CONTENTS July 2017
More Time, Less Taxes
Defend Your Pasture
State Tax Credit Programs Offer Incentives to Keep Cattle in Missouri Longer
Control Invasive Species Through Careful Monitoring and Management
MEMBER NEWS 6 24 34
Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News
Defend Your Pasture
16 More Time, Less Taxes COLUMNS 8
MCA President’s Perspective Worthwhile Lessons Learned
What’s Cooking at the Beef House
On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black
Communication Can Save You
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
Field Notes: Wes Tiemann
Our Land, Our University
Great Start to a Busy Year
Pounds Pay and Money Talks
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Volume 47 - Issue 2 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167 Andy Atzenweiler: Editor/Production/Ad Sales P.O. Box 480977 • Kansas City, Missouri 64148 816-210-7713 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Wes Tiemann: General Manager/Sales 816-244-4462
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New MCA Members
Boone County Promotes Beef and Educates Youth
Kansas Feedlot Section
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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 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301
2017 MCA Regional Vice Presidents
Region 1: Luke Miller, RR 2, Box 182 Hurdland, MO 63547 660-299-0798 Region 2: Charlie Besher, RR 5, Box 2402 Patton, MO 63662 • 573-866-2846 Region 3: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 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
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Angela King, Sturgeon, MO Damon Lafaver, Macon, MO Kyle Lappe, Jackson, MO Parker Laudwig, Greentop, MO Kole Lewis, Anderson, MO Bryon McCoy, Herd Solutions, Clinton, MO Claire McIntyre, Bolivar, MO Colin McIntyre, Bolivar, MO Kyla Moore, Anderson, MO Lauren Morgan, Lamar, MO Emmalee Mueller, Perryville, MO Casey Nichols, Bethany, MO Sydney Nichols, Bethany, MO Hannah Nordmeyer, Lebanon, MO David & Kimberly Ohse, Ohse Ranch, West Plains, MO Annabell Parks, Sturgeon, MO Justin Parrack, Cross Timbers, MO Barry Phelps, Eobia, MO Chelsea Pinnell, Cuba, MO Kenneth Piper, Weaubleau, MO Kolton Powell, New London, MO Donald Poynter, Poynter Concrete Products, Buffalo, MO Alex Primm, Macon, MO Wesley Reedy, Windsor, MO Alex Rhode, Praire Home, MO Bruce Roseman, Roseman Cattle Company, Greenfield, MO Pam Rustemeyer, R & K Family Farms LLC, Centertown, MO Bud Sanders, Anderson, MO Michael Scheel, Goodman, MO Blair Schnarre, Centralia, MO Brooke Schnarre, Centralia, MO Zach Schnarre, Centralia, MO David Schneider, California, MO Haylee Schreier, Lexington, MO Kylie Selway, Williamstown, MO Kelley Silvey, Valley View Farms, Potosi, MO Madilyn Smith, Nevada, MO Jarred Spralding, Phillipsburg, MO Wesley Stephenson, Milan, MO Shawn Stockton, Aldrich, MO Morgan Summers, Greentop, MO Bill & Kathy Sylvester, Clinton, MO Justin Thomas, Marshall, MO John Top, Manfield, MO Lydia Tutt, Clark, MO Garrett Uchtman, Fordland, MO Adam Utterback, Fulton, MO Morgan VanMeter, Chilhowee, MO Wyatt Veach, Windsor, MO Paige Wait, Moundville, MO Brad Watts, Watts Farms, Bloomfield, MO Hannah Webb, Butler, MO Gerry Wessing, Cary, NC Zoey Williams, Nevada, MO Michael Wilson, Jersey Girl Farm, Salem, MO Shelly Wood, El Dorado Springs, MO Taner Wright, Wright Cattle Co, Washburn, MO
Gary Adams, Wheatland, MO Cole Anderson, Centralia, MO Kale Batson, Trenton, MO Pamela Bergman, Shultheiss Livestock, Kirksville, MO Greg Blanton, Blanton Farms Construction, Bethany, MO Darren Boman, Lazy Acres Ranch, Neosho, MO Jeff Bottcher, Bottcher Farms, Bethany, MO Adrain Brown, Auxvasse, MO Austin Brown, Auxvasse, MO Adrienne Bryant, Fulton, MO Jillian Bryant, Fulton, MO Harlan Burkholder, Baring, MO Jason & Kelli Burns, Burns Twister B Ranch, Stockton, MO Nick Burns, Burns Twister B Ranch, Stockton, MO Ralph & Patty Burns, Stockton, MO Zack Burns, Burns Twister B Ranch, Stockton, MO Joe Callahan, Centerview, MO James Campbell, Sarcoxie, MO Dan & Cathie Chalfant, PS Pardun- Chalfant, Gilman City, MO Inaya Chishti, St. Louis, MO Terry Cook, JMA Ranch, Jasper, MO Ryan Cox, Cox Cattle Co, Eagleville, MO Laurin Dilly, Deerfield, MO Sache Dowling, Fair Grove, MO Della Dugger, Silex, MO Dalton Edwards, Huntsville, MO Jim & Phyllis Edwards, Edwards Family Farm Inc, Middletown, MO Chris & Jamie Eiken, Russellville, MO Blake Emig, Emig Cattle Farms, Eagleville, MO Loren Fischer, Fischer Cattle Company, Nevada, MO Brian & Victoria Ford, Hawker Point Farm, Stockton, MO Clarence Forrester, Urbana, MO Angela Frederick, Springfield, MO Tammy Galang, Sandy Creek Angus, Princeton, MO Doug Glick, Jefferson City, MO Dan Goodman, Bolivar, MO Clarisa Grass, Bonne Terre, MO Robert Gregory, Gregory Hereford Ranch, Houstonia, MO Jared Groebe, Osborn, MO William Groh, Peculiar, MO Nick & Rebekah Hammett, Ashland, MO Morgan Hawley, Hawley Cattle Farms, Waynesville, MO Dean Hecke, Marshall, MO Andre Heidt, Ozark, MO Dakota Heidt, Ozark, MO Paige Henderson, Elkland, MO Ryan Hohl, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, Wentzville, MO Basil Holeman, King City, MO David Holloway, Holloway Farm, Anderson, MO Clay Howerton, Rolla, MO David Jameson, Jameson Land & Cattle, Smithville, MO Rory Jenkins, Labanon, MO Stanton Jones, Clinton, MO Marshall Kable, Madison, MO Morgan Keith, Ewing, MO Brenden Kempker, Eugene, MO
MCA All-Breeds Junior Show Recognizes Young Beef Leaders - Show Participation Surpasses Previous Year The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) and the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association (MJCA) hosted the 35th Annual MCA All-Breeds Junior Show June 9-11 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo. According to MCA Manager of Membership Maria Washburn, participation surpassed the previous year. “We had about 255 juniors and more than 500 cattle
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Brennen Davis, Excello, Mo., exhibited the supreme grand champion market animal.
at this year’s show. This is compared to 235 juniors a year ago with 469 head.” Washburn said. “It is always exciting to see the show grow and improve.” Washburn said changes were made this year that helped boost attendance. This year included a supreme showmanship drive and cattle clinics that offered insight on cattle nutrition, animal care and grooming. Additional events such as a speaking contest, hosted by the Missouri Beef Industry Council, and MCA’s annual photo contest were also included. The show concluded Sunday with Jim Williams of V8 Ranch in Wharton Tex., and Blake Bloomberg, Oklahoma State University, selecting the supreme champions.
Brittany Eagleburger of Buffalo, Mo., exhibited the supreme grand champion heifer and Brennen Davis, Excello, Mo., exhibited the supreme grand champion market animal. Reserve heifer was exhibited by Paisley Nelson, Platte City, Mo., and reserve market animal was exhibited by Cole Murphy of Houstonia, Mo. Supreme Senior Showmanship went to Cody Heavin of Springfield, Mo., and reserve went to Carrie Otte, St. Mary, Mo. Lucas Crutcher, Fair Grove, Mo., was awarded Supreme Junior Showmanship and Cole Murphy of Houstonia picked up reserve.
For more results from the MCA All-Breeds Junior Show visit the MCA website www.mocattle.org. There will be more show results in the August State Fair issue of Missouri Beef Cattleman.
Cattlemen’s Steak Fry Attracts Over 400 - Nearly $50,000 Raised The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) hosted its 14th Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry June 10 in the Agriculture Building located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. MCA Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Jimmie Long said more than 400 supporters of the association attended the event, which is intended to honor past MCA presidents and raise funds for the association’s Political Action Committee (PAC). He said the funds are used to ensure people who value Missouri agriculture are elected into office.
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“We had another fantastic event that truly did its part to recognize the leadership of our past presidents, while also raising funds to ensure we elect leaders in Jefferson City who value Missouri agriculture,” said Long, who was president of the association in 2011. The event brought in nearly $50,000. All funds raised will go towards political campaigns of candidates who understand the importance of Missouri’s top economic driver in the state. “It is unfortunate that it takes money to make a difference, but that is a reality. We will have roughly 40 vacant House seats and 10 Senate seats in 2017. We need to help candidates who are determined to advance Missouri agriculture,” said Long. “MCA is one of the most successful policy organizations representing the interests of Missouri farm and ranch families in the state. We get results. In order to be successful, you have to elect good leaders in Jefferson City.” The event would not be possible without sponsors. The Missouri Soybean Association and the CallawayMontgomery Cattlemen’s were the top sponsors.
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Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers
Volunteer Jobs The meat is ordered, the house has been cleaned, now all we need is YOU! Our Missouri Beef House will be open during the Missouri State Fair from Aug 10-20, 2017 in Sedalia, MO. So why do we need YOU?
While we do have a small group of paid staff to carry on the day-by-day operation during the fair, we have numerous jobs that YOU can do to make our operation run smooth and efficient and honestly we cannot do without! Whether you are experienced or new, we will instruct you and be there for you with a smile! We have all the aprons, hats, gloves, spatulas, spoons, etc… we just need YOU! So that you can start thinking now, the basic list includes:
Greeter: Stand outside our front door to welcome guests and direct them to the serving line Runner: Takes order ticket from Order Taker to behind counter to Caller & keep silverware filled BBQ/Burger/Beef Dog/Bun Station: Place meat on bun for orders called for these items… Gloves required Drink Machine: Scoop ice in cups and fill to order with Pepsi products… Gloves required Front Grill Burgers: Cook our delicious beef burgers Front Line Server: Place fries or baked potato or toast on plate… need good listening left ear to hear Caller request and will be standing close to hot grills… Gloves required Steak Stick Station: Place Rare, Medium-Rare, Medium, Medium-Well, Well-Done steak sticks on plate/bun to assist Steak Grillers as to what has been ordered… Gloves required Salad Server & Condiment Table: Keep prepared bowls of salad on Salad Buffet and check/fill items on Condiment Table… Gloves required Salad Prep: Cut tomato slices and fill salad bowls with lettuce… Gloves required Toast Station: Place bread in toaster and then butter
one side… Gloves required French Fries Station: Place frozen fries in fryers; then season Dishwasher: Wash pots, pans, spatulas, carving knives, etc… customers tableware is throw-away Garbage Patrol & Ice Man: Monitor all trash cans and pull full sacks to our dumpster in back as well as keep an eye on ice at Drink Stations… washing hands required! Bus Tables Inside/Outside: Need at least 2-3+ depending on how many your group brings… to take trays from customers, wipe tables and refill tea/coffee/ water Beef House Express: Need at least 2+ depending on how many your group brings to serve drinks, beef/ cheese burger, BBQ, or Beef Dog in our sandwich shop which is behind Beef House… no cooking required We will sign up for your volunteer job during orientation which will be held under the Beef House patio cover approximately 30 minutes before your shift is to start. We’ll meet and greet you soon! Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook @ www.facebook. com/MoCattle. During the fair, we will be posting pics! Thought for the month: Little Boy Blue go shut the gate, the sheep’s in the meadow, the cows on the plate!
2017 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer Work Schedule (tentative) August 10-20 10 Thursday
Tri County 15
Warren 10 Nodaway 10 Cole 10
Knobnoster FFA 15
2:00-6:00 Texas 8 Cass Jackson 10 Morgan 10
2:00-6:00 Gentry 15 So. Central 6
2:00-6:00 Clinton 15 California FFA 15
5:30-9:30 Randolph 10 Mid-Mo. 10 Eugene FFA 10 Russellville FFA 7
5:30-9:30 MSU 10 MJCA 10 MCW 8 MCCW 8
5:30-9:30 Benton 35 Andrew 5
5:30-9:30 Moniteau 15 Tipton FFA 15
10:00-2:30 Ray 5 Eldon FFA 30
10:00-2:30 Lewis/Marion 8 Sullivan 10 Maries/Osage 5
10:00-2:30 Macon 12 Linn 10
10:00-2:30 Carroll 10 St. Charles 5 Douglas/Wright 8 Windsor 11
10:00-2:30 Southwest Cattlemen 15 Cedar 5
2:00-6:00 Audrain 10
2:00-6:00 Polk 15 Franklin 8
2:00-6:00 Boone 15 Jasper 5
2:00-6:00 Callaway/ Montgomery 10 Appleton City FFA 13
2:00-6:00 Monroe 5 Ralls 5 St. Clair 15
5:30-9:30 Adair 5 Knox 10
5:30-9:30 Cooper 15
5:30-9:30 Howard 15 Pike-Lincoln 10
5:30-9:30 MU Block & Bridle 10 Saline 18
Thanks to All the Volunteers That Make the Beef House a Success! JULY 2017
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for volunteer orientation. The Beef House hours of operation are 11:00 am â€“ 9:00 pm. If you need to change your shift, or you're a new county who would like a shift, please contact Maria Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-499-9162 by July 15.
Julie Conover Joins the Missouri Angus Assn. The Missouri Angus Association announces Julie Conover of Cameron, Mo., as the organization’s general manager. Conover begins her role July 1 and will represent the state’s many dedicated Angus breeders. “This is a wonderful opportunity to combine my passion for the cattle industry with the unique skillset I’ve developed over the past seven years in education,” Conover said. “I look forward to this new chapter in my life working to fulfill the needs of the Missouri membership.”
While teaching, she received her master’s degree in agricultural and extension education from Iowa State University. In 2013 she joined Michigan State University Extension as the statewide 4-H livestock and veterinary science educator. She worked with faculty and extension staff, 4-H volunteers and stakeholders to evaluate and implement statewide programs that provided opportunities for youth to develop content knowledge and life skills.
Conover is a third-generation Angus breeder who was active in 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). Always having a passion for agriculture, she stayed true to her roots while raising and showing Angus cattle. In her junior career, Conover participated in each of the contests available at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) and served as a leader in the Michigan Angus Association. She has continued to stay involved with the Angus breed and currently serves on two American Angus Auxiliary committees.
In the past four years, she has expanded the livestock and veterinary science programs by introducing the 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp and revamping the livestock-judging program. She has focused on curriculum development by creating 4-H Animal Science Anywhere lessons and bringing zoonotic disease education to the forefront of animal science.
Conover earned two bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University and began her career in Indiana as an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor.
For more information contact Julie Conover at 734-2608635 or Julie@missouriangus.org.
Missouri Angus Association members are encouraged to give Conover a warm welcome as she begins her role this summer.
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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS MBIC welcomes summer interns Executive Director Mark Russell This summer, MBIC have two interns working with staff to strengthen beef’s position in the market place. Below is a snapshot of their backgrounds. We welcome them and look forward to a busy and productive summer.
Intern Spotlight Macey R. Hurst Macey was raised on a family cow-calf operation in Meta, Missouri, where she quickly found her passion for the cattle industry and all things “agriculture.” This passion strengthened when she joined FFA and eventually served as a Missouri FFA State Vice President. She actively advocates for the industry as Missouri Beef Queen, a position in which she currently serves. She has taken her passion with her to Missouri State University, where she studies Agriculture Communications, AgriBusiness, and Spanish.
However, still owning land and having a mutual passion for the cattle industry, my mom, Staci; little sister, Emma; and I revamped our own independent operation, Lady Livestock Company. We are now growing our herd and are eager to see what the future holds for our operation and industry!
Intern Spotlight – Ella Snelson Ella, Saint James, lives on a diversified beef cattle operation. Ella has been involved in agriculture her whole life, and plans to continue working in the
industry. She is an agricultural business marketing sales major and agricultural communications minor at Missouri State University in Springfield. In high school, Ella was involved in FFA and showed market steers in her local fair, which helped her gain responsibility and made her passion for agriculture stronger. As Ella went on to college, she became BQA certified, received her American FFA Degree, became an MSU Agricultural Ambassador. She recently accepted a position to serve as the MSU Cattlemen’s Association Vice President. This fall, Ella begins her junior year of college at MSU. Ella hopes to be able to use the skills she has learned from her college classes during her internship, and hopes to gain more skills as the summer goes on. She also is excited to interact more in the Missouri beef industry and to be able to collaborate with beef consumers and producers. Ella believes that one of the most important things in life is to do something that you are passionate about, and with agriculture, she sees the possibilities! NCBA’s Checkoff Funded Programs Facebook Milestone Approaching By the time this article is published, there will be more than one million followers on the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Facebook page. To celebrate this brand milestone, there will be celebratory posts featuring members of the beef community as well as producer communications pieces.
MamaMancini’s MamaMancini’s, a manufacturer within the Supermarket Foodservice category that the Innovation program has been working with, is launching a meatball sandwich in conjunction with Publix Supermarkets at over 1,100 stores in the Southeast. Product hit stores this week and the first of several promotions will commence on July 11, 2017. If the promotion is successful, the company hopes their all-beef meatballs and meatloaf will be merchandised in the hot case soon.
television promotions with backyard barbecues in central Missouri. Educational events through Missouri Farmers Care and FFA camps will keep staff engaged with students statewide as well. Contact the office with any requests for meetings or materials!
Checkoff-Funded Nutrition Research to be published The checkoff-funded Beef WISE study with the University of Colorado has been accepted for publication in Obesity Science and Practice. The results showed that including lean beef as part of a higher-protein diet can help people lose weight, maintain lean muscle and support heart health. April summary of retail meat case sales. Compared to a year ago: • Beef dollar sales increased (+2.3%) and the total meat category increased (+6.2%) • Beef pound sales increased (+5.3%) while the total meat category increased (+10.8%) • Average price per pound for beef decreased (-2.8%) to $4.80/lb • Beef retail feature activity increased (+6.4%) • Average beef feature price increased (+0.5%)
Consumer events will include the Missouri Grocers Association,
Missouri Beef activities During July, MBIC staff have several scheduled activities. Customer appreciation events at livestock markets and meetings with the Missouri Livestock Marketing association are on the schedule. In addition, the summer conference for CBB and NCBA will be held in Denver with board and staff participation.
Commercial Cowherd Data Management Available through AGA Source: AGA - by Angela Vesco Smart Select Service (SSS) has been accessible for a year and a half and is gaining popularity amongst commercial cattlemen and women. Currently, this American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) program has 27 participants with just over 1,800 head of cattle enrolled. Smart Select Service is a program that gives commercial producers the insight into their cowherd that they may have not of otherwise had. Users of Smart Select Service can track the data of their cowherd to assist them in making selection decisions with the goal of retaining the best females possible. At just $1 annual fee per head with no breed restrictions, it’s a cost-effective way to better understand and track the performance of individual animals and on a herd basis. The objective of Smart Select Service is to help commercial herds become more efficient and successful. MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 1 9/24/14 11:08 AM Page 65 Efficiency is becoming more important and crucial to the success of any cattle operation. Inefficiencies are identified by taking measurements and then utilizing the
data, and Smart Select Service identifies that. Managing data can sound intimidating at times, but that is where the AGA comes in to help. The program does the data management, and the AGA staff is there to discuss the data and understand it. Value-added programs and genetic technology are management tools that tend to get overlooked by producers because of the added labor and cost. However, when markets are lower, and selection decisions are even more important, management tools can help separate the quality from the quantity and garner premiums. There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to evaluating livestock. Rancher Scott Hamilton of Hitchcock, South Dakota believes that it is crucial to understand the data that you collect. “A program like SSS is needed in the beef industry because it’s a program that makes it easier to understand your data= and to let the AGA manage the data for you.” Hamilton plans on using SSS to take the next step in managing his cattle. “I need to track the cows that are producing the most efficient, high dollar calves for me. Ultimately, when times are tough, and the herd needs to be culled because of drought or other conditions, I need to have the data to back up the management decisions.” Smart Select Service recently merged with the AGA registry. Previously, the Smart Select program was separate but built in the same format. The merge was made to make it more convenient for the users.
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USMEF Statement on U.S. Beef to China On June 12, U.S. beef was added to the list of products eligible for export to China. Details are posted in the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library and in the Export Verification Program administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng issued the following statement: USMEF is pleased to see these important steps completed that will soon allow U.S. beef shipments to China to resume, ending a suspension that has lasted more than 13 years. We thank our U.S. government officials for their tireless efforts on this issue, and now look forward to exporting U.S. beef to this very important market. It is important to note that the market-opening agreement includes requirements that will involve a period of adjustment for the U.S. industry. Meeting these requirements will add costs and this will mean that U.S. beef is priced at a premium compared to other suppliers in the market. With that said, China holds exciting potential for the U.S. beef industry and for buyers in the market who have waited a very long time for the return of high-quality U.S. beef.
NCBA Applauds Nomination WASHINGTON ( June 19, 2017) - Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in response to Gregg Doud’s nomination to be the chief negotiator on agricultural issues in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative:
“Gregg has been a friend and colleague for many years, and I can testify first-hand that America’s cattlemen and women will be well-served by having Gregg at the table as agricultural trade deals are hammered out. The U.S. Senate should confirm his nomination as soon as possible.
“Gregg was NCBA’s chief economist for eight years, and he understands as well as anybody the importance of exports for our industry. As important trade negotiations take place over NAFTA and hopefully a bilateral agreement with Japan, we look forward to working with Gregg and his team to ensure that the voice of American beef producers is heard loud and clear.”
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Individual heterosis is the improvement in performance by the individual crossbred animal above the average of its parents. Increased weaning weight, yearling weight and carcass traits are examples of individual heterosis in crossbred compared to straightbred calves.
Throughout history of the beef industry, cow-calf producers have turned to crossbreeding to increase efficiencies and profits. The advantages of crossbreeding have not changed. Regardless of your cow herd base, Gelbvieh or BalancerÂŽ bulls get you to the profit center of the beef industry in one generation.
Maternal heterosis leads to the combined improvement in traits from the dam that cause increases in the performance of her and of her progeny. Examples of maternal heterosis in a beef cow include: younger age at puberty, increased calving rate, increased survival of her calf to weaning, longevity, and pounds of calf produced in her lifetime.
Use of heterosis to improve production has shown similar advantages to that of hybrid corn in crop production. Numerous research studies have reported up to a 25 percent improvement in pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed when crossbred dams produce crossbred calves. There are three main types of heterosis:
Paternal heterosis is the improvement in productive and reproductive characteristics of the bull. Examples of paternal heterosis in a herd sire include: reduced age at puberty, increased in scrotal circumference, higher sperm concentration, increased pregnancy rate and greater servicing capacity.
The greatest benefits of a crossbreeding program are through direct, maternal heterosis with a crossbreed cow – increased fertility, better calf survivability, heavier weaning weights, and greater cow longevity. “Crossbred females are 30 percent more productive over their lifetimes,” said Dr. Larry Cundiff, Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), Clay Center, Neb. A planned crossbreeding program can add more than $1,000 over the life of a crossbred cow. MARC studies have proven crossbred cows reduce breakeven production costs by as much as 10 percent. Other research shows the average crossbred female remains in the herd about two years longer. Using Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics in a simple, easy crossbreeding program adds productivity, longevity and profitability with crossbred cows and hybrid bulls. Don’t ranch without it.
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Boone County Promotes May as Beef Month and Educates Grade School Students On May 8 Boone County Cattlemen hosted the 3rd and 4th grade students from the Beulah Ralph Elementary School for a field day at Buckman Farms, LLC in Hallsville, MO. It was a wonderful day attended by 102 students, 40 parents, 8 teachers, 2 bus drivers and a dozen volunteers that made this event possible. The students were lead to educational stations of the following: 1) Veterinary – Spring work for the cows. 2) Feed Station – What and how much does a cow eat 3) Bull and Machinery Display 4) Pet and name the newborn calf/feeder calves 5) Missouri Beef Council – other uses for beef by-products. The after playing in the front yard, they were treated to Janice Schuerman’s famous (never tasted better) hamburgers, chips, punch, 450 cookies and ice cream. This was all made possible by a grant from Missouri Beef Industry Council, Boone County Cattlemen, Rick Henderson – Apex Financial, UMC Large Animal Clinic, Wendy Flatt – MFA Inc., Janice Schuerman – Chapel View Stables, Stanton Brothers Eggs, Casey Buckman/Casey Buckman Photography and Buckman Farms, LLC. Now here is the surprising result from the Field Day, Casey Buckman posted a few pictures and a short narration the next day about our event on Facebook. Within 2 days, I had received 512 likes, 85 comments and 12 shares (what is a share?). So I asked a millennial if that was good and he said “Crap that is real good!” So in summary, we see the consumers are hungry for both our product and knowledge of where it comes from.
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The students had also rehearsed the chant “Beef is what’s for dinner” many times which they were encouraged to shout every day when arriving home from school – and I bet some did it too! Big thanks to all the volunteers that took the time to promote Missouri Beef!
COUNTY NEWS St. Clair County St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with thirty members in attendance. The meeting was sponsored by MFA and Lowry City Farmer’s Exchange and was held at Landmark Restaurant in Lowry City. President Josh Salmon read a thank you note from Paul and Marian Wheeler, members and from Blake Murray, St. Clair County Cattlemen’s scholarship recipient. Jody Boles with MFA spoke about MFA’s line of Shield products and how they can benefit your livestock and Health Track Beef Alliance Program, which is a beef marketing program developed by MFA to give cattle producers a competitive edge in the marketplace and also when it comes to a national animal identification program. Mark Russel with MBIC gave a talk about the beef checkoff dollars; where they are going and what they’re being used for. Mark talked about the classroom programs they are using to teach children about agriculture and where their food comes from and how MBIC is trying to reach the millennial generation through technology to promote beef and its nutritional benefits. President Josh Salmon reported on activities since last meeting in April. St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association recently received two $500 grants. The
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Missouri Beef Industry Council now has two grants available for cattlemen associations to apply for. One is a beef education grant and one is a beef promotion grant. Each grant is designed to help cattlemen associations educate people and promote beef in their counties. St. Clair County Cattlemen will have more literature and fun items to hand out at the events they attend. The beef education grant was used to get educational flyers along with a few fun items for the Osceola Ag Carnival. The beef promotion grant was applied for to get promotional flyers along with fun items to hand out at the Lowry City Craft Fair, Appleton City Fair and Osceola Rodeo Days. So, be watching for the cattlemen in the parades and cooking at the local events as they will have new items to pass out. “May is Beef Month” activities started on Saturday May 6 with cattlemen setting up at Food Fair - Appleton City, Carney’s Supermarket and Osceola and Buzz’s Market - Collins to raffle off two $125 beef bundles at each store. Appleton City had 67 individuals sign up, Osceola had 66 individuals sign up and Collins had 125 individuals sign up. Winners of the beef bundles were: Keelan Suranofsky and Marty Hearting, Appleton City; Kelly Spero and Chris Leuty, Osceola; and Carl Bode and Jake Conduff; Collins. Congratulations to the winners and a special thanks to St. Clair County Farm Bureau and Appleton City Feed Service for your support. Cattlemen finished the day with the Ag Carnival at Osceola School District, where they handed out beef informational pamphlets along with beef sticks, pencils, erasers, coloring books and stickers. Then on May 13, St. Clair County Cattlemen put a float through the Lowry City Craft Fair parade and passed out more beef promotion items. The float received first place and won $50. St. Clair County Cattlemen’s attended the Appleton City Fair on Friday, June 9 to sell ribeye steak sandwich meals and sold out at 175 ribeye steak sandwiches. Cattlemen also put a float through the parade and passed out beef promotion items. The float also received first place and won $75 in chamber bucks. On June 10, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association held their Annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry in Sedalia. St. Clair County Cattlemen sent a Yeti cooler for the live auction and two syringes for the silent auction with all proceeds going to the Political Action Committee to ensure we elect candidates who value Missouri Agriculture.
Cedar County The Cedar County Cattlemenâ€™s Association awarded $3,000 in scholarships to three outstanding 2017 high school graduates. Clayton Locke and Cheston Stacy, Stockton, and Santara Best, El Dorado Springs, were each selected to receive a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship. Locke, plans to attend either Missouri State University or the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in agriculture business. Stacy will be attending Crowder
Billy Bruce (left) presents Santara Best her scholarship during the El Dorado Springs High School Awards night.
College for two years, and then plans to transfer to a four-year university where he will complete a degree in agronomy/natural resources. Best plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in agronomy. A portion of the money raised during the silent and live auction during the annual banquet is allocated to provide scholarships to deserving high school students in the community.
Billy Bruce, Clayton Locke, Cheston Stacy, and Megan Richner at the Stockton High School Senior Awards Night (left to right).
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Vernon County The Vernon County Cattlemen held their May meeting at the Vernon County Fairgrounds with about 40 in attendance. Don Lucietta provided a brief legislative update. Nick Hammett of Circle A Angus Ranch (Iberia, Missouri) sponsored the meeting and explained the many exciting changes taking place at Circle A.
High School seniors Hannah Bond, Danielle Laning and Mallorie Owen. An upper classmen scholarship was awarded for the first time this year to Cole Diggins of Bronaugh and Payton Dahmer and Monica Gerken of Nevada. Congratulations to all the area graduates! New this year for Beef Month was an educational window display on the Nevada square. Thank you to May’s Floral for allowing us to use their space. Thank you also to Kelly and Monica Gerken, Michelle Westerhold and Vicki Garton for decorating the window. An exciting Beef Month addition this year was a beef Facebook photo contest. We have had a great response to this and have really enjoyed seeing all the pictures! Thank you to Gobblers Roost Restaurant for helping sponsor the photo contest prize. This contest will run all month, with the most Facebook likes determining the winner.
Nick Hammett of Circle A Angus Ranch sponsored the May meeting.
May as Beef Month has been busy and exciting in Vernon County. Our group has applied for MBIC’s beef promotion grant. Heritage State Bank helped us promote beef on their outdoor digital sign and indoor lobby TVs. Hot Spot also displayed it on their sign. We appreciate both of them helping us. Hamburger was donated to the local soup kitchen. Area second graders were invited to participate in our annual coloring contest. Trash barrels were painted and donated to the Vernon County fairgrounds. A huge thank you goes to MBIC for providing beef items to help us promote beef month locally. Thank you to Mary Scotten, Terry Logan and Kathy Wait for helping deliver these items (aprons, beef thermometers, ovenmitts, etc.) to our area schools for their family and consumer science programs to use this fall. The Vernon County Cattlemen awarded scholarships to Bronaugh High School 2017 seniors Joseph Mader, Mandy Murphy and Taylor Stratford, and Nevada
New and fun Beef Month activities this year included a booth at the Vernon County Farmers Market on two Saturdays. Over 200 guests were expected on opening day. Ribeye samples fresh off the grill were a big hit! Beef sticks were also available. A huge thanks goes to Jay, Jessica and Denise Sloniker, Michelle Westerhold, David and Cole Diggins, Crystal and Kate Burch, Terry Logan, Bronson Daulton, and Tommy and Kathy Wait for all their help with the booths. A Memorial Day Facebook promotion is also scheduled, with a prize to be awarded to a Veteran. A huge thanks goes to Megan and Michelle Westerhold for all their help with the Beef Month Facebook activities. Thank you also to Brandi Gaines of the Nevada FCS Financial office for distributing prizes and to KNEM/KNMO Radio for conducting our Friday trivia questions. The Vernon County Cattlemen will be making donations to the Vernon County Youth Fair, as well as the VCYF rodeo, tractor pull, heifer show and stockmen contest.
Stop by our food booth at Bushwhacker Days in Nevada on Saturday, June 10, for a ribeye sandwich, hamburger or BBQ beef. We will also be working the State Fair Beef House on Saturday, August 12.
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Newton-McDonald County The Newton-McDonald County Cattlemen’s Association met at the Williams Agriculture Center on the Crowder College Campus on May 16. President Max Ruhl thanked Jay Wilkins and the Crowder Aggie cook crew for a great beef fajitas meal and welcomed members and guests. The program sponsor for the May meeting was Vermeer Corporation. Ruhl introduced Boyd Quinley, Vermeer Territory Manager and Jacob Beck, Sales Representative for Eubank’s Equipment of Anderson, Missouri, and thanked them for sponsoring the meal and program. Jacob kicked off the presentation with the history of Eubank’s Equipment of Welch, Oklahoma and the addition of the dealership in Anderson, inviting all interested members to visit the store. Mr. Quinley then presented a detailed PowerPoint outlining the history of Vermeer Corporation, beginning with the invention of the Big Round Baler by the company’s founder, Gary Vermeer, in 1971. Vermeer now produces over 120 products globally from their seven production facilities, including their headquarters in Pella, Iowa.
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Boyd and Jacob fielded questions from the membership and provided Eubank’s caps for all present. President Ruhl thanked both gentlemen and pointed out that in his view, this was one of the best presentations the organization has had across his time in the Association. Both representatives stayed for the business meeting enabling them to answer further questions and to get to know members. Following approval of the minutes from the March 21 meeting and the treasurer’s report, Ronnie Rogers kicked off old business by reporting on the Association Calf Sale held at the Joplin Stockyards on April 5. The event netted over $13,000 for Crowder Aggie travel and programming, bringing the total contributed over the past four years the chapter has sponsored for this program to just over $45,000. The September meeting will feature the Aggies presenting a program detailing the travel and projects these funds have supported. The Red Angus calf auctioned this year was donated by members, Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Martin. Max Ruhl noted that the Executive Committee had presented the Newton-McDonald County Lifetime Achievement Award to Doc Haskins, as a part of the program at the Stockyards. They surprised Doc
with this well-deserved recognition, and he expressed appreciation, surrounded by his sons and close friends, as Executive Committee members made the presentation. Dr. Rogers also reported on the donation for wildfire victims from the March meeting, outlining that simply by “passing the hat,” the membership had raised $898, added to direct donations, the association total came to $1,450, to assist these hard-hit ranchers. Dr. Ruhl thanked members for their generosity. Ruhl reported on the more than 100 members and guests who attended the April fieldtrip and BBQ at Diamante Ranch (producers of Red Angus seedstock), near Diamond, Missouri. Guests toured the 800-plus-
acre ranch and facilities aboard trollies from the Ozark Empire Fair (courtesy of Doc Haskins and Diamond Animal Clinic) and learned of the ranch program from Jarrod Todd, herd manager and ranch owners Glenn and Randy Brown. The Association’s talented BBQ Team, headed up by past- president Lawrence Haflich, provided a wonderful meal and the day was deemed a great success. The occasion afforded Missouri State Representative Bill Reiboldt an opportunity to join the association in further recognizing Dr. Harold Haskins for his long-time contributions to southwest Missouri ranchers. Other items covered in the program included: • A report by Estella Osborne on chapter participation in the State Skeet Shoot at Rolla. The Chapter representative was Daniel Garren. • Approval of the revised Chapter By-laws • Encouraging of new membership efforts by Vice President, Nick Neece • Thank-you to Katrina Hine for her recent articles on Association acitivites that have been published in several agriculture venues, and The meeting concluded with an “Aggie Exam” enabling members to compete for door prizes contributed by Longview Mill, of Longview, Missouri, including cow sticks/paddles and Missouri Beef Checkoff caps.
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Grilling at our local grocery store during the Memorial Day weekend is another yearly activity.
It was another busy month for our members, but many took time out to attend a meeting and participate in several events.
Our largest event of the month was our yearly grilling for the Pasantino Benefit Golf Tournament. This event outgrew the facilities in Henry County, and is now held in Kansas City. All money collected goes directly to the Burn Unit at Mercy Hospital. The Pasantino Foundation generously donates $1,000 to our scholarship fund for our part in the grilling.
Our meeting was sponsored by McCurrry Trailers. This is owned by Danny and Teresa McCurry. After discussing their equipment, we were entertained by award-winning cowboy poet, Danny. This is a highlight of each meeting he sponsors.
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Mother-daughter members enjoying the dinner and presentation are Sheryl and Julie Hull. Julie was one of our scholarship winners this year.
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Douglas/Wright County Our next meeting will be on July 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Club 60 Steakhouse in Mountain Grove, Missouri. We are proud to announce Bayer will be sponsoring this meeting. Bayer offers a wide range of proven products in our industry, so mark your calendar because you don’t want to miss this meeting. On a another note, I would like to take a moment to ask our members to please check your dues status. You may have expired without knowing! You can always contact Maria Washburn, manager of membership at 573-4999162 ext 231 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to look up your records. You can also check your status at our July meeting, and we will gladly process your renewal or new membership form on site. Should you need any additional information 1or9/24/14 wish to9:59 sponsor one62 of our meetings, MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout AM Page you can contact the Douglas/Wright leadership at email@example.com or 417-259-1180. Sponsorship opportunities for our meetings are filling up quick! Thanks to all who play a part in the Douglas/ Wright County Cattlemen’s Association.
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Don’t blame the calves Yearling cattle don’t necessarily trump calf feds in the feedyard or packinghouse Source: CAB - By Laura Conaway Things aren’t always what they seem. It’s no secret, marbling in harvested fed cattle declines from late February to early May each year (see chart). That coincides with a seasonal switch from yearlings to calf-feds in the harvest mix, which often gets the blame. Yet, recent data from the University of Minnesota (UMN) suggests we should reconsider the blame game; or, at the very least ,not let it deter cattlemen from feeding calves a
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He and PhD graduate student Haley Johnson’s metaanalysis of 32 studies on the effects of pre-finishing strategy (backgrounding or stockering) on feedlot and carcass performance leaves little room for the long-held belief. Today’s economic conditions, beef genetics and valuebased markets certainly favor a calf-fed approach.
Still, thanks to that seasonal pattern, “the opinion is engrained in our business,” says Paul Dykstra, beef cattle specialist for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. He’s glad to see a summarizing study on calf-fed marbling, “because there’s no doubt they can do it.” “This analysis matches that of our own feedlot partnership database at CAB,” he says, noting its reach across 2 million cattle records from 80 feedyards in 16 states. DiCostanzo and Johnson’s data (see table) shows cattle fed a high-energy diet in the backgrounding phase achieved higher average marbling scores than cattle backgrounded on winter wheat, those exposed to unlimited forage with a restricted ration, or grazing dormant grass prior to the finishing phase. “Plenty of feedlot nutritionists agree with these findings
because they’ve seen this for a long time themselves,” he says. So why the contradiction between perceptions, trends and facts? CAB’s Justin Sexten sees answers in the questions. “It’s a complex system, influenced by many factors,” the brand’s director of supply development says. “Historical data alone won’t show the complete picture, because today’s cattle genetics offer much greater potential than 10 or 20 years ago.” Yearlings today can gain two pounds on a moderate level of energy. Calf-feds now reach finished weights once unimaginable. DiCostanzo says his team’s research aimed to explain the mechanisms of backgrounding that enable marbling and permit heavier finished weights, regardless of seasonal trends.
Cattle will always sell on pounds, yet there will be added rewards for marbling.
Producers must ask, “What am I going to give up so I can get this other thing?” DiCostanzo suggests. “I think the correct mix is somewhere in the middle,” where a combination of weight and marbling achieve the greatest value, particularly when the Choice/Select spread is wide.
“If the spread is favorable, they may consider employing a little more energy into calves’ backgrounding diets or reducing the backgrounding period so that cattle don’t get so heavy,” making them susceptible to discounts. There’s a long list of reasons why quality grade takes a hit each year. Young calves are more prone to sickness in the early stages of feeding and the first calf-feds harvested are often lighter. Weather and origins come into play, and there are wide differences in genetic potential.
Since both yearling and calf-fed programs can each work without sacrificing grade, most producers can find ways to reach their optimum target. “We need to have this discussion to get past that first impression to try and have a more objective conclusion on this,” DiCostanzo says.
DiCostanzo cites his South Dakota colleague Robbi Pritchard’s findings that, given at least average marbling ability and enough time, long feeding periods on forage need not derail that marbling potential. Good genetics provide more options, he suggests. “You have the best of both worlds if you’re able to background to about 800 pounds (lb.), no more than that, and at that point turn them onto a high-finishing diet, harvesting at 1,400 lb. That should be able to give you both weight and marbling,” DiCostanzo says. “It should motivate sellers of superior-marbling Angus cattle to consider the typically wider Choice/Select spread, Prime and CAB premiums featured in the spring as a margin-enhancing target,” Dykstra says.
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Common Sense with Baxter Black Handyman Jacks People develop a morbid relationship with the most unlikely things. “Git rid of that horse, Newt! It’s bound to kill ya someday!” But Newt keeps saddlin’ up the widow maker. “Don’t be eatin’ those chilis, Newt! Ya know they’ll keep you up all night!” But Newt eats ‘em and spends the night on the john. “Dadgummit, Newt! I know that was yer Daddy’s pocket knife, but enough’s enough!” But Newt’s still cuttin’ calves with a half-inch blade. I’ve spent half my life cursing Handyman Jacks. I’ve turned the air blue coaxing them to cooperate. I can attest that it is impossible to injure one with anything short of an acetylene torch. I know they will work the first day, but the instant they are exposed to the smell of burnt rubber or the hint of desperation, they sull up. Oh, they work sometimes, just to keep you off guard. Like the time I was cruising a country road east of Malta and I felt thunk. I saw my rear wheel pass me on the left, bounce through the ditch and disappear into a field of waist high wheat! It didn’t take long for the truck to stop. For a hundred yards behind my rig it looked like I’d been installing telephone cable!
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Stuck out there, I improvised with a long fence pole I found near an irrigation pump. I jacked it up with the Handyman Chin Smasher and Slim Mechanism. Up one, down two, up one, down one, and so on. From the rear I wedged the pole over the axle and chained it tight. The pole stuck out several feet behind the bumper. Then I lowered the truck down by pounding the jack with a calf puller until the bumper rested on the protruding pole. I waited until a lone irrigator passed by and had him drag me ten miles back to the farm shop. I limped in like a one leg-ged cross country skier! Two years later the jack showed its true colors. I was comin’ south outta Grouse Creek in a brand new 3/4 ton vet truck. The high mountain road was snow packed and I was testing my traction. I missed a turn and slid off a ditch, high centered. ‘No sweat,’ I thought, ‘I’ll
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just jack it up and pile some wood underneath the tire.’ Once again I engaged the Combination Handyman Post Puller and Fickle Finger Mangler. I jacked that baby up ‘til the pickup was clear, packed everything I could find under the tire and flipped the lever that lowered the jack. With each pump of the handle, the pickup rose instead of fell! I alternated pumping and whacking the jack with the star wrench. Finally I got clear to the top of the jack! My brand new pickup had its left hind cocked up like a dog markin’ his territory. It took an hour on the lonely road for a meandering hay truck to rumble by. It was equipped with snow chains. They backed up to me and, with a screech and a whomp, pulled me off the jack. I drove that pickup for three years with a bent frame and a driver’s side door that never closed properly. But I’m still carryin’ the miserable rat bag of a jack around in the back of my latest truck. Me and Newt, knowin’ better but stupidly hoping it’ll work just one more time.
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with Mike Deering Our Land, Our University Over the last few years, this association has put a lot of emphasis on establishing affiliates at colleges and universities because we truly believe that these young leaders are the lifeblood of our association and the future of all aspects of Missouri agriculture. Our state is blessed to have so many great colleges and universities for our young leaders to choose from. No matter your school of choice, we all have a vested interest in the University of Missouri because it is one of two land-grant universities in our state. Let’s be clear on what it means to be a land-grant university. These institutions are designated by respective states to receive benefits under the Morrill Act, which was enacted into law in 1862. The legislation brought to life the concept of publicly funded agricultural and technical educational institutions. The mission of these institutions is to focus on the teaching of practical agriculture, science and engineering. This charge was in stark contrast to the usual practice of higher education focusing primarily on liberal arts.
I said all that to simply say that the University of Missouri is funded by you. You own it. It is your land and your university no matter where you or your children went to school. While I’ve tried to stay neutral to positive on all of the controversies over the last couple years at the university, there comes a time when we need to speak up and make some noise. The series of recent budget cuts being made will have direct and indirect impacts on the cattle industry. While I fully understand budget cuts, as do you, I prefer smart cuts over convenient cuts.
The university is eliminating the reproduction (theriogenology) specialty section from the veterinary teaching hospital. There is no logical reason for anyone to even consider cutting this specialty section and simply wrapping it under the regular food animal program. This section is responsible for teaching critical skills like pregnancy diagnosis, breeding management, bull breeding soundness examination and more. These students go
Executive Vice President on to become an integral part of the cattle production industry in Missouri. In a time when we have a shortage of large animal veterinarians coupled with the industry investing heavily in whole herd reproduction management, it is beyond ludicrous to eliminate a section that is critical to the training of future cattle veterinarians. More of an indirect impact to each of you is the “phasing out” of the agricultural journalism degree program at the university. This program has produced some the best and the brightest in the business. Think Jerry Litton. Think Tyne Morgan, first-ever female host of the U.S. Farm Report. The impact of this program over the last 95 years extends far beyond the pen and pad. In full disclosure, I am a graduate of this program, but this is so much more than a personal attachment. One of the biggest challenges we face is communicating effectively to a consumer base that is far removed from production agriculture. If anything, we need to be investing more in this effort. We certainly shouldn’t be killing the program. There are plenty of inefficiencies at the university as pointed out in the state auditor’s findings. Kicking students in the gut is the wrong way to handle budget cuts. Some have forgotten that the university is a public, land-grant institution founded on agriculture, and that they are accountable to taxpayers. It is our job to remind them of this fact. If you are concerned about some of these misguided budget cuts happening at the university you own, please contact them and make your voice heard. We are not backing down and will continue speaking up, but I know that you know someone who has influence at the university and we need to utilize all of our contacts if we expect results.
Great Start to a Busy Year My name is Rayne Faulconer from Warsaw, Missouri, and I am excited to begin serving as president of the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association. I live on a small commercial cow/calf operation and own a few registered Hereford cows. I am involved in FFA and showed cattle when I was younger. This will be my third year serving on the MJCA Board. We have had a tremendous start to the show season with the MCA All-Breeds Junior Show. This year we had over 250 junior members in attendance with almost 450 head of cattle shown from all over the state. In addition to the show this year, we also had cattle clinics that taught juniors all they needed to know about showing. The clinics covered fitting, feeding, at-home care and how to select the ideal show animal. We had fantastic sponsors and experts who donated their time and supplies to help everyone learn something from firsttime exhibitors to veterans.
We also held our annual MJCA meeting at the show, in which we went over the plans for the upcoming year, adopted new bylaws and elected new board members. It was great to spend some time getting to know members from across the state and get the updates on what is going on with MJCA this year. New this year, is the Show-Me Beef Tour. This event takes the place of the
Show-Me Beef Leadership Conference from previous years and focuses on getting MJCA members out to see different aspects of the beef industry firsthand. Be sure to check out more information on the event on PAGE and get signed up! We have a lot of exciting tours planned for the Springfield area, and it’s always a great chance to meet new people and make new friends with a shared passion for cattle. I can’t wait to get started bettering this organization and the programs it puts on as MJCA president. I am honored to be selected to lead and hope the year will be filled with fun and learning, not just for myself, but for all our members. Make this the year you get more involved in MJCA!
SALE REPORTS J Bar M Gelbvieh Genetic Power Gelbvieh and BalancerÂ® Bull Sale March 11, 2017, Springfield, MO 96 Gelbvieh and Balancer Bulls.................... Avg. $4,531 Mead Farms Female Sale May 20, 2017, Versailles, MO 21 Bulls.......................................................... Avg. $3,830 33 Bred Angus Heifers.................................. Avg. $3,968 50 Bred Cows................................................ Avg. $2,654 22 Spring Pairs.............................................. Avg. $3,418 Circle A Angus Dispersal Phase 1 June 3, 2017, Iberia, MO 1 Bull............................................................. Avg. $5,500 449 Angus Females........................................ Avg. $3,229
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Select Sires Inc., and Accelerated Genetics to Join Forces Source: Select Sires Inc. - Terri Smith Plain City, OH & Baraboo, WI, June 13, 2017 — The board of directors for Select Sires Inc., and Accelerated Genetics have reached a unanimous decision to unify the two cooperatives. Under the planned agreement, Select Sires will acquire the assets of Accelerated Genetics, joining forces of employees and independent sales representatives in each of their geographical member organizations. This decision coincides with an already collaborative business relationship that began in 2001, where each shares ownership of World Wide Sires, Ltd. World Wide Sires serves as the international marketing arm for both companies in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.
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Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires Inc., are built upon the same cooperative business principles and share similar operating structures. Each organization stems from a root of innovative breeders, who had a common vision to move the dairy and beef industries forward. Both cultures value the input of their memberowners and recognize the importance of their guidance in driving the need to produce superior genetics and outstanding reproductive programs. On June 22, 2017, Accelerated Genetics delegates will come together to cast the final vote on the direction of the cooperative. The goal is to create a unified cooperative that is second-to-none in the market place dedicated to the producer. This impending endeavor will create a well-rounded genetics program and solution-based animal health care product line that will fit the needs of dairy and beef producers worldwide. Producers can expect to continue working with highly qualified, passionate individuals, who know and understand the cattle breeding industry. Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.
Sale Calendar September 16 Seedstock Plus Showcase Sale XII & 9th Annual Customer Appreciation Sale, Kingsville, MO October 16 Hinkles Prime Cut Angus, Fall Bull Sale, Nevada, MO October 21 Seedstock Plus Fall Bull Sale, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, MO October 21 Midwest Beef Alliance Bull Sale, Marshall Junction, MO October 21 Mead Farms, Fall Bull & Female Sale, Versailles, MO October 21-22 Phase II - Complete Dispersal of Circle A Spring Calving Angus Herd, Iberia, MO October 28 Maple Oaks Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Eldon, MO October 29 Lacy’s Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Drexel, MO
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“REESE” DISC MOWERS, CADDY V-RAKES, “REESE” TUBE-LINE BALE WRAPPER, AITCHISON DRILLS, SELF-UNLOADING HAY TRAILERS, HEAVY DUTY BALE AND MINERAL FEEDERS, FEED BUNKS, BALE SPIKES, CONTINUOUS FENCING, COMPLETE CORRAL SYSTEMS, INSTALLATION AVAILABLE: Tigerco Distributing Co. 660-645-2212, 800-432-4020 or www.tigercoinc.com. SUPERIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION Video Sale Via Satellite. Your area representative is Bob Walker, 417-777-0949. BULLS: CALVING EASE LINE BRED BLACK SIMMENTALS. Outstanding EPD’s, Fast Growth. These are good looking, sound footed, fall and yearling bulls. We deliver. Mike Williams, Higginsville, MO 816-797-5450. STEEL OIL FIELD PIPE AND SUCKER RODS. Call 573-5782687 or 573-422-3735. COVERED MINERAL BUNKS: CCA treated wood bunks work well with salt or other mineral mix. Built is six sizes 6’ - 16’, at Sentinel Industries. Ashland, MO. Phone: 573-657-2164. PUREBRED CHAROLAIS BULLS: Good Selection, Serviceable Age, Reasonable Price. Carl Speight. Dadeville, MO. 417-995-3120 or 417-298-7307.
Devann Gregory and Ben Catlett were married on December 31, 2016 at Hopewell Baptist Church. Devann is the daughter of Kevin and Barbara Gregory, Houstonia and Ben is the son of Ron and Michelle Catlett of Blackburn, MO. Devann is employed by Wood and Huston Bank, Higginsville and Ben is employed by Central Missouri Agri Service in Slater, the happy couple make their home in Houstonia, MO.
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Advertiser Index Agri-Labs Vet Gun........................... 3 AMEC........................................... 43 Barenbrug...................................... 33 BBU / Central States Beefmaster... 59 Brookover Cattle Co/Ranger Feeders....................................... 53 Buffalo Livestock Market............... 42 Callaway Livestock Center Inc...... 34 Cargill............................................ 15 Central Missouri Sales Co............. 40 Circle 5 Cattle Co.......................... 42 Circle A Angus Ranch................... 37 Clark County Feed Yard................ 51 Classified........................................ 69 Clearwater Farm............................ 37 Eastern Missouri Commission Company................................... 26 Ertel Cattle Company.................... 26 Farmers Bank of North Missouri... 46 FCS of Missouri............................. 23 Finney County Feedyard............... 51 Galaxy Beef LLC........................... 37 Gerloff Farms................................. 37 Grassworks Mfg............................. 55 Green’s Welding & Sales................ 70 Hampton Feedlot........................... 22 Hart Farm Gelbvieh...................... 28 Heart of America Gelbvieh Association................................. 29
Hilltop Farms................................. 30 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus............. 37 Hy-Plains Feedyard........................ 52 HRC Feed Yards, LLC.................. 50 Innovative Livestock Services........ 72 Irsik and Doll................................... 2 J Bar M Gelbvieh........................... 27 Jim’s Motors................................... 34 JJ Skyline Angus............................ 37 Joe Machens Ford............................ 9 Joplin Regional Stockyards............ 47 Kingsville Livestock Auction......... 55 Kinsley Feeders, LLC.................... 49 Laughlin Angus............................. 37 Marshall & Fenner Farms.............. 37 MCA Benefits................................. 63 MCA Brand Wall Page.................. 67 MCA Membership Form............... 66 McBee Cattle Co........................... 54 MCF Golf Tournament............ 57-58 MCF Scholarship Program........... 65 McPherson Concrete Products...... 69 Mead Cattle Co............................. 38 Mead Farms................................... 37 Merial - Long Range..................... 13 Missouri Angus Association........... 37 Missouri Angus Breeders............... 37 Missouri Beef House Schedule...... 21 Missouri Beef Industry Council..... 25
Missouri Limousin Breeders Association................................. 41 Missouri Valley Commission Company................................... 26 MJCA Beef Tour............................ 61 Naught-Naught Agency................. 68 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch............. 37 P.H. White...................................... 39 Richardson Ranch......................... 37 Rogers Valley Farm Gelbvieh........ 31 Seedstock Plus................................ 71 Sellers Feedlot................................ 48 South Central Regional Stockyards................................. 28 Sublette Feeders............................. 53 Superior Steel Sales........................ 35 Sydenstricker Genetics................... 37 Sydenstricker Implement - Kuhn... 14 Triple C, Inc................................... 65 Valley Oaks Angus......................... 37 Weiker Angus Ranch..................... 37 Westway Feed................................. 19 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market.68 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.... 32 Mike Williams............................... 32 Windsor Livestock Auction............ 19 Zeitlow Distributing....................... 12 Zimm’s Feedlot............................... 48
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