MCA All-Breeds Junior Show Results
Some of the state’s best young exhibitors showcased their cattle at the annual show.
The Economics of Antimicrobials K-State Research Determines Impact of Removing Antimicrobials from U.S. Feedlots
MCA All-Breeds Junior Show Results
MEMBER NEWS 6 16 52
Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News
MCA President’s Perspective
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
What’s Cookin’ at the Beef House
On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black
We’re Doing MORE
Life Through Charley’s Eyes
The Flowers are Ready
Young Cattlemen’s Conference
The Economics of Antimicrobials
Thin Clean Air
The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Volume 48 - Issue 3 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Coby Wilson: Ad Sales 573-499-9162 Ext 235
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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 Lisa Stockhorst, Administrative Assistant – Ext 234 Lisa@mocattle.com
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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
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David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301
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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
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
Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069
Mike Bernskoetter, Jefferson City, MO Maggie Best, Savannah, MO Greg Bogg, Salisbury, MO Aaron Brown, Jackson, MO Sydney Burkemper, Silex, MO Taylor Burks, Rockin’ P Farm & Feed, Columbia, MO Kyle Conley, Conley Cattle, Sulphur, OK Daryl Dye, Koshkonong, MO Renee Edgar, Versailles, MO Joey Estes, Estes Farms, Gainesville, MO James Gilbert, Montgomery City, MO Benjamin Glaser, Owensville, MO Tina Goodrick, Missourians for Tina Goodrick, St. Joseph, MO Denby Grosenbacher, Aurora, MO Steven Herber, Cross H Farms, Owensville, MO Rich Horton, Brighton, MO
Kevin Huebner, KvK Land & Cattle, Bland, MO Susan Hupper, Silex, MO Lucas Huskey, Hillsbroro, MO Trent McMillen, Walnut Grove, MO Keith & Anita Mertz, Hermitage, MO Nick Mertz, Hermitage, MO MFA Producer’s Grain, Nevada, MO Larry Misker, Hermann, MO Andrea Powell, Ag Business Development, Jefferson City, MO Lane Roetheli, New Haven, MO Kevin Schnarre, Boehringer Animal Health, Foristell, MO David Seifert, Morrison, MO Lincoln Triplette, Millers Creek, NC Greg Trowbridge, Fulton, MO Erin Woody, Carthage, MO
See the MCA Membership Form on page 81.
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47 Missouri Counties Placed Under Drought Alert
- MCA Supports Governor Parson’s Relief Efforts As the drought continues to worsen, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) is in the process of pulling together agencies and organizations to streamline efforts. MCA supports Governor Mike Parson’s call to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to activate the Drought Assessment Committee and drought-impact teams. Governor Parson has been vocal about the impact this drought has had on the cattle industry.
battle,” said Governor Parson.
“Missouri farmers are resilient, but with no control over Mother Nature, this year’s drought has been difficult to
“The drought in Missouri is becoming serious for cattle producers state-wide. Phase Two of Missouri’s Drought Plan is essential to addressing worsening conditions. In order for producers to get the help they need, the actual condition of their land needs to be recognized,” MCA President Greg Buckman said. “I applaud Governor Parson and the Department of Natural Resources for making the situation known.”
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As part of Phase 1 of Missouri’s Drought Plan, the Department of Natural Resources’ Climate and Weather Committee has been monitoring and logging drought conditions since early January. As drought symptoms continue, the Committee has enacted Phase Two which puts 47 counties under Drought Alert due to severe conditions.
The association continues to call upon its members affected by drought conditions to submit reports to the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in order for local conditions to be accurately identified. To submit a report visit droughtreporter.unl. edu.
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with Mike Deering Life Through Charley’s Eyes My two-year-old son, Charley, folded his little hands, bowed his head and said his prayer before naptime. He prayed for rain to make the grass grow, so he won’t have to sell his cows. I choked up because he doesn’t understand the seriousness of the drought. Not 10 minutes later, thunder shook the windows, and the rain started to come. He started jumping up and down on his bed and asked if he could go outside. We stood in the rain and raindrops hid the teardrops that rolled down my face. The joy in that boy’s eyes gave me reason to be optimistic and reject any notion of hopelessness. I get calls every single day. Some are losing hope and are justifiably worried. I’ve heard grown men cry over the phone as they struggle to find hay or are fearing water shortages. I truly understand the seriousness of this situation, and if I could fix it, I would. In politics, if there is a problem with a law or regulation it can be fixed, but a drought is a different story.
While we were successful in getting CRP ground released for grazing in certain counties, it isn’t good enough, and we continue working daily on this situation. First and foremost, it is critical producers take time to submit a drought report to the National Drought Mitigation Center. What we are seeing is that the drought monitor doesn’t accurately reflect local conditions preventing emergency programs from being triggered. It is absolutely critical that those impacted by drought conditions submit a report online at droughtreporter.unl.edu.
The other solvable issue we are seeing is a lot of different government agencies and organizations are working on the drought situation. There are a lot of ideas and opportunities out there, but we need to streamline this.
Executive Vice President We are pulling together organizations and agencies to get everyone in the same room to maximize effectiveness. We need to have a better idea of what programs are available and who has access to what. It is my goal to exhaust all ideas and clearly communicate to producers what they can do. I also respectfully call for compassion. I witnessed thousands of bales of hay being hauled out West during the devastating wildfires a year ago. I saw the true heart of cattlemen. I hope we see that same compassion with your neighbors here in the state. If you have hay available for sale, please price it as reasonably as possible for people who need it. Now is not the time for opportunism. I’m not trying to sound like a socialist. I’m not talking about free hay. I am talking about being fair with the cattlemen down the road who desperately need forage. I know we are at the mercy of the weather, but everything we can do, we will do - period. I know our leadership feels the same way. I told you the story about Charley because I believe we can learn something from him. Never lose hope and never stop believing. I believe in the resilience of cattlemen and while it’s hard to be optimistic, we need to learn from the innocence of a child. Life through Charley’s eyes is so much more inspiring and hopeful than the reality we are facing, but now is the time to maintain hope and to fold your hands and bow your head.
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Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers The Flowers are Ready Flowers and plants add a touch of elegance and life to any place of business. Each year, we prepare flower pots for the Missouri State Fair at the Beef House, the CattleWomen’s Beef Showcase, and Beef House Express as well as a flower bed by the patio. For the third year, we are pleased to announce a partnership with Mineral Area College (MAC) Ag Department in Park Hills, Missouri to put the perfect touch for our flower pots. Dr. Chad Follis, associate agriculture professor at MAC and a member of MCA, said, “The partnership with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association allowed the horticulture students to see their work full circle from seed to market. As someone invested in agriculture, it is wonderful to partner with different ag industries for combined success at the State Fair.” So we give a HUGE thanks to MAC Horticulture students for your time and expertise, because we know that a greenhouse as a learning environment offers boundless opportunities for promoting responsibility and helps develop students’ confidence and pride as they display and share the fruits or should we say “flowers” of their labors. A BIG thanks to Colvin and Sela Follis, Pat & Patty Wood’s granddaughters, for your tender-loving care to prune and water during the growing season in preparation for the big event!
Whether you come to volunteer or eat at the Missouri Beef House, take a moment to “stop and smell the flowers!”
Thought for the Month: “Roses are red. Violets are blue. The steaks are on the grill, waiting for you!”
2018 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer Work Schedule August 9-19 9 Thursday
Tri County 15 Hickory 10
Warren 10 Nodaway 10 Cole 15
Knobnoster FFA 15
2:00-6:00 Texas 8 Cass Jackson 10 Morgan 10
Gentry 15 So. Central 6
2:00-6:00 Clinton 15 California FFA 15
5:30-9:30 Randolph 10 Mid-Mo. 10 Eugene FFA 10 Russellville FFA 7
5:30-9:30 MSU 10 MJCA 10 MCW 8 CCW/MCC 8
Benton 35 Andrew 5
Moniteau 15 Tipton FFA 15
Ray 5 Eldon FFA 30 Windsor FFA 8
Lewis/Marion 8 Sullivan 10 Maries/Osage 5
Macon 12 Linn 10
Carroll 10 St. Charles 5 Douglas/Wright 8
10:00-2:30 Southwest Cattlemen 15 Cedar 5 Adair 5
Audrain 10 Newton/ McDonald 7
Callaway/ Montgomery 10 Appleton City FFA 13
Monroe 5 Ralls 5 St. Clair 15
Boone 15 Jasper 5
Polk 15 Franklin 8
Henry 15 Norborn FFA 10
Knox 5 Harrison 10
Howard 15 Pike-Lincoln 10
Thanks to All the Volunteers That Make the Beef House a Success!
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for volunteer orientation. The Beef House hours of operation are 11:00 am â€“ 9:00 pm. If you need to change your shift, or you're a new county who would like a shift, please contact Maria Washburn at email@example.com or 573-499-9162 by July 15.
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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS The Dog Days of Summer Don’t Slow Down the Checkoff A New Look at the Beef Showcase!
Fairgoers will see a new “look” and “feel” at the Beef Showcase at this year’s Missouri State Fair. In addition to the many wonderful beef recipe demonstrations, Missouri Cattlewoman, Jennifer Wright, has been coordinating a more in-depth look through displays and videos for those coming into the showcase. Described as a virtual “Pasture to Plate” feel, the stations will allow for further understanding and education of the importance of the beef industry to our state and producers. We are excited to see the reactions of those that come visit the Missouri Cattlewomen.
Missouri FFA Camp
The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) attended the Missouri FFA Camp, Rising Sun, in Osage Beach, Missouri in June and July. MBIC staff presented students with information about the checkoff, as well as, presenting students with personality tests. The theme for camp was “building their leadership toolbox” and the personality test illustrated a way to add to their “toolbox,” to better understand themselves and their leadership abilities. For most students, these presentations were the first time they learned about the checkoff and what it accomplishes.
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MCA All-Breeds Junior Show Contests
The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) hosted two contests at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association AllBreeds Junior Show in Sedalia, Missouri June 8-9. In the burger cooking contest, contestants were required to bring their own recipe and all cooking equipment and MBIC supplied the ground beef. Contestants learned about proper cooking and handling as well as gaining practice at presenting to a group of judges. The extemporaneous public speaking contest consisted of junior and senior competitors. Each participant chose from a group of topics to present to industry judges. All topics were beef related ranging from nutrition, to production, to consumer education.
McDonalds launches Fresh Beef Fridays
July saw McDonalds and the beef checkoff partnering up to promote Fresh Beef Fridays in several St. Louis market stores. Staff participated in live remote radio broadcasts tied to the Friday events. Locations in July included Farmington, St. Charles and Belleville, Illinois. Several more will follow for the rest of the summer. The theme of the beef message at the chain of restaurants was focused on “Beef’s Top 10” where customers were given flyers about beef providing nutrients your body needs and the taste you love. The infographic showed what a 3 ounce serving of cooked beef could provide to customers in the store. Future promotions are being discussed.
Nationally, consumers are moving towards meal kits
Amazon’s ownership of Whole Foods Market is forcing meal kit companies to revamp their marketing and other customer retention efforts, according to a report from CNBC.
Amazon has yet to tap into the strength of its 100-million-plus Prime members when offering meal kits through Whole Foods, acquired in June 2017, the report noted. But meal kit companies are already ramping up the use of celebrities to promote their products, offering product tie-ins with popular TV programs, and even developing specialty kits for specific diets. Among the examples: • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has teamed with Purple Carrot to promote meal kits based
percent higher than a year ago. Through the first five months of 2018, beef exports were up 10 percent in volume to 547,157 metric tons, while export value was $3.32 billion, 21 percent above last year’s record pace. Exports accounted for 13.6 percent of total beef production in May, up from 13 percent a year ago. Japan and South Korea continue to be the pacesetters for U.S. beef export growth.
on his training diet, which is made up of about 80 percent vegetables. In addition to the Tom Brady link, Purple Carrot also is targeting meat-eating consumers with its line of meal kits featuring high-protein vegan meals, its CEO told CNBC. • Blue Apron hired epicurean and TV celebrity Chrissy Teigen, this spring, to promote a line of six meal kits. Blue Apron also is working with Eggslut Chef, Alvin Cailan, to develop a line of meal kits linked to the animated TV show “Bob’s Burgers,” with one of the burgers appearing on an upcoming broadcast, according to Delish.com. • Sun Basket is offering meal kits endorsed by the American Diabetes Association that provide high-fiber meals that also are low in sugar. Chains like Kroger Co. and Costco are investing in meal-kit companies (Kroger and Home Chef) or beginning to offer kits inside their stores (Costco and Blue Apron). The meal kit industry has room for more growth: 9 percent of U.S. households bought a kit in the last six months, according to data from Nielsen.
Beef export volume was 117,871 metric tons in May, the sixthlargest on record, valued at $722.1 million, which surpassed the previous monthly high in March 2018 by 4 percent, and was 24
$2 Tuesday to Benefit Feeding Missouri at the 2018 Missouri State Fair Opening Day of the 2018 Missouri State Fair is less than a month away! We’re excited to tell you about a new promotion offered in 2018 – Tuesday, August 14 is Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive $2 Tuesday. With a minimum donation of 2 cans of food you can receive $2 admission to the State Fair – that’s a heck of a deal! In addition to discounted admission, $2 Tuesday also offers $2 carnival rides, for most rides, all day, and special $2 deals from select concessions and vendors, all day. The $2 Tuesday promotion supports the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive, now in its eighth year at the Missouri State Fair, and the Drive to Feed Kids initiative. The event coincides with the Missouri FFA Food Insecurity Service Day where 650 Missouri FFA youth are expected on grounds this day to package meals for kids in need. Their goal is to pack 100,000 child-friendly meals to be distributed to the six different food banks located across Missouri. You can learn more about how you can support the Drive and help combat childhood food insecurity in our state at mofarmerscare. com/drive. Tuesday, August 14 will also feature the 2018 Can Creation Contest, sponsored by Woods Supermarket. Starting at 11 am in the Agriculture Building, teams of agriculture youth will have 2 hours to build a sculpture out of cans. The sculptures will remain on display for the duration of the Fair in the Agriculture Building. All of the cans, donated by Woods Supermarket, will be added to the food drive efforts and distributed to food banks following the Fair. Final food drive totals will be announced during the intermission of the RaeLynn/Cole Swindell concert on Saturday, August 18, in the Pepsi Grandstand.
Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive $2 Tuesday is just one of the many events coming to the Fair this year and you don’t want to miss out! Mark your calendars for August 9-19 to “Come Home” for the 2018 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Missouri.
2018 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows
Thursday, August 9 8:00 a.m. Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Simmental 4-H/FFA Show –MFA Arena 3:00 p.m. Gelbvieh 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 3:00 p.m. Salers 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly Friday, August 10 8:00 a.m. Angus Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Gelbvieh Open Show – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Salers Open Show – Donnelly Saturday, August 11 8:00 a.m. Simmental Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Charolais 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Hereford 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Sunday, August 12 8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 8:00 a.m. Hereford Open Show – Coliseum 2:00 p.m. Charolais Open Show – Coliseum 5:00 p.m. Crossbred & Other Heifer 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Monday, August 13 8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou Open Show – Coliseum
9:00 a.m. Live Evaluation of Carcass Steers – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Beef Showmanship – Coliseum Tuesday, August 14 8:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Market Heifer Show – Coliseum Steer Show – Immediately Following Market Heifer Show – Coliseum 5:00 p.m.± Grand Champion Steer – Coliseum Wednesday, August 15 8:00 a.m. Red Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Red Angus Open Show – Coliseum Thursday, August 16 10:00 a.m. Dexter 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 10:00 a.m. Dexter Open Show – MFA Arena Friday, August 17 8:00 a.m. Shorthorn 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 8:00 a.m. Pinzgauer 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Limousin 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 2:00 p.m. Beefalo Open Show – MFA Arena Saturday, August 18 8:00 a.m. Shorthorn Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Pinzgauer Open Show – Donnelly 12:00 Noon Brahman Infl. 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 12:00 Noon Beefalo 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum 1:00 p.m. Limousin Open Show – MFA Arena 1:30 p.m. Sale of Champions – Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall
3:30 p.m. Santa Gertrudis 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly Sunday, August 19 8:00 a.m. Brahman Infl. Open Show – Donnelly 12:00 Noon Santa Gertrudis Open Show - Donnelly
Superintendent - David Dick, Sedalia, MO 660-530-5720 Assistant Superintendents: • Gordon Sparks, LaMonte, MO - 660-347-5520 • Jane McMullin, Sedalia, MO • Randy Rittman, Knob Noster, MO • Bill Ellison, Kahoka, MO
Open Steer Carcass Show
Superintendent - Greg Onstott, MDA, Jefferson City, MO 573-751-7766 Asst. Superintendent - Rick Huffman, MDA Asst. Superintendent - Greg Harrison, MDA LIVE EVALUATION JUDGE: TBD CARCASS JUDGE: TBD Amount offered in this section by State Fair $4,480.00. THE MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award $800 to the Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner and
$400 to the Reserve Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will donate trophies for the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion On-Foot and On-Rail steers. The MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award plaques to the two highest placing junior exhibitors in the Steer Carcass Contest.
1. To promote the beef industry. 2. To provide producers with information on the type of beef animals that are desirable for today’s consumer market. 3. Genetics utilization. 4. Uniform product production conception. 5. Source verification of products. 6. Create a positive economic balance. 7. Carcass merit. 8. Identify target(s) of market share.
The 2018 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows are being dedicated to Dale Loyd Riley, Jr. & family, St. James, MO, who are active supporters of the Missouri State Fair in many ways. Please join us at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 10 in the MFA Arena, as we honor them.
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Association, bred, born and raised in Missouri. Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the American Hereford Association. All steers will be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and conformation. Blood may be drawn for verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final.
2. Briarwood Angus Farms, (Curtis & Ann Long) Butler, MO and the Missouri Angus Association will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall carcass winner if the steer is a registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth exhibitor. Also awarded will be $500 for the top placing and $300 for the second place on-the-rail carcass steers that are registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth. $200 will be awarded if the Grand Champion onfoot winner is a registered, purebred Angus steer and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA exhibitor. $150 will be given to any 4-H or FFA junior member with a purebred Angus that enters in all three (3) classes: Angus steer, On-foot carcass steer and the Carcass contest. Must pre-register to be eligible for prize money by meeting MSF deadline and submitting a copy of registration papers and your complete entry form to Dr. Curtis Long, 2110 NW St. Rt. 52, Butler, MO 64730, by June 30, 2018. These awards will be presented at the Missouri Angus Association’s annual banquet and the exhibitors must be present for the awards to be given. Contact: Curtis & Ann Long, 2110 NW St. Rt. 52, Butler, MO 64730 (660-679-3459).
4. The Missouri Shorthorn Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered, Short- horn steer. To qualify, proof of registration is required. Also awarded will be $250 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered Shorthorn plus which is at least 50% Shorthorn steer. To qualify, proof of registration is required. Contact: Diane Bolinger (816695-3559)
1. MFA Feed Division will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion and $750 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show. To qualify, animals must be enrolled in the MFA 4-H/FFA Livestock Premium Program, using one of the MFA recom- mended feeds. See your authorized MFA Feed supplier for details.
3. The Missouri Hereford Association, Matt Reynolds, 1071 County Road 1231, Huntsville, MO 65259, 660-676-3788. The first and second place Hereford Carcass steers will be considered Champion and Reserve Champion Hereford and receive $500 and $250 respectively. The animal must be registered with a registration paper from the American Hereford
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5. The Missouri Simmental Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion and $250 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show if they are registered purebred Simmental. Contact: Jennifer Chandler (417-793-3646). 6. The Missouri Red Angus Association will award $500 to the over-all Grand Champion “On-the-Rail” and $250 for the over-all Reserve Cham- pion “On-TheRail” if the steer is a registered Red Angus. Additionally, $500 will be awarded to the top placing and $250 for the second top placing “On-The-Rail” carcass steers that are registered Red Angus, as well as exhibited by a 4-H or FFA exhibitor. To be eligible, the animals must be registered (50% or greater) with a valid registration certificate from the Red Angus Association of America, red-hided, as well as being bred, born and raised in the state of Missouri.
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Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the Red Angus Association of America. All steers may be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and conformation. Blood may be drawn for verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final.
awarded by the State Fair to the top 5 individuals in each division who are nearest to the actual carcass placings on the slaughter steers entered in this contest. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will present trophies to the top two junior and the top two adults. This is an excellent learning opportunity, not only for youth, but also for adults.
7. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will award $250 to the exhibitor with the steer with the highest marbling score, $250 to the exhibitor with the steer with the largest ribeye area and $250 to the Chef’s Award Winner determined by the National Beef Checkoff’s Culinary Center based on the carcass data submitted to them for the carcass that is the most ideal for restaurants. In case of a tie or ties, the award will be divided equally. To be eligible, the exhibitor must be a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association or Junior member.
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Live Evaluation Contest of Carcass Steer Show
Monday, August 13 Live Evaluation begins: 9:30 a.m. Location: MFA Arena What is the Live Evaluation Contest? It is an opportunity for individuals to participate in an educational activity associated with selecting slaughter steers by live and carcass traits and criteria. Anyone wishing to participate can enter this contest in the Junior or Adult Division. Age divisions will be as follows: Junior Division - anyone under 18 years of age; Adult Division - anyone 18 years and older. Ten steers will be selected from the Carcass show entries to be used for the Live Evaluation Contest. A sample demonstration will be given on how to yield grade and quality grade slaughter steers prior to the beginning of the live evaluation contest. Junior and adult contestants compete by guessing the actual carcass data collected on the 10 slaughter steers which are selected for the contest. Cash prizes will be
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The Missouri State Fair will award a plaque, to be hung in the Beef Cattle Office, to the breed that has demonstrated and presented its entire exhibit barn and is considered by the committee to be the best-kept barn during the course of the Fair. The following points will be considered: 1) cleanliness, grooming, and appearance of the exhibits; 2) handling of feed, equipment, etc. and keeping same out of the alleys; and 3) cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship in the exhibit area and show ring. The Best-Kept Beef Cattle Exhibit Barn in 2017 was Hereford and Limousin.
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The Missouri State Fair will award two $80 awards, plus attractive plaques, to the herdsmen in charge of the two most outstanding beef cattle exhibits. A committee will make inspections to determine the winners. The following points will be considered: 1) cleanliness, grooming, and appearance of the exhibits; 2) handling of feed, equipment, etc. and keeping same out of the alleys; and 3) cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship in the exhibit area and show ring.
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Fall Tour to Highlight White Oak, Whiskey and Wine Missouri artisans craft more than 1.5 million white oak barrels that go to prestigious wineries and distilleries. Source: University of Missouri Extension, Hank Stelzer COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri has it all—wine, whiskey and white oak. University of Missouri Extension will once again toast the state’s unique contributions to the wine and whiskey industries during the second annual White Oak, Whiskey and Wine Tour on Saturday, Oct. 13. MU Extension forester Hank Stelzer and MU Extension viticulturist Dean Volenberg lead the one-day tour through mid-Missouri. “They will see it from start to finish,” Stelzer says. The tour starts at the very beginning in a white oak forest. Attendees will hear what makes white oak a highly prized species for barrels and how foresters manage Missouri’s woodlands to ensure a sustainable wood supply for generations to come, says Stelzer.
Artisans craft white oak stave logs from Missouri into more than 1.5 million barrels each year. The barrels go to the rack houses of some of the most prestigious wineries and distilleries in America and Scotland, says Stelzer. With rolling hills, picturesque views and small-winery charm, Missouri wine country is a popular tourist destination, says Volenberg. Missouri’s 11 wine trails feature more than 130 wineries. Missouri wineries produce 7 percent of the country’s wine on 1,700 acres of grapes. The $1.76 billion Missouri wine industry employs nearly 15,000 people, according to the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. The tour by coach bus highlights the town of Higbee. Attendees will see how white oak logs are processed and made ready for the cooper. There are fewer than 50 master coopers in the United States; Higbee boasts two of them. The Oak Cooperage, owned by Silver Oaks Cellars of Oakville, Calif., produces barrels for the company’s Napa Valley winery. Barrel 53 Cooperage produces barrels for distilleries across the region. Lunch is provided at The Oak Cooperage. The tour concludes at the Les Bourgeois Vineyards and Winery near Rocheport. There, attendees will see the barreling of wine and learn how the white oak barrel imparts its unique traits to a wine’s character. Distillers from Wood Hat Spirits of New Florence will tell how they bring together heritage varieties of corn and various species of white oak to create some unique distilled spirits. Participants of legal age will have the opportunity to taste the fruits of both the vintner’s and distiller’s labor. The tour begins 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia next to Bass Pro Shop and will return to the hotel around 4:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person or $125 per couple and includes transportation, lunch in Higbee and tasting at Les Bourgeois. Registration deadline is Sept. 30. Cancellations will be accepted until Sept. 30 less a $25 nonrefundable fee.
A block of rooms has been reserved until Sept. 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn for interested tourgoers. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the individual.
Seating is limited to 56 people. To reserve your spot, go to extension2.missouri.edu/events/white-oak-whiskeyand-wine-tour.
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Common Sense with Baxter Black The Outback Parts of Montana are as close to the Outback as we ‘Yanks’ will ever get. They had given me directions in the Hell’s Creek Bar. Next mornin’ I was tryin’ to decipher my scribbling from the back of a napkin. I turned off the paved road at Cohagen. My new friend had specifically told me to go six miles (one said seven), then turn south. “Can’t miss it,” they assured me, “Straight shot to Forsyth.” At six miles on the odometer there it was just like they said. The only problem was, one hundred yards south of the turn the road forked... Big Time! Both forks were well traveled, pointed south and disappeared over the horizon.
I backed up to the six mile corner to regroup and spied a contrail of dust comin’ my way. I flagged the driver
down. It was the Garfield County Agent. He directed me to bear right at the fork. We drove off in opposite directions. I didn’t pass another car for fifty-three miles. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that. In the middle of a workin’ day I drove fifty miles and never passed another car. The layered horizons were festooned with buttes and rock formations that looked like giant teepees. The vast expanse was virtually treeless. You could spot the
occasional creek by the cottonwood that followed its meandering course. The clover was in bloom. I surfed through big lakes of yellow blossoms. Baby antelope twins bounced through the sagebrush like jack rabbits trailing their sleek moms. Now and then I’d pass a bunch of cows. I slowed for a pair of skittery gray geldings. Disinterested sheep ignored my intrusion. Hawks, Canadian geese and killdeer circled and scattered in my path. Jordan, Montana was celebrating the grand opening of the Garfield County (pop. 1500) Health Center. The festivities had been a typical community effort. Hundreds of people showed up. After all, it was their health center. Even though the county has no Medical Doctor, the Center maintains a medical staff including nurses and a Physicians Assistant. They are in contact by phone with doctors. It is a ranching community of people who know their ancestors and each other’s kids. They can spot a pilgrim, a tourist or a government man with ease, mostly because they know everybody else who lives there. And even in a
state that prides itself on its hardiness and independence, they consider themselves the keeper of the flame. Saddle bronc riders come from Jordan. Bareback riding is for pansies. Sometimes it is easy to be overwhelmed by the continuing barrage of news stories about the homeless and helpless, the irresponsible and ignorant, the lazy and the parasitizing. I get frustrated by the well meaning, condescending social engineers prescribing Band Aids for compound fractures of the human condition. If people are told often enough that they can’t take care of themselves, they give up. But in Jordan at the grand opening of their Health Center my faith in humans was renewed. It occurred to me as I watched these self-reliant citizens take care of their own, it’s too bad Hillary couldn’t be here.
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Livestock Groups Launch Media Campaign in Support of Barrasso Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018 Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( July 17, 2018) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today launched an online campaign to educate the public on the need for a modernized Endangered Species Act. The campaign, which focuses on the ranching industry, highlights the importance of working landscapes in improving ecological services and achieving species conservation targets. The campaign comes at a pivotal time, as Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018. Barrasso’s amendments are based on bipartisan policy recommendations from the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) that was informed by several years of workshops and roundtables held throughout the west and including key stakeholders across the political spectrum. Besides PLC and NCBA (as well as many of its state affiliates) participants included state wildlife agencies, conservation groups such as The Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Environmental Defense Fund, as well as energy companies and sportsmen’s groups.
“The Endangered Species Act is showing its age, and needs to be modernized in order to really accomplish its core goal of recovering imperiled species. Without this bipartisan effort, we fear that litigation will remain firmly in the driver’s seat, rather than science,” PLC President Dave Eliason said. “Participating in the WGA
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COUNTY NEWS Polk County Who are those people who said, “Rain, rain go away and come again by day?” Whomever you are it appears your wish has been royally granted. As of this writing on July 13, I have had no rain for the month of July and very little for the months preceding. We just hope rain comes soon. For a few years, we have made July the month for our association to support a blood drive. In the past the July meeting has been held at the Samaritan Boys Ranch, but this year we moved it to Smith’s Restaurant. Thanks to all who either gave blood, or tried to give, but could not because if some health issue. The meeting was sponsored by Oak Star Bank. Thank you Kelly Parson, President of the Bolivar Branch of Oak Star. Kelly spoke to us about the origination of the Bank, and when it’s doors opened in Bolivar in 2015. He also spoke about it’s growth in Bolivar since that 2015 date and other branches they have opened in other towns. His assistant, Dylan Holloway, talked about their loans and about the interest rates they have available. Thanks again. The summer is quickly passing, and I suppose it has been busy for everyone. I know since our June meeting, we have helped cook at the Hot Rod Show at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and at the Polk County
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Fairgrounds for the Youth Fair, where we served approximately 400 steak dinners. On July 4, we cooked at the Celebration of Freedom on the SBU Campus. We were honored by a visit from the new Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady, Teresa Parson. Governor Parson is working hard and plans to do good things for the state of Missouri. He has strong interests in agriculture, but I feel he will do his best for everyone. Emma Hancock, young daughter of members, Janicea and Shannon Hancock, was a proud participant in the MCA All-Breeds Junior Show at Sedalia, Missouri on July 8-10. Members of our association had a very interesting visit and tour of the Quapaw Indian Nation’s operation. They grow all the herbs and process all the meats used
Emma Hancock shown with Association President, Keith Stevens and wife, Beverly Stevens.
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Picture of the members that took a tour of the Quapaw Indian Nation, and the Spur Ranch.
at the Downstream Casino, as well as train a certain breed of dogs to sniff out food borne diseases, in order to keep food safe at the casino. Our group also toured the Spur Ranch to watch meat being processed, which was also interesting. We plan other tours of this type in the future.
Danny McCurry, cowboy poet.
We were happy to have Danny McCurry do one of his Cowboy Poems for us, which we certainly enjoyed. Thanks Danny. Danny won the cowboy poetry contest at the NCBA Convention in 2018. Traditionally we do not have a regular meeting in August, which is true for August 2018. We expect to be busy with helping at the Ozark Empire Fair and the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia during late July and early August. We will resume our monthly meetings in September. Please plan to join us then.
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Dent/Phelps County On July 12, 2018, the Dent/Phelps County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual scholarship picnic at the Dent County Commons in Salem, Missouri. A group of around fifty attended, including the four scholarships winners with their families and several candidates running for office. Some of our board members grilled hamburgers and beef hotdogs, and everyone enjoyed a very nice potluck-style meal. Following the meal, our president, Jarrod Simpson, introduced the scholarship winners who each shared a little about themselves. We all saw firsthand that the future of agriculture in Missouri will be in good hands with these kids and many more like them. Our association was fortunate to be able to award four scholarships this year due to a very successful annual dinner auction fundraiser in March and due to the larger than normal number of exceptional scholarship applicants. Congratulations to the winners: 1) Carrie Lee Holliday, daughter of Chris and Angie Holliday, 2018 graduate of Salem High School; 2) Dalton Sanders, son of Greg and Tonya Sanders, 2018 graduate of Salem High School; 3) Hannah Strain, daughter of Tom and Cindy Strain, 2018 graduate of Rolla High School; 4) Kenadee Barnitz, daughter of Frank and Lisa
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Barnitz, 2018 graduate of Rolla High School. The annual scholarship picnic is our informal gathering of the year that honors our winners and gives busy ranchers time to just relax and visit in the middle of a hot Missouri summer. To conclude the evening, we had an update on the state cattlemen’s association news from Bobby Simpson, president-elect for 2018. We also heard from Mr. Jack Bates of Thayer who is running for 143rd District Representative in the Missouri House and Judge Brandi Baird who is running for re-election to Associate Circuit Judge in Dent County. Jarrod Simpson reminded everyone about the upcoming Missouri Beef Industry Council Directors election in August. Jarrod explained what the council does, talked about his experiences, and asked for votes as he is running for another three-year term as Council Director for Region 3. Jarrod thanked everyone for coming. Then, there were some group pictures taken. The next Dent/Phelps County Cattlemen’s Association meeting is set for August 30. Look for details to be announced.
Gasconade County On Friday June 29, the Gasconade County Cattlemen’s hosted their first annual scholarship fundraiser: Burlap and Barbed Wire. The event was an evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing at the White Mule Winery located just outside of Rosebud in the center of Gasconade County. Cattlemen sold tickets and raffle chances in advance to help ensure the event’s success. That evening, 230 people were treated to a prime rib dinner that was prepared by Lyon Country Meats, music by Scott Shelby, and a silent auction with items contributed from local businesses. Through the hard work of the officers and members of this association, along with the donations from generous sponsors, Gasconade County Cattlemens was able to raise over $6,500 which will go towards scholarships for seniors going in to the agricultural field from both school districts in the county. This is an event we hope to continue and grow each year, which could not happen without the help of our communities, sponsors, and members we would like to thank everyone who helped to make that evening a success. See you next year!
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Lafayette County Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hosted the Canadian Consul General July 2 at the Higginsville Community Center. A large crowd representing various agriculture commodity groups, county and local governments and regional media affiliates were on hand for the presentation and question and answer period that followed. Several members of the Lafayette County Cattlemen attended the session which discussed trade between Missouri and Canada, tariffs and the effect on the regionâ€™s economy. Later that evening, the Lafayette County Cattlemen board met at the Extension Office in Higginsville for regular business and to prepare for the annual association scholarship dinner and auction. It was held July 12 at the Concordia Community Center. Members reported on donations received. Hannah Copenhaver and Marsha Corbin reported on the meal, with ribeyes being sourced from Valley Oaks and Plow Boys at Marshall providing the sides. Dates were also discussed for working the Beef House at the Missouri State Fair - Saturday August 11 and Thursday August 16. LCCA will again be serving during the Higginsville Country Fair on Saturday September 15.
The Canadian Consul General spoke in Higginsville July 2.
Missouri members Sue Day, Marsha Corbin and Carolyn Boland attended the ANCW Region III and VII meeting at Coteau de Prairie Lodge near Havana, ND June 22-23.
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Henry County Baling, combining, repairs… it was just another normal summer month in Henry County. We took time out to enjoy a delicious dinner from Melinda Dehn and a very informative program. Our sponsor for the evening was Farmers Elevator of Clinton, compliments of Doug Wagoner. The speaker for the evening was Brant Mettler of Dow Agro Services. His topic was “How to Make Your Pastures Great Again.”
Our next community event is donating and grilling dinner for all the youth and families that are showing and/or selling their 4-H and FFA animals.
Reports were given from various committees. The Grill Team, Tony Trolinger, reported a very successful grilling event on Memorial Day Weekend. As this is our only source of revenue for our scholarship fund, this is very important. We received several very sincere thank you cards from the scholarship recipients. We participated in the community “Old Glory Days” to promote our local association.
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Members Allan Kidwiler and Laughton Shatsweel visit before dinner.
Past president Gary Sell, former long-time grill master and his wife, Carol. Left to right: Speaker Brant Mettler, and sponsor Doug Wagoner and wife Danita.
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Showing off our grill trailer at the Old Glory Days Parade are Roy Batschelett, Kent and Pam Carney, and Sarah and Taylor Bush.
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Dallas County Danny McCurry came and recited his cowboy poetry to Dallas County R-1â€™s middle school after school students on Thursday, June 21. The students truly enjoyed it, and we appreciate his time. He was awesome. Here are a few pictures I got of him reciting to the students.
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Southeast Missouri Cattlemen The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association hosted a coloring contest for kids 12 and under during “May is Beef Month.” Our winner was Anna Ahrens, age 12. Runners-up were Gracyn Meier, age 8, and Wyatt Sands, age 5. Thanks to all who participated!
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Morgan County The Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association held their summer meeting at Pizza Hut July 3 at 7 p.m. Topics of discussion included cooking at the upcoming Morgan County Fair for the 4-H and FFA Premium Sale buyers dinner and lining up volunteers from the association to work at the Missouri Beef House at the Missouri State Fair, Thursday, August 9. Officers for the upcoming year were elected and are as follows: Bailey Marriott, President; Greg Shad, Vice President; Brenda Fischer, Secretary; Brad Bauer, Treasurer. The guest at the meeting was Sydnee Mason, an intern with Missouri Farmers Care, who talked to members about the organization as well as left a plaque to present to county commissioners for helping to make Morgan County an Agri-Ready County! Members were very interested to learn about the organization and exactly what being an “Agri-Ready County” will do for agriculturist in Morgan County. The next meeting will be October 2 at the Bees Knees Ale House at 6 p.m., and we will be opening this meeting up for any and all agriculture organizations in Morgan County to come learn more about Missouri Farmers Care and being Agri-Ready! For more information about the Morgan County Cattlemen’s, contact Bailey Marriott 573-569-0760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgan County Cattlemen’s members and other Ag leaders from across the county and state present the Morgan County Commissioners with Agri-Ready plaque! 1st Row: Ryan Hoffa, James Bryant, Morgan County Commissioners, Andrew Schad, Morgan County Farmer and Rodney Schad, commissioner. 2nd Row: Liz Niebruegge and Errin Jones both representing Cargill, Bailey Marriott representing Morgan County Cattlemen’s. 3rd Row: Greg Schad, Morgan County Cattlemen’s, Dewayne Schad, Morgan County Cattlemen’s/Morgan County Farm Bureau, David Wood, state rep, Brian Lehman, Morgan County Farm Bureau. 4th Row: Casey Wasser, Missouri Soybean Association, Brad Bauer, Stover Mill, Bradley Schad, Missouri Corn Growers Association, and Jeremy Bashore, Versailles MFA.
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Governor Parson Signs Water Bill - MCA Priority Becomes Law Governor Mike Parson signed SB 782 on June 22, 2018, which was a priority of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) and other agricultural organizations. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-33), carried provisions led by Sen. Dave Schatz (R26) and Rep. John Wiemann (R-103) that modifies the Missouri Clean Water Law. MCA President Greg Buckman said the legislation eliminates “unnecessary and burdensome” regulations. Specifically, the bill provides statutory basis to existing regulations that exempt storm water (rain) and irrigation back-flows from water pollution permit requirements. “This is important legislation that gives better regulatory clarity to state agencies and landowners,” said Buckman, who was present at the bill signing. “We are grateful for the governor’s support and to all members of the General Assembly who pushed this legislation forward. This eliminates unnecessary regulation.” In the past, virtually any contaminant was considered pollution which, to most, seemed unreasonable. Moving
forward, this will not be the case. The legislation does not apply to confined animal feeding operations and only relates to rain water and irrigation back-flows. The legislation becomes law on August 28.
Governor Parson Signs Liability Protection Bill - MCA Applauds Final Approval of Business Premises Safety Act Governor Mike Parson gave final approval to the Business Premises Safety Act (SB 608) with his signature on July 5, 2018. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-21), modifies provisions regarding the liability of property owners when criminal conduct occurs on the property. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) calls the legislation a “victory” for business owners, including farmers and ranchers. “If someone trespasses on a farm and manages to get themselves hurt, the landowner should in no way be held responsible for someone who is unlawfully on the property,” said MCA President Greg Buckman. “It is ludicrous to believe someone committing a crime on my property could hold me responsible if they were injured.” Under current law, a landowner is not liable for the death or injury of a trespasser when the trespasser is substantially impaired by alcohol or controlled substances. The legislation, which was handled in the House by Rep. Shawn Rhoads (R-154), removes almost all liability from the landowner if the individual was on the property unlawfully.
“This bill is commonsense. If someone is committing a crime, regardless of their state-of-mind, they need to be held responsible for their actions and the consequences of those actions,” said Buckman. “Farm and ranch families in this state shouldn’t be responsible for someone trespassing on their property.”
Buckman said the association is grateful to the bill sponsor and the governor for moving the legislation forward. He said this is the third and final MCA priority issue to receive approval from the governor’s office.
Stanley Lee Lock Stanley Lee Lock, age 64, of Republic, Missouri, passed away suddenly in his home on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Stan was born November 3, 1953, in Hiawatha, Kansas, to Harold and Eunice Lock.
lived by the motto, “it’s a great day to be a cowboy,” and always applied his “cowboy logic” in his approach to life. Stan accomplished great things in his life, most importantly the love and respect of others.
He graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1971 and lived on the family farm until moving to Republic in 1991 after he accepted a district manager position with American Breeders Service. He held various positions throughout his career, working for Genex and currently serving as Beef Business Development Manager with Select Sires Beef. Though his work he had the opportunity to travel across our nation and experience places that most of us only know through books and movies.
He is preceded in death by his parents; stillborn son, Kyle; and father-in-law, Roland Stiers.
Stan and Denise were joined in marriage on October 27, 1979. He was a faithful and loving husband for nearly 39 years. His love for his daughter, Kelsey, ran deeper than the ocean and he was so deeply proud of her. Stan was passionate about good cattle, good horses, and working with others to improve cattle genetics. Stan
Stan is survived by his wife, Denise Lock; daughter, Kelsey and husband T.J. Reichert, of Sedalia, Missouri; a brother, Steven (Linda) Lock, of Hiawatha, Kansas; his mother-in-law, Deloris Stiers, of Nemaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Dennis (Sara) Stiers, of Shubert, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Debra Miller, of Springfield, Missouri; five nieces and nephews; and five great nieces and nephews. Memorials can be made to the Stan Lock Memorial Fund and can be sent to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, 425 E. Trafficway St., Springfield, MO 65806, to benefit the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Applied Cattle Task Force. Family and friends may share online condolences on the website www. meadorsfuneralhome.com.
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May Beef Exports Shatter Value Record; Pork Exports Trend Lower Source: USMEF U.S. beef exports set a new value record in May while also increasing significantly year-over-year in volume, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). May pork exports were lower than a year ago, though JanuaryMay totals for U.S. pork remained ahead of last year’s pace. Beef export volume was 117,871 metric tons (mt) in May, the sixth-largest on record, valued at a remarkable $722.1 million, which surpassed the previous monthly high (March 2018) by a healthy 4 percent and was 24 percent higher than a year ago. Through the first five months of 2018, beef exports were up 10 percent in volume to 547,157 mt while export value was $3.32 billion, 21 percent above last year’s record pace. Exports accounted for 13.6 percent of total beef production in May, up from 13 percent a year ago. For muscle cuts only, the percentage exported was 11.1 percent, up from 10 percent last year. For January through May, exports accounted for 13.5 percent of total beef production and 10.9 percent for muscle cuts – up from 12.8 percent and 10 percent, respectively, last year. Beef export value averaged $313.39 per head of fed slaughter in May, up 18 percent from a year ago. The January-May average was $317.69 per head, also up 18 percent. Following a record performance in April, May pork export volume was 217,209 mt, down 2 percent from a year ago and reflecting smaller exports of variety meats.
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Export value was $562.5 million, down 3.5 percent. For January through May, pork export volume was still 3 percent ahead of last year’s record pace at 1.08 million mt, while value increased 6 percent to $2.85 billion. Exports accounted for 27.8 percent of total pork production in May, down from 29.5 percent a year ago, while the percentage of muscle cuts exported fell about one percentage point to 24 percent. For January through May, the percentage of total production exported was slightly below last year at 27.5 percent, while the percentage of muscle cuts exported increased slightly to 23.7 percent. May pork export value averaged $55.05 per head slaughtered, down 6 percent from a year ago. The January-May per-head average was $55.57, up 2 percent from last year. Japan, Korea lead the way as global demand for U.S. beef continues to climb Japan and South Korea continue to be the pacesetters for U.S. beef export growth. In May, export volume to Japan totaled 30,117 mt (up 19 percent from a year ago) valued at $196.8 million (up 22 percent and the highest since August 2017). Through May, exports to Japan were up 4 percent from a year ago in volume at 128,207 mt while value increased 13 percent to $822.9 million. This included a 6 percent increase in chilled beef volume to 61,178 mt, valued at $488 million (up 18 percent). May exports to Korea were up 46 percent from a year ago in volume (20,781 mt) and jumped 64 percent in value to a record $146.2 million. For January through May, exports to Korea climbed 34 percent to 91,875 mt, valued at $647.3 million – 49 percent above last year’s record pace. Chilled beef exports to Korea totaled 20,365 mt (up 30 percent) valued at $196 million (up 41 percent). “Despite the intense competition U.S. beef faces in Japan and Korea, these markets continue to display a terrific appetite for a growing range of cuts,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Beef items that are traditionally popular in Asia continue to perform and other items more suitable for thick-cut steaks and barbecue concepts are gaining more traction, resulting in exceptional growth opportunities. But the enthusiasm for U.S. beef extends well beyond these two leading markets, and that’s how exports have reached this record-breaking pace.”
For January through May, other highlights for U.S. beef include: In Mexico, exports were up 4 percent in volume (98,900 mt) and 13 percent higher in value ($427.9 million). Mexico is a critical market for U.S. rounds, shoulder clods and other muscle cuts which are typically undervalued in the U.S. market. It is also the leading destination for U.S. beef variety meat exports, which increased 15 percent from a year ago in value ($98.9 million) despite a 2 percent decline in volume (43,479 mt). Exports to China/Hong Kong increased 20 percent in volume (57,186 mt) and 47 percent in value to $442.2 million. May exports to China were the largest (834 mt) since the market opened in June of last year, pushing the January-May total to 3,133 mt valued at $28.7 million. However, effective July 6, China’s import duty rate on U.S. beef increased from 12 percent to 37 percent. The higher tariff will make it difficult for end-users to profitably utilize U.S. beef, especially with U.S. beef already priced at a premium compared to imports from other suppliers and with Australian beef subject to a duty of just 7.2 percent through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Coming off a record performance in 2017, beef exports to Taiwan continue to gain momentum. Exports were up 31 percent from a year ago in volume (22,127 mt) and 43 percent higher in value ($209.9 million). Chilled exports increased 39 percent in volume (9,272 mt) and 52 percent in value ($116 million), as U.S. beef captured 74 percent of Taiwan’s chilled beef market. More reliable access to Indonesia has helped bolster beef exports to this promising market, with volume increasing 52 percent from a year ago to 6,247 mt and value nearly doubling to $28.7 million. Due in part to the United States successfully challenging Indonesia’s import restrictions at the World Trade Organization, U.S. beef now faces fewer obstacles and a more consistent regulatory environment. Indonesia’s strong performance and solid growth in the Philippines helped push exports to the ASEAN region 17 percent higher in volume (18,472 mt) and 28 percent higher in value ($102.4 million). Led by strong growth in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama, exports to Central America jumped 21 percent in volume (5,436 mt) from a year ago and 22 percent in value ($30.6 million).
Pork exports still ahead of last year’s record pace, but will be tested by higher tariffs Mexico’s retaliatory duties on U.S. pork took effect in June, so January-May results were not directly impacted. May exports to Mexico increased 3 percent from a year ago in volume (70,589 mt) but slipped 11 percent in value to $115.6 million. Through the first five months of 2018, exports to Mexico were 6 percent above last year’s record volume pace at 353,264 mt, with value up 2 percent to $621 million. On June 5, Mexico imposed a 10 percent duty on fresh/frozen pork muscle cuts from the United States, and the rate increased to 20 percent on July 5. Also in June, Mexico imposed a 15 percent duty on U.S. pork sausages and a 20 percent duty on some prepared hams (these rates did not increase July 5) and opened a duty-free quota aimed at attracting imports from non-U.S. suppliers. Pork exports to the China/Hong Kong region were well below year-ago levels in May, due in part to the additional 25 percent tariff imposed by China on April 2 (the increase does not apply to product entering Hong Kong). May exports to China/Hong Kong were 34,191 mt, down 31 percent from a year ago, while export value dropped 25 percent to $79.9 million. For January through May, exports to China/Hong Kong were 18 percent below last year’s pace in volume (187,439 mt) and down 6 percent in value to $436.4 million. Exports to China will face an even steeper challenge in the second half of 2018, as China recently hiked the duty rate on U.S. pork by another 25 percent. This means U.S. pork cuts and pork variety meat entering China now face a duty rate of 62 percent, compared to 12 percent for China’s other suppliers, including the European Union, Brazil and Canada. (Continued on page 66)
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“It is unfortunate that U.S. pork is caught in the crosshairs of a dispute that has nothing to do with pork trade,” Halstrom said. “USMEF is focusing on the factors we can control by partnering with U.S. packers and exporters to make every effort to defend our market share and protect our business in Mexico and China. USMEF also consistently stresses the importance of diversifying our export markets and expanding U.S. pork’s footprint into emerging markets, and those efforts are more critical than ever.” January-May highlights for U.S. pork include: As an outstanding destination for U.S. pork for further processing and value-added items destined for the home meal replacement sector, exports to South Korea continue to achieve impressive growth. May exports climbed 44 percent from a year ago in volume (22,447 mt) and 47 percent in value ($64.4 million). For January through May, exports to Korea totaled 117,335 mt (up 44 percent), valued at $340.6 million (up 54 percent). Exports to leading value market Japan were 1 percent below last year in volume (167,294 mt) and steady in value ($689.6 million). This included a 4 percent decrease in chilled pork, with value down slightly at $424 million. Surging demand in Colombia and solid growth in Peru pushed pork exports to South America up 26 percent from a year ago in both volume (50,993 mt) and value ($125.4 million). Argentina officially opened to U.S. pork in April but it has taken some time for exporters to complete various regulatory processes. USMEF is optimistic that shipments to Argentina can begin soon. Exports to Australia and New Zealand were up 8 percent in volume (36,184 mt) and were 11 percent higher in value ($107 million) as the United States has gained market share in Oceania, an increasingly important market for U.S. hams.
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IGS Releases Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT Bozeman, MT — International Genetic Solutions (IGS) is an unprecedented collaboration between progressive breed associations fervently committed to enhancing commercial profitability. The collaboration has yielded the world’s largest genetic evaluation of beef cattle with over 17 million animals and 120,000+ genotypes. In keeping with our commitment to the cattle industry, IGS is pleased to announce the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLTTM. The new genetic evaluation provides more predictive EPDs, better use of genomics, more accurate accuracy reported with EPDs, all with weekly evaluations. The announcement ushers in a new era in genetic evaluation — an era made possible by a genetic evaluation system dubbed BOLT (Biometric Open Language Tools, owned by Theta Solutions, LLC). The concept for BOLT started in 2014 as a research endeavor between the American Simmental Association (ASA) and Drs. Bruce Golden and Dorian Garrick. BOLT is, quite simply, the most revolutionary and powerful genetic evaluation system in existence. Its power allows IGS to leverage genetic evaluation methodology that was once thought to be untenable on large databases — methodology that significantly improves genetic prediction.
In December of 2016, IGS published a multi-breed stayability, the industry’s first EPD using BOLT and the first single-step methodology applied to a large beef cattle database. Since that time, the IGS genetic
evaluation team has worked toward fully implementing BOLT with an automated system that enables weekly evaluations for an entire suite of EPDs. As of May 4, 2018, ASA is the first of the IGS partners to publish a full suite of EPDs generated by the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT. Each IGS partner has complete autonomy to determine the release date that best fits their organization. As such, the release of EPDs by the other IGS partners is likely to be staggered over the next several weeks. As always, we look forward to your questions and comments about what you see. Here are the notable changes in the evaluation: Movement of EPDs and reranking. EPDs and indexes will change. These changes will be more dramatic for younger, lower accuracy cattle. The IGS team has tested the changes and proven the new EPDs result in superior predictions of genetic merit. Shrinking of EPD range. You will notice a reduction in the range of EPDs for most traits. The IGS evaluation team tested the statistical veracity of the reduction and it has proven to be in line with expectations based on the genetic variation in the population. Improved use of genomics. With the switch to the BOLT software, IGS will use single-step genomic evaluation on all EPDs. Single-step uses DNA markers, pedigree information, and phenotypic data simultaneously in the prediction of EPDs. Previously, molecular breeding values (MBVs) were calculated from
the genomic information and those MBVs were blended in a separate procedure into the EPD predictions. The single-step method squeezes more information from the DNA markers than the previous approach allowed. Additionally, with single-step, the genomic information will not only enhance each EPD for the genotyped animals but also will be used in the EPD estimates of relatives. It is well established that DNA markers vary greatly in their effect on traits — ranging from large to virtually no impact. To leverage this biological fact in a statistically advantageous manner, the BOLT single-step method only uses markers that have a meaningful impact on the traits of interest, while ignoring those that have little to no effect. Research has shown that by using this approach, BOLT reduces statistical “noise” and thereby increases the accuracy of the EPD prediction compared to other single-step methods. It is important to note, continued collection of phenotypic records remains a vital part of genetic predictions. DNA testing will never replace the need to record and submit phenotypes. More accurate accuracy. In the previous IGS evaluation platform, and all others in existence other than BOLT, the calculation of the accuracy associated with each EPD is achieved through “approximation” methods.
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It has long been known these methods are a less than optimal approach to the calculation of accuracy — tending to overestimate accuracy. By employing unique computing strategies that leverage both software and hardware efficiencies, BOLT performs what was previously unthinkable — utilizing a sampling methodology to calculate what is essentially true accuracy. Unlike approximated accuracies, BOLTderived accuracies will result in predicted movements associated with possible change holding true over time. This is not the case with the previous IGS software or any other system currently in existence. While the IGS evaluation team and partners are excited to release this new chapter in genetic evaluation, the new genetic evaluation system will only realize its true potential if selection is made using its EPD and index values. Hands down, there is no better (more accurate) way to select for quantitative traits than an EPD. Economic indexes predict net profit by weighing the EPD for economically relevant traits coupled with economic estimates. To compete with other protein sources, it is imperative that the beef industry adopt the best science and technology to make better breeding selection decisions. For more information about the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT, go to www. internationalgeneticsolutions.com.
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Balance vs. the Trade-off Source: CAB On Target, Justin Sexten, PH.D. One of the big challenges of livestock judging is explaining “balance” to a new evaluator. As we attend county fairs, state previews and junior nationals, we’ll hear the term used to describe cattle in nearly every class. After the judge remarks on the calf’s balance, they’ll follow up with a collection of terms that support their view of balance. Ask anyone to explain balance; the wide range of answers you get shows why this is a tough concept for beginning livestock judges. I once heard it described as “when all things come together correctly.” You’d think a judge could simply justify a class winner by saying they are the nicest balanced, and then move on, but no, there are other roads to balance. It has also been described as “when visually divided in half, the animal is proportional on both ends.” Yet, in most steer shows you watch this summer, animals with this definition will likely not prevail, because a well-balanced steer has a chiseled front end with a square hip and thick quarter. You’re more likely to hear “wedge-shaped” than proportional. Historically, we talk about performance data with little focus on phenotype. Wait, why the sudden change in topic? What’s performance got to do with balance? Well, a balanced phenotype discussion gives us a chance to highlight different management philosophies, breeding objectives and carcass value.
As a fan of quality, I reviewed a collection of data that incorporated Waygu cattle into a terminal breeding program. Could it be a logical progression for those who want to take marbling to the next level? Not so much, because of net losses to the trade-off effect. The data illustrated that the most profit potential still comes from a balanced approach rather than chasing extremes.
Cow genetics in the report covered a range of breeding programs from straight Hereford cows in Australia to SimAngus and Angus cows in the American Midwest. Calf management ranged from 140-day weaned calffeds to traditional, 7-month weaning with long yearling backgrounding periods and short, 100-day finishing. Across this variety of systems the results between Angusand Waygu-sired calves was relatively consistent. Angussired calves were heavier at weaning and faster gaining
after that to finish quicker and produce heavier carcass weights. The Waygu-sired calves produced carcasses with greater marbling. Selection for extremes generally requires trade-offs. In this case, chasing extreme marbling resulted in longer feeding periods and lighter carcass weights because of reduced genetic growth potential. For those marketing at weaning or after backgrounding, the challenge is greater because the extreme benefit is not recognized while the reduced pre-weaning growth is fully realized. For any breeding plan and sire breed, a balanced approach helps avoid making trade-offs that are contrary to the longterm market. If you want enhanced marbling with lighter carcass weights, remember that management can get there faster than genetics. This spring, for example, carcass weights declined as cattle feeders marketed earlier than usual; switching to a calf-fed system can also reduce carcass weights while enhancing quality. In both cases, the changes are quickly reversible by adjusting management. Genetic change takes longer to reverse and sometimes the trade-offs are more costly than the gain. As we reflect on that balanced show steer and the economics of how it’s put together, remember each beef primal contributes differently because of value and weight. Comparing a steer that qualifies for the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand versus one that simply grades USDA Choice, there was a $79 value difference favoring the brand through May. The loin contributed $30, the rib made up $18 and the chuck provided $15 in value, those three primals chipping in $63 of the $79 in value difference. The round added $9 in value to the CAB cutout while the plate, brisket and flank combined to make up the remaining $7. When it comes to picking a class winner, that steer with the largest rear quarter may represent a negative tradeoff, versus a more valuable one with more in the front end that “balances” up a bit better.
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Last month, I sat down with two different cattle feeders. One male, one female. One 96, one close to 80. One in Nebraska, one in Colorado. One large scale, one small. There were many differences in their journey, but also many similarities of how one ends up looking back on a career in agriculture with collectively more wins than losses.
On my family’s regular route through the Sandhills, there’s a lonely old place; rain and time have left the wood devoid of color. Yet, with its classic, square farmhouse design—and a little imagination—its two upstairs windows make eyes. It sags so much that the porch looks like it’s turned up in a smile. Every time we pass the “smiling house,” I do the opposite, however. There are no signs that anybody has cared about the place in quite some time, but I can’t help thinking about a time when someone did. “That was somebody’s dream, somebody’s hope,” as the old Tracy Byrd song goes. “They had big plans, they had no doubts.” We always wonder when we’ll drive past and find it’s disappeared into the sea of grass, either due to Mother Nature or management. Of course, it could be they have a bigger, nicer place more suitable for ranch headquarters, or dozens of other explanations, but my mind often settles on the depressing thought that perhaps that operation didn’t survive a ’50s drought or the ’80s Farm Crisis. A little way down the sparse highway, I see a ranch that probably dates back to the same period, but it’s a starkly different picture. The well-kept house could look much like it did new, perhaps 100 years ago. There’s a bustle of activity around the place, with evidence that the people living there grow everything from tomatoes and cucumbers to kids and cattle. As I travel past slices of the country with a past I know only in general, I often wonder about their specific history. What could we learn from the places that failed and the ones that flourish?
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Here are a few pearls of wisdom: • Work hard, spend wisely. “First, you’re so busy trying to make a living, you haven’t got time to wonder what’s going to happen in the years to come,” one said. They both talked about the physical labor and mental energy it took building their businesses. They still practice frugality. “Keep enough reserves that you know you’re going to weather a storm,” said the other. • Challenges aren’t something to fear, but rather something to learn from. “Some of those are good because it will humble you. You get to going along pretty good and you get to feeling pretty good about yourself and you get in one of those and you’ll get a little humility back,” said the cattleman. • Embrace technology. An adding machine and typewriter have given way to the computer, “but that’s progress; and we’re always for progress, really. Not progress for itself. Not progress because the neighbors have it,” she said. “Progress, that it will fit your business and be profitable in your business.” • Remember your buyer. “If you give them what they want, you can rest assured you’re going to have a profit.” Both feeders have watched quality grades increase and consumer demand follow suit. “You’ll be rewarded for your work. It’s easier to go downhill than it is to push something uphill.” I’ll be smiling at the gems I picked up from these seasoned producers, long after that landmark house falls into a final frown.
FCCP Shatters Enrollment Records, Validates Profitable Red Angus Genetics Source: RAAA - Brandi Buzzard Frobose Denver – The Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program, the longest-running and best-recognized USDA Process Verified Program in the beef industry, continues to shatter calf enrollment records. In fiscal year 2017-2018, the FCCP, commonly known to cattlemen and women as the “Yellow Tag” program, grew total enrollments by more than 5 percent and enrolled over 172,000 high quality Red Angusinfluenced feeder calves.
The FCCP was first established in 1994 and to date nearly 2.5 million head of Red Angus-influenced calves have worn the profitable yellow tag. The tag is available in two options – the traditional visual tag for 99-cents each, or as a combination visual and RFID tag for $3 each. Producers must answer a few breeding and management questions, thereby verifying traceability to at least 50 percent Red Angus breed influence. To learn more or enroll calves in the program, contact Chessie Mitchell at 940-226-4762. For more information on Red Angus genetics, marketing programs and the FCCP, please visit RedAngus.org.
Red Angus commercial producers recognize the value of the yellow FCCP tag and continue to see market-topping premiums for a minimal investment in enrollment. The 99-cent tag returns, on average, a $2.80 per hundredweight (cwt) premium, which equates to more than $16 on a 600-pound Red Angus feeder calf – a calf which most often sells at or near the top of the market. Compound that figure across truckloads of calves, and beef producers are quick to realize the value of Red Angus genetics guaranteed by the yellow tag.
The FCCP combines three important components commonly found in successful value-added programs: genetics, source and age verification. Producers who enroll in the FCCP are able to capitalize on stronger demand from feeders and packers to fill Angus product lines. The Red Angus combination of rapid early growth and carcass quality delivers tangible benefits to producers in a highly competitive marketplace.
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A-1 Cattle Feeders.........................................................66 ADM Animal Nutrition................................................35 AMEC..........................................................................87 Autumn in the Ozarks Sale..........................................13 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica - Pyramid Beef.......29 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica - Triangle................11 Buffalo Livestock Market..............................................58 Callaway Livestock Center Inc.....................................65 Cape County Cookie Cutter Company........................27 Cargill / NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral...19 Central Missouri Sales Co........................................... 64 Circle 5 Cattle Co.........................................................25 Circle A Angus Ranch..................................................51 Classified Ads................................................................89 Clearwater Farm...........................................................51 Durham Simmental Farms...........................................69 Eastern Missouri Commission Company.....................60 F&T Livestock Market..................................................10 FCS Financial...............................................................92 Feed Train LLC........................................................... 44 Four Starr Simmental Sale...........................................21 Frank/Hazelrigg Cattle Co. Sale..................................77 Galaxy Beef LLC..........................................................51 Gallagher......................................................................89 Gast Charolais Sale Ad...................................................3 Gerloff Farms................................................................51 Green’s Welding & Sales...............................................61 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus............................................51 Jim’s Motors..................................................................77 JJ Skyline Angus...........................................................51 Joplin Regional Stockyards...........................................45 Joplin Regional Stockyards Golf Tournament.............50 Kingsville Livestock Auction........................................56 Laughlin Angus............................................................51 Genetically Yours Sale....................................................7 Lucas Cattle Co............................................................69 Marshall & Fenner Farms.............................................51 MCA Brand Wall Page.................................................85 MCA Golf Tournament.......................................... 79-80 MCA Lifetime Membership.........................................48 MCA Membership Form..............................................81 MCA Show-Me Select Sale Credit...............................28 McBee Cattle Co..........................................................25 MCF Scholarship..........................................................76 McPherson Concrete Products.....................................89 Mead Cattle Co............................................................63 Mead Farms..................................................................51
Merry Meadows Simmental.........................................69 MFA Fair Share............................................................74 Missouri Angus Association..........................................51 Missouri Angus Breeders..............................................51 Missouri Beef House Schedule.....................................15 Missouri Beef Industry Council....................................17 Missouri Charolais Breeders Association.....................24 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association.....................91 Missouri Simmental Association..................................69 Missouri Simmental Breeders.......................................69 Missouri Valley Commission Company.......................60 MJCA Beef Tour..................................................... 82-83 MLS Tubs.....................................................................57 MultiMIN USA............................................................41 Naught-Naught Agency................................................68 Ory’s Circle 7 Red Angus.............................................45 Oval F Ranch...............................................................69 Pennington Seed...........................................................53 Ragland Mills...............................................................47 Richardson Ranch........................................................51 RLE Simmental............................................................69 Route 66 Simmental Sale.............................................22 Salt Fork Feed & Supply / NDE....................................73 Seedstock Plus...............................................................55 Sellers Feedlot...............................................................10 Seven T Farm...............................................................75 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle..........................................69 Show-Me Polled Hereford Classic Sale.........................54 South Central Regional Stockyards.............................48 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef......................................51 Superior Steel Sales.......................................................59 Sydenstricker Genetics..................................................51 Sydenstricker Implements - JayLor...............................23 Don Thomas & Sons Brangus Sale (Cancelled).......... 46 Triple C, Inc..................................................................62 Valley Oaks Angus........................................................51 Wax Company................................................................2 Weiker Angus Ranch....................................................51 Westway Feed..................................................................9 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market................................52 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate...................................78 Wild Indian Acres Charolais Sale................................67 Mike Williams..............................................................78 Windsor Livestock Auction...........................................16 Z Tags and Temple Tags...............................................49 Zeitlow Distributing..................................................... 88