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Montana Stockgrowers Update March 2016

In this Issue: MSGA at work for you APHIS Delisting MSGA partners with Ford Forest Plan Revisions Southeast & Western District Updates Congressional Updates REEF & Cattlewomen Scholarships Massey Ferugson Discount


MSGA At Work | Pg 2

Know Your Veterinarian Officially | Pg 11

REEF Offers Scholarship | Pg 4

Montana Stockgrowers

Update

Howdy Friends and Members, We just wrapped up our spring board meeting in Helena. The most fruitful part of our discussion for me was getting to meet the new leadership of the DOL Mike Honeycutt, Leslie Doely and new board member Nina Baucus. The Montana cattle industry had a lot of questions surrounding the department on past and current issues. They welcomed all of our questions. They answered them candidly and they made it very clear that they are representatives of the livestock industry and here to listen and serve. It takes time to turn a big ship around and there has been a lot of misinformation going around about their actions. Please call them if you have questions. You can call myself or any of the MSGA board members for clear consistent answers about the DOL. They informed us that there has been tremendous pressure on them from the administration and the park to ignore the rules and their responsibility to protect the state of Montana from disease by letting the Bison leave the park, go to new places without proper testing. They have and are planning on holding that line firm. That is a measurable difference in the DOL from past actions! We welcome this attitude and their willingness to serve the Montana livestock industry. Currently MSGA doesn’t have specific policy stating that Bison need to be managed as livestock by the DOL once they leave Yellowstone Park. Nor do we have

any language stating that if they leave the park and go straight to a reservation and then come off the reservation onto private or public land that they still need managed by the DOL as livestock. We plan to draft policy at midyear to address these issues. Your input is welcome as we need simple, clear policy on this issue. The reason this needs to be clear on our policy book is that, there is and will continue to be pressure to label Bison as wildlife and change the management of them from the DOL to the FWP. There are statutes preventing this, but when politicians start talking about gray areas in the law; it simply means they intend to change it. The park can do what they want to and so can the reservations without our input, but we are a big part of the state of Montana and we plan to shape, influence and protect our industry in the state. On other news, the midyear and annual

conventions are already shaping up nicely. We will be in Great Falls for midyear and back to our old schedule at the new Radisson Inn, formerly the Holiday Inn for the annual convention. I ask that you do your best to plan on attending both conventions. Montana Stockgrowers is a member funded program and it takes all of our members to be effective. With that said, we are developing our first annual “Load Up Montana Stockgrowers” calf sale for our foundation this year. Look for details in our next newsletter. As always, I thank you for being members and supporting your industry. This is your outfit.

Bryan Mussard 1st Vice President


MSGA At Work • Worked with Senator Daines and Representative Zinke to extend comment period on YNP EA • MSGA testified before the Montana FWP Commission to approve elk shoulder seasons. • Attended a successful 2016 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and engaged in the following policy developments: algorithmic futures debate, traceability market access • Met with Alberta Beef Producers leadership on conservation initiatives • Met with Senator Daines’ Office • Met with Carolyn Sime on Sage Grouse Coordination Submitted Formal Comments • YNP EA on Bison Quarantine Facility • APHIS Delisting of Brucella abortus from Select Agents Meetings Attended • Sage Grouse Oversight • Local grazing districts meetings • Legislative EQC Interim Committee • Treasure State Resources Association • WWF Sustainable Ranching Initiative • LRP Committee • REAL Montana • Leadership Montana • One Montana • Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce • Local Affiliates (Western, Beartooth, Gallatin) • Lewis and Clark Ag Group • Environmental Defense Fund (Sage Grouse) • MSU Ranch Management Committee • Collegiate Stockgrowers at Montana State University • Two Board of Livestock Meetings 2 | MSGA Update

NEW MSGA MEMBERS Bill & Vicky Tusler - Terry Robert J Tooke - Miles City Fitzsimmons Cattle Company Inc - Casey FitzSimmons - Canyon Creek Bickle Cattle Company - Bill Bickle - Miles City Greg & Rhonda Pennington - Sidney

MSGA SUPPORTS APHIS DELISTING The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing updates to the select agents and toxins registration list, as required every two years by the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002. APHIS has completed its fourth biannual review and is proposing to remove Brucella abortus (the agent that causes brucellosis) from the list. MSGA is in support of the removal of B. abortus as a select agent that no longer needs to be regulated under this list. MSGA and its members have significant and long standing interest in the management of Brucella abortus, due mainly to the high rate of exposure in wildlife in and around Yellowstone National Park (YNP). As many are aware, this disease is highly regulated in domestic cattle and bison and has broad implications for the marketing of cattle and genetics from Montana. The regulation of B. abortus by USDA APHIS has led to the implementation of strict testing and management protocols for cattle in an area surrounding YNP known as the Designated Surveillance Area (DSA). MSGA agrees that by removing B. abortus from select agent regulations, will allow for additional research into vaccines for brucellosis. “Our organization sees this as an essential step in the development of new or enhanced vaccines to control this disease in cattle and wildlife in the GYA,” says Gene Curry, President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. “The current regulations and restrictions have nearly eliminated the efforts to further vaccine research and other aspects of B. abortus control.” •

MONTANA FOREST PLAN REVISIONS The Montana Public Lands Council and the MSGA are currently following a number of Montana forests that are currently conducting Forest Plan revisions. These Forest Plan Revision processes gives way to a new Forest Plan, which is the comprehensive overarching document providing guidance for forest management for years to come. First is the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest Plan Revision. This plan revision was first started in the spring of 2015, with a Scoping phase. The Forest is planning to have a draft Plan out by the Spring of 2018 and a final decision by the Fall of 2018. The Forest Service just finished a series of local meetings to gather input on any issue related to the forest planning area, but the focus was related to Timber Suitability and Wilderness Inventory areas. In addition, the 3.1 million acre Custer Gallatin National Forest is also starting a Forest Plan Revision. These forests have also held a series of community public meetings across the forest, in their anticipated four-year Forest Plan Revision process. During these Forest Plan Revisions, the Forest Service will review all of the acres listed in the Forest Plan as suitable and open for grazing. It is important for all grazing permittees to attend these meetings and provide input on the importance of grazing on these forests. It is also important to review maps of proposed wilderness areas and the potential impacts to grazing leases. PLC and MSGA have included the websites for both these planning efforts and encourage members to attend and review this material. If members have any questions or comments, please contact the MSGA office. • http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/custergallatin/landmanagement/planning http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/helena/landmanagement/planning


ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 1 Applications for the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award are due June 1, 2016. Any individual, group or organization is eligible to nominate one individual/business who raises or feeds cattle. Since 1991, The Environmental Stewardship Award annually recognizes outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of U.S. cattle producers across the nation. A common trait among all winners is the desire to leave the land in better condition for future generations and inspiring the next generation of land stewards. The Award is an initiative of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. If you would like to nominate someone for the award, please contact the MSGA Office or kori@mtbeef.org. •

MSGA ANNOUNCES 8TH YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP WITH FORD MSGA and the Montana Ford Stores will give away a Ford Super Duty truck to one lucky MSGA member at the Montana Stockgrowers’ 2016 Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Metra Park in Billings, Dec. 2016. “We are very excited to continue this unique partnership and I encourage all of you to stop in at your local Ford Store and thank them for this very generous sponsorship. While you are there, shop for your own Ford tough truck!” – Gene Curry, Montana Stockgrowers Association President. The 2016 Ford Super Duty truck will debut at MSGA’s MidYear Meeting in Great Falls, June 9-11, and will be featured at several events across Montana throughout the Summer and Fall. MSGA Rancher, Young Stockgrower, and Feeder/Stocker members are eligible to win the truck. An entry form must be filled out and the member must be present at Annual Convention when the truck will be given away. To learn more about the MSGA/Ford partnership and membership opportunities with MSGA, please visit www.mtbeef.org or call (406) 442-3420. •

Southeast District|Terry Haughian Hello All (from SE MT) Here we are in the middle of March and still very little moisture in our area we can only hope every day is one day closer to a moisture event, (hopefully before the Bucking Horse Sale). I thought Montana and MSGA was very well represented at NCBA in San Diego. I enjoyed the time there it truly is a paradise but as usual it is always good to be back on the ranch. It was exciting to cheer Jed and Annie on from American Fork Ranch at the ESAP presentation. I thank them for representing Montana so well down there in San Diego. I attended the Miles City Beef Breeders show in February, MSGA sent materials so I set up at Green Mountain Angus bull pen and gave away MSGA information and membership applications. I explained what MSGA is doing lately in our state and at the national level. Thank you to Tim and Kris Todd for the use of their space on Main Street.

Presently as I am writing this I am at the March board meeting and have just heard from Nina Baucus, Mike Honeycutt and Leslie Doely from the DOL. I thought it was a very optimistic view of the future of the DOL. Also the Leadership Series group attended our board meeting in the AM. I hope they were engaged and educated on what we do as your MSGA board; and I hope they will continue to be involved not only on as producers but as members and leaders in MSGA. I hope everyone has a good spring and good luck with calving and pray for moisture and don’t try to fork loose hay into the Wind! •

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REEF Offers $1000 Scholarship Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Research & Education Endowment Foundation (REEF) is offering an Educational Heritage Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. This annual scholarship is awarded annually to a MSGA student member. Last year MSGA had two scholarship recipients: Allie Nelson was awarded a $1000 scholarship and Kamron Ratzburg was awarded a $500 scholarship. Allie is majoring in Agriculture Relations with Agriculture Business as a minor and Kamron is majoring in Animal Science. Both recipients attend Montana State University. To be eligible for the Educational Heritage Scholarship, students must currently be enrolled in college and have completed at least one semester of coursework, be a member of Montana Stockgrowers Association, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must complete the application form (mtbeef.org/educational-heritage-scholarship), include a copy of their current transcript,

write a 500-word essay and include two letters of recommendation. Applications must be completed and postmarked no later than April 4, 2016. For more information on these scholarships and to apply online, visit the MSGA website at mtbeef.org. For questions, please email Jesse Gill at jesse@mtbeef.org. If you are interested in these scholarships but are not currently a member of MSGA, join today. Student memberships start at just $20. •

Application (available online) + 2 letters of recommendations + Current Transcript + 500 word essay = $1000 Scholarship

PRIVATE LAND/PUBLIC WILDLIFE COUNCIL HOLD INITIAL MEETING On March 7th and 8th, the FWP, Private Land/Public Wildlife Council held their opening meeting in Helena. The primary purpose of this council is to address issues related to public wildlife on private lands. The Council is made up of seventeen members, who are appointed by the Governor. This year’s Council includes three MSGA members, including: Lee Cornwell (MSGA Board), John Swanz (MSGA Past President) and Dusty Crary (MSGA Member). The PL/PW Council will work by consensus to reach decisions on topics deliberated by the group. In the initial meeting, the members received information regarding some Council history, accomplishments and operating guidelines. FWP Director Hagener addressed the Council and talked about a number of topics he would like the group to consider during their first several meetings that would require legislative action. Follow the Director’s comments and discussion the Council members agreed to appoint three subcommittees focused on working with the block management landowner payment cap, landowner elk permit for access (454 license) and coming home to hunt and native MT nonresident licenses. MSGA staff did attend the meeting and will provide updates as the Council further discusses these issues. •

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Montana Cattlewomen Scholarship $1,000 Montana Native Attending a Montana University or College Preference given to student majoring in a field benefitting the livestock industry Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2016 The application is available from the Financial Aid offices of the state colleges and universities, from the scholarship Committee Chairman or by going online to montanacattlewomen.org


Western District|Race King Spring has always had the feel of the beginning of the year for me. There really isn’t anything else like baby calves and green grass. As I travel around the western part of this great state, I can’t help but reflect on it. I’m reminded that this year’s calf crop is influenced by many things, some that are in our control and some that are well beyond our control. We all know that those first few hours and days in a calf ’s life greatly influence its future health and performance but we don’t get to choose what the weather will be like on the day of its arrival or how much precipitation we get in the rain gauge. There are however many things that we can and do control as livestock managers. We choose the bulls and when they get turned out. We decide when and what vaccines and nutritional supplements will be used and our success is often dependent on how we react to things that are somewhat out of our control.

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One thing I’ve learned as I visit with other Ranchers about their operations is that I have a lot to learn. They may ranch across the fence or across the state but I always learn from them. I also realize that I too have something of worth to share with them. It may be something I learned the hard way or it could be a practice that really makes sense to our operation. The bottom line is we both benefit from the conversation.

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My experience this past year on the Board has taught me much the same. We all can and do benefit from our involvement. I have really enjoyed hearing and learning from ranchers as I’ve attended the affiliate meetings and other events around the state. I appreciate the calls that I’ve received on issues that affect you and your operation. Remember times are never too good or too bad to get involved.

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I would like to encourage your participation in local affiliate groups and remember to make plans to attend the MSGA midyear meeting in Great Falls on June 9-11. If you have questions or concerns remember it would be my pleasure to visit with you anytime. •

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BLM SEEKS NOMINATIONS The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for open positions on its Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), which advise the BLM on public land issues. The BLM will consider nominations until May 2. Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the advisory council. The MSGA along with the Public Lands Council and Montana Association of Grazind Districts urge their members to apply for the positions. It is important to have our organizations well represented on RACs that advise the BLM on key issues. If you are interested in applying for an RAC, MSGA will gladly help you with your nomination. Please contact the MSGA office for more information.

Young Stockgrowers | Tyrel Obrecht - Vice Chair Hello, my name is Tyrel Obrecht and I will be serving as the 2016 Vice Chair for Young Stockgrowers. I am the fifth generation on my family’s ranch in Turner where we raise commercial Black Angus cow-calf pairs. We also sell feeder steers and replacement heifers every year. While attending college at MSU-Bozeman, I spent the summer of 2012 interning with MSGA. It was an invaluable experience, and I have been involved in the association ever since. After graduating with a degree in Agricultural Economics, I pursued a career in Ag and Commercial Lending. I am currently in Lewistown and I service the Wells Fargo branch here and in Roundup, MT. When I look at ranching today, I see growing concerns for young

producers wishing to carry on their family, or start their own operation. Consumers are becoming more disconnected with agriculture than ever before, we are facing ever-increasing public land and water issues, and rising operating costs. It is hard to be in this business today. To overcome these obstacles and learn from other producers, I think it is imperative for individuals to come together as an organization, like MSGA, and work together. That is why I asked to be nominated for this position in December 2015. After my first YSG meeting with the Leadership Series, I realized how driven the younger producers are, and was honored to be working with them for the next two years. My goal in the next two years is to work with current YSG members to continue to grow the membership, and encourage involvement with this great association. Through this, I know the foundation for agriculture’s future will be strong, and generations to come will be able to live and enjoy the same lifestyle we do today. I look forward to working with everyone with the association and would like to thank the YSG membership for nominating me as their Vice Chair. I hope to see you all at upcoming YSG and MSGA events! •

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Why is it important to pay attention to varieties?

Dr. Emily Glunk | Extension Forage Specialist and Assistant Professor I get many questions regarding what variety producers should plant, and coming in to spring I thought it would be a great topic to discuss. To start off, it is important to discuss the difference between certified and non-certified seed. Most times, non-certified seed will come at a significantly cheaper cost compared to its certified counterpart. Seems like it is a great idea, right? Pay less for hopefully the same type of forage. However, there are many advantages to certified seed that non-certified doesn’t offer. Certified seed is directly controlled typically by an approved plant breeder or seed dealer, which allows for increased genetic purity and identity. Non-certified seed is less regulated. Additionally, many research studies have found that certified seed often produces higher yields when compared to research plots that were planted with saved seed (or non-certified). There are also less risks when buying cer-

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tified seed, such as less “other” seed due to rigorous equipment cleaning protocols, storage in heat and moisture controlled facilities, and many tests run to evaluate purity and germination. There are several classifications of certified seed: breeder, foundation, registered, and certified. Each has a different group controlling seed distribution and handling, but all will have more rigorous testing than saved or non-certified seed. Picking the right variety for your area is also as important as seed source. Variety trials have historically been performed throughout the state, with alfalfa varieties being the most prominently tested, but also other legume and grass species tested as well. These are to help determine the suitability and performance of the new varieties for particular environments. State-wide trials are very useful to determine environmental impacts on performance, because as we know, Montana has a widely varying

climate. Variety trials have been conducted all throughout the state over the years, and the most recent results can be found online at my Forage Extension program website. Different MAES (Montana Agricultural Experiment Stations) participate in various variety trials conducted annually. Currently, there is an alfalfa variety trial that was started in 2015 with sites in Corvallis, Bridger, and Moccasin, MT, to represent different climates and management schemes. The Corvallis site has sprinkler irrigation, the Bridger site has flood irrigation, and Moccasin is our dryland site. The first year of data will be posted on the website shortly. It is important to pay attention to results from sites most similar to your area. A variety that performs really well in a high-rainfall or irrigated site may not be the best option for dryland production. Even though it may not look like much, it can add up to a significant amount of money when average

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What Do CattleWomen Do?

Lynda Grande-Myers | MT CattleWomen President fairs, food festivals, any event with the potential to draw in large numbers of potential consumers.

The Montana CattleWomen focus on promotion and education on beef issues for our industry. We contract with the Montana Beef Council to reach out to consumers of different ages and demographics. Our group is often referred to as “cheap boots on the ground” as we can cover the entire state promoting our product at no cost to you plus it saves many steps for the Beef Council staff. We also have excellent credibility as this is our life and our passion. The Beef Education committee sends information to every high school in the state along with a form that allows the school to save money when purchasing beef for their school programs. For grades K-6, volunteers go into classrooms and to events such as the NILE to provide age appropriate nutrition and by-product material to the students. For adults the focus switches to food safety and preparation methods. The “Cut a Little, Save a Lot” demonstration teaches consumers how to prepare multiple meals from one roast for very little money. The Crock of Beef program teaches safety, nutrition and the economic savings of preparing home cooked foods. In this program, an educational class is offered by Extension or Food Bank personnel followed by CattleWomen helping participants to assemble a complete slow cooker meal to take home with them at no charge, including the slow cooker. Another popular program is the Local Block Funding. Local groups can apply for funding (up to $500 per event) to promote beef in their area at health

On the Promotion side, CattleWomen prepare beef for tastings at the MATE show in Billings and the Taste of Home show. This showcases new recipes and stresses the convenience and great taste of beef. Montana CattleWomen has lightweight pop up banners and feather displays available for locals to use at events across the state. The MSU Collegiate CattleWomen won a nationwide food drive competition against other ag colleges and were awarded 30,000 of protein for the Gallatin Valley food bank. The Ranch Run is our newest event and is designed to introduce runners from across the state to the beauty of Montana’s farms and ranches as well as educate them about the importance of agriculture and land stewardship. This helps us to reach a different demographic and give them an important environmental lesson as well as the importance of beef in a protein packed diet. Montana CattleWomen are proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship for students that are at least college sophomores and pursuing a major that is beneficial to agriculture. Please go to our website, montanacattlewomen.org and look under “Programs” for further details. The application deadline is quickly approaching April 15. If you would like more information about how we can help you with funding your program or about joining Montana CattleWomen please contact me at grandemyersmsga@gmail.com. •

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Selling at Miles City Livestock Commission

April 26, 2016 1:00 p.m. 45 Fall Yearling Bulls 65 Spring Yearling Bulls

CCAR 7275 Ideal 4227– He Sells

CCAR Blackjack C538— He Sells

CCAR Blackjack 4238—He Sells

CCAR 1213 Roundup C780– He Sells For more information or Catalogs-Please Contact: Gary & Phyllis Eliasson Box 389, Roundup, MT 59072 Email: ccar@midrivers.com Home: 406-323-1024 Office: 406-323-2227 Gary’s Cell: 406-320-1142 Catalogs will also be available online at Frontier Stockyards and Bill Pelton Livestock

CCAR Blackjack C530– He Sells

VARIETIES

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over many acres and multiple years. For example, in one of the most recent multi-year trials conducted at Moccasin, MT (Central Ag. Research Center), the highest performing variety was producing 12.68 T/ acre, while the lowest produced 10.54 T/ acre. It may not seem like much, but with current prices around $150/ T and a little “cowgirl math”, we see that it can add up to over $5,000/ acre/ year! That is a fairly significant amount of money all based on which variety you chose. Dryland grass trials have also been conducted, with the most recent one just being published by Dave Wichman, superintendent at CARC in Moccasin, MT. In this trial, he evaluated 39 different grass cultivars for yield performance. Mr. Wichman’s write-up, which appeared in the Trader’s Dispatch earlier this year, can also be found on the Forage Extension website. Always check in with your county agent, Experiment Station personnel, local seed dealers, certified crop consultants, or myself, when making a decision on what is the right variety for your operation. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Emily Glunk at 406.994.5688 or emily.glunk@montana.edu. •

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CCAR Sirloin C888— He Sells

CONGRESSIONAL CORNER SENATOR STEVE DAINES

REPRESENTATIVE RYAN ZINKE

Supports Delisting Greater Discussed Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Reserve’s MSGA

is in full support of delisting the GYE Grizzly Bear. We will be submitting formal comments by the May 10th deadline.

Drew

the American Prairie proposed change in use application for free range bison in Montana with the BLM Director and Secretary of the Interior.

MSGA has submitted formal comments opposing the Flat Creek Grazing Allotment change.

SENATOR JON TESTER

attention back to the cation project.

Yellowstone River Intake Dam

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MSGA submitted comments in April of 2015 expressing our support; we view this project as a blanced approach to improving conditions for migration of pallid sturgeon and other native fish and at the same time ensuring the water delivery system for the Intake Diversion Dam is protected.


KNOW YOUR VETERINARIAN – OFFICIALLY

Josh White | NCBA Executive Director, Producer Education By now I’m certain you have heard that changing FDA regulations (VFD, Guidance 209 and 213) will change the way we use antibiotics in the near future. But what does that mean for your farm, ranch or feedyard, and what do you need to do about it? The short answer is to get to know your veterinarian, and make it official. All of the changing regulations move the veterinarian to a position of greater responsibility in the stewardship of antibiotics in livestock. If you don’t already have one, developing a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with a veterinarian who has expertise with cattle and invests regularly in continuing education with a cattle focus should be on your “to do” list. Many states (29 currently) have a statutory definition of the VCPR which meets FDA requirements and controls. Check with your state animal health officer’s office or website for additional information. If your state has no FDA-recognized VCPR, the following three part federal definition of a valid VCPR controls: 1. A veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of (an) animal(s) and the need for medical treatment, and the client (the owner of the animal or animals or other caretaker) has agreed to follow the instructions of the veterinarian; 2. There is sufficient knowledge of the animal(s) by the veterinarian to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal(s); and 3. The practicing veterinarian is readily available for follow-up in case of adverse reactions or failure of the regimen of therapy. Such a relationship can exist only when the veterinarian has recently seen and is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal(s) by virtue of examination of the animal(s), and/or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animal(s) are kept. Further guidance on an effective VCPR is provided to veterinarians by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). AABP is an association of veterinarians whose mission is to serve society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity. The AABP website, aabp.org, provides guidance to veterinarians and their clients on establishing and maintaining a valid VCPR; below is a summary: 1. Establish a written agreement with your veterinarian which identifies the farm veterinarian who is accountable for drug use and treatments administered to the cattle on the farm operation. If more than one veterinarian or veterinary practice has a working relationship on the operation, then the agreement should establish which one has the overall responsibility for treatment protocols, drug inventories, prescriptions, etc. and name that veterinarian the “Veterinarian of Record”. 2. The Veterinarian of Record is the responsible party for providing appropriate oversight of drug use on the farm operation. Such oversight is a critical component of establishing, maintaining and validating a VCPR. This oversight should include, but may not be limited to, establishment of treatment protocols, training of personnel, review of treatment records, monitoring drug inventories, and assuring appropriate labeling of drugs. This oversight includes all drugs used on the farm regardless of how they are obtained. Regular farm visits are essential to a VCPR and frequency should be determined by the Veterinarian of Record based on type and size of the operation. 3. If a veterinarian who is not the Veterinarian of Record provides professional services in any type of consultative or advisory capacity, then it is incumbent on that veterinarian to ensure that the Veterinarian of Record is contacted and informed of their findings and recommendations. 4. Protocols and treatment guidelines for commonly occurring, easily recognizable conditions should be established in writing and agreed upon by all parties involved, signed and dated. Training of personnel authorized to use drugs on the operation should be undertaken and periodically reviewed. 5. Written/electronic treatment records of all animals or groups of animals treated are an essential component of maintaining and establishing the VCPR and to decreasing the risk of violative drug residues. Such records should include, at a minimum, the date, identification of animal(s), drug(s) used, frequency, duration, dose, route, appropriate meat/milk withdrawal intervals, and the person administering the treatment. 6. Provision of drugs or drug prescriptions should be for specific time frames appropriate to the scope and type of operation involved and only for the management groups within the operation that the Veterinarian of Record has direct involvement and oversight. Establishment of a VCPR for the sole purpose of the sale of drugs or increased sales of a particular brand of drug product is not a valid or ethical reason for having a VCPR. Following these suggestions will position you for success in keeping your animals healthy and your outfit in compliance with changing regulations. • Source: NCBA

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Lot 1 • 5095C • #1744503

HB 173, GM 55, CE 12, BW -3.9, WW 63, YW 106, MM 21, ME 7, HPG 12, CEM 3, STAY 16, MB 1.32, YG 0.05, CW 27, REA 0.51, BF 0.06 Takeover x Packer x Mario The best package for calving ease, stayability and carcass to sell this spring!

Lot 9 • 5074C • #1744608

HB 200, GM 55, CE 13, BW -4.7, WW 75, YW 121, MM 15, ME 1, HPG 10, CEM 5, STAY 18, MB 1.22, YG 0.22, CW 35, REA -0.01, BF 0.05 Premier x Conquest x Packer Big time herd bull prospect with a 113 AWR, 111 AYR and 111 IMF!

50 Sons of LSF Prospect 2035Z 35 Sons of Brown Premier X7876 35 Sons of Brown Redemption Y1334 30 Sons of LSF Takeover 9934W 15 Sons of HXC Conquest 4405P

Weschenfelder Development Center • Shepherd, MT • 12:30 PM MST

Lot 3 • 5013C • #1744145

HB 175, GM 56, CE 10, BW -4.2, WW 63, YW 122, MM 22, ME 1, HPG 17, CEM 0, STAY 15, MB 0.91, YG 0.01, CW 37, REA 0.87, BF 0.07 Takeover x Epic x Big Sky Big time spread bull that is royally bred!

Lot 27 • 5507C • #1749753

HB 154, GM 53, CE 9, BW -3.9, WW 68, YW 108, MM 25, ME 1, HPG 12, CEM 10, STAY 13, MB 0.52, YG -0.15, CW 28, REA 0.64, BF -0.01 Titonka x Mulberry x Hobo 79E Outcross feed efficient herd bull prospect from the Rebella Cow Family!

15 LSF Herdbuilder 1058Y 10 Sons of HXC Big Iron 0024X 10 Sons of LSF Saga 1040Y 10 Sons of LSF SRR Tyson 3025A 15 Sons of Hook's Yukon 80Y

Lot 8 • 5863C • #1738525

HB 169, GM 55, CE 8, BW -3.7, WW 70, YW 112, MM 16, ME 4, HPG 11, CEM 5, STAY 16, MB 1.05, YG -0.09, CW 31, REA 0.72, BF 0.02 Trilogy x Jewelmaker x Cheyenne Stacked for Stayability and Carcass in an outcross pedigree!

Lot 31 • 5660C • #1751232

HB 152, GM 57, CE 7, BW -2.9, WW 88, YW 156, MM 20, ME -4, HPG 19, CEM 6, STAY 11, MB 1.10, YG 0.16, CW 59, REA 0.89, BF 0.10 Incredabul x New Standard x Destination The Outcross Feature of this sale and the spring sale season!

210 Calving Ease Bulls 250 Top $ Eligible Bulls

www.ludvigsonstockfarms.com Ryan Ludvigson Billings, Montana (406)534-4263 office • (515)450-3124 mobile rl_ludvigson@hotmail.com

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Park Ludvigson Cushing, Iowa (712)384-2200 office • (712)229-3431 mobile parkludvigson@hotmail.com


Wheatland County Stockgrowers Esther Fischer | Secretary

The Wheatland Co. Stockgrowers (WCS) and the Harlowton Kiwanis Club teamed up and hosted AG Education Day on Jan. 20, 2016. Approximatley 60 people were in attendance for the roast beef luncheon and seminars. Dr. Jenny Muckey, DVM from Crazy Mtn Veterinary kicked of the day with the updates on the new Veterinary Feed Directive protocol and how their clinic was going to handle it and what to expect as a producer. Dr. Andy Roberts, from Fort Keogh gave two presentations, the first on “Back Seat Driver to Cattle Nutrition” and the second one on “Cattle Efficiency and using EPDS.” Rachel Endecott, MSU Beef Specialist was also on hand and presented a program on “All Natural, Grass Fed, and Feedlot” fed cattle. A question and answer session concluded the day and covered many topics. February 23 has the WCS hosting “COOKING WITH BEEF” workshops in conjunction with the Harlowton High School Adult Education and MSU Extension Agents. There will be three “hands on” workshops for anyone interested in cooking beef. March 1 will be “Marinades and Rubs” and the final workshop on March 8 will be “Gourmet Cooking.” May will find WCS awarding a college scholarship to a Wheatland County 2016 graduating senior. In June we will again host the main Banquet at the MT RANGE DAYS. August will find us at the Wheatland Co. Youth Fair. We sponsor the “Breeding Beef ” Program, the Round Robin Competition and the Carcass Competition. The Carcass Competition will be in its third year. We take the steer participants to the packing plant where they can see how their steer graded. The Carcass Competition is based on the MT Steer of Merit program. December is our grand finale for the year with our Annual Banquet and Meeting. We honor our “Stockgrower” of the Year and also an AG Business of the Year at that time. We are BUSY as always promoting BEEF and the AG industry. WORKING HARD FOR BEEF!! • Pictured above are the CSG members on their tour of JBS packing plant: Pictured L to R, 1st row: Charsi Workman, Ann Kusler, Kensey Mikkelsen, Ian Glennie, Cole Taber, Evan Haughian, Darcy Anderson, and Ashton Hubbard. Back row left to right: Connor Hodgskiss, Marni Wade, Micheal Walsh, John Walker , Tanner Engle, Brant Marsh, Sam Shearer, and Amanda Williams.

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Denton, Montana

BW

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Annual Production Sale

Lewistown Livestock Pavilion • Lewistown, Montana Cory & Tammie Poser 406/ 366-3461 • Gary & Carmen Poser 406/ 567-2627 1831 Everson Road • Denton, MT 59430 • htangus@itstriangle.com

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60 Years of producing cattle for the commercial cowman that excel in calving ease, maternal and structure.

View bulls and bid Online

40th Annual 1:00 p.m. • Thursday,

Also Selling 20 ElitE REgistEREd and

April 7, 2016 • at the ranch

HEifERs 25 CommERCial HEifERs

A A R Reinvested 5016 Reg. 18241686

Selling

210 Bulls

A A R Counselor 5180 Reg. 18251753

All bulls i50K Tested SIRES INCLUDE Reinvested x Ten X WR 116, YR 120, off first calf Ten X daughter. BW

-2.5

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A A R Reinvested 5539 Reg. 18257430

Connealy Counselor x B C Matrix 4132 Elite Dam raised A A R herd sire Frontman 3132 BW

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+27

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A A R Ten X 5100 Reg. 18241729

A A R Ten X 7008 S A A A R Thirty-Aught-Six Sitz Reinvested 636a A A R Wind Over 3822 Simonson High Five 7053

HA Outside 3008 Reinvested X A A R Image Maker 6538 Calving Ease, Growth and Maternal BW

-1.4

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Ten X x G A R Integrity Dam 6 BR 96, 6 WR 108, 6 YR 106 BW

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Connealy Thunder A A R Ten Gauge 1501 A A R Frontman 3132 Connealy Counselor

Keith Arntzen (406) 462-5557 Doug Arntzen (406) 462-5553 577 Arntzen Lane • Hilger, MT 59451 arntzen@mtintouch.net www.arntzenangus.com

MSU Collegiate Stockgrowers

MT Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum Rachel Endecott

MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist This year’s Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum, “Challenges and Opportunities of Cow Herd Expansion,” will be held April 19-20 in Bozeman at the GranTree Inn, 1325 N. 7th Avenue. Speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, including the US cattle cycle and cattle prices, reproductive management considerations for herd expansion, heifer development, cattle temperament, the veterinary feed directive for feed-grade antibiotics, and approaches to animal health in a limited antibiotic environment. A panel discussion on herd expansion, from the perspective of a rancher, veterinarian and nutritionist, will be held on Tuesday afternoon. The Tuesday evening program will feature Stacy and Troy Hadrick, South Dakota ranchers, speaking on “Advocating for Agriculture.” The conference is organized by the MSU College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences in conjunction with the Montana Feed Association. Cost to attend both days of the conference is $115. Registration is available online at https://www. montana.edu/nutrition/. Scholarships sponsored by the Montana Feed Association will be available. For more information and a detailed schedule, see http://animalrangeextension.montana.edu/beef/. •

Chris Hereim | MSU CSG Vice President

March has been a very busy month for the Collegiate Stockgrowers at Montana State University. The club has had a record number of members for the spring semester. This semester we have also had the privilege of having several guests at our meetings. Earlier this month we welcomed Ashton Hubbard, Alicia Netter, Danielle Staudenmeyer, and Sam Wyfells to inform us on their current research projects and graduate school in general. This was a great opportunity for our members to ask questions and learn about the program. We also had the opportunity to welcome Kori Anderson to our last meeting. She was able to meet our group and speak to us as well. This was a great opportunity for our members to get to know more about the Montana Stockgrowers Association and ask questions about how to become involved beyond the collegiate level. We have several upcoming events planned for our club. Currently, we are planning a trip to Helena to learn more about the legislative side of the industry. This is an annual trip that we make in the spring semester and have many members interested. We are also in the process of planning a trip to the Quad 5 ranch north of Ryegate. Another event we are also planning is a producer panel. We plan to

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bring in several area producers to talk about their experiences and give advice to our young group. These are all events that will help get our members involved beyond our campus. Without our advisor, Rachel Endecott, we would not be able to have a club on campus. We are deeply saddened by the loss of her father in late February. We would like to thank those who have donated to the Collegiate Stockgrowers in the name of Robert Endecott and ask that you keep the Endecott family in your thoughts. We are also putting together a work crew to help producers and MSGA members across the state. Spring is a busy time of year for most and we are willing to provide help for those in need. If you have any questions or want to try scheduling a work crew contact Chris Hereim, MSU Collegiate Stockgrowers Vice President, at 406-780-0294 or chrishereim@gmail.com. •


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2016-2017 Cattle Directory Advertising Advertising Rates and Mechanical Requirements

Priority Page (Full Color).....................................................................................Auction Priority Page advertisements are auctioned off annually at the MSGA Annual Convention. They are the ONLY advertisements with full color. Priority page advertisers also receive additional benefits. To learn more about becoming a priority page buyer, contact MSGA at (406) 442-3420. Live Advertisement (Copy area): 4.5” wide x 8.0” tall Advertisement Size One Color Black and White Full Page Advertisement..................................................$600............................ $475 If you select a one color advertisement, your advertisement will be black and white plus one other color of your choice. Live Advertisement (Copy area): 4.5” wide x 8.0” tall Half Page Advertisement.................................................$450............................ $325 If you select a one color advertisement, your advertisement will be black and white plus one other color of your choice. Live Advertisement (Copy area): 4.75” wide x 3.75” tall Commercial Cattle Advertisements..................................................................... $100 Commercial Cattle advertisements are only black and white. Live Advertisement (Copy area): 2.25” wide x 1.75” tall Advertisement Sales Representative Jerry Gliko (406) 860-3181 or (406) 277-3001; jlgliko@3rivers.net


Dates To Remember

April

1 - REEF Education Heritage Scholarship Application Due 5 - Hinman Angus Bull Sale; Malta 7 - Arntzen Angus Bull Sale; Hilger 8 - 5L Red Angus Bull Sale; Sheridan 9 - Ludvigson Bull Sale; Shepherd 11 - Treasure Bull Test Sale; Great Falls 12 - Hilltop Angus Bull Sale; Denton 12-14 Spring Legislative Conference; Washington D.C. 15 - MT CattleWomens Scholarship Application Due 26 - Currant Creek Angus Sale; Roundup

4-5 - Montana Range Forum; Billings 6 - Phillips co. Livestock Association meeting; Malta

1 - Environmental Stewardship Application Due 1 - Cattle Directory Listings Due 9-11 - Mid Year Meeting; Great Falls 15 - Cattle Directory Advertising Deadling 20-22 - Montana Range Days

May June

Tuesday

Selling 215 Angus Bulls

l 2 9th A n n u a

Bull Sale

200 Yearling Bulls 15 Fall Bulls

April 5, 2016

18286467

HA Cowboy Up 5405

1:00 pm MDT 18236556

HA Counselor 5118

He Sells as Lot 1! CED

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Sale at the Ranch 10 miles east of Malta, Montana

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61.23 64.99 113.33

Dave & Yvonne Hinman 406-654-1809

Dave’s cell 406-654-4656

Billy & Heidi Lulloff Billy’s cell 406-654-4669 HinmanAngus@hotmail.com Malta, Montana


rozol

Ground Squirrel Bait R E S T R I C T E D

U S E

P E S T I C I D E

For the control of Ground Squirrels in rangelands, pasture, non-crop areas, & infested bare-ground areas within alfalfa, wheat, oat or barley fields.

Damage to pasture

Damage to grain crops

Outstanding control

Excellent acceptance

Easy-to-use*

Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel Bait only for sale in the state of Montana. EPA SLN No. MT-14000007

Rids You Of Ground Squirrels


Ground Squirrel Damage Reduces Your Yield R E S T R I C T E D

U S E

Ground Squirrels can reduce first-cut forage yields up to 31%1 and reduce stand longevity. Digging brings fresh seeds to the surface, facilitating infestations of noxious weeds. Some are toxic to livestock.

“Survey results across Montana indicate a 24% average reduction in forage yield by alfalfa producers known to be infested with ground squirrels. Rozol was the most effective control agent in our trials.”

Damage to alfalfa

P E S T I C I D E

Mound damage to harvest equipment.

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Johnson-Nistler, Knight, Cash, Montana State University, Bozeman Range Science Dept., published in Agronomy Journal, Sept. 2005.

Feeding Ground Squirrel

is an anticoagulant rodenticide that delivers outstanding control of Richardson & Columbian Ground Squirrels along with these key benefits: •• Highly palatable — Made with feed-grade oats, a preferred food source, combined with the proven anticoagulant chlorophacinone (0.005%). •• Easy-to-use — Eliminates the need to pre-bait saving labor, application time and money. •• Application Flexibility — For use via spot baiting or in bait stations. •• Moisture resistant — Can be used in moist soil conditions — will not “gas off” and become inert.

Bait stations are an Effective Baiting Tool

For retail sale to, and use only by, Certified Applicators, or persons under theirdirect supervision and only for those uses covered by the Certified Applicator’s Certification. *Do not broadcast. For application via “Spot Baiting” and Tamper-Resistant Bait Stations only”.

For details, call Liphatech in Milwaukee, WI, at 1.888.331.7900, fax us at 414.247.8166, or visit us at www.liphatech.com.

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Columbian Ground Squirrel

EPA SLN No. MT-00-0007 EPA EST No. 7173-WI-1

WARRANTY: Seller makes no warranty, expressed or implied, concerning the use of this product other than indicated on the label. Buyer assumes all risk of use and/or handling of this material when such use and/or handling is contrary to label instructions.

DO NOT CONTAMINATE FEED OR FOODSTUFFS

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Do not contaminate water, food, or feed by storage or disposal. STORAGE: Store in original container in a cool, dry place inaccessible to children and pets. PESTICIDE DISPOSAL: Wastes resulting from the use of this product may be disposed of on site or at an approved waste disposal facility. CONTAINER HANDLING: Nonrefillable container. Do not reuse or refill this container. Completely empty container. Then offer for recycling or reconditioning, or puncture and dispose of in a sanitary landfill.

STORAGE AND DISPOSAL

Liphatech, Inc. 3600 W. Elm Street Milwaukee, WI 53209 800-351-1476

See side panel for additional precautionary statements.

CAUTION

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN

Active Ingredient: chlorophacinone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.005% Inert Ingredients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99.995% Total 100.000%

Ground Squirrel Oat Bait

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DIRECTIONS FOR USE: It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. USE RESTRICTIONS: This product may only be used to control Columbian ground squirrels (Spermophilus columbianus) and Richardson’s ground squirrels (S. richardsonii ) in non-crop areas, rangelands, pastures, and in infested bareground areas within alfalfa, wheat, oat, or barley fields. This product may only be applied in tamper-resistant bait stations or to bare ground around ground squirrel burrows. Do not broadcast bait by mechanical spreaders or other methods. Do not apply this product on roads, near residential or public areas or over water. Remove livestock from treated areas until bait is consumed to prevent livestock from consuming or trampling bait. Use this product only at times of year when ground squirrels are readily accepting grains locally. Do not apply bait unless tests with untreated oats show that they are consumed completely by the targeted squirrel population within two (2) days. Baiting must be maintained as specified for each of the application methods. This product must be eaten more than once over a period of 3 to 4 days by each ground squirrel in order to be effective. Squirrel carcasses found following treatment must be removed and properly disposed or deepburied individually on site. Carcasses may be deep-buried in ground squirrel burrows if the burrow has been rendered inactive by the bait application and if its entrances are blocked or collapsed following treatments. To assess whether a burrow has been active, look for fresh signs of ground squirrel activity in or near it. Do not bury ground squirrels in burrows that show signs of use by species other than ground squirrels. Do not bury carcasses in burrows that had no ground squirrel activity prior to treatment. Spot Baiting: Attempt to time bait applications during a period when rain is not expected for four (4) days after the first application. A light shower is unlikely to affect the bait, but a soaking rain will reduce its effectiveness. Use a calibrated measurer or dipper to apply one (1) tablespoon (0.3 ounces or 9 grams) of bait per active burrow. (Such a dipper could be made from a one-inch copper pipe cap attached to a 12 inch length or 1/4-inch rod.) Scatter bait evenly on bare ground near burrow entrance. Do not place bait on a soft dirt mound or down burrow openings. Do not pile bait. Make a second application at the same rate two (2) to four (4) days after the first application. Apply bait only at the specified rate and spacing of applications. One application at the specified rate is unlikely to be effective as it would not afford all squirrels present the opportunity to feed on the bait over a sufficient period of time. One application at double the specified rate would be illegal and unlikely to be effective. TAMPER-RESISTANT BAIT STATIONS: The bait stations used must be constructed so as to prevent opening or destruction by children, livestock, and nontarget wildlife species that occur in the use area. Bait stations must be locked and immobilized as necessary to prevent them from being overturned by wind, livestock, pets, or wildlife. Stations must have rodent entry holes small enough to deny nontarget organisms larger than ground squirrels access to bait. Locate and secure tamper-resistant bait stations near active burrows. Space bait stations 20 to 100 feet apart, depending upon the apparent density of the gournd squirrel population on site. Load each station with one (1) to four (4) pounds of bait, depending upon the apparent number of Richardson’s or Columbian ground squirrels in the immediate vicinity of the placement. Check bait stations frequently to ensure that an uninterrupted supply of bait is maintained for 10 days, or longer if ground squirrel still are present and accepting bait. If reinfestation is likely, bait stations may be maintained permanently on site but should only be loaded with toxic bait when infestations require control and at times of year when the local ground (070212) squirrel population is accepting grains readily.

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FOR DISTRIBUTION AND USE ONLY IN MONTANA

This label must be in the possession of the user at the time of applications. It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.

For retail sale to, and use only by, Certified Applicators, or persons under their direct supervision and only for those uses covered by the Certified Applicator’s Certification.

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animals, and pets. If swallowed by humans, domestic animals, or pets this material may reduce the clotting ability of the blood and cause bleeding. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating or smoking. Note to Physician: If ingested, administer Vitamin K1 intramuscularly or orally, as indicated in bishydroxycoumarin overdoses. Repeat as necessary based on monitoring of prothrombin times. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: This product is toxic to fish and wildlife. Do not apply directly to water or to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below mean high water mark.

CAUTION: Keep away from humans, domestic

HAZARD TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS

PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS

Richardson Ground Squirrel

DUE TO HAZARD TO NONTARGET ORGANISMS

RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE


SAFETY DATA SHEET Section 1: Identification Product identifier: Other identifier(s): Uses or restrictions: Manufacturer: Emergency phone: After hours:

®

Rozol MT Ground Squirrel Oat Bait

EPA SLN No. MT-000007 Rodenticide with chlorophacinone

Liphatech, Inc. 3600 W. Elm Street, Milwaukee, WI 53209 414-351-1476 Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (US Central time zone) Call CHEMTREC at 1-800-424-9300

Section 2: Hazard Identification Hazard class: Specific Target Organ Toxicity (Single exposure), Category 2; Specific Target Organ Toxicity (Repeated exposure), Category 2 Warning: May cause damage to blood and reduce the clotting ability of blood if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through skin. Do not breathe dust. Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. If exposed or if you feel unwell, call a poison control center or doctor. Dispose of container and contents according to instructions on product label. Store locked up.

Individual protection measures: Wear long-sleeved shirt, long pants, shoes, socks and waterproof gloves when handling this product. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning/maintaining PPE, or else wash with detergent and hot water. Keep and wash PPE separately from other laundry. Remove PPE immediately after handling this product. Wash the outside of gloves before removing. Wash hands thoroughly after applying bait and before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco or using the toilet, and change into clean clothing.

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties Appearance: Solid particles, green color, raw grain odor. Odor threshold not determined. Water solubility: Negligible pH: Not applicable Relative density: Not determined Viscosity: Not applicable % Volatile (volume): Not applicable Evaporation rate: Not applicable Vapor density: Not applicable Vapor pressure: Not applicable Boiling point: Not determined Freezing point: Not applicable Flash point (ASTM D92): >125 oC Autoignition temp.: Not determined Flammability: Not a flammable solid Decomposition temp.: Not determined Explosive limits - Lower limit: Not applicable; Upper limit: Not applicable Partition coefficient (n-octanol/water): Not applicable

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity

Hazardous ingredients: Chlorophacinone (CAS registry no. 3691-35-8) .......... 0.005%

Reactivity: Not reactive, not sensitive to shock or static discharge Chemical stability: Stable Hazardous reactions: None Incompatible materials: None Conditions to avoid: None Hazardous decomposition products: Oxides of carbon

Section 4: First Aid Measures

Section 11: Toxicological Information

Section 3: Composition / Information on Ingredients

Emergency overview: This material may reduce the clotting ability of the blood and cause bleeding. Symptoms of toxicity include lethargy, loss of appetite, reduced clotting ability of blood, and bleeding. Have the product label with you when obtaining treatment advice. If swallowed: Call a poison control center or doctor. Have person sip a glass of water if able to swallow. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by the poison control center or doctor. If inhaled: Move person to fresh air. If person is not breathing, call an ambulance, then give artificial respiration and call poison control or doctor. If in eyes: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye. Call a poison control center or doctor. If on skin or clothing: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with plenty of cool water for 15-20 minutes. Call a poison control center or doctor. Note to Physician or Veterinarian: Contains anticoagulant ingredient. For humans or animals ingesting bait and/or showing obvious poisoning symptoms (bleeding or prolonged prothrombin times), give Vitamin K1 intramuscularly or orally. In severe cases, blood transfusions may be needed.

Section 5: Fire-fighting Measures Extinguishing media: Use media suitable for the surrounding fire Specific fire or explosion hazards: None known Special cautions for firefighters: Wear self-contained breathing apparatus (full facepiece) & full protective clothing. Contain runoff to prevent pollution.

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures Precautions, PPE and Procedures: Wearing PPE as specified in Section 8, isolate and contain spill. Limit access to spill area to necessary personnel. Do not allow spilled material to enter sewers, streams or other waters. Methods and materials: Scoop up spilled material and place in a closed, labeled container for use according to label instructions or disposal.

Likely routes of exposure: Ingestion, skin absorption. Symptoms of toxicity: Lethargy, loss of appetite, reduced clotting ability of blood, and bleeding. Eye effects/eye irritation: Mild, transient irritant Acute oral effects: LD50 (oral-rat): >5000 mg/kg Acute inhalation effects: LC50 (rat, 4 hour): 186 mg/L (extrapolated) Acute dermal effects: LD50 (dermal-rabbit): >2000 mg/kg Skin irritation: Non-irritating Skin sensitization: Not a skin sensitizer Carcinogenicity: No ingredient listed by NTP, IARC or OSHA

Section 12: Ecological Information This product is extremely toxic to birds and mammals. Do not apply this product directly to water, where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Carefully follow label cautions and directions to reduce hazards to children, pets and non-target wildlife.

Section 13: Disposal Considerations Disposal: Wastes resulting from the use of this product according to the label instructions must be disposed of as specified on the product label. RCRA waste status: This product is not regulated as a hazardous waste under Federal law. State and local regulation may affect the disposal of this product. Consult your state or local environmental agency for disposal of waste generated other than by use according to label instructions.

Section 14: Transport Information

Transportation data (49 CFR): This product is not regulated as a hazardous material for all modes of transportation within the U.S. Hazard Class, Packing Group and UN ID No.: Not applicable

Section 15: Regulatory Information

Precautions for safe handling: Read the entire product label before using this rodenticide. Conditions for safe storage: Store in original container in a cool, dry area out of reach of children, pets and domestic animals. Do not contaminate water, food or feed. Keep container tightly closed. Do not remove or destroy the product label.

TSCA: All components of this product are listed on the TSCA inventory. SARA section 313: Contains no reportable components. CA Proposition 65: Contains no substances subject to Prop 65 requirements. FIFRA: This product is registered as a pesticide with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The label requirements under Federal pesticide law differ from the classification criteria and hazard information required by OSHA on this Safety Data Sheet. Read and follow all cautions, directions and use restrictions on the product label on the container.

Section 8: Exposure Controls / Personal Protection

Section 16: Other Information

Established exposure limits: Not applicable Appropriate engineering controls: Special ventilation is not required for the normal handling and use of this product when following label instructions.

Prepared by: T. Schmit

Section 7: Handling and Storage

Date: 30 April 2015

This Safety Data Sheet is believed to be accurate at time of publication. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made with regard to this information. This information may not be adequate for every application, and the user must determine the suitability of this information due to the manner or conditions of use or storage, or local regulation.

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