Tradition vs. Technology
Basing Handling Techniques on Natural Instincts to Minimize Stress
Multi-Generational Farm Family Embrasses Old and New Practices or a Perfect Balance
30 Low-Stress Handling COLUMNS
MEMBER NEWS 6 26 36
Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News
62 Tradition vs. Technology
MCA President’s Perspective Working for You
Straight Talk: Mike Deering
What’s Cooking at the Beef House
Beef 101 and Capitol Visits
On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black
Anything That Can Go Wrong
Junior Spotlight with Reba Colin
Field Notes: Wes Tiemann
MJCA at the Capitol
Unsung Heros of Hearings
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Missouri Cattlemen Host Lt. Col. Allen West - West, Parson Speak at MCA Fundraiser The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) hosted a fundraiser Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, to raise funds for its political action committee (PAC). The event, Cattlemen’s Straight Talk, featured former Florida Congressman and U.S. Army Veteran Lt. Col. Allen West and Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson. MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said this was the first time the association has hosted such an event. “We’ve certainly hosted our share of PAC fundraisers to help us raise funds to contribute to political candidates who truly understand the importance of agriculture to this state. However, this is the first time we’ve brought in a high profile speaker,” said Deering. “Our hope is that this won’t be the last time. Whether you agree with Mr. West or not isn’t important. He wasn’t there to offer our perspective. He was there to offer his views.”
West received a standing ovation and applause throughout the evening. He received a rousing response from guests when he discussed eliminating the estate tax; ending regulations such as the Waters of the United States rule; and advocating for the confirmation of
MCA President Butch Meier and Lt. Col. Allen West at the MCA PAC Fundraiser in Jefferson City.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. “Farmers need to get loud for Pruitt,” said West. “The EPA has been at war with you. They are trying to somehow claim a puddle is a navigable body of water.” Guests also heard from Lt. Gov. Parson, who is a cattleman and the only farmer serving in a statewide office.
Trump Urged To Start Trade Talks With Japan WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 7, 2017 – Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit here, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free and fair trade agreement with Japan. In a joint letter transmitted today to the White House, NCBA and NPPC asked the president “to initiate free trade agreement negotiations with nations in the AsiaPacific region beginning with Japan. … As you continue to lead America forward, we want to be a resource for your administration for possible strategies in improving existing and future trade agreements for the benefit of our producers.” Abe will be in Washington Friday to meet with Trump on a number of matters, including security challenges and bilateral trade. “A successful, comprehensive agreement with Japan would result in one of the greatest trade agreements for
the U.S. pork and beef industries and for many other sectors,” said NCBA President Craig Uden, a cattle rancher from Elwood, Neb. Said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa, “Securing strong market access to Japan and other Asian markets is a priority for the U.S. beef and pork industries, and we appreciate the president’s leadership and dedication to making our products the most competitive around the world.” For U.S. beef and pork exports, Japan is the highest value international market. In fiscal 2016, Japanese consumers purchased $1.4 billion of U.S. beef products and $1.5 billion of U.S. pork products. Demand in the Asian nation for U.S. beef and pork is very strong despite Japanese tariffs and other import measures that limit market access for both products. Under terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Japan’s 38.5 percent tariff on fresh and frozen beef would have been cut to 9 percent over the agreement’s phase-in period and would have given the U.S. beef industry parity with Australia in the Japanese market. Japan’s tariffs on pork, which are determined through a so-called gate price system, would have been substantially reduced as part of the TPP agreement.
An analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission found that beef exports to TPP countries, which included the United States, Japan and 10 other Asia-Pacific nations, would grow by $876 million a year by the end of the phase-in period and that most of the growth would be in trade to Japan. Likewise, it found that pork exports to TPP countries would grow by $387 million, with most of the exports going to Japan. Nearly 9,000 U.S. jobs would be generated by increased exports of livestock products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s export multiplier.
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Cattlemen: Pruitt Will Restore Common Sense, Regulatory Sanity To EPA WASHINGTON (Feb. 17, 2017) -- Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – “For far too long, the EPA has been a runaway bureaucracy largely out of touch with how its policies
directly affect folks like cattle ranchers, who use – and responsibly care for – the environment while providing the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. Scott Pruitt will restore some common sense to environmental policy and we look forward to working with him on restoring regulatory sanity to Washington, such as by killing the onerous ‘waters of the United States’ rule.”
A “Huge Victory:” Cattlemen Hail U.S. House Passage of Res to Repeal BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) today hailed U.S. House passage of a resolution that would repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Planning 2.0 Rule, calling it a “huge victory” for America’s ranchers. If the U.S. Senate also quickly passes the resolution, it would go to the White House for President Trump’s signature. “For years, the Obama Administration ignored the concerns of ranchers and local officials and instead rammed through this massive regulatory overreach as they were being shown the door,” said Ethan Lane, Executive Director of PLC and NCBA Public Lands. “This is a huge victory for America’s cattle producers and a sign that some common sense is finally being restored in Washington.”
“Planning processes are critical to the ability of grazing permittees to operate in the West,” Lane continued. “The final rule’s shift away from multiple use, as well as its disregard for both local input and economic analysis,
make it unworkable for the more than 18,000 ranchers operating on BLM-managed lands.” NCBA and PLC have long expressed concerns about BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule, which would represent a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM by prioritizing “social and environmental change” over ensuring multiple use of public lands, and by eliminating stakeholder and local input into the planning process. The Obama Administration finalized the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule in December. Under the Congressional Review Act, the U.S. House and Senate have up to 60 legislative days after a new rule becomes final to approve a joint resolution of disapproval, which will fully repeal the final rule if and when the resolution becomes law. “Congressman Liz Cheney of Wyoming deserves a great deal of credit for her leadership on this issue, and we call on the Senate to follow suit and approve Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) companion resolution as soon as possible,” Lane said.
with Mike Deering Standing Tall Anyone who has any doubt that this is a member-driven association should have been in Nashville, Tenn., at the 120th Annual Cattle Industry Convention. I know many of you didn’t attend because you were busy working and unfortunately, it’s not an inexpensive event. Whether you were there or not, your voice was heard. The convention is where NCBA members from across the nation convene to establish policy positions of the national organization. This association was a leader of four policy resolutions - member-established policies that started right here in Missouri. You would have been extremely proud of your voting delegates who represented you on the national stage. I know I am. It made clear to me that this association is what it says it is. We stand for you.
Let’s start with the one we didn’t get over the finish-line. MCA brought a resolution forward to repeal the newly implemented changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). We’ve heard from countless producers expressing their justified concerns about the VFD. This association believes the new rule is scientifically unfounded and has serious consequences. I was truly proud to see MCA President Butch Meier stand in front of delegates from all over the country and fight passionately and articulately on behalf of Missouri cattle producers. As the arrows came, he didn’t back down. He stood tall.
MCA Treasurer Matt Hardecke followed suit as he made the case for a resolution to modify qualifications for the beginning farmer and rancher loan program. He pointed out that the existing program is restrictive and loaded with excessive, unnecessary bureaucracy that keeps a lot of beginning farmers and ranchers from participating. Matt made sure that people understood that less than 5 percent of all farmers and ranchers are under 35 years-old. The
Executive Vice President resolution passed with zero opposition. MCA President-Elect Greg Buckman also stood tall as he made the case for NCBA to support exempting agricultural disaster assistance from federal income tax. Agricultural disasters are the only disaster assistance program we are aware of that is subject to income tax. For example, assistance from FEMA is not taxed as income. Greg explained how MCA got it done in Missouri and why it’s time to get it done in Washington. The resolution passed almost unanimously. MCA Vice President Bobby Simpson brought forward a resolution to address the problems caused by the Black Headed Buzzard. This nasty bird preys on baby calves and it’s becoming more of an issue as these creatures migrate further north. For some reason, the bird is protected under the Migratory Bird Act. We teamed up with Arkansas and Oklahoma Cattlemen’s to push for a solution now before this gets totally out of hand. The resolution passed with no opposition. The national convention made crystal clear to me that we are on the right track. Do we have our problems? Well, sure. But your MCA leaders are listening to you. They are taking your direction and charting a course. They stood tall.
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Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers
Standing Committee Your MCA State Fair Missouri Beef House, which was established in 1982 to promote Missouri’s beef cattle industry by serving premium beef to the crowds at the Missouri State Fair, is overseen by a standing committee according to MCA Policies and Procedures Article VI Committee Structures. Members of the committee shall be appointed to a three-year term. The President shall appoint the replacement of each retiring position after the annual convention. The terms of the organized committee members shall be staggered so that all terms do not end at the same time to allow continuity of the committee. The committee chair shall be appointed by the MCA President. The State Fair and Beef House Committee has the awesome responsibility to serve as the advisory committee and monitor the operation of the Missouri Beef House, the Missouri Beef Showcase and other State Fair activities. The committee shall execute other responsibilities assigned by the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors.
In addition to specific roles required by membership, your State Fair and Beef House Committee is challenged to actively participate in the work of the committee,
Term Expires Dec 2017 Thomas Black Kent Corbin David Dick Carl Elliott Mary Kay Lyle, MCW Carl Bettels Taylor Tuttle, MBIC ** Mike Deering, MCA Exec** *one yr term
provide thoughtful input to committee deliberations, and focus on the best interest of the association and committee goals rather than on personal interests. THANK YOU to each of these individuals for their hours of commitment to MCA mission “dedicated to advancing Missouri beef industry”. Your 2017 MCA State Fair and Beef House Committee is listed in the chart below. Thought for the month: “May your blessings outnumber the cows that you grow, and may troubles avoid you wherever you go!”
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Commodity Price Stabilization Expected in 2017 Source: Ed Frank and Shawna Newsome, NCBA NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2, 2017) – After a volatile year, stability is returning to global commodity markets, at least for the time being, said CattleFax CEO Randy Blach during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. “After the ag market shocks of the past year and an approximate correction of 50 percent in all commodity markets, prices are beginning to stabilize,” said Blach. “That doesn’t mean that we’re past this, or that prices have bottomed, but on a global basis, we’re not likely to see as much volatility during the year ahead.” He said the industry is continuing to become more current in its marketings and cattle feeders are seeing a return to profitability, the first step in helping to stabilize prices for cow-calf and stocker operations. Blach said that in the near-term, capacity is going to continue to be a significant issue for packing companies in both the beef and pork sectors. A shortage of available labor and an increase in protein production in beef, pork and poultry will continue to keep the packing sector in the driver’s seat during the year ahead. “With limited processing capacity, the leverage shift in the marketplace will continue toward the packing, retail and foodservice segments for the time being,” said Blach. During 2017 and beyond, margins are likely to tighten for cow-calf producers with more stability but also an expectation for lower highs and lower lows. CattleFax analysts noted that the cow-calf sector will shift focus to finding efficiencies, reducing cow costs and improving productivity to remain profitable. Analysts estimated 2017 price expectations for 550 pound steers at $150 per hundredweight (cwt.) with a range of $130-170/cwt. while 750 pound steers will average $130/cwt. with a range from $120-140 during the year ahead.
Blach reported that the historical cattle cycle remains intact, although the price break experienced in 2016 was the fastest and deepest of any in recent history.
“Even with the rapid growth in the U.S. cow herd, numbers are expected to continue higher for the next two-to-three years,” said CattleFax Senior Analyst Kevin Good. “Absolute price lows likely will not be realized
until that period of increasing cow herd numbers is behind us.” Good echoed the expectation for prices to stabilize during 2017, making price and production risk management an easier task for producers. He said fed steer prices will average $110/cwt. with a range of $98$124/cwt. and the composite Choice cutout will trade from $168 to $204/cwt. with a 2017 average price of $185/cwt. for the year. Grain prices have also stabilized and corn is projected to trade from $2.90-$3.95 per bushel with an average of $3.45 per bushel. Meteorologist Art Douglas, professor emeritus at Creighton University, said the signs of a return to El Nino conditions are already becoming apparent in the Pacific Ocean, which bodes well for portions of the country. “The upcoming spring forecast calls for improved moisture from Texas to Minnesota and this will be an ideal setup for spring wheat. The drought in the Southeast will be retracting in the spring while a drier spring weather pattern is forecast for the northern Rockies. Persistent high pressure ridging will keep the western third of the country warmer than normal in the spring and the dry areas of the far Southeast will also be warmer than normal,” said Douglas. “Temperatures will be cooler than normal through the Corn Belt in the spring and with wet weather forecast for the western Corn Belt, there could be problems with field work and spring planting.” He said the upcoming summer is expected to follow the typical pattern observed with developing El Nino events. “Midwest summer temperatures will be near to slightly below normal. A persistent trough of low pressure is forecast to persist through the Mississippi Valley through the summer and this will favor cooler than normal temperatures in the plains and above normal precipitation from the Gulf Coast to the mid-Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley as well as the Southeast,” said Douglas. “The summer monsoon in the Southwest is likely to be weak as the monsoon high pressure struggles to become established in the plains. The Northwest is expected to have a warmer- and drier-than-normal summer due to persistent high pressure ridging.”
BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Education Starts Early for Beef Eaters Executive Director Mark Russell Board Member Spotlight – Beef Checkoff James Daniels, Mendon, Missouri, Region 1 James, also known as Jimmy, grew up in Mendon, Missouri and has been in the cattle business his entire life. He and his family have always had cattle, whether it be cow-calf, backgrounding, or a feed lot focus. His current operation is diversified with cattle and row crop production. Jimmy attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his bachelor of science in Agricultural Economics, after which, he went back to the family farm. Outside of the farm, Jimmy and his family also have other business interests, but all are related to agriculture. Community is important to Jimmy and his family, and they are big supporters of their community and play an active role in building it. He believes being part of the Missouri Beef Industry Council Board is community support and building; in a different form. “We are trying to benefit our industry of beef production by getting the word out through education and promotion efforts. I think this is very important in this day and age, as many people need to be brought back to their agriculture roots that we all have,” said Daniels.
Daniels added, “Millennials are the life blood of our industry in the near future. We have to show them that beef is a product they want. We can only do that by educating them. This is how we will build our community of cattle people in our present day.”
The 2017 Program Year Kicks-Off Agriculture Education on the Move™ Third graders across Missouri are getting involved in a ten-week hands-on education program in classrooms
through Missouri Farmers Care. The Missouri Beef Industry Council participates and supports this growing program through checkoff funds and resource materials. Students have the opportunity to learn about crops, livestock, soil and water conservation, nutrition and agricultural careers. Classrooms engage in agriculture in a fun and exciting way by planting seeds, experimenting with yeast and bread making, creating corn plastic, making butter and identifying beef byproducts important to their everyday life. Extended outreach programs offer teachers, counselors and consumers education on the farm and in area agribusiness. Agriculture educational days, STEM related events and tours provide important learning experiences. Visit www.AgMoves.com. Ag Education on the Move is off to a busy year, as in-classroom series begin and program outreach efforts take place with industry partners. AEOTM programming is currently active in both urban rural partnerships, including Kirksville, Columbia, Rolla, Cape Girardeau, Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis County, St. Joseph, Chillicothe and Park Hills. FFA Partnership Provides Ag Education Opportunity during National FFA Week AEOTM also provides agriculture education opportunities for FFA chapters interested in education activities in their local schools during National FFA Week. This opportunity provides program exposure and potential recruitment, in addition to expanding agriculture education in rural communities. Missouri State Fair FFA Partnership Provides Additional Ag Literacy This year, AEOTM has been approached by Missouri FFA, to partner at the Missouri State Fair FFA building, offering education activities. FFA area officers will assist in implementing agricultural literacy programs for fairgoers.
Spring Essay Contest This spring, participating classrooms will have the opportunity to participate in essay contests promoting agriculture and concepts they learned through the 10 week program. Winners will be announced, provided a prize and Missouri State Fair admission tickets. Ag Education/FFA Outreach at Western Farm Show AEOTM and Missouri Farmers Care were present at the Western Farm Show. Laura Handke presented an interactive social media display encouraging participation.
of Meat Processors sponsoring a meat cutting demonstration and beef award for competitors. Also on the agenda, is a cooking class with HyVee in Columbia, new director orientation in Denver for several board members and a Missouri Restaurant Association “Taste of Missouri” event in Columbia. Producers will also be able to catch us at the Cousin Carl Farm Show in southeast Missouri in March and several county cattlemen’s meetings and livestock markets across the state.
STEAM/STEM is Agriculture, Agriculture is STEM This year, AEOTM has been approached by state STEAM/ STEM event coordinators, to participate in a variety of school events. These events highlight STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities and curriculum. AEOTM provides agriculture educational activities, to ensure agriculture is a part of the STEM discussion and learning adventure. This spring, AEOTM will participate in: Eureka/Ballwin STEM night, Ballwin Middle School (elementary students participate) Washington State University STEAM event, St. Louis, Mo Central Missouri State STEAM event, Warrensburg STEM Day at Eureka Schools These events provide additional outreach and exposure of the AEOTM program, in hopes that urban schools will enroll in the tenweek series and students will gain additional agriculture education experiences. MARCH 2017
Looking Ahead Beef Check off staff have a full spring ahead of us! In March, we will be at the Missouri Association
BMG Hires Burkholder Beef Marketing Group announces the hiring of Anne Burkholder as a member of the BMG Quality Assurance Team, effective February 1, 2017. Anne will also work on BMG projects such as sustainability, transportation, and cattle handling. Anne writes the popular blog, Feed Yard Foodie. Her efforts in social media originally began in 2011 as a way to tell the real story of beef, “written by someone who actually gets their hands dirty”. Anne’s work in both social media outreach as well as improving animal welfare for beef cattle led to the receipt of numerous awards including: Beef Quality Assurance’s “Producer of the Year” 2009, Vance Publishing “Under 40 in Agriculture” 2014, and Beef Magazine’s “Trail Blazer Award” 2013. She currently serves as a member of the Tyson Fresh Meats Animal Well-Being Committee. Anne and her husband Matt are the former owner/operators of Will Feed, Inc. in Cozad, Nebraska.
In her new role, Anne will provide quality assurance audit services to all BMG Nebraska Feed Yards to ensure their compliance to BMG’s trademarked Progressive Beef Program. The objective of the Progressive Beef Program is to assure our customers that we are doing everything possible to produce safe beef from wellcared for animals in a sustainable way. To learn more about the Progressive Beef Program and the advantages of being a Beef Marketing Group participating feed yard, go to www. beefmarketinggroup.com.
Anne, her husband Matt, their children Ashley Grace, Megan, and Karyn will reside in Cozad, Nebraska where she will be centrally located to the BMG yards.
Statement Regarding Comment Extension of GIPSA Rules WASHINGTON (Feb. 6, 2017) - Statement by Colin Woodall, NCBA Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs, on the recent announcement to extend the comment period until March 24 for the USDA’s Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules: “This is a positive sign and we are hopeful that this action indicates that President Trump and his staff are
listening to their constituents and are keenly in tune with the needs of the U.S. cattle industry. For years we have called on the administration to reconsider the proposed rules, which would have a devastating impact on the US livestock industry. By allowing additional time for substantive comments, we believe the agency intends to give this proposal the necessary analysis and consideration that was so lacking in the previous administration.”
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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen President Russell Marion, Pierce City called the meeting to order at 7 pm. The supper was catered by Prime Cuts of Monett compliments of Crown Power and Equipment and Vermeer Corporation. Mark Elbert manages the Crown business just north of Monett and he said a few words about the company’s expansion into the southwest part of Missouri. Mark then introduced Boyd Quinley, the Vermeer territory manager. Boyd gave a brief history of the Vemeer Corporation and showed a picture of the first Vemeer big round baler from 1971. It made a 6 foot by 7 foot bale. He reviewed the various pieces of haying equipment they offer and some of the new innovations that will soon be in production. The business meeting was very brief and included minutes and treasurer’s report. It was reported the board had contributed $2500 to the Verona school for their startup school backpack lunch program. Also, the Everton FFA will receive $2500 for computer purchases for their classroom.
Russell gave a report on the state MCA Convention. The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen received the Outstanding Affiliate, Overall and received a high dollar power fencer that’s capable of covering 1300 acres. The fencer will be included in this year’s fund-raising auction. Jim McCann and O.D. Cope gave reports on the NCBA Convention in Nashville. There were several members from this area at that Convention. It was reported that the Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference and the chili supper went well even though several of the members were in Nashville. The steak and burger grillers will be hard at work at a couple of places in the next month. Eldon Cole gave a report on several upcoming beef cattle educational events. He also mentioned the jury trial for the accused person in the cattle theft case would be March 8 in Mt. Vernon for those wanting to attend. It was learned the next day that the accused died the night of the cattlemen’s meeting so there will not be a trial.
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Sullivan County The Sullivan County Cattlemen’s Association held a meeting Monday, January 23 at the Green City Community Room. A cheeseburger meal prepared by Green City Foods and sponsored by Apex Financial was served. We also honored the 89th birthday of Doc Smith by singing “Happy Birthday” and having cupcakes for dessert. President Rick Ayers reviewed upcoming events such as our region’s dates for Cowboys at the Capitol and Beef Month. Eastern Commissioner Mike Hepler explained a landowner tax that will be on the ballot to raise funds for roads since the voter repeal of townships in our county. The program for the evening was Greg Buckman, Apex Financial representative and MCA officer, who presented about smart insurance purchases.
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Newton-McDonald County The initial 2017 meeting of the Newton-McDonald County chapter was held on Tuesday, January 17 at the Williams Agriculture Center at Crowder College in Neosho, with over 80 members and guests on hand. The group was treated to a chili supper hosted by the Crowder Agriculture Department and Chair (Chef) Jay Wilkins. Featured presentations included Tracy White and Ashley Shilling outlining new and continuing program opportunities through the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Dr. Harold Haskins, longtime area Vet (Diamond Animal Clinic), addressing Veterinary Feed Directive requirements.
The 2017 kickoff included a rundown of the 49th Annual Conference of the State Association, attended by five local association members. It outlined recent Missouri Association successes in achieving veto overrides of three legislative priorities critical to farm and ranch success, including the elimination of state taxing on disaster payments received by farmers and ranchers, preservation of privacy rights on information submitted in various agriculture program applications and the shifting of farm liability damages to the responsible party when these liabilities occur. The state association’s efforts to limit state tax commission recommendations on increased property taxes and strong efforts at the federal level protesting the overreach of the new Waters of the United States regulations out of the EPA were also highlighted. Attendees also commended the State Association on the excellent Cattlemen’s College sponsored by Zoetis.
The business meeting included presentation of the 2017 Annual Calendar of planned Association events, and emphasized communications efforts through the association’s new Facebook page and consideration of an association webpage. Plans for both spring and fall
field days were outlined (including a visit in April to Diamante Ranch (Red Angus producers) new Diamond, Missouri and to the Missouri State University Research Farm in October). The Association plans to continue what has become a perennial event, the Cattlemen’s Association Calf Sale at Joplin Stockyards. The purpose of this effort is to raise funds supporting Crowder Aggie programs (the association has contributed more than $30,000 over the past 3 years through this project), and members plan to continue to assist with the annual Crowder Aggie Days contests in April, which typically bring over 2,500 students to the Crowder campus. New 2017 association officers were introduced. They include: Nick Neese, vice president; Jessica Allan, secretary; Gary Emmert, treasurer; Dr. Ronnie Rogers, state representative; Dr. Dale Kunkel as member at large; past president Lawrence Haflich and Dr. Max Ruhl as the new president. A highlight of the meeting included presentations to President Haflich for his strong leadership over the past two years and the State Association’s Top Hand Award to Dr. Ronnie Rogers for his success in recruiting new association members.
The next association meeting is slated for March 21 at the Crowder College Tatum Center in Jane, Missouri, to feature legislative updates from Representatives Bill Reiboldt and Bill Lant, and a chemical application update from association member Delmar Hunke (Hunke Spray Service) and Dow Chemical representative Brant Mettler. Dinner will feature roast beef and member’s favorite homemade ice cream creations. Area farmers and ranchers are always welcome to attend.
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South Central Missouri Cattlemen Here we go starting a new year. There is a lot going on across this great nation. Hope we all can keep up. As President for the last two years for our group I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity. We had membership increase and great monthly speakers and sponsors. Our annual meeting and elections took place in January. We would like to thank Ruby Collins for hosting the meeting at Rubydoo’s Vintage Events center in West Plains, Mo. A huge thanks to John Williams at Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply in West Plains for sponsoring the grilled steak meal enjoyed by over 50 members. I appreciate Mark Russell and Charles Bassett for coming to our meeting and updating us on the beef checkoff program. Kevin Johannsen MCA membership manager made his way to our meeting to tell us about membership1 from across Kevin thank you MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 9/24/14 9:59 the AM state. Page 62 for all your work I really hate to see go. Good Luck in your future endeavors. Bobby Simpson made his first stop as newly elected Vice President for MCA to our event. Bobby told us the importance of Cowboys at the Capitol and how we need to keep involved with the current politics. Keep up the good work Bobby. Our own Missouri Cattlewomen President elect Janet Crow gave a report on the annual Cattlemen’s convention. Our speaker for the evening was Jeff White from Cargill Animal Feed & Nutrition. His topic was “Implementing and maintaining a nutrition program for the long haul.” As for the election I would like to thank out going board members Barry Slayton, Scott Schaumburg and Janet Crow for their help through out the year. Nominated and elected in for the 2017 board was as follows: President Wayne Nichols, Vice President Tom Roberts,
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Vernon County The Vernon County Cattlemen met January 19 at FCS Financial in Nevada with approximately 45 people in attendance. Braden Ast, a member of the Nevada FFA Chapter, presented his speech on the Missouri Cattlemen.
Josh Mareth, Nevada Regional Technical Center Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor, invited the Cattlemen group to the February 23 FFA Businessmen’s Luncheon, in observance of National FFA Week.
Dr. Erik Andersen presented information and answered questions on the new VFD requirements. Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 16, with Dr. Craig Payne presenting a program on “Managing Anaplasmosis Under the New Antibiotic Label Changes”. Also, mark your calendars for our annual banquet Saturday, March 18, at the 3 Cedars Event Center.
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Webster County The Webster County Cattlemen’s Association (WCCA) held its January meeting at the Webster County fairgrounds on Thursday the 19th. Along with our monthly program, this meeting also served as the first annual business meeting. After opening with an invocation and the pledge of allegiance, the evening was kicked off with a chili supper. After the meal, MCA member Jerry Neal, representing the Webster County Food Pantry, was presented with donations from members on behalf of the WCCA.
of his hard-work and dedication for getting this thing off the ground and running. None of this would have been possible without him. Our next meeting will be held on February 16th at 6:30 pm at the Webster County Fairgrounds.
Following the presentation, treasurer Hoover Case reflected on the organizations first year of existence. He reminded everyone that when the organization began, there were only 5 members, and in just 1 short year, it grew to 30 members. WCCA has accomplished a fair bit in the past 12 months: holding 10 programs, a rifle raffle which raised over $2,000, and the board manned booths at both the Independence Day Rodeo and the Webster County Fair. Attendees then welcomed MCA President Butch Meier and Executive Vice President Mike Deering who spoke on the accomplishments that MCA had in 2016, with the 3 overrides on agricultural bills that Governor Nixon had vetoed. They also visited with us about the annual convention and the plans for the up-coming year. Board member Brandon Uchtman, who attended MCA’s convention, spoke briefly about his time there. Next were officer elections which were led by outgoing President Bruce Bradley. The following positions were nominated and confirmed: President: Dr. Emily Johnson; Vice-President: Hoover Case; Secretary/ Reporter: Carissa Wright; Treasurer: Eric Farren; MCA Representative: Brandon Uchtman; Board members: Bruce Bradley, Haley Scott, Julie Shadwick, and Tom Spriggs.
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Following officer elections, drawings for the door prizes ensued. WCCA would like to thank those that donated: Bear State Bank, Case Real Estate & Auction Service, Marshfield Veterinary Clinic, MFA – Marshfield, Eric Farren – Shelter Insurance.
All-in-all, the first annual business meeting was a success. There were 56 members and guests in attendance which was the biggest turn-out to date. The highlight of the night was that the membership welcomed 10 new members, bringing the membership to just over 40 in one year! The board is beyond excited about that and cannot wait for the year to come. The board and members would like to extend a special thanks to the out-going President Bruce Bradley for all
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Cedar County The Cedar County Cattlemen’s Association met Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fairgrounds in El Dorado Springs at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Billy Bruce. There were 62 members and guests present. The invocation was given by Don Levi. The brisket dinner was sponsored by Dusty Moses, Manager at Producers MFA-Walker. Kala Kenny read the Treasurer’s report and Megan Richner read the secretary’s report. Both were approved by a majority vote. Tom Bryant gave the state director’s report. He encouraged members to attend Cowboys at the Capitol and stressed the importance of talking with representatives about the issues impacting beef producers. Region 6 is scheduled to attend on Feb. 22, April 5 and May 3. In old business, Clay Doeden, Tom Bryant and Megan Richner attended the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in January. Cedar County was recognized as the Top County for Beef Promotion. This was awarded for utilizing social media to promote beef. During Beef Month, Facebook was used to promote a beef raffle. Over 700 people participated in this promotion.
Tony Koger (left) and Dusty Moses (right) represent Producers MFA at the February Cedar County Cattleman’s meeting.
(Left to Right) Clayton Locke, Tom Bryant and Ron Mann socialize during the meeting. (Continued on page 44)
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Tom Bryant and Clay Doeden won Top Hand Awards. Recruiting 3-4 new members was Clay Doeden. Recruiting 5-9 new members was Tom Bryant. Clay Doeden and Megan Richner were elected to state leadership roles during the convention. Clay will be serving as the Missouri Cattleman’s Association Region 6 Vice President and Megan will be serving another term as the Missouri Cattlewomen’s Association Vice President.
working with the local organizations and serving as a voice for producers. The next board meeting will be March 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Stockton. The next member meeting will be the annual banquet in April at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center in Stockton. Date TBD.
In new business, the 2017 Scholarship Program was discussed. Changes were made to the application and shared with the members. Applications are available to high school seniors. Contact Billy Bruce for details and an application. Guest speaker and sponsor for the evening was Dusty Moses. Dusty is the manager at Producers MFA in Walker. He shared information about the various MFA feed lines, concentrating on show rations and commodity feeds. He also answered questions and discussed the impact of the VFD when it came to feeding livestock. The floor was opened for a variety questions.
(Left to Right) Jarrett Doeden, Clay Doeden, Tom Bryant and Megan Richner represent Cedar County at the 2017 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention.
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Cole County Everyone knows how busy we all are in the summer months, so this is to let you know what we’ve been up to this past summer and fall. The scholarship committee met in May and chose 3 students, Garrett Buschjost, Victoria Forck and Jacob Hager to each receive a $1,000 scholarship given by our chapter. At the Cole County Fair, we also contributed six bonus awards of $75 each to the Showmanship winners; Connor Kempker, Brennan Kempker, Grace Hale, Shienna Walthers, Troy Ludwig, and Trent Kempker. All winners of the scholarships and showmanship awards were invited with their families to the November 16th general membership meeting and dinner held at Reinhardt Circle. 54 members and guests were in attendance to acknowledge and encourage these young participants. To help streamline the cattle showing process at the Cole County Fair, we purchased and donated 60 show halters to be reused by the 4H and FFA contestants each year when competing in the Showmanship contests. In addition to the monthly Board meetings, members and/or family participated in various other activities.
Four members helped at the Calvary Lutheran High School FFA petting zoo in April. In May, the chapter sponsored the Nichols Career Center FFA banquet by purchasing the meat, and five members helped at the event. Ed Ehrhardt attended the MCA Leadership Conference and Cowboys At The Capitol. The annual Grazing Conference in Jefferson City was attended by multiple members. Ten members of CCCA worked at the Backyard BBQ with KRCG-TV and the Missouri Beef Council for the winners in “The Backyard BBQ” contest by setting-up, grilling, serving and clean-up at the event. It was held at McClung Park for approximately 70 guests. Four members of CCCA worked at the Calvary High School FFA chili supper in October hosting 250 guests. At the State Fair, seventeen members and family worked at the Beef House. CCCA was proud to contribute to the fund of Youth In Agriculture winner Bryana Binkley for winning “State Fair Grand Champion Steer”. Bryana is a Junior member and the daughter of Board member Dale Binkley. Congratulations to Bryana and her family! Members Bruce and Linda Lackman and family won the “Cole County Farm Family of the Year” sponsored by Farm Bureau and The Cole County Extension Center. They were treated to a day at the State Fair with their children.
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On November 16th, at Reinhardt Circle, we held a general membership meeting and meal sponsored by CCCA and David Knernschield, a representative of Tox-O-Wik. David spoke about the back rubs, mineral feeders and chemicals available to treat the rubs. Jim Frank from NRCS updated us on the current programs available to cost-share for farmers and livestock owners. Three members of MU’s “Quarter Scale Tractor Team” joined us to thank CCCA for sponsoring their team in 2016 and to update us on the finals of their pulling competitions. The team placed 10th with their 2016 tractor in the finals held in Illinois. Their 2015 tractor competed in another classification and won 2nd place. This team competes with college teams from across the US, plus Alaska and Canada. We are happy to sponsor such a hard working group of students! Due to an increase in membership, CCCA now qualifies to have two State Directors. In addition to the current Director, Ed Ehrhardt, Vic Lovell has accepted the second position as our State Director.
Four of six Cole County Fair Showmanship winners L to R. Brennan Kempker, Conner Kempker, Grace Hale, and Garrett Walthers on behalf of his sister Shienna.
The New Year has started strong with the annual MCA Convention and Trade Show at Tan-Tar-A. Travis Roling, Vic Lovell, and Ed Ehrhardt attended the event. Last year, a custom metal sign stating “Welcome To Our Farm” was donated to the auction and was very well received. This year our chapter donated a gift certificate
2016 Scholarship winners L to R - Garrett Buschjost, Victoria Forck, and Jacob Hager.
to the auction to purchase a personalized metal sign of the winners choice. Orders for T-shirts for our chapter are currently being sold and shirts will be available soon. A General Membership meeting was held on January 26, 2017 at the Eugene Cole R-5 schools AG building. Lastly, plans are in full swing for our 3rd ANNUAL YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET to be held on March 25, 2017 at the Wardsville Lions Club. Be sure to mark the date, and buy your tickets early--they go fast! Contact a Board member to purchase tickets.
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Henry County Another busy month. There is always an abundance of enthusiasm after the annual convention. People are geared up for another successful year. If you have never attended the convention, I urge you to do so. It is an interesting, informative gathering of people interested in the same business venture as youâ€Ś livestock. DesCombes Agri-Business sponsored a dinner/meeting this month. Boyd Quinley, Territory Manager for Vermeer Corporation gave an informative presentation on the new equipment lines for Vermeer.
Resting after a long day of meetings, at the MCA Convention, are Wanda and Roy Batschelett. (Henry County Vice-President).
Special guests for the evening were new Region 6 VicePresident Clay Doeden, and MCA President Elect Greg Buckman. Plans are underway to select new leadership and plan for monthly meetings. (Continued on page 48)
Jared and Jill Wareham pause to pose for the photographer at the MCA Convention at Tan-Tar-A.
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Strong Finish for 2016 Red Meat Exports; New Volume Record for Pork U.S. pork and beef exports wrapped up an excellent 2016 performance with very strong December results, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
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Pork export volume reached a record 2.31 million metric tons (mt) in 2016, up 8 percent year-over-year and 2 percent above the previous high in 2012. Export value increased 7 percent from a year ago to $5.94 billion. December pork exports totaled 222,635 mt, up 18 percent year-over-year, valued at $564.2 million, up 20 percent. Exports accounted for 25.8 percent of total 2016 pork production and 21.5 percent for muscle cuts – up from 24.2 percent and 20.8 percent, respectively, in 2015. December ratios were 28 percent for total production and 23 percent for muscle cuts only – up significantly from December 2015. Export value per head slaughtered averaged $50.20 in 2016, up 4 percent from the previous year. The December average was $56.06, up 24 percent.
MCA President Elect Greg Buckman visiting with Henry County President Gene Reid.
New Region 6 Vice-President Clay Doeden chats with Henry County members Jan Reid, Pat Licher, and MCW President Marylin Lesmeister.
Long time members Kelly Borum and Daryl Sloan enjoying the dinner and presentation.
Beef exports increased 11 percent in volume (1.19 million mt) and 1 percent in value ($6.34 billion) from 2015. December exports totaled 116,847 mt, up 24 percent year-over-year. This was the largest monthly volume since July 2013 and the largest ever for December. Export value was $619.1 million in December, up 22 percent. Exports accounted for 13.7 percent of total beef production in 2016 and 10.5 percent for muscle cuts – up from 13.1 percent and 10 percent, respectively, in 2015. December exports accounted for 15.6 percent of total December beef production and 12.1 percent for muscle cuts only – each up more than 2 percentage points from a year ago and the highest since 2011. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $262.17, down 6 percent from 2015, but the December average was $301.97 – up 14 percent and the highest in nearly two years. Pork to Mexico sets fifth straight volume record; China/Hong Kong also record-large A remarkable second half pushed 2016 pork export volume to Mexico to its fifth consecutive record at 730,316 mt – breaking the previous record by 2 percent. Export value to Mexico totaled $1.36 billion, up 7 percent year-over-year and the second-highest on record, trailing only the $1.56 billion mark reached in 2014.
“At this time of record-large pork production, it would be hard to overstate the importance of Mexican demand to the U.S. industry,” said Philip Seng, USMEF President and CEO. “This is especially true for hams, as we are locked out of Russia – once a large destination for U.S. hams – and China’s demand for imported hams has moderated in recent months. So now more than ever, we need strong demand from our key customers in Mexico, and they have responded with extraordinary results. December exports to Mexico accounted for nearly $16 per head, and that’s absolutely critical to the entire U.S. pork supply chain.” Though down from the high levels seen earlier in the year, December pork exports to China/Hong Kong were still up 40 percent year-over-year in volume (47,242 mt) and 42 percent higher in value ($96 million). For the full year, exports to China/Hong set a new volume record
of 544,943 mt (up 61 percent) and broke the $1 billion mark for the first time ($1.07 billion, up 53 percent). Other 2016 highlights for U.S. pork exports include: Japan remained the leading value destination for U.S. pork, though exports fell 5 percent in volume (387,712 mt) and 2 percent in value ($1.56 billion) compared to 2015. However, chilled exports to Japan set a new record of 218,211 mt, up 8 percent. Led by a record performance in Central America and a fourth-quarter surge in Colombia and Chile, exports to the Central/South America region increased 11 percent in volume (135,954 mt) and 9 percent in value ($334.5 million). (Continued on page 50)
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Pork shipments increased to both Australia and New Zealand, as export volume to Oceania reached 69,963 mt (up 10 percent) valued at $197.3 million (up 3 percent). Exports to the Dominican Republic set another record in 2016, topping the previous year’s totals by 10 percent in volume (25,591 mt) and 6 percent in value ($56.4 million). Fueled by increases in China/Hong Kong and Canada and steady exports to Mexico, pork variety meat exports jumped 20 percent in volume to 523,199 mt and 24 percent in value to $999 million – just short of the record levels reached in 2014. Asian markets drive strong beef export growth Driven by strong demand for higher-value chilled cuts, beef exports achieved new value records in South Korea and Taiwan in 2016, and rebounded strongly in Japan. In Korea, December beef exports soared by 81 percent in volume (20,333 mt) and 88 percent in value ($130 million) from a year ago, capping a remarkable year in which exports totaled 179,280 mt (up 42 percent) valued at $1.06 billion – up 31 percent from a year ago and breaking the previous value record by more than 20 percent. Korea’s per capita beef consumption set a new record in 2016 of 34 pounds (carcass weight) – so the U.S. not only gained market share, but also capitalized on the market’s overall growth. Beef exports to Taiwan were also strong in December, with export value ($43.3 million) hitting its highest level ever. Full-year exports to Taiwan were up 25 percent in volume to 44,053 mt and 14 percent in value to $362.8 million. 2016 exports to Japan were the largest of the post-BSE era at 258,653 mt, up 26 percent year-over-year. Export value totaled $1.51 billion, up 18 percent. Chilled beef exports to Japan totaled 112,334 mt, up 44 percent from 2015.
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“In addition to the strength of the U.S. dollar, U.S. beef overcame other severe challenges in these north Asian markets and achieved remarkable results,” Seng said. “Despite facing higher tariff rates in Japan compared to Australian beef, U.S. beef displaced its competition and won back significant market share. And the investment the U.S. industry made to rebuild consumer confidence in Korea is paying tremendous dividends, especially in the retail sector. We’re seeing U.S. beef featured regularly by retailers who were once reluctant to carry the product.” Other 2016 highlights for U.S. beef included: Beef exports to Mexico increased 7 percent year-overyear in volume to 242,373 mt, though value fell 11 percent to $974.9 million. While challenged by a weak peso, Mexico remains a key destination for muscle cuts such as shoulder clods and rounds, as well as for beef variety meat. Led by strong growth in Chile and a doubling of exports to Colombia, beef exports to South America increased 6 percent in volume to 22,810 mt, valued at $92.7 million (down 2 percent). The region should see further growth in 2017 with the reopening of Brazil. Exports to Central America were up 7 percent in volume (12,745 mt) with top market Guatemala up 1 percent and exports to Honduras nearly doubling. Export value was $71.8 million, up 1 percent. Fueled by a resurgence in Indonesia and solid growth in Vietnam, beef exports to the ASEAN region were up 41 percent in volume (29,920 mt) and 15 percent in value ($156.9 million). Indonesia expanded access for U.S. beef in early August. Despite being closed to many products through the first seven months of the year, U.S. exports to Indonesia set a new value record of $39.4 million. Beef variety meat exports increased 10 percent in volume (341,433 mt) and 4 percent in value ($902.2 million) in 2016. Liver exports increased 12 percent to 81,727 and reached a broader range of markets. While liver exports to Egypt – the largest destination for U.S. livers – increased 4 percent, further growth was achieved in Central and South America and with the reopening of South Africa to U.S. beef. Complete 2016 export results for U.S. beef, pork and lamb are available from USMEF’s statistics web page. Monthly charts for U.S. pork and beef exports are also available online. If you have questions, please contact Joe Schuele at email@example.com or call 303-226-7309. NOTES: Export statistics refer to both muscle cuts and variety meat, unless otherwise noted. One metric ton (mt) = 2,204.622 pounds.
4th Annual Abner W. Womack Missouri Agriculture Outlook Conference Join us for our fourth annual Womack conference. We’ll discuss the agricultural market outlook, policy issues, and other topics important to Missouri agriculture. Our special guest speaker is Nathan Kauffman, Assistant Vice President and Branch Executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. We’ll also have speakers from Texas A&M’s Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) and MU. When: Friday, March 17, 2017 10 am – 3 pm (lunch from Buckingham BBQ) Where: Poehlmann Educational Center at the Bradford Research & Extension Center 4968 S. Rangeline Road, Columbia, MO 65201 Registration: Register at http://www.fapri.missouri.edu Full agenda will be posted soon Cost is free, however registration is required to reserve lunch and conference materials. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Hay School for Livestock Producers is March 18 KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Livestock producers and horse owners can learn how to make “Hay That Pays” at the 2017 University of Missouri Extension regional hay school, March 18 in Kirksville. “Attendees of this class will be able to decide if making their own hay and balage is an economically sound decision for their farming operation,” says MU Extension agronomy specialist Valerie Tate. The six-hour noncredit course covers all aspects of hay production. The course is geared toward producers who already have their own hay production equipment or have hay custom-harvested on their land. Tate says the program will help growers learn about what kinds of forages are best suited for hay in northern Missouri. They will also learn what kind of hay meets the nutritional needs of livestock. Other topics include supplements to hay, hay tests, the economics of fertilizing hayfields, what makes good balage and more.
Tate says forage growers will learn how to reduce losses when storing and feeding hay. They will discuss whether making hay is profitable for their operation.
The event is at the MU Extension Center in Adair County, 503 E. Northtown Road, Kirksville. Tate suggests preregistration by March 10. There is a $40 fee. Call MU Extension in Adair County at 660-665-9866 for more information or to register.
Not Your Granddaddy’s Beefmaster Source: Beefmaster Breeders United If you are a commercial cattleman, you simply cannot afford NOT to be crossbreeding. The benefits of a crossbred cow to any commercial herd are undeniable and highly documented. Beefmasters are the most important part to any crossbreeding program because of the powerful impact they have on maternal efficiency. If your cowherd is predominantly Angus, Brangus or any other breed, using Beefmaster bulls on those cows will create superior crossbred females to capitalize on maternal heterosis. Even though the Beefmaster breed was developed for the brush country of South Texas, this breed of cattle excels in all climates and is efficient in numerous environmental conditions. This hardy breed has rapidly expanded into the Midwest and Central regions of the United States, and Beefmasters are found on ranches as far west as California and as far north as Wisconsin. Beefmasters excel in maternal efficiency no matter the climate! As we all know, cattle ranches located in Missouri, Oklahoma and several other states in the central region are highly concentrated with black-hided cattle. Commercial cattlemen in these areas that are demanding more performance from their cattle. Thankfully, their demand for increased performance has been met through crossbreeding with Beefmasters. Numerous cattlemen in Oklahoma and Missouri say that crossbreeding with Beefmasters adds maternal efficiency to their replacement females and increases tolerance to the toxic fescue grass found in the region. One of these Missouri cattlemen is Roger Gurley.
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“I’ve used about every breed of cattle there is: Simbrah, Santa Gertrudis, Beefmaster, Red Angus, Gelbvieh and Simmental. No breed has it all cornered. There are good Simmental and good Angus, but I feel like you can’t overdue one breed and with a Beefmaster bull, I don’t care what you put him on, you’re just going to help your herd. There is no down side to using a Beefmaster.” Roger is not the only one that loves using Beefmasters on his commercial cowherd. Throughout Missouri and the United States, several cattlemen and women use Beefmasters on their commercial herds for the heterosis advantage. Feed efficiency, as well as heat tolerance, docility and increased weaning weights are some of the reasons why they started using Beefmasters and why they continue to use Beefmasters in their crossbreeding programs. Missouri Cattleman Dusty Kalberloh says he started using the Beefmaster cattle because of the heat tolerance.
“I needed a slick hide cow because I don’t have much shade in my pasture,” says Kalberloh.
He started using Beefmaster cattle for the heat tolerance, but gained more than just heat tolerant calves. His cattle gained weight. “Our Beefmaster sired calves are always 50 to 75 pounds heavier than our Balancer based calves. We have stuck with using Beefmaster bulls, they put more weight on
Craig Johnson Family from El Dorado Springs, Missouri calves which is important because we sell everything through the cattle market,” says Kalberloh. Richard Stinnett of Lowry City, Mo., uses Beefmasters in his crossbreeding program for similar reasons to Dusty, however he also demands calving ease from his cows. “I use Beefmaster cattle because I wanted an animal that was easier to calve. They have eye appeal, are easy calving and have more heat tolerance,” says Stinnett. Before incorporating Beefmaster cattle into his commercial cattle herd, Richard used Charolais cattle and since he has switched to Beefmaster cattle, he has noticed that his cattle produce a more moderate frame and easier keeping offspring. “My Beefmasters are not as large framed as the Charolais were and I can run a few more head on the same acres,” says Stinnett.
Skylar Moore co-owns and operates Joplin Regional Stockyards in Missouri and markets cattle for a living. Over the years he has seen more and more of his customers buy Beefmaster and Beefmaster cross cattle because of their impressive feed conversion rates, excellent performance on the rail and the outstanding durability of Beefmaster cows. “If you talk about durability from a motherhood stand point, a lot of cattlemen in this area have converted over to crossbreeding with Beefmasters because of durability. Beefmaster cows last a long time in a tough environment and still raise you a good calf. I think it goes back to the point that these cows make really great moms,” says Moore. Moore goes on to say that not only do Beefmaster influence cattle make excellent cows, but they perform in the feedlot and on the rail against the black-hided cattle he raises and buys. “Beefmaster cattle will grade about 80% choice. They will grade right along with the other breeds.” Not only does Moore enjoy Beefmaster cattle, he also has noticed the significant progress the breed has made over the past ten years.
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Gurley, Kalberloh and Stinnett all reside in a region where the fescue grass has a large amount of toxic endophyte. This endophyte increases the blood temperature of cattle that consume the fescue grass. According to these cattlemen, they notice that the blackhided cattle in their area visit the ponds and shade more often when they eat the toxic fescue grass. However, these cattlemen have also noticed that ever since they started crossbreeding with Beefmaster bulls, their cattle spend more time grazing the fescue grass and
less time in the shade. Research shows that bos indicus or Brahman-influenced cattle, such as Beefmaster, are more tolerant of the toxic fescue grass when compared to bos taurus breeds.
According to Moore, “ten or twelve years ago if you heard the word Beefmaster you thought tall, lanky and hard to put weight on them. The Beefmasters you see now are way more moderate type and the breeders have bred a lot more genetics into the breed. So in terms of feed conversion and how they feed, I have seen a major difference in the Beefmasters today than the ones fifteen years ago.” That’s right, you heard it. The Beefmasters you see today are not your grandpa’s Beefmasters. The unquestioned longevity, fertility and docility of Beefmaster cattle teamed with generations of range proven hardiness make them a solid economic choice for any cattleman. Beefmaster cattle are not only a great crossbreeding tool for the commercial cattlemen, but they are an all-around a great breed of cattle for any cowman. Cattle producers throughout the country are proud Beefmaster breeders and it is the mission of all Beefmaster breeders to strive for breed improvement and provide the best cow to the beef industry. Craig Johnson is just one of many Missouri based Beefmaster breeders who are dedicated to providing solid Beefmaster genetics to you and your neighbors. Johnson manages St. Clair Beefmasters outside of El Dorado Springs, Mo., where they have close to over
200 head of purebred and registered Beefmaster bulls and cows. They supply Beefmaster cattle to commercial cattlemen throughout Missouri. “The demand for Beefmasters has really increased since the drought in 2012. A lot of my customers were having problems with their commercial bulls and commercial cows weren’t breeding back and were having eye problems, from the drought and standing in ponds. So they wanted to cross a Beefmaster bull or Beefmaster cow with their commercial herd to get more heterosis and more hybrid vigor, and just have a healthier calf,” says Johnson.
Commercial cattlemen and women across the United States find that adding the extra maternal heterosis that Beefmaster bulls offer to their commercial females is an added benefit because the female calves they produce have the needed maternal traits for superior replacement females, while the bull calves have the extra weight needed to be competitive in the current marketplace. For more information and a look inside how the Beefmaster breed offers proven heterosis, check them out online at beefmasters.org.
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Retaining Ownership of Beefmaster Feeder Cattle Source: Bill Pendergrass, Beefmaster Breeders United Beefmaster females have long been recognized as the industry gold standard for productivity and maternal excellence. However, many ranchers fail to recognize the feedyard and carcass attributes of Beefmaster sired steers. Roaring Springs Ranch of Frenchglen, Ore., has been utilizing Beefmaster bulls on their crossbred cow herd
in the high desert country of eastern Oregon. The ranch’s main emphasis has been on replacement female production, but the steers they produce must also perform on the range and on the rail, as a part of their demanding Country Natural Beef Program. This beef program is one of the beef industry’s most respected branded beef product lines. With the first harvest group of Roaring Springs Ranch Beefmaster sired steers, it became evident that Beefmasters were way more than just a maternal breed. This is not a surprise, since the early 2000s several Beefmaster breeders have been involved with nationally-known branded beef programs, where collecting data and improving carcass value are keys to their success. The first turn of Roaring Springs Ranch Beefmaster sired steers posted the following impressive statistics shared in table #1.
Based on industry grid marketing standards, 45% of the Beefmaster sired carcasses earned premiums based on quality grade, indicating their ability to marble. Additionally, another 40% earned yield grade premiums, which indicates the cattle were heavy muscled and lean in their body composition. By analyzing the average component carcass traits for the group, it is evident that these cattle were very consistent in their muscularity and marbling. These are the kind of cattle that earn premiums for the retained ownership or investment feeder, and satisfy the consumer’s demand for high quality beef.
The Beefmaster breed is serious about improving performance and carcass merit. In May 2016, Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) released Genomic-Enhanced EPDs to allow bull buyers to confidently select younger animals with greater accuracy values, therefore significantly improving the rate of genetic improvement for a wide variety of traits. In July 2016, BBU released the Beefmaster breed’s first selection indices: Terminal Index ($T) and Maternal Index ($M). For the first time ever Beefmaster bull buyers
is as important to profitability as carcass merit: feed efficiency. Beefmasters have a great reputation for being among the most efficient convertors in the beef industry. Over the years, several Beefmaster breeders have retained ownership of their genetics to track feedyard performance and carcass merit. In reviewing feedyard closeouts on a sample of the data submitted to BBU, the following observations were made from standard feedyard close out data, shown in table #2 (on page 60). As noted by the information in the table, performance and feed efficiency can go hand in hand. Given the number of feedyards in different environments and solid performance of Beefmaster genetics, it is obvious that Beefmasters excel in feed efficiency. Cost of gain is the second largest expense, behind purchase cost, for any cattle feeding enterprise. Feed efficient cattle significantly lower cost of gain, allowing more profit opportunity. have high accuracy selection tools to fold into their crossbreeding programs to maximize heterosis and profitability. While carcass traits and related carcass value is straight forward and easy to track, there is another area that
Other profit drivers that are seldom discussed include; animal health, immune system, dressing percentage and disposition. The unique genetic makeup of the Beefmaster breed has led to several advantages including a very strong immune system, which results in fewer feedyard deaths and health related pulls in the feedyard. (Continued on page 60)
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These attributes result in stronger bids from buyers who regularly run purchase breakeven calculations at lower death loss percentages when they know the calves are Beefmaster sired.
Most cattle today are sold on grids, where cattle can earn premiums for higher quality and higher yielding carcasses. However, many ranchers overlook the fact that even grids are based on hot carcass weight. Cattle that have higher dressing percentages have a hot yield advantage in the plant bringing more pounds of carcass to the scale. It is not uncommon for higher dressing cattle to gross more per carcass than higher quality grading cattle. Many feeders find Beefmasters an attractive grid marketing option due to hot yield advantages provided by the Beefmaster body composition. Cattle must be able to dress, grade and yield in order to maximize any grid, and Beefmaster sired steers check off all three.
Profitability comes in many packages and smart operators are quick to find alternate routes to a desirable end point. While the industry generalizes profitability with high marbling carcasses, the truth is there are other data points that affect profitability more than just marbling. In todayâ€™s marketplace, ranchers must consider all of their options and chances are that efficiency and performance will impact the long term profitability of their operation more than marbling will. Beefmasters are a central part of a planned crossbreeding program that will help cattlemen balance carcass merit, efficiency, performance, fertility and maternal excellence.
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Common Sense with Baxter Black Anything That Can Go Wrong “By gosh, that’s a new twist,” thought Terry as he tightened his collar against the biting wind and stared at the heifer. She was trying to calve standing up! He eased up on her and dropped a loop over the horns. She stood atop a swell on the high plains of eastern New Mexico. Terry reached her and tied 100 foot of polyethylene water skiing rope around her horns, as well. A safety line so he could at least get within 100 feet of her if she decided to take off in the 300 acre pasture. Terry was unsuccessfully tugging on the calf’s protruding legs when his father-in-law cautiously drove up behind him. “Got any O.B. chains?” asked Terry.
“Nope, but we could make a slip knot in that poly rope,” suggested Dad, owner of the ranch and resident wiseman. Terry soon had the yellow plastic clothes line attached to the calf’s leg. The remainder of the poly rope lay coiled ominously behind these two obstetrical wizards.
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It snarled and gaped like a rhino trap. “Lemme grab some gloves outta the pickup,” were Terry’s last vertical words.
rope. That, in fact, was the plan. But a cowboy’s fate works in mysterious ways and Murphy was waiting in the wings.
He started toward the truck but stopped when he heard the sound of thundering hooves. He glanced back over his shoulder to see the heifer sprinting towards the Colorado border! He felt something move underfoot and looked down to discover his boot dead center in the discarded coils. A microsecond of his life flashed before his eyes just as the nest of yellow plastic snakes tightened around his ankle and jerked him off his feet!
Dad did slam on the brakes but the rope flipped over the hood and slid down behind the black iron grill guard. Terry, too, came to a stop when his foot wedged between the headlight and the grill guard. His boot came off and the heifer trotted on no worse for the wear.
Down the other side of the swell they sailed, Terry tobogganing like a 200-lb ham tied to a runaway buffalo! Dirt pounded up his pant legs as he scooted and skittered along trying to avoid straddling the brush and yucca that lay like land mines in the obstacle course! Dad, ever the quick thinker, ran to the pickup and took up the chase! He had a plan. He raced alongside the dynamic duo and, at just the right moment, swerved between the heifer and Terry! Folks. Pause here a moment and consider the possibilities. The pickup tire could have stopped on the
As Terry stood at an angle emptying twenty pounds of New Mexico soil out of his boxer shorts, he pointed out the flaws in Dad’s plan. “Well,” said Dad, “Heifers that good are hard to come by and you’re just my... well, heifers that good are hard to come by.”
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Measuring a Wild Card Source: Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director, Supply Development CAB When the season’s first calves arrive, you begin to see results of your genetic decisions, perhaps eager for more or thinking about what a new bull could bring. Poring through bull catalogs and looking at expected progeny differences (EPDs), keep in mind the environment affects what your calves are now and what they will become. Genotype plus environment equals phenotype. The equation’s simplicity lies not in its precision but in stating the relationship, for who can quantify the environment’s role from one calf crop to the next?
Perhaps the only solution out on the ranch can be found in averages, once you identify indicators of herd progress. Among weaning weight, overall profitability, annual cow cost, pounds weaned per cow exposed and pounds weaned per acre, each provides insight. None tell where the progress or setback originated because combined effects are so broad. Consider a 10-lb. improvement in weight of calf weaned per cow exposed. Did that come from fewer open cows, a greater artificial insemination (AI) conception rate, better pasture or not as many health challenges? The answer could be any combination, but which can you most control? If one factor stands out, how did the ranch environment come into play?
These questions are key because your ability to see the success or failure from any decision weighs on whether you stay the course or veer. In the cattle business, feedback on a decision is delayed, imprecise and segmented. Generational turnover is slow and you don’t know about carcass merit until harvest, if then. Knowing that, let’s find the traits you can actually measure to assure continual genetic improvement.
At its simplest level and given a strong relationship with a progressive seedstock supplier, that registered breeder’s attention to detail can sustain your herd’s progress over time. Breed average improves and below-average bulls are neutered and finished for beef rather than selling at bull sales. In theory, the average bull keeps getting better and the rising tide lifts all boats in the beef industry. Some say that’s what gave us the decade of sharply improved quality grade. Average marbling scores for all major breeds have improved; combine that with longer days on feed and heavier carcass weights and you get 75% of
cattle today grading Choice or Prime. But remember, that’s only average now and getting there doesn’t take much effort on your part as a commercial bull buyer. You can take charge by selecting aboveaverage bulls that improve your herd’s collective genetic merit. EPDs let you objectively evaluate that. Combine each registered bull’s numbers into a collective “herd EPD profile” so that you can compare this year’s bulls to last, independent of the environment, management or marketing plan. Use across-breed EPD adjustments from the USDA Meat Animal Research Center to evaluate the entire bull battery, regardless of breed. You can take it a step further, weighting the EPD profiles by number of cows any particular bull could breed. That lets you see what progress is possible by increasing a bull’s exposure to more cows through AI or using an older bull. Even though you may market calves at weaning, EPDs still provide insight and let you represent your herd genetics to other segments of the supply chain. Compare weaning to yearling growth for an idea of what those genetics offer the stocker operator. A yearling-to-carcassweight spread shows what your herd’s genetics mean to feedyard operators. Check your calves’ potential carcass merit by benchmarking their sire’s EPDs against the current breed averages. It’s not a perfect system and it won’t replace objective cattle measures, but a combined bull-battery EPD provides a simple way to evaluate the impact of your sire selection decisions earlier, and independent of environmental effects. Certainly, those will continue to influence and often limit the expression of genetic potential. Being proactive in taking stock of your genetic resources only helps counter some of the unknown. As the saying goes, you cannot manage what you cannot measure. In a business where information flow is segmented and delayed, acting now to improve your calves’ potential value for the next owner opens more marketing doors. Just “keeping up with average” is getting harder and harder to do without a sustained effort.
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Stan Lock Joins Select Sires as Beef Business Development Manager PLAIN CITY, Ohio, January 23, 2017 —Select Sires Inc. is excited to announce the addition of Stan Lock as beef business development manager. His responsibilities will include training and mentoring beef sales representatives to provide turnkey A.I. programs and reproductive and genetic consultation. Lock will also develop and lead large-herd sales and service programs, provide expertise in stockmanship and facility design for low-stress cattle handling, represent Select Sires at beef industry events, identify research opportunities and provide sire acquisition and marketing input. Lock will be based from his home in Republic, Mo. “I am looking forward to being a member of the Select Sires beef team,” said Lock. “I am grateful for the opportunity to integrate my experiences with a group that possesses great leadership skills. This leadership will allow us to focus on the many challenges the beef
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Genomic tests lead way to beef profits, MU ReproGene meetings explain how Source: Duane Dailey, Senior Writer, MU Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – Genomics guide the future on beef farms. Knowing the genetics of heifers is a big step toward producing profitable beef. Missouri cow herd owners can learn how at five meetings across the state in March. University of Missouri Extension specialists will host five meetings with talks by nationally known researchers. Meetings are in Maryville, Kingsville, Macon, Springfield and Jackson. Jared Decker, MU Extension geneticist, calls them “ReproGene” sessions. Reproduction and genetics are the next step in creating more quality beef. Progress comes from learning the genomics on all females, breeding to better bulls by timed AI, selecting cattle that excel in all parts of production, and marketing superior steers for premiums.
ReproGene extends methods used for Show-MeSelect Replacement Heifers. The SMS program best known for spring and fall sales of bred heifers combines management and genetics. The sales usually set record prices. Buyers across the country know the heifers’ value, from lower death loss, saved time and less frustration. In SMS, genetically proven sires improve quality. With genomic testing, DNA of all heifers can now be used. Getting started on new breeding technology and genomic testing can intimidate. The meetings help producers learn and trust technology, identify how it fits their farm and take first steps in using it. The meetings show how technology helps cow herds bring profits to down markets. In the SMS replacement program genetic tested heifers are called Show-Me Plus. (Continued on page 108)
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In every sale so far, the “Plus” heifers, with their DNA test, sold for top dollars. “Buyers already bid more for genomic value,” Decker says.
Production testing the old standard takes at least three years to learn the value of a heifer’s calf, McCorkill says. DNA tells all, early.
Fame for Show-Me-Select Heifers came from calvingease. Now, the program adds genetic traits beyond calving all the way to final carcass quality.
Genetics must be used with advanced management. That includes pre-breeding exams, pelvic measurements and pregnancy tests. Management and genetics go together.
Each meeting starts with updates on artificial insemination protocols. New research includes sexed semen and split-time AI. Both bring improved conception rates. David Patterson, MU Extension specialist and his students continue their studies. Research started 20 years ago at MU Thompson Farm, Spickard. That’s part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Long ago, Thompson Farm steers started topping the market with USDA Prime grade and grid-price premiums. Carcass quality, measured at the packing plant, reaches Prime and High Choice beef. Producers learn that Prime increases with known genetics, not just longer feeding. Genetics set the stage for success. Past genetic data was expressed in Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) scores from proven sires. The highest quality comes from AI breeding. Geneticist Decker admits EPD scores can confuse new users. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Decisions are simplified with indexes. Traits are translated into one index, shown in an easy to read dollar amount. “Famers can easily know which heifers have the most value,” Decker says. Regional livestock specialist Andy McCorkill, Buffalo, says the genomic tests save times. “Low producers can be sorted out early.” Heifers can be tested early in life, even right at birth. The manager’s attention goes to high-value heifers.
MCA All Breed Junior Cattle Show
June 9-11 • 2017 • Sedalia, Missouri
The MU specialists say you can’t go half way in the ReproGene program. That includes better marketing of quality calves. Anita Snell, livestock specialist at Milan, says “Often producers look only at the cost of genomic tests. (From $17 to $55). In tight times, farmers say, ‘I can’t afford that.’ But, they must look at long-term value.” In fall heifer sales, Show-Me-Plus tested heifers sold for $200 above sale averages. With lower calf prices, producers must cut costs. Extension specialists urge cutting only low-return items. Technology with high returns can add profits. MU economist Scott Brown tells producers that demand for high value USDA Prime goes up at a steady pace. Demand for USDA Select, a low grade, shrinks and becomes more volatile. Breeding for quality beef adds sustainability to the beef herd. Planners ask for advance registration as there will be a meal. Call the regional specialist for details and registration Meeting dates, location, times and contacts are: ReproGene Meetings March 7, Maryville, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Northwest Technical School. Amie Schleicher, Rock Port, 660744-6231 March 9, Kingsville, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Kingsville Livestock Auction. David Hoffman, Harrisonville, 816-380-8460. March 11, Macon, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Floral Hall, Macon County Park, South Highway 63, Anita Snell, Milan, 660-265-4541; Daniel Mallory, New London, 573-985-3911. March 16, Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 4 to 8:30 p.m., Eldon Cole, Mount Vernon, 417-383-1635 and Andy McCorkill, Buffalo, 417-345-7551. March 28, Jackson, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Cape Girardeau County, MU Extension Center, Erin Larimore, Jackson, 573-243-3581.
Callaway Livestock Center, Inc. On I-70, 4 miles east of Kingdom City, MO on outer road 573-642-7486 Every Monday: Slaughter Cattle Sale 10:00 a.m. Selling All Classes of Cattle 12:30 p.m.
1st Thursday Nite of Each Month: 6:00 p.m. Bred Cows and Breeding Bull Sale David Means
John P. Harrison
3390 Winbrook Dr., Memphis, TN 38116
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Kingsville Livestock Auction Kingsville, Missouri Hwy. 58 • 45 Miles SE of Kansas City, MO
Special Cow Sale Saturday, March 18 • 11:00 a.m. Cattle Sale Every Tuesday 10:00 a.m.
For information call Rick or Jeremy Anstine
816-597-3331 or 816-732-6070
Visit our Website at: www.anstineauctions.com or E-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
44 Spring bred heifers................................... Avg. $4,444 22 Fall bred heifers........................................ Avg. $2,659 10 Open heifers............................................. Avg. $4,775
Jauer Dependable Genetics, Hinton IA 1-28-17 41 spring bred cows....................................... Avg. $3,052 77 commercial heifers................................... Avg. $1,782 28 two year old bulls..................................... Avg. $4,409
River Creek Farms, Manhattan, KS 2-8-17 54 Fall SimAngus and Simmental Bulls........ Avg. $5,484 62 Yearling SimAngus and Simmental Bulls...................................... Avg. $4,598 19 Yearling SimAngus and Simmental Heifers................................... Avg. $2,185
Carswell-Nichols Herefords, Alton KS 1-28-17 26 Yearling Bulls........................................... Avg. $3,273 12 18 Month Bulls........................................ Avg. $3,833 29 2 Year Old Bulls....................................... Avg. $2,985 8 Bred Heifers............................................... Avg. $2,744 10 Open Heifers............................................ Avg. $3,910 71 Commercial Bred Heifers........................ Avg. $1,829 70 Commercial Open Heifers....................... Avg. $1,014 Hoover Angus Farm, Tingley, IA 2-7-17 78 Yearling bulls............................................ Avg. $4,942 34 Fall bulls................................................... Avg. $7,257
Crooked Creek Angus, Burlington Jct. MO 2-11-17 41 Angus Bulls............................................... Avg. $4,166 18 Open Heifers............................................ Avg. $1,722 Rudow Family Cattle, Pana, IL 2-11-17 27 Angus Bulls............................................... Avg. $3,548 J&N Black Herefords, Leavenworth, KS 2-11-17 80 Bulls.......................................................... Avg. $3,345
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Sale Calendar March 1 March 3 March 3 March 4 March 4 March 4 March 4 March 4 March 4 March 5 March 8 March 9 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 12 March 14 March 16
Ferguson Angus, Phillipsburg, KS Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale, Yukon, OK The KSU Legacy Sale, Manhattan, KS Mead Farms, Versailles, MO Peterson Farms Charolias Sale, Mnt. Grove, MO Satterfield Charolias and Angus, Evening Shade, AR Linhart Limousin, Leon, IA Pine View Angus, Colesburg, IA Seedstock Plus Arkansas Bull Sale, Hope, AR Midwest Black Hereford Breeders Sale, Maryville, MO Stucky Ranch, Kingman, KS BJ Angus, Manhattan, KS Genetic Blend Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Heart of the Ozarks Angus, West Plains, MO Wright Charolias, Kearney, MO JAC’s Ranch, Bentonville, AR Galaxy Beef, Maryville, MO Mill Brae Ranch, Maple Hill, KS Redstock Red Angus Sale, Chillicothe, MO Great Lakes Beef Connections, Clare, MI Sampson Bull and Female Sale, Kirksville, MO Cooper Hereford Sale, Willow Creek, MT Benoit Angus Ranch, Esbon, KS
WHEELER & SONS LIVESTOCK AUCTION
417-646-8102 Hwy. 13 & TT, Osceola, MO 64776
Special Stock Cow Sale and Spring Bull Sale • March 25th • 6:00 p.m.
Cattle Sale Every Thursday - 1:00 p.m.
www.wheelerlivestock.com Burleigh and Doris Wheeler • 417-840-6561 Byron Wheeler 417-777-0897 • Steve Wheeler 417-840-4149
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Marshall & Fenner/Murphy Cattle Co, Marshall Junction, MO THM Land and Cattle, Vienna, MO Sunflower Genetics, Maple Hill, KS MBS Bull Sale, Bowling Green, MO Brinkley Angus Ranch, Green City, MO Circle A Angus, Iberia, MO Musgrave Angus, Griggsville, IL Mississippi Valley Angus Assoc. Palmyra, MO Falling Timber Farm, Marthasville, MO Pinegar Limousin, Springfield, MO Flying H Bull Sale, Butler, MO Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, MO April Valley Sale, St. Joseph, MO Hinkles Prime Cut Angus, Nevada, MO KW Cattle Co. Ft. Scott, KS SE MO PT Bull Sale, Farmington, MO Arkansas Bull Sale, Heber Springs, Ark. Valley Oaks Annual Private Treaty Sale, Oak Grove, MO Worthington Angus, Dadeville, MO NE MO Performance Tested Bull Sale, Palmyra, MO Maplewood Acres, Sedalia, MO Seedstock Plus, Carthage, MO Harriman Santa Fe Top of the Breed Sale, Montrose, MO Magness Land and Cattle, Miami, OK Hightower Cattle Co. Sale, LaCygne, KS C/S Cattle, Pomona, MO Green Springs Tested Bull Sale, Nevada, MO Ridder Farms Online Bull Sale, Hermann, MO Oleen Bros. Dwight, KS SW MO PT Bull Sale, Springfield, MO
MBC Classified The MBC Classified column appears monthly. Classified advertising is only 50¢ a word. Send your check with your ad to Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Mo 65201. Deadline 10th of month before an issue.
“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.
March 28 Genetrust Brangus, Suhn Cattle Co. Eureka, KS March 30 Sweiger Bros Bull Sale, Maysville, MO March 31 Sandhill Farms, Haviland, KS March 31 Meyer Cattle Co. Curryville, MO April 1 Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, KS April 1 Shoal Creek Simmental, Excelsior Springs, MO April 1 Panther Creek Angus, Bowen, IL April 1 Four States Angus Sale, Springfield, MO April 1 Show Me Classic Bull Sale, Windsor, MO April 1 B/F Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Butler, MO April 3 Brockmere Farms, New Cambria, MO April 5 Chair Rock Ranch, Greely, KS April 7 Meyer Cattle Co. Sale, Bowling Green MO April 8 Lucas Cattle Co. Bull Sale, Cross Timbers, MO April 8 New Day Genetics Sale, Osceola, MO April 8 The Renaissance XXV Sale, Strafford, MO April 8 Ozark & HOA Beefmaster Spring Sale, Springfield, MO April 8 Frank/Hazelrigg Sale, Fulton, MO April 11 Sydenstricker Genetics Influence Sale, New Cambia, MO April 12 New Day Genetics Sale, Harrison, Ark. April 15 McBee Spring Selection Day Sale, Fayette, MO April 15 Simon Cattle Co. Farley, IA April 22 Heartland Highland Sale, Lebanon, MO April 22 Express Ranches Sale, Yukon, OK April 22 Windy Hill Charolias Farms and Guests Sale, Cedar Hill, MO April 23 C&C Performance Breeders Sale, Tina, MO April 29 Pinegar Limousin, Springfield, MO April 30 Jim D Bellis Female Sale, Aurora, MO May 13 Central States Beefmaster Sale, Locust Grove, OK
ADM - 168XFE Special Range.....25 ADM - MoorGuard........................65 AgPower John Deere.................... 115 AMEC............................................ 51 American Angus Association.........44 American Hereford Assoc..............93 Arkansas Bull Sale..........................86 B/F Cattle Company.......................87 Bayer Patriot Ear Tags....................69 Brinkley Angus............................... 76 Brockmere Angus Sale...................84 Buffalo Livestock Market................40 C/S Cattle....................................... 78 Callaway Livestock Center Inc..... 109 Central Life Sciences Altosid IGR.............................. 120 Central Missouri Sales Co..............44 Central States Beefmaster Sale....... 61 Chair Rock.....................................28 Circle 5 Cattle Co........................... 73 Circle A Angus Ranch....................39 Circle A Angus Ranch Sale............29 Classified........................................117 Clearwater Farm.............................39 Double A Limousin........................ 31 Double R Cattle Co........................97 Dow AgroSciences R&P.................49 Durham Simmental Farms............. 97 Eastern Missouri Commission Company........................................ 73 Falling Timber Farms..................... 13 Farmers Bank of North Missouri................................... 107 Flying H Genetics........................... 91 Four State Angus Sale.................... 74 Frank Hazelrigg.............................. 79 Galaxy Beef LLC............................39 Gardiner Angus Ranch..................83 Gast Charolais................................89 GeneTrust Sale................................35 Gerloff Farms..................................39 Grassworks - Weed Wiper............ 109 Great Lakes Beef Connection.........96 Green Springs Bull Test Sale ....... 101 Green’s Welding & Sales.................36 Hampton Feedlot............................98 Harriman Santa Fe......................... 47 Highland Sale...............................100 Hightower Cattle Co......................90
Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus..............39 Immucell - First Defense................34 Jim’s Motors....................................50 JJ Skyline Angus.............................39 Joe Machens Ford........................... 17 Joplin Regional Stockyards............59 Kent Feeds...................................... 15 Kingsville Livestock Auction........ 110 KW Cattle Co................................. 81 Laughlin Angus..............................39 Lucas Cattle Co..............................97 Lucas Cattle Co..............................98 Magness Land & Cattle Co............95 Maplewood Acres Farm................. 72 Marshall & Fenner Farms..............39 Marshall & Fenner Farms & Murphy Sale........................... 75 MBS Charolais & Red Angus Sale.................................88 MCA Brand Wall Page................. 113 MCA County Leadership Conference............................... 104 MCA Member Benefits...................86 MCA Membership Form...............111 MCA Shooting Thing........... 102-103 McBee Cattle Co............................87 McPherson Concrete Products......117 Mead Cattle Co..............................60 Mead Farms....................................39 Merial Long Range..........................9 Merry Meadows Simmental...........97 Meyer Cattle Co.............................80 Missouri Angus Association...........39 Missouri Angus Breeders................39 Missouri Beef Industry Council.....27 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association............................... 119 Missouri Simmental Association....97 Missouri Simmental Breeders........97 Missouri Valley Commission Company.................................... 73 MLS Tubs....................................... 37 MultiMIN USA..............................33 Naught-Naught Agency....................7 New Day Genetics.......................... 78 Norbrook - Enroflox 100...........52-53 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch..............39 OHOA Beefmaster......................... 57 Oleen Brothers................................82
Ory’s Circle 7 Red Angus...............46 Oval F Ranch.................................97 P.H. White...................................... 43 Performance Tested Bull Sale - NE..................................100 Performance Tested Bull Sale - SE............................. 74 Performance Tested Bull Sale - SW ......................... 100 Pinegar Limousin........................... 19 Pro-Serve...................................... 109 Red Stock........................................23 Red Willow Ranch....................... 116 Renaissance XXV Sale................ 105 Ridder Farms Online Bull Sale................................... 100 RLE Simmental.............................. 97 Sandhill...........................................92 Seedstock Plus Sales........................45 Sellers Feedlot................................. 15 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle............97 Show Me Classic Bull Sale...............3 Silver Spur Salers Sale.................... 71 South Central Regional Stockyards.................................. 14 Stay Tuff..........................................94 Sunflower Genetics Sale.................99 Superior Steel Sales........................ 41 Sydenstricker Genetics....................39 Sydenstricker Implement - TubeLine.................................. 12 Sydenstricker Implement John Deere Used........................ 16 THM Land and Cattle...................85 Triple C, Inc...................................46 Valley Oaks Angus.........................39 Valley Oaks Angus Ride Along Insert................. Insert Valley Oaks Angus Sale ad............. 18 Weiker Angus Ranch......................39 Wes Ad.......................................... 109 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market...................................... 116 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.... 79 Mike Williams................................ 79 Windsor Livestock Auction.............84 Worthington Angus........................ 21 Y-Tex.................................................2 Zeitlow Distributing....................... 14
Missouri Beef Cattleman March 2017