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CONTENTS

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FEATURES 16

Fighting to Ranch

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Stranger than Fiction

One Texan Makes a Lasting Impact on Missouri Agriculture

Birds, Big Cats and Other Predators to be Aware of this Calving Season

MEMBER NEWS 6 24 32

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Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News

COLUMNS President’s Perspective 8 MCA Amazing Generosity 10

CattleWomen’s Corner

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Straight Talk: Mike Deering

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On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black

Spring with Bob and Merle

Chinese Takeover

I was Only Trying to Help

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Capitol Update

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Junior Spotlight

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Cowboy Poetry

Not Pretty, But Effective

New Opportunities

Tradition

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ON THE COVER:

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MCA Past President Jim McCann pictured at his operation Shining Cross Cattle Co. in Miller, Missouri. Photo by Austin Black

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


MISSOURI

BEEF CATTLEMAN

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

Volume 47 - Issue 11 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office

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2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167 Andy Atzenweiler: Editor/Production/Ad Sales P.O. Box 480977 • Kansas City, Missouri 64148 816-210-7713 • E-mail: mobeef@sbcglobal.net Coby Wilson: Ad Sales 573-499-9162 Ext 235

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Missouri Cattlemen’s Association 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167

MCA Website: www.mocattle.com

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New MCA Members

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USMEF Update

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Obituaries: Bailey “Cash” Moore Orville “Boug” W. Francis

Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 Mike@mocattle.com Maria Washburn • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 Maria@mocattle.com Coby Wilson • Manager of Strategic Solutions - Ext 235 Coby@mocattle.com Candace Rosen • MBC Editor/Production Artist Candace@mocattle.com

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation www.mocattlemenfoundation.org

Missouri’s CattleWomen

http://mocattle.com/missouricattlewomen.aspx

2018 MCA Officers

Greg Buckman, President 573-696-3911 • 14601 N Rt U, Hallsville, MO 65255 Bobby Simpson, President-Elect 573-729-6583 • 3556 CR 6150, Salem, MO 65560 Marvin Dieckman, Vice President 660-596-4163 • 28998 Hwy JJ , Cole Camp, MO 65325 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069

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NCBA News

David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

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Advertisers Index

2018 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

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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, P.O. Box 480977, Kansas City, Missouri 64148

Region 1: Adam Kuebler, 202 N. 6th St. Edina, MO 63537 309-706-4410 Region 2: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 Region 3: Charlie Besher, RR 5, Box 2402 Patton, MO 63662 • 573-866-2846 Region 4: Tony Washburn, 4912 457th Street King City, MO 64463 • 660-483-0038 Region 5: Bruce Mershon, 10015 Windsor Drive Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 • 816-525-1954 Region 6: Clay Doeden, 14555 S. Hwy A Stockton, MO 65785 • 417-808-0415 Region 7: Traves Merrick, 1956 Hwy 97 Miller, MO 65707 • 417-536-8080

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4M Farms, Buffalo, MO McAfee/ Hayes Auction Service, Kahoka, MO Allen & Robin Andrews, Grant City, MO Ronny Baker, Harrisonsville, MO Joseph Ball, Cabool, MO Michael Ball, Cabool, MO Craig Boelling, Cumming, IA Jason Braungardt, Moscow Mills, MO John & Carrie Bryant, Fulton, MO Faith Calvin, Golden City, MO Kenlee Calvin, Circle C Red Angus, Golden City, MO Isaac Carrier, Muddy Creek Cattle Company, Lockwood, MO Robert Clark, Fulton, MO Hailey Colvin, Fortuna, MO Nathan Cropper, West Plains, MO Tristian Crose, Carrollton, MO Robert & Louise Dehart, Weubleau, MO Stephany Demster, Mondern Woodmen of America, Mt. Vernon, MO Addison Durnell, Wheatland, MO Blane Durnell, Wheatland, MO Chase Durnell, Wheatland, MO Donald Eiberger, King City, MO Jim Erwin, Rafter E, Richards, MO Steven & Julie Farnan, Guilford, MO Dylan Fellers, Weaubleau, MO Ivy Forrest, Norwood, MO Rick Gazaway, Gazaway Farms, Fair Play, MO Henry Gilmore, New Bloomfield, MO Marshall Gingrich, Leonard, MO Will Goodspeed, Maryville, MO Bruce Graham, Graham Insurance Agency, Fulton, MO Jeffrey Hager, Jackson, MO William Harmon, Guilford, MO

Tim Hatfield, Hatfield Signature Beef, Maryville, MO Jonathan Headings, Circle H Farms, Buffalo, MO Brett Henggeler, Maryville, MO Caleb Higgins, Mountain Grove, MO Bryan & Janet Hilsabeck, Barnard, MO Mitchell Hilsabeck, Hilsabeck Cattle Company, Barnard, MO Mitch Holtman, Conception Jct, MO Myron Hostetler, Elkland, MO Staci Hurst, Jefferson City, MO Josh Huwar, Brookshier Farms, Chillicothe, MO Jonathan King, AI Cattle Feeders, Strawberry, AR Devin Koenig, Wheatland, MO Kayla Kuhlman, Knob Noster, MO Austin Lea, Marshall, MO David Luke, Stanberry, MO John Malter, Smithville, MO Judd Malter, Smithville, MO Tyler Mann, Humansville, MO Jase Marx, Smithville, MO Aaron Mayfield, Sedgewickville, MO Ethan Mayfield, Sedgewickville, MO Ken Meyer, Hermitage, MO Clinton Miller, El Dorado Springs, MO Sean O’Brien, Elsberry, MO Clarice Owen, Carrollton, MO Rick Palmer, Stanberry, MO Eric Pinson, Mountain Grove, MO Michael Piper, Weaubleau, MO Alexis Plackemeier, Silex, MO Blake Plenge, Kahoka, MO Jason & Jennifer Poor, Pomona, MO C Dean Rhinn, Rocheport, MO Louis Riggs, Hannibal, MO

Troy and Kimberly Roling- Gish, Wardsvile, MO Kinlei Ruffel, Pilot Grove, MO Roger & Donna Salsbury, Guilford, MO Sam Schafer, Maryville, MO Kyle Schieber, Maryville, MO Kathleen Schoor, Schoor Farm, Hillsboro, MO Luke Sergent, Bolivar, MO Gunner Sexton, New Florence, MO Josce Sexton, New Florence, MO Steve Shamberger, Graham, MO Steve Shifflett, King City, MO Michael Smith, Warrensburg, MO Steven Smith, Triple S Farms, Bates City, MO Neal Steffens, Fulton, MO Emmitt Stewart, Weaubleua, MO Liz Stewart, Weaubleau, MO Patty Stewart, Weaubleau, MO Thomas Stuart, Jefferson, MO Braden Tiddy, BNT Cattle Co., Rolla, MO Brad Tucker, Mercy Lane Angus Farm, Rogersville, MO Michaela Turner, Wheatland, MO Michelle Turner, Wheatland, MO Amanda Wehrle, Wehrle Cattle Company LLC, Rhineland, MO Machaela Wehrle, Rhineland, MO Amber & Richard Wheeler, Leylah Acres, Cross Timbers, MO Katelynn Wheeler, Leylah Acres, Cross Timbers, MO Alan & Cheryl Wiederfolt, Guilford, MO Elyse Wilhoit, Macon, MO Steven & Tamara Wilhoit, Macon, MO Clint Wilkerson, Carthage, MO Cris & Tara Wilmes, Maryville, MO

See the MCA Membership Form on page 62.

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NAMA Honors Kendal Frazier with 2018 Ag Association Leader of the Year Award Source: NAMA The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Kendal Frazier, Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), as the inaugural Ag Association Leader of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence among senior executives who have made significant contributions to the agriculture industry in their roles with association or commodity organizations. Frazier will be honored during the 2018 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 11-13, in Kansas City, Missouri. Frazier’s tenure with NCBA began in March 1985, and during his more than three decades with the association he held leadership roles with its communications, governance and issues management functions. Frazier served as the Chief Operating Officer before being named CEO in 2015. Throughout his years of service to the beef community, Frazier has worked on a number of high- profile projects and issues. For instance, he played a lead role in coordinating the beef industry response to the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. He also developed and/or managed a number of award winning communication tools utilized by NCBA today, including NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen, National Cattlemen and Directions.

Frazier was also instrumental in retooling the annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to expand the industry-leading trade show, along with increased opportunities for experiences and entertainment, improving the event for attendees. This strategic shift has spurred significant growth in attendance, leading to consecutive attendance records in recent years, thanks in part to Frazier’s leadership and vision. In addition to his work at NCBA, Frazier has also served in volunteer leadership roles with the Livestock Publications Council, Agriculture Council of America and more recently with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). About NAMA NAMA is the nation’s largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness. NAMA has been encouraging and recognizing excellence in the industry for 60 years through initiatives such as Agribusiness Leader of the Year, Ag Association Leader of the Year and the NAMA Marketer of the Year. For more information, please visit nama.org or contact Jenny Pickett at (913) 491-6500 (jennyp@nama.org).

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with Mike Deering Chinese Takeover Who wants the Chinese to take over our farms? I don’t. You don’t. To even insinuate that this association wants that is ludicrous. But that’s the latest attack from the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and their minions. The false accusations stem from a hearing on March 13, 2018, where MCA, along with the Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Pork Producers Association, Missouri Land Title Association and others, testified in opposition to legislation that would ban foreign ownership of agricultural land in the state. Banning foreign ownership sounds great, but there is more to it than that.

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Your policy “supports a 1 percent cap on land that can be acquired by foreign entities.” That’s the current law and the new legislation would roll us back to pre-2013. The fact is foreign ownership of agricultural land was illegal, but foreigners were still buying it. How is that possible? There was little-to-no enforcement of the law and no solid way of tracking the ownership of the land. The intent was to fix a broken law and cap foreign-owned agricultural land at one percent and put protocols in place for the Missouri Department of Agriculture to approve and track purchases. The 2013 legislation passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.

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While not perfect, the legislation led to the Missouri Department of Agriculture improving their processes as it relates to foreign ownership, and they now have a better handle on how much farm ground is actually foreign-owned. According to the Department, foreign ownership is at .15 of a percent, which is a lot less than

Executive Vice President what was reported five years ago before legislation to clean up the process was put into place. Supporters of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center are essentially claiming that MCA and the other organizations testified in support of forcing you to give up your land to the Chinese, surrender your sovereignty and pledge allegiance to President Xi Jinping. Okay, this is a stretch, but not over the top if you read some of the accusations on social media. They pulled the same fear mongering with the Right to Farm amendment by claiming it would cause a massive influx of Chinese companies buying our land. That didn’t happen. Regardless of your opinion on foreign ownership, I personally find it concerning that the Missouri Rural Crisis Center would suggest getting rid of all the jobs created by foreign entities. Who is going to be the one to tell more than 3,000 farmers in northern Missouri that they are out of a job because we don’t want foreign investments? Who is going to force New Zealand-owned dairies in Southwest Missouri to close up shop? If these businesses can’t create jobs in Missouri, they will just go to a different state. My personal opinion doesn’t matter though. MCA members develop our policy. We are grassroots and we use your policy book as our playbook at the capitol. You develop policy. You change policy. We simply fight for it.


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January Exports Show Solid Start to 2018 for U.S. Beef, Pork Source: USMEF January exports of U.S. beef were significantly higher than the large totals of a year ago while pork exports were steady in volume and increased in value, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports totaled 105,486 metric tons (mt) in January, up 9 percent year-overyear, while export value surged 21 percent to $624.4 million. Exports accounted for 12.4 percent of total beef production in January, up slightly from a year ago. For muscle cuts only, the percentage exported increased from 9.5 percent to 10.1 percent. Beef export value averaged $293.06 per head of fed slaughter, up 14 percent year-over-year. January pork exports totaled 203,488 mt, steady with last year’s strong volume, while export value increased 7 percent to $545.6 million. Pork exports accounted for 24.7 percent of total pork production, down from 26.2 percent a year ago. For muscle cuts only, the percentage exported declined slightly to 21.5 percent. Pork export value averaged $50.93 per head slaughtered, up 1 percent year-overyear. For muscle cuts only, beef exports reached 80,495 mt (up 15 percent) valued at $555.7 million (up 23 percent). Pork export volume increased 5 percent to 164,189 mt, while value climbed 9 percent to $454.2 million. Beef variety meat volume fell 5 percent to just under 25,000 mt, but value increased 7 percent to $68.8 million. Pork variety meat exports dropped 16 percent in volume (39,299 mt) but still managed a 2 percent increase in value to $91.5 million. “January export results were solid overall and were especially strong for muscle cuts,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Despite the decline in variety meat volume, export value continued to increase. This underscores the important contribution variety meats deliver for producers and for everyone in the U.S. supply chain.” Complete January export results for U.S. beef, pork and lamb are available from USMEF’s statistics web page www.USMEF.org. Monthly charts for U.S. pork and beef exports are also available online.

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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS What’s happening in your neck of the woods? State update. MBIC has had a full schedule over the past couple of months. From visiting Cape Girardeau for the Cousin Carl Farm Show to spending time in metro Saint Louis, MBIC staff can be spotted everywhere. Recent highlights include: Cousin Carl Farm Show MBIC kicked off March travels with a road trip to Cape Girardeau to for the Cousin Carl Farm Show. Staff had the opportunity to visit with both producers and consumers alike. It’s always a good day when we have the opportunity to share our industry! Exploring product innovation with Deli Star Corporation NCBA’s Steve Wald was recently in town for a meeting with Deli Star Corporation. Mary Scott, Director of Consumer Affairs, left Columbia bright and early to head to Saint Louis, where she attended the meeting as well. MBIC was excited to have the opportunity to chat with folks who love beef just as much as we do!

opportunity to share what cattle production is like here at home with a delegation of Vietnam visitors. Below is a quote from Mrs. Taylor Tuttle herself. “The Missouri Beef Industry Council had the opportunity to meet with agriculture delegation from Vietnam. It was an opportunity to share more about agriculture in the United States, but more specifically about the beef industry in Missouri. These individuals represented various sectors of agriculture in Vietnam, and it was truly a unique experience to be able to connect with folks from a different part of the world that share the same passion for agriculture that I do.”

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Opportunities to educate We always welcome the opportunity to visit with folks about our favorite subject, beef. Some could argue that it’s even a little more exciting when we get to visit with others who aren’t as familiar with agriculture from our home here in the good ole U.S.A. Taylor Tuttle, Director of Education and Marketing had the unique

What’s on the horizon for MBIC? Key partnerships Partnerships with the folks who use our product are key for industry success. Here in Missouri, we’re extremely fortunate to have other organizations that are so receptive of the cattle industry. In fact, a new and exciting opportunity to work with the Saint Louis area American Culinary Federation has recently emerged. The Saint Louis ACF chapter has recently begun to become active again after a couple years of


being dormant. Mary Scott has been working to build a relationship with them and is excited to announce that she is planning a beef education meeting with the organization that will take place in the near future. Cooking classes MBIC strives to increase the demand for beef. We recently reached out to Dierbergs Grocers and will be forming a partnership for a beef inspired cooking class. The menus are being crafted, and the content is coming together. What an exciting time for MBIC; stay tuned for updates on our efforts regarding this project!

Convenience is key In light of a recent new product launch, state beef councils are working to promote the new Beef Meal kits. There are currently three types of meal kits available: TexMex, Korean, and Steak and Mash. The purpose of these kits is to help make mealtime a little easier for busy families. The kits include USDA Choice Beef Sirloin, sauce, starch, and topping. If desired, veggies can be added for a final touch. The kits have already hit the shelves in select stores, and word on the street is that they’re selling like hot cakes! Or should I say beefcakes?

Grab your running shoes! With Go! St. Louis right around the corner, staff are busy getting affairs for the event in order. MBIC takes pride in promoting fitness and Go! St. Louis is no different. The event will held April 6-8, 2018, if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello to our staff at the health and fitness expo! What’s happening across our nation? Beef capitalizing on fitness opportunities In recent news, the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) will be working to showcase beef as an important part of an athlete’s diet. They will be working with several different folks in the health and fitness world to promote the nutritional benefits of beef. Fitness trends come and go, but beef being an important part of the diet will always remain the same.

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State Beef Council Director Orientation Directors, new staff, and new board members alike will flock to Denver, CO April 25-26th for the 2018 State Beef Council Director Orientation. This is a great way for new comers to learn the ropes of the Beef Checkoff. MBIC will be sending two new staff members as well as several board members.

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Missouri Beef Industry Council Director Election

LEGAL NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the Director of Agriculture will be conducting an election to fill three positions on the Missouri Beef Industry Council Board of Directors. One regional council member is to be elected in each of Regions 1, 2 and 3. Terms of office are three years. Any cattle producer within the specified regions of the State of Missouri who is producing cattle for market and the legal owner of one or more head of cattle becomes eligible to vote in the election by registering at his/her respective Farm Service Agency (FSA), or electronically at http://mda.mo.gov/ councils/ prior to July 17, 2018. Cattle producers who have voted in any of the previous three (3) elections are not required to register unless their address has changed. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will mail ballots to registered producers August 17, 2018. Ballots must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2018 to be valid.

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Any qualified producer may be nominated and have his/her name placed on the ballot provided the independent nomination is accompanied by petition of not fewer than 100 producers in the nominee’s region and written permission of the candidate. Petitions must be delivered to the Director of Agriculture on or before July 20, 2018. Petition forms are available from the Missouri Department of Agriculture by calling 573-751-5633.

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Bailey “Cash” Moore Bailey “Cash” Moore, age 7, went to be with Jesus on March 4, 2018 where his Mamaw, Kristy Moore and his best friend Doc Haskins, whom preceded him in death, were waiting to welcome him home at heaven’s gates.

Orville “Boug” W. Francis Funeral services for 79 year old Orville W. “Boug” Francis were held Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Agnew Funeral Home in Paris, MO with David Troyer officiating. Visitation was held from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. with services following. Graveside burial services were held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Francis died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO due to a long-time pulmonary disease.

Cash was born October 24th, 2010 in Joplin, Missouri. He is survived by his parents Bailey and Tia Moore of Granby, his sisters Riley and Kyah Moore of the home; his maternal grandparents Harold and Linda Reed of Crane; paternal grandfather, Jackie Moore of Mt. Vernon; great-grandparents Claude and Colene Moore of Stotts City. Cash had many occupations, he was a cattleman, auctioneer, vet, bobcat-bulldozer man, rodeo man, fishing man, big buck hunter, feed truck driver, tractor driver, and even drove a few bull wagons along the way. He was an entrepreneur of many sorts.

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His favorite colors were blue and green. Cash loved the ladies and the ladies loved him. He was a compassionate 4’ tall little cowboy weighing in at 60 pounds. Half of that was his heart. He was Jesus’ personal assistant sent to teach us to love big and laugh often. To know Cash it only took one hello. Within a short time he would know everything about you. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Every day was a new adventure for Cash. He was the youngest “big” brother to his sisters, Riley and Kyah, whom he loved dearly. We know he will be their guardian angel until they are together once again in paradise. Cash loved everyone. Without a doubt, he will be there to greet us at heaven’s gates, ready to show us around his new ranch.

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A foundation has been set up “Cash Moore Foundation” where Cash’s legacy can go on to help many other kids. Donations can be sent to 4719 Highway E, Granby, MO 64844.

Boug Francis was born Feb. 18, 1939, at Victor, MO, the only son of Orville N. and Alice Roney Francis. He married Sandra Dee Hollingsworth Dec. 21, 1963. She survives at their rural Paris home. He is also survived by two sons: Tony (Barb) and Todd Dee Francis; four grandchildren: Britton, Brant, Alyssa Dee and Emma Francis; two nieces, a nephew and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mary Lou Francis Tanzey, and Bonnie Sue, who died in infancy. Mr. Francis served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, from 1961-1963. He was a former employee of Harley Electric, Jack Simpson Construction and Monroe County Co-op. For a majority of his life he raised cattle. Francis Family Farms was established in 1963 by Orville “Boug” and Sandra Francis. Boug had a passion for western movies, cat fishing and mushroom hunting. He enjoyed four wheeler rides with one of his favorite four legged friends, Bud, and they loved being outside and checking cows. Once inside he had another favorite four legged friend, Tigger, who loved their long afternoon naps. He loved to see his grandsons home from college and having his family gathered around the dining room table, enjoying one of Sandra’s fantastic home cooked meals. Boug’s family has a passion for the cattle industry and the National FFA Organization. Boug was a longtime member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. He was a former member of the Paris Jaycees, Lions Club, Mark Twain Country Club and the Monroe County American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Paris FFA Blue & Gold Supporters in care of Regional MO Bank.


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Unintended Consequences? Source: On Target by Justin Sexten, Ph.D., You hear more about mature cow size and growth potential of calves, now that profit ebbs and flows with the cycle. We’ve written about mature size, but not much about how to use the relevant tools to change it. So now, let’s examine the strategies and tools available, and the unintended consequences of ignoring them. Commercial breeders can draw on more selection tools than ever before to improve the next generation of cows to match the market and ranch environments. Genomic testing can identify sires in multi-bull pastures while indexing heifer genetic potential and sorting outliers for adaptability and docility. You could start with cow records and docility notes early on, then cull heifers at weaning that don’t make the obvious phenotypic and docility cuts. With all the concern of increasing mature size in the cow herd, I am curious: how many heifers do you cull at weaning for being too large? Most will not hesitate to cull the small end, but my discussions suggest few sort off the larger heifers. Early genomic testing helps us find those with greater potential for mature size and excessive milk production, versus heifers that simply were born early or carry genetics for early growth with moderate mature size. If you didn’t test and sort heifers earlier, selection day may dawn without knowing much more than apparent post-weaning growth. Many commercial operations select bulls, even those used by artificial insemination (AI) simply to ensure a live calf, but much opportunity for genetic progress relative to mature size, milk production, growth potential and carcass merit is foregone without genomic information prior to breeding on the females. Some say just take the money you’d need for genomic testing and invest in better herd sires, those “spread bulls” with calving ease, post-weaning growth and carcass merit that are moderate in mature weight and height, with optimum milk for the environment. Over time, using sires matched to the market and ranch environments offer opportunity to produce heifers that do the same. Many more say the best way to select replacement heifers is simply expose all potential keepers and retain those that conceive early, effectively selecting for early fertility and ranch adaptability. The 2018 Nebraska Beef Report looked into the outcome of a reproduction-based selection program.

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Researchers looked at the age, weight and growth rate of heifers successfully conceiving to AI or natural service using 14 years of data collected throughout development. Weights were collected at late October weaning, February midwinter development, April pre-estrus synchronization, late May AI, mid-July pregnancy check and mid-September pregnancy check.

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Heifers cycling prior to estrus synchronization were older and heavier at all pre-breeding weigh-ups, and were the only ones bred AI. Previous work suggests heifers are more likely to calve early in the calving season if cycling prior to breeding season, so selection for early puberty has benefits at weaning with older, likely heavier calves. If you just want pregnant heifers after AI or natural service, rather than


opens, results are similar: pregnant heifers had been older and heavier at weaning and remained heavier through the September pregnancy diagnosis. Weight gain from weaning to the April AI date was no different for pregnant and open heifers, so the best predictor of heifer pregnancy in this data was older, heavier weaning weights rather than weight gain during development. This is why we don’t cull the heavier heifers early in development: they are more likely to conceive. Unfortunately, the Nebraska retrospective study

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See What’s Happening in Your County

Polk County March 8, was the date of our March monthly meeting. It was held at Citizens Memorial Hospital Community Rooms. We had over 120 present to enjoy the delicious steak dinner. The steaks were provided by Josh Worthington of Worthington Farms and cooked by some of our members. CMH prepared the sides and desserts. Thanks to all who helped with the preparation of the food. It was so very tasty. President Keith Stevens reported on some events of interest to cattleman. He gave the date that our association will work at the Spring Roundup at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and the date set aside for Cowboys at the Capitol. He encouraged everyone to attend Cowboys at the Capitol at least one of those dates. He also reported about the death of Jackie Moore’s (of Joplin Stockyards) grandson. He said a foundation had been set up as a memorial and encouraged our members to contribute to that fund.

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After the business portion of the meeting, time was allotted to Josh Worthington to talk to us about making our cattle business more profitable. He said the average cattleman (or some family member) spends 82 percent of their time working at some off-farm job to support their family. He said people who work at many other

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professions do not have to have a second job. They receive sufficient income from the one full-time job to support their families. He said we need to do things differently so we can have that same sufficient income. He certainly gave an interesting and informative talk, and gave a lot of suggestion for ranchers to consider. He said he is not interested in selling anyone a bull. He is only interested in selling them every bull they will ever need, and they all come with a guarantee. That is better than most things we buy that come either with no guarantee, or a very limited guarantee.


Douglas/Wright County After a long winter, we are getting ready for the 2018 season of meetings. Starting with our next meeting on April 10 at 6 p.m. at Club 60 Steakhouse in Mt. Grove. Members and one guest will be $5.00 at the door. Non-members and additional guests will be $15.00 per person. We encourage you to join at the meeting; we will have applications on hand. Speakers will be Farm Credit Services’ (FCS) Cody Whorton, who will be discussing current options about financing land and cattle. Brian Utect, agent and land specialist from Whitetail Properties, will be talking about current land for sale and what land in our area is listing for. This should be a great team for our April start. We would like make special note of our last meeting of 2017. The December meeting was the largest in our history. Our local MFA did us proud. This was a team effort as they were the sponsor for our final Essay Heifer presentation. MFA brought a host of information from their new Power Calf Data for the ease of keeping those numbers input for easy access. Mike Spidle the Director of Sales for Livestock Products assured our members MFA will meet your cattle needs and Darren Scheets

is our Mt. Grove go-to guy. Jody Boles, area sales manager, was in attendance as well. Special thanks to Ron Shaver: your input was greatly appreciated, and we are thankful.

Barton County The Barton County Cattlemen’s Association met February 13, 2018, in Lamar Missouri. A large group turned out for the meeting. A brisket dinner was enjoyed, sponsored by Lamar Bank and Trust out of Lamar, Missouri. An interesting program was presented by Dr. Scott Brown from the University of Missouri Agriculture Markets and Policy Department. The program, titled “Beef Outlook,” presented many factors to consider for the future of beef. To keep beef prices up, demand needs to remain strong. Demand is affected not only by the consumers desire for beef but also by exports, trade agreements, tariffs, weather, corn and feed prices, and other factors. Producers need to aim for prime prices rather than choice. Prime prices have been more stable. By using genetics, cattlemen can improve their herd to produce prime beef.

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I-35 Cattlemen’s Association The I-35 Cattlemen’s Association met on Thursday, February 15, 2018, to hold their annual winter meeting. The meeting was held at the Cameron Community Building with 79 members in attendance and many guests. A brisket meal was served by Dale and Joann Akey. President Brad Bray called the meeting to order. The Board Members were introduced, and Tom McBeth with Central Life Sciences and Jeff Anslinger with Midcontinent Livestock Supplements were thanked for sponsoring the meeting. Maria Washburn, Director of Membership for Missouri Cattlemen’s Association spoke about current events and accomplishments at MCA, the membership drive, issues on Capitol Hill, which included animal care and animal neglect, the process and training, and also the integrity of “fake beef.” President Brad Bray then welcomed the first sponsor and speaker to the floor, Tom McBeth with Central Life Sciences. Tom gave an informational presentation on the importance of fly control, different methods for control and side effects of no control.

Jeff Anslinger with Midcontinent Livestock Supplements addressed the group next, speaking about the different supplements the company offered and the importance of supplements, the challenges of feeding and the benefits of tubbed minerals. Brad Bray read the thank you notes from the 2017 scholarship recipients, Declan Schweizer and Austin Hale. The minutes from the 2018 annual meeting were read by Secretary Mandi Bird and approved. Mandi Bird gave the treasurer’s report on behalf Treasurer Becky Heimsoth reported an account balance of $4,698.20. Brad Bray then held the officer elections. Current bylaws read the president and vice president are elected on odd numbered years, Secretary and treasurer are elected on even numbered years. Representatives for D counties (Daviess and DeKalb) are odd numbered years, and C counties (Caldwell, Clinton and Clay) are elected on even numbered years. The following officers were elected for a two-year term: Secretary- Mandi Bird, Treasurer- Nancy Snyder, Clay County Rep- Greg Rhodus, Clinton County Rep- Scott Seabolt, Caldwell County RepJohn Crawford. Brad Bray asked Tony Washburn, MCA Region 4 Vice President if he had any topics to discuss with the group, and he encouraged everyone to attend a Cowboys at the Capitol if they could make it.

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There were several questions from the audience fielded by Maria Washburn. She addressed County Leadership Conference March 12-13 in Columbia and the Foundation Roundup on March 17 at the Timberwood Event Center in Amazonia.

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Bates County The Bates County cattlemen met February 13 at the Mo-Kan Livestock Market. FCS Financial sponsored the meal and gave a short presentation of the company. Katrina Bergman reported on the Ballard PTO Cattleman’s Dinner, which helped raise $2,000 for school reading programs. Ivan Fischer reported on the West Central Customer Appreciation Day, where the group cooked lunch for 75 attendees. Members were encouraged to be part of the Cowboys at the Capitol event on February 21. Doc Long and Rod Morris finished the business meeting by sharing their appreciation for awards given at the county and state meetings.

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The March meeting was held at the Butler Elks Lodge, with Briarwood Angus Farm as the sponsor. Doc Long and Dave Warfield gave an overview of their bull and female offering and invited everyone to the sale March 18. Due to inclement weather, none of the members were able to visit with legislators for Cowboys at the Capitol. Ivan noted the region is scheduled again for April 4 and April 25. Ivan reported there was a university extension meeting the previous month on the new fence laws in Missouri and encouraged everyone to learn about any changes that would affect them. Under new business, the group voted to make three donations to the Bates County fair for a fair book ad and trophy sponsorships. They plan to sponsor awards for the beef and horse show both at the fair. Lonny Duckworth reminded the group that Bates County has an opening for one more director to sit on the state board. The next meeting will be April 10.

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The largest monthly meeting crowd of the winter series showed up March 6 at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon. Perhaps the big draw was the Angus, strip steaks provided by Josh, Corry, Wriston, Grayson & Corbin Worthington Angus, Dadeville. They were grilled by the regular grill crew of the Cattlemen’s Association. This was the third year Josh has provided the beef for the meeting just ahead of his production sale. Following the meal, which also saw the side dishes and drinks provided by the association, Josh gave accolades to the local association for all the extra hours they give on behalf of the association. This includes grilling steaks, beef burgers and beef dogs at numerous events during the year. He also included those who show up in Jefferson City for Cowboys at the Capitol, NCBA conventions and committees. As a seedstock producer Josh outlined a few things that Worthington’s do for their customers. First they do care for them. Next they provide customer service via a teamwork approach. Finally he said his firm believes that if it’s not good for you it’s not good for Worthington Angus.

time do you spend marketing it, maybe a week, maybe a day or only an hour or less.” The business meeting, led by president Russell Marion included the routine minutes and treasurer’s report. The latter showed the association was in very good financial situation and have picked up a few new members. Food preparation in the last month included the chili meal at the Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference, steak sandwiches at the Livestock Forage Conference at Crane and on next Saturday they will grill burgers and beef dogs for 800 FFA students at Miller. Jim McCann reported there was probably enough beef from the retired cow harvest to carry the MO Beef for MO Kids until the end of the school year at Mt. Vernon. Eldon Cole, extension livestock specialist reported on several upcoming extension events during March like the Beef ReproGene Workshop at Joplin Regional Stockyards, Bull Breeding Soundness Clinics at Cassville, Diamond, Aurora, Miller, El Dorado Springs and bolivar and the 91st Performance Tested bull Sale at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center.

Josh encouraged producers to market their cattle now more than ever rather than just loading them up and taking them to the sale barn. In closing he said, “you work a year and a half to produce a calf but how much

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“Doc Talk” Dr. Dan Thomson Coming to Dallas County in April The Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association would like to invite other affiliates to join our monthly meeting in April. Dr. Dan Thomson MS, PhD, DVM and the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be our guest speaker, sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. He hosts a nationally aired veterinary television show entitled “Doc Talk” that reaches over 45 million homes worldwide. Dr. Thomson will bring his knowledge and friendly nature to share in his presentation about current beef production practices. The meeting will be held at the Prairie Grove School in Buffalo MO at 7:00 PM on Tuesday April 10. For more information and directions please contact Lynette Miller (417) 733-2078 or Pam Naylor (417)880-6039.

Dallas County The Buffalo Livestock Market provided the setting for the March l3 meeting of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA). Owners Howard Miller, Lyle Caselman, and Leon Caselman and their families welcomed 110 DCCA members and guests. We certainly thank them for sponsoring our meeting, and also a huge thank you to the ladies who served everyone a delicious roast beef dinner.

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Leon Caselman gave an interesting account of the history of the livestock market which was purchased by the current owners in 1999. He talked about the improvements made over the years as well as the changes in the livestock industry. He encouraged producers to do what we can to add more value to our calves, such as vaccinating and weaning at least 30 days before selling. The Buffalo Livestock Market now broadcasts live on Saturdays on CattleUSA.com and sells cattle to buyers from five states. Caselman applauded the efforts of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) which represents over 75 percent of livestock markets in the United States. Leon introduced his daughter, Makayla, who is the president of the Conway FFA Chapter. Makayla gave an informative presentation about “Ag on the Move,” a 10-week program funded by the beef check-off. Her chapter is currently teaching Conway third graders all about agriculture. The program is also being taught by Buffalo FFA students to third graders at D.A. Mallory Elementary in Buffalo. We also want to congratulate Leon on qualifying for the LMA World Champion Auctioneer Contest again. It will be held in Bloomington, Wisconsin in June. Speaking to the group earlier in the evening was Buffalo FFA President Madison Turner who updated us on recent FFA events. Andy McCorkill, wife Jenn, and daughter Molly represented DCCA at the recent MCA Leadership Conference. Andy brought home a lot of great ideas to share with us. Jim Rhoades encouraged everyone to attend our April 10 meeting with RFD’s “Doc Talk” host Dr. Dan Thomson. It will be held at Prairie Grove School at 7 p.m. We are so excited to host Dr. Thomson, and we welcome anyone to attend. Come enjoy a delicious roast beef dinner, and then hear from a world renown vet. We hope to see you there!


St. Clair County The St. Clair County Cattlemen met March 13 for their monthly meeting at the Osceola High School cafeteria. A very nice meal was prepared by the Osceola FFA chapter and advisor. The speaker for the evening was Jeff Schoen with Boehringer Ingelheim. Jeff presented a slideshow along with discussion on spring herd health. He talked about a few of their modified live virus and killed virus products, as well as Long Range dewormer and the best methods to use it. Special thanks to Jeff! President Josh Salmon announced that May 5 we will have booths setup at Buzz’s, Food Fair, and Carneys Supermarkets for our Beef Month drawings. Be sure to stop by one of the locations and get entered to win great prizes! Our association has been approved for the educational and promotional grants through the Missouri Beef Industry Council. With that, we will purchase promotional items to hand out at parades and other events throughout the county.

Clay Doeden, Region 6 vice president, attended our meeting to update us on current policies and events that are happening at the capitol in Jefferson City. He also announced the Cattlemens Steak Fry will be June 9 at the Sedalia fairgrounds. Our next meeting will be April 10 at the Farmhouse Kitchen in Appleton City at 7 p.m. All cattle producers are welcome to attend.

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Henry County The Henry County Cattlemen met for a dinner and meeting last month. The main business for the evening was installing new officers for the year. A big thanks was given to Gene Reid for his leadership the last two years. Officers for the year are: President Taylor Bush, VicePresident Wes Carter, Secretary Lola Christopher, and Treasurer Wanda Batschelett. We are fortunate in the availability of good leadership. This includes having some county members serve on the state level. In the past several years, we have had a state president ( Janet Akers), and two state cattlewomen presidents (Brenda Black and Marylin Lesmeister).

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Robert Trolinger asking questions after the presentation by Nick Hammett from Circle A Angus (our sponsor for the dinner and presentation).

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We were very pleased to have the newly elected Missouri State Cattlemen President Greg Buckman attend our meeting. Many members had not met Greg yet, and enjoyed the opportunity. Sympathy was expressed to the Akers family on the passing of Roy. Roy was the Missouri Cattleman Pioneer Award winner three years ago.


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NCBA Applauds Another 90-Day Delay in Electronic Logging Device Mandate Mandate Was To Have Taken Effect on Sunday, March 18 WASHINGTON (March 13, 2018) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement that the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will be delayed another 90 days for agricultural haulers: “This is obviously good news for America’s cattle haulers and producers, and it will provide FMCSA (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) more time to educate our livestock haulers on the ELDs while industry works on solutions to the current Hours of Service rules that simply do not work for those hauling live animals.

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NCBA Applauds USDA’s Withdrawal of Organic Marketing Rule Source: NCBA WASHINGTON (March 12, 2018) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Kevin Kester today issued the following statement regarding the announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it is withdrawing its Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule:

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Common Sense with Baxter Black I Was Only Trying to Help It is a wonder that some vet students don’t get discouraged. I don’t mean from the grueling hours of study, the four years without sleep or the daunting specter of trying to cram ten metric tons of knowledge into a six-ounce brain. No, I mean when the student first begins to realize that despite all their skill, mental prowess and cow savvy, even the lowliest animal can reduce you to bumbling klutz. Young Bruce was an enthusiastic vet student who spent his holidays and summers at Dr. Lionel’s clinic. He showed up one fine afternoon during spring break and asked Doc if he could go on call with him. Bruce dressed in his finest and sporting a new straw hat. He was anxious to observe and assist, if Doc needed it.

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lady, explained as they walked around the back of the house that they’d had the horse a month and wondered if he had an ear infection. Standing ankle deep in the sprouting pigweed was a scruffy little stallion. He stood 13 hands and maybe weighed 800 lbs. He was tethered on a 25-foot rope and had mowed weeds in a fifty-foot circle. “He’s an AdoptA-Horse,” she said. They’d named him Sparky.


Bruce, eager to help, untied the tether. Doc gathered his thermometer and stethoscope and stood visiting with the owner. They watched Bruce gently work his way up the rope. The horse eyed him like a prisoner watches the hangman. Just as Bruce was reaching for the halter the stallion took a savage bite at him! His teeth locked onto the new Resistol and jerked it off his head! Sparky reared and pawed. Bruce fell back. Sparky wheeled and raced toward the back fence. “It’s only an acre lot,” the lady said encouragingly. Bruce caught the rope at the twenty-foot mark and was catapulted to his feet! He hung on as they coursed around, between and through the truck camper up on blocks, the boat covered with blue plastic, the tilting hay pile, aluminum storage shed, old appliances, sheep wire, pile of posts and collection of ancient farm implements. Sparky was finally yanked to a halt when his rope tangled in the remains of an old pickup bed. Bruce staggered from the bone yard streaked and tattered. He lost his glasses and his straw hat looked like a regurgitated cud.

While Doc was prescribing a treatment she could put in the feed, the owner asked, “Since you’re here could you put my dog to sleep?” Doc agreed and returned from his vet truck with the euthanasia solution to find Bruce, trying to regain his lost dignity, holding the dog in his arms. The lady explained her reasons and said goodbye to the dog then remarked, “and another thing, every time I picked up that dog it peed on me.” As she spoke Bruce felt the warmth soaking down the front of his shirt.

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SALE REPORTS Hoover Angus 2.6.18 - Creston, IA 32 Mature Bulls...............................................Avg. $4,389 72 Yearling Bulls..............................................Avg. $6,496 47 Bred Heifers...............................................Avg. $5,152 J&N Ranch 28th Production Sale 2.10.18 - Leavenworth, KS 80 Black Hereford Bulls..................................Avg. $4,581 Cow Camp Ranch 2.16.18 - Lost Springs, KS 180 SimAngus and Simmental Bulls...............Avg. $5,550 59 SimAngus and Simmental Heifers.............Avg. $3,450 Byergo Angus 2.17.18 - Savannah, MO 106 Registered Bulls........................................Avg. $5,817 29 Registered Females.....................................Avg. $8,800 7 Embryos.......................................................Avg. $3,057 Missouri Angus Breeders’ Futurity 2.25.18 - Columbia, MO 15 Registered Bulls..........................................Avg. $3,270 40 Open Heifers..............................................Avg. $3,170 9 Bred Heifers.................................................Avg. $3,700 1 Open Cow....................................................Avg. $9,750 1 Fall Pair........................................................Avg. $4,400 2 Spring Pairs..................................................Avg. $6,050 12 Embryos.....................................................Avg. $1,004 2 Pregnancies..................................................Avg. $5,200 Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale 3.2.18 - Yukon, MO 121 Mature Angus Bulls..................................Avg. $5,061 362 Yearling Angus Bulls................................Avg. $6,095 38 Hereford Bulls............................................Avg. $4,783 Mead Farms 3.3.18 - Versailles, MO 178 Angus Bulls...............................................Avg. $3,726 19 Hereford Bulls............................................Avg. $3,212 25 Charolais Bulls...........................................Avg. $2,564

Jac’s Ranch Spring Sale 3.10.18 - Bentonville, AR 69 Registered Bulls..........................................Avg. $4,115 5 Registered Females.....................................Avg. $12,550 39 Commercial Bred Heifers..........................Avg. $1,896 60 Commercial Bred Cows.............................Avg. $2,028 REDstock® The Power of Red 3.10.18 - Chillicothe, MO 13 Age Advantaged Bulls................................Avg. $3,308 31 Yearling Bulls..............................................Avg. $3,277 17 Bred Cows..................................................Avg. $2,329 16 Bred Heifers...............................................Avg. $2,159 12 Open Heifers..............................................Avg. $1,783 Valley Oaks Angus & Black Gold Genetics The Prime Choice – Spring Classic 3.10.18 - Kingsville, MO 46 Mature Bulls...............................................Avg. $3,448 26 Yearling Bulls..............................................Avg. $2,850 49 Commercial Females..................................Avg. $1,822 Wright Charolais 3.10.18 - Richmond, MO 86 1/6 Yearling Bulls......................................Avg. $7,820 45 1/2 Fall Bulls..............................................Avg. $7,104 Gleonda-Garton – Legacy of Performance Sale 3.11.18 - Springfield, MO 5 Fall Yearling Bulls.........................................Avg. $2,580 23 Yearling Bulls..............................................Avg. $2,782 3 Mature Bulls.................................................Avg. $3,367 11 Fall Pairs.....................................................Avg. $2,550 29 Spring Pairs................................................Avg. $2,431 9 Bred Cows....................................................Avg. $1,572 12 Bred Heifers...............................................Avg. $1,512 3 Open Heifers................................................Avg. $1,150 3 Embryos..........................................................Avg. $500 Sampson Cattle Company 3.11.18 - Kirksville, MO 15 Mature Bulls...............................................Avg. $4,646 20 Yearling Bulls..............................................Avg. $2,340 Cooper Hereford Ranch 3.13.18 - Willow Creek, MT 82 Bulls..........................................................Avg. $11,064 34 Females.......................................................Avg. $7,912

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Flickerwood Angus, LLC. 3.10.18 – Jackson, MO 33 Registered Bulls..........................................Avg. $2,790 5 Commercial Bulls.........................................Avg. $2,300 5 Registered Pairs............................................Avg. $2,640 17 Commercial Pairs.......................................Avg. $2,310

Galaxy Beef 3.10.18 - Maryville, MO 54 Registered Bulls..........................................Avg. $4,500

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SALE CALENDAR

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Brockmere Farms, New Cambria, MO Hunter Angus Sale, Fair Grove, MO Meyer Cattle Co Sale, Bowling Green, MO B/F Cattle Co. along with Cleland Cattle Company Sale, Butler, MO Shoal Creek Simmental Sale, Excelsior Springs, MO Angus in the Green Hills, Green City, MO Show Me Classic Bull Sale, Windsor, MO Four States Angus Assn. Sale, Springfield, MO Gardiner Angus Sale, Ashland, KS Magness Land and Cattle Sale, Loma, CC Sydenstricker Genetic Influence Sale, New Cambria, MO Spur Ranch Sale, Vinita, OK 26th Annual Renaissance Sale, Strafford, MO

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Frank/Hazelrigg Sale, Fulton, MO Howard County Angus Sale, Fayette, MO Ozark and Heart of America Beefmaster Sale, Springfield, MO New Day Genetics Sale, Osceola, MO The Great American Pie Sale (Limousin), Lebanon, MO McBee Spring Selection Day Sale, Fayette, MO East Central Missouri Angus Association Sale, Cuba, MO Express Ranches Grass Time Sale, Yukon, OK C&C Performance Breeders Sale, Tina, MO Gerloff Enhanced Female Sale, Cuba, MO Windy Hill Charolias Farms Gateway Getaway Sale, Cedar Hill, MO HHCA Highland Auction, Lebanon, MO


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“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. PUREBRED CHAROLAIS BULLS: Good Selection, Serviceable Age, Reasonable Price. Carl Speight. Dadeville, MO. 417-995-3120 or 417-298-7307.

April 28 Pinegar Limousin Road to the Rockies Sale and Select Breeders Sale, Springfield, MO April 28 Ogden Angus Ranch 1st Semi-Annual Production Sale, Lockwood, MO April 29 Jim D Bellis Family Female Sale, Aurora, MO May 12 Mead Farms Angus Female Sale, Versailles, MO May 14 Gardiner Angus 3rd Annual Meating Demand Bull Sale, Ashland, KS APRIL 2018 69


Advertiser Index

APRIL 2018

A-1 Cattle Feeders.........................................................46 Ag-Power John Deere................................................... 51 AMEC.......................................................................... 57 American Angus Association........................................46 American Food Group.................................................. 19 Bayer Ear Tags.............................................................. 27 Boehringer Ingelheim LongRange......................... 22, 23 Buffalo Livestock Market.............................................. 39 Callaway Livestock Center Inc.....................................58 Cape County Cookie Cutter Company........................ 11 Cargill........................................................................... 15 Cattle Visions................................................................ 71 Central Missouri Sales Co............................................ 31 Circle 5 Cattle Co......................................................... 37 Circle A Angus Ranch.................................................. 35 Classified.......................................................................69 Clearwater Farm........................................................... 35 Cowboys at the Capitol.................................................68 East Central Missouri Angus Sale................................36 Eastern Missouri Commission Company.....................46 ET Herefords................................................................ 52 Farmers Bank of North Missouri..................................44 Feed Train.....................................................................54 Galaxy Beef LLC.......................................................... 35

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Gardiner Sale................................................................ 47 Gerloff Farms................................................................ 35 Great American Pie Sale.............................................. 43 Green’s Welding & Sales............................................... 37 Heartland Highland Cattle Sale................................... 55 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus............................................ 35 Jim’s Motors.................................................................. 12 JJ Skyline Angus........................................................... 35 Joplin Regional Stockyards........................................... 12 Kingsville Livestock Auction........................................ 31 Laughlin Angus............................................................ 35 Marshall & Fenner Farms............................................. 35 MCA Brand Wall Page.................................................65 MCA Jr Show.................................................... 59, 60, 61 MCA Membership Form..............................................64 MCA Steak Fry....................................................... 62, 63 McBee Cattle Co..........................................................38 McPherson Concrete Products.....................................69 Mead Cattle Co............................................................ 26 Mead Farms............................................................ 29, 35 Mike Williams..............................................................36 Missouri Angus Association.......................................... 35 Missouri Beef Industry Council.................................... 25 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association..................... 42 Missouri Valley Commission Company.......................46 Naught-Naught Agency................................................ 32 Norbrook Enroflox.................................................. 30, 31 Ogden Angus Ranch Sale............................................. 45 P.H. White.....................................................................34 Pro-Serve......................................................................40 Richardson Ranch........................................................ 35 Sellers Feedlot...............................................................46 South Central Regional Stockyards............................. 55 Spur Ranch Sale........................................................... 41 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef...................................... 35 State Auto Insurance ................................................... 53 Summit Livestock Facilities.......................................... 72 Superior Steel Sales....................................................... 39 Sydenstricker Genetics............................................ 13, 35 Sydenstricker Implement TubeLine..............................68 Triple C, Inc.................................................................. 70 Valley Oaks Angus........................................................ 35 Weiker Angus Ranch.................................................... 35 Westway Feed..................................................................9 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market................................44 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate...................................36 Windsor Livestock Auction........................................... 22 Windy Hill Charolais Sale............................................ 33 Y-Tex...........................................................................2, 3 Zeitlow Distributing...................................................... 55


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