down through the ages have tried every legal maneuver to taint, disclaim, and misinterpret the 2nd Amendment as vague, “out of context”, outdated, not applicable in a modern world and susceptible to “executive order”, they have failed. NOTE: The 1st AMENDMENT COULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THE 2nd AMENDMENT. As soon as the gun banners can disarm us, THE PEOPLE, democracy will be on its way out. It’s very depressing to watch injustice, needless killing, and terrorist bombing in our own backyard, but most of all, it is a sad state of affairs when we cannot trust our elected and appointed leaders. P.S. December 2015 Congressional survey: 9% approval. www.baxterblack.com

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MBC Bull Buyers Guide issue is March. Contact Andy or Wes to place your ad in this issue. Andy: 816-210-7713 • andy@mocattle.com Wes: 816-244-4462 • wes@mocattle.com

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Sale Calendar February 6 February 6 February 10 February 13 February 13 February 13 February 18 February 19 February 20 February 20 February 21 February 22 February 25 February 27 February 27 Febraury 27 February 27 February 28 March 2 March 3 March 4 March 4 March 4 March 5 March 5 March 5

Loonan Stock Farm Sale, Corning, IA Prairie Creek Angus Pleasant Plains, IL River Creek Farms, Manhattan, KS Crooked Creek Angus Production Sale, Clarinda, IA Bradley 3 Ranch Sale, Estelline, TX J&N Black Hereford Sale Leavenworth, KS Iowa Beef Expo Angus Sale Des Moines, IA Cow Camp Ranch Bull Sale Lost Springs, KS Riley Brothers Angus, Darlington, WI Byergo Sale, Savannah, MO Schiefelbein Farms Production Sale Kimball, MN Robert Elliot & Sons Angus Sale, Adams, TN Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, IL Highpoint Genetics Production Sale, Osceola, IA Spur Ranch Spring Sale, Vinita, OK Seedstock Plus Sale, Kingsville, MO Peterson Angus Sale, Worthing, SD Missouri Angus Breeders Futurity Sale Columbia, MO Ferguson Angus, Agra, KS Generic Genetics Production Sale Ida Grove, IA KSU Legacy Sale, Manhattan, KS Windy Hill Charolais Sale Cedar Hill, MO Express Bull Sale, Yukon, OK Pine View Angus, Colesburg, IA Mead Farms Sale, Versailles, MO Peterson Farms Top Pick Bull Sale Mountain Grove, MO

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Linhart Limousin, Leon, IA Stucky Sale, Kingman, KS BJ Angus, Manhattan, KS Curtin Sale, Blue Mound, IL WIU Performance Tested Bull Sale, Macomb, IL Heart of the Ozarks Angus Association Sale, West Plains, MO Wright Charolais Sale, Kearney, MO RedStock Sale, Chillicothe, MO Mill Brae Ranch Sale, Maple Hill, KS Jac’s Ranch, Bentonville, AR Express Ranch Honor Roll Sale Yukon, OK Valley Oaks Angus Sale Oak Grove, MO Galaxy Beef Sale, Maryville, MO Genetic Power Sale, Springfield, MO Benoitt Angus Ranch, Mankato, KS THM Land & Cattle Bull Sale Vienna, MO Marshall-Fenner & Murphy Cattle Co. Marshall Junction, MO Sunflower Genetics, Maple Hill, KS Brinkley Angus Ranch Green City, MO Flying H Sale, Lowry City, MO Falling Timber Farms Sale Marthasville, MO Pinegar Limousin Sale Springfield, MO Stratford Angus Production Sale Pratt, KS Mississippi Valley Angus Association Sale, Palmyra, MO Circle A Angus Sale, Iberia, MO Kranjec Bull Sale, Farmington, MO Briarwood Angus Ranch Sale, Butler, MO

Kingsville Livestock Auction Kingsville, Missouri Hwy. 58 • 45 Miles SE of Kansas City, MO

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Cattle Sale Every Tuesday 10:00 a.m. For information call Rick or Jeremy Anstine

816-597-3331 or 816-732-6070

Visit our Website at: www.anstineauctions.com or E-mail us at: kingsville@earthlink.net

Hwy 42 West • Vienna Missouri 65582 45 Miles South of Jefferson City Selling All classes of Cattle Wednesday • 10:00 a.m. Featuring ‘Star-Vac Program’ Cattle Weekly DVAuction Service for convenient online viewing & bidding For More Information Call… David Patton Office Ross Patton Bill Patton 573-308-6655 573-422-3305 573-308-6657 573-308-6658 Visit our website: www.scrsvienna.com or E-mail us: scrsvienna@gmail.com “Make South Central your Livestock Market”


MBC Classified The MBC Classified column appears monthly. Classified advertising is only 50¢ a word. Send your check with your ad to Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Mo 65201. Deadline 10th of month.

“REESE” DISC MOWERS, CADDY V-RAKES, “REESE” TUBE-LINE BALE WRAPPER, AITCHISON DRILLS, SELF-UNLOADING HAY TRAILERS, HEAVY DUTY BALE AND MINERAL FEEDERS, FEED BUNKS, BALE SPIKES, CONTINUOUS FENCING, COMPLETE CORRAL SYSTEMS, INSTALLATION AVAILABLE: Tigerco Distributing Co. 660-645-2212, 800-432-4020 or www.tigercoinc.com. SUPERIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION Video Sale Via Satellite. Your area representative is Bob Walker, 417-777-0949. BULLS: CALVING EASE LINE BRED BLACK SIMMENTALS. Outstanding EPD’s, Fast Growth. These are good looking, sound footed, fall and yearling bulls. We deliver. Mike Williams, Higginsville, MO 816-797-5450. STEEL OIL FIELD PIPE AND SUCKER RODS. Call 573-5782687 or 573-422-3735. COVERED MINERAL BUNKS: CCA treated wood bunks work well with salt or other mineral mix. Built is six sizes 6’ - 16’, at Sentinel Industries. Ashland, MO. Phone: 573-657-2164. WEST TENNESSEE POLLED HEREFORD ASSOCIATION SOUTHERN OPPORTUNITY SALE • February 20th, 2016 • 12:00 p.m. Smith Livestock Center UT Martin, Martin, TN. Call Bobby Singleton (615) 708-1034 for info or a catalog. View catalog online @ www.hereford.org.

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March 20 Magness Bull Sale, Miami, OK March 20 Silver Spur Production Sale, Maryville, MO March 20 April Valley Sale, St. Joseph, MO March 21 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Production Sale, Nevada, MO March 21 Oleen Brothers Sale, Dwight, KS March 22 Genetrust @ Suhn Cattle Co, Eureka, KS March 23 Express New Mexico Bull Sale, Newkirk, NM March 24 Sweiger Brothers Production Sale Weatherby, MO March 25 SE MO Performance Tested Bull Sale Farmington, MO March 26 Worthington Angus Production Sale Dadeville MO March 26 NE MO Performance Tested Bull Sale Palmyra, MO March 26 Maplewood Acres Sale, Sedalia, MO March 26 Seedstock Plus, Carthage, MO March 26 PBG, Montrose, MO March 26 Arkansas Bull Sale, Heber Springs, AR March 28 SW MO Performance Tested Bull Sale Springfield, MO March 29 KW Cattle Co Bull Sale, Ft Scott, KS April 2 Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, KS April 2 Show Me Classic Hereford Sale, Windsor, MO April 3 C/S Cattle Production Sale Pomona, MO April 3 Silver Spur Genetics Sale Maryville, MO April 4 Brockmere Farms Bull Sale, New Cambria, MO April 9 Dan Strong Angus Production Sale, Gardner, KS April 12 Sydenstricker Genetics Influence Sale New Cambria, MO April 16 McBee Cattle Co Sale, Fayette, MO April 16 Simon’s Cattle Co Production Sale Farley, IA April 17 American Pie Limousin Sale Lebanon, MO April 23 Highland Sale, Lebanon, MO April 26 C&C Sale Tina, MO April 30 Pinegar’s Heifer Sale, Springfield, MO

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ADM - AMPT................................. 29 AgriLabs Colostrx.......................... 116 AgriLabs Vet Gun.............................. 3 AMEC.............................................. 40 American Angus Association........... 43 American Simmental Association.... 83 April Valley Farms Sale.................... 59 Bachman Cattle Farms.................... 81 BJ Angus Genetics............................ 91 Briarwood Farms Sale...................... 42 Brink Livestock Braunvieh............... 70 Buffalo Livestock Market............... 109 Buford Ranches Sale........................ 95 Byergo Angus Sale............................ 85 Callaway Livestock Center Inc....... 109 CattleMax........................................ 58 Central Missouri Sales Co................. 8 Circle A Angus Ranch............... 11, 53 Classified........................................ 113 Clearwater Farm.............................. 53 Cow Camp..................................... 103 Curtin Land & Cattle Co................. 99 Dan Strong Angus............................ 32 Don Hankins / Outlaw Cattle Co.... 71 Eastern Missouri Commission Co... 15 Elliot & Sons.................................... 67 Express Ranches............................ 115 Falling Timber Farms....................... 45 Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri....................................... 48 FCS of Missouri................................. 9 Flying H Genetics............................ 51 Foglesong Charolais......................... 59 Galaxy Beef LLC....................... 53, 79 Gardiner Angus Sale........................ 49 Gerloff Farms................................... 53 GG Genetics.................................. 101 GrassWorks Manufacturing Weed Wiper............................... 107 Green’s Welding & Sales.................. 10 Hampton Feedlot............................. 34 Harriman Santa Fe.......................... 28 Heart of the Ozarks Sale................ 108 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus......... 53, 77 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale........................... 65 J Bar M Genetic Power Sale............ 87 Jac’s Ranch Sale............................... 55

Jim’s Motors..................................... 56 JJ Skyline Angus............................... 53 Joplin Regional Stockyards.............. 17 K.W. Cattle.................................... 100 Kent Nutrition Group.................... 109 Kingsville Livestock Auction.......... 112 Kranjec........................................... 107 KSU Legacy Sale............................. 46 Lane & Lane Braunvieh................... 68 Laughlin Angus................................ 53 Linhart Limousin........................... 102 Maplewood Acres Farm Sale........... 62 Marshall & Fenner Farms................ 53 MCA Brand Wall Page.................. 111 MCA County Leadership Conference.................................. 94 MCA Legislative Update................. 90 MCA Membership Form............... 110 MCA Policy Priorities...................... 92 McBee Cattle Co............................. 69 MCF Roundup................................ 64 McPherson Concrete Products...... 113 Mead Cattle Co............................... 57 Mead Farms..................................... 53 Mead Farms Sale............................. 41 Merial - Long Range....................... 21 Merial - Zactran............................... 37 MFA Fair Share................................ 96 Missouri Angus Association............. 53 Missouri Angus Breeders................. 53 Missouri Angus Futurity.................. 60 Missouri Beef Industry Council....... 39 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association................................ 104 Missouri Valley Commission Co...... 15 MO-KAN Livestock Market............ 54 MultiMIN USA............................... 35 Nevada Sale Barn............................ 54 Norbrook Enroflox 100...............24-25 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch................ 53 Peterson Angus Sale....................... 105 Peterson Farms Sale......................... 63 Pine View Angus............................ 108 Pinegar Limousin............................. 75 Pro-Serve......................................... 68 RedStock.....................................18-19 Riley Brothers Angus....................... 73 Seedstock Plus.................................. 61

Sellers Feedlot.................................. 61 South Central Regional Stockyards................................. 112 Spring Valley Farms......................... 93 Spur Ranch Sale.............................. 47 Stucky Ranch................................... 97 Superior Steel Sales.......................... 44 Sydenstricker Genetics..................... 53 Triple C, Inc..................................... 14 Valley Oaks Angus........................... 53 Valley Oaks Angus........................... 50 Weiker Angus Ranch........................ 53 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market.106 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate...... 70 Mike Williams.................................. 67 Windy Hill Farms............................. 89 WIU Bull Sale.................................. 66 Wright Charolais Sale...................... 23 Y-Tex.................................................. 2 Zeitlow Distributing......................... 58

Cowboys at the Capitol on Wednesdays See page 6 for schedule.


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