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with Mike Deering 300,000 Reasons Something bad is in the air. It smells awful and it generates a ton of pollution. It causes irrational, sporadic thoughts and certainly hurts your mental health and wellbeing. This pollution is spread thick and quick by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and their minions. Facts be damned, this organization interjects themselves into counties spreading fiction as fact to get county governments and citizens opposed to agricultural expansion and growth. They attempt to impose county ordinances to slam the door on any chance the next generation can come back to the farm, build a covered cattle feeding facility or have a chance at putting that animal science degree to work in actual production agriculture.
There are currently 19 counties with ordinances in place that primarily target confinement facilities, but the impact is far broader. Beyond throwing science to the curb and opposing these heavily regulated feeding operations, the impact spreads to all farmers. They also stall the economic activity in the county hurting everything from your school to the bank to the local diner.
It is no exaggeration to say an ordinance could come close to bankrupting the county. Take a look at Scotland County. Their health ordinance was deemed arbitrary and capricious and the county was levied with a significant judgement of $178,566. That’s a big deal to any rural county, not to mention the county incurred upwards of $120,000 in legal costs on this case alone. That amounts to 300,000 immediate reason we need to be mindful of these ordinances. If $300,000 isn’t enough, take a look at my native home of Andrew County. Their recently passed health
Executive Vice President ordinance was ruled to be void and unenforceable because it was deemed to be unconstitutional. The Rural Crisis Center is now spreading the same toxic waste in Cooper and Moniteau counties. Fortunately, common sense prevailed in Cooper County. The citizens and County Commission looked at who was behind the fear mongering. Let’s hope for the same result in Moniteau. Missouri Farmers Care has what we call the AgriReady County designation program. The program is intended to promote agricultural economic development throughout the state. A key component of a county being designated is the absence of an ordinance more restrictive than the science-based rules and regulations at the state level. We need to make sure emotion-driven propaganda doesn’t suddenly cause knee-jerk reactions from county officials. All it takes is one county commissioner to buy into this nonsense to cause problems for the entire county. Just ask your fellow MCA members in Callaway County. It needs to stop and we can be part of the solution by actively engaging our friends, neighbors and elected county leaders in factual, rational conversations early and often. If you live in a county that is not AgriReady, let’s work together to make that happen.
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CattleFax Predicts Large Supply and Strong Demand in 2018 Source: NCBA PHOENIX, ARIZ. (February 1, 2018) – CattleFax celebrated its 50th anniversary during the popular CattleFax Outlook Session at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. CattleFax Senior Analyst Kevin Good highlighted the industry’s profitability during 2017 and said the trend looks to continue into 2018. CattleFax analysts told the audience U.S beef cow inventory increased 2.8 million head in four years, and an additional 200,000-400,000 head are expected to be added to the herd over the next few years. Good said there are growing supplies of protein coming to market during the year ahead, including large supplies of competing proteins, which will weigh on all beef prices. “We have a bigger supply of all proteins ahead in 2018. For the past year we were very fortunate to have solid export volume,” said Good. “We are forecasting trade to increase year-over-year in 2018, but still, the rate of production is out-pacing the rate of exports.” Although beef production is expected to increase to 27.5 billion pounds during 2018, Good said current consumer demand is expected to remain good and potentially increase as retail prices moderate. He said CattleFax is predicting beef to remain a strong competitor against other proteins. “Demand is robust on all fronts. Domestically, retail demand is increasing and beef is being featured more in the consumer markets,” said Good. “The retail and foodservice industries are doing very well and the solid economy in the United States is one of the main drivers
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as unemployment rates continue to decline and per capita income rises.” Good said even though beef demand is high, leverage will continue to be a challenge for the feedlot and packing segments as shackle space becomes increasingly constrained by rising slaughter rates. With the growth in production, Good said he anticipates lower, but still profitable price levels for the cow-calf segment, while feeders and backgrounders will see their margins narrow. Input costs are expected to remain manageable, with grain prices expected to remain steady. According to CattleFax, yields will drive corn prices in 2018-19 marketing year with no significant changes anticipated in acreage or demand. Futures corn prices are projected to range from $3.25 to $3.95 per bushel as supplies remain adequate. With more livestock to feed in 2018 and the smallest acreage on record in 2017, CattleFax predicts hay prices will increase $10-$15 per ton with additional weather-related price risks. Drought conditions have been spreading across the United States since last winter with the Southwest being impacted the most. Art Douglas, professor emeritus, Creighton University, predicts a possible transition from La Niña conditions to a weaker El Niño by summer. U.S. weather patterns over the next three months will be dictated by La Niña. However, equatorial warming could shift drought patterns across North America by late spring and summer. During the session, CattleFax analysts predicted fed cattle prices lower than prior year levels, averaging $115 per hundredweight (cwt.). Good said fed cattle prices are likely to face resistance near the $130 level, with downside risk in the upper $90 range. He predicted bargaining position will continue to favor cattle processors and retailers, with profit margins at or above 2017 levels. CattleFax projected 750-pound steers will average $1 lower than 2017 levels at $145/cwt., with a range from the upper $120s to $160/cwt. Meanwhile, U.S. average 550-pound steer calves will see a trading range from $170/cwt. at the spring high to an average price in the upper $130s, during the fall marketing season. For the full year, calf prices are expected to average $158/cwt. To see more from the CattleFax Outlook Session or to become a member, visit www.cattlefax.com.
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Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers Missouri Beef House 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, 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 2018 MCA State Fair and Beef House Committee is:
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Suetta Carter, MCW
David “Blue” Geier
Mary Kay Lyle, MCW
Taylor Tuttle, MBIC **
***Patty Wood, MCW
Mike Deering, MCA Exec**
Maria Washburn, MCA **
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Greg Buckman, MCA Pres*
Thought for the month: “May your blessings outnumber the cows that you grow, and may troubles avoid you wherever you go!”
Missouri Beef Cattleman Staff Receives National Recognition -Atzenweiler Recognized at Cattle Industry Convention PHOENIX, ARIZONA - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today, February 2, 2018, recognized Andy Atzenweiler, Missouri Beef Cattleman, for “Excellence in Agricultural Communications” at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual award goes to communications professionals at state cattlemen affiliates or beef breed associations who have excelled at elevating the presence of their respective association through producer communications. Atzenweiler is the publisher of the Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine, which is the official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA). Atzenweiler started his career with the Missouri Beef Cattleman in 1987 and has seen the magazine go through a lot of changes in that time. “Fax machines, digital cameras, desktop computers and cell phones all have changed the way we do business,” said Atzenweiler. “The publishing business has evolved just like most other businesses.” While the magazine has always been the official publication of MCA, it was owned by the Atzenweiler family since 1971 until MCA purchased the magazine and brought it in-house in 2015. MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said Atzenweiler was instrumental in ensuring a smooth transition of the publication.
“While MCA now owns the magazine, Andy remains the corner-post of the publication. In 2017, the magazine was recognized by the Livestock Publications Council as the most improved publication in the nation receiving the distinguished James Flanagan Award,” said Deering. “There is a lot of history with this publication and the Atzenweiler family. We are proud of this publication and proud of Andy for receiving the recognition he truly deserves.”
The national convention concluded Saturday, February 3, 2018, with the NCBA Board of Directors meeting. The recognition for Atzenweiler occurred today at the “Best of Beef Breakfast,” where outstanding leaders in the U.S. cattle industry are recognized. Nearly 1,500 people from across the nation attended the breakfast.
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Cattlemen Applaud Introduction of Strong Bipartisan Bill Ten Republicans, Ten Democrats Join Together As Initial Co-Sponsors on Fischer-Donnelly FARM Act WASHINGTON (Feb. 13, 2018) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would prevent farms, ranches, and other agricultural operations from having to report livestock manure data under CERCLA, the law that governs toxic Superfund sites. The bipartisan bill was introduced
today with the support of 10 Republican co-sponsors and 10 Democratic cosponsors. “There’s not a lot of truly bipartisan legislation in Washington these days, but one thing that pretty much everybody can agree on is that a responsibly-run cattle ranch isn’t a toxic Superfund site,” said fifth-generation California rancher and NCBA President Kevin Kester. “On behalf of cattle producers across America, I want to sincerely thank the Senators from both parties who worked together to introduce this bipartisan bill. I also want to encourage other Senators to join the effort and pass this bill as quickly as possible.” Initial bipartisan cosponsors of Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act (or, FARM Act) are U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (RGa.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.).
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The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to provide for cleanup of the worst industrial chemical toxic waste dumps and spills, such as oil spills and chemical tank explosions. CERCLA was never intended to govern agricultural operations, for whom emissions from livestock are a part of everyday life. To make this clear, in 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to clarify that farms were exempt from CERCLA reporting and small farms, in particular, were exempt from EPCRA reporting, given that low-level livestock emissions are not the kind of “releases” that Congress intended to manage with these laws.
Upon being sued in 2009 by environmental advocacy groups, the Obama Administration’s EPA defended the exemption in court on the grounds that CERCLA and EPCRA do not explicitly exempt farms because Congress never believed that agriculture would be covered under these statutes, so a specific statutory exemption was not viewed to be necessary. Unfortunately, in April 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court vacated the EPA’s 2008 exemption, putting nearly 200,000 farms and ranches under the regulatory
reporting authorities enshrined in CERCLA and EPCRA. The new reporting requirements could have gone into effect on Jan. 22, but the Court delayed implementation of the requirements until May 1, 2018, which gives Congress time to act. NCBA in January kicked off a media campaign on the issue with an online video featuring the group’s Chief Environmental Counsel, Scott Yager. In the video, Yager donned a yellow hazmat suit and explained the issue at an actual toxic Superfund site near Fredericksburg, Virginia. He then shows the contrast between the contaminated Superfund site and a cattle farm in nearby Louisa County, Virginia, that would likely have to comply with the new reporting requirements. “This is most certainly not a toxic Superfund site,” Yager explained from the Virginia cow pasture. “Unfortunately, a recent court decision may force cattle producers and other agricultural operations to report a bunch of information about their cow poop to the federal government under the Superfund laws that were only meant to deal with toxic waste. That is unless Congress acts soon.”
Livestock Marketeers Induct Two into Hall of Fame Source: The Livestock Marketeers DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders — met for their 53rd Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 13th. The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice president of the AmericanInternational Charolais Association and 1984 Hall of Fame inductee. The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession.
Tim Lackey grew up showing and selling Hereford cattle on his diversified family farm in Shelbina, Missouri, where he was very active at the local and state level. His college career was interrupted after his freshman year when he was drafted by the US Army to serve a tour in Germany. After his tour of duty, he returned to the University of Missouri to graduate with a B.S. in Animal Science. While attending MU he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and competed on the meats and livestock judging team, where he was 2nd high individual at Louisville in 1977. Quickly joining the workforce Tim went to work for the Drovers Journal in 1978 where he covered the state of Missouri for nine years. In 1987 he left the Drovers to spend more time on his family farm where along with his brother Kerry they maintain 500 acres of crops and 120 cows. Tim has stayed active in the marketing circles as he covers sales for various publications (including Missouri Beef Cattleman) as well as real estate auctions. Tim plans to continue raising cattle and working ring side as long as he is able.
Mark Smith was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, and attended Jefferson City Public Schools, graduating in 1974. In 1978 Smith graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Animal Science. While at Mizzou, Smith was active in Farmhouse Fraternity, Block and Bridle Club and was a member of the Livestock Judging team in 1976-77.
Photo from the 2018 Marketeers Banquet held Saturday January 13th at the National Western Stock Show. Pictured from left to right: Neil Orth, Sonny Booth, Tim Lackey, Mark Smith, Doug Paul and Guy Peverely.
Upon graduation in 1979 Smith took a job for The Record Stockman in Denver, Colorado and moved to North Platte, Nebraska as Field Editor for Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. In 1980 Smith went to work for the Limousin World in Ft. Collins, Colorado and covered the states in the upper Midwest. In 1983 Smith joined Ken Holloway and Bruce Brooks at American Cattle Services, of Chattanooga, Oklahoma where they managed Limousin Sales across the country and Canada. In 1987 Smith was hired by the North American Limousin Foundation of Denver, Colorado as the Director of Advertising and Member Services. In 1990 Smith went to work for Symens Brothers Limousin in Amherst, South Dakota and in partnership with Symens Brothers started and managed Limi-Gene Semen Sales and Consulting, then located in Longmont, Colorado. In 2000 Smith and his wife Deidre started Grasssroots Genetics, a Semen Sales and Consulting Business and Grassroots Insurance, a Livestock Insurance business featuring the products of American Live Stock, a division of Markel Insurance Services. Smith has served as a past Board Member for the Iowa Limousin Association and was a National Board Member and Past National President of the North American Limousin Foundation. He has been married for 25 years to Deidre Smith and they reside in Ankeny, Iowa.
Most of Missouri Remains in Drought Source: Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Missouri – Most of Missouri remains in a drought, according to a map released Feb. 8 by the National Drought Mitigation Center. The drought affects livestock farmers facing dwindling hay reserves. Row crop farmers are eyeing the situation with caution as planting season nears. East-central, southeastern and south-central Missouri face the largest water deficits in the state, said University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan. Smaller pockets of long-term dryness exist over portions of northern Missouri, he said. But that could change. “We’re still in winter and there is time for notable improvement,” Guinan said. “Climatologically, southeast Missouri has the best chance for drought recovery during the cold season.”
While concerning, things could be worse. In 1953-54 there were 16 consecutive months of below-normal precipitation, he said. Five years ago, Missouri experienced a severe hydrological drought that carried
over from the historic drought of 2012. Conditions improved in February and March 2013, when a much wetter weather pattern emerged. A cool, wet spring followed. “That being said, drought impacts are currently ongoing,” he said. For Missouri, September 2017-January 2018 ranks as the driest September to January period in more than 40 years, Guinan said. The statewide average precipitation for the period was 8.3 inches—slightly more than half the normal of 15.9 inches. For the fifth year in a row, Missouri experienced below-normal precipitation in January. Statewide, precipitation for November-December 2017 averaged 1.91 inches, or 30 percent of normal. For some locations, the dry spell began as early as June 2017. By the end of the year, drought affected much of the state, with parts showing a rainfall deficit of a foot or more, Guinan said. Guinan encourages Missourians to participate in the drought assessment process and submit information to the Drought Mitigation Center’s Drought Impact Reporter at droughtreporter.unl.edu/ map. For more information on how to submit information, go to climate. missouri.edu/news/arc/ july2017b.php. The center’s Drought Monitor Map collects data from numerous agencies.
MU Extension specialists from east-central, southeastern and south-central Missouri reported drought impacts to Guinan in the fall. These impacts persist. They reported failures of fall-sown crops, including wheat, to germinate. Annuals such as oats and turnips did not produce well, and new grass and legume seedlings were reported in poor condition. Dry conditions also led to large numbers of brush and grass fires, says MU Extension natural resources engineer Frank Wideman, whose office is in Perryville, 80 miles south of St. Louis. Perry County was one of several counties in the state to issue burn bans. Livestock owners in drought-stricken areas continue to face concerns about dwindling hay supplies before spring grasses appear. “Producers who need hay and don’t yet have it tied down are looking out of the area and are probably going to have to pay higher than normal prices,” said Ted Probert, MU Extension dairy specialist in Wright County in southwestern Missouri. Because of dry conditions, farmers started feeding hay earlier in the season than normal, Probert said. “Much of the hay put up last spring was cut late and quality is not good.” Feeding low-quality hay for longer than normal may adversely affect the condition of animals as they come out of winter, he said. “Also, pastures have been grazed pretty short on a lot of farms. Spring grass may be later than normal.” Winter annuals and perennials emerged but lacked good growth going into the winter. Their vigor remains yet to be seen, said Probert. He works with dairy producers in
southwestern Missouri, where the faucet dried up after growers planted forage grasses and legumes. Anthony Ohmes, agronomy specialist in Cape Girardeau County, said dry conditions caused some emergence issues and delayed planting of fall-seeded perennials in southeastern Missouri. This left them immature going into winter. Hay stockpiles are adequate in most cases, but some livestock farmers are shipping hay in from southern states, Ohmes said. Guinan said low temperatures during the last week of December into January made for stressful conditions for livestock farmers who had to break ice on frozen ponds, and move cattle because of low or empty ponds or for shelter. Wells dried up or levels dropped. The extended period of subfreezing temperatures, combined with little or no snowpack and dry soils, contributed to an unusually deep frost line, said Guinan. The deep frost line, along with shifting soils due to the dry conditions, resulted in numerous reports of frozen water and sewer lines for homes and livestock operations. Guinan suggests the following resources for those following Missouri’s drought conditions: • National Drought Mitigation Center’s Drought Impact Reporter, droughtreporter.unl.edu/map. • Drought Monitor Map for Missouri, droughtmonitor. unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MO. • Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) Condition Monitoring Map, www.cocorahs.org/Maps/conditionmonitoring.
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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Beef Becoming the Super Food We Always Knew it Was According to Dr. Shalene McNeill, dietary lead for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, it is an exciting time right now for the industry to talk to consumers about beef. She says society is becoming more and more health conscious regarding the foods they eat, but, are also more open-minded about what foods can provide the nutritional benefits they seek as an individual including beef. “I think we’re at a breakthrough time on nutrition, because we’re starting to see people rethink the role of beef in health,” McNeill said. “There’s been a lot of criticism that saturated fat may not be as bad as we once thought it was; we’re seeing leaner beef; there’s more research on beef’s benefits to heart health and then of course there are these higher protein diets. So, all these things are coming together nicely to give us an opportunity to highlight the wonderful nutritional package that beef is.” Beef’s message is one that McNeill says really resonates with consumers right now. Part of that effort is keeping track of what trends are sweeping through the consumer culture, which starts at the research level. McNeill says she closely monitors what the scientific community is saying or publishing in their latest studies. The work they do trickles down into society and can be traced by following its influence to physicians who base their health recommendations on that research, which can show up in the communication between trade and business and eventually impacts consumer interest. That
“We think that there’s a strong trend around strength. People are beginning to notice how important it is to maintain your strength and muscle as you age,” she said. “We’re seeing more and more conversation of that because of science that the Checkoff helped contribute to 10 years ago, to show that protein can lead to better muscle health and that can lead to stronger bodies as we age. Now, we’re starting to see mainstream interest.”
Beef checkoff still firmly supported nationwide by producers
Amongst the flood of information available to cattle producers and the media attending the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, a few weeks back, was the results of the latest survey of beef producers regarding their thoughts on the beef checkoff. The checkoff has done this survey for many years, in an effort, to gauge producer reaction and concerns about the program.
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The survey, conducted by an independent third-party firm, found that 74% of producers surveyed approve of the beef checkoff program. That’s 5% higher than last year. What’s more, beef producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle business than they were a year ago. The survey also revealed, as it has consistently in the past, that the more producers know about the beef checkoff, the more supportive they are.
The beef checkoff continues to do remarkable things to support beef demand. Unfortunately, at least as far as our awareness of how it spends your dollars, much of that work involves a strong social media presence and conducting research and rolling out the results to the health and food professionals who need to know the many good things about beef that the checkoff can tell them.
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strategy has led McNeill to her current work, developing a campaign that positions beef as a strength promoting food.
The beef checkoff hasn’t funded consumer-facing television and magazine ads for many years. Those ads were often the best way for producers to know what the checkoff was doing. That’s likely what’s behind the 43% of producers who say they remember having seen, read or heard information about the beef checkoff in the past six months. That’s down from years past. But overall, beef producers are pleased with the performance of the checkoff:
These kits can put a meal on the table in 15 minutes. In March, a national launch has been scheduled. Look for MBIC at several spring forage conferences in March including the Cousin Carl Farm Show in Cape Girardeau and the Ozark Empire Spring Roundup show in Springfield. Consumer events will include retail grocer beef sampling, St. Patrick’s Day television chef series, Food Evolution event at the St. Louis Science Center, and a Missouri Wine extravaganza wine pairing partnership.
• 76% say the beef checkoff has contributed to a positive trend in beef demand • 78% say the checkoff has value even when the economy is weak, 5% higher than last year • 65% say the checkoff contributes to profitability of their operations • 71% say the checkoff represents their interests, 4% higher than last year • 61% believe the checkoff is wellmanaged
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Missouri is one of five states launching a new beef product through Associated Wholesale Grocers in late February. Retailers launched the new products/kits that focus on entire meals in one package. This meal kit is Meal Delivery style inspired, yet conveniently found at local grocery stores. All the components that consumers will need are included in the kit, however, consumers can add their favorite fresh or frozen veggies to extend the meal or make it personal for them.
The kit includes fresh sliced USDA Choice Beef Sirloin, sauce, starch, and topping, with simple one-pan cooking instructions for the meat.
Easy Use of DNA Data Enhances Cow Herds Growing Quality Beef Source: Duane Dailey, University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Missouri – Beef-cow herd owners will learn new ways to raise better calves at three University of Missouri meetings in March. The sessions lead producers from proven breeding to new uses of DNA. MU Extension animal scientists David Patterson and Jared Decker will lead the ReproGene Meetings. Management of fixed-time artificial insemination allows more live calves and more uniform calf crops. New DNA tools make rapid advances in beef quality. Genomics allow breeders to predict traits of the next generation. Traditionally, breeders use expected progeny differences (EPDs). Now, new EPDs add DNA data. Pedigrees and production testing are still used; however, geneticallyenhanced EPDs give more accuracy. A simple DNA test with blood or hair samples replaces years of production testing. With GE-EPDs, the added DNA speeds improving traits, whether for maternal or meat market ends. Recent high premiums at packing plants signal demand for more high-quality beef. The USDA prime/choice price spread is the new guide to follow. Consignors at fall and spring Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer sales learn the value of maternal genetics. Heifers bred by fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI) bring higher prices than bull-bred heifers. AI allows use of top proven sires on any farm. Repeat buyers want more SMS heifers. With heifer breeding management, conception rates rise and death losses drop. Adding genetics improves quality. Meeting times, places and local MU Extension livestock specialists: • March 8. Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage.
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Eldon Cole, Mount Vernon, 417-466-3102. • March 21. Mills Center, Laclede County Fairgrounds, Lebanon. Andy McCorkill, Buffalo, 417-345-7551. • March 26. Recklein Auditorium, 202 N. Smith St., Cuba. Ted Cunningham, Salem, 573-729-3196. The events run from 4 p.m. registration with program at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with a farmer panel at 8:15 p.m. Patterson, MU Extension reproduction specialist, will lead with a review of fixed-time AI for heifers and cows. He will tell of improved breeding of 2-year olds. Jordan Thomas, MU research assistant, will tell of his work using sex-sorted semen and split-time AI. New protocols improve conceptions. Jared Decker, MU Extension geneticist, gives basics of EPDs and genomic predictions. Then he will tell how genomics increase profits. With Decker’s help, a new class of heifers has joined the SMS heifer sales. Heifers with GE-EPDs are called Show-Me Plus. Those rank above Tier Two heifers in price premiums. The best part will be farmer panels, Decker says. Area farmers tell how they combine use of AI and genomics. “We have lots of experience out there with Show-MeSelect Replacement Heifers,” he adds. “We extend that resource. You don’t have to be a SMS member to benefit from those protocols. Taking a DNA test at birth provides a lifetime benefit in a cow herd. DNA does not change with age. The use of genomic tests was greatly simplified with the development of indexes. A producer does not have to look at a lot of different EPDs. Now a dollar value is added to each trait and those are combined into a monetary value. All animals in a breed, or a herd, can be ranked. That makes culling decisions easier. “A big failure would be to buy the tests and not use the data,” Decker says. “There is zero gain in doing that. No profit potential.”
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Common Sense with Baxter Black Lorraine To supplement farm income, some get their wives jobs in town. Others expand their hobbies, i.e. making saddles, braiding horsehair or running for county commissioner. Some, in desperation, get a real estate license! I chose the conservative, low risk venture of making a home video! After considering several subjects, “Documentary of the Brucellosis Eradication Program 1936-92”, “The Hatch Act; a Review” and “Fasciola Hepatica; Peril of Fluke?” I decided to use some of my poems and invent Cowboy Poetry MTV! I would invite my cowboy friends and we would act out each poem. Included in the video was “THE CULL”, a poem in which a young vet and an experienced cowman argue the merits of keeping or culling a cow. The cow described in the poem was definitely beyond “one more year”!
I sent a copy to Hank at the sale barn in Willcox and asked him to find me this cow. I called three days before I had the big shooting scheduled. He said he had the cow. I reminded him that I’d encouraged him to buy two or three so I could cast just the right cow for the starring role. He said, “Don’t worry, I’ve got the cow!”
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He was right… she cost sixty bucks! I got her home and ran her in the chute to examine her. I was lucky to have my old pardner, Jake, who had a supporting role, to help me. She was in fair condition and had only the lower corner incisors left. There was a healed lump at the angle of her jaw, her left horn curled back into the side of her head and the right horn swooped out gracefully to the northeast. She looked like she was directing traffic! But the reason she was at the sale barn, headed to the rendering plant, was her right eye. Cancer had enucleated it and the orbital area was the size of a small cantaloupe! Jake and I cleaned, packed and dressed the eye. No Shut-Eye Patch would cover it. I thought a big cartoon X made of black duct tape might make the defect more presentable. Then Jake said, “I know what’ll work… a bra!” The next thing I knew we were in the lingerie section of Tractor Supply. “What size, you reckon?” I asked. He said, “Well, you’ve been washing it for two days. Hold out yer hand!” We chose a 38D and took it home. My wife cut off and discarded the unneeded cup. Our purchase fit perfectly! The shoulder strap went over the longhorn and the back
strap coursed above the good eye like a pirate patch underneath the jaw. She played her part beyond expectations. I took her back to the sale barn, the Maidenform still stuck firmly in place. She went through the auction ring with a note thanking Hank for his cattle buying skill, recounting her new status as a star and charging the new owner to treat her with kindness. She goes by the name Lorraine. She brought $25. So much for my cowsmetology.
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Cattlemen Release 2018 Policy Priorities Source: NCBA PHOENIX (Feb. 1, 2018) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today unveiled its 2018 Policy Priorities, which will guide the group’s lobbying efforts in Washington over the coming year. The document was released at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix. This year’s Priorities focus on five main categories: the 2018 Farm Bill, Trade and Market Access, Regulatory Reform, Antimicrobial Use, and Fake Meat. Some of this year’s priorities are familiar to longtime industry watchers. Like last year, NCBA will work to ensure that the pending Farm Bill includes full funding for a foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank, protects conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and prevents marketdisrupting policies like mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Likewise, the group’s regulatory-reform efforts will again focus on finding a permanent solution to an electronic logging devices mandate, modernizing the Endangered
Species Act, and replacing the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. New to the Priorities list this year is an emphasis on antimicrobial use - specifically the aim to secure clean Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) reauthorization and continuing the Key Technologies Task Force action steps on antimicrobials. Another new emphasis in 2018 will be a focus on protecting the industry and consumers from fake meat and misleading labels on products that do not contain real beef. “With tax reform, regulatory rollbacks, and new access to the Chinese market, we had some big victories in Washington last year, but this is no time to take a break, and 2018 promises a mix of new and familiar challenges,” said incoming NCBA President Kevin Kester, a fifth-generation California rancher. “We’re going to continue to ensure fair access to foreign markets, fight against unnecessary regulation, make sure the Farm Bill addresses our needs, and guarantee that consumers have the ability to purchase a safe, healthy, and accurately labeled protein source.” NCBA Policy Priorities sheet is on page 48.
CattleFax elects 2018 Officers, Celebrates 50th Anniversary Source: CattleFax
CENTENNIAL, COLO. (February 15, 2018) –Dale Smith, a cattle producer from Amarillo, Texas, was elected 2018 President of CattleFax at the 50th annual business meeting of the organization on Feb. 1, 2018 in Phoenix, Ariz. Smith is a cow/calf, stocker operator and cattle feeder based out of the Texas panhandle with operations in the Texas Panhandle, Colorado and the Southeast. He has served on the boards of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, among others.
President Elect is Don Quincey of Chiefland, Fla. Quincey is a 5th generation rancher and cattle feeder in Florida and is a past president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Re-elected as executive vice president was Randy Blach of Centennial, Colo. Other directors currently serving terms for CattleFax are: Todd Allen of Newton, Kan.; Pono Von Holt of
Kamuela, Hawaii; Mark Frasier of Fort Morgan, Colo.; Jerry Adams of Broken Bow, Neb.; and Jeff Sparrowk of Clements, Calif. Tom Jensen of Omaha, Neb., is serving as treasurer. CattleFax’s 50th anniversary was celebrated at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention. First, to kick off the celebration a video highlighting the history and progress of CattleFax was shown. The video is available to view on the CattleFax website, as well as YouTube. Topper Thorpe, the first analyst hired by CattleFax and its CEO for 30 years, was on hand to introduce the CattleFax Annual Outlook Seminar. Dee Likes, a former CattleFax employee and the CEO emeritus of Kansas Livestock Association, emceed the evening reception. All of the CattleFax past presidents were honored for their leadership and guidance, as were long-time members, some of whom have been involved with the organization for 45 years or more. Also recognized were past and current CattleFax staff members.
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Cedar County The Cedar County Cattlemen’s Association held their February membership meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fairgrounds in El Dorado Springs. The sponsor for the evening was Missouri Home, Farm & Land Realty, LLC. Billy Bruce welcomed the members, and the invocation was given by Joe Levi. The treasurer’s report was read by Kala Kenney. The minutes from the December meeting were read by Megan Richner. Both reports were approved.
Billy Bruce, agent at Missouri Home, Farm & Land Realty, LLC discusses property value in Cedar County.
In old business, Scott Casey gave an update about the breakout sessions he attended at the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show, Jan. 5-7 in Columbia. Also attending the conference was Tom Bryant, Clay Doeden and Megan Richner. In new business, the Cedar County Cattlemen’s members were asked to grill the steaks for the customer lunch at the Seedstock Plus Red Sale at United Producers in Humansville on Saturday, March 10. The deadline for the 2018 Scholarship is April 1. It is open to any high school senior that lives in Cedar County. A board member will be speaking to the El Dorado Springs and Stockton FFA Chapters and
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handing out applications. This year, the scholarship is open to students attending an out-of-state-college or university. In the past, it was restricted to Missouri schools. The April membership meeting and banquet will be held Saturday, April 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the meal and meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. The auction will follow. Auction items and door prizes are needed, so contact us for a donation. The meeting was adjourned. Billy spoke on behalf of Missouri Home, Farm & Land Realty, LLC. He discussed land values and gave a recap on the 2017 market. He also discussed the projections for 2018. The agency is a member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database which allows them to market properties nationwide, even though they only sell property in Missouri.
Cole County The Cole County Cattleman’s Association held a general membership meeting in January at the St. Martin’s School in St. Martins. A meal was prepared by local caterers, the Horn family and sponsored by Bill Frank with ADM. Approximately 44 members were in attendance with families. The program for the evening was presented by Bill Frank with ADM on minerals and tubs. Also speaking was Matt Boatright of Maplewood Acres Farm in Sedalia who spoke about his operation and rotational grazing for cattle. A program for the newly formed youth group was presented by Chris Pierce with USDA, also known as “the bug killer.” Good bugs, bad bugs and more were looked at, touched and discussed. Other news presented during the general membership meeting was the donation to the Missouri Cattleman’s benefit auction of a pedal tractor brought around $400. Members Ed and Judy Ehrhardt received the Top Hand Award at the Missouri Cattleman’s Convention for recruitment, and present was Mr. Chuck Miller who updated us on happenings with the MCA; work on property tax issues, animal owner rights, water rights, PAC funding and Cowboys at the Capitol, which will be happening 3/7 and 4/18.
Mizzou Collegiate Cattlemen/ CattleWomen The University of Missouri Collegiate CattleWomen and Collegiate Cattlemen have teamed up to raise funds for their organizations. These two organizations are passionate about teaching the community about the beef industry and learning more about it themselves. These groups spend time hosting various learning activities for the community, attend cattle conventions, and host guest speakers to increase knowledge in various disciplines of the cattle industry. The groups are selling Mizzou Eat Beef license plates to generate the funds to attend and run some of the above activities. They are selling the license plates for $20 each. For any questions or to order please contact the groups at ccw.mizzou@ gmail.com.
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Jeff Knight and FFA president Madison Turner.
Members of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association gathered on February 13 at Prairie Grove School south of Buffalo for our monthly meeting and to support our annual scholarship pie auction. The 178 in attendance enjoyed chili and plenty of other soups along with homemade rolls and desserts. Topping the pie auction was a chocolate pie baked by Becky Turner. After active bidding the final nod was given by Kevin Piper. The 28 pies (and a bouquet of roses) tallied $2,300 for the DCCA scholarship fund. We would like to thank everyone who graciously donated pies and certainly those who purchased them. We always have tons of fun at the pie auction, and a lot of people took home a luscious dessert that evening. We would also like to thank auctioneers Herman Hostetler, Jeff Knight, Bill Turner, and Russ Weeks for donating their talents. We really appreciate our Region 6 vice president, Clay Doeden for attending our meeting. Clay updated us on MCA events, and he even took home a couple pies! As always, we enjoy Mike Deering’s attendance. Mike spoke about the recent NCBA convention and the strong presence of MCA there. We were honored to have newly elected State Representative Jeff Knight attend as well. Jeff and wife, Amy are DCCA members. Jeff is looking forward to serving us in Jefferson City, and he will be a strong advocate for agriculture and the cattle industry. Speaking briefly was Brad Humann of Gibson Insurance. Brad will be back in Dallas County in May to sponsor our meeting that month. We are always glad to have local FFA members join us. Buffalo FFA officers Madison Turner and Emily Whipple updated us on upcoming FFA activities and thanked us for our continued support.
Emily Whipple, Madison Turner, and Russ Weeks.
Dallas County was represented at the NCBA convention by members Jake Hostetler and Aaron Miller. Many family members accompanied the two on their trip. They said a great time was enjoyed by all. Our March 13 meeting will be held at the Buffalo Livestock Market and sponsored by the Caselman families. We are really excited and looking forward to our April 10 meeting with Dr. Dan Thomson from RFD’s Doc-Talk show. It will be held at Prairie Grove School at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see a lot of you there!
“Doc Talk” Dr. Dan Thomson Coming to Dallas County in April
The Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association would like to invite other affiliates to join our monthly meeting in April. Dr. Dan Thomson MS, PhD, DVM and the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be our guest speaker, sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. He hosts a nationally aired veterinary television show entitled “Doc Talk” that reaches over 45 million homes worldwide. Dr. Thomson will bring his knowledge and friendly nature to share in his presentation about current beef production practices. The meeting will be held at the Prairie Grove School in Buffalo MO at 7:00 PM on Tuesday April 10. For more information and directions please contact Lynette Miller (417) 733-2078 or Pam Naylor (417)880-6039.
The Lafayette County Cattlemen board of directors met Thursday, February 1 at the FCS Financial offices in Higginsville. President Jeff Bergman conducted the business meeting. Hannah Copenhaver, Secretary and Sasha Hull, treasurer provided reports on activities since the last meeting.Marsha Corbin gave a brief outline of this year’s bus trip plans to Illinois and Indiana July 22 - 25.
The Dent-Phelps County Cattlemen’s Association met January 19, 2018 at the Salem City Hall. A group of 45 people were in attendance. This was our annual chili dinner meeting. All procedes collected for the meal price will go to the scholarships to be awarded in 2018.
Chad Copenhaver discussed the needed updates to the cooker and will make necessary arrangements. The annual LCCA scholarship applications are available from school counselors and the Lafayette County Extension office. The rest of the meeting was planning for the annual meeting. Details are as follows: March 10 - American Legion Hall, Higginsville- HWY 13 & 22nd Street. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Black Jack Creek. Election of officers, MCA updates and Cattlemen of the Year award. RSVP to Lafayette Co. Extension office.
The evening’s program included a ‘Producers Panel’ made up of local cattlemen: Jim Cafourek, Ted Cunningham, Lance Hasten, Ken Lenox and Bobby Simpson and a special guest speaker, Kenadee Barnitz, the newly-crowned 2018 Missouri Beef Queen. The five producers shared details about their beef operations. One producer started with stories about the history of the land that four generations have lived and worked on to add perspective on the banking and business side of starting out. Another spelled out how five herds on five connected farms can be successfully managed if you simplify the workload and if you have a good succession plan. A different producer had a unique story about caring for 30 bottle calves and advertised that he and his wife could handle more. (Continued on page 54)
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One of the younger producers shared a success story of how after years of working on fescue conversion, the end result was a double crop of wheat and Bermuda. As one operation was all about customized services, this producer had experiences that varied from buying mismanaged cattle to customizing grazing, watering and corral systems. Other topics included the drought of 2012, unexplained foot problems, backgrounding, and artifical insemination. All the producers provided helpful answers to questions, and everyone walked away learning something new. President, Jarrod Simpson, introduced Kenadee Barnitz, daughter of Frank and Lisa Barnitz and granddaughter of George Allen and Liz Barnitz, all longtime members of Dent-Phelps Cattlemen. Kenadee along with her parents and her teacher, Cord Jenkins, attended the 50th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. She gave the group an update about the event and how she had competed to become the 2018 Missouri Beef Queen. Kenadee gave her competition speech for the group. It focused on the industry challenge of the transition from an aging cattle producer population to those younger producers looking to enter the field. She stressed ways that the two can help each other. At the conclusion of her speech the meeting was adjourned, and Kenadee socialized with everyone, representing the Missouri beef industry with a style all her own. Congratulations, Kenadee Barnitz! A thank you goes out to our board members who provided the tasty chili, to our current members who brought potential new members, and to The Salem News for sending a reporter to cover the event. The results were four new members, bringing our membership to 120, and The Salem News ran a story on January 23, 2018 titled, “Barnitz named 2018 Missouri Beef Queen, Simpson to serve as president.” Congratulations are also in order for Mr. Bobby Simpson who will serve as president-elect in 2018 for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. The next Dent-Phelps County Cattlemen’s meeting will be our Annual Dinner Auction on March 3, 2018 at 5 pm at Indian Trail Archery, Salem, Missouri.
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St. Clair County The St. Clair County Cattlemen met February 13 at the Landmark restaurant. The meeting was sponsored by Pennington Seed. Josh Salmon opened the meeting with a prayer before the meal was served. Brian Worthington of Pennington Seed Company presented a slideshow about the company and fescue seed production. He gave advice on how to maximize your seed production yields through practices like fertilizing. A special thanks was given to Keith Hankins and Brian for sponsoring and speaking. Lauren read the October meeting minutes, Austin motioned to accept minutes, Rhonda seconds, motion passed. The treasurers report was passed out for review at the beginning of the meeting, Mike motioned to approve, Austin seconded, motion passed. Josh announced that we will offer three $2,000 scholarships this year for high school seniors or college freshmen. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by April 1 and sent to Susan Salmon. March 12-14 is the County Leadership Conference. We will be doing the 50/50 raffle drawing at Lucas Oil Speedway September 14. All volunteers are appreciated.
May 12 is the Lowry City parade. We will decorate the float at noon at Josh’s house. Lineup is at 2:45 p.m. June 8 is the Appleton City Fair, the parade is at 7 p.m. Float assembly will be at Josh’s house that day. We will also be cooking ribeye steaks at the fair.
Both are always willing to lend a hand and make things happen. For that and so much more, we gladly thank them for their service and look forward to the years ahead.
September 1 is the Rodeo Daze parade in Osceola. Our county commissioners are working on getting a contract and permits to place the Agri-Ready signs around the county. Our next meeting will be March 13 at the Osceola school cafeteria; the FFA chapter will be preparing the meal. The meeting speaker will be Jeff Schoen with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. With no further business Jeremy motioned to adjourn, Mike seconded, motion passed.
Benton County The Benton County Cattleman’s Association recognized Larry and Lois Gregory as 2018 Cattlemen of the Year. Larry has served for many years as our local treasurer. He also helps organize and run many of the functions throughout the year. Lois has served with our CattleWomen’s Association for many years as well.
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Polk County We are so grateful the weather was much better for the February meeting of the Polk County Cattleman. The January weather was so bad that only about 25 people risked traveling to it. For the February meeting, we had close to 100 present. The meeting was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Jeff Schoen did an excellent presentation of their products, and the benefits of using them. He said Boehringer Ingelheim is the second largest private family owned business of this type in the nation. We certainly thank him for his sponsorship.
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We were pleased to have Clay Douden, from Cedar County with us. He spoke about happenings at the state level, and the dates for Cowboys at the Capitol. He encouraged everyone to attend at least one time this year. Clay also told us the Humane Society of the United States are striving to make livestock obsolete. Yes, they wish to create what they call “Clean Meat,” for human consumption. Clay said this effort is backed by “money people” including Bill Gates, Richard Branson and other rich people. We can only imagine the affect this so-called meat would have on the total livestock industry. Our president, Keith Stevens, gave a report on Polk County’s wins at the State convention, and about his trip to the national convention. He said he was very pleased that approximately 300 Missourians were present at the National Convention. And, that our own Danny McCurry won honors on the stage, and a place in the hearts of the crowd, with his cowboy poetry. Good job, Danny. Keith also announced our first cooking will be March 24.
Our past president, Mark Stanek was presented a beautiful belt buckle , (for all his hard work as president) by our current president, Keith Stevens. We are interested in getting more young people to show an interest in the Cattleman’s Assn. So, our newest board member, Gary Jenkins, took on the responsibility of inviting all local area FFA Advisors and their students to our meeting. We had one advisor and two students in attendance. Good job, Gary. Thanks for your efforts.
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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen Winter weather warnings no doubt held the crowd down for the February 6 meeting, but the roast beef and all the trimmings, including apple cobbler from Prime Cut Monett helped start the evening off on a good note. The meeting was held at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon. The host for the evening was the Missouri Red Angus Association, represented by Gregg Bailey, Mt. Vernon. He introduced the speaker, Harold Bertz, Mayview, Missouri. Harold is the commercial marketing programs coordinator for the Red Angus Association of America. Harold referred to a Kansas State study covering five years with prices from Superior Livestock Auction’s 116 video auctions which showed Red Angus heifers were bringing a sizeable premium over all other breed types. He also outlined several programs available through the association for Red Angus and their crosses that help “de-commoditize” feeder cattle. Included was the Top Dollar Angus program that is designed for both Angus and Red Angus feeder cattle. With it, DNA tests of sisters to the steers can help qualify them for growth and carcass marketing. During the business meeting, president, Russell Marion outlined plans to have a drawing at the May meeting for the fence charger the association won at the MCA Convention as the top affiliate in 2017. Attendance at the monthly meetings from February through May or new members entitles them to have their names placed in the drawing. One name per membership please. Jim McCann reported on the NCBA Convention. He added, the next retired cow harvest would be February 20 for the MO Beef for MO Kids project at Mt. Vernon Schools.
Members voted to contribute $1,000 to the Monett FFA dairy judging team’s trip to judge and visit Europe this summer.
Gregg Bailey and Harold Bertz discuss Red Angus activities.
Rebecca Mettler and son Blaine register for the fence charger.
Traves Merrick, Miller was the successful candidate at the convention for Region 7 vice-president and he reminded members to participate in the upcoming Cowboys at the Capitol. Also, a plea was made for someone to volunteer for the County Leadership Conference on March 12 & 13.
Henry County Cold, icy, wind chill below freezing… our vocabulary has been somewhat limited this month. Several of our members braved the storms and attended the state convention. We were pleased to have our own Marylin Lesmeister selected as “Cattlewoman of the Year.” No one deserves it more than Marylin! We started the year off with a great dinner/meeting in January. Two banks sponsored the event: Equity and Hawthorn. Dr. Scott Brown gave a very informative persentation. It was announced during the meeting that we are very much in need for someone to step-up and agree to be president of the association for the upcoming year. Give this some thought, as this is a very important position. Everyone was encouraged to attend one of the MU Extension meetings (Richmond or Butler) concerning the Missouri Fence Law.
Our very own “Cattlewoman of the Year” Marylin Lesmeister.
Dan Wallace, Hawthorn Bank, visits with long-time member Darrell Sloan. Employees and staff from Equity Bank.
New members Carmen and Ron Hoffman enjoying the meeting.
Member Dale Lawler enjoying the meal with his grandson.
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“A Night on the Town” 4:30-6:00 Cattlemen’s Social Get together and fellowship 6:00 Steak Fry • Auction of donated items to support the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation $50.00/Couple $30.00/Individuals
All area cattlemen and cattlewomen are invited to attend and participate in this evening of fun and activities!
A Little Background May Help Source: CAB - On Target by Justin Sexten, Ph.D Let’s say you weaned calves last fall but didn’t sell. Instead, you helped them cross the bridge to independent life in your dry lot pen and maybe on to a grazing program. Chances are, those “backgrounded” calves have moved on to a finishing yard or the next phase of heifer development. You’ve got calving on your mind now, but that means weaning will surely follow this fall and some of your decisions then will be framed by decisions made this spring. So back to those pens and fields, perhaps empty now, but ready for planning. Researchers at the University of Nebraska recently compared three backgrounding systems, and at least one of them might be a good fit for your farm or ranch.
A silage-based dry lot system is the most common model for those who get their weaned calves started at home, but the Nebraska work also looked at grazing options. One set of calves grazed oats and turnips that were planted after corn-silage harvest and another
picked through corn stalks along with a distillers grains supplement at 0.9% of their body weight. The silage system lasted 53 days while each grazing option ran for a total of 93 days, including a month on the silage diet before moving on to the feedyard, where all groups were finished for approximately 160 days to reach a common back fat of 0.6 inches. The calves grown only on silage gained fastest with an average daily gain (ADG) of 3.25 pounds, so they moved into the feedyard and finished 40 days ahead of their grazing cohorts. ADG for each of the systems depended on how much energy calves could take in. Stalk grazing was lowest at 1.91 lb./day and the cover-crop oats and turnip mix was intermediate at 2.32 lb./day. Feedyard gain was greater for calves that had grazed, typical after time on a restricted diet, but calves backgrounded on silage were more feed efficient. Final bodyweight was greater for both grazing treatments, which meant greater carcass weights.
The study was designed to reach a similar back fat level for all calves, but that didn’t mean intramuscular fat, marbling, would be the same. Marbling scores were lowest for those grazing corn residue, followed by calves on cover crops, and highest for those fed only the silage diet. Previous studies suggested similar cattle fed to comparable back fat will finish with similar marbling, but it’s becoming clear that diet prior to finishing can make a difference in marbling, even when fed to the same back fat level. Marbling development is a lifetime event, and it begins with breed and especially sire selection. Many studies show the advantage English-influenced genetics have over those with more Continental influence when it comes to marbling and final quality grade. The recent Nebraska study showed small differences in marbling score due to backgrounding system. The lower rate of gain by calves trying to grow on corn stalks resulted in the lowest percent Choice, despite faster feedyard gains and heavier carcass weights. It goes back to the fact that marbling is a lifetime event. Even a moderate ADG presents a risk of reduced quality grade expression (failure to realize genetic potential) because
of getting by on limited forage intake, shipping stress or inclement weather. You don’t need to run your own experiment, but look at any data on calves that got sick while on feed: you can count on lower than pen average quality grade, and some of that is the interruption in steady nutrition. It starts way before that, of course, as we know marginal cow nutrition can suppress eventual marbling ability of a calf even before it’s born. When the genetic potential for grade is unknown, the margin for nutritional error is mighty slim. When genetic potential for grade is supposed to be one of your herd’s advantages, you have a lot to lose. With 70% of calves grading Choice today, we get paid grid premiums for reaching that grade only by exceeding plant average. What happens if you aim both genetics and management for closer to 100% Choice? Premiums are paid based on the Choice-Select spread for those 30% above and beyond average, and for each carcass qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef® brand and USDA Prime. All the more reason to ensure adequate nutrition for genetic potential—with a margin for environmental challenges—at every step along the way, from those calves you tag today to their backgrounding and finishing systems.
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MBC Bull Buyers Guide Welcome to our 30th Annual Bull Buyers Guide This special advertising section is designed to give you easy access to breeders who have bulls for sale this spring. Most of the advertisers in this section are placed according to breed.
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Pigs, People and Profit Source: CAB Black Ink - by Nicole Lane Erceg We lived in a two-bedroom apartment in the middle of the city when my husband made the first livestock purchase of our marriage. Bidding in an online pig sale, he made us the owners of a beautiful crossbred gilt with nowhere to live. No barn, no plan, no pig feed, no truck or trailer, absolutely nothing we needed to start a livestock business. We couldn’t even fill out the shipping information for where this gilt would go. The planner in me panicked. What in the world had he/ we just done?! And what were we going to do now?! He calmly turned to me and said, “The world is run on partnerships.” Though not necessarily comforting at the time, he wasn’t wrong. There was no way we could start a livestock business alone. Whether you’re raising pigs or cattle, it takes a good team to get the job done. Producing premium beef requires an excellent genetic supplier, a superior health program, a great feeder, a
careful rancher making sure those calves never have a bad day and of course patient mentors who pass along their wisdom. When all of these key people come together, incredible things can happen. I spoke with a rancher recently who was being recognized for his success in the cattle business. His most recent load of cattle graded 100% Choice or better, including 32.5% Prime. Humbly, he attributed that achievement to generations who built the business before him, his veterinarian, bull supplier, feedyard partner and many improvements in technology that gave him added tools. He gave all credit to the people around him. Of course, he did more than his fair share of the work, but said the most valuable asset in raising those high-quality cattle was the investment he’d made in relationships with people. Although genetics, management and hard work are vital, the right people on your team help drive the decisions that result in profitable, high-quality beef. The cattle business has a lot of complex, moving parts— you can’t be an expert in all facets of animal health, grid marketing or cattle nutrition. When you want to start or grow a business, or just get into situations where you don’t know what to do next, it’s nice to have more than a few numbers to call. That evening we spontaneously started our pig business, we may have put the cart before the horse. But having the right people around helped turn a snap decision into a profitable, growing enterprise. With a few quick phone calls, we had more than a home for the gilt, we had business partners.
It doesn’t matter what part of the livestock sector you’re in, the people you rely on can mean all the difference in your success, profitability and the fun you have along the way.
Because at the end of the day, this isn’t just the livestock business, it’s a people business.
New Records for U.S. Beef Export Value, Pork Export Volume in 2017 Source: USMEF 2017 was a record-breaking year for U.S. red meat exports, with beef export value exceeding $7 billion for only the second time and pork exports easily surpassing the previous year’s volume record, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports totaled 1.26 million metric tons (mt), up 6 percent from 2016. This was the fourth-largest volume on record and the second-largest of the post-BSE era. Beef export value reached $7.27 billion, up 15 percent year-over-year and 2 percent above the previous high achieved in 2014 ($7.13 billion). “This was a remarkable year for beef exports, in our mainstay markets in northern Asia as well as emerging destinations in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “The U.S. beef industry gained significant market share in Japan despite considerable obstacles, and posted a record-breaking performance in South Korea and Taiwan. These markets are especially critical for chilled beef exports, which were up about 25 percent year-over-year. This had a tremendous impact on carcass value.” For December only, beef export value was up 9 percent from a year ago to $672.9 million – the second-highest of 2017 and the third-highest on record. December volume was down 3 percent from a year ago to 113,269 mt.
Beef exports accounted for 12.9 percent of total production in 2017 and 10.4 percent for muscle cuts only, down from 13.7 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively, in 2016. Beef export value averaged $286.38 per head of fed slaughter, up 9 percent from 2016 and the second-highest on record, trailing only the $300.36 average posted in 2014.
Pork exports totaled 2.45 million mt in 2017, breaking the 2016 record by 6 percent. Export value was $6.49 billion – up 9 percent year-over-year and the secondhighest on record, trailing only 2014 ($6.65 billion). “Heading into 2017, we knew U.S. pork production would be record-large and that the industry would be counting more than ever on export growth to support hog prices and sustain profitability,” Halstrom said. “Our international pork customers really stepped up to the plate, and USMEF helped the industry meet their needs through new product development, consumer education and outreach and by creating opportunities for customers to meet with U.S. suppliers. The new volume record for pork is impressive, but it’s important to note that export value increased at an even more rapid pace – which confirms that international demand is robust and that exports deliver a strong return.” For December only, pork export value was up 5 percent from a year ago to $591.1 million. This was the secondhighest total of 2017, trailing only the record value achieved in November ($615.8 million). December volume was down 1 percent from a year ago to 219,809 mt. Pork exports accounted for 26.6 percent of total production in 2017 and 22.3 percent for muscle cuts only, each up nearly a full percentage point from a year ago. Pork export value averaged $53.47 per head slaughtered, up 6 percent from 2016. Japan leads beef export growth; value records fall in several key markets Japan solidified its position as the leading market for U.S. beef in 2017, with volume climbing 19 percent year-over-year to 307,559 mt and value up 25 percent to $1.89 billion – new post-BSE records. Chilled exports to Japan expanded even more rapidly, reaching 148,688 (Continued on page 80)
mt (up 32 percent) valued at $1.102 billion (up 37 percent) as U.S. beef captured more than half of Japan’s imported chilled beef market – a new high for U.S. market share. Japan accounts for nearly $75 in export value per head of fed slaughter and delivers critical premiums for certain cuts. For example, Japan’s imports of U.S. beef tongue averaged $12.13 per head and imports of short plate averaged $26.44. The U.S. industry is marketing a wide range of beef cuts in Japan and the market holds potential for additional growth. But market access is a concern, with imports of Australian and Mexican beef subject to significantly lower duties and beef from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico all poised to gain further tariff relief through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Other 2017 beef export highlights include: Beef exports to South Korea increased 3 percent in volume (184,152 mt) and climbed 15 percent in value to $1.22 billion, easily outpacing the previous year’s record. Chilled U.S. beef achieved tremendous growth, increasing 73 percent in volume (45,153 mt) and 78 percent in value ($405.8 million). Demand is especially strong in the Korean retail sector, where consumer confidence in the quality and safety of U.S. beef continues to gain momentum. Korea’s imports of U.S. beef are now subject to a 21.3 percent tariff, down from 24 percent in 2017 and well below the 40 percent rate in effect prior to implementation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). The tariff rate is scheduled to decline to zero by 2026. Mexico remained the second-largest volume market (237,972 mt, down 2 percent from 2016) and thirdlargest in value ($979.7 million, up slightly). It is an especially important market for U.S. beef shoulder clods, rounds and variety meat.
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Exports to Taiwan set a new value record, increasing 13 percent from a year ago to $409.7 million. Volume was up 2 percent to 44,800 mt. U.S. beef holds 72 percent of Taiwan’s chilled beef market, the highest share of any Asian destination. Taiwan is a key market for secondary beef cuts such as the clod heart, petite tender and top sirloin cap. Demand in Hong Kong rebounded from a slow start to post a strong performance in 2017, increasing 16 percent in volume (130,726 mt) and 29 percent in value ($884.1 million). After China’s mid-year lifting of its ban on U.S. beef, exports to China totaled 3,020 mt valued at $31 million. While eligible supplies remain limited due to China’s import restrictions, the market holds significant growth potential and is already one of the highest value markets for U.S. beef on a per-pound basis. Record exports to the Philippines and Singapore and strong growth in Indonesia and Vietnam pushed export volume to the ASEAN region up 37 percent to 40,954 mt, while value climbed 34 percent to $210.9 million. Strong performances in Chile, Peru and Colombia led the way for U.S. beef in South America, where export volume increased 24 percent to 28,383 mt and value was up 23 percent to $114.8 million. Shipments to Brazil, which resumed in April after a 13-year absence, totaled 2,035 mt valued at $7.4 million. Led by strong beef liver demand in South Africa, exports to Africa increased 78 percent in volume (22,001 mt) and 74 percent in value ($22 million). Since reopening to U.S. beef in 2016, South Africa has emerged as the sixth-largest destination for U.S. beef variety meat and second-largest for livers. Mexico, Central and South America, Korea drive outstanding growth for U.S. pork Strong demand for U.S. hams set the pace for the sixth consecutive volume record for pork exports to Mexico at 801,887 mt, up 10 percent year-over-year. Export value reached $1.51 billion – up 12 percent and the secondhighest on record, trailing only 2014 ($1.56 billion). Per capita pork consumption in Mexico has grown by about one-third over the past 10 years and now stands at 18 kilograms. This rapid growth has been bolstered by USMEF’s trade education and outreach efforts and continuous engagement with Mexico’s importers, distributors and processors, as well as duty-free access under NAFTA. Complete 2017 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.
Roy Eldon Akers Roy E. Akers, age 89 years, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri. A prayer service was held at the Clinton United Methodist Church at 7:30 PM with visitation from 6-7:30 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Missouri Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com.
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Roy was born July 2, 1928 in Lowry City, Missouri the son of Hershel and Cleo (Cast) Akers. He served his country as a member of the National Guard. Roy’s life vocation was farming and raising cattle. He was a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Henry County Cattlemen’s Association. In 2015 Roy was the recipient of the Pioneer Award, which is the highest award given by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, twin infant sisters, Betty and Letty, and a grandson, Nathan Anderson. Survivors include his wife, Janet of the home, two daughters Gayle Powers of Lakeland, Florida and Brenda Anderson of Kansas City, Missouri, a sister, Roma McCarthy (David) of Chandler, Arizona, 3 grandchildren; Jaclyn Wilson (Matt) of Overland Park, Kansas, Greg Powers of Naples, Florida, and Glenda Mueller of Greensboro, North Carolina, 8 greatgrandchildren; Hayley, Taralyn, Weston, Hunter, Gray, baby Cleo, and Leigh, Anna, and Max. Also surviving is Roy’s nephew, Craig McCarthy of Chandler, Arizona.
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NCBA Recognizes Arizona Ranch with National Environmental Stewardship Award Source: NCBA PHOENIX – (February 1, 2018) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today announced the Jim O’Haco Cattle Company of Winslow, Arizona, as the winner of the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award was presented at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona. Established in 1898, Jim O’Haco Cattle Company is owned by Jim and Jeanne O’Haco and encompasses about 60,000 acres in eastern Arizona. Much like other ranching families, the precedent for environmental stewardship was set long ago when Mr. O’Haco’s grandfather first came to the country from the Basque Pyrenees in Europe. Two generations later, Mr. O’Haco has spent his lifetime continuing the legacy and implementing land management programs to restore grazing land and improve water infrastructure on his family’s operation.
A notable property improvement was the installation of the High Point Well. Initiated over a period of ten years, the well features 42 miles of buried pipeline, supplying water to 60,000 acres of land. The increased water access has not only benefited grazing conditions, it has restored habitat and increased wildlife populations throughout the ranch. Water improvements were coupled with efforts to manage invasive juniper and other brush. Much of this progress has been supported through partnerships with state and federal agencies, including the Arizona Game & Fish Department, and the United States Forest Service, as well as local conservation groups. “Caring for our natural resources is a shared ambition and point of pride among livestock producers,” said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden. “Jim is a true conservationist and partner of his community. His leadership is an example to us all.” Commenting on his family’s on-going stewardship efforts, Jim O’Haco said, “Two things in life that I’ve always wanted to do and I think I have mostly accomplished them; have quality cattle and help the environment. The job’s not done; we can always improve. We learn from our past and keep on improving.”
Each year, six families are recognized with regional Environmental Stewardship awards, with one being honored as the national winner. Established in 1991, the award identifies outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry. The program is generously sponsored by companies and federal agencies who share the industry’s commitment to caring for the environment and protecting natural resources. The four sponsors – Dow AgroSciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, McDonald’s, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – partner with the National Cattlemen’s Foundation in an effort to promote environmental stewardship throughout the beef supply chain.
Past national ESAP recipients include: Black Leg Ranch, McKenzie, ND – 2016 Maggie Creek Ranch, Elko, NV – 2015 Rock Hills Ranch, Lowry, SD – 2014 Frank and Sims Price Ranch, Sterling City, TX - 2013
Cattlemen’s College Celebrates 25th Anniversary at 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Nearly 1,000 Take Advantage of Education Session
the issues facing the producers in the audience. Having this guidance is helping the industry face the future.”
Phoenix, Ariz. ( Jan. 31, 2018) – A total of 994 cattlemen and women acquired information that will help make their operations more successful Jan. 30-31 during the 25th annual Cattlemen’s College in Phoenix, Ariz. Held in conjunction with the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, the event has become known as one of the cattle industry’s most in-depth and helpful educational events. Since first established, Cattlemen’s College has been sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health.
Among the topics in the sessions were genetics, antibiotics, infectious diseases, imports and exports, engaging with federal agencies, cattle ID, calf management, and many others. Information on cattle handling and other issues was also provided in a live cattle demonstration area.
“The speed at which our industry is changing can be intimidating,” said Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education. “Our sessions help cattle producers stay abreast of the issues that affect both their day-to-day operations and their long-term objectives. Those leading the sessions have gone through many of
Keynote speaker at the session Jan. 31 was Jim Taylor, chief marketing officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., the operator and franchisor of more than 3,300 Arby’s restaurants nationwide. During his presentation, Taylor offered his audience an inside look at Arby’s “We Have the Meats” marketing campaign. “America is still a meat and potatoes nation,” Taylor told the audience. “The appetite for beef has never been bigger.” Arby’s sells more than 130 million pounds of beef a year, Taylor said, and his company “intends to keep that growing.” He said the core of the Arby’s business would be meat, and the primary meat in the assortment would be beef. “We offer a lot of meats, but beef will remain the heart and soul of the Arby’s experience,” he said. Taylor applauded the cattlemen in the audience who are expanding, because “without you growing your operations, we wouldn’t have a business.”
“Cattlemen and women know Cattlemen’s College for its stimulating and thought-provoking approach that help them maximize their profit-building potential, and this year was no exception,” said White. “No matter what their interests, those attending the sessions came away with great ideas for improving their work back on the farm or ranch.”
Audio presentations from the 2018 Cattlemen’s College will be available online following the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. Those unable to attend the event in Phoenix can take advantage of this online option at http://www.beefusa.org/ cattlemenscollege.aspx.
Missouri Cattleman Elected to NCBA Leadership - Berry to Serve as Region III VP Clint Berry, Gainesville, Missouri, was elected as the Region III Vice President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Berry will represent Illinois Beef Association; Iowa Cattlemen’s Association; Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association; Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA); and Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association on NCBA’s executive committee. The election occurred Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Region III meeting at the convention. Berry said he was humbled by the trust put in him by the region. “I am truly humbled. I will be someone who will listen and work to serve the interests of each and every producer in the states represented by region three,” said Berry. “I will not take this lightly. I am honored to serve.” MCA President Greg Buckman said the association is proud to have “one of their own” in a position of
leadership within the national association. “We couldn’t be more proud of Clint,” said Buckman. “He is a proven leader here in Missouri and we are confident that will be true at the national level as well. Clint and his wife, Jama, own and operate a commercial cow/calf operation. He is a fifth generation cattleman and currently serves on the MCA Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee and the MCA Membership Committee.
American Hereford Association Moves to Ambassador Drive Source: American Hereford Association Kansas City, Missouri - The American Hereford Association opened for business Monday, Feb. 5, at its new headquarters location, 11500 N.W. Ambassador Dr., Suite. 410, Kansas City, MO 64153, in the Kansas City Northland. The mailing address for the new location is P.O. Box 901570, Kansas City, MO 64190.
The AHA closed on the sale of its 1501 Wyandotte Street office building on Jan. 18 to KC Hotel Developers LLC. “This is an exciting move for our members,” said AHA President Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kan. “Our new headquarters will be more accessible for Hereford breeders. We are looking forward to our members stopping in to visit with staff and conduct business. I think they’ll enjoy its location near the interstate and improved parking. The new headquarters will also offer the flexibility needed to serve our growing membership.” The Hereford breed established its roots in Kansas City in 1920 when it became the first beef breed association to own its own headquarters. The original office was located at 300 West 11th Street. In 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the second AHA headquarters at 715 Hereford Drive before the Association moved to the Wyandotte Street location in 1986.
AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward said, “The Hereford breed has strong ties with Kansas City. From our new location, the AHA will continue to provide exceptional service to Hereford breeders across the U.S.”
Hereford Sires Accepted into Integrity Beef Alliance Terminal Program Source: American Hereford Association Kansas City, Missouri - The Integrity Beef Alliance simplifies cow-calf producer management decisions and increases the marketability of calves through the production of high quality, uniform, preconditioned cattle. The American Hereford Association (AHA) is proud to have Hereford bulls as the newest breed sire the program is accepting. “Hereford-sired calves have always been in demand in the industry,” says Robert Wells, Integrity Beef Alliance executive director and livestock consultant. “They will make a great addition to the program and compliment the Integrity Beef Alliance very well.” Established in 2000, the Integrity Beef Alliance is a comprehensive beef production system focusing on improving returns for farmers and ranchers through value-added traits and sustainability. This in turn produces the highest quality calves possible for both the supply chain owner and the consumer. Hereford-sired cows have previously been accepted in the Alliance’s replacement female program, which allows ranchers to pre-qualify for the terminal program. Producers will now be able to utilize Hereford genetics in the terminal program as well. “The vision of this progressive group aligns strategically with the future growth and demand of Hereford genetics,” says Shane Bedwell, AHA director of breed improvement and chief operating officer of the AHA.
their herd data and how they compare to the other cattle in the program. This helps them to improve in their own operation. “We are looking forward to contributing the valuable assets that the Hereford breed possesses,” Bedwell says. “The AHA is confident this is another step in the right direction.” “We are excited about the partnership,” Wells says. “The Alliance looks forward to a long and successful relationship with the American Hereford Association.” To learn more about the Integrity Beef Alliance, visit their website at www.integritybeef.org.
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The program works closely with Noble Research Institute consultants who assist in data collection, compilation and interpretation. This allows participants to receive reports at the end of the year summarizing
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Two Ph.D. Candidates Receive Prestigious W.D. Farr Scholarships Dustin Aherin, Arquimides Reyes to Receive $15,000 Awards from National Cattlemen’s Foundation Source: NCBA Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Two graduate students working on their doctorate degrees in animal agriculture have received W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2018-19
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school year from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Each award –increased for the coming school year to $15,000 – recognizes superior achievement in academics and leadership, and will allow the students to further their study in fields that will benefit the cattle and beef industry. The scholarships were presented Feb. 2, 2018 at the Best of Beef Breakfast during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz. The awards were presented to Dustin Aherin, a Ph.D. student in the beef systems management program at Kansas State University, and Arquimides Reyes, a Ph.D. student in animal science at Colorado State University. Aherin’s agricultural roles started at a young age through involvement in 4-H and FFA. He served as an officer of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association, and was on the Allen Community College fiveyear Strategic Planning Committee. In 2016 he was accepted into the Kansas Livestock Association’s Young Stockman’s Academy. An active member of the American Gelbvieh Association, Aherin and his brother
own a small Gelbvieh/Balancer herd, in cooperation with Eagle Pass Ranch of Highmore, S.D. With undergraduate degrees from KSU, the goal of Aherin’s Ph.D. is to develop a beef systems model encompassing the industry from cow-calf to cattle feeding, with the capability of conducting “whatif” analysis based on differences in technology, management and government policy. Reyes also began his involvement in the cattle industry early, as he grew up on a small dairy and beef farm in El Salvador. After coming to the United States he became involved in FFA, which fueled a desire for an in-depth understanding of how the beef industry operates. He has since earned an undergraduate degree in animal science with a minor in agriculture-economics from Texas A&M University, followed by a master of science degree in animal science from Angelo State University. A member of the Texas A&M Corp of Cadets, Reyes served four years in leadership positions, at one point overseeing nine staff and more than 2,400 cadets in training and leadership development. He has also worked with producers and consumers as a meat sales representative in Texas.
The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture. Thirty outstanding applications from graduate-level students in universities across the country were received this year. W.D. Farr was the first president of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, and served as president of the American National Cattlemen’s Association, which would later become NCBA. His career spanned 75 years and included innovations in cattle feeding, uniform beef grading, water conservation and banking. Farr died at age 97 in August 2007.
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Leading Beef Breed Associations Partner to Release “Premium Red Baldy” Program Source: American Hereford Association Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association are proud to introduce the “Premium Red Baldy” program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing supreme quality commercial females. RAAA CEO Tom Brink and AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward announced the new initiative at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix. At The Red Reception, a special breeder’s event held to commemorate the joint venture, Brink said, “Both Red Angus and Hereford are committed to the success of commercial cow-calf producers, and we believe the pathway to profitability begins with having the right genetics in the cow herd. This new program will help producers access genetically verified females that are packed with heterosis and ready to go to work on farms and ranches all across the country. It all starts with the right cow traits, and Premium Red Baldy females will excel in that regard.” “AHA is honored to join Red Angus to introduce the Premium Red Baldy program that identifies
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Red Angus Association of America Releases Spring 2018 EPDs in Time for Bull Sale Season Source: Red Angus Association of America Denver – As a new calendar year has arrived, so has the blitz of spring bull sales. Beef producers desire upto-date genetic information to make their purchasing decisions, hence accurate and reliable information is necessary. The Red Angus Association of America has just released its spring 2018 EPDs, allowing producers to utilize the most current data from the industry’s best Red Angus genetics at upcoming production sales. The Red Angus breed has been dedicated to providing trustworthy and accurate EPDs for decades, which are backed by Total Herd Reporting data across the breed and membership. The newly released spring 2018 EPDs are conveniently displayed with in-breed ranking percentiles to facilitate selection decisions. Red Angus’ strong foundation of THR data, combined with genomic enhancement from DNA tests, provides EPDs with excellent reliability. The information sourced in genomic data can be as informative as a cow’s lifetime production record or an individual bull’s first calf crop.
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Frost-Seed Legumes Now to Improve Cattle and Pastures Source: Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension STOCKTON, Missouri – Add legumes to grazing pastures to improve cow performance, soil health and forage production, says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist in Cedar County. Now is the time to frost-seed legumes into pastures, Davis says. Frost seeding is a method of broadcasting seeds over frozen pastures. This no-till method works seeds into the soil as it freezes and thaws during the transition between winter and spring. You also can let cattle trample the ground after seeding to work seeds into the soil. This method can improve pastures, add nitrogen to the soil and increase the quality of livestock forage, he says. Frost seeding requires less fuel and equipment than drilling.
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Drilling or no-till drilling is another option that may lead to better seed-to-soil contact. Davis says the producer needs to know proper seeding rates, dates and depths to achieve a good stand. Davis recommends contacting your local extension agronomy specialist for advice or downloading the MU Extension publication “Seeding Rates, Dates and Depths for Common Missouri Forages” at extension.missouri.edu/p/G4652. Davis prefers legumes to grasses for improvement of grazing pastures. Much of southwestern Missouri’s grass base is fescue. Legumes interseed well into a fescue base, he says.
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To Stretch Short Hay Supply, ‘Feed Less, Need Less’ Source: Duane Dailey, University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Missouri – As winter feeding season continues with a forecast of Arctic weather in February, cow herd owners face dwindling hay supplies. Eric Bailey, University of Missouri beef nutritionist, gives the short answer: “Feed less, need less.” In practice, that takes management decisions and exacting math. The “need less” part means selling cows. That makes fewer mouths to feed. Selling some cows may be beneficial as it puts stocking rate in synch with carrying capacity of the farm. If a cow isn’t carrying a calf, she shouldn’t still be in the herd. Pregnancy checks are a starting point. Cows with bad attitudes or poor production should go down the road. Again, it’s fewer mouths to feed. “No cow should be given a second chance,” Bailey says. If she fails to conceive in your farming system, she’ll likely fail on retry. Keeping bad cows builds a mediocre herd. In his MU Extension talks to farmers, the nutrition specialist goes beyond talking vitamins and minerals. He tells management tips that cut costs. He urges dealing with big problems first. Profits are the point of feeding cows. In hay feeding, match amount fed to the body needs of the cow. Here’s where matchups become important. Is it an 800-pound bale or a 1,200-pound bale? Is it a 1,000-pound cow or half again more in body weight?
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In an example, Bailey uses a 1,000-pound bale and a 1,400-pound cow. With easy math, rounded off, each cow needs 40 pounds of hay a day. That lets one bale feed 22 cows. But not all hay is the same quality. Hay testing allows fine-tuning needs.
A mid-gestation cow needs a ration of 55 percent TDN (total digestible nutrients). A cow that calved and nurses a calf needs 65 percent TDN. That mid-gestation cow needs only 7 percent crude protein. The lactating cow needs 11 percent CP. Oh, then there’s hay waste to calculate. Feeding cows requires precision to stretch hay supplies. Some tips: Roll out only a day’s worth of hay at a time. Then cut hours of access to that hay. With three hours of access, a cow wastes 6 pounds of hay a day. Given 24 hours, she wastes nearly 14 pounds a day. Feeding less hay may take buying and feeding supplement. Needed feed can be made in part by plentiful low-cost byproduct feeds. Those are feeds left in making biofuels, whether ethanol or soy oil. A ration fed at 1 percent of body weight can be half grain (such as corn) and half byproduct. Before he came to Missouri, Bailey used the MU Extension weekly byproduct feed report published on the MU AgEBB (Ag Extension Bulletin Board) website. Look it up on the web and subscribe. Feeding management starts with knowing how many days of hay are left. Then herd owners must know what it takes to maintain different animals in the herd. Counting cows doesn’t provide an answer on how much hay will be needed. Feeding is based on body weight of animals. Bailey, who came to Missouri after working in the Southwest, grew up on a New Mexico ranch. With that background, he says Missourians have great resources for beef cow herds. Plentiful grass and hay grow here. Supplements are plentiful and low-cost. Last year an ag drought across much of Missouri reduced grass growth and fall stockpiles. While hay may be short, feed is plentiful. Producers keep him busy speaking at MU Extension winter meetings.
Few Moments Wasted as Thousands Make Memories at Cattle Industry Convention NCBA Members Elect Officers, Begin Planning for Future Source: NCBA PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Feb. 3, 2018) – Nearly 7,600 members of the cattle community enjoyed fellowship, fun, education and leadership opportunities during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, which ended in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 3.
Most in attendance enjoyed a huge and energetic trade show, with more than 350 exhibitors on more than seven acres of floor and outside space. Holding business meetings at the event were the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, American National CattleWomen, CattleFax and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Members of NCBA also elected officers and engaged in a grassroots policy process at the event.
Ascending to the position of NCBA president at the NCBA board meeting Feb. 3 was Kevin Kester, who in 2017 served as president-elect. Kester is a fifth generation California rancher who was born and raised in the Parkfield area of southern Monterey County, where his family has lived for more than 125 years. They have a yearling stocker and an Angus-based commercial cow-calf operation, and also farm wine grapes on their 22,000 acre ranch.
Voted in as president-elect was Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn., who has been active in the beef industry for more than 30 years. Houston and her husband, Mark, own and operate East Tennessee Livestock Center in Sweetwater, which has a history of embracing change to better serve their customers. In addition to regular weekly cattle sales, they hold video, graded feeder calf and Holstein steer sales. Houston served in 2017 as NCBA vice president. Marty Smith, a rancher and attorney from Wacahoota, Fla., was elected vice president. Smith previously served as the organization’s treasurer. Elected chair of the NCBA Policy Division was Jerry Bohn (Kansas), while Don Schiefelbein (Minnesota) was elected vice chairman. Dawn Caldwell (Nebraska) was elected chair of the NCBA Federation Division, and Laurie Munns (Utah) was elected vice chair. Caldwell will serve as vice-chair of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee. Other Federation representatives of the National Beef Checkoff decision-making body include Katie Brenny (Minnesota), Clay Burtrum (Oklahoma), Gary Deering (South Dakota), Bradley Hastings (Texas), Kristin Larson (Montana), Scott McGregor (Iowa), Clark Price (North Dakota) and Buck Wehrbein (Nebraska). Ten representatives from the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board also serve on the Committee.
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April 6 Meyer Cattle Co Sale, Bowling Green, MO April 7 B/F Cattle Co. along with Cleland Cattle Company Sale, Butler, MO April 7 Shoal Creek Simmental Sale, Excelsior Springs, MO April 7 Angus in the Green Hills, Green City, MO April 7 Show Me Classic Bull Sale, Windsor, MO April 7 Four States Angus Assn. Sale, Springfield, MO April 7 Gardiner Angus Sale, Ashland, KS April 9 Magness Land and Cattle Sale, Loma, CC April 10 Sydenstricker Genetic Influence Sale, New Cambria, MO April 13 Spur Ranch Sale, Vinita, OK April 14 26th Annual Renaissance Sale, Strafford, MO April 14 Frank/Hazelrigg Sale, Fulton, MO April 14 Howard County Angus Sale, Fayette, MO April 14 Ozark and Heart of America Beefmaster Sale, Springfield, MO April 14 New Day Genetics Sale, Osceola, MO April 21 McBee Spring Selection Day Sale, Fayette, MO April 21 East Central Missouri Angus Association Sale, Cuba, MO April 21 Express Ranches Grass Time Sale, Yukon, OK April 28 Windy Hill Charolias Farms and Guests Sale, Cedar Hill, MO April 22 C&C Performance Breeders Sale, Tina, MO April 27 Gerloff Enhanced Female Sale, Cuba, MO April 28 HHCA Highland Auction, Labanon, MO April 28 Pinegar Limousin, Springfield, MO April 29 Jim D Bellis Family Female Sale, Aurora, MO
A-1 Cattle Feeders..........................78 Ag-Power John Deere....................28 AMEC...........................................43 American Angus Association......... 24 B/F Cattle Co Sale.........................88 Bayer Ear Tags............................... 31 BBU/Ozark and Heart of America Beefmaster Sale..........83 Boehringer Ingelheim Pyramid.....37 Brockmere Sale..............................70 Buffalo Livestock Market.............100 C/S Cattle Co Sale.........................77 Callaway Livestock Center Inc......50 Cargill............................................27 Cattle Visions.................................49 Central Life Sciences................... 132 Central Missouri Sales Co.............80 Circle 5 Cattle Co..........................99 Circle A Angus Ranch................... 57 Circle A Angus Ranch Sale...........25 Classified...................................... 129 Clearwater Farm............................ 57 Cookie Cutters...............................36 Cowboys at the Capitol.................111 Double R Cattle Co..................... 103 Durham Simmental Farms.......... 103 Eastern Missouri Commission Company................................... 11 ET Herefords.................................92 Falling Timber Farm Sale.............93 Farmers Bank of North Missouri.....................................39 Feed Train......................................96 Four State Angus Sale....................66 Galaxy Beef LLC........................... 57 Gardiner Sale.................................73 Gast Charolais Bulls......................85 GeneTrust Sale...............................59 Gerloff Farms................................. 57 Great Lakes Beef Connections Sale.......................................... 107 Green Springs Bull Sale.................76 Green’s Welding & Sales................38 Harriman Santa Fe Sale ad...........58 Henke Farms.................................. 74 Hightower Cattle Co Sale..............89 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus............. 57
Jim’s Motors...................................34 JJ Skyline Angus............................ 57 Joplin Regional Stockyards............26 Kingsville Livestock Auction......... 14 KW Cattle Co................................ 75 Laughlin Angus............................. 57 Lucas Cattle Co........................... 103 Magness Land & Cattle Co...........94 Maple Oaks Red Angus.................97 Maplewood Acres Sale...................98 Marshall & Fenner Farms.............. 57 Marshall & Fenner Farms & Murphy Sale.......................... 81 MCA App...................................... 11 MCA Benefits............................... 127 MCA Brand Wall Page................ 123 MCA Jr Show........................ 113, 114 MCA Lifetime Membership........ 121 MCA Membership Form............. 120 MCA Policy Priorities....................62 MCA Show-Me Select Sale Credit............................... 115 MCA Steak Fry............................ 125 McBee Cattle Co...........................55 McCabe Genetics Sale...................79 MCF Roundup...............................66 McPherson Concrete Products.... 129 Mead Cattle Co.............................64 Mead Farms................................... 57 Merry Meadows Simmental........ 103 Meyer Cattle Co Sale....................67 Missouri Angus Association........... 57 Missouri Angus Breeders............... 57 Missouri Beef Industry Council.....35 Missouri Simmental Association.103 Missouri Simmental Breeders...... 103 Missouri Valley Commission Company.............. 11 MLS Tubs...................................... 51 MultiMIN USA............................. 15 Naught-Naught Agency.................33 New Day Genetics Sale................ 102 Norbrook Enroflox................... 18, 19 Oleen Brothers............................... 91 Ory’s Circle 7 Red Angus..............98 Oval F Ranch.............................. 103 P.H. White......................................32
Performance Tested Bull Sale - NE............................82 Performance Tested Bull Sale - SE.............................66 Performance Tested Bull Sale - SW ..........................82 Pinegar Limousin......................... 131 Pro-Serve.......................................92 REDStock......................................29 26th Annual Renaissance Sale......87 Richardson Ranch......................... 57 Ridder Farms Sale.........................86 RLE Simmental........................... 103 Rogers Cattle Co & Lile Farms Red Angus Sale..............99 Sandhill..........................................90 Seedstock Plus................................ 61 Sellers Feedlot................................95 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle......... 103 Shoal Creek Sale.......................... 103 Show Me Classic Sale.................... 17 Silver Genetics Production Sale... 101 Simon’s Cattle Co. Sale..................72 South Central Regional Stockyards.................................39 Spur Ranch Sale............................69 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef....... 57 Stay-Tuff......................................... 47 Stockman’s Classic Sale.................95 Sunflower Genetics Sale.............. 105 Superior Steel Sales........................53 Sydenstricker Genetics................... 57 Sydenstricker Genetics Spring Sale................................65 Sydenstricker Implement - Nitro...22 THM Land and Cattle..................68 Triple C, Inc...................................84 Valley Oaks Angus......................... 57 Weiker Angus Ranch..................... 57 Westway Feed...................................9 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market.......................................82 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate....96 Mike Williams...............................96 Windsor Livestock Auction............94 Worthington Angus Sale............... 71 Y-Tex............................................2, 3 Zeitlow Distributing..................... 112