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September 2018


Drought Takes Its Toll on Missouri Ranchers

The Impact of a Harshly Dry Season and Resources to Help


Drought Conditions May Shift Producers’ Strategies and Plans for Weaning Calves



Weaning in a Time of Need

Association Update


County News Beef Checkoff News

Weaning in a Time of Need

MCA President’s Perspective NCBA Update


Straight Talk: Mike Deering


What’s Cookin’ at the Beef House


On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black

An Empty Seat

New Canopy Compleded Just in Time


That Time Again


Drought Takes its Toll



CattleWomen’s Corner


Junior Spotlight


Cowboy Poetry


Capitol Update

Young Cattlemen’s Conference - Part 2

A Life-Saving Story

Day at the Stockyards

New Opportunities, New Challenges

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Missouri State Fair Highlights


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with Mike Deering An Empty Seat Dinnertime is special in my house. We gather around the table to thank God for our blessings and truly have family time. The television is off. Phones are set aside. This is when we focus solely on family. It was this way in my house growing up, and it’s that way now. Starting on April 5, 1993, there was an empty seat at the dinner table. You see, I was in fifth grade and we had an elementary school program that evening. My mother, sister and I ate quickly, so I could go participate and sing the silly songs. I would have preferred being with my dad on the tractor haying cows. We left him a plate at the dinner table. Embarrassingly, we were on a tight budget and dinner was a chicken patty. When we returned, the plate was untouched. Come to find out, he would never fill that seat again. No more meals. No more family time at the dinner table. The empty seat is symbolic of the emptiness I feel to this day without my dad in my life. The tractor rolled while he was taking hay across a muddy dam. He was gone.


Unfortunately, I’m not alone. Earlier this year, Ralph Griesbaum, a longtime MCA member and farmer from Taylor, Missouri, passed away in a tractor accident. At


Executive Vice President only 58 years-old, Ralph’s sudden death shocked friends and family and left his wife, two children and four grandchildren with an empty seat at the table that must now be filled with memories of the great man they were blessed to have in their lives. We all know someone who has been injured or killed in a farming or ranching accident. We know families who are still struggling with the empty seat at the dinner table once filled by a hardworking, passionate and loving individual who was honored to make their living off the land. This is all too common. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that farming and ranching ranks in the top 10 most likely occupations in which people can be killed. Time doesn’t ease your pain. Time simply allows you to develop the courage to turn pain into something more powerful. You turn pain into passion and hope your story strikes a chord in the life of just one person. That’s why every September, I share my story. I hope maybe, just maybe someone cuts this column out and hangs it in the barn or on the refrigerator to serve as a sobering reminder that the profession of farming and ranching is dangerous. National Farm Safety and Health Week starts on September 16. It’s a good time to evaluate potential hazards on your farm or ranch. It’s a good time to sit around the dinner table with your family to discuss farm safety. It’s not fun dinner conversation, but it sure beats an empty seat.



Congressman Smith Discusses Global Beef Markets at Steinbecker Livestock Source: Congressman Jason Smith PERRYVILLE, Mo. - Congressman Jason Smith (MO08) visited Steinbecker Livestock, an award-winning cattle farm in Perry County, to discuss the current state of global beef markets. This month Congressman Smith is meeting with farmers and ranchers all across southern Missouri to discuss the different challenges within the agriculture industry. David Steinbecker Jr., owner of Steinbecker Livestock, was the 2017 winner of the prestigious BEEF Magazine Stocker Award for excellence and innovation in the cattle industry. While on site, Congressman Smith shared good news from President Trump’s trade negotiations1with the 9:59 European Union MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 9/24/14 AM Page 62 for America’s beef producers. In 2009 the European Union placed a quota on the amount of U.S. beef allowed duty-free, anything over 45,000 tons was subject to a tariff. In seven years, the U.S. share of the E.U. beef market fell from 99% to 33%. After negotiations with President Trump, the E.U. announced they would adjust the quota to allow for more U.S. beef. “These are exactly the trade barriers President Trump wants to eliminate,” said Congressman Smith. “Our farmers and ranchers can compete and win on the world stage, as long as they are on a level playing field.” Congressman Smith discussed with Mr. Steinbecker the need for a meat packing facility in southern Missouri.

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“Missouri is a top beef producer in the country, and it really puts our ranchers at a disadvantage to haul their livestock to other states,” said Congressman Smith. Mr. Steinbecker showed Congressman Smith and local public officials how he has recently introduced cover crops and monoslope barns on the farm to improve soil and water quality. The Steinbeckers use the Performance Livestock Application for custom market updates, feeding schedules, and carefully designed animal health and nutrition programs. They emphasize low-stress cattle handling at every stage. “You can tell they take such good care of their animals and their land,” remarked Congressman Smith. Congressman Jason Smith represents Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District which includes West Plains, Rolla, Farmington, Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff. As a member of the House of Representatives, Congressman Smith serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Budget Committee.



















What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers New Canopy Completed in Time The MCA Beef House Express canopy was completed just in time for the Missouri State Fair in August 2018. The new permanent canopy structure which is 20’ x 28’ x 8’ has all steel trusses with a green metal roof secured with four concrete piers. Hostetler Sales & Construction

from Buffalo, Missouri, who are proud MCA members, constructed the canopy. The new structure is located between the Beef House Express and the storage shed which is located behind the Beef House. In the past, we have rented a tent which serves as the cover for the area where Marvin Dieckman and Pat Wood cook the CAB Inside Rounds on the Pettis County Cattlemen’s cooker on a daily basis.


The meat from the CAB Inside Rounds is shredded by our meat cutters, Mike Moser and Jesse Hamilton, kitchen supervisor, Cheryl McCollester adds barbeque sauce before placing in the oven, and we offer it on our menu as the BBQ Beef.


While the tent in the past provided shade from the hot sun and elements from the outside, the new metal roof reflects the heat and gives a larger, cooler place to work. Fair weather also brings rain showers, so the cover also kept people and supplies dry. Since this is a permanent structure, if you are near Sedalia, take a moment to drive through the fairgrounds anytime during the year and stop by the Missouri Beef House to take a look! Thought for the Month: “Man cannot live on bread alone…that’s why cattlemen invented the steak sandwich!”



Missouri State Fair Highlights First Customers at the Beef House 2018


The first customers at the Missouri Beef House this year during the Missouri State Fair were from Lafayette and Miller Counties. Pictured on the left are Lorela, Joanna, and Trent Kuecker from Lafayette County and Larry and Cathy Buckley, on the right, from Miller County. This group was very happy to be the first ones through the door after just a short wait in line. The Missouri Beef House opens every day at 11 a.m. during the Missouri State Fair.


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MCA Welcomes Governor Parson to the Missouri Beef House - Governor Mike Parson and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe Dine at Beef House The Missouri State Fair has been in full swing, and the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association members have been hard at work serving delicious beef at the Missouri Beef House. Along with the thousands of fairgoers that enter the Beef House doors every day, Governor Mike Parson and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe enjoyed a meal and even helped their fellow MCA members flip some steaks. Many of Missouri’s lawmakers have stopped by the Missouri Beef House throughout the fair to visit with members, enjoy a meal, and help behind the grill. Members volunteering at the Beef House appreciate the opportunity to speak with those representing their interests in Congress, according to MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering.

Governor Mike Parson (left) helping behind the grill with MCA Policy Chairman Jimmie Long (right).

Both Governor Parson and Lieutenant Governor Kehoe are MCA members who work to preserve and promote the beef industry in the state. “MCA is proud to have the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as valued members and supporters of the cattle industry in Missouri,” said Deering.


Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe (left) grilling steaks with MCA Policy Chairman Jimmie Long (right).


Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (left) grilling steaks with MCA Policy Chairman Jimmie Long (right).

Governor Parson continuously expresses his gratitude towards the Missouri State Fair as it provides a positive example of agriculture in Missouri. He stresses that his mission is to further improve infrastructure throughout the state to better serve agricultural needs.



Feeding Quality Forum 2018 — All New in Sioux City, Iowa Source: Certified Angus Beef by Sarah Moyer In its thirteenth year, the 2018 Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) will be reinvented. Until this summer, it has focused on cattle feeders with one-day sessions repeated two days apart in Nebraska and the southern High Plains. This year, a single Forum will address topics for all segments of the cattle industry in Sioux City, Iowa, on August 28-29. A diverse range of speakers have signed on to create an opportunity like no other. “We’re going to have some topics stretch beyond where the ranch is today, and then there’ll be very practical topics that the cow-calf producer, the stocker and feedyard operator can take home and use tomorrow,” says Justin Sexten, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) supply development director. Seven allied industry partners are sponsoring the event with CAB. Presentations begin Tuesday afternoon as longtime FQF favorite Dan Basse of AgResource Company provides a global market overview. Then Nebraska and Kansas

State University scientists look at vaccine timing and the advantages of a single step-up ration on feed. Next, Air Force Reserves Commander and Diamond V technical services veterinarian Sam Barringer will share new ideas in management that address health challenges affecting the immune system, as a way to capture genetic investments on the ranch. “Dr. Barringer comes with a diverse background of military medical experience in addition to his veterinary training,” Sexten says. “He will tell us how and what we feed cattle can influence the immune system response beyond just using antibiotics and vaccines.” Sexten notes two other speakers particularly unique to the forum: IBM Food Trust’s Nigel Gopie and Tyson Fresh Meats procurement team of John Gerber and Kevin Hueser. “We’re going to have Dr. Gopie talk about where IBM is already using blockchain in segments of the food industry, and then look at how that technology might influence the flow of information from the ranch through the end product,” Sexten says. “We’ll have the packers talking about how they merchandise beef – and direct their procurement team in buying cattle to supply their needs,” he says. “Not often do you get to hear directly from a packer, ‘This is what we want to buy and why we want to buy it.’” Others will bring in topics like genetic selection, vitamins and minerals, replacement heifer decisions, weaning and grid marketing. Networking with other beef producers focused on quality across the supply chain stands as an added attraction at FQF, Sexten says.


Registration by August 14 costs $100, after which they will be accepted as space allows for $125. The fee covers all seminar sessions and the Industry Achievement Awards Banquet.


Meeting sponsors include Where Food Comes From, Roto-Mix, Feedlot Magazine, Tyson Foods, Intellibond, Zoetis, Diamond V and CAB. Register online at www.CABpartners.com/events/ fqf/2018. For more information, visit the website or call Marilyn Conley, 800-225-2333, ext. 298, or email mconley@certifiedangusbeef.com.



Beef Supply Chain Traceability Could Boost Value By Nicole Lane Erceg for CAB Talk about a national beef traceability system in the U.S. might seem like a broken record. It’s been discussed often, but no efficient structure yet encompasses the entire supply chain. Advances in technology and evolved consumer buying trends might breathe new life into the idea. As more beef sells under branded programs, consumers expect a promise with each purchase, from cooking performance to flavor and guarantees about how the meat was produced. Brands may be forced to verify additional marketing claims to maintain consumer trust. According to the National Meat Case Audit 2015, nearly all beef at retail sells under a brand name, jumping from 51% branded in 2010 to 97% in 2015. With a sea of brands now vying for attention in the meat case, consumers buy their beef based on brand loyalty and label guarantees.

Mark McCully, vice president of production for the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, says a traceability system could have merit. “Traceability itself is not a marketing claim,” he says. “However, I do believe it can be used in the future as a framework for identifying marketing claims that add value to beef products.” The added information traceability could provide is the opportunity for branded beef, as McCully told the National Institute for Animal Agriculture earlier this year. The 2017 Power of Meat study showed nearly 70% of meat consumers want more information about a company’s social, economic, animal welfare and environmental practices, and they are willing to pay for it. “We continue to see consumers looking for more assurances about products. As a brand that operates in a premium category, we believe scrutiny of our brand is


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probably even more rigid,” McCully says. “There’s an expectation, not just about how our product performs, but the social responsibility we have as a brand around the entire supply chain.” While some labels make claims like sustainably-raised, humanely-raised or locally-sourced, verification and even definitions of these terms depends entirely on the brand’s production chain. Vague assurances without distinct standards lose their value in the consumer’s mind. A consistent traceability framework could help verify those claims. Combine quality products with verified assurances and the pull-through demand could benefit the entire industry.

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“I believe the economics will support traceability,” says McCully. “Certified Angus Beef is an example of how consumer-driven, pull-through demand can support the economics of verification. The key with traceability will be designing a system that fits today’s current pace of business.” It’s not just domestic consumers who are hungry for information. As one of the few developed countries that does not have a mandatory beef traceability system, the U.S. is at a disadvantage when it comes to global beef trade. A new framework could open up American beef to markets around the world where it’s currently not available to countries that require traceability for market access. Many beef brands have already begun using some traceability systems to add marketing value and CAB is no exception. The Path Proven program enables marketing CAB brand with additional production claims, and labels like Georgia Proud, GoTexan and Fresh From Florida are proving the source state. However, traceability ends at the feedlot, not the ranch of origin. In this case, information value is only half captured, because a large portion of the beef journey is still unverified. As one system varies from another, it also creates a lack of consistency across the meat case when consumers compare different brands. A new traceability method could open the flow of knowledge for beef producers, too, McCully says. If information could move forward with the animals, it could flow back to provide a more robust picture of animal and meat quality. “The progress we could make on the production side through genetic selection based on carcass quality feedback would be remarkable,” he says. “Traceability could help provide accurate data backwards so that we could link genomics to performance traits beyond the ranch gate and help improve our overall beef product.”


As the conversation continues, the question remains: How?


It’s an inquiry left unanswered for today, but McCully sees a future system as a real possibility because of rapid developments in technology. “Maybe it’s block chain or other technology, but I think we have the capability today to make it work.” he says. “What I do know is that it needs to be mobile and inexpensively fit into today’s speed of business.”



Weaning Diet Options Source: On Target by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. Spring calving herds, depending on rainfall and temperatures, may be weeks or months away from weaning. For many operations, that will bring the challenge of feeding weaned calves for a short transition period. That’s when nutrition is critical to endproduct quality, because it influences both marbling development and calf health, which in turn also affects later quality grade. You may find local forages in short supply if your herd has had to deal with hot, dry weather this summer. One of the few “opportunities” that presents is evaluating alternative forage feeding strategies that may otherwise go untried. You have to weigh the possible benefits as well as cost for any forage. Although many consider forage relatively inexpensive on a per-pound basis, it’s virtually always the most expensive per unit of gain when compared to grains. Still, the benefits to gut health and rumen buffering keep forages included in weaning and receiving diets. To improve on averages, a good alternative should improve feed efficiency while maintaining those gut health benefits.

Independent of dietary requirements, your weaning forage model needs to fit within the ranch management program. To keep it simple, many prefer offering their ranch-weaned calves supplements and all the hay they want. The challenge with that is, calves may eat the hay independent of supplement, potentially increasing the group’s range of energy intake. Free-choice hay at weaning usually signals a limited ability to either process or mix forages into a weaning diet. Recent work from Mariah Woolsoncroft and coworkers at Oklahoma State University evaluated a combination of cottonseed hulls and soybean hulls as a forage source for receiving weaned calves. It could be mixed and delivered as a complete diet, minimizing traditional forage needs while addressing the operational challenges of storing and mixing. The 56-day experiment compared two wet-corn-gluten-based receiving diets, one with 30% prairie hay and the other having replaced hay with 15% of the total as cottonseed hulls and 15% soybean hulls. There were no differences in performance on the diets as all calves gained more than 4 pounds (lb.) a day. Feed intake was 1.8 lb./day lower, however, for calves fed the alternative diet with hulls, resulting in improved feed efficiency. Manure consistency and pH was measured to assess gut health. Calves fed the alternative forage combination had slightly looser manure due to smaller forage particle size, but only slight pH differences.


Manure consistency is an interesting metric of gut health. Loose manure could contribute to dehydration, while dry and firm manure indicates poor diet digestibility. The slight manure differences in this experiment are more likely due to improved digestibility as indicated by comparable gain with less feed intake, rather than reduced gut health.


Previous research suggests feeding higher concentrate receiving diets can improve cattle performance and efficiency, at the cost of increased respiratory treatment rates but often offset by the performance boost. In those historic experiments, the cost to carcass quality due to greater treatment rates were not evaluated, nor were the benefits of greater energy intake earlier in the feeding period. That gap could launch an interesting experiment down the road, perhaps. In this experiment, initial and total respiratory treatment rates did not differ based on forage source. The Oklahoma State experiment did not report the calves through harvest, but performance and health data during receiving suggests we could expect comparable carcass quality when substituting a mix of cottonseed hulls and soybean hulls for forage in a weaning ration.



Unconventional Risk Management Source: CAB Black Ink - by Nicole Lane Erceg

product, the beef consumer.

Sounds of thunder interrupted the radio blaring on our front porch. With binoculars we watched lightning strikes in the distance, waiting for a dispatcher’s voice to say the call number 9210. When those numerals rang out over the storm, we knew the lightning had turned to wildfire. It was time to get in the truck and go.

In a market where profits are often scarce, he takes comfort in the fact that today’s national beef herd helps prevent disaster by producing more high-quality beef than ever. He rides out the volatility by targeting upperend quality grades.

Growing up the daughter of a wildland firefighter and forest manager and working a stint as a dispatcher myself, I waited by the radio a lot. My upbringing included hours of learning and teaching fire prevention tactics and a never-ending supply of Smokey the Bear gear. Wildfire season is akin to calving – and perhaps weaning – in the beef cattle community: exciting times when all the training, management and investment in new technology pays off. It’s go time. Most of the year is spent in preparation for those few months. But what was exciting to us often meant disaster for others. We’ve all heard “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That truth is why most childhood ride-along chats with my father were centered around healthy forest management and fire prevention. Those lessons easily translate to producing beef. Recently on a ride-along with a Missouri rancher, he explained his own risk management strategy. It hinges on preventing disaster for the final user and buyer of his


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Show-Me-Select Rules Require Genetically Tested Bull EPDs Source: University of Missouri Extension, Jared Decker COLUMBIA, Mo. - New sire selection rules for ShowMe-Select Replacement Heifers improve reliable calving-ease genetics. “Bulls used in the heifer program will carry DNAtested EPDs (expected progeny differences),” said Jared Decker, University of Missouri Extension geneticist. The rules going into effect Feb. 1, 2019, were set by the SMS governing board of farmers. “DNA tests add reliability to EPDs for selecting herd bulls,” Decker said. Bulls for pasture-breeding heifers will carry genomicenhanced EPDs. In the past, EPDs were based on pedigree and production tests. “Now GE EPDs combine DNA, pedigree and production data into a single tool,” he said. “DNA tests give results similar to 28 calving-ease production records,” Decker said. “More data boost confidence in a sire.”


With DNA tests, EPDs result from checking blood drops, tissue samples or hair root bulbs. Blood or tissue tests are preferred, Decker said. A one-time test adds data on young bulls equal to years of production testing. It lasts a lifetime.


More genetic data beyond calving ease, especially on carcass traits, came into SMS over time. Quality beef brings premium prices. SMS was started 21 years ago by Dave Patterson, MU Extension reproduction specialist. Now, SMS brings buyers to Missouri for replacements in cow-calf herds. Only Missouri produces SMS heifers. Herd owners enroll in a yearlong MU Extension education program. Regional livestock specialists guide the heifer program. SMS teaches management as well as genetics. “The program goes beyond typical heifer development,” Decker said. One example: Reproduction tract scores on all heifers before breeding. Then pregnancy checks follow within 90 days after breeding starts. Veterinarian tract scores rank stages of puberty, from one to five. Heifers slow to develop can be culled. That cuts costs, boosts conception rates and shortens calving seasons. Bulls used for pasture breeding or AI breeding must meet required EPDs. SMS heifers meet a goal of predictable results as 2-yearolds, Decker said. First-calf heifers often have problems. Those difficult first births can lead to late rebreeding.

Bulls bought before Feb. 1 will be grandfathered in, but those bulls must get GE EPDs by Feb. 1, 2020.

“Genomic testing adds EPD predictability and reliability. That cuts risks,” Decker said.

Seedstock producers advertising their bulls as “ShowMe-Select qualified” draw more bidders. Sires promoted as Show-Me-Select now must have GE EPDs.

“We know this adds cost to market registered bulls, but time is right for change,” he said. Since 2010, cost of DNA test fell from $150 to $37.

SMS heifers gained fame for calving ease that cut death losses and labor at calving. Spring and fall SMS auctions across the state bring higher bids for calving-ease genetics.

Show-Me-Select sales show repeat buyers bid more for added genetic data.

Buyers pay premiums to lower assisted births with firstcalf heifers. In the past, high death losses took out heifers entering the herd. In recent SMS sales, heifers with genomic tests bring highest premium prices.

“Seedstock producers provide this as more customer service,” Decker said. “There are many strategies for meeting the new rules.” Herd owners join SMS through county MU Extension centers. For more information on SMS, go to agebb. missouri.edu/select.



Cargill Expands FeedThrough Dewormer Offering

with Launch of NutreBeef® Safe-Guard® Dewormer Mineral (Medicated) Source: Cargill Animal Nutrition MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Deworming doesn’t have to be hard on you or your cattle with new NutreBeef® SafeGuard® (fenbendazole) Dewormer Mineral (Medicated) now available from Nutrena® dealers nationwide. In one easy-to-use package, NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral combines the proven efficacy SafeGuard® from Merck Animal Health with a high quality, free-choice mineral formula from Cargill Animal Nutrition. “NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral is extremely convenient,” said Anna Taylor, Ph.D., Beef Technical Specialist. “Simply replace your regular mineral with the dewormer mineral for three to six days when it’s time to deworm. When the medicated mineral has been consumed by your herd, return to your existing mineral program.” Safe-Guard goes directly into the gastrointestinal tract to attack the energy metabolism function of internal parasites. It is unique in that, once ingested by the parasite, it cannot be excreted. This means even if cattle only consume a partial dose of the medicated mineral daily, the Safe-Guard will accumulate in the parasite until it reaches the lethal dose.


“We’re excited to partner with Cargill to offer producers this option for herd parasite control,” said Harold Newcomb, DVM, Merck Animal Health Technical


Services. “Safe-Guard dewormer has been proven 95 percent effective in feed-through forms1 killing internal parasites right where they live – in the gut. By deworming in the pasture, NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral eliminates the stress, risks and financial impacts of handling cattle.” Internal parasites eat at profitability. According to a study from Iowa State University, decreases in gain and reproduction in non-dewormed cattle can result in financial losses up to $190 per animal. “A timely deworming program should be part of every producer’s herd health protocol,” said Taylor. “The labor often associated with deworming, such as running cattle through a chute becomes irrelevant with NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral. Producers can ensure their cattle are getting the internal parasite control they need without requiring additional labor.” For more information on NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral, or to find a Nutrena® dealer near you, visit www.NutreBeef.com or call 1-844-889-7712. Consult your veterinarian for assistance, diagnosis, treatment and control of parasitism. RESIDUE WARNING: Cattle must not be slaughtered within 13 days following last treatment. For dairy cattle, there is no milk withdrawal. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in preruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. 1 Merck Animal Health National Database Safe-Guard® is a registered trademark of Intervet Inc.



New Day Genetics Hires Ted Cunningham as Executive Officer Source: New Day Genetics LLC New Day Genetics LLC is proud to announce and welcome Ted Cunningham as the company’s Executive Officer, beginning August 3, 2018. In this role, Ted will oversee the company’s marketing and customer service of Ranch Ready bulls, X-factor Genetics and commercial bred females. Ted replaces Jared Wareham who has managed New Day Genetics since its inception. Ted comes to New Day Genetics from University of Missouri Extension, where he worked as Livestock Specialist since 2003, providing education and consultation services to beef producers in south central Missouri. Originally from southern Illinois, Ted grew up on a registered cattle and grain farm and attended the University of Illinois for both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Animal Science and Ruminant Nutrition. Ted, and wife Dr. Ashlee Cunningham, DVM have three children and together own and operate a 300 acre farm near Salem, Missouri where they custom develop replacement heifers, provide custom grazing and backgrounding services for stocker/feeder cattle, and have a small herd of commercial and registered cows. Ted Cunningham.

Chase Groves, New Day Board Member said of Ted’s hiring “To say the least, New Day is excited to have Ted on board. With his experience and knowledge of the beef industry, we’re confident New Day will continue to be an industry leader in providing the genetics and service our customers have come to expect.”


New Day Genetics is a genetic marketing and service company owned by seedstock beef producers in 11 states who work cooperatively in the development and marketing of forage developed, age-advantaged, Ranch Ready bulls. Since its inception, New Day has held 13 sales in 3 states selling 750+ bulls to 19 states. Additionally, the company offers elite seedstock and commercial females through their network of owners and cooperators. Their next sale will be held November 3 at Wheeler and Sons Livestock Auction in Osceola, Missouri.


To learn more about New Day Genetics, or to visit with Ted about your bull and heifer needs, feel free to contact him at 573-453-0058 or ted@newdaygenetics.com.







Apply for Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Internship, Host Ranch Source: American Angus Association - by Megan Green Host and intern applications now available for summer 2019. The Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Internship is an exhilarating learning experience for both interns and host ranches. Through this program, interns get the chance to gain more knowledge of the beef industry, which helps encourage young beef enthusiasts to join the beef industry in the future. One Angus breeder and his or her farm/ranch will get the opportunity to host an intern over the summer as he or she learns the ropes of their host’s beef cattle operation, as well as serve as a mentor to the young person considering a potential career in the beef industry. “The Talon Internship program is a phenomenal opportunity for Angus youth to learn firsthand about managing and operating day-to-day life on a ranch, and,

in turn, participating host ranches get the opportunity to have a hand in mentoring the next generation,” said Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “This one-of-a-kind program allows participating ranches to take part in educating future beef leaders.” The legacy of the late Camron “Cam” Cooper of the Talon Ranch, Twin Bridges, Montana, continues through this internship program. College sophomores, juniors and seniors, along with graduate students, under the age of 25 majoring in an agricultural related field of study will be eligible to serve in this internship. Cooper set up the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund in 2009 to be a holistic educational experience for students. Host breeders will get the opportunity to teach a young enthusiast different roles in the Angus industry. Internship duties, depending on the host breeder’s program, for example, may include tasks that range from helping prepare show cattle, AIing, preg checking, veterinary tasks, as well as fence maintenance, irrigation and more. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in other Angus and beef cattle educational events and activities off the farm such as conferences, field days, etc. The Talon Intern is compensated by the Angus Foundation through the Angus/ Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund. Applications from Angus breeders interested in hosting the Talon Intern are due Sept. 15 and can be accessed at: www.angusfoundation.org/fdn/Events/ FdnTalon.html.


For more information on the Talon Internship program, contact Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association® director of events and education, at 816-383-5100.








How to Control Insects on Livestock Naturally Source: BioZyme The smallest of creatures tend to be the biggest pests around livestock. The warmer days and hot weather brings out the worst of the flies and other insects each year, and livestock producers continually look for alternative forms of insect control. Cattle producers should know that in addition to the traditional chemical methods to keep flies and other insects at bay, VitaFerm® offers a natural insect control method as well. VitaFerm HEAT® includes garlic, a natural insect repellent. The garlic will change the smell and taste of the animals, so although flies and other insects might hover around the livestock, they won’t attach to and bite the animals because they don’t like the smell or taste of the animal. In addition to acting as an insect control product, research has also shown that garlic extract is toxic to cowpea weevil and cowpea seed bee. Two other studies suggest that garlic extract can be considered as a tick repellent and that garlic has a toxic effect on the hatching eggs of yellow fever mosquitoes. Although the name HEAT implies a supplement designed to be fed in warmer temperatures and climates with its primary purpose is to help relieve heat stress in livestock, when using it as a natural insect repellent it can be fed at any time, and producers don’t have to wonder if it will lose its effectiveness due to the timing of the last frost or should a Mother’s Day snow storm take place. For producers who run their cattle where there is excessive standing water, HEAT works great to keep the mosquitos away. Britney Creamer, BioZyme ASM for Western Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, says that many

of her customers run cattle where there is standing water since flood irrigation is the primary source of water for livestock to drink from and for grass to grow. “West Nile has been an extremely large problem in my territory for the several years. HEAT has been very effective in controlling the mosquito issues for cattle,” Creamer said. She also tells about a producer in Wyoming, who has used the HEAT mineral. He noticed that flies were still in the area but weren’t landing on his cows. His conception rates were up, and he attributes much of that to the fact his cattle were more comfortable and not bothered by insects. Matt Reeves in Northeast Missouri also noticed the difference in his fly problems when he started using HEAT. This will be his fourth summer on the product. “I put my cows out with the HEAT mineral again this summer. The first year, I put two groups of cows out with it, and left a third ‘control’ group without it. While driving through the cows on my Polaris Ranger, I noticed a lot more flies on the control group, so after about three weeks, all the cows were on the HEAT mineral,” Reeves said. VitaFerm HEAT is a great option for producers who market their end-product as natural. Since the HEAT contains all-natural ingredients for insect control, producers can use HEAT to keep their cattle content and gaining and keep their customers happy because their meat is still natural. VitaFerm HEAT is available two options. Producers can select from a 50-pound loose mineral or in a 200-pound tub, depending on which best fits their management practices.


For more information about natural fly control in VitaFerm products, contact your BioZyme Area Sales Manager at: http://biozymeinc.com/our-staff.


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KLA Partnering on Kansas Cattle Traceability Project Source: KLA (TOPEKA) – The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is one of the key partners in a new cattle traceability pilot project. Cattle Trace will involve an end-to-end disease traceability system beginning with cow-calf producers and ending at the beef processing plant. A number of ranches, feedyards, auction markets and beef processing facilities have volunteered to cooperate on the project. The goal is to utilize ultra-high frequency tags and readers to collect the minimal amount of data necessary for disease traceability at the speed of commerce. In addition to KLA and private sector partners, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and Kansas State University are participating in the Cattle Trace project. It will be funded with both public and private resources. Kansas is considered a good testing ground for the pilot project because it is one of the few states with sizeable

producer populations in each segment of the beef supply chain. Cattle Trace organizers hope the Kansas model will guide the development of a cost-effective traceability program that can work at the speed of commerce at the national level. KLA is supporting the project based on policy approved by members in December 2017. The resolution supports a mandatory national individual animal disease traceability system for all cattle that minimizes costs to producers, optimizes the role of the private sector and protects the confidentiality of individual animal owner records. It also suggests the KDA Division of Animal Health should be the state agency that manages any disease traceability plan. “The Cattle Trace project matches those member policy priorities,” said KLA Chief Executive Officer Matt Teagarden during a June 30 event near Ellinwood announcing the project. On a broader scale, the project will help meet the objectives of the current Beef Industry Long-Range Plan, which emphasizes the importance of adopting individual animal traceability to help manage any potential disease outbreak. “We are excited to be part of this effort to move traceability forward for Kansas producers and, ultimately, the entire U.S. beef community,” said Teagarden.


KLA is a 5,500-member trade organization representing the state’s livestock business on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The association’s work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.


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See What’s Happening in Your County

Lafayette County Cattlemen Lafayette County Cattlemen enjoyed their annual bus trip July 22-25 to Illinois and Indiana. Sunday, the group visited US Wellness Meats at Canton and enjoyed a tour of the facility by John Wood. Crossing into Illinois, they visited the Jacob Schmidt family farm and learned about his style of beef production.

Wednesday’s tour at Red Brand fence finished the trip on a high note. A stop for ice cream and other treats at Kaitlyn’s Deli in Brunswick capped another great trip.

Monday, Lafayette County native Erica Thieman hosted the group in Arcola and Arthur, Illinois. The tours in Amish country and at Whisnand Seeds were very good (as was lunch at Yoder’s Kitchen). Tuesday found the group at Indiana Dunes State Park enjoying the beach. A trip to Valparaiso included the Porter County Fair and a shopping expedition. Dinner at Fair Oaks Farm wrapped up the day.


A photo taken at Red Brand, who makes this fence for King Ranch.


Douglas/Wright County Our meeting was held August 14 with over 60 members and guests. The meeting was called to order and topics such as our drought zone rating were discussed. We also went over the way the Missouri Department of Transportation is changing some rules to accommodate our hay struggle. Our sponsor was Wehrman Pasture and Crop Insurance. Greg Wehrman and Mark Driskell, the marketing representive for NAU Country Crop Insurance, led the meeting off with information on pasture and crop insurance. The past two years have been hard on our pastures and our patience. It was the perfect time for them to sponsor us. Feel free to contact Greg Wehrman at 668-281-7555 to inquire what services they can offer your pasture and crops. Clint Dilbraum from Missouri State University Extension and Christin Byrd were invited for additional information on our conditions. They were an added asset to our meeting. All three recipients of our heifer essay contest gave an update on how their cow and calf pairs are getting along. Eric Pinson, Ivy Forest and Caleb Higgins

were a pleasure to hear from. The bulls are in with their cows, and we look forward to another season of updates. We feel it’s very important to stand in front of our membership and give an update, and we were not disappointed. What a great program to start and continue. Our next meeting will be September 11, 2018, at 6 p.m. at the Club 60 Steakhouse in Mountain Grove. The sponsor is Bayer Pharmaceuticals. They will be discussing their products to help us ensure healthy cattle. This is the second year Bayer has come out to sponsor us. We are very happy to welcome them back. They are a wealth of information. To RSVP contact, Ashley Watson Secretary/Treasurer 417-259-3433.

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Cedar County The Cedar County Cattlemen members met on August 2, 2018, at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center in Stockton. Don Boultinghouse called the meeting to order. There were 36 members and guests present. The invocation was given by Don Levi, and the members were dismissed to dinner. The meal was catered by Farm Raised Blessings, Justin and Sarah Bock, and consisted of prime rib, green beans, cheesy potatoes, salad, a dinner roll, tea and lemonade. The desserts were provided by the members. After dinner, the business portion of the meeting was conducted. The cattlemen had a busy summer supporting the local youth, grilling and serving beef. On June 22, during the Cedar County Youth Fair (CCYF) in Stockton, the cattlemen provided the exhibitor dinner, serving hamburgers and hotdogs to 100 people. Thank you to those who helped with this event: Billy Bruce, Kala Kenney, Megan Richner, Tammy Mann, Tom Bryant, Jeff Parrish, and Don Boultinghouse.

The next membership meeting will be held on Oct. 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fairgrounds in EL Dorado Springs at 7:00 p.m. Officers and board members will be elected. Tom Bryant announced he would not be seeking re-election for his state director position. If you are interested in serving, please contact a current board member. After the business portion of the meeting the floor was turned over to the local candidates on the August ballot and the meeting sponsor. Candidates, Peggy Kenney, running for county treasurer, and Heather York, running for county clerk, briefly addressed the members. They both stressed the value of agriculture to Cedar County. Meeting sponsor and speaker for the evening was Adam O’ Riley, with O’ Riley Livestock, Inc. from Lockwood, Mo. He shared information about his hay grinding, hay hauling, and hay brokerage services.

They also supported the CCYF livestock auction by purchasing Libby Toliver’s grand champion steer and giving add-on money to each beef exhibitor in the sale. On June 29, the cattlemen fired up the grill to serve 85 ribeye steak sandwiches at a fellow member’s farm auction. Thank you Tom Bryant, Jeff and Lisha Stacy, Shannon and Miranda Lowrey and Jeff Parrish for helping run the concession stand. On July 11, during the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fair (LOLYF) in El Dorado Springs, the cattlemen served over 120 people during the exhibitor dinner. Thank you Billy and Kalena Bruce, Peggy Kenney, Megan Richner, Kala Kenney, Shannon and Miranda Lowrey, Claire Silvers and Jay Martin for helping grill and serve.


They again, supported the LOLYF livestock auction by purchasing Grady Crews reserve champion market heifer and Avery Keith’s steer.


Once again, the cattlemen will partner with the Cedar County Farm Bureau to sell ribeye steaks and steak sandwiches during the Stockton Black Walnut Festival, Sept. 27-29. They will be selling ribeye steak sandwiches on Thursday and Friday and offering a steak dinner special on Saturday. Volunteers are needed each day. If you are willing to work a shift, please contact Megan Richner at meganrichner@gmail.com or 417-4961623. Proceeds go to support the local youth and beef promotional efforts.

Claire Silvers, Miranda Lowrey, Peggy Kenney, Megan Richner, Jay Martin and Kala Kenney serve hamburgers and sides to exhibitors and their families during the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fair.

Adam O’ Riley speaks to the crowd about his hay grinding services and how producers utilize it in their operation.



Bates County The June meeting of the Bates County Cattleman was held at the Union Restaurant in Butler with David Murphy of AgriLix and Tom Mallory of Mallory Ag. Following David’s presentation on cow nutrition, Sydney Mason with Missouri Farmers Care gave a report on the Agri-Ready Certification program. This program identifies counties that support the agriculture industry and connects them with MFC to provide educational opportunities. Mason reported that Bates County meets all the criteria except for a zoning law in the Spruce Township. Bates County Farm Bureau board members were present to address this issue and agreed to arrange a meeting with the cattleman’s board, county commissioner and the Spruce Township board to discuss eliminating the law.

Steaks on the grill.

As summer gets rolling, our smokers start cooking. Carl Bettels reported on the Brad Colin benefit dinner, which raised around $2,500 for the family. The cattleman’s donated three pans of smoked meat and helped serve the dinner on June 2. We had a good group represent Bates County at the Cattleman’s Steak Fry in Sedalia. Lonny Duckworth reported a record attendance of 500 people, with over $65,000 being raised for the PAC fund. He said the PAC Fund now had a total of $125,000. In place of a July meeting, the cattleman cooked for the county fair bash on July 10 and the cattleman’s steak supper on July 12. The August meeting featured MBIC as our speaker.

Crowd at cattleman’s steak supper at Bates County fair.


Members Rod Morris (sitting) and Gary Morrow (standing) serving at the cattleman’s steak supper at Bates County fair.


Members (L-R) Carl Bettels, Mike Moore and Todd Wright grilling steaks for cattleman’s steak supper at Bates County fair.

Henry County It has been another busy month rushing to finish the baling before the rain hits, and then, being disappointed at the small amount of moisture we actually got. Our first big activity of the month was donating and cooking a meal for the participants in the Livestock Auction. There was great variety to the livestock being shown, chickens, swine, ducks, steers, etc. Due to a hard rain a couple of hours before the show was to begin, we

An interested spectator shoots a picture of our grill trailer in the Old Glory Days Parade. In the truck are Pam and Kent Carney, and Sarah and Taylor Bush. Driver is Roy Batschlett.

had a sell-out crowd of youth and their parents. This is one of our favorite activities during the year. We cooked 300 hamburgers and ran out! Our next event was grilling at the “Ride the Rock” activity in Windsor. They anticipated 300 bike riders for the weekend riding from Pleasant Hill to Windsor. We also served at the Missouri Beef House during the Missouri State Fair on August 13.

Working at the “Ride the Rock” were Brooklyn Trolinger, Tony Trolinger, Jarrett Dick, Bob Trolinger, Ron Hoffman, and Riley Ferguson. Others that had worked most of the day were Judy and David Micke, and Anthony and Marylyn Lesmeister. (Henry County news continued on page 60)


Fair. We also helped at the Missouri Beef House at the Missouri State Fair. September will find us firing up our grill for two days for the annual Buffalo Celtic Festival as well as the Fair Grove Old Heritage Reunion. Our first fall membership meeting will be held on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the O’Bannon Community Center in Buffalo. We will have a representative from Lewis Cattle Oilers on the program. University of Missouri Livestock Specialist Andy McCorkill will also speak about drought management. There is nothing like the smell of beef sizzling and a cool, shady spot to serve the customers.

Working at the Livestock Auction are Joyce Trolinger and little helper Maverick Drenon in the front row. In back are Dakota Yount, Bob Trolinger, Gene Reid, Marylyn Lesmeister, Dale Lawler, David Micke, Tony Trolinger, and Taylor Bush.

Gabby Glaser, senior showmanship winner, and DCCA president Bobby Stewart, at the Dallas County Fair.

Dallas County


The Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) has had a busy summer cooking and volunteering at various events.


Our grill was kept very busy for three days in June at the Dallas County Fair Junior Livestock Show. In spite of extremely hot temperatures, we served a lot of ribeye steak sandwiches, hamburgers, and hotdogs. Many of our customers tell us they come to the fair just to enjoy one of our delicious ribeye steak sandwiches. We also sponsored the showmanship awards for the beef show at the fair. We congratulate Payton Henderson for winning junior showmanship and Gabby Glaser for winning senior showmanship. Many of our members also donate a lot of time helping to make the fair a success, whether it be serving on the fair board, acting as show chairmen, setting up the fairgrounds, etc. We also volunteered at the Ozark Empire Fair Beef House for the Ozark Spring Fest, the Street Rod Nationals, and for two days during the Ozark Empire

Payton Henderson, junior showmanship winner, and DCCA president Bobby Stewart, at the Dallas County Fair.

SEMO Cattlemen’s Association The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to award six scholarships to outstanding local youth. Clayton Jung, Perryville High School; Kaitlyn Keller, Jackson Senior High; Tate Kiefer, Meadow Heights High School; Laura Mueller, Saxony Lutheran High School; Thomas Otte, Valle Catholic High School; and Logan Seabaugh, Meadow Heights High School; were each selected to receive a $500 scholarship. Jung, son of Greg and Angela Jung (Altenburg), has shown cattle at the Altenburg, SEMO District, St. Francois, and Ste. Genevieve fairs, participated in the Meat I.D. Career Development Event (CDE) for FFA and completed a course for artificial insemination of cattle. Clayton is attending Lindenwood UniversityBelleville and majoring in physical education while playing football.

Clayton Jung.

Kaitlyn Keller.

Keller, daughter of Brian and Laura Keller ( Jackson), raises black Angus steers for show and sell. This has been her Supervised Agriculture Experience project through FFA for the past three years. Kaitlyn is attending Southeast Missouri State University and majoring in agribusiness and plans to pursue a master’s degree in accounting or marketing. Kiefer, son of Wayne and Karla Kiefer (Sedgewickville), has shown cattle since he was 8 years old which has led him to owning his own small herd. Tate is attending Three Rivers Community College and is obtaining a degree in agriculture mechanics.

Laura Mueller.

Logan Seabaugh.

Mueller, daughter of Jeffrey and Stephanie Mueller (Altenburg), has shown cattle through 4-H and for Mueller Charolais. Laura is attending Arkansas State University and is undecided in her major. Otte, son of Tom and Mary Otte (St. Mary), has had many bred and owned steer projects through 4-H, shown heifers and bulls at all levels including national and has participated in the 4-H cattle judging contest at Mizzou. Thomas is attending Liberty University majoring in business and accounting and plans to become a CPA and/or small business owner.

Congratulations to our SEMO Cattlemen’s scholarship winners and best of luck in your future endeavors!

Thomas Otte.

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Seabaugh, son of Pat and Linda Seabaugh (Patton), has participated in the beef cattle judging team through FFA. He is attending Southeast Missouri State University majoring in construction management and design.

Tate Kiefer.




Tremendous First Half for U.S. Beef Exports; Pork Exports Still Ahead of 2017 Pace Source: USMEF Strong June results capped a huge first half of 2018 for U.S. beef exports, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). June pork exports were lower than a year ago for the second consecutive month, but first-half volume and value remained ahead of last year’s pace. Beef muscle cut exports set a new volume record in June of 90,745 metric tons (mt), up 15 percent from a year ago. When adding variety meat, total beef export volume was 115,718 mt, up 6 percent, valued at $718.4 million – up 19 percent year-over-year and only slightly below the record total ($722.1 million) reached in May. First-half exports set a record pace in both volume and value as international customers bought a larger share of U.S. beef production at higher prices, indicating strong demand. Export volume was up 9 percent from a year ago to 662,875 mt while export value was just over $4 billion, up 21 percent. In previous years, export value never topped the $4 billion mark before August.

“It’s remarkable to think that as recently as 2010, beef exports for the entire year totaled $4 billion, and now that milestone has been reached in just six months,” noted Dan Halstrom, USMEF president and CEO. “This should be a source of great pride for the beef industry, which has remained committed to expanding exports even when facing numerous obstacles. And with global demand hitting on all cylinders, there is plenty of room for further growth.” June exports accounted for 13.4 percent of total beef production, up from 12.8 percent a year ago. For muscle cuts only, the percentage exported was 11.3 percent, up from just under 10 percent last year. First-half exports accounted for 13.5 percent of total beef production and 11 percent for muscle cuts - up from 12.8 percent and 10 percent, respectively, last year. Beef export value averaged $313.56 per head of fed slaughter in June, up 19 percent from a year ago. The first-half average was $316.94 per head, up 18 percent. (Continued on page 64)


After setting a new record in April, pork export volume has trended lower the past two months, mainly due to lower exports to the China/Hong Kong region. June exports totaled 191,303 mt, down 4.5 percent from a year ago, despite a slight increase in muscle cut exports (to 153,083 mt). June export value was $510.4 million, down 3 percent. For the first half of 2018, pork export volume was still 2 percent ahead of last year’s record pace at 1.27 million mt, while value increased 5 percent to $3.36 billion. For pork muscle cuts only, first-half exports were up 6 percent year-over-year in both volume (1.02 million mt) and value ($2.78 million). “Pork exports - and especially variety meats - face a very challenging environment in China/Hong Kong due not only to retaliatory duties but also because of increasing domestic production in China,” Halstrom explained. “On the positive side, exports are achieving solid growth in most other markets and reached new heights in destinations such as Korea and Latin America. So there is no time to dwell on factors the U.S. industry cannot control - we must continue to find new opportunities in both established and emerging markets.” On April 2, the import duty on U.S. pork and pork variety meats entering China increased from 12 percent to 37 percent. On July 6, the rate increased to 62 percent. Mexico imposed a 10 percent retaliatory duty on U.S. pork muscle cuts (variety meats are excluded) on June 5 and increased the rate to 20 percent on July 5. Pork sausages and prepared hams entering Mexico are subject to duties of 15 percent and 20 percent, respectively, which took effect June 5. First-half export results reflect the first round of duties imposed by China and Mexico, but not the higher rates that took effect in July. June pork exports accounted for 26.4 percent of total production, down from 27.1 percent a year ago, but the percentage of muscle cuts exported increased from 22.2 percent to 22.8 percent. First-half exports equaled 27.3 percent of total pork production (down from 27.8 percent a year ago) and 23.6 percent for muscle cuts (up from 23.1 percent). Pork export value averaged $55.13 per head slaughtered in June, down slightly from a year ago, while the firsthalf per-head average increased 2 percent to $55.18.


Asian Markets Lead the Way, but U.S. Beef Accelerating in Nearly Every Region Beef exports to leading market Japan continued to climb in June, totaling 31,147 mt (up 13 percent from a year ago) valued at $193.1 million (up 11 percent). First-half exports to Japan were up 6 percent from a year ago in volume at 159,354 mt while value increased 12 percent to $1.02 billion. This included a 4 percent increase in chilled beef to 73,968 mt, valued at $590.1 million (up 15 percent).


June exports to South Korea were up 46 percent from a year ago in volume (21,408 mt) and set another new value record at $154.8 million (up 68 percent). First-half exports to Korea climbed 36 percent to 113,283 mt, valued at $802.1 million – up 52 percent from last year’s record pace. Chilled beef exports to Korea totaled 25,400 mt (up 35 percent) valued at $244.8 million (up 47 percent). For January through June, other highlights for U.S. beef exports include: • Despite trending lower in June, first-half exports to Mexico were up 2 percent from a year ago in volume (117,524 mt) and up 10 percent in value ($506.7 million). Mexico is the leading destination for U.S. beef variety meat

exports, which increased 8 percent from a year ago in value ($114.8 million) despite a 6 percent decline in volume (50,209 mt). • Exports to China/Hong Kong increased 15 percent in volume (65,345 mt) and 43 percent in value ($510.8 million. First-half exports to China, which reopened to U.S. beef in June of last year, were 3,655 mt valued at $33 million. Although China’s duty rate increase on U.S. beef (from 12 percent to 37 percent) didn’t take effect until July 6, June exports slowed in part because of rising uncertainty as China’s proposed retaliatory tariff list that included U.S. beef was published in April. • Beef exports to Taiwan continue to soar, as first-half volume increased 32 percent from a year ago 26,865 mt) and value was up 39 percent $249.7 million). Chilled exports to Taiwan were up 34 percent in volume (10,974 mt) and 46 percent in value ($136.2 million), as the United States captured 74 percent of Taiwan’s chilled beef market - the highest market share of any Asian destination. • Strong growth in Colombia helped push first-half exports to South America higher than a year ago - up 2 percent in volume (14,030 mt) and climbing 20 percent in value ($63.9 million). Export value to Chile and Peru also increased, despite volumes dipping below last year. Although still a small market, exports to Ecuador (600 mt) were the largest since 2013.

• Beef exports to the ASEAN region slowed in June but still posted year-over-year gains in the first half - up 6 percent in volume (21,802 mt) and 24 percent in value ($122.8 million). This region - especially Indonesia and the Philippines - is an important destination for beef variety meat exports, which climbed 27 percent in value ($13.1 million) despite a slight decline in volume (6,212 mt). • Fueled by sharply higher exports to Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama, first-half volume to Central America increased 27 percent from a year ago to 6,942 mt, valued at $38.8 million (up 26 percent). Tariffs, uncertainty challenge U.S. pork in mainstay markets, while Korea, Latin America and ASEAN drive first-half export growth As noted above, a 10 percent duty on most U.S. pork entering Mexico took effect June 5, contributing to a slowdown in June volume (59,967 mt, down 7 percent last June’s record-large total). Export value fell 16 percent to $105.1 million. First half export volume to Mexico was still 4 percent ahead of last year’s record pace at 413,231 mt, but value slipped 1 percent below a year ago to $726.1 million. “USMEF is working closely with Mexico’s major processors and other key customers to reemphasize the advantages of fresh U.S. pork, as we work to assist U.S. suppliers in solidifying as much business as possible in this critical market,” Halstrom said. “USMEF feels (Continued on page 66)

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strongly that exports to Mexico could set another new volume record in 2018, though export value will likely be lower due to the retaliatory duties. We remain hopeful that duty-free access to Mexico will be restored soon, as competitors are now targeting a market that U.S. pork has dominated for many years, and the duties are contributing to lower prices for U.S. producers and adding costs for customers in Mexico.” Pork exports to the China/Hong Kong region were already projected to be lower in 2018 due to China’s higher hog production, but the additional 25 percent tariff imposed on April 2 (imported pork still enters Hong Kong duty-free) intensified this trend. First-half exports to China/Hong Kong were 21 percent below last year’s pace in volume (216,008 mt) and down 9 percent in value to $507.2 million. June exports were hit especially hard, declining 37 percent from a year ago in volume (28,569 mt) and 19 percent in value ($70.7 million). January-June highlights for U.S. pork exports include: • June exports to leading value market Japan were 5 percent higher than a year ago in volume (31,773) and increased 6 percent in value ($131.9 million). In the first half, export volume was down 1 percent to 199,067 mt but value still edged 1 percent higher to $821.4 million. This included a 2 percent decrease in chilled pork to 104,365 mt, valued at $504.2 million (up slightly yearover-year). • Exports to South Korea posted an outstanding first half, climbing 42 percent in volume (134,190 mt) and 49 percent in value ($386.5 million). Korea’s per capita pork consumption continues to expand rapidly, and U.S. pork is capturing a larger share of Korea’s imports while Korea’s domestic production is modestly increasing. • Fueled by strong growth in Colombia and Peru, first-half exports to South America jumped 29 percent from a year ago in volume (62,314 mt) and 26 percent in value ($153.5 million). Plant and product registration


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requirements for exporting pork to Argentina were finalized in late June, so the Argentine market could add further momentum for U.S. pork in the second half of the year. • Following a record performance in 2017, pork exports to Central America surged 20 percent higher in both volume (40,210 mt) and value ($95.5 million). While Honduras and Guatemala are this region’s mainstay markets, exports to all seven Central American nations achieved double-digit growth in the first half of 2018. • Exports to the Dominican Republic, which were also record-large in 2017, increased 16 percent in both volume (22,267 mt) and value ($49.5 million) in the first half of the year. For the Caribbean region, exports were up 11 percent in both volume (29,960 mt) and value ($71 million). • Led by the Philippines and Vietnam, first-half exports to the ASEAN region increased 16 percent in volume (26,952 mt) and 21 percent in value ($71.2 million). The Philippines is an especially important destination for pork variety meat exports when shipments to China are declining, and first-half variety meat volume to the Philippines climbed 64 percent from a year ago to 8,680 mt, while value jumped 70 percent to ($15.3 million). • With the tariff situation in Mexico, Oceania is an increasingly important destination for U.S. hams and other cuts destined for further processing. First-half exports to Australia were 7 percent higher than a year ago in volume (39,031 mt) and increased 9 percent in value ($113.7 million). Exports to New Zealand increased 15 percent in volume (3,903 mt) and 17 percent in value ($12.5 million). Lamb exports continue to climb June exports of U.S. lamb were the largest of 2018 in both volume (1,016 mt, up 58 percent from a year ago) and value ($2.2 million, up 26 percent), pushing first-half exports 46 percent ahead of last year’s pace in volume (5,471 mt) and 17 percent higher in value ($11.3 million). Stronger variety meat demand in Mexico accounted for much of this growth, but muscle cut exports trended higher to the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan. Exports should receive an additional boost in the second half of year from Japan, which reopened to U.S. lamb on July 11. Complete 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.




BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Consumer Demand Still Growing for Beef With Mark Russell, Executive Director, MBIC Burger Bash in St. Louis Showcases the Versatility of Beef!

More than 40 restaurants participated in the first-ever burger extravaganza in St. Louis in August. Restaurants throughout the city included special menu hamburgers to attract consumers. Social media and digital advertising pushed the promotion to the city. Record numbers of burgers were sold in the 40 restaurants.

Summer Conference Brings States Together

The annual summer conference of NCBA and CBB was held updating ranchers and producers on activities of the check-off and NCBA. Committees heard updates and proposals for the next fiscal year’s projects. The producer-driven evaluations send grass-roots evaluations to the operating committee for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.


Highlights of the conference that were shared included: • Each consumer is projected to eat 8.9% more beef in 2019 than in 2015. • Consumer beef demand at retail has improved nearly 15% since 2012 • Beef consumption continues to increase and will exceed 13 billion pounds in 2018. • Beef is considered the BEST source of protein… …meat substitutes like plant-based and lab grown ARE NOT. • Nicely done, Beef videos on pace to deliver 50 million+ video views • Social media following and reach is growing with YTD reach of consumers at 120 million times



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• Beef meal kits continue to generate retail sales exceeding 500,000 pounds since spring 2018 • Lance Pekus has become a spokesperson and celebrity for beef through the popular television series “America Ninja Warrior”. Fitness professionals number more than 14,000 in the US and they are influencers in our industry. • Purdue researchers find eating red meat is good for your health through a Mediterranean-style diet that can improve the wellness of your heart without cutting the meat out. A media tour and campaign moving this information will start this fall. • Findings from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit were released at last year’s Summer Business Meeting, since then an extensive outreach and engagement plan has enabled the program make over 10 million impressions on industry stakeholders. Staff and Researchers presented the findings at over 55 industry meetings to an audience of 6,500 cattle industry stakeholders. In the last year the results have been featured in 39 print articles and 32 digital pieces.

Lunch and Learn Launches with Hospitals

MBIC staff will be launching “lunch and learns” with health professionals this fall in the Springfield area. First up will be Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Health professionals will hear first-hand about the importance of beef in a healthy diet and will be able to ask questions of staff about all aspects of beef production and nutrition.

HyVee Promotion Moves into High Gear

Participating Beef Councils throughout the Midwest are teaming up with HyVee stores for a strong promotion in September and October this fall. Messaging through HyVee’s at selected professional and collegiate football games will incorporate messages including:

Fuel Your Family – Beef for Strength Whether it’s the backyard, kitchen or a tailgate, families can enjoy the great taste of beef at any meal occasion. Create nutritious meals with perfectly-portioned kabobs featuring the season’s freshest ingredients or capitalize on beef’s versatility by preparing a quick, easy and delicious ground beef meal sure to please the entire family. Incorporate beef into your meals to give everyone in your family the strength to make the most of their day.

Age Strong Adding more protein to your meals – from foods in the meat and dairy groups, for instance – can be a simple way to help manage several age-related health issues. One of the most notable benefits of high-quality proteins, like beef, in your diet is its ability to build and maintain muscle. As we age, getting the right amount of protein becomes increasingly important to fight off diseases like sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass), type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

Start Strong Beef has a unique mix of nutrients, including high-quality protein, iron, zinc, choline, selenium and vitamins B6 and B12, essential for growth and development in infants and children. Additionally, children need iron and zinc for development, learning, behavior and growth. Beef is a natural source of more than 10 essential nutrients including protein, zinc and iron, which can help prevent harmful nutrient deficiencies.


Live Strong The essential nutrients found in beef, like protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins, provide our bodies and minds with the fuel we need at all stages of life to be the strongest version of ourselves. A wealth of research has linked protein to favorable lifestyle markers such as healthy body weight and/ or weight loss, maintaining and building muscle, and overall diet satisfaction. When you’re looking for ways to improve your health, manage your weight or satisfy your appetite, consider all that protein can do for you. Protein helps support strong, lean bodies. Eating at least 4 ounces of highquality protein from foods like beef at each meal provides your body with energy to lead an active lifestyle. Research has also shown exercise is more effective for weight management when paired with a higher-protein diet, and beef provides the amino acids necessary for building and replenishing muscles.


“Zombie WOTUS” Threatens Farmers and Ranchers Source: NCBA WASHINGTON (August 16, 2018) – Today National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager issued the following statement in response to the South Carolina District Court injunction of the Waters of the United States Applicability Date Rule: “Today’s ruling underscores the urgent need to finalize the repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United

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2S Angus Sale...............................................................43 3C Cattle Company......................................................24 ADM Animal Nutrition................................................67 Ag Risk Solutions..........................................................30 AMEC..........................................................................91 American Angus Association........................................47 American Angus Association - Conover.......................34 American Food Group..................................................70 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica - Pryamid Beef.......23 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica - Triangle................13 Buffalo Livestock Market..............................................12 Byergo Sale...................................................................41 Callaway Livestock Center Inc.......................................7 Cargill / NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral..................................................27 Central Missouri Sales Co........................................... 80 Circle 5 Cattle Co.........................................................68 Circle A Angus Ranch..................................................51 Circle A Angus Ranch Sale..........................................29 Classified.......................................................................97 Clearwater Farm...........................................................51 Eastern Missouri Commission Company.....................75 Express Ranches Sale...................................................99 FCS Financial.............................................................100 FIXatioN Clover - Missouri Southern Seeds...............71 Galaxy Beef LLC..........................................................51 Gallagher......................................................................48 Gardiner Angus Sale....................................................39 Gast Charolais/Bradley Cattle Sale..............................11 Gerloff Farms................................................................51 Gleonda Farms Angus - Traves Merrick......................51 Green’s Welding & Sales...............................................65 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus............................................51 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale....................................35 J Bar M Ranch Complete Female Dispersal................17 J&N Black Hereford Sale..............................................55 Jac’s Ranch Sale............................................................53 Jeffries Red Angus Sale.................................................95 Jim’s Motors..................................................................66 JJ Skyline Angus...........................................................51 JMB Angus Complete Dispersal Sale...........................49 Joplin Regional Stockyards...........................................81 Journagan/MSU Genetically Yours Sale........................3 Kingsville Livestock Auction........................................81 Marshall & Fenner Farms.............................................51 MCA Brand Wall Page.................................................93 MCA Lifetime Membership........................................ 46

MCA Membership Form..............................................62 MCA Show-Me Select Sale Credit...............................42 MCA Trap Shoot Fundraiser................................. 89-90 McBee Cattle Co......................................................... 80 MCF Scholarship..........................................................76 McPherson Concrete Products.....................................97 Mead Cattle Co............................................................63 Mead Farms..................................................................51 Mead Farms Sale..........................................................31 MFA Fair Share............................................................84 Missouri Angus Association..........................................51 Missouri Angus Association Sales............................... 44 Missouri Angus Breeders..............................................51 Missouri Beef Industry Council....................................69 Missouri Charolais Fall Bull Sale.................................87 Missouri Valley Commission Company.......................75 MultiMIN USA............................................................77 Naught-Naught Agency............................................... 40 NCBA Convention....................................................... 88 Ozark and Heart of America Fall Roundup Beefmaster Sale .......................................................85 Priefert Squeeze Chute.................................................37 Reynolds Farm Beef Cattle Sale.................................. 64 Richardson Ranch........................................................51 Route 66 Simmental Sale.............................................19 Seedstock Plus...............................................................57 Sellers Feedlot...............................................................52 Smith Valley Angus......................................................45 South Central Regional Stockyards.............................50 Spur Ranch Sale...........................................................33 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef......................................51 Stay Tuff........................................................................79 Superior Steel Sales.......................................................59 Sydenstricker Genetics..................................................51 Sydenstricker Implements - JayLor...............................25 Triple C, Inc..................................................................52 Valley Oaks...................................................................28 Valley Oaks Angus........................................................51 Wax Company................................................................2 Weiker Angus Ranch....................................................51 Westway Feed..................................................................9 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market................................36 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate...................................70 Mike Williams..............................................................70 Windsor Livestock Auction...........................................87 Zeitlow Distributing......................................................32





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