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CONTENTS

December 2016

FEATURES 12

Christmas in the Country

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Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show

Three Farms Sharing a Little Christmas Magic Through Tradition

49th Annual Convention January 6-8 • 2017 • Tan-Tar-A

MEMBER NEWS 6 20 48

Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News

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12 Christmas in the Country COLUMNS 8

MCA President’s Perspective The End of 2016

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CattleWomen’s Corner

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Straight Talk: Mike Deering

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On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black

The Power of a Child

November Ninth

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Coffee Shop Experts in Small Towns

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Junior Spotlight

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Capitol Update

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Field Notes: Wes Tiemann

Calling All Young Cattlemen

My Neighbor’s Dog

The Sleeping Giant

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 46 - Issue 7 (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: mobeef@sbcglobal.net Wes Tiemann: General Manager/Sales 816-244-4462

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

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

Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation www.mocattlemenfoundation.org

Missouri’s CattleWomen

http://mocattle.com/missouricattlewomen.aspx

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Charolais News

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Obituary: Ronnie Bertz

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Sale Reports

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Sale Calendar

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

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Advertiser’s Index

2016 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

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Keith Stevens, President 417-326-4673 • 4740 S. 85th Rd., Bolivar, MO 65613 Butch Meier, President-Elect 573-270-4185 • 2013 Co. Rd. 330, Jackson, MO 63755 Greg Buckman, Vice-President 573-696-3911 • 14601 N Rt U, Hallsville, MO 65255 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069

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

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

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Maryn Billups, Palmyra, MO Seth Black, Three Tress Cattle Company, Amoret, MO Brayden Blakemore, Hallsville, Mo Jeremiah Chipps, Bolivar, MO Alyssa Cochran, Williamstown, MO Cole Craig, Stanberry, Mo Angela Crawford, Green Ridge, MO Lexi Crawford, Green Ridge, MO Emma Criswell, Hartsburg, MO Scott Cunningham, Jackson, MO Brian Cutbirth, Crane, MO Marrah Delmont, Halfway, MO Dustin DeVore, Walnut Grove, MO Chris Dickel, Dickel Farm, Green Castle, MO Dennis Dieckhaus, Southern Prarie Cattle Co., St. Charles, MO Frank Durtschy, Alleuia Acres, Ellsinore, MO Dennis & Don Famuliner, Carrollton, MO Brenda Fischer, Citizens Bank of Eldon, Versailles, MO Myron Fischer Fischer Farms, Stover, MO Everett Frady, Frady Ranch & Grain, Kirksville, MO Chris Garoutte, Jamesville Farms, Springfield, MO Krista Gilmartin, Lamar, MO Darren Harris, New Franklin, MO Kale Harris, New Franklin, MO Dale Hines, Hines Farm, Milan, MO Taylor Hudnut, Canton, MO Carmen James, Ashland, MO Logan Johnston, MSU Cattlemen’s, Jasper, MO Amelia Jones, Palmyra, MO Zachary Jones, Palymyra, MO Kaitlyn Keller, Jackson, MO Gaylon Kinder, Kinder Farms, West Plains, MO Ashton Light, Lebanon, MO Jackson Liu, UCM Cattlemen’s, Leawood, KS Victoria Lock, Columbia, MO Noah Long, Edwards, MO

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57 Years Trusted Service to Missouri Cattlemen “Your Source for Quality Trailers”

Darin & Jeri Marek, Salisbury, MO Kelsey Marek, Salisbury, MO Mike & Jacky Martin, Revere, MO Nicolas Matheney, Brookfield, MO Brittany Miller, UCM Cattlemen’s, White Heath, IL Houston Mueller, Harrisburg, MO Bill & Ginger Nance, Nance 3N Ranch, Sheldon, MO Sabrina Nance, Sheldon, MO Eric Norris, Blue Bird Valley Farms, Neosho, MO Kevin & Marilyn O’Bannon, Madison, MO Daniel & Lori Parris, Urbana, MO Julia Probst, Waterloo, IL Merlin & Ramona Pyle, Carthage, MO Phillip Ragsdale, Ragsdale Limousin, Marshfield, MO Destiny Redmon, Republic, MO Jim Rhoades, Stonebridge, Lebanon, MO Harve Rhodes, Milan, MO Jaclyn Scott, LaBelle, MO Eric Shoenberger Jr., Aurora, MO Eric & Kami Shoenberger, Shoenberger Polled Herefords Aurora, MO Rustin Snyder, Reed & Snyder Farms, Green Castle, MO Ashton Stropes, Chilhowee, MO Carl Talley, Talley Farms/Talley Tire, Neosho, MO Kymberlynn Tessman, UCM Cattlemen, Mexico, MO Shannon & Becky Tipton, Milan, MO Jason Wacha, Wacha Farms LLC, Ozark, MO Dan White, Blessings Farm, Mt. Vernon, MO Morgan Wilson, Joplin, MO Cole Wimmer, CW Farms, Flemington, MO Lamonte & Rachelle Yoder, Warsaw, MO

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President’s

Perspective

with Keith Stevens

The End of 2016

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This year has been a whirlwind of activities, and it is hard to believe it is coming to an end. It has been such a great honor and privilege to serve and represent you this year around the state and at the national level. I want to thank everyone throughout our association for your support and for making me feel welcome as I attended meetings and events across the state. I have said it before, but there really are no finer folks than those in agriculture.

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I also must thank my personal support team, my wife Beverly for tolerating a lot of late nights and early mornings traveling and being on the phone, plan changes at the last moment, and for going with me when she could. My daughter Kalyn and husband Kyle for bringing my grandson Gage into this world to reinforce to me why we must fight to protect our industry and the future of agriculture in Missouri and the world for their future, and my brother-in-law Les and his wife Donna for taking care of the cows and their daily needs when we were gone or tied up in meetings. I also want to thank our staff for being the best support system a person could ask for and the outstanding job that Mike, Kevin, Wes, Andy, Candace and our 2016 Beef Queen Maria do for us every day. Mike and Kevin, thank you for keeping me on track and up to speed, so I was never blindsided or unaware of the situation coming up, and the friendship we have built.

2016 President Finally, I want to encourage everyone to attend the annual convention coming up January 6-8, 2017 at Tan-Tar-A. Come and be a part of shaping and guiding your association, along with welcoming the 2017 officer team. This is where the business and decisions are made for the following year, along with a chance to catch up with folks you may not see often. Attend the Cattlemen’s College to learn what is going on in our industry and prepare your own plan to better your farm or ranch this year. The trade show is always a great stop to make and talk with the vendors that make this all possible, and have a little fun each evening! I highly recommend and urge you to engage and get involved in your association at the local and state level. Our world is an ever-changing challenge for our industry that we must stay one step ahead of to allow our children and grandchildren the opportunity to be a part of the farm and ranch life that we all cherish. Thank you!


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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Supply, Production, and Demand, What’s the Difference? Executive Director Mark Russell The amount of animal protein, including beef produced in the United States, is expected to increase over the next several years. With more beef supply, there is actually an opportunity to gradually increase per capita consumption of beef.

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Board Member Spotlight: Keith Baxter is a seventh generation cattle producer in Greene County in Southwest Missouri. Together with his uncle, they own and operate K &K Cattle Farms, a commercial cow calf operation outside of Rogersville. Keith is proud to represent the producers of Southwest Missouri on the Missouri Beef Industry Council as the secretary for the board and is also active with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Keith feels, as the number of consumers grows larger, it is more important than ever producers use every tool they have to get the beef message out, and believes the check off is a very powerful tool. Keith says, “As we look for new ways to improve our operations at home, so too should we look for new ways to promote our product outside our gates.”

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Beef Supply and Demand Producers have become much more interested in beef supply and demand conversations over the past months. Market fluctuations and weather impacts have caused significant impacts on cattle production receipts.

Terminology: Supply is per capita consumption, which is production, minus exports, plus imports, divided by population. Many times people want to refer to production as supply, and that is not completely accurate. It is just one component of supply. Production is number of head multiplied by carcass weight. It is not supply because you do not account for trade or population. Slaughter numbers, carcass weights and production are all supply components. Demand is the relationship between supply (per capita consumption) and price. It basically answers two questions: 1) How much product does the consumer want? And 2) How much are they willing to pay for that amount of product? Beef Supply Situation The rate of growth we are seeing today is due in large part to the herd rebuilding efforts from the extreme cowherd contraction during the drought in 2010 to 2012. Beef production is projected to rise 5 percent in 2016 and 5 percent in 2017. Overall animal protein production is projected to rise 2.7 percent in 2016. What Does The Beef Supply Situation Mean for Consumers? Beef retail prices are down nearly 10 percent from the highest prices in late 2014.


The USDA-reported beef advertisements per store have increased 7 percent compared to last year, and are at the highest levels since March 2012, while advertised beef prices have dropped 13 percent. What is the Check Off Doing to Drive Consumer Demand for Beef? NCBA’s efforts are largely designed to address building long-term demand in domestic and foreign markets rather than short-term market volatility. NCBA’s Federation Executive Committee recently allocated nearly $1 million to encourage added beef sales domestically and in foreign markets.

We look forward to attending producer meetings this fall and winter to share the checkoff story. Contact our office to schedule a staff member at your local meetings and visit us on facebook or on our website, www.mobeef.org See you at convention!

$640,000 will be used to support added retail promotions in Japan and Korea. $300,000 will be invested domestically through a partnership with Ibotta, a smartphone coupon app that inspires customers to purchase more beef through their favorite retail outlets. NCBA is also working with AmazonFresh to develop content for their beef landing page, which features photos, beef cuts and recipes. What Does the Beef Supply Situation Mean for Producers? According to CattleFax, there is no way to pinpoint one factor responsible for the market downfall, because there are so many parts that impact commodity markets. Supply and demand are primary components, but so are imports, exports, competition, global and domestic economies, politics, weather, currencies, investment funds, etc.

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Straight

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with Mike Deering November Ninth The day after Election Day was one of the highlights of my year. No more media calls about elections. No more fundraisers. No more e-mails, calls and texts from campaign staff. Oh happy days. But what happens now? Under the direction of the MCA Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee and the MCA Board of Directors, MCA engaged in a total of 69 races. MCA-endorsed candidates did very well. We lost one statewide race, one senate race and two house races. Percentage wise, 94 percent of MCA-endorsed candidates declared victory on Tuesday. That’s huge or bigly as Donald Trump would say.

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The Missouri General Assembly is comprised of leaders who truly understand the importance of agriculture. We have a small handful who clearly have no desire to understand what you do every single day to strengthen this state for all citizens. However, the majority of legislators – rural and urban, Democrat and Republican – get it. As we look at some of our border states – think Illinois – we are truly blessed to have the opportunity to proactively push legislation to advance this industry instead of constantly being on defense.

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In regards to statewide offices, Missouri witnessed a Republican tidal wave likely resulting from enthusiasm for change generated by Donald Trump. Or perhaps it was the frustration with both political parties that drew voters to the candidates they saw as “outsiders” who brought something new and different to the table. Or maybe it’s something entirely different. Moving forward, we will work with Eric Greitens, Mike Parson and all elected leaders to advance agriculture in this state. We have already been in contact with the governor-elect’s team and I am fairly confident we will establish a relationship with Governor Greitens that will result in our priorities being signed instead of vetoed. I am optimistic about the future. MCA also endorsed two measures on the Nov. 8 ballot that passed overwhelmingly. Amendment 1 continues a small tax

Executive Vice President used to implement additional conservation practices, which farmers must help pay for through a cost share formula. Amendment 4 prevents the state from taxing services like the local veterinarian, the livestock market or even the barbershop. One of the most concerning outcomes on Nov. 8 occurred in Oklahoma. The Humane Society of the United States and their war chest of money scored a victory against farm and ranch families with the unfortunate defeat of State Question 777 – the Right to Farm. HSUS used the same deceitful tactics, misleading messages and outright lies they used in Missouri just two years ago. MCA engaged and assisted the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association in their fight against this agricultural terrorist organization, but came up short. A win for HSUS hurts all of us and I certainly hope we regroup and do not give up momentum in the fight to protect the future of farming and ranching by enshrining our rights in the constitution. No matter how you slice and dice Nov. 8, one thing is for certain. Rural voters mattered. Rural Missouri proved two years ago we can win an election with the slim passage of the Farming Rights Amendment or Right to Farm. That historic win gave our fellow cattleman, Mike Parson, the motivation he needed to run for a statewide office. Just ask him. You matter. Please continue to take all elections as seriously and you took this one for the betterment of our state and our country.


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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers

Horseman Challenge On Friday, October 21, 2016 the MCA Beef House was opened to serve our delicious beef burgers to 114+ competitors and guests in the 5th Annual American Horseman Challenge held this year at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. The American Horseman Challenge Association (AHCA) members from

North America had the opportunity to compete with individuals from outside their local competition area in an obstacle course event, perfect for all riders, all disciplines and every skill level. The four-day event included a barbecue on Friday evening at the Missouri Beef House hosted by the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce. Rhonda and Jeffery Lebbin, of Michigan, who are founders of the event, say they plan to be back on the fairgrounds next year. “Absolutely,” Lebbin said. “We love this place and hopefully we’ll be even bigger next year.”

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The camaraderie experienced and friendships made are invaluable. “Great Horses, Great People and Great Times… What more could you ask for… Life is good!!!” according to AHCA website www.americanhorsemanchallenge.com, and check it out if you want to learn more. A BIG thanks goes out to MCA volunteers, Mike Carter, Marvin and Carolyn Dieckman, Colvin and Sela Follis (Pat and Patty’s granddaughters), and Pat and Patty Wood who graciously accepted the MCA challenge to cook and serve this delicious meal. Thought for the month: “President Keith Stevens sat in the corner eating his Christmas dinner. He picked up his fork and pulled up a steak and said, “What a good life we have!”


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Bonackers Honored at the American Royal

Stan & Mary Bonacker & Family, Windy Hill Charolais Farms, were recognized with the Barb McHargue Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Royal National ROE Show, October 29, 2016 in Kansas City, Mo. Barb spent her entire career promoting Charolais cattle, starting at Litton Charolais Ranch. She was a guiding influence on the industry from established breeders to beginning juniors. Stan & Mary Bonacker celebrated 50 years in the Charolais business in 2016. They have been very involved in the breed actively participating in breed programs.

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Stan & Mary Bonacker & Family David & Annette Bonacker & Family 7095 Burgess Ford Road • Cedar Hill, MO 63016 Stan: 314-550-2554 • David: 314-974-5230 Fax: 636-285-6073 • Evening: 636-285-8825 E-mail: windyhillcharolais@sbcglobal.net The Sale Offering will include Top Names in the Breed! Drop in WIA and view their on-line selection to be auctioned April 24th.


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2017 MCBA Spring Sale • March 25th • Kirksville MO

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Upcoming Charolais Events 2017 National Western Stock Show Denver, CO

Saturday - January 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. National ROE Pens of Bulls and Female Show – Stock Yards Arena Sunday - January 15, 2017 8:00 a.m. Junior Charolais Show – Stadium Arena 1:00 p.m. Charolais Sale – Beef Palace Auction Arena Monday - January 16, 2017 8:00 a.m. National ROE Charolais Show – Stadium Arena Headquarters Hotel Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel

2017 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday - January 21, 2017 1:00 p.m. Junior Charolais Show – Cattle Arena Friday - January 27, 2017 3:00 p.m. 38th National Charolais Sale – West Arena Saturday - January 28 2017 9:00 a.m. 48th National Charolais Show – Watt Arena Headquarters Hotel Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth Downtown

2017 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Houston, Texas Tuesday - March 7, 2017 3:00 p.m. Class A ROE Charolais Show – Main Arena (West Side)

Upcoming Charolais Sales March 4 Mead Farms Bull Sale, Versailles March 4 Peterson Farms Bull Sale, Mountain Grove March 11 Wright Charolais Bull Sale, Kearney March 18 Aschermann Charolais Bull Sale, Carthage March 25 MCBA Spring Sale, Kirksville April 8 Renaissance Sale, Strafford April 22 Windy Hill Gateway-Getaway Production Sale, Cedar Hill

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Common Sense with Baxter Black Coffee Shop Experts in Small Towns Visit any café or machine shop in any small town in rural America. The first topic of conversation is the weather. It has to be discussed, cussed, praised and pounded thoroughly before any other subject is taken up. It is followed by the market; the price of soybeans, grain, cattle, hogs or the price of tea in China. Then, usually politics, sports and local gossip.

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I’ve been in a million of these conversations. Everyone has an opinion and we’re quite willing to share it. It takes a little time to hear everybody out but it’s worth it as long as we can get in our two cents worth. But I’ve noticed that farmers and ranchers are a little like vets and lawyers when we get down to talkin’ about our own business. Or talkin’ about parting with some of our own money. It’s harder to get a straight answer. Suddenly our opinions are built on shifting sand. “Doc, will this medicine work as well as you said at the meeting?” “Uh, it should help.”

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Or: “Henry, you always said you believed in worming your stock.” “Yeah, but I didn’t know it cost that much.” Strangely enough, when we’re discussing the neighbor’s problems in the comfort of the coffee shop, there’s no lack of helpful opinions forthcoming. Or when outlining some new wonder drug at the county cattlemen’s meeting, we speak with evangelistic conviction. But when we get down to makin’ the decisions involving our own operation, our confidence gets weak in the knees. It’s easy to be an expert if you don’t have to stay and clean up the mess. Anyone can make recommendations if you don’t have to be responsible for the results. College professors, columnists and show ring judges start a lot of things other people have to finish. But nobody is better at givin’ advice than a bunch of fellers sittin’ around a table drinkin’ coffee. We have opinions on how the neighbor should work his cows, how the president should run the country, how the widow should raise her kids and how the coach should handle the team. Yep, we have all the answers. Too bad no one ever asks us.

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COUNTY NEWS Vernon County The October meeting was held at the Vernon County Fairgrounds and was called to order by President Jay Sloniker with approximately 50 in attendance, including special guest, MCA Region 6 Vice President, Marvin Dieckman. The region 6 vice president position will be available in December. This position covers 12 counties and serves on the MCA state board. Elections will be held at convention. The MCA vice president and secretary positions are also available. Marvin encouraged folks to consider running for one of these positions.

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The Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show will be held January 6-8, 2017, at Tan-Tar-A. The group voted to donate money to our area FFA chapters to help with trips and judging at all four Vernon County schools. Creation of a scholarship for upperclassmen was discussed and tabled to the next meeting. The new Farmer’s Market building that is soon to be constructed was discussed for a possible donation. This also was tabled to the next meeting. The November 8 election was briefly discussed. Officer elections were held. The 2017 slate of officers includes: • President – Jay Sloniker • Vice President – Jane Westerhold • Secretary – Katlyn Logan • Treasurer – Tommy Wait • Membership Chairman – David Diggins • State Representative – Kyle Cushard Our next meeting will be December 1. November and December meetings are being combined as a Christmas social with a brief business meeting and prospective members are invited to attend.

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St. Clair County Sixty members and friends attended the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association 23rd annual banquet at the Osceola Assembly of God Church on November 5, 2016. A delicious beef dinner prepared and served by the Osceola Assembly of God Ministries was enjoyed by all. Wheeler and Sons Livestock Auction sponsored the meal. Lakeland and Osceola FFA members gave a status report on their chapter activities. The featured speaker, State Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, 39th District, reviewed the success of agriculture legislation accomplished over the past four years and shared a vision for agriculture issues needing to be addressed in the 2017 session. Officers for 2017 were elected as follows: President- Josh Salmon; Vice President-John Love; Secretary- Lauren Stinnett Denison; Treasurer- Lisa Johnson; Northwest Director- Brendon Jones; Northeast Director-Richard Stinnett; Southwest Director- Drew Moran; Southeast Director- Austin Shelby; Director-at-Large- Bill Creek; and State Director- Mike Nance. Two $2,000 scholarships were awarded. Michaela Carroll, student at Missouri State University, and Lakeland High School graduate received the Paul Tom Firestone,

Dr. Larry Moore Memorial scholarship winner Bailey Inman with Dr. Moore’s family.

Orval Johnson, David Barger Memorial scholarship. Bailey Inman, student at the University of Missouri, and Lakeland High School graduate received the Dr. Larry Moore Memorial Scholarship award. Funds donated to the memory of Dr. Larry Moore (1939-2015) were used for this award. Dr. Moore was very active in the Cattlemen’s Association and supported the organization at the local and state level. Dr. Moore’s family, daughter Lorri, and Sean Wallace, sons Rick and Todd and grandsons Josh and John, attended the banquet.

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President Austin Shelby presenting Dr. Bourland with an appreciation plaque and an embroidered Cattlemen’s jacket for his service as treasurer for the past 3 years.

The St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association has awarded 39 scholarships totaling $24,150 since 1995. Scholarship applications are reviewed in April, and the winners are awarded at the annual banquet in November of each year. St. Clair County student residents who have applied to, been accepted by, or are currently attending an accredited college or university, offering an AA, BS, or BA degree and majoring in an agriculture related field are eligible to apply. John Love was awarded some Beef House caps which he despises wearing while working at the Beef House during the State Fair. Dr. Charles Bourland was presented with a plaque of appreciation and an embroidered Cattlemen’s logo jacket for his service a treasurer for the past three years.

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An auction for donated items was not held this year. The Association participated in enough fund raising/cooking activities to more than cover the expenses and support the scholarships. 2016 activities included a “May is Beef Month” campaign where $900 of beef was given away with support from Appleton City Feed Service and St. Clair County Farm Bureau, cooking steak sandwiches at the Appleton City Fair in June, cooking steak sandwiches and hamburgers at the Osceola Rodeo Daze in September, raffling a Henry Golden Boy .22 mag rifle, cooking hamburgers for Prairie Day in El Dorado Springs in September, and cooking hamburgers for the New Day Genetics Elite Bull and Female Sale at Wheelers and Sons Livestock Auction in November. The Association also entered a float and won prizes in the Lowry City, Appleton City Fair, and Rodeo Daze parades. Junior member Kendra Stewart collected donations from Walmart and Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare before word got out that we were not having an auction. These, along with some Cattlemen paraphernalia, and Laurie Stinnett’s homemade candy were used for door prizes.

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Dallas County The aroma of mouth watering roast beef and delicious homemade rolls greeted everyone as they arrived at Prairie Grove School on November 8 for the annual meeting of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA). Nearly 240 members and guests enjoyed a great meal prepared by Ruby Hostetler, Gloria Miller and their “crew.” We especially want to thank the ladies for all their hard work as well as thank the DCCA members who provided side dishes. We always appreciate the school and it’s community for opening their doors to us for our meetings. Certainly no one went home hungry!

Officers and directors of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association were elected Tuesday evening, Oct. 8, at the organization’s annual meeting at Prairie Grove Mennonite School. Changes included the retirement of president Bill Hale, who remains on the board, and the election of Bobby Stewart to that position. Added to the board was Stuart Dill, filling a slot vacated by Donna Keck. Pictured are, from left, Dayle Nelson, Gloria Stroud (state board member), Gary Simmons, Bob Dawson, Walter Sims (vice-president), Lynette Miller (secretary/treasurer), Bill Hale, Pam Naylor (state board member), Stuart Dill and Bobby Stewart. Not pictured are directors Jake Hostetler and Aaron Miller. Photo by Jim Hamilton.

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After enjoying the great food, DCCA President Bill Hale thanked all of our sponsors and speakers for their help and support throughout the year. Our guest speaker for the evening was University of Missouri Associate Extension Professor Dr. Craig Payne, DVM. Dr. Payne’s topic was “Understanding the New Veterinary Feed Directive.” Dr. Payne thoroughly discussed the timeline in the directive coming about and talked about all the changes which will take effect on January 1 for producers, veterinarians, and distributors. He explained the many antibiotics and feed products that will be required to have a VFD. He encouraged producers to establish a vet-client patient relationship now and not wait until the directive is needed. He certainly helped us better understand a complicated topic that will affect all of us.

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Special guests attending the meeting were MCA President Keith Stevens, MCA Region 6 Vice President Marvin Dieckman, and State Fair Beef House Manager Patty Wood. We were glad their spouses could attend, also. We were privileged to have a few members of the Buffalo FFA Chapter spend the evening with us as well.


Hale recognized the 2016 officers and board and thanked them for their time and effort in helping DCCA have another successful year. Officers elected for 2017 include: Bobby Stewart, president; Walter Sims, vice president; secretary-treasurer, Lynette Miller; Pam Naylor and Gloria Stroud, MCA state board members. DCCA board members include Bob Dawson, Stewart Dill, Bill Hale, Jake Hostetler, Aaron Miller, Dayle Nelson, Gary Simmons, and Tammy Sims. Donna Keck was thanked for her time on the board. Donna is always willing to give a helping hand whenever needed. Retiring President Hale was presented a gift and thanked for his tremendous dedication to DCCA.

Keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association Nov. 8 was Dr. Craig Payne, DVM, University of Missouri Extension associate professor. Dr. Payne talked to cattlemen about provisions of and requirements for compliance with the Veterinary Feed Directive changes implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Photo by Jim Hamilton.

Our October meeting was held on the 11th at the O’Bannon Community Center. Ninety members and

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guests met to listen to industry sales consultants and enjoy a roast beef dinner catered by CJ’s Bistro of Buffalo. Keith Brown, sales consultant for Lallemand Animal Nutrition of North America, spoke to the group about his products which utilize agrimos. Agrimos is a yeast product used in feeds for all animal species. Studies have shown that the agrimos can help prevent calf scours and improve gut health. Also speaking was Mike Richner, sales consultant for Missouri Livestock Supplements, Inc, located in Brighton. Richner touted the advantages of using a cooked molasses tub to supplement the protein needs of beef cattle. State Representative and fellow DCCA member Sandy Crawford addressed the group and explained all the amendments that were on the ballot. We want to congratulate Sandy on her re-election to the legislature! Also, HUGE congratulations to our State Senator Mike Parson on being elected as Lieutenant Governor. We are so proud of you both! DECEMBER 2016

Our community Christmas project this year will again be donating socks to around 200 needy children as part of the “Toys for Tots” program. Many of our members are planning to

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Henry County The Henry County Cattlemen have kept quite busy the past month. They started with a great dinner/meeting at the Clinton Country Club. Our sponsor and speaker for the evening was Galen Dody of Dody Legacy Group. He gave a very informative presentation on estate planning. Those in attendance realized how important estate planning was in order to keep the family farms intact for the generations to come. The group discussed the possibility of helping the county fair board to build a roof from the agriculture building to the pavilion. We will be looking into this project at our next meeting.

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The November 2 Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s meeting was held at Joplin Regional Stockyards as a part of the Missouri Steer Feedout weigh-in. The meal for the evening was catered by Cowboy Catering of Crane. The sponsor of the meal was Superior Steel, Carthage. Following the meal, President Keith Hankins made introductory remarks about the association’s recent efforts, and then introduced Alan McMurtrey with Mac’s Vet Supply of Springfield. Alan asked Rod and Christine Lewis, Sarcoxie, to join him up front where he presented them one of the Top 5 Photos of the Year from the Springfield News Leader. The cowboy roping scene was taken near Sarcoxie. Alan said he wanted to recognize Rod and Christine for their donation of 700 pounds of beef to Harmony House, a shelter for abused women and their children. Next was the feeder cattle grading clinic led by Rick Huffman, Missouri Department of Agriculture market news reporter for the Joplin and Springfield feeder sales.

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Rod and Christine Lewis, at left, receive a framed picture form Alan McMurtrey for their beef donation to Harmony House.

He explained the frame and muscle scores along with body condition for feeder cattle. Mike John, MFA Livestock, and Bailey Moore, Joplin Regional Stockyards, joined Rick then in critiquing the 14 different groups of steer calves that headed to southwest Iowa later that night. The steers will join 40 others from north Missouri as they are fed to finish weight in the same pen. At that time in April and May, complete carcass data and net profit will be determined.


The evaluation panel for the steer calves, left to right, Rick Huffman, Mike John and Bailey Moore.

The 106 steers weighed an average of 646 lbs. with a range from 338 to 784 lbs. Rick’s average set-in price was $118.54 or $766 per head. The set-in range varied from $114 to $140. Eldon Cole, extension livestock specialist said the feedout is a reliable way for cow-calf folks to get gain and carcass data back following their feedlot stay. It’s a fairly low risk program coordinated by extension specialists in Missouri.

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Ronald “Ronnie” Bertz Ronald “Ronnie” Armor Bertz, 74, lifelong resident of Mayview, Missouri, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016, at home. Funeral services were held Monday, October 31, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Mayview, Missouri. Ronnie was born on November 27, 1941, in Kansas City, MO to Armor and Elizabeth (Moore) Bertz. He graduated in 1959 from Mayview High School. Ronnie married Virginia (Tye) Bertz on June 17, 1962, in Mayview, MO, she survives of the home. Ronnie was a lifelong farmer and raised registered Shorthorn cattle on the family farm, Meadow Lane Farms, since 1944. Ronnie was recognized as a Shorthorn Builder of the Breed in 2002, received several Shorthorn All-American winners, and numerous Pacer Performance Dams. The Bertz family was honored in 2013, to have the Missouri

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State Fair Beef Shows dedicated to them. Ronnie was active in Missouri Cattlemen’s serving on the Missouri and Lafayette County Cattlemen’s Boards. He was recognized as Lafayette County Cattleman of the year in 2015. Besides his love of Shorthorns and the beef cattle industry, Ronnie was also a member of First Baptist Church Mayview where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was President of the MayviewMO Foundation, past member and leader of 40-Ville 4-H, longtime supporter of FFA, Board Member of the Marvin Chapel Cemetery, and a member of the Mid-MO Tractor Club. In addition to his wife Virginia, Ronnie is survived by three children, Rhonda Barnes and husband Bob, Greg Bertz and wife Kim, and Harold Bertz and wife Melisa, all of Mayview, MO; seven grandchildren, Tim Barnes and wife Kerri, Jamie Philipps and husband Seth, Jillian, Abby, Alli, Molly and August Bertz; two great grandchildren, Kinley and Tucker Philipps. Memorials are suggested to the Marvin Chapel Cemetery, 15500 Wheatley Rd., Mayview, MO 64071.


NCBA Statement Regarding the 2016 Election Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner following the 2016 national election: “Although it is still too early to determine what exactly this election will mean for our priorities, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association remains committed to expanding access to foreign markets, fighting burdensome federal regulations and ensuring the continued health of our herd and industry. I am proud to see that across the nation, the majority of candidates and incumbents we, and our state affiliates supported through the NCBA Political Action Committee, were elected or re-elected. “In the coming weeks, we will continue to work with Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership, defund EPA’s flawed “waters of the United States” rule, and pass the National Defense Authorization Act which includes language to mitigate the sage grouse stubble height requirements and other restrictions on grazing based on flawed science. In the year ahead, we look forward to working with a new Congress and Administration to ensure the priorities of cattlemen and women nationwide are met.”

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Each year the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) Colvin Fund gives away thousands in scholarship dollars to students looking to make a difference in the beef community. The annual Colvin Scholarship awards recognize Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, co-founder and executive director of the CAB brand for 21 years. After he retired in 1999, CAB established the fund to carry on his legacy of making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best.

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College juniors and seniors who have shown commitment to the beef industry, either through coursework or activities, are encouraged to apply by the Dec. 12 deadline. These will be evaluated on activities, academic achievements, communication skills and reference letters. “We enjoy hearing from the students and getting to see the beef business from their perspective,” says Christy Johnson, CAB director of advertising and chair of the selection committee. “It’s evidence that we’ve got some very enthusiastic young professionals who will be joining our field.” The graduate level scholarship will be awarded to a fulltime masters or doctoral student conducting research related to high-quality beef. Applications for that award are due Jan. 16, 2017. The top undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients will win an all-expense-paid trip to the 2017 CAB Annual Conference, Sept. 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn., to interact with leaders across the production, packing, retail and foodservice sectors.


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When it’s just not possible to bring 600 people from across the globe to the feedyard, the next best thing is to bring a little of that Herington, Kan., family operation to them. Cattle feeders Shane and Shawn Tiffany took the stage during educational sessions at the September Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand annual conference in Tucson, Ariz. The brothers gave foodservice and retail professionals a glimpse of life in a feedyard, often one of the most misunderstood parts of the beef community.

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“It gives us an opportunity in our supply chain to bring those calves together from different genetics, different environments, different weights, shapes and size, born at different times – and create uniformity,” said Mark McCully, CAB vice president for supply during their introduction. “It allows us, as a beef supply chain, to have a 52-week supply of marketable finished cattle for your business.” The Tiffanys have an open-door business model. They’re happy to talk about any part of the feedyard, they said, so they started at the beginning. “Shawn and I literally grew up there,” said Shane. Their dad managed the feedyard for 14 years, and as boys they started out washing waterers and cleaning “boot [grain-receiving] pits” in the mill. “There was no such thing as a snow day. When school was cancelled, you went to work.” Then they both went to college and on to other careers before forming a partnership to buy what is now the 14,000-head Tiffany Cattle Company. “We took the chance and we jumped in,” Shane said. “The last nine years have been a whirlwind and it’s been a fun ride, but really we’ve just been incredibly blessed as we’ve grown the business.” They gave a backdrop for the 45-minute conversation by explaining the typical schedule and chores at the yard.


“We’re in our office chairs by six in the morning. We expect the feed trucks to be rolling and dropping feed in the bunks before 7 a.m.,” Shawn said. “Cowboys are out saddling their horses in the dark and getting ready to go inspect every single animal in the yard, every day, for any health issues that may arise.” They talked about their customers and the quality animals they receive into the yard. “We’re 99% customer-owned cattle, so we provide a service for our customers that own the cattle. So think of a bed and breakfast,” Shawn said. “We sell food and rent a room.” The chefs, beef marketers and others had a chance to text in questions for the cattlemen to answer live. Inquiries ranged from the transition to grain from forage and defining “feed conversions” to the kind of legacy they wanted to leave and future challenges. “Your focus is pretty narrow when you’re young and broke and you’re trying to get a business off the ground,” Shawn said. “The goal is to stay in business until tomorrow.” Now, there are eight kids that make up the next generation. They said that forces them to look longer-term, and makes them more determined than ever to share their story. “The ruminant animal has the wonderful ability to take low-quality proteins, such as grass or corn silage and produce some extremely high-quality protein products that we can consume,” Shawn said, noting that most people just want to learn more about that process. “If somebody will give you the time to explain your story and why you do what you do and how you do it, every single time people go away with a better feeling and better understanding of our industry,” he said. The men and their wives spent the three-day conference interacting with people from very different geographies and diverse backgrounds.

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“The moment we got off the stage, the rest of the weekend, we were constantly talking to somebody,” Shawn said. They chatted about cattle and everything in between, from grinding hamburger in San Diego to cutting steaks in Toronto. “There were just some great conversations with people who are from a considerably different segment of our industry, but are every bit as passionate about it as we are.”

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NCBA and PLC File Opening Brief in WOTUS Legal Battle Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association WASHINGTON (November 1, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed the opening brief today in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” rule to be invalidated. Tracy Brunner, NCBA president and Kansas cattle producer said subjectivity and egregious overreach by the agencies is of grave concern for landowners nationwide.

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“Cattlemen and women have long asked for clarity in the Clean Water Act, yet this rule adds subjectivity,” said Brunner. “By violating fundamental tenets of administrative law and expanding jurisdiction well beyond the text and structure of the Clean Water Act, it is very clear the WOTUS rulemaking was flawed from start.” The opening brief details how the agencies disregarded the statutory and constitutional limits of federal authority, lobbied on their own rule making, and failed to craft a rule that meets the rigors of the law. PLC President Dave Eliason said WOTUS is just one example of the onslaught of regulations that rural America is facing. “Regulatory overreach is becoming the norm for farmers, ranchers and small businesses across the country, hampering economic growth and threatening the stability of many rural communities,” said Eliason. “Unfortunately, because Congress has repeatedly failed to act on this issue, we are fighting the legal battle to keep this rule from being implemented.”


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A New Home For The American Royal Association announces plans to move to Kansas

Kansas City, Kan. (October 25, 2016) — The American Royal Association announced Tuesday afternoon it they has reached an agreement with the State of Kansas and Unified Government to relocate to Wyandotte County, Kansas. “The American Royal currently hosts more than 50 events annually, attracting nearly 270,000 attendees and has an economic impact of more than $60 million annually,” said Angie Stanland, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Royal. “Last year we awarded $1.4 million in scholarships and support to our youth education programs. Our priorities in the due diligence process were to find a regional home that would allow us to fulfill our mission, accommodate our growing events and allow for future growth,” Stanland explained. “We have found the ideal location to do just that.”

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largest barbecue competition – the World Series of Barbecue®. The new complex will include arena space, exhibit space, high-quality barn/expo space, and a new agriculture education center and museum. The agricultural education center will provide a state-of-the-art learning experience, covering all facets of the food and agricultural industry. The goal is to provide a unique, interactive food and agricultural learning experience, both indoor and outdoor, to instill a higher level of trust and knowledge about modern food and agricultural practices. “I want Kansas City to be the world leader in agriculture technology and animal genetics,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “The American Royal will serve as a focal point in helping us continue to build a vibrant animal and agriculture corridor from Wyandotte County to Manhattan, home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. This strong partnership between the state of Kansas, Unified Government and the American Royal solidifies the reputation Kansas enjoys as one of the world’s foremost producers and exporters of food and agricultural products.”


“Kansas is committed to providing opportunities to encourage additional growth and expansion of agriculture in the state and far beyond its borders” Governor Brownback continued. “A new home for the American Royal complex in Kansas enhances the overall agricultural focus in the state and elevates Kansas’ prominence in the U.S. agricultural industry.” “I’m excited that the American Royal project, after several years of work, is beginning to come together in some very tangible ways,” said Mayor Mark Holland, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas. “The new vision for the Royal that has emerged is a hub and showcase for agriculture and animal science. This new hub has the potential to be a game- changer for the Animal Health Corridor and the Midwest.”

nation’s leaders in the production of wheat, sorghum, cattle and beef processing. Serving as the home for the American Royal will enhance the overall agricultural focus within Kansas and elevate the state’s prominence in the U.S. agricultural industry. Woven through the history of Kansas City since 1899, the American Royal provides opportunities for youth and adults from around the country to compete in our Livestock Show, ProRodeo, Horse Shows and the World Series of BBQ. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs. Over 270,000 attendees annually attend American Royal events that generate over $60 million of economic impact.

The addition of the American Royal in the region will enhance the focus on agriculture that has been supported by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame (NAC) in nearby Bonner Springs. The NAC board expressed its support of the American Royal’s plans: “This is an exciting opportunity for the American Royal and National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame to work together to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the state’s leading industry.”

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My Neighbor’s Dog I despise my neighbor’s dog. Seriously, I loathe it. I understand my problem is a “city” one without real consequence. The dog is not trespassing on my pastures, running my cows or killing newborn calves. It barks. It barks nonstop. It barks in the morning, afternoon, evening, and night – it barks ALL DAY! To make matters worse, it doesn’t serve any real purpose. It isn’t a blue heeler that rides on a flat bed all day to keep cows away from a feed truck. It isn’t a border collie that helps herd calves into a new lot. It isn’t a vaquero that fiercely pushes cattle through working pens. It is a two-pound thing with skin that breathes and barks.

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One especially early morning, the dog awakened me at 4:16 a.m. As I began my morning ritual and obsessed on the degree to which I detest this animal, it occurred to me – that dog is symbolic of the 2016 election coverage and communication. Over the past year, talking heads on television, opinion editorials in newspapers, and friends on social media bombarded each of us. The conversations were circular, didn’t move the needle, and achieved nothing.

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Ultimately, the election was held. Missourians voted and the message was clear – do something. No more talk. No more obstructionism. No more status quo. Some are reveling in the victory of their candidates and in policy changes that may occur due to the Republican tidal

wave. Others are assessing how to mitigate the damage of their defeat and work within the environment created by voters. Whether you were thrilled or disappointed with the election results, the majority has spoken and spoken loudly. They demand change. All five statewide candidates elected have never served in statewide office and only two have served time in the legislature. Mode of operation will be different and unpredictable in the months ahead. New staff will be hired, departments reformed, and directors appointed. It will take time to understand priorities of the executive branch and how the changes transcend the legislature. The question remains, will the electorate get the results they overwhelmingly demand? Or, will the election decisions more resemble my neighbor’s dog and me – a loud, emotive struggle with no real resolution? Time will tell but animal control only can fix one of these problems!


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The Sleeping Giant “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with terrible resolve,” was the quote from Admiral Yamomoto after the Pearl Harbor attacks. You will never hear it said from the pollsters and political analysts on TV, but the government and its compliant media outlets may have just awakened the sleeping giant. Out of touch media and officials just learned about “Fly Over States.” They are the sleeping giants who woke up and said, “Enough.” Some may not like the outcome, but if you live in a part of the country that pundits snub their noses at, you can revel at the fact that the media may look out the window a little more closely as they jet over your town. The high brows in the high rises may want to take some plays out of the books of Missouri political candidates. No matter who it was, at some point they appeared in a field, pasture, cattle pen, or hunting field. I am not making light of this, but rather showing that our Missouri candidates, winning or losing, felt it was important to be seen as connected to the farmer and rancher.

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Missouri farmers and ranchers are a small percentage of the population, but are viewed as the weather vane of politics. We have always known that Missouri was one of the original “bell weather” states in the nation. The national media just got a reminder of that with their misguided and flawed polls.

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We may see that “Fly Over States” can turn into a state of mind instead of states and help deliver real ideas and fewer labels for this country. Thus far, the markets have responded very favorably since the election, even though these things are timid

of vast change. I have a feeling there has been a lot of money on the sidelines over the years just waiting to come out to play. On a lighter note, my wife and I welcomed our newest family member, Maylee Grace, on November 3. Mesa has turned into quite the hand around the house and farm since she is a big sister now. It has been a blessing to have two little girls at home who are healthy and strong amidst one of the most contentious weeks leading up to an election that had everyone’s attention. See you at the sale,


SALE REPORTS New Day Genetics, Eldon, MO 10-21-16 39 Sim Angus Bulls........................................ Avg. $3,200 49 Com. Bred Heifers.................................... Avg. $1,600 Linthicum Angus Ranch, Welch, OK 10-21-16 89 Older Bulls................................................ Avg. $4,502 24 Females.................................................... Avg. $31,027 Mead Farms, Versailles, MO 10-22-16 112 Angus Bulls.............................................. Avg. $2,830 29 Open Angus Heifers.................................. Avg. $1,853 25 Bred Cows................................................. Avg. $2,166 32 Fall Pairs.................................................... Avg. $2,809 30 Com. Bred Heifers.................................... Avg. $1,675 Fink Beef Genetics, Randolph, KS 10-26-16 294 Angus and Charolais Bulls...................... Avg. $4,849 Jamison Herefords, Quinter KS 10-27-16 51 Females...................................................... Avg. $2,724 Spur Ranch, Vinita, OK 10-28-16 95 Angus Bulls................................................ Avg. $4,582 American Royal Ten Grand Charolais Sale, Kansas City, MO 10-28-16 14 Females...................................................... Avg. $3,914 SE Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Farmington, MO 10-28-16 117 Bred Heifers............................................ Avg. $1,518 Ladies of the Royal Hereford Sale, Kansas City, MO 10-29-16 25 Open Heifers............................................. Avg. $5,190 3 Bred Heifers................................................ Avg. $5,000 26 Embryos....................................................... Avg. $644 1 Flush............................................................ Avg. $5,000

Lacy’s Red Angus, Drexel, MO 10-29-16 37 Bulls........................................................... Avg. $3,941 26 Open Heifers............................................. Avg. $3,561 5 Pairs Av $3,720 4 Brands Gathering, Paragould, AR 10-30-16 23 Angus Bulls................................................ Avg. $3,247 44 Angus Females........................................... Avg. $3,586 6 Comm. Bred Heifers................................... Avg. $1,633 Baker Angus, Butler, MO 10-30-16 42 Angus Bulls................................................ Avg. $3,744 18 Bred Heifers.............................................. Avg. $2,111 27 Fall Paris.................................................... Avg. $2,670 21 Spring Pairs............................................... Avg. $3,192 SW MO Perf. Tested Bull Sale, Springfield, MO 10-31-16 54 Bulls........................................................... Avg. $2,893 New Day Genetics Sale, Osceola, MO 11-4-16 77 SimAngus Bulls........................................... Av. $3,837 Moser Ranch, Wheaton, KS 11-12-16 101 Simmental and Sim Angus Bulls............. Avg. $4,125 Smith Registered Angus Ranch, Green Forest, AR 11-12-16 65 Bulls........................................................... Avg. $2,846 49 Females...................................................... Avg. $1,774

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

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Tanner Farms, Shuqualak, MS 10-29-16 88 Angus Bulls................................................ Avg. $3,388 58 Bred Heifers.............................................. Avg. $1,826 107 Bred Cows............................................... Avg. $1,891

Magic of Beefmasters Sale, Branson, MO 10-29-16 22 Beefmaster lots.......................................... Avg. $9,800

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Sale Calendar December 3

Wright’s Charolais Sale, Kearney, MO

December 3

Womack Farms Sale, Heber Springs, AR

December 3

December 10 Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Palmyra, MO January 7

MCA Seedstock Auction, Tan-Tar-A

Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale, Fruitland, MO

January 18

Deer Creek Cattle Co Sale, Bowling Green, MO

December 4

Missouri Hereford Association 2016 Opportunity Sale, Sedalia, MO

February 4

Loonan Stock Farm Production Sale, Corning, Iowa

December 4

Earl Marshall 103 Sellabration Sale, Anita, IA

March 19

Briarwood Angus Bull & Female Sale, Butler, MO

March 25

Missouri Charolias Breeders Association Spring Sale, Kirksville, MO

49th Annual

Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show — Charting a Course —

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January 6-8, 2017 - Tan-Tar-A Resort

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Advertiser Index

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AICA/MCBA..................................44 AMEC.............................................17 American Angus Association..........60 Anipro.............................................15 Briarwood Angus............................56 Buffalo Livestock Market................55 Callaway Livestock Center Inc........59 Central Missouri Sales Co..............40 Circle 5 Cattle Co...........................56 Circle A Angus Ranch....................41 Classified.........................................77 Clearwater Farm.............................41 Deer Creek Cattle Co Sale..............19 Double R Cattle Co........................61 Durham Simmental Farms.............61 Eastern Missouri Commission Company....................................57 Farmers Bank of North Missouri....51 FCS.................................................80 Fish Branch.....................................76 Foglesong Charolais........................42 Galaxy Beef LLC............................41 Gast Charolais.................................43 Gerloff Farms..................................41 Gibson Mineral Feeders..................54 GrassWorks Weed Wiper................59 Green’s Welding & Sales.................48 Hampton Feedlot............................54 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus..............41 HRC Feedyard................................67 Immucell - First Defense.................52 Innovative Livestock Services, Inc..79 Irsik & Doll........................................2

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Jim’s Motors......................................7 JJ Skyline Angus..............................41 Joplin Regional Stockyards.............53 Kingsville Livestock Auction...........46 Kinsley Feeders...............................67 Laughlin Angus...............................41 Lauritsen Feedyard.........................78 Loonan Stock Farm.........................39 Lucas Cattle Co..............................61 Marshall & Fenner Farms...............41 MCA Brand Wall Page...................73 MCA Convention Preview.............23 MCA Membership Form................70 McBee Cattle Co............................16 McPherson Concrete Products.......77 Mead Cattle Co..............................58 Mead Farms Angus.........................41 Mead Farms Charolais....................45 Merck - Ralgro Wheels for Bucks...34 Merry Meadows Simmental...........61 MFA Awards for Excellence............22 MFA Fair Share...............................71 Missouri Angus Association............41 Missouri Angus Breeders................41 Missouri Beef Industry Council......21 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association...................................9 Missouri Simmental Association.....61 Missouri Simmental Breeders.........61 Missouri Valley Commission Company....................................57 Naught-Naught Agency..................76 Newport Labs.................................61

Norbrook Norfenicol..................50-51 Norbrook Noromycin......................47 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch...............41 Olean Livestock Market..................47 Oval F Ranch..................................61 Ragland Mills....................................3 RLE Simmental..............................61 Salt Fork Feed & Supply..................11 Sellers Feedlot.................................64 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle.............61 South Central Regional Stockyards..................................75 Steaks Alive.....................................61 Stockade..........................................57 Sublette Feeders..............................63 Superior Steel Sales.........................49 Sydenstricker Genetics....................41 Sydenstricker Implement JayLor....46 Sydenstricker Implement John Deere.................................18 Tiffany Cattle Company, Inc..........64 Triple C, Inc....................................77 Ultralyx...........................................55 Valley Oaks Angus..........................41 Weiker Angus Ranch.......................41 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market....7 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.....48 Mike Williams.................................48 Windsor Livestock Auction.............62 Windy Hill Charolais......................42 Zeitlow Distributing........................60 Zimm’s Feedlot................................66

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