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January 2018


Prepare for Spring Calving Season

Get Cows and Calves off to a Great Start


Selecting the Right Sire How to Plan Effectively Before Your Next Bull Purchase

MEMBER NEWS 6 Association Update 14 Beef Checkoff News 32 County News for Spring 20 Prepare Calving Season


Selecting the Right Sire


MCA President’s Perspective Thank You, Missouri Cattlemen


CattleWomen’s Corner


What’s Cooking at the Beef House


Straight Talk: Mike Deering


Get Involved

New Shed for Storage

Nut Juice

On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black


The Dog and the Rabbit



Cowboy Poetry


Capitol Update

PhD in Wild Bovine Extraction

Two Great Years

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Volume 47 - Issue 8 (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: Ad 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

Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 mike@mocattle.com Maria Washburn • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 maria@mocattle.com Candace Rosen • MBC Editor/Production Artist Candace@mocattle.com


New MCA Members Obituary: Kristy Moore

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2017 MCA Officers

Butch Meier, President 573-270-4185 • 2013 Co. Rd. 330, Jackson, MO 63755 Greg Buckman, President-Elect 573-696-3911 • 14601 N Rt U, Hallsville, MO 65255 Bobby Simpson, Vice-President 573-729-6583 • 3556 CR 6150, Salem, MO 65560


Obituary: Doc Haskins


Hereford News

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


Advertiser’s Index

2017 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

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Region 1: Luke Miller, RR 2, Box 182 Hurdland, MO 63547 660-299-0798 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: Dustin Schnake, P.O. Box 145 Stotts City, MO 65756 • 417-461-3139


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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Tyler Allison, Greenwood, MO Elaine & Robert Anderson, California, MO Amy Ayers, Stockton, MO Michael & Sarah Bequette, Bonne Terre, MO Brian Bernskoetter, Jefferson City, MO Andrew Biggs, Columbia, MO Terry & Tammy Bleich, Jamestown, MO Blake Blevins, Blevin’s Farm, Anderson, MO Carson Bock, Palmyra, MO Ty Bowdish, Philadelphia, MO Sarah Bradley, Falcon, MO Jerry Butler, Butler Family Farm, Stark City, MO Chris Byars, Fortuna, MO Rachel Call, Centertown, MO Kaylie Campbell, Chillicothe, MO Gavin Chiarottino, Bevier, MO Jonathan Chiarottino, Bevier, MO Madelyn Chiarottino, Bevier, MO Tim Craig, Farmington, MO Jason & Erin Daggett, Daggett Farms, Weaubleau, MO Jaylee Daggett, Weaubleau, MO Jenna Daggett, Weaubleau, MO Nick Duncan, Chillicothe, MO Tanner Floyd, Purdin, MO Adam Freeman, Freeman Family Farm of the Ozarks, Gainesville, MO Alton Gathings, Anderson, MO Don Gautney, Exeter, MO Katelyn Geary, Odessa, MO Blake Hager, Jackson, MO Kurtis Heimsoth, Cole Camp, MO Talisa Hibdon, Versailles, MO Matt Hopper, Chillicothe, MO

Kelsey Howard, Green City, MO Tori Howlett, Wheatland, MO Alex Huffman, Emden, MO Tessa Jennings, Ashland, MO Rebecca & Donny Kinkhorst, Columbia, MO Cameron Kirchner, Canton, MO Mason Koykendall, Chilhowee, MO John Kunkel, Kunkel Angus Farm, Evening Shade, AR Matthew Lambert, Laclede, MO Shade Lewis, LaGrange, MO David Lowry, Kirbyville, MO Jace Mason, Cassville, MO Rex McKee, Bolivar, MO Toby & Mary Niemeier, California, MO Bailey Parish, Camdeton, MO Ben Parish, Camdenton, MO Fred Parks, Neosho, MO Ann Perry, California, MO Weston Piper, Flemington, MO Whitney Piper, Flemington, MO Madelyn Sampson, Kirksville, MO Cayla Sankey, Freebury, MO Michael Schieffer, Troy, MO Andrew Sherman, Pineville, MO Sheryl Shields, J. Paul Jones Trust, Dallas Center, IA Ruth Ann Stark, Farmington, MO Marissa Stevens, Crane, MO Nathan Summers, Huntsville, MO Charles Swift, West Plains, MO Paul Long Matt Rains, The Paul Long Agency, Bolivar, MO Cody Wilkinson, Marshall, MO Audrey Wilson, Clever, MO

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To maximize the storage potential for our growing opportunities, we have purchased a 12 x 24 ft utility building with 7 ft side walls and an 11 ft peak roof. As you can see in the picture, we matched the colors of the Beef House Express (in the background to left) with tan siding and a green roof to give a professional appearance. We appreciate the time Rusty Wedemeyer at the Sedalia site gave us to make sure this unit was built to our specifications and needs. The unit was built by Classic Buildings in Linn, Missouri. If you are in the area, stop by the fairgrounds in Sedalia and take a look. We look forward to showing you inside and outside during the Missouri State Fair August 9-19, 2018. Thought for the month: “Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, the beef’s in the stew; The year is going, let it go; Ring out the false, ring in the true… Happy New Year”




BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS 2017 on Record Pace for Beef Exports!


The national Beef Check-off efforts and the U.S. Meat Export Federation are coming off of a record year for U.S. Beef Exports. Japan and Hong Kong have double digit percentage increases in Metric Tons and several countries have nearly doubled their chilled beef orders. • $5.93 billion in value for Jan.-Oct. 2017 - 16% higher than first 10 months of 2016 • $662.1 million in value for October 2017 - 18% higher than last October • 1,038,272 metric tons (2.29 billion pounds) in volume for Jan.-Oct. 2017 - 9% higher than last year • 111,287 metric tons (245 million pounds) in volume for October 2017 - 5 percent above last October Japan – 260,517 metric tons (up 22% compared to 2016) ● value up 29% to $1.6 billion – already a full-year record Mexico – 196,604 metric tons - value steady at $813.3 million South Korea – 148,998 metric tons (up 7%) ● value up 20% to $979.3 million ● chilled beef up 88% to 36,773 metric tons, valued at $329 million (up 93%) Canada – 96,401 metric tons (up 4%) ● value up 7% to $667 million Hong Kong – 97,334 metric tons (up 12%) ● value up 23% to $646 million Taiwan – 36,719 metric tons (up 4%) ● value up 18% to $335.6 million ● U.S. beef holds more than 70% of Taiwan’s chilled beef market Exports accounted for 13% of total U.S. beef production in October - 12.8% year-to-date Export value of $301.88 per head of fed slaughter in October, $279.85 year-to-date Up 12% from October 2016 and Up 10% year-to-date National updates


BIWFD WEBSITE SURPASSES 1.5 MILLION VISITS Since the launch of the new BeefItsWhatsForDinner. com on October 3, more than 1.5 million consumers have visited the site. The website consolidates 8

different Checkoff-owned websites into one cohesive website about all things beef. The kick-off of the brand relaunch was supported by a six-week paid search and social media advertising campaign, aimed at driving people to the new website and encouraging them to learn more about the people behind the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand. At the center of the brand relaunch was the “Rethink the Ranch” anthem video and related series of videos showcasing real farmers and ranchers from around the country, which have garnered more than 765,000 video views to date. By the end of December, the team is on target to reach more than 20 million consumers this quarter, age 20-44, with “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand messaging and content. UPDATED EDUCATIONAL TOOLS TO HELP COMMUNICATE BEEF NUTRITION NCBA is in the process of updating a series of educational fact sheets to help consumers and health professionals increase their understanding of beef’s nutrition. The first two pieces were updated to reflect the new branding guidelines and to include new beef nutrition research, like the Beef WISE study. The first piece, Myth vs. Fact: Surprising Facts About Beef, aims to dispel common assumptions about beef nutrition and protein intake. The second fact sheet, Proteins Are Not Created Equal, provides information on high-quality protein and includes a graphic that outlines the caloric cost of protein sources. Contact the Missouri Beef Council to get these fact sheets. BQA LAUNCHES NEW TRANSPORTATION TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. BQAT will offer two courses: Farmer/Rancher and Professional. The Farmer/ Rancher Course focuses on stock trailer transportation and equipment, it is designed with the cattle and dairy producer in mind. The Professional Course is designed for cattle haulers using cattle pots and hauling cattle longer distances. Individuals that complete the

Professional Course will receive a certification card and glove box handbook in the mail upon course completion. Access to the online training is now available. In-person BQAT training and certification will be made available through state BQA coordinators in the coming weeks. What’s happening in Missouri? The Missouri Beef Industry Council has been establishing many consumer and producer contacts this fall and early winter by attending and presenting at meetings across the state. Several highlights are following: Beef in Classroom presentations – Lees Summit, Boonville, New Madrid Working with Kuna Foods developing training in the St. Louis Market with Chefs Expanding information to schools in Missouri about increasing beef through the MO BEEF for MO KIDS program in cooperation with schools, Missouri Department of Agriculture, local meat processors and local cattlemen.

store tours and events and Biometric Screenings would be “powered” or “fueled by” our Beef. It’s what’s For Dinner brand. Hope to see many producers at the annual convention in January in Columbia. The agenda looks great and we would invite you to stop by our booth and sample new recipes and just let us know how we might be able to help you in your counties or local communities. There will be some interesting recipes incorporating delicious Missouri wines as well.

Social media promotion for a holiday prime rib roast reached more than 180,000 people from the Missouri Beef Council facebook page. Launched the KRCG TV 13 Beef promotion December 11th. MBIC has selected five targeted times of the year to highlight beef on the station with featured chef celebrities. Also, Missouri Life magazine is running monthly features highlighting the Beef for all seasons theme with recipes as well. Attended Academy of Family Physician Meeting in Branson.


In February, the American Heart Association will have a program opportunity for the beef industry to be one of a handful of HeartCheck Food Certification partners at Hy-Vee stores during February Heart Health month. Beef will have dietitian samplings, HeartCheck signs on/near beef in-store, beef will be highlighted during


MCA President-Elect Credits 4-H for His Success Source: Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension HALLSVILLE, Mo. – Life lessons learned in 4-H continue to help the president-elect of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Greg Buckman. Buckman credits mentors such as 4-H agents Herb Roth, Phil Weeden and Frank Graham for giving him skills he uses every day. Through their example, Buckman learned the importance of leadership, public speaking and giving back to your community. “Because of the guidance of great leaders such as ‘Mr. 4-H’ and 4-H Hall of Fame member Frank Graham and Phil Weeden and support from University of Missouri Extension youth specialists, I am able to continually draw from some of the most basic skills I developed in these youth programs,” says Buckman, a 1976 MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduate.

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Buckman belonged to 4-H for 10 years in Shelby County. In high school, he was elected a state FFA officer. FFA enhanced his skills and gave him practical knowledge he uses in his successful agribusiness operations today. “All I ever wanted to be was a farmer,” Buckman says. His love of John Deere equipment led him to apply for a position with the company that required a college degree. Buckman enrolled at the University of Missouri, majored in agricultural education and joined the Ag Rho fraternity. He worked two jobs and graduated in three years. Two of his three sons also graduated from MU. The third farms 4,000 acres in central and northeastern Missouri and owns an aerial spray company.

“MU was the natural choice for someone interested in agriculture,” he says. “It is a great land-grant university. I had access to the best education and teachers in the area of agriculture.” He worked for John Deere Co. and MFA as a district sales manager for several years after college, but he yearned to return to the farm. He bought a small farm and then another while selling health and life insurance and raising three sons. He is part owner of Apex Financial in Columbia. Buckman found that insurance sales worked well for him and his family. He could work his appointments around farm chores and his sons’ 4-H and FFA activities. Buckman was a 4-H leader for 15 years while his children participated.

Buckman continues to share his love of agriculture with youth in the state. His Red Top Ranch serves as a hub for agricultural education during Beef Month. Each May, more than 250 third- and fourth-graders from Columbia schools learn where their food comes from during Beef Camp. The Buckman family recently hosted the 56th annual Boone County Town & Country meeting. New University of Missouri System President Mun Choi attended the dinner and visited with farm families. This was the first time a UM System president had attended one of these meetings. Buckman says it was a good time to highlight what 4-H, FFA and MU Extension offer to the agribusiness world. He says he appreciated the commitment to these groups shown by the president’s attendance.

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Census of Agriculture Source: Matt Russell, USDA-NASS Public Affairs, Regional Director, Heartland Cattle producers in Missouri are well used to seeing surveys from the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), but in the months ahead, you’ll also start to see something equally important: The 2017 Census of Agriculture. Every farmer in America needs to be ready to respond as the Census is “Your Voice. Your Future. Your Opportunity.” But in particular it’s important that Missouri beef producers respond to ensure that other farmers, legislators, and the people in your community can understand the tremendous positive impact that your work has on the country, and on the state of Missouri. Who better to tell your story, and the story of your farm and family, than you? The 2012 Census gave us all key insights into Missouri agriculture. We learned that in just five years, the cattle industry had grown a staggering 25 percent, and had become worth $76.4 billion! In Missouri, the 2012 Census showed the value of the cattle industry alone to be worth $2 billion! But in that increase, the Census also showed us that nationwide there was a 5.2 percent decrease in the number of cattle ranches. Information like that can help commodity associations, check-off groups, and policy makers understand a situation much more fully than a simple increase in industry size. That’s information directly from the farmers and ranchers that responded to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.


In addition to the standard crops and livestock information that the Census has always sought out, the USDA seeks to learn new things about the farmers that make up agriculture with every Census. The 2017 Census of Agriculture will focus on learning about farmers who are also veterans. Many new programs, such as the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s Homegrown by Heroes, aim to support veterans as they transition from defending the nation to feeding the world. Hard data from the Census will make sure that organizations like these are best able to direct their efforts and resources to help the most people.


Feedback from farmers has helped the USDA to make the 2017 Census the fastest and most convenient in its 177-year history. Farmers who want the easiest experience should use the online response form which will automatically skip irrelevant questions and calculate totals, making this the preferred way to respond to the Census. When you, or someone you know, receives the 2017 Census of Agriculture, make sure your voice is heard and respond immediately!











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with Mike Deering Nut Juice You can’t help but wonder where “Almond Milk” got its name. I imagine a bunch of marketers were in a room trying to figure out how to market this product and one of them said, “Who is going to buy nut juice? Let’s call it milk.” But did the marketers realize the serious implications involved? This decision has led to litigation and to the introduction of legislation. The bipartisan bill introduced at the federal level would enforce longstanding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) definitions that define “milk.” The bottom-line is that milk is already defined by FDA and the legislation is intended to force the agency to enforce the definition. So is this a real issue or is the dairy industry being overly sensitive? The overarching question is if so-called milk comes from a plant or a laboratory, can you still call it milk? As you reflect on that question, strike the word milk and replace it with beef. If it comes from a plant or a laboratory, can you still call it beef? Now that it’s worded that way, I’m sure the response is “hell no.”


This isn’t some imaginary issue or fear mongering. This is real. As of now, you have several companies investing in what I call laboratory meat and you have plant-based meat alternatives already on the market.


For example, famous actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, is investing heavily in meat substitute, “Beyond Meat,” which is already in the meat case rather than the alternative proteins section in many grocery stores. You also have a top four beef processing company investing in Memphis Meats Inc., a company that is developing technology to grow meat in a laboratory from actual animal tissue. This investment is the first by a traditional meat company into so-called “cultured meat,” signaling that this is closer to the retail shelf than many of us

Executive Vice President realized. These products are being pitched using animal welfare and environment friendly claims. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think anyone is against technology or opposed to meat alternatives. After all, it’s about consumer choice and preference. At the same time, we have to protect our nomenclature to ensure we don’t get ourselves into a “nut juice” situation. Whether the product is from a plant or from actual animal tissue created in a laboratory doesn’t matter. Buy it if you choose, but do not call it beef. This matter will be discussed during the policy and resolutions session at the 50th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention because 99 percent of MCA members who responded to the annual policy survey said addressing this issue needs to be a priority of this association. No other issue identified in the survey ranked this high. Protecting the word beef to only include food derived from actual livestock production is important to MCA members and will need your discussion and approval in Columbia at the convention before moving forward. If approved, this association will bring policy forward to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to direct them to tackle this at the federal level. MCA will also draft and push legislation at the state level that would make Missouri the first state to protect the product cattle families proudly produce.



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Common Sense with Baxter Black The Dog and the Rabbit Have you ever been embarrassed by yer good dog? Me either! I’ve got a good dog. An Australian shepherd with one blue eye and I believe he loves me. I believe I love him. He’ll go with me anywhere. When I say, “You wanna go?” He don’t ask, “Where you goin’? Goin’ to the game store?” No, he don’t care, he just wants to go. And did you ever notice that it don’t matter whether you been gone five minutes or five days, yer dog is so glad to see ya. Can you think of a single human being that is that glad to see ya. Yer fixin’ to leave, walk out to the pickup and forget somethin’ so you run back inside. Yer dog licks yer hand. Your spouse says, “I thought you left!” I’ve got a neighbor. A good neighbor. And when you live on the outskirts, a good neighbor is someone who lives just the right distance away. Close enough to circle the wagons but far enough away to allow that privacy people like us seem to value, (“I believe those are Kansas plates, mother,” he said sighting through his binoculars).


Anyway, she gets home ‘bout a quarter after five every day. Goes through the house and comes out the back door wearin’ her coveralls. In her backyard she has a long line of rabbit hutches and she spends, what is to me, an inordinate amount of time messin’ with them rabbits…talkin’ to ‘em… singin’ ‘em little rabbit songs.


Now I’m sittin’ out on the back porch one afternoon in my porch swing. It’s about 2:30. I’m done workin’. I’ve already thought up somethin’. I look out in the driveway and there’s my good dog and he has got a… and you know how you can tell it ain’t a jackrabbit? They aren’t black and white, they don’t have them big floppy ears, and he has got this rabbit between his teeth and he’s thrashin’ him like a shark with a ham hock! There’s dirt and leaves and brush and gravel flyin’ all over. I jumped up and grabbed that rabbit! “Go git in the pickup you *#@^...!” That rabbit looked bad. Looked like he caught on fire and somebody put him out with the weedeater!

I ran in the house and run the tub full of warm water. Tested it with my elbow. Then I got some of my wife’s good shampoo. She gets it at the Holiday Inn, it ain’t that big a deal. I sudsed him up twice then moused him with my daughter’s mousse. Made him sticky. You could thwack him on the tile, peel him off like Velcro. Then I run upstairs to the laundry and put him in the dryer. When he came out he was fluffy, looked like an electrocuted porcupine! I carried him to my neighbor’s house. Sure enuf, the last hutch on the end was cocked open and it was empty. I took that rabbit and folded him… into a rabbit position. Put a smile on his lips. All three of ‘em. Gave him a camel filter and leaned him up against the wire. I went back to the house and commenced to rockin’. ‘Bout a quarter after five I saw my neighbor drive up, she got out, went through the house and came out the back wearin’ her covies. She started down that long line of rabbit hutches. Talkin’ to ‘em. Singin’ ‘em little rabbit songs. “Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail…” All of sudden I heard her scream! I ran over there, bein’ the good neighbor that I was, “What’s wrong? What’s wrong?” “My rabbit,” she cried. I looked in the cage and the poor little duffer had fell over. One ear broke off. It didn’t look good. I stroked him gently and said, “Ma’am, I b’lieve he is dead.” I was a veterinarian, I could tell. “Yes,” she said, “But what bothers me is I buried him three days ago!”







COUNTY NEWS Polk County The Polk County Cattleman’s Association met December 2, for a delicious prime rib dinner at the community rooms of Bolivar’s Citizens Memorial Hospital. It was an evening of fun and reflection on the events of the 2017 year. We were pleased to have over 100 in attendance to enjoy the evening. This is a meeting where we do not ask for sponsors and do not have informational speakers. Instead, we have fun and entertainment. This year, the Bolivar High School Choir entertained us with several songs of the season. They did


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Cedar County The Cedar County Cattlemen’s Association met Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center in Stockton. The meeting was called to order by Billy Bruce and the invocation was given by Joe Levi. The first annual Cattlemen’s Chili Cook-Off was held in conjunction with the meeting. Don Boultinghouse captured first place; Tom Bryant, second and Tony Koger rounded out third. The treasurer’s report was read by Kala Kenney and the minutes from the October membership meeting were read by Megan Richner. Both reports were approved as read. Tom Bryant, State Director, encouraged members to attend the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show, January 5-7, 2018, in Columbia. This will be the 50th anniversary of the convention. Clay Doeden discussed the convention schedule, silent and live

MFA sponsored the December meeting. Speakers were (left to right) Mike John, Ben McMullin and Mike Smith. They spoke about livestock risk protection, reproductive technology and the Power Calf App.

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First place bragging rights in the Cattlemen’s Chili Cook-Off went to Don Boultinghouse. Tom Bryant placed second, and Tony Koger, third (left to right).


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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association The annual meeting of the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was held in Mt. Vernon on December 2. The evening kicked off with the recent tradition of the meal being deep-fried catfish, curly-fried potatoes, slaw, hush puppies, calf fries and chocolate or carrot sheet cake. Following supper, Russell Marion, the president, called the annual business meeting to order. Complete reports on the financial status of the association were reviewed and approved. A representative of the Pierce City school spoke briefly and thanked the cattlemen for assisting with their “Food for Thought” backpack program.

Members gathered to help prepare the meal for the evening.

Kelly Essary was called on to give the nominating committee’s report. They selected the following: president, Russell Marion; vice president, Jeff Kaal; secretary-treasurer, Stephanie Fizette; new board members, Kyle Caldwell, Rebecca Mettler and Scynthia Schnake. There were no nominations from the floor and the slate was elected by acclamation. The next item on the agenda was the Southwest Cattlemen’s Foundation auction. During the evening, attendees were able to place bids on a number of silent auction items. Those were items estimated to have under a $50 value. The higher priced items were in the live auction with Jimmy Schiltz, Lamar as auctioneer. He was assisted by bid-takers Josh Worthington and J.D. Jennett.

Deep-fried catfish was the main event of last month’s meeting.

The 100 or so guests were very active in bidding on items such as a guided 6-hour Carp Farmers Bow Fishing Trip, $1,000 off on purchase of a working chute, feed, bale net wrap, a market hog, Texoma fescue seed, Igenity Gold genomic tests, frozen embryo transfers, BSE and preg tests from vet clincis and much, much

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Newton-McDonald County The Newton-McDonald County Cattlemen met on November 7, at the Tatum Center in Jane for the annual meeting/steak dinner, sponsored and keynoted by Nick Hammett of Circle A Angus. Nick outlined the new EPD/data system they have developed for Circle A Cattle and the contracts they are providing to those who purchase their top bulls enabling them to market the resulting feeder calves and provide top dollar throughout the year. Also sharing the limelight for this special meeting, were the faculty and students of the Crowder Aggie Veterinary - Tech Program. The program prepares professionals to work in small and large animal clinics across the region and beyond. Both were outstanding presentations that met with great interest and many questions from the more than 85 members present.

The Business meeting was kept short to enable recognition of achievements across the year and to provide a special presentation to Mr. Jay Wilkins, long-time member and director of the Crowder College Agriculture Department. Mr. Wilkins has proven an outstanding leader for this program who is loved and respected by faculty and students alike. Estella Osborne, a former Association President joined President Ruhl and past-presidents to recognize Jay’s achievements and his exceptional support of the association over the years. Mr. Wilkins arrived at Crowder to serve as farm director 27 years ago and rose to lead the entire department for the past seven years. Under his leadership, the Crowder Aggies developed a strong partnership with the Missouri (Continued on page 42)

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Cattlemen’s Association and later with Joplin Regional Stockyards, which has resulted in the annual sale of a calf (donated by an MCA member). These efforts have raised more than $45,000 over just the past four years – funds MCa has donated to support the travel and other needs of the Aggie’s, enabling even larger numbers of students and faculty to take part in the college’s extraordinary travel program. Across the years, this program has included travel to farm and ranch programs and related agriculture endeavors in all fifty states, as well as in Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Peru, Russia and Kazakhstan. Their recent trip to Texas and Oklahoma included tours of the King Ranch, the 6666 Ranch, the OSU feedlot, a wool processing operation and the animal immigration site at Laredo. Wilkins began developing opportunities for students to sponsor activities across the school year, to raise the funds to make participation in these trips more widespread. Student endeavors include catering of events around the two-county area, sponsoring of a college rodeo, a college tractor pull, and many other creative efforts.


These efforts have also resulted in Crowder Aggies holding offices in state and national associations and taking a strong leadership role across the region and


nation. The students and Wilkins have been a great credit to the southwest Missouri region. On behalf of the association, Estella presented Jay a crafted gift box with engraved custom spurs and presented his wife (Tresa) a hand-thrown vase from a noted southwest Missouri artisan. Tresa has been an extraordinary aid to the work of her husband and of the Aggies and a strong supporter of the cattlemen. President Ruhl also thanked members for serving on the Executive Committee, the Cook and Homemade Ice Cream teams, and those volunteering across the year at the MCA Steak Fry in Sedalia, working at the Beef House during the State Fair, helping with the 2017 field trip and cooking and assisting with the Joplin Regional Stockyards Annual Appreciation Dinner. He outlined the valuable partnership that has developed over many years with the Crowder faculty, staff and students and with the team at JRS. He noted donations made by members such as the mounted print donated by Gary Emmert and sold at the Steak Fry and the monetary donation by members Randy and Jenny Drake to help the organization to move from Facebook communication to the establishing of our own association website. He noted the donation of this year’s calf for the fundraiser at JRS, by Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Martin. Recognitions also included all the members who donated enabling the association to forward more than $1,400 to support the victims of the western range fires and for field trip sponsors, Dr. Harold and Jayne Haskins of Haskins Veterinary Clinic and Glenn and Randy Brown of Diamante Red Angus. The meeting concluded with the election of officers for 2018. These include Dr. Max Ruhl, president, Nick Neese as vice president, and Warren Townsend as secretary – other current officers continue. President Ruhl reminded members to be thinking about photos they can enter in the upcoming project to collect farm photos that convey the beauty and realities of farm and ranch life and the work we do. In conclusion, Ruhl reminded members of the upcoming State Conference in Columbia and of our first Spring meeting, set for January 16 at the Williams Building on the Crowder College campus in Neosho.

Vernon County The Vernon County Cattlemen’s Association held our annual Christmas social on December 7 at the Vernon County Fairgrounds. Approximately 50 members enjoyed the delicious potluck dinner.

Our next meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, January 18, at the Vernon County Fairgrounds.

Newly elected president Kalyn Cushard presided over the meeting.

A big thank you goes to Miss Lauren Sloniker for representing the Vernon County Cattlemen in Nevada’s Miss Merry Christmas Pageant. Lauren sang a song, accompanied by her grandmother Denise Sloniker on the piano, as her talent in the pageant and also participated in the Christmas parade.

Non-perishable food items were collected to donate to the local Community Outreach.

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Hickory County The Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association had a busy fall and winter in 2017. Members spent the morning and early afternoon below the dam, at Pomme De Terre Lake, selling hamburger and hotdog meals at the Hermitage R-IV School Invitational Cross Country meet on September 23. This annual event brings in over 900 youth to compete in the run. They also showed their support at the District Cross Country race on October 27th.


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“Our county association is really focusing on involving our local youth,” said President Robb Pitts. “They are our future in this business, so being there to show support to them will hopefully gain their interest and help in our efforts to advance Hickory County youth in agriculture.” In just a few short hours, nearly $700 was raised. This will aid in a junior member opportunity like no other in the state. The Cornerstone fund will give away two heifers each year to two deserving students. The winners are based on a points system that can be earned with attending monthly meetings and events throughout the year. To qualify, you must be a member of the Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association and be in 7th-12th grade. “We are all very excited for our junior members, and we look forward to what 2018 has in store for our growing chapter.” Pitts said. We are lucky to have such great members who are always willing to go above and beyond to help out as needed. Thank you to all those involved in organizing, and making Hickory County Cattlemen’s Association a great success!



Kristy Moore (Blevins) Kristy Moore, age 58, of Mt. Vernon, went home to be with Jesus December 1st, 2017, where her parents, Dale & Faye Blevins who preceded her in death, were waiting to welcome her home at heaven’s gates. Kristy was born August 4th, 1959 in Monett, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Jackie Moore on August 20, 1977. They were high school sweethearts and lifelong residents of Mt. Vernon where they raised their family. They have owned and operated Joplin Regional Stockyards since 1986. She is survived by her husband, Jackie; her daughter Amy Eldridge and husband Dustin of Mt. Vernon; son Bailey Moore and wife Tia of Granby, and son Skyler Moore and wife Ashlee of Mt. Vernon. Kristy was a loving Mamaw of 9 grandchildren; Clay, Camryn, Slater and Hailey Eldridge; Riley, Kyah and Cash

Moore; Anslee and Quincey Moore. She is also survived by her three sisters; Robin and husband Randy Conway, Terri and husband Derek Stokes and Shelly and husband Steve Owens. She will also be missed by her little fur baby “Lilly”. She ministered to and touched many people’s lives with her Christian faith and Godly wisdom. She was loved deeply and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of Kristy’s life was be held December 10th, 2017 at Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made in Kristy’s name to the Scleroderma Foundation, online at Scleroderma.Org

Harold ‘Doc’ Haskins Source: Clark Funeral Homes Harold “Doc” Haskins age 71 of Diamond, Missouri entered through the Lord’s pearly gates on December 6, 2017 surrounded by friends and family. Doc was born May 10, 1946 to the late Frank and Pauline Haskins in Monett, Missouri. Doc married Jayne on June 10, 1988, who survives at the home. Additional survivors are sons Steven Haskins (Denise) of Diamond, Missouri and Bryon Haskins (Becky) of Lamar, Missouri and daughter Jennifer Culver (Doug) of Webb City, Missouri. Doc had nine grandchildren Zachary (deceased), Taylor and Layne Haskins, Jacob and Shelby Haskins, and Kali Haskins, Karson, Kamdyn, and Kate Culver. Doc is also survived by three brothers and four sisters. Bill Haskins, Betty Hancock ( John), Leslie Haskins, Mary Enlow (Wayne), Bob Haskins (Sandy), Janice Weiser ( John), Nancy Wallis (Keith), and numerous nieces and nephews.


Doc’s legacy, influence, stubbornness, and advice (sometimes asked for and sometimes not) will never be forgotten. His vast knowledge of animals, politics, and everyday life is rivaled by very few.


Touching lives, spending time with his family, friends, and community, helping out in any way possible, and being one of the greatest “all-around cowboys” is only a minute tribute to the earthly life of Doc. Leading friends and family to Christ, and continually praising his Lord was Doc’s ultimate goal in life. The Holy Spirit was never more visible than in his last few months, while battling an insurmountable physical war, Doc continued to influence doctors, nurses, orderlies, visitors, family

and even complete strangers even though his body was failing him. He will truly never be forgotten by anyone who ever came into contact with him. After graduation in 1970 from the University of Missouri Veterinary school, he worked tirelessly day and night through rain, snow, cold, hot, mud, blood and manure to ensure the animals entrusted to him had the best possible care. In 1973 Doc built the Animal Clinic of Neosho, and practiced there through 1984. In 1986, Doc began a second career at the Joplin Regional Stockyards and has been a fixture there for 31 years. For the past 25 years, the Animal Clinic of Diamond has been Doc’s home base. His legacy continues on today. In 2015, he was awarded the Bovine Veterinarian of the Year for the state of Missouri. He has also received numerous awards for his outstanding service to his profession over the years. He also served on the board of directors of the Joplin Humane Society and the Talkington Foundation. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made in Doc’s memory to the Talkington Foundation in care of Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66, Neosho, Missouri 64850.
















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American Hereford Association Releases BOLT Genetic Evaluation Source: American Hereford Association (AHA) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The American Hereford Association (AHA) released the first updated expected progeny differences (EPDs) and corresponding accuracies using the Biometric Open Language Tools (BOLT) genetic evaluation software Dec. 4. The new genetic evaluation also includes two new traits, Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF) and Dry Matter Intake (DMI), and updated profit ($) indexes. “It’s long been our goal to provide Hereford breeders the most advanced and reliable genetic evaluation possible,” says AHA President Kevin Schultz. “This new genetic evaluation gives us one of the best tools to identify breed-leading genetics at a faster pace than ever before.” Due to the industry-leading Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program, in its 17th year, and the current 53,000 Hereford genotypes on record, the AHA is poised for a stronghold in the DNA era, making Hereford cattle even more predictable. Last year the Association pursued a genetic evaluation overhaul to allow for better use of genomics in its evaluation. “BOLT provides a more robust evaluation by calculating true accuracy on animals,” says AHA Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement Shane Bedwell. Utilizing BOLT, all factors associated with contemporary group makeup will be accounted for in the calculation of true accuracy. This genetic evaluation system moves away from a full multi-trait model, decoupling models to better estimate traits of interest. It also modifies contemporary group structure to allow for as much data as possible to affect the evaluation.


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In addition, BOLT utilizes a cutoff strategy which only includes animals born after 2001 and animals related by three generations of pedigree. “A genetic evaluation backed solely by Whole Herd TPR data strengthens the evaluation and takes out selection bias that occurred pre-Whole Herd TPR,” Bedwell says. Hereford breeder Jack Holden, Valier, Mont., was a member of the advisory committee - comprising of cattlemen and the scientific community - who was tasked with reviewing the new genetic evaluation. “The process of generating the new genetic evaluation was really outstanding, and I feel comfortable with where we’re at now,” Holden says. “BOLT will give us better, more accurate indications of genetic potential in our animals. Any time we can identify that quicker, along with finding cattle that fit phenotypically, we can make faster genetic progress to improve our herd.”

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Released with the new genetic evaluation are two new traits: SCF and DMI. The AHA’s new SCF EPD is a prediction of a cow’s ability to continue to calve from three years of age through 12 years of age, given she calved as a two-year-old. The EPD is expressed as a deviation in the proportion of the ten-possible calving’s to twelve years old expressed as a probability. “The new SCF EPD is a powerful tool,” Schultz says. “In a commercial cow herd, longevity and fertility are profit drivers. We’re providing a new tool for that purpose.” Feed intake records from AHA research projects and breeder data collection have been analyzed in a genetic evaluation to predict DMI EPDs. Reported in pounds of feed consumed per day, this EPD characterizes genetics for intake, with a lower numeric value being associated with less feed consumed on a dry matter basis.

DMI and CW will be included in all three AHA $Indexes to help predict the cost associated with feed inputs and measure the end-product pounds that are critical for profit. “SCF will replace scrotal circumference as the predictor of fertility and be a large contributor to both maternal indexes,” Bedwell says. “Adding these ERTs into the profit indexes will provide a more robust and comprehensive selection tool for commercial producers to select Hereford bulls to be used on Angus based cows.” EPDs will be released once a week, an increase in frequency from the previous 10 times a year.

SCF and DMI will now be included in the AHA $Indexes, along with other economically relevant traits (ERTs), including carcass weight (CW) and mature cow weight (MCW).

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CAB opts for USDA Grading Modernization Source: Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef ® It’s no big deal, literally, but grading rules that applied needless discounts to a tiny fraction of carcasses are no more for most beef. As of Monday, Dec. 18, all graded beef in the U.S. can be evaluated for the most youthful “A” maturity category based on dentition as well as traditional skeletal metrics when assigning quality grades.

After input from industry stakeholders citing research and economics over the past year, USDA announced the change to modernize grading standards in that way. Quality grading assesses both marbling and maturity. “Nearly all of the large beef processing plants have been using dentition for more than a decade to meet export requirements,” says Clint Walenciak, director of packing

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Mike Sorensen Named 2018 Friend of the Iowa Beef Expo The Iowa Beef Breeds Council has named Mike Sorensen as the recipient of the coveted “Friend of the Iowa Beef Expo” award. Mike Sorensen will be receiving his award for his contribution and support of the Iowa Beef Expo, now being held for the 42nd year. Mike Sorensen will be recognized and presented with an award by Iowa Beef Breeds Council at the Kick-Off Program scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Bull Pen in cattle barn. All friends of Mike Sorensen and the Iowa Beef Expo are invited to attend.


Mike Sorensen has had many roles at the Iowa Beef Expo including: Iowa Beef Breeds Council President, Iowa Beef Breeds Council Board Member, Consignor, Buyer, Tradeshow Exhibitor and Iowa Beef Expo Sponsor just to name a few. Sorensen has always been a great supporter of the Youth as well sponsoring many Iowa Junior Beef Breed Association events throughout the years. The Iowa Beef Breeds Council would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to Mike for his continued dedication and passion for the livestock industry.


The founder of Livestock Plus, Mike has crisscrossed this great nation seeing and talking cattle with a lot of people. Livestock Plus is known for its fun and family oriented information; in particular, Mike’s “food stories!” Many readers get the next issue in their mailboxes and are anxious read about the latest steak place that Mike has experienced through his travels. Mike has traveled up and down the road for over 20 years working with buyers, sellers and everyone in between. Mike is a self-made businessperson in the livestock publication business and recognized as an esteemed member of a network made up of sale managers, auctioneers, ring staff and breed representatives that have professionally brought buyers and sellers together for more than a century. These roving cowboys travel thousands of miles each year, from sale to sale and see their colleagues more than their own family. The Iowa Beef Expo is not the only event that Mike has great passion for; he is also very involved with the Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions as well as the Corn

Dog Kick-Off. If you have attended the Iowa Cattlemen events, you have seen Sorensen there advocating for Iowa livestock. A complete story about Mike will be featured in the upcoming Iowa Beef Expo Magazine.

Doug and Marilyn Lenth of Lenth Herefords Named 2018 Iowa Seedstock Producer of the Year

Doug and Marilyn Lenth have been named Iowa’ Seedstock Producer of the Year for 2018. Lenth Herefords is a Purebred Registered Hereford cow herd out of Postville, Iowa. The coveted award, sponsored annually by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council, is being awarded to Doug and Marilyn Lenth on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at the Expo Kick-Off Program; which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Bull Pen of the cattle barn at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. All friends of the Lenth family and the Iowa Beef Expo are invited to attend. The Seedstock Producer of the Year is a coveted award among Iowa’s Purebred breeders. The purpose of the award is to honor outstanding cattle producers in the seedstock industry. Each Purebred Breed Association is given the opportunity to nominate one candidate for the award. Applications are reviewed by a Seedstock Committee, which gives careful consideration to producer’s programs in their entirety, including record keeping, industry participation and leadership, merchandising programs, selection criteria and herd improvement over time. Doug and Marilyn have been in the Seedstock cattle business for 47 years raising Registered Hereford cattle and currently running a herd of 110 cows. Lenth Herefords has kept performance records for 47 years and has been a member of the Iowa Hereford Breeder’s Association and the American Hereford Association. This Hereford cattle operation sells an average of 35 bulls and 35 breeding females each year by Private Treaty where they provide buyers and customers with birthweight, weaning weight, EPD’s, scrotal circumference and frame score just to name a few.


Lenth Herefords is a generational cattle herd and the family has left a lasting impact on the cattle industry. Doug’s Parents, Elden and Bea Lenth, founded this herd and are in the Iowa Hereford Breeders (IHBA) Hall of Fame. Doug and Marilyn’s passion for this industry is quite evident as Doug is a former Board of Director for IHBA and Marilyn is a current board member and newly elected President of the IHBA. They are active in the Winneshiek County Cattlemen and are continually involved with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) as they host the NICC Calmar Campus Beef Class at their farm each year.


Black Ink: Invest or Improvise? Source: by Nicole Lane Erceg, for CAB® The first Christmas my husband and I spent together, we didn’t have a tree. We had just moved into our (tiny) apartment and the last thing we needed to spend money on was decorations. In an effort to make the moving boxes and new atmosphere cheery, we took a whiteboard we had on hand and drew ourselves a tree in red and green Expo markers. Not the same as a dolled up spruce, but it did the job.

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Our Christmas morning was no less merry and bright as any I’ve had before. There were still a few gifts under our “tree” and we had a wonderful Christmas dinner. It was a meager start to our holidays together, but one I’ll never forget. We did the best we could with what we had, where we were. Ranch life often requires this of us. Maybe it’s using a piece of baling twine to hold “just for now,” jotting down performance records on the back of a crumpled receipt, or pulling a cold, wet calf into the passenger seat of the pickup to warm them. Improvisation is necessary to make it work with what we have on hand, where we are. Of course, we would all prefer not to have to improvise, to have everything we need on hand when we need it, and the resources to do all that we’d like to do. To have cattle that gain and grade and earn their keep and get better every year. That’s the dream, right? Business growth and upgrades only happen as time and the cattle markets allow. But when we cast a vision of where we want our herds to go, it’s easy to decide when we need to improvise and when it’s time to make those big investments. Fifteen years ago, a carcass data sheet with 75% grading Choice was great. Now, it’s the average. When premium branded programs were developed, it was notable to get 30% of a commercial cattle load to reach those marbling levels. Again, that number today is widely accepted as something half the cattle are doing. No one starts out with loads that grade 50% Prime. For cattlemen who’ve made it their goal to produce beef at the highest level, it impacts all parts of their business.

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It’s the work that’s done year in and year out, through drought and blizzard and market highs and lows. When the vision is clear, it’s easy to see signals of where to invest (better genetics and health programs) and what sacrifices to make (separating wants from needs). And for those that have reached today’s notable levels, a target of continued improvement can still increase profitability. What does Christmas on the ranch look like for you next year? Maybe you’ll have better calving sheds or a calf crop on the way with improved genetics. This could be the year your cattle double the national average for Prime or the first year you decide to track down carcass data or try genomic testing. More importantly, what sacrifices need to be made in the new year to make your production goals a reality? What greater discipline? It might be stricter heifer retention criteria or a deeper culling of the cowherd. It could mean delaying a wanted investment to prioritize a purchase that will more immediately help meet your goals. Which things are necessary, and which just make life a little more pleasant – like Christmas decorations?

the balance between investing and improvising. The decisions we make now determine what beef consumers will eat tomorrow. While the whiteboard Christmas tree was a good substitute that first year, since then we’ve upgraded to a tree with lights and decorations. We had a vision of what our future holidays might be and we’re slowly making that come to life. Decorations are just one of those things that make life a little more cheery, not a business more profitable, but this time of year is the perfect time to reflect and think about what the future holds. Because whether you’ve been in the cattle business 40 years or 4, sometimes we’ve all got to get a little scrappy to make our end goals of better beef a reality.

No one brags about being average. If we want 2018 to be a better year than the last, this next year will require finding

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Custom Cattle Feeding • 12,000 Head Capacity Family owned & operated since 1917

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Excellence Keeps Tables Full Source: CAB - Miranda Reiman Edd Hendee watches numbers and makes smart deals— he’s a businessman after all. But the 40-year owner and operator of Taste of Texas, the largest independent restaurant in the state, doesn’t let the data rule all. “I will refuse to make a decision on a contract, sitting in my office, looking at a spreadsheet or on a computer,” Hendee said, during the recent Angus Convention, Nov. 4 to 7, in Fort Worth, Texas. “I make that decision, instead, walking down to the dining room and looking at my customers and talking to them. Because if the customer doesn’t benefit from my decision, I will not

benefit from my decision.” One of the biggest decisions of his career? Partnering with the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand 34 years ago, he said. Since then, that one Houston location has sold more than 6 million pounds of the product, or roughly 95,000 head of qualifying cattle. “We’re in the excellence business,” Hendee said. “The mediocrity business is available everywhere. You can (Continued on page 72)

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go microwave a burrito at gas stations or convenience stores and that’s average. That’s just convenient. That’s a commodity. You come to our place, it’s going to be excellent.”

They also work at building the “experience,” by allowing patrons to choose their own steak, come back to the kitchen and ask questions, and participate in Steak School educational events throughout the year.

Every day, the business owner is faced with options that will help him cut food costs. Last year, Taste of Texas spent more than $3 million with their meat supplier.

“We have toured ranches, sale barns and feedlots. I can’t get enough of it,” Hendee said. “My wife has toured more packing plants than any other woman, I’d imagine, and she loves it because she has seen this is where our product comes from.”

“Let’s say you could reduce that by 10%… would you do it?” Hendee asked. “The larger question that’s never asked is, can my customer tell the difference?” With nearly 150 brands certified by USDA, the options are staggering. “Here is the sin in my business, right here: temptation to buy cheaper,” he said. “We spend a lot of time in our business trying to buy smarter. I don’t want to buy cheaper.”

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Hendee knows the real cost threatening his business is not ingredients, it’s an empty table. When a couple come into his steakhouse, they average $100 in sales. If those two chairs sit empty every night, it would cost $97,000 in sales in one year, adding up to $63,000 in lost profit. They serve about 1,000 customers a day. Just five empty tables takes that up to $317,000 in lost profit potential. That’s why he buys the “most dependable product, the one that is going to thrill,” Hendee said, “because the empty table will eliminate whatever cost you thought you saved by buying cheap.”

The Hendees teach people how to buy a good steak at retail. “We want them to know what we do is different. When they’re cooking at home, I want them to talk about my place,” he said. Growing brand relevance—and sales—is good for everybody. “This demand is amazing,” Hendee said, showing CAB sales increases from 1984 to the 1.12 billion pounds in the recent fiscal year. Then he joked, “You guys have to get out of here and go back to work. We’ve got to have more cattle.” The largest steakhouse in Texas is depending on it.


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January 10 Deer Creek Cattle Co. Heifer Sale Bowling Green, MO January 27 Nichols Farms Sale, Bridgewater, IA January 27 Jauer Dependable Genetics Sale, Hinton, IA February 3 Loonan Stock Farm Sale, Corning, IA February 6 Hoover Angus Production Sale, Creston, IA February 10 J&N Black Hereford Sale, Leavenworth, KS February 10 Crooked Creek Angus Sale, Clarinda, IA February 11-18 Iowa Beef Expo, Des Moines, IA February 23 Jamison Hereford Bull Sale, Quinter, KS February 24 Seedstock Plus North Missouri Sale, Kingsville, MO March 3 Seedstock Plus Arkansas Bull Sale, Hope, AR March 3 Mead Farms Spring Sale, Versailles, MO March 7 Ferguson Angus Sale, Agra, KS March 10 Seedstock Plus Red Reward Bull & Female Sale, Humansville, MO March 10 Valley Oaks Spring Sale, Kingsville, MO March 10 Wright Charolais Bull Sale, Kearney, MO March 11 Sampson Annual Bull Sale, Kirksville, MO March 13 Cooper Hereford Ranch Production Sale, Willow Creek, MT March 15 Benoit Angus Ranch Sale, Esbon, KS March 17 Circle A Spring Production Sale, Iberia, MO March 17 Pinegar Annual Herdbuilder XXIV Sale, Springfield, MO March 18 Briarwood Angus Annual Production Sale, Butler, MO March 24 Seedstock Plus South Missouri Bull Sale, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, MO April 10 Sydenstricker Influence Sale, Mexico, MO

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AGA Insert................................. 37-40 AMEC............................................ 55 American Angus Association.......... 53 Benoit Angus Ranch....................... 59 Buffalo Livestock Market................ 72 Callaway Livestock Center Inc....... 43 Central Missouri Sales Co.............. 36 Circle 5 Cattle Co........................... 68 Circle A Angus Ranch.................... 35 Classified......................................... 73 Clearwater Farm............................. 35 Cock Crowed.................................. 72 Cooper Hereford Ranch..................41 Crooked Creek Angus Sale............. 65 Crossroads Cattle Co...................... 23 Crystalyx......................................... 33 Double R Cattle Co........................ 24 Durham Simmental Farms............. 24 Duvall Herefords............................. 56 Eastern Missouri Commission Company.................................... 54 Farmers Bank of North Missouri.....57 FCS................................................. 76 Ferguson Angus...............................47 Fish Branch..................................... 32 Galaxy Beef LLC............................ 35 Gerloff Farms.................................. 35


Grassworks Weed Wiper..................61 Green’s Welding & Sales................. 58 Gregory Polled Herefords................57 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.............. 35 Hoover Angus Farm....................... 45 Iowa Beef Expo............................... 60 J&N Black Hereford Sale................ 54 Jamison Hereford Sale.................... 29 Jauer Dependable Genetics..............51 Jim’s Motors.................................... 34 JJ Skyline Angus............................. 35 Joplin Regional Stockyards............. 63 Kingsville Livestock Auction.......... 62 Laughlin Angus.............................. 35 Loonan Stock Farm........................ 27 Lucas Cattle Co.............................. 24 Marshall & Fenner Farms............... 35 MCA Brand Wall Page................... 64 MCA Lifetime Membership........... 67 MCA Membership Form................ 66 McBee Cattle Co.............................. 7 McPherson Concrete Products....... 73 Mead Cattle Co.............................. 34 Mead Farms.................................... 35 Merry Meadows Simmental........... 24 MFA Fair Share.............................. 69 Missouri Angus Association............ 35

Missouri Angus Breeders................ 35 Missouri Beef Industry Council.......15 Missouri Simmental Association.... 24 Missouri Simmental Breeders ........ 24 Missouri Valley Commission Company.................................... 54 MultiMIN USA...............................13 Naught-Naught Agency...................16 Nichols Farms Sale......................... 75 Norbrook Enroflox......................18-19 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch.............. 35 Orrick Farm Service........................74 Oval F Ranch................................. 24 Pinegar Limousin............................ 25 Richardson Ranch.......................... 35 RLE Simmental.............................. 24 Safety Zone Catchers...................... 30 Sampson Cattle Co......................... 42 Seedstock Plus..................................31 Sellers Feedlot................................. 70 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle............ 24 South Central Regional Stockyards.................................. 44 Superior Steel Sales......................... 44 Sydenstricker Genetics.................... 35 Sydenstricker Implement - Jaylor.... 12 Triple C, Inc.................................... 56 US Premium Beef............................17 Valley Oaks Angus.....................35, 71 Weiker Angus Ranch...................... 35 Westway Feed.................................... 9 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market........................................ 59 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate......16 Mike Williams.................................16 Windsor Livestock Auction............. 72 Wright Charolais.............................. 3 Y-Tex................................................. 2 Zeitlow Distributing........................ 62

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