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Water Policy Water Policy interim committee update| 2

Foundation An update on all things Montana Stockgrowers Foundation| 6

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STOCKGROWERSUpdate SEPTEMBER 2016

MSGA Opposing IRS Estate Tax Regulation

Errol Rice utilize these discounts many family ranches $5.43 million estate tax exemption (nearly $11 Executive have created family limited partnerships million per couple). Anyone with an interest Vice and limited liability corporations to hold in a family owned farm or ranch structure President

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topic that is often on my mind is estate planning and designing M S G A ’ s advocacy efforts to ensure an environment where we can successfully transfer multigenerational ranches. A staggering statistic to me is that only 30% of family owned businesses will transfer successfully from the first to the second generation. Only 3% of family owned businesses will make it to the third generation. I applaud those who have surpassed these staggering percentages. Unfortunately, the IRS is not going to make it any easier moving forward. Last month the IRS issued a proposed regulation under section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code that would change estate planning for families that own a controlling interest in a privately held entity. In order to

and transfer assets to future generations. In some cases, discounts of up to 40% or more have been allowed for transfer tax purposes on gifts and bequests on interest in these business structures. The new regulations will primarily affect individuals that exceed the

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MSGA Opposes Initiative 177

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-177 is an initiative that will appear on the ballot this November. This initiative will ban the use of traps and snares for animals on any public lands within Montana and establishes misdemeanor criminal penalties for violations of the trapping prohibitions. I-177 is bad for wildlife, costly for ranchers and bad for tax-payers. It will ban one of the most effective methods for controlling wolves, coyotes and

could be affected. For years, MSGA has opposed the federal estate tax and has worked tirelessly with our affiliated organization National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to remove it from the tax Continued on next page

other species. Roughly 40% of all wolves harvested in Montana were taken by trapping with nearly half taken on public lands. Trapping is one of the most effective methods for controlling the populations of wolves and coyotes on public lands. I-177 would not allow any trapping until after damage or depredation has occurred but only after all non-lethal methods

have been tried and found unsuccessful. Meanwhile predator populations will continue to grow unchecked. I-177 will cost an estimated $422,000 in taxpayer money for Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks to control predator numbers. Currently trappers buy licenses to accomplish the same goal; the licenses contribute $61,380 to the state fund annually.

MSGA developed policy opposing similar trapping bans in 2009, which are still current policy today. MSGA also is opposed to the use of ballot initiatives a s means to make law regarding FWP matters. MSGA encourages our members to use these stated facts in advocating others to vote no on I-177.


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n August 29-30th, the Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) met to discuss a wide range of water related issues, including potential legislative proposals. Any legislative bill drafts that are approved by the committee would then be brought forth in the 2017 Legislative Session as a committee bill. MSGA has been an active participant in the committee and also reviews any proposed legislation. The Water Policy Committee discussed thirteen bill drafts for consideration for the upcoming legislation. MSGA has included a list of the priority bill drafts: o Clarify water commissioner appointments (LCwp01) – Approved by the Committee o Require education program for water commissioners (LCwp02) - Approved by the Committee o Clarify definition of water right change and consumptive use (LCwp03) – Amended and Approved o Allow limit on adverse effects analysis (LCwp04) – Currently being reevaluated by Committee o Allow Water Court review of DNRC decisions (LCwp06) – Potential Amendment o Approval of water rights permit or change under certain conditions (LCwp44) - Currently being reevaluated by Committee o Define combined appropriation as “physically connected” wells (LCwp07) & Define combined appropriation as amount of water appropriated from entire project (LCwp20) – Both Exempt well bills drafts being reevaluated by the Committee. MSGA, along with other Ag groups continue to work to develop a compromise bill. Because there were substantial changes to a number of bill draft requests and potential changes to others, WPIC will be holding another meeting to make final decisions on committee requested legislation. The final WPIC meeting is scheduled for October 12 at 10 AM. If MSGA members have questions regarding these proposals, please contact the office.

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imothy DelCurto of Oregon State University has been hired to fill the Nancy Cameron Endowed Chair in Range Beef Cattle Production. This is the first endowed chair for the Department of Animal and Range Sciences within the College of Agriculture. This position is meant to develop a rich research profile and program in range beef cattle nutrition and management that serves Montana and the region’s beef Industry. DelCurto has a bachelor’s degree in general agriculture, a master’s degree in animal sciences form Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in animal sciences from Kansas State University. He will begin work at MSU in November. This position has been heavily supported by Montana producers and university stakeholders. The Montana Stockgrowers Foundation with the MSU Alumni Foundation has raised more than $250,000 with a goal of $1 million. The contributions from the Stockgrowers Foundation will be used for graduate research in support of the chair. The MSGA Board of Directors had the opportunity to meet DelCurto at the board meeting in August. MSGA looks forward to working with DelCurto in the coming year.

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is signing onto a letter put together by the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition to deliver to the U.S. Treasury Department urging the withdrawal of this proposed regulation. Moving forward the coalition is coordinating the submission of comments to the regulatory docket and we are also focusing on a federal legislative response to repeal or limit the scope of the regulations once finalized. As always, be sure to talk with your tax advisors to ensure that you won’t be affected by this proposed regulation which could take effect in early 2017 pending any modification to the rules through our advocacy efforts. Thank you again for your continued investment and support of MSGA. Without your support we could not work on these sorts of complex issues affecting Montana ranch families.

China lifts ban on U.S. Beef

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fter 13 years of closed access, MSGA welcomed the news of the Chinese government lifting the ban on the import of U.S. beef. As one of the largest importers of beef, exports to China will open up new opportunities for Montana ranchers. China’s imports have risen dramatically, reaching a record $2.3 billion in 2015. USDA forecasts that China will surpass Japan as the second-largest beef importer with imports estimated at 825,000 tons in 2016. Rapidly rising demand for beef has made China the fastest-growing beef market in the world. This past May, MSGA sent a letter to Vice-Premier Zhang that was hand delivered by U.S. Senator Steve Daines. The letter promoted Montana beefs quality and encouraged lifting the ban on U.S. beef.


MSGA Officer Update Fred Wacker, MSGA 2nd Vice President,

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ello to All, A s I sit down to write this the cattle markets is still unsettled. The experts tell me that we have a lot of protein meat mostly pork coming in the next few months. This could mean cattle prices will have strong competition in the meat case at a very attractive price. I keep hoping that we have hit bottom, but it looks like we could have a ways to go until that happens. Your Montana Stockgrowers has had a busy summer with midyear and the T-Bone Classic Golf Tournament that was held at Big Sky. What a great success this event was for the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation. Remember your foundation is a tax deductible origination that does a world of good to help with long term goals of your Montana Stock-

Dates to Remember

growers. I have been working with October Fish and Wild Life to consider 3 Marias River Fall Meeting; Valier a new joint Lab for the De- 6 North Central MT Stockgrowers partment of Livestock. Wool Meeting; Havre Growers is working on this also and have made a strong 9 Cattle Crawl; Billings case that cattle folks, fish wild- 31 Application for Leadership Series life along with wool growers Due could cut costs and have a first 31 Nominations for Ranch Woman class facility for all of us that of the Year Due would give first class service. Also, the Main Street MonHave an event you want on the tana project that the GoverMSGA Calendar? Email kori@ nor’s office has chosen a beef processing plant as the nummtbeef.org ber one item that would grow the Agriculture Economy in Montana. I have been working hard on this Annual Convention in Billing in December, project as well, and have had good interest and remember to contact your board members from Foreign and Domestic folks. My feeling or the state office and buy a few chances to is that we have plants in every direction on win a lease on a new Massey Ferguson Tractor. Montana, so why not work towards enhancing My family won this lease last year and I can the value of the best cattle in the United States tell you it is a fine tractor and loader. and at the same time bring another market for Thanks to all of you for being in the cattle grains to local Montana. business and here is wishing you all well from I look forward to seeing all of you at the our outfit to yours.

MT PLC Chair attends 2016 Annual Public Lands Council Meeting

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ontana Public Land Council, Chairman, Vicki Olson and serve as immediate past president. Bob Skinner of Jordan Valley, Ore. Natural Resource Director Jay Bodner, just recently partic- was elected to serve as vice president and Niels Hansen of Rawlins, ipated in the annual National Public Lands Council. The Wyo. is the new secretary/treasurer. meeting was held in Boise, ID on September 7-10th and was attended by more than 150 public lands ranchers along with affiliate CALL US ABOUT WINTERING YOUR COWS! representatives. The meeting included important engagement with BLM and Forest Service officials, to discuss specific rangeland policies that have potential to affect grazing permittees. One of the top issues affecting land management policies, included sage grouse management. During the meeting, the attendees received significant information from Dr. Dave Naugle, from the University of Montana, • Accepting cows and weaned calves • High-quality, lab-analyzed feed in which he stated that grass height does not • Custom feeding to meet your needs • Experienced management necessarily influence sage grouse nest success. • Professional nutrition and healthcare • NHTC, NE3 and GAP4 certified This information will invaluable for livestock grazing permittees to challenge many agency land use management actions. As this information becomes peer reviewed, the MT PLC will provide this for distribution. At the conclusion of the business meeting Fri. afternoon, Dave Eliason, a fourth-generation rancher from Utah Travis & Tamara Choat was elected to serve the two-year term as PLC 406.853.2743 | Terry, MT www.homesteadcattle.company president, succeeding Brenda Richards who will August 2016

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Veterinary Feed Directive Impacts Feed-Grade Antibiotics Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

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he new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule will change how medically important antibiotics are fed to livestock. The rule does NOT include the use of injectable antibiotics. Previously, feed-grade antibiotics have been labeled for control, treatment, prevention, growth promotion, and feed efficiency. The VFD rule results in the removal of the statements and uses of feed-grade antibiotics for growth promotion and feed efficiency.

Guidance for Industry proposal #209 concerns the use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. Guidance for Industry proposal #213 focuses on the drug companies and recommending they voluntarily align their products with GFI #209. Medically important antibiotics are those that are used in both human and animal medicine. The two main proposals of GFI #209 are: 1. use of medically important antibiotics will be limited to therapeutic uses only; and 2. use of medically important antibiotics for food-producing animals will be limited to those that have veterinary oversight. The main proposal of GFI #213 asks the drug companies producing medically important feed-grade antibiotics to voluntarily remove production (ie. growth promotion and feed efficiency) claims from the labels and moving the over-the-counter products to VFD or prescription status. Additionally, a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is required for veterinarians to issue a VFD. A valid VCPR includes: 1. the veterinarian assumes the responsibility for medical judgements and animal health and the client agrees to follow veterinarian instructions; 2. the veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animal(s) to initiate medical treatment and makes timely visits; and 3. the veterinarian is available for follow-up care and evaluation. If you currently do not have a valid VCPR, building this relationship prior to the VFD implementation may be a good idea. A valid VFD consists of paperwork filled out by the veterinarian that contains the veterinarian information, clients information, description of animals and location, VFD drug information, why is the VFD being issued, level of VFD in the feed, duration of use, date, and withdrawal time. All VFDs will require the statement: “Use of feed containing this veterinary feed directive drug in a manner other than as directed on the labeling (extra label use), is not permitted” and the veterinarian’s written or electronic signature. The veterinarian is required to maintain the original VFD form with copies being provided to the feed distributor and producer.

Department of Livestock Update

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he Department of Livestock under the leadership of Mike Honeycutt has undertaken measure to clean up and better present the department’s financials. This has included engaging front line managers more directly with their budgets and holding them accountable. The Board of Livestock made the decision last fall to raise revenues for the department which had not been done in some time. This combination has led to a successful fiscal year. The department was able to maintain expenses within the amounts authorized by the legislature and has started building adequate fund balances to protect the department against any unpredictable short falls. This commitment to healthy finances shows the growth the department has undergone.

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CattleWomen host 2nd Annual Ranch Run Lynda Grande Montana CattleWomen President

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benefits of beef as a protein source in a runner’s diet while they enjoyed a delicious beef brisket meal. Thank you to all who supported us in this endeavor including the Bonanza Creek Country guest ranch (David and June Voldseth and family) for the use of their beautiful lodge for our lunch and awards ceremony, the MCW Ranch Run Chair Kari Berg Marks and her committee for all of their time and work planning the run, the Montana State Collegiate CattleWomen who toughed it out on a typically windy Lennep day to provide water and fruit to the runners at the exchange points and to all of the runners and walkers and local area people who came together to make our event truly special!

he Montana CattleWomen hosted the Ranch Run in Lennep, Montana on September 17th. It is designed as a 5-person relay race with each leg just under 5 miles although one team chose to run it with only 3 team members and another brave soul ran the entire race as a marathon. The race wound through 3 ranches and crossed leased public lands that have been managed by the same families for over 100 years. The goal of the race is to showcase a wide variety of ecosystems and how animal agriculture can be used as a tool to improve the environment. This year a 2.3 mile walk was also offered for non-runners who just wanted to enjoy the beautiful day. The (repeat) winning team was the local area “Wranglers”, with the “Central Montana” team, heavy on Team Beef members, finishing one minute later for second place. Our goal is to educate runners and their support teams on the benefits of responsible land stewardship and how proper grazing management can actually provide better forage for other species - including this badger who seemed a little surprised by our appearance on his mountain. To this1/2 end, Montana Leadership Montana pg H (7 1/2” x CattleWomen/MSGA 5”) 4/C A201504-12_Testimonial-GreenMountain Sept2016 member, Heather Fryer talked to runners about the benefits of animal agriculture to the land, the Montana economy and the

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First place winners - The Wranglers


MSGA Board of Directors Update Jack Holden North Central District

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ello to everyone from northern Montana. As I write this, we just had our first frost last night. Fall is in the air, and it has been a pretty good summer up here. Hay crops were pretty good, and it looks like calves will weigh off the cows pretty well. It’s been a little of a roller coaster on calf prices with more downs than ups unfortunately. Hopefully things will stabilize heading into the fall. We just had our summer board meeting at Big Sky in conjunction with the T Bone Classic. Things are going well at MSGA, and it looks like it will be a solid year for membership and on the financial side. We

have a great staff that works very hard on behalf of the membership and helps keep your association on the right path. We continue to stay on top of the issues that effect our members and are always working to protect your interests. The T Bone Classic was a great event again this year and was very well attended. It also was a very successful fundraiser for the Foundation. As we head into fall, I look forward to attending the local affiliate meetings to give updates on what is going on with MSGA and to hear any concerns or issues they might have. Annual meeting is just around the corner also and I look forward to seeing everyone in Billings in December. Good luck to everyone on getting their calves weaned and shipped. I hope we all have a great fall, and as always, feel free to contact me anytime.

MSGA taking nominations for Ranch Woman of the Year

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SGA is seeking nominations for the 2016 Montana Ranching Woman of the Year. The annual award is presented to an MSGA member who has made great contributions to the Montana ranching community and has gone above and beyond to

support their family and friends. Nominations are due October 31 and the recipient will be recognized at MSGA’s annual convention in Billings, December 7-9. Nomination letters submitted by family or close friends should identify a ranching woman, who is a member of Montana Stockgrowers, describe her role on the ranch, and the characteristics that set her apart when supporting the family and ranch, as well as describe her involvement in community efforts. Biographies should include the ranching woman’s hometown, family members, and number of years involved in ranching activities. Nominations should be submitted to the Montana Stockgrowers office by October 31, 2015 via mail (420 N. California, Helena, MT 59601) or email (lorrie@mtbeef.org). For more information contact the MSGA office at (406) 442-3420 or visit mtbeef.org/ranching-woman. August 2016

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Montana Stockgrowers Foundation John Grande Foundation Chair What will the future look like for the Montana Stockgrowers Association and the Montana ranching community? Your guess is as good as mine, but there are several things we know now, and things that are easy to foresee. The challenges that face our Stockgrower members are not going away and need to be met head on with a variety of approaches. We need a variety of different resources to support these approaches. One of the approaches we need is a strong governmental relations team to work with the legislature, our congressional delegation, and state agencies to positively influence our climate for doing business. One approach often includes litigation. Another approach that we have always used, but are focusing on more in recent years includes education and research. This is a two-pronged approach. First, we must educate our Stockgrower members so they are more aware of the latest information in order to better operate their ranches, as well as positioning them to be better leaders for the ranching community when stepping outside of their own operations. Second, with less than two percent of the people in the United States being actively involved in agriculture, we need a continuing outreach effort to communicate with those outside our community and tell our story of responsibly using the natural resources we’ve been entrusted with to create a safe, healthy, nutritious, and delicious food product.

of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. It is a separate entity, independent from MSGA, but with the sole purpose of conducting education and research that support MSGA members. The Foundation is governed by a board of eight trustees who are appointed by the MSGA board. Elsewhere in this newsletter is further information on the specific programs the Foundation funds, but let’s talk a bit about how the process works. Essentially it starts with a vision and an idea – a Stockgrower member, director or staff person says “I have an idea for a program which would benefit MSGA members”. They pass the idea along to the MSGA board, and then the board contacts the Foundation. “We have a program we’d like to put create which will benefit MSGA members by providing educational outreach to our members and our potential beef consumers”. The Foundation trustees evaluate the program and decide it is worthy of funding, but then we need the resources to fund it, which is where we turn full circle back to the membership. Your tax-deductible charitable donations to the Foundation are what makes this possible. Visionary friends of our industry created this Foundation decades ago and have funded it to this point. To meet the challenges of the future, we need to grow the Foundation’s assets so that they will be readily available to support programs to meet challenges we cannot even foresee at this time. There are many avenues which can be utilized in supporting the Foundation from regular taxdeductible gifts, gifts of cattle or other assets,

planned giving such as charitable annuities, and testamentary gifts to name a few. As you learn more about the work the Foundation does in supporting MSGA and your community, think about ways that you may be able to contribute to the Foundation to help ensure that programs like these can be funded in the unpredictable future.

Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman: John Grande, Martinsdale Vice Chairman: Gary Adams, Billings MSGA Board Representative: Fred Wacker, Miles City Dirk Adams, Wilsall Pat Capser, Billings Gary Adams, Billings Max Erickson, Havre Della Ehlke, Townsend Joe Dooling, Helena

One of the challenges of the Stockgrower leadership and staff is how best to prioritize financial resources toward the different approaches. Your dues dollars are used to fund a variety of programs including government affairs and education. The lobbying efforts are further supported by donations to the Advocacy fund and PAC. Fortunately we also have another vehicle for supporting education and research efforts, and that is your Montana Stockgrowers Foundation. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization created specifically for funding education and research projects for the benefit

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Jeff Hackney Open Prairie Natural Angus, MSGA 2nd VP Fred Wacker and Brian Wheeler of Big Sky Resort


Foundation hosts successful T-Bone Classic This event benefits the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation and provides an opportunity for networking among leaders of Montana’s leading businesses and industries. The event includes a gala dinner and golf tournament. Thursday’s night gala dinner features specialty cut T-Bone Steaks from cattle raised by MSGA Second Vice President Fred Wacker’s Cross Four Ranch in Miles City; the steaks are provided by Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef. Each year the gala concludes with a Calcutta auction. This year raised $16,075 with prize money being paid out to the top three teams in Friday’s tournament. The remaining money raised goes to support the Foundation’s programs. Friday’s tournament proved to be another great success! The teams had a great time and they are already signing up for next year’s T-Bone Classic. This year’s winners included first place finisher – Tilleman Ag Equipment, second place – Erickson Financial Strategies

and third place – Showdown. The Calcutta winners were as follows: 1st place – Tilleman Ag Equipment, 2nd place – Bill Donald and 3rd place – Holden Herefords. A big thank you to the sponsors that made this year’s T-Bone Classic a success: Timeless Spirits, Rabo AgriFinance, Montana Natural Poultry, LLC, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Erickson Financial Strategies, Waddell and Reed, Northwest Farm Credit Farm Services, Ehlke Herefords, Loomix, Pure West – Christie’s International

Leadership Series taking applications for year two

Environmental Stewardship Award Program

The Montana Stockgrowers Association and Montana Stockgrowers Foundation are excited to announce the second year of a leadership program for young leaders in the ranching industry. The Stockgrowers Leadership Series is designed to provide training and skills to future leaders of MSGA and Montana’s ranching communities. The 12-month class kicks off in January 2017 in Helena. Applications are due October 31. “We are excited to launch the second year of MSGA’s Leadership Series,” says Errol Rice, MSGA Executive Vice President. “Investing in leadership is a core strategy of MSGA’s longrange plan and our industry’s success will rely on our ability to develop a pipeline of leaders who are disciplined, well trained and inspired by the future of ranching.” The Leadership Series is a 12-month program where participants will take part in a number of workshops and sessions exposing them to different aspects of the ranching business today. These topics include policy work, banking and finance, management, business relationships, awareness of industry topics, media training, and beef consumer concerns. To learn more about the Leadership Series go to mtbeef.org or email kori@mtbeef.org.

Since 1991, MSGA has been acknowledging producers who go the extra mile when it comes to preserving and enhancing the resources on their land. The Foundation continues to help fund this program that provides an opportunity for the beef industry to showcase the stewardship and business practices that exist together on Montana ranches. Lon and Vicki Reukauf of Cherry Creek Ranch were the 2015-2016 Montana award recipients. They recently went on to receive the NCBA’s Region V Environmental Stewardship Award! Cherry Creek Ranch is now in the running to win the National Award which will be announced in February at NCBA’s Cattle Industry Convention. This year the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) held its first annual “Raising the Steaks” Ranch Tour at 2015 ESAP winner, The American Fork Ranch. The purpose of the tour was to educate foodies, bloggers, chefs and media while promoting the ESAP Program. It was a huge success and we are already making plans for next year’s tour.

First place winners: Tilleman Ag Equipment

Real Estate, BNSF, Wipfli LLP, and Grande Ranch! To reserve your team’s spot in next year’s tournament head to mtbeef.org.

Educational Heritage Scholarship The Foundation continues to award an annual scholarship of $1,000. 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. Amanda Williams of Miles City, MT was awarded the scholarship this year. She is currently attending Montana State University where she is majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Rangeland Management and Ecology. To learn more about the programs supported by the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation go to mtbeef.org.

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Effective Beef Cattle Vaccination Programs Rachel Endecott MSU Beef Cattle Specialist

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accines are an important part of a herd health program. This month, I’ll cover some background and considerations about vaccines and beef cattle production. This overview is not meant to recommend vaccination programs, but will provide definitions of terminology and suggestions for effective vaccination.

Just what is a vaccine, anyway? One technical definition is a “suspension of attenuated or killed microorganisms or the antigenic proteins derived from them.” Let’s take that piece-by-piece: in this case, the suspension is a liquid that contains particles (microorganisms or proteins from them) that are mixed with the liquid but are not dissolved in it. Attenuated means altered, usually in a way that makes something less severe—modified-live vaccines contain attenuated microorganisms. Killed vaccines contain killed microorganisms. Antigenic means that a substance causes an immune response—vaccines with this formulation contain a protein from the microorganism that is source of the immune response. Successful vaccination depends on three critical factors: an effective vaccine, a functioning immune system, and administration of the vaccine before exposure to the disease. A vaccine may be ineffective if it is mishandled, if a booster is required but not given, or because of antigenic differences between the vaccine and field strains of the microorganism to which an animal is exposed. An animal’s immune system may be unresponsive to vaccination because of age—a young calf ’s immune system might not be fully functional at the time of vaccination, or antibodies from maternal colostrum still present in the calf inactivated the vaccine. Inadequate nutrition may also cause an animal’s immune system to be unresponsive to vaccination. Two other reasons for vaccine failure include that the animal was incubating the disease when vaccinated and that the duration of immunity after vaccination was inadequate. Some tips for effective vaccination include: 1. Read and follow label directions. If you are unsure, consult your veterinarian or call the vaccine company directly before using the product. 2. Follow proper Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. 3. Sterilize equipment between uses. Modified-live vaccines are sensitive to disinfectants,

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so do not use chemical disinfectants in syringes or needles for MLV use. 4. Refrigerate and store vaccines as directed on the label. Be sure appropriate temperatures for the vaccine are maintained when they are away from the refrigerator. 5. Keep vaccines out of sunlight, even when in the syringe. 6. Mark syringes to avoid mixing or incorrect dosage. 7. Mix only enough vaccine to be used in one hour or less. 8. Choose correct needles for the job, and replace often. 9. Keep records of vaccinations used. 10. Good sanitation, management and nutritional practices are necessary to achieve the best results from vaccination programs.


Leadership Series Update Katelyn Dynneson MSGA Leadership Series

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n August, the Leadership Series met during the annual T-Bone Classic in Big Sky. This session primarily focused on estate and succession planning. We were fortunate enough to have Kurt Alme from the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch speak with us on the topic. It is an issue many of us are facing on our own farms and ranches with our families so it was incredibly valuable information and we had great discussions about what has or hasn’t been working in our own situations. He stressed how important for everyone, even young people, to have a plan for

their estate; if a clear plan is not laid out, your final wishes will not be carried out. There are numerous options and no solution is perfect for every operation so it is incredibly important to meet with a professional to discuss your best options. It all boils down to the personal decision of an individual and how they would like their estate to be passed on or handled. It is never an easy conversation to have with family members, but it is best to do it early rather than the last minute. We also had the pleasure of speaking with Errol Rice about the importance of mentorships and networking. As we grow in our leadership abilities, it is important for us to have positive mentors and connections to help and guide us along our journey. He discussed how important it is to maintain relationships with those in your network and consistently work

to keep the relationship “warm”, whether it be a personal or work relationship. Fortunately, we were able to join many of the board members and generous sponsors at the Gala Dinner as part of the T-Bone Classic. There we worked on our networking skills and many of us met numerous people and made potential long-term friendships. It was a very valuable learning opportunity for all of us and as always we came away with great information to share. We will be meeting next at the Young Ag Leadership Conference in Great Falls so we hope to see you there! Thank you to everyone who has supported this program and the Stockgrowers Foundation, the class and I truly appreciate it!

As a reminder we are taking applications for year two of the Leadership Series! If you want to apply or learn more about the program, go to mtbeef.org.

MSGA attends Treasure State Resource Association annual meeting

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n September 12th & 13th, Jay Bodner, MSGA Natural Resource Director, attended the annual meeting of the Treasure State Resource Association (TSRA) in Helena. TRSA is an organization that was formed in 1976, when representatives of organized labor, agriculture and industry recognized they had a common interest in seeing good jobs created by growing Montana’s economic opportunities. The meeting included a host of informative

speakers including, Mike Dennison- MTN News, Casey Johnston, NorthWestern Energy and Nancy Schlepp, Tintina Resources. In addition, Alan Joscelyn from the Attorney General’s Office provided an update on the proposed WOTUS rules, Clean Power Rule and the challenge to EPA Methane Rules. MSGA has been a long standing member of TSRA and currently Jay Bodner (MSGA Director of Natural Resources) serves as First Vice President of the organization.

Agricultural attache visits Montana

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gricultural attaches from around the world visited Montana last week. The trip was coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Montana Department of Agriculture. They toured Western Montana to discuss trade possibilities, agricultural sustainability, and research. The 23 attaches are members of the ambassador staff of their respective embassies in Washington D.C. While in Montana the attaches visited the ranches of two MSGA members, The Hahn Ranch of Townsend and Thomas Hereford Ranch of Gold Creek. These MSGA members had the opportunity to promote U.S. and Montana beef to 23 countries. Pictured is Dusty Hahn with members of the attache. August 2016

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Wildlife Services Environmental Assessment Comment Period Opens On September 9th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (WS) program released an Environmental Assessment (EA), “Predator Damage and Conflict Management in Montana” for public review. The EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for WS’ involvement in predator damage management in the State. The EA was prepared in cooperation with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Department of Livestock.

The proposed action (Alternative 1) is to

continue the current Montana WS program that uses an integrated approach involving a variety of methods to reduce predator damage to livestock, agricultural resources, property and risks to human health and safety. Other alternatives examined in the EA include: Alternative 2) WS-Montana does not participate in PDM; Alternative 3) WS-Montana applies and recommends only nonlethal PDM methods; and Alternative 4) WS-Montana uses lethal methods only after cooperators’ sustained use of nonlethal methods and any other applicable nonlethal methods recommended by WS-Montana are proven ineffective. In

MSGA’s initial review of the EA, it is the organization recommendation to support Alternative 1. Wildlife Services in MT is critical to the livestock industry and it is important to provide comments in support of this program. Individuals can view the EA and submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2016-0064 The comment period closes October 14, 2016. Contact the MSGA for further details or questions.

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