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s I understand it, a “flexitarian” is vegetarian who eats meat, which to my way of thinking, is kind of against the whole concept of being a vegetarian in the first place. My eighth grade English teacher called such a word an “oxymoron” and no, I’m not making a judgment as to their intelligence when I say a flexitarian is an oxymoron. It is simply a contradiction in terms. A “pescetarian”, on the other hand, is a vegetarian who eats fish, which I’ve always thought of as meat. The whole idea behind all this ridiculous name-calling is to be able to enjoy the great taste of meat and still be able to be politically correct and fashionable. I don’t care what they call themselves just as long as they eat meat. So, I’ve come up with a few more names that backsliding vegetarians can call themselves. n Convictarians: Only eat meat when the warden decides they can eat meat, which is rare because it’s hard cutting prison meat with spoons. (I’d submit that a wise warden doesn’t hand out steak knives to a bunch of murderers, rapists and thieves.) n Burgertarians: College kids who have a big hankering and need for beef, but can only afford to eat fast food burgers and Hamburger Helper. Some develop highly sophisticated palates and become Wendytarians or McDonaldtarians. n Tacotarians: A subspecies of burgertarians, these impoverished students subsist on Taco Bell tacos. n Grassatarians: Only eat beef that was grass fed. n CABatarians: These people only eat meat that came from black cattle, usually Certified Angus Beef. There are many variations including the Herefortarian, Pinzgaurtarian, Longhorntarian, Simmatarian, Brangutarian and NolanRyatarian. The latter are baseball fans who only eat meat branded with the great pitcher’s name. n Rotisserarians: Only eat meat if it’s cooked on a slow-

ly rotating skewer. Not to be confused with Rotarians, who are great folks, one and all. n COSTCOtarians: Only eat meat that is purchased at Costco. They buy in bulk. You don’t find too many single senior citizens who are COSTCOtarians because they simply don’t have the freezer space for it. n Phasetarians: Every young girl goes through a phase where she swears off meat, usually after a class field trip to a slaughterhouse, dairy or rendering plant. It lasts about six months, or until they get interested in a male burgertarian. n Facebooktarian: So called because the founder of Facebook is only eating meat he kills himself, perhaps because he’s broke after his stock took a big nosedive. n Gummertarian: Also known as the “denturetarian”. These are older people and hockey players who no longer have their real teeth so they eat prechewed beef or filet mignon exclusively because it’s the most tender. You may see hockey players buying less expensive steaks but they use them on their black eyes to lessen the swelling. n Bambitarians: Eat all meat except venison. Usually female, scientists say they are related to Black Beautytarians who would rather die than eat horsemeat. n Environmentarians: Only eat meat from animals that emit no greenhouse gases and walk the earth without leaving a carbon footprint. If environmentarians applied the same standards to everything they ate they’d starve to death inside of three weeks. Enviromentarians were formerly known as hypocritarians. n Resthometarian: Like the convictarian, they eat only what’s put in front of them. (See also gummertarian). n Intetellitarians: Smart people who eat beef but not lesser meats such as slimy eels, guinea fowl, mutton, sushi, goat intestines, and two legged soybeans (chicken). n Veterinarian: Only eats meat from his or her mistakes.

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Pat Goggins montana


s a member of a collegiate livestock judging team I was lucky enough to be amongst the last to judge at the old Chicago International livestock show, arguably the greatest livestock show there ever was. I had never been to Chicago before and the entire experience is etched in my memory as if it happened only last year. One of the strongest memories I have is of seeing the great Saddle and Sirloin gallery which was housed on the top floor of the Purebred Livestock records building, adjacent to the actual stockyards. I was mesmerized by all the large portraits of the great people I’d read about who shaped our industry. The Saddle and Sirloin Club is no trifling matter: it is the largest gallery of portraits dedicated to a single industry in the world, so naturally, you can imagine the prestige that comes with having your portrait hung in that great gallery. A few years ago some men from Montana started a grassroots campaign to get the image of Pat Goggins hung amongst those extraordinary portraits. It seemed like a slam dunk to anyone who knew anything about the cattle business, after all, who in the last 50 years has had a greater impact on the cattle business than the market man, auctioneer, purebred breeder, commercial cattleman and publisher? Certainly no one I can think of. When the great Chicago livestock show blew out of that windy city for good the portrait gallery was moved to the grounds of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville in 1977. Since that move east-


ward it seemed to some of us in the West that lately the emphasis had been on academics and college professors, and folks from more easterly climes. Getting Pat into the Saddle and Sirloin gallery was harder than all of us ever imagined. But our letters and phone calls were hard to disregard and last Fall Pat Goggin’s portrait rightfully took its place amongst the visionaries and leaders of our great industry. Pat’s life is the quintessential American success story. Born in a bedroom of his parents’ California home because the family didn’t have enough money for a hospital room, Pat came from very modest beginnings. He worked his way through college receiving an animal science degree and quickly put it to good use as a herdsman for a purebred ranch for $500 a month. Next he began his career in the livestock publishing business as a field man. Pat’s experiences as an intrepid field reporter are legendary in the business. I remember hearing that he traveled around in a beat-up Volkswagen, first for the Montana Farmer Stockman, then the Western Livestock Journal and finally the Western Livestock Reporter. He became such a valuable employee that rather than lose him to a competitor, or have him start his own paper, he became a part owner. Four years later owned the whole shebang. Pat’s column, “As I See It”, quickly became required reading for anyone wanting to know what was really going on in our industry. Pat became recognized as an industry leader, spokesman, and as a reporter who spotted trends before anyone else. I like to think of him as the best friend

real ranchers ever had. To illustrate how much ranchers and farmers valued Pat’s opinion I offer the following example. A field man friend of mine is a gold bug and frequents coin shops between working cattle sales. He told me that he was in a coin shop in LeGrande, Oregon, when the owner saw his cowboy hat and asked if he knew a fella by the name of Pat Goggins? “Sure, everybody in the cattle business knows Pat. Why do you want to know?” my friend asked. “Because he wrote in some newspaper of his that people should buy gold and silver and the day after that article came out I had the biggest day for gold and silver sales I’ve ever had in my shop. And they all mentioned that this Goggins told them they should buy some. If you see that Goggins fella you tell him thanks for me.” While Pat was peddling ads and working ring he taught himself to auctioneer as he drove his small car down dirt roads. He kept at the bid calling profession for 44 years and was truly one of the greatest livestock auctioneers in history. An auction man to his very core, in 1968 he purchased PAYS Auction Yard in Billings, an auction that was selling 62,000 head of cattle at the time. Once again, through hard work, integrity and passion he built PAYS into one of the largest livestock auctions in the country with as many as 400,000 head of livestock being sold in a single year. Now he owns three livestock auctions in the state of Montana! Pat was the first auction owner to install a ring scale so that all buyers would know the price of the cattle before they bought them. This is in keeping with Pat’s forthright business manner and practices. And few people realize that it was Pat who gave birth to the video auction concept, staging the first video livestock auctions ever held in this country. Today, he and his family are the owners of the Northern Video Auction, Livestock Market Digest

ranchers from becoming contract producers like the poultry pluckers, nothing more than serfs on their own land. His marketing activities have put more well-deserved dollars in the pockets of the rancher than anyone I know of. Nearly 50 years ago Pat started Vermilion Angus Ranch that today is the third largest registered Angus operation in the country. His bull and production sales are always among the tops in the nation because he put early emphasis on performance and cattle that would work for the commercial producer. Pat is also the owner of Pat Goggins the Diamond Ring Ranch which photo courtesy of the Angus Journal has what could easily be called the best ranch feeder calf sale in one of the largest and most respected in the the nation, selling as many as 20,000 head country. As a result of all of Pat’s livestock of the best cattle to sell anywhere. Pat has marketing activities it can easily be said that had a huge impact on the type of cattle we he has done more for true price discovery in produce and his huge herds of registered the cattle business than any person, living and commercial cattle have left a lasting or dead. In so doing he has prevented impact on, not only the Angus breed, but on

thousands of commercial cowherds across the country. With all this success I bet if you asked Pat I haven’t even mentioned the one accomplishment he holds most near and dear. That’s his family. To me, the most remarkable thing about Pat Goggins is that he accomplished all this at the same time he and his lovely wife, Babe, were raising a wonderful family including six children and 16 grandchildren. Many of Pat’s children are following in his impressive footsteps and are already respected writers, world class auctioneers and great cowmen and women. Like his cattle and his companies, they will have a major impact on the cattle industry for many generations to come. The Digest congratulates Pat Goggins on the occasion of having his portrait hung amongst the great stockmen in the Saddle and Sirloin Club, and like them, we recognize and honor his many accomplishments. But more than anything, we thank him for paving the way so that others may one day follow in his footsteps in the strong and healthy cattle industry he helped create. — by Lee Pitts

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eturning federal lands to state control is not a new idea, but one that is gaining new momentum thanks to the enthusiasm and leadership of Utah state legislator Ken Ivory, whose Utah Transfer of Public Lands passed that state’s legislature in 2012. Under the legislation, federal lands would be transferred to a state public lands commission, which would then determine the best course of action for the land — taking into account local control, multiple-use of the land and responsible yield of natural resources. “HB 148 passed overwhelmingly with Democrat and Republican support,” Ivory said. “It sets a deadline of December 31, 2014 for the federal government to work with us to solve the problem, giving us a realistic opportunity to work as partners. We’re starting to engage Congress, their staff and other states in the West.” “State and Federal governments are meant to be governing partners, but over time the relationship has become completely unbalanced,” Ivory continued. “If we keep waiting for something to change, the same things will keep happening. At some point, we have to step up and say, “This partnership is not working, we need to make some changes.”” In Utah, as in most Western states, the Federal Government owns and controls over 50 percent of the land, while states east of Colorado have a very low percentage of federal land. After his election, Ivory began looking into that discrepancy. “I started to wonder why there was such a big difference in the amounts of land under federal control in eastern and western states, and after researching the issue, realized there is no good answer. When you look at history, the promise was made to all new states as they came into the Union that the federal government would dispose of federal land in a reasonable amount of time. In many cases, the promise was the same, word for word.” A number of Midwestern states which


were once the western states — Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Illinois — contained a large percentage of federal land when they became states. Between 1820 and 1840, they compelled Congress to pass legislation to dispose of that land, and now have very little federal land. “They knew their history, secured their rights, and provided for their citizens,” he noted. Because of the land ownership status,

fires, which are killing hundreds of millions of animals, spewing out pollution, and destroying our watersheds,” he continued. As President of the American Lands Council — whose purpose is to secure and defend local control over land, land access, land uses and land ownership — Ivory is working to build a coalition of states and other organizations. Overall, the idea is getting a good response, especially from other Western states. “We’ve been making trips

State and Federal governments are meant to be governing partners, but over time the relationship has become completely unbalanced . . . Western states depend on the federal government for a large percentage of their annual funding. After realizing that it would take $2 billion each year just to bring Utah up to the national average for education spending, and that $5 billion of Utah’s $13 billion annual budget comes from a federal government that gets more in debt every year, Ivory started looking for options. “There is a tremendous amount of land controlled by the federal government in the West, that holds billions of dollars of coal, oil and other natural resources, and states have no way to access or capitalize on those resources. Our counties continue to struggle, and the endangered Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding is a pittance of what the states would realize with control of their lands.” “U.S. Forest Service policies are killing our forests while doubling the cost of management. Their policies double the fuel loads, then we spend millions on fighting

to Washington, educating people on the issues and have been told this is just how it is — but once you look into the history, you realize no, it’s not.” Ivory was elected to Utah’s House of Representatives in 2010, and said that protecting his children’s future was his main reason for seeking the office. “I am the father of four children that I love dearly. Washington is headed down a fiscally reckless path, overspending, and showing no signs of turning around or even making any changes. Washington is never going to solve Washington’s problems, we need to prepare in our states to protect ourselves and our economies. “ Ivory is a partner in Ivory Law, P.C., which focuses on business, mediation and estate planning law. He is also the Executive Director of the Where’s the Line America? Foundation and serves as the Chairman of the Federalism Committee, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Livestock Market Digest

He previously served as general counsel for a publicly traded Japanese company and for the Japanese Olympic Team during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, as well as coordinator of international relations for the mayor of Osaka, Japan. Born in Utah and raised in Arizona, Ivory lives in West Jordan, part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, with his wife, Becky, and their family. He has served as Chairman of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the Sandy Rotary Club, and is a member of the Sandy Police Honorary Colonels Association. This effort is just one part of the larger battle for control of our country. “It’s critical to understand that we have an ideological collision in this country. The dominant ideology throughout most of history is centralized control of the land, property and resources, and people have the liberty to do what the government tells them to do,” he explained. “We are fighting for our ideology. We acknowledge that we were created by by a Supreme Being and are ultimately

accountable for how we bless others with the prosperity made possible as a result of our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the control of property.” “The Endangered Species Act, Department of Labor regulations prohibiting kids from working on their families’ farms and ranches, and other similar federal regulatory programs are just Trojan horses in the real battle over our ideology,” he continued. There seems to be a concerted agenda on the part of the federal agencies to take control of the land, the water and the economies in the West, Ivory explained. “It’s not about the lizard, the sage grouse, or forest regulations, it is about controlling property, then controlling the people. This is a very important time for us to decide what part we are going to play in this battle for our children and posterity. If we can secure and defend local control of land access, use and ownership, we will be able to secure the blessings of liberty and prosperity going forward.” — by Callie Gnatkowski Gibson



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ack in the mid 1990s several ranchers in Wheeler County Oregon were talking about the complaints they heard — that beef in the stores and restaurants was not as good as it used to be. These ranchers were producing top quality cattle, but realized that their animals were being lost in the mix of cattle from all over North America. They decided to try to do something about this. Mehrten Homer (ranching near Fossil, Oregon) says that in 1996 many local ranchers got together to talk about what they might do. “But the longer we talked about it, the fewer people showed up at our meetings. It got down to just a few of us and we knew we had to decide on something. Seven of us put up money to get started, called it Painted Hills Beef, and stayed with it. I put cattle into a feed yard — and this was the first time we’d ever fed cattle,” he says. They looked for markets, but didn’t make much headway. “We went four years in which we lost money. We were only killing 5 to 10 head per week, and at the end of four years we’d lost about $400,000. At that point, we changed kill plants and went to a bigger one. They wouldn’t kill less than 60 at one time, so we said sure. Even though we couldn’t sell 40 we thought we’d try for 60!” Their optimism paid off. “My wife and I drove to Seattle and looked at several stores that sell natural beef — and they told us they would put our meat in their stores if it was choice beef. In the bigger plant, our beef could be graded. We managed to sell all 60 that month. So we did it again, and it began to grow,” says Homer. This project was a challenge, and it took awhile before other ranchers wanted to participate. “We were killing about 200 head per month, when Tyson came to us in August 2004 because they were short on cattle. They made us a pretty good offer, to process our cattle for us. We gave Washington Beef a chance to match Tyson’s offer but they couldn’t so we went to Tyson, about seven years ago. They’ve been process-



ing our cattle ever since.” Painted Hills’ markets are mainly in the Northwest, but they also sell beef to restaurants all up and down the East Coast. “Now we process about 600 head per week. We use cattle from many ranches here in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and some in Montana,” says Homer. “We keep getting a few more markets all the time and people really like our product. Our beef is used in many schools here in Oregon and they like the idea of knowing where their meat is coming from,” he says. More than 240 stores sell this product now, and countless restaurants. Their company also do a lot of gift packs — for businesses that want to give something to their employees at Christmas. This is a good market during winter, and also acquaints more people with the product. All seven ranchers who started the program are still in it. “We all live here in Wheeler County. We chose our name because the Painted Hills are nearby,” says Homer.

Now that their natural beef program is doing well, the group started a grass fed beef program. This gives their customers another option. “Many people have asked about grass fed beef, so we are giving it a try,” he says. The natural beef market keeps expanding. This product has a lot of flavor because the cattle have to stay longer in the feed yard to gain the necessary weight (without hormones). The older the animal, the more flavor to the meat. It also cooks faster because it doesn’t have as much water in it, without the hormones. “Once people eat it, they usually don’t go back to regular beef because they like the extra flavor in the natural beef,” says Homer. Consumers learn how to cook it differently. They tend to overcook it, so the company puts cooking directions and recipes on the packages, and cookbooks in the stores. “Over the years we’ve learned about these things, and we keep learning about ways to do things better,” he says. It’s been a long and interesting road.

Ranchers were producing top quality cattle, but realized that their animals were being lost in the mix. The solution to the problem was Painted Hills Beef.

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“We started in an old gas station here in town. It was our headquarters until last year, until we built a bigger building. We moved into it in February 2011. We employ 11 people, which is a big deal in our small town,” says Homer. Painted Hills Natural Beef uses about 30,000 head of cattle per year, providing a good market for many ranchers. Cattle that come from central Oregon and Washington are fed in Pasco, Washington (Simplot feed yards) and cattle that come from Idaho and eastern Oregon are fed at Vale, Oregon. One Idaho rancher near Caldwell brings about 4,000 head each year. At the feed yard at Simplot the finished cattle just walk across to the Tyson processing plant. Currently, the program has about 16,000 cattle on feed. “We make a good impact on the cattle industry in Oregon, paying a little more money for the natural beef. It has been well accepted here, and our product has a strong market in Portland and Seattle,” he says. “We are not in any of the big stores like Safeway because at our size that could break us. You crank up your supply of cattle out in the feed yard to meet a certain market and it has to be a dependable market. An outfit like Safeway might want 300 head per week and then suddenly decide to do something else. Then you are stuck with the cattle. We mainly sell to the smaller Mom and Pop chain stores that have 2 to 30 stores.” These are more likely to stay with a good supplier. “The clientele who buy our product have been really good, too. They stay right with us. When something happens in the beef business or there’s another E. coli scare or whatever, it seems like our demand goes up,” says Homer. Consumers feel they can depend on the natural beef product and they know where it comes from. If there’s doubt about the general meat supply, more customers move toward natural beef. “Our customers know what’s in it (and not in it) and know it comes from their local area. And once someone tries it, they understand why people buy it, because it has more flavor, and they never go back to generic beef,” he explains. “If you have a small store and you want people to drive right by the big stores to come to yours, you need something special to attract and keep them coming to you. The natural beef can do that,” he says. “We are just a bit different because we are owned by seven ranchers and this guides how it goes. Most people would have quit a long time ago, but now we are profitable. It paid to stay the course — but the course 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

wasn’t easy! In this business of selling beef you do it for quite awhile before you know whether you are making money or losing money, and by the time you find out you are losing money, you’ve lost quite a lot of money.” The only way to not lose the whole pot is to stay in the game and try to make it work. “In today’s world only about one out of 100 businesses actually make it. The odds aren’t very good. There are a few other groups doing natural beef, like Oregon Country Beef in Oregon, but many states don’t have anyone doing this,” says Homer.

“We try to do the best we can, and are really dedicated to what we do, and firmly believe in it.” One of their goals has been to eliminate the inconsistency in beef and to produce natural meat of the highest quality. If someone is in business just for the dollars, they won’t stick to it when things get tough. “It makes us proud when we see our Painted Hills logo in the meat case, or when someone halfway around the world is enjoying our meat. This is very important to us and we like what we do.” — by Heather Smith Thomas


State Senator Gail Griffin arizona


anchers and landowners in Arizona are lucky to have Arizona State Senator Gail Griffin on their side. Although she was not raised in the agriculture industry, or even in the West, she has become a true warrior in protecting rights and lands in the West. “Our ranching families are in a battle for their livelihoods from elitists who want to put them out of business and take their land,” Griffin said. “The ranching families that I know take their job of producing food and caring for animals and the environment seriously. They place a priority on stewardship to maintain the presence they have had for many generations. They have a proven history, heritage and culture that speaks so loudly it drowns out the rhetoric of the radical environmentalists.” Ever-growing, over-reaching government pushed Griffin, a real estate broker who has worked in that industry for 27 years, to run for public office. “The protection of private property rights has always been very important to me,” she said. “As I watched more and more intrusion by all levels of government into our lives with regulations, restrictions, zoning and takings I decided I had to get more involved and try to stop what was going on.” “Government is out of control and it’s time to turn it around and take our country back,” she continued. “The Founding Fathers of this great nation believed in a small government with limited powers to include a strong national defense. Article Two, Section Two of Arizona’s Constitution spells out the purpose of government — To Protect and Maintain Individual Rights.” She and her husband, Bill, have six children and six grandchildren, who are the main reason she does what she does, Griffin said. “If we don’t do a little more, and stand up for our rights and freedoms in this country, it’s all going to be over,” she said. “We need to identify the problems, stand up, and take an active role in fighting to take our country back.” Griffin said that as she learned more


about natural resource industries and the attacks they are facing, she decided to run for office to try to put some protections in place. “Government is supposed to work for the people, not the other way around,” she noted. One example, she said, is a meeting she attended in Tombstone about 20 years ago between ranchers and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) regarding agency personnel entering and surveying private property without permission. After a while, the topic turned to bear hunting season. The agency told attendees that if a bear tore the screen and was coming into their house through the window, they should call the AZGFD before taking action. “I said, “Wait a minute, are you telling me that if we had a bear coming through my window you want me to grab the phone?” Their response was, “yes, ma’am”. I then asked what would happen when I shot and killed that bear coming through my window and was told, “We would recommend a fine of $750 and six months in jail,” Griffin explained. “So, my very first bill when I was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives was a bill that gave you the right, in statute, to “take” wildlife if you felt eminent danger.” Griffin moved to Arizona in 1968 when Bill, who was serving in the military, was assigned to Fort Huachuca. She was raised in a small rural community in Pennsylvania and before moving to Arizona lived in Ethiopia for two years. Today, she lives in Hereford, a rural area near the Arizona/Mexico border. “We must secure our borders,” she said. “The drug and people smuggling business is out of control and people living on and near the border live in fear. I testified before Congress in 1999 about the problems along our borders, and

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it has not gotten better. The failed federal government policies have created a situation most would not believe could happen in this country.” She was elected to Arizona’s House of Representatives in 1996 and served two terms before being elected to the State Senate in 2010. Currently, she serves as Chairman of the Water, Land Use and Rural Development Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Commerce and Energy Committee, and as a member of the Natural Resource and Transportation Committee, the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and the Border Security, Federalism and State Sovereignty Committee. Griffin works closely with the agriculture industry, and is a member of both the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association and the Arizona Farm Bureau. “Our ranchers conLivestock Market Digest

tinue the support of multiple use values that we in the West cherish. I support ranching families because of the promise they have kept, the inclusive use of the lands they manage and the old, rural country values they have upheld, like freedom, home, hearth and family.” This year, she sponsored several bills important to agriculture, including legislation to increase requirements for “in stream flow” water rights to protect adjacent landowners and water right holders; simplify the requirements for farmers and ranchers to renew their agriculture status with county assessors; allow the state to hold the U.S. Forest Service responsible for air and water pollution from wildfires; and address resources for a rural county to sue the USFS for the “taking” of endangered species or habitat. She is also active in the Natural Resource Conservation Districts, the Arizona/New Mexico Coalition of Counties, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Board Member of Project CENTRL, a rural leadership program; and a Stephen Minister at her local church. Griffin sits on a study committee addressing the amount of private property in Arizona, focused this year on governmentowned land. In 1997, the Arizona Farm Bureau completed a study that showed that only 13 percent of Arizona’s land was in private hands. She helped pass legislation that this year directs county assessors in each county to identify the amount of private property, how much land is tax exempt and how much land is in conservation status. For the industry to survive into the future, education is critical, she explained. “We have to continue educating the public as to the importance of agriculture. Everything we eat, use and enjoy comes from the earth; plus agricultural industries provide the open space that is important to so many. If they don’t want to see a sea of red tile roofs and subdivisions, they better find a way to help keep our ranchers and farmers in business.” The fight for property and water rights will be a big one in the years to come, according to Griffin, and it’s important for everyone to play a role. “It’s about control, and he who controls the land use and water will control it all. I will continue to fight to protect these important issues and the people. Please stay involved, let your legislators know what is going on in your area, and never give up, never give up, never give up!” — by Callie Gnatkowski-Gibson 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

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omeone taps on his shoulder. There is a tug on her sleeve. It is common for Denny and Geraldine Calhoun to be in crowds and be approached by complete strangers. Denny and Geraldine listen attentively as the stranger tells a story about a loved one who has battled with cancer. The storyteller knows they have an empathetic audience, because Denny and Geraldine live and breathe their work as Co-Directors of the Cowboys for Cancer Research organization. As Denny explains, “it is easy to do this because it is basically impossible to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by the terrible disease of cancer. So it is easy to be passionate as we race to find the cure.” Denny and Geraldine are well known in NM ranching and rodeo circles. They are easy to spot in a crowd, a tall cowboy and his petite wife, both wearing Cowboys for Cancer Research embroidered shirts. Their passion for the cause of cancer research has elevated the public’s awareness of the killing disease and raised literally millions of dollars to help find a cure. Cowboys for Cancer Research started in 1982, when some ropers in the Mesilla Valley decided to put together a two-day barbecue and roping and raise some money to fight cancer. The ropers had a lost a good friend, Alma Cohorn, to breast cancer the previous year. The barbecue and roping

raised about seven or eight hundred dollars, which was sent to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. This continued for several years before one of the members suggested they set up an endowment. The Alma Cohorn Memorial/Cowboys for Cancer Research endowmen was set up in 1999 with a $10,000 donation. From such small beginnings, large things have grown. Cowboys for Cancer Research now maintains a 1.7 million dollar endowment at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and is in the process of funding a 1.5 million dollar endowment at New Mexico State University. All types of cancer research are funded through the two endowments. One great example of the group’s effectiveness is the fact that they provided Dr. Arterburn of NMSU with the seed money to do research on an estrogen receptor that could revolutionize the diagnosis of breast and prostate cancer. Dr. Arterburn’s project has been successful enough to garner national attention and funding, but could not have been started without the seed money from the Cowboys for Cancer Research Endowment. Denny and Geraldine keep everything running smoothly from their home in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They manage bank accounts, accept donations, write checks, and keep business straight between themselves and New Mexico State University

Denny Calhoun waits to enter the stadium at New Mexico State University on “Tough Enough To Wear Pink” night that happens annually in October during and Aggie Football game.


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Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TEWP), their biggest contributor. A generous and far sighted board of directors helps set policy and decide which research projects should be funded for the year. Roping in good partners has always been easy, according to Denny, who noted that much of the phenomenal growth in funding is a direct result of the NMSU Aggies TETWP committee. The committee took the Tough Enough to Wear Pink idea from the rodeo world and applied it to the New Mexico State University Aggies. In the six years since its inception, the idea has exploded. When pink week is scheduled at New Mexico State University, the whole town turns pink. End zones of the football stadium are painted pink. Pink banners are hung along University Avenue. All the Aggie football players wear something pink, like pink socks, at the game. The book store stocks pink merchandise, store employees wear pink t-shirts, and the Taos Cafeteria sponsors a pink night, serving items like pink lemonaide, salmon, cupcakes, and prime rib. “We are pretty sure that we were the first division 1 college football program in the nation to have a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Football game,” explained Denny. “The idea is everywhere now, but I’ve never seen a community that got so involved as the community around Las Cruces. I know Livestock Market Digest

these businesses are hit up daily for money, but they truly have embraced this cause. It is incredible.” After closing the books on their 2011 campaign, TETWP donated a total $570,581 in cash and in-kind contributions to Cowboys for Cancer Research. “One hundred percent of the cash we raise, after operational expenses, is invested in endowments created by our partners, Cowboys for Cancer Research,” said TETWP co-chairs Laura Conniff, Pat Sisbarro, Magellia Boston and Mary Henson in a joint statement. “It is the interest income from these endowments that help fund the amazing breast cancer research being done here at New Mexico State University and the UNM Cancer Center.” Although C4CR is currently funding breast cancer research, they have funded and will continue to fund research on all types of cancer. Their popular caps feature an embroidered Oso Sanador (healing bear) done in different colors to signify the different types of cancer. As the public becomes more aware of the work funded by C4CR, more and more organizations and individuals want to be involved. Many families are now specifying C4CR for memorials when a loved one dies. The Doña Ana County Sherrif’s Posse did a “Ride for the Cure” and contributed almost $10,000. A dinner/dance/roping was so successful that it was moved after its first year to accommodate more guests. When supporters organized a golf tournament they advertised on Facebook and had 30 teams signed up in the first 24 hours. They had to open more team slots and now have 56 teams. Country singer Vince Gill is coming to play golf. School athletic teams (football, volleyball and basketball), 4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout the state are joining in by having fund raisers for C4CR. The tiny Corona FFA chapter donated $600 to C4CR last year. “I want to teach the kids to give back,” explained FFA advisor Tony Johnson. Travel mugs and caps, license plates and cook books, belt buckles and pink ropes are sold through retailers in the Mesilla Valley or on Facebook and the website: Cowboys for Cancer Denny and Geraldine have sent caps as far as Afghanistan and South America. It isn’t unusual for a C4CR board member to be traveling through a different state and recognize the pink license plate with its healing bear and the C4CR logo. Denny and Geraldine’s first involvement with C4CR was at the ropings. They soon donated their arena to be used at the ropings 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

and Geraldine ran the concession stand to raise more money for C4CR. Today, the pair are the greatest ambassadors for C4CR, traveling over 14,000 miles to spread the word about C4CR, NMSU Aggies TETWP, the work being done at UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center and NMSU. It is easy to find the couple in a crowd, wearing their embroidered C4CR shirts. The Calhouns, always known for their generosity and willingness to help others, invest huge amounts of time in this organization. They love the ride, according to Geraldine, and find it easy to work for a cause for

which they are so passionate . C4CR is getting a lot of attention from outside the state and are willing to work with many more partners to gain a national presence. Meanwhile, when the cowboys at your local rodeo show up in pink shirts and the stands turn as pink as a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, thank the partnership of NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the Cowboys for Cancer Research for doing their part to spur on the end of the terrible disease of cancer. — by Carol Wilson


Joe Parker, Jr. texas


hen Joe Parker Jr. became president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in 2011, he knew protecting the stewards of land and livestock in the Southwest was still TSCRA’s No. 1 goal. And he was confident its staff and board members led a team that was truly dedicated to meeting that important mission. Joe ranches with his family out of Byers, Texas. His strong dedication to family, the cattle operations and other interests nearly mirrors his serious attitudes toward the value of being a TSCRA member and the overall importance of a united beef industry. “Our association was founded on the principals of assuring that good law enforcement and cattle theft prevention were available to producers across Texas and the Southwest,” Joe says. “TSCRA still provides that assurance through our network of special agents who help prevent theft of cattle and other property, and bring to justice perpetrators who engage in these unlawful acts. “TSCRA also provides its some 15,000 members with a state and federal legislative voice with emphasis on the beef industry, property rights, water rights and agricultural interests. I’ve also always been impressed with other services offered by the association, such as insurance services, and industry information and education.” He boasts of the TSCRA officer team, as well as Executive Vice President and CEO Eldon White, who works with the association’s Fort Worth and Austin offices on state issues and federal issues. “We work with NCBA on federal issues,” Joe says. “Our biggest assets are our volunteer producers who take the time and effort to travel to Austin and Washington to voice their opinions on issues. Those volunteers, along with second-to-none TSCRA government affairs associates and a team of NCBA staffers, are tackling a number of issues that can impact the lives of every producer, large or small.” Joe believes TSCRA is a benchmark for organizations using their membership resources to enhance conditions for cattle-


men and cattlewomen. State water development and management is a prime example. Drought is a near constant threat across much of the Southwest. And TSCRA is always involved in state water policy actions. TSCRA leaders have taken the reins of the state water development board to help develop water policy. Issues like border security, animal rights activists and the potential threat of animal health problems, such as fever ticks, anthrax or other diseases, see TSCRA working hand in hand with government personnel to manage specific situations that can threaten the

and horse identification. Without brands, recovery of stolen livestock is much more difficult, if not impossible, he says. The association’s special agents recover several million dollars of stolen livestock and property every year. “Much of this is made possible by brands,” Joe explains. “Branding is proof of ownership and re-registering is important (states have different brand regulations, so double check to make sure your registration is up to date).” If not properly registered, brands can be claimed by other parties, he warns.

Joe and his family operation know the importance of livestock branding in cattle. livelihood of ranchers. However, he is deeply concerned about too much government interference into individual ranch and farm operations — actions that fail to analyze the impacts of policy-making decisions, or consider scientific facts before introducing and implementing laws. “I feel that the biggest concerns facing the beef industry are estate taxes, government subsidies of ethanol, restrictions of antibiotic use in preventing diseases in livestock, over-reaching EPA regulations on air and water and the federally mandated health-care plan,” he says. “Other issues we watch are food safety, animal traceability and anti-marketing regulations that have been proposed. TSCRA continues to monitor these and other situations on behalf of member producers and others whose businesses are impacted by decisions made in Washington and Austin." Branding for prevention of livestock and ranch theft – is at the top of TSCRA’s list. Joe and his family operation know the importance of livestock branding in cattle

Joe has seen the benefits of the $1-perhead beef checkoff in the beef industry’s beef promotion and research programs, which have helped the industry develop dozens of new beef cuts to meet the demands. He highly favors the checkoff and the value it provides cow-calf, stocker and cattle feeding ventures, adding that surveys show that over 70 percent of the producers polled in 2010 approved of the beef checkoff program. But he’s concerned that some producers still don’t see the vital benefits of the checkoff for their operations. “I think the national beef checkoff program is taken too much for granted,” he says. “It took a lot of work in the 1980s to get it approved and passed into law. It is in need of constant attention to ensure that producers, the checkoff payers, get their money’s worth. “I think the national beef checkoff directly impacts beef research concerning food safety and food quality and directly impacts market development with such authorizations as the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In Livestock Market Digest

the past few years there has been good work done in social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to promote beef. “Also, campaigns such as ‘I Heart Beef' have been very effective in getting our message out there about the goodness of beef and its value as a protein in consumer diets. The checkoff is helping make that possible.” Joe appreciates work by the Cattleman’s Beef Board, which administers the checkoff, and NCBA to make the checkoff a success. “By working closer together, they accomplish many things effectively for the beef producer,” he says. “Transparency and accountability to the checkoff payer can bring these segments closer together for the betterment of the industry.” Parker Ranches Ltd. Even though he leads the large producer association, Joe is still heavily involved in the operation of Parker Ranches Ltd. with his brother, Jim, and their families in the north central Texas region. Joe runs stocker cattle and the family also has a cow-calf operation. He is also CEO of First National Bank of Byers and the family also runs a pecan orchard. “My wife Marjorie and I, and brother Jim

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and his wife Kim, live on the original ranch,” Joe says, noting that his father and grandfather bought the ranch’s first land in the late 1940s.” Joe’s reputation as a leader in beef production, banking, philanthropy and community involvement began on the ranch and continued through his studies at Texas Tech University, where he earned a BS degree in agribusiness in 1973. He also attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in 1982. A long-time member of NCBA, he has attended many national beef forums and has promoted ranching and other agriculture in the Halls of Congress and at hearings nationwide. Joe is former director of the North Texas Rehabilitation Center, a former elder of First Christian Church in Wichita Falls and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He has served as a trustee of the Midwestern State University Foundation, as state director of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, and as board member and chairman of the Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo. Some of his leadership skills were likely inherited from his father, Joe Jackson Park-

er, and grandfather, Dr. W.L. Parker. Joe Sr. graduated from the University of Texas, where he starred in football and later played for the NFL’s World Champion Chicago Cardinals in 1947 after serving in the Navy during World War II. Clay Birdwell, TSCRA first vice president and owner-general manager of Great Plains Cattle Feeders in Hereford, says “integrity” is the best word to describe Joe Parker Jr. “He’s one of those men whose middle name is integrity,” he says. “He approaches the many issues we face with an attitude of how we should do this for the betterment of the association and its members. He sits down and thinks through an issue. Joe has a calm demeanor and the ability not just to react, but to respond to the issues. He has a good, level head.” Even though TSCRA is a large producer association, Joe says it needs more members. “The number of members does make a difference in legislative efforts and in industry efforts,” he says. “TSCRA needs and encourages more young members and has programs to get these young members involved.” — by Larry Stalcup


Dick Huttinga montana

ick Huttinga grew up on a ranch in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana, and is still on that place today — farming with draft horses. “I was 2 years old when my dad bought this place, so I’ve been here for 63 years,” he says. He bought his first team in 1980. “I was in the logging business and there were some riparian areas that we could only log if we did it with horses,” he explains. Environmental protection laws would not allow machinery in those areas. He bought a team of horses to drag logs out from the streambank, but before he could use them, the Forest Service gave that timber sale to someone else. “I never did do the logging with a team, but I kept the horses,” says Huttinga. He also has a herd of 80 Hereford-Angus cattle. Feeding them in winter makes a good job for the horses twice a day. Huttinga has a construction business, but does most of his farming with horses. “The horses are my therapy. Construction is what we do to make a living, but farming is our way of life. I rent about 400 acres in addition to what I own — for enough hay ground and pasture.” He does some of his haying with horses — most of the mowing and raking — and uses a baler to make round bales. He feeds the hay with horses, using a DewEze Super


Slicer. “This is a hydraulic round bale processor. It is supposed to be pulled with a tractor but I put an axle under the front and installed a little engine to run the hydraulic system, so I could pull it with my team,” says Huttinga. In years past, he set the big bales on a bobsled or wagon with the tractor, and then split the bales with a chain saw and pitched them off. “Then my kids all grew up and left, and I got old and decided there had to be an easier way!” he says. Huttinga currently has six horses. He raised draft horses for many years, and sold young horses and teams. “The oldest team I still have are the last two I raised. The next oldest team is 12 years old and I bought them as yearling colts. Recently I picked up a team of 4-year-old Belgians that are still green,” he says. This is his first team of Belgians. His other horses have all been Percherons. “When I bought my first team, they were supposed to be a ‘well broke’ team of middle-aged Percheron geldings, but they were not well broke. I was fortunate to have my dad and father-in-law around at that time. They both grew up farming with horses and had lots of advice and help for me. My father-in-law told me I was nuts for going backward to using horses, but he and my dad were both terrific coaches. Soon after

that, I bought a yearling Percheron filly and a stud and this put me in the horse-raising business,” says Huttinga. That filly eventually had 15 foals. “I got another stud in the meantime, to breed to her fillies. The last daughter out of that mare is still here; she’s 20 years old. The old mare was a good one. We could ride her, and my kids all learned to drive her,” he says. He sold most of the offspring fairly young, just halter broke. “I broke some of the earlier teams we raised. Some ended up working in the woods and some on farms, and some in pack strings. They’ve gone all over the country,” he says. “The black Percherons — my main team — were both studs when I bought them as yearlings. I wanted one as a stud, but when they ran his brother through the auction they couldn’t get any bids so I bought him, too. I did breed two mares to that one and got two colts. I broke them and sold them as 6 year olds — to a young man who lives here in Belgrade, Montana. I didn’t want to part with that team, but this young man is still in college and had an interest in horses, so this made him a good team,” says Huttinga. He belongs to the Montana Draft Horse Association and their goal is to encourage more interest in draft horses. “The Gallatin County Ag committee has a farm fair they put on every year for 4th grade kids. Eight of us bring teams and wagons and haul the kids out to a field and talk to them about water, irrigation, draft horses, etc. It’s a great experience for the kids,” he says. Last year it was a 3-day event and 900 kids went through the farm fair. “The Ag Committee is trying

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to get kids to think about where their food comes from. About 99 percent of them — even some from small towns — don’t have a clue,” he says. Similar programs have been started around the state, using this as model. In the Gallatin Valley more people are now driving horses. “There’s a lot of recreation in this area, with dude ranches. People use draft horses for hay rides and sleigh rides, wagon rides and dinner rides. The fellow I bought my Belgian team from drives at the Lone Mountain Ranch four days a week. They use several teams every night. They have a cabin in the woods and haul people up there for a prime rib dinner and entertainment. The ski resorts also do this. So there’s been an increase in use of horses for recreation, even though there are not many people farming with them as much as I do,” says Huttinga. “My brother-in-law has a team he uses mostly for packing. He does volunteer trail work for the Forest Service and packs camps and equipment for them. He also does his haying with horses, and helps me once in awhile. When I thresh grain he brings his team over to haul bundles.” Huttinga raises oats and barley to feed his horses. He farms about 70 acres for grain and barley hay. He doesn’t plow much because his ground is so rocky. “I disk and use a grain drill I pull with the team. I also use them to spread manure and harrow. The more I do with horses, the more I find I can do. I’m still learning, after 30 years.” He’s also collected a lot of equipment. “I have a road grader that I put four abreast to pull it. I also have a belly-dump wagon and some other horse-drawn equipment that I use occasionally. A lot of people are thrilled to see horses doing these jobs,” he says. The horses are actually more efficient than tractors and big machinery for doing his haying, with several small acreages scattered around the neighborhood. “I have four acres here, six there, etc. I haul the horses around with a trailer and do the haying in a day. People love to see horses working.” Those small pieces are difficult to do with large machinery. He’d have to haul a swather 20 miles to do a small piece. It’s more efficient and cost-effective to do this with horses, using less fuel. Horses, even though they eat expensive hay, are cheaper to run than machinery. Tractors also don’t reproduce! “They break down and fall apart and you have to repair them; they don’t heal up on their own. Horses definitely have some advantages.”

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his scenic dude ranch is located in one of the most beautiful areas of eastern Washington near the Canadian border. It started as a cattle ranch and is still a working ranch — and guests can enjoy the experience of helping with the cattle. It all began in 1961 when Stephen and June Konz finished college and bought the original ranch. June was one of the first female veterinarians graduating from WSU. She and Steve hoped to find 50 to 80 acres, to raise a few cattle and a family, and ended up with a 1,200-acre ranch, south of Republic, Washington. They later expanded the ranch to 1,600 acres, with an additional grazing permit on 30,000 acres of Forest Service land. Their daughter Kathy McKay recalls her dad putting a sign out on the road, and her mom was in business as the first veterinarian in Ferry County. “They developed the meadows and hay land, and purchased a few cattle. My dad became a school teacher in town and later became a non-lawyer district court judge,” she says. “This was a wonderful place to grow up — farming/ranching, with the cattle, hay and timber. There were five of us kids (three girls and two boys), and when we all went off to college we brought our friends home to the ranch every weekend. They enjoyed horseback riding, helping with the cattle, spring branding, calving and ranch chores or going hunting or fishing. All of us brought home roommates and friends and we realized this was a great opportunity to share our way of life. Most of them were from the city and were fascinated by ranching,” says Kathy. “Our living room was always full of friends and guests, and we decided that sharing the ranch life might be what we wanted to do. My dad talked my sister and me into visiting some dude ranches to see how they operate. We started with two rooms for guests, and then expanded as the demand grew. We used the four rooms we’d grown up in, and we kids moved into the basement and apartments in the barn. We collected some gentle horses that anyone


could ride, and started taking our guests riding,” she says. “We started taking paying guests in 1994. Dad put a sign on the road that said Guest Ranch. We got some fishing poles, and had a family-style campfire every evening. Our guests helped with ranch chores, whether it was taking out salt blocks, fixing fence, branding, cattle drives, etc. We had more cattle back then, and not as many horses. Today we have fewer cattle (only 50 pair) and more than 70 head of horses.” But it’s still a working ranch — just on a smaller scale — and still gives people a taste of ranching. “We had been operating as a guest ranch for eight years — and turning larger groups away — when Dad encouraged us to expand our guest business. He was 75 years old when I found him out in the horse pasture one day with a tape measure and stakes. He started drawing plans for a lodge on a napkin at the dinner table and asking us what size it should be and how many rooms we should make. We hashed out a lot of ideas and decided on a 16-bedroom log lodge. We’ve been working on it for the past 10 years and this will be our 5th season in it; we opened up 12 rooms three years ago. It

has a bar, a big commercial kitchen, gift shop, pool table and decks. We have our campfire every evening out front, and guests can enjoy smores around the campfire. We also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,” she explains. The ranch can now accommodate 25 to 35 guests. They also do weddings and often have as many as 100 to 200 people attending. Various groups come to the ranch for retreats or conferences. The ranch has hosted quilting retreats, a writers’ conference, and other groups. Many Christmas parties are held there in December. “In the summer our guests ride every morning and have lunch in the mountains. They tie the horses to hitching posts, have a big picnic and return to the ranch around 1 p.m. before the heat of the day,” says Kathy. At the ranch the guests can do sporting activities like archery and shooting contests, ground squirrel hunting, or fishing. They can float the river, or use the driving range for hitting golf balls. There is a lake behind the ranch and this is great for swimming in late summer when water is warm. The guests also get some hands-on experience with animal health care, with a veterinarian on site. They may observe or help with a medical problem in the livestock, or watch a horse being castrated. “Our guests are welcome to be part of the working aspect of the ranch, or they can relax and just enjoy a glass of wine and a book on the front deck, or take part in many of the activities that we offer,” says Kathy. There’s a wide assortment of attractions at the ranch, including a petting zoo, and It started as a cattle ranch and is still a working ranch — and guests can enjoy the experience of helping with the cattle.

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some Texas Longhorns that roam the ranch. “They have 6-foot horns and a lot of people think they are bulls, but they are just gentle cows,” says Kathy. She and her husband Brian have two children, 8 and 9 years old — Lexi and Stephen, who is named after his Grandpa Stephen who built the lodge. “Those two kids are some of our best tour guides, showing the guests baby chicks, goats, ducks and the animals in the petting zoo. They are the first ones to find the frogs and snakes and fish and show off their collections to the guests,” she says. Her husband Brian was a wheat farmer from Almira, Washington, but is now part of the ranch management, taking care of the maintenance and haying, putting up 200 tons of alfalfa and grass hay every summer. Calving is during February-March, branding in April-May, and the cattle are turned out onto the National Forest range on June 1. “We change allotments in mid-summer so the guests can help us move cattle if they want to, on July 11 and August 22. We always have people signing up for the cattle drives or roundup. This year for the June 1

turnout we had eight people signed up to help move the cattle about 10 miles,” explains Kathy. Most of the ranch work is done by family members (with help from guests who want to participate), but the ranch also hires seasonal help, especially during the busiest summer season when the kids are out of school. This is a great place for a family vacation and is open year round for guests, with special activities during all four seasons. “We have two big fireplaces, which is nice for Christmas parties in December. January brings snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. We have a team of horses to pull wagons or for a carriage ride for a tour of the ranch,” says Kathy. This family has made a successful business by diversifying. The cattle business was looking bleak in the 1990s and one way to survive was to be creative and find additional ways to make the ranch pay. “We love our cows and wanted to find a way to continue. The guest ranch aspect was a way to hang onto our ranch life.” — by Heather Smith Thomas


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Jeff Jones utah


eff Jones of Morgan County, Utah decided early what he was going to do when he grew up. “I’m the oldest of six boys and my dad was determined to do everything right with me,” he shared. “Dad insisted I went to college and graduate.” So, Jeff attended Utah State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Range Management. But before, during high school, Jeff made up his mind to own cows. “In 1973, at fifteen years old, I was able to get a loan through the National FFA Organization and I bought cattle. That was the start of my herd and my dream,” he explained. After college, Jeff moved back home and married Julie, a local girl. They started from scratch. In the 1980s, Jeff and Julie bought the house and acreage where he grew up. “I worked construction for 10 years to help pay for our cow herd and Julie got a job with Browning, a local firearms manufacturer. Over the years, she has helped me hold things together and made sure we didn’t starve,” states Jeff. Through time and hard work, they built a successful commercial cow-calf operation — J Reverse J Cattle Company. Presently, the Jones family has more than 650 Salers x Angus and Salers x Hereford cows; they lease nearly 40,000 acres between their ranch base in Morgan, Utah and their summer range near Evanston, Wyo. While in college, Jeff was on the judging team. He judged several Salers carcasses and was impressed with their quality. It was at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. where he saw his first live Salers cattle. Rocking M Cattle Company had a display of young Salers cows. “I was in awe. The cows were in poor shape, but had calved high in the mountains of Idaho and brought out live calves — which was the point,” remembers Jeff. In 1983, the J Reverse J purchased their first Salers cows at a Rocking M Cattle Company sale. “We found not only were Salers cattle tough under rugged and extreme conditions, they had tremendous calving ease, range-ability, fertility and longevity,” says Jeff. Since their first purchase, the Jones family has come to depend on the various traits Salers cattle offer, including their docility.


Currently at the J Reverse J, replacement heifers start calving in March and with only two men tending the cows, they typically have a 95 percent live calf rate. The calving ground is right at 5,200 feet — rocky sage brush country – and it is a good distance to water. Cattle that travel on sound feet and legs and calves with vigor are a must. Branding takes place in April, and the Jones crew will rope and drag to the fire 300 calves a day. “Branding is a big deal at our ranch,” says Jeff. “We do it the old fashioned way and our family and neighbors help.” A week later, the pairs are trailed to the spring range. In early June, they gather and load the cattle from make-shift facilities where they are trucked to various higher elevation summer allotments. The ideal cow at the J Reverse J is a 1,200- to 1,300-pound Salers cow with average milk that weans a 550-pound calf. “We feed as little hay as possible and some protein block, but never any grain or cake — the cattle have to get by on the hay we raise on our river bottom country,” says Jeff. In late October, the pairs are brought down and worked at the ranch base. Calves are vaccinated and weaned, while the cows are trailed back up on the fall range where they stay until late December. When it comes to marketing calves, Jeff is particular about where he goes. “I sell my calves where they appreciate our quality Salers cattle,” states Jeff. After weaning, the calves are back grounded until they reach 650 pounds — usually mid to late January.

“For nearly 20 years, we've had really good luck selling feeder cattle through Producers Livestock in Greeley, Colo. and more recently Torrington Livestock’s Cattle Country Video of Torrington, Wyo.,” says Jeff. At the J Reverse J, they also develop and sell composite bulls as well as replacement heifers. Recently, Jeff helped plan a seminar on selecting bulls for high altitude breeding. “Brisket Disease is becoming more of a problem and ranchers in the area are being careful about Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP) in scores of bulls they buy,” says Jeff. “A large cattle rancher based in Encampment, Wyo., stood up at our seminar and said ‘Of all the continental breeds, Salers are the best there is at high elevation and seem to have the least problem with Brisket Disease.’” The Jones family keeps 75 head of replacement heifers each year. The breeding bulls needed by the ranch are either raised or purchased. “Right now, it takes some Angus to sell your calves for a good price,” states Jeff. “I would not trade my Salers cows for any other breed. We primarily buy our Salers bulls and females from MacDonald Ranches in North Dakota. Their cattle have been great on disposition and the best doing Salers we have had.” On their higher percentage Salers cows, the J Reverse J uses composite Simmental-Angus bulls to keep the heterosis and turn their calves black. Family is also a key component of the J Reverse J operation. “Curt and Bonnie Jones, my mother and father, deserve the credit for instilling great values and determination in me,” says Jeff. Not to mention, Jeff and Julie have two sons. T.J., the oldest, is married to Leanne. They have a daughter Ava, who is 2 years old. T.J. works for an oil company. After work and on the weekends, they spend time helping at the ranch and they have a small group of cattle. Travis is 22 and Jeff's main ranch hand. He, too, is pursuing a life

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in cattle ranching and was able to get a lowinterest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency to start his cow herd. Travis currently runs 100 head of cows with his parents’ herd. Heather, his girlfriend, is also a hand on the ranch. “She rides, ropes and mechanics on equipment right alongside Travis and me when she is not attending class at the area tech school or working at the local garage,” says Jeff. Additionally, Jeff’s five brothers have horses and help ride the summer ranges, brand and work cattle. “Our methods and our philosophies are simple,” states Jeff. “We are a family horseback, cow ranch outfit, and very proud of it.” In fact, content with his chosen way of life and proud of his family best describes Jeff Jones. Salers cattle have provided the foundation for a lifestyle and profitable business at J Reverse J Cattle Company. “Urban pressure is increasing in our area. We know the time will come when we have to move our operation and when we do we will know where we have to be and our Salers cattle will go with us,” concludes Jeff. — by Jo Dexter









Bill King new mexico

Bill King always wanted to be a cowboy. When he was very small, Bill was known to ditch school and hide in the backseat of the car on days he knew his Dad was headed for the auction markets. “Grandad would usually relent and let Dad go with him,” laughed Becky, Bill’s daughter. “Dad always wanted to be a cowboy. And he’s always had a head for numbers. He can figure out how much a load of cattle will bring in about two seconds, doing all the math in his head.” In 1967, while a junior in high school, he bought his first registered Hereford cows. “My Mom, (Alice King), went with me to get them, because Dad didn’t think the registered business was such a good idea,” he remembers. “I bought three heifers from Marshall Sellman of Watrous. I got home and put them in an old wooden pen. The heifers broke out and got in a hayfield. Two of them bloated and died. Dad said that registered cows were always problems and that I needed to turn the other registered heifer out with the commercial cows.” But when Bill visited with Marshall and told him two heifers had died, Marshall instructed the young cowman to come to his sale and he’d get credit for two heifers. “I said it wasn’t his fault that the heifers had


died, but he insisted,” Bill remembers. “Marshall was just good to kids. So I went back and got two more heifers.” After he got out of high school, Bill went to the Tesequite ranch and bought 10-yearold cull cows from the Mitchell family. “It was an economical way to break into the business,” he stated. “I’d try to get one or two calves out of those cows and improve my herd.” Bill was also interested in land. He went to the local courthouse and got a list of all the homesteads in the area. He then wrote every family, offering to buy land. Only one family responded in 1968, but that purchase of rangeland for $25 an acre gave Bill a foothold in the valley he’d grown up in. Over the years, he’d be contacted again and again by individuals who wr0te, “You wrote a letter once, asking if we’d like to sell our land. We are ready now.” Bill bought parcel after parcel. “When land got to $100 an acre, my Dad said I’d better stop buying, because it was getting way too high,” he laughed. “When he and his brothers started buying, they were giving

five to seven dollars an acre.” Bill now farms 4,000 acres of farmland and runs cattle on another 50,000 acres of grassland, in addition to leasing land from both the King Brothers and the Martin family. Around Stanley, New Mexico, the name King is just about synonymous with cowman. And Bill is that cowman. As Bill was building his cowherd and putting together ranches and farms, his father’s political career was heating up in a way which would help shape and define Bill’s life. Bill’s graduation from high school in 1969 coincided with the first time Bruce ran for governor. Bruce was the cowboy of the King Brothers, so when he took office in 1970, Bill quit college and came home to buy the 7,000 to 8,000 feeder cattle needed each year for the family’s feedlots. Bill remembers the days fondly. “It was a real good education to go to those sale barns and deal with the cattle traders,” he stated. “I was lucky because I learned a lot from those guys.” Bill was also watching and learning in Santa Fe. He remembers his Dad working on the Greenbelt law, which helped New Mexico ranchers stay on the land. When Bruce was re-elected governor in 1978 he asked Bill to stay in Santa Fe in the winter and lobby. “It was a lot of fun,” Bill remembers. “And very interesting. Back in those days, half the legislature was ranchers. They said if you wanted to count votes, you needed to count the cowboy boots and divide by two.”

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The political acumen which Bill gained in those years has been invaluable for the cattle industry over the years. Jim Berlier, who spends a lot of time in the political arena, himself, noted that, “Bill has enough access with influential people that he can get more done in a day than all the rest of us can, put together, working the whole session.” Bill still stewards land that was homesteaded by his pioneering grandparents, and he understands the attitude that says, “let me work my land and be left alone.” But he doesn’t give in to it. “Now if you take that stance, you will be left behind,” he warned. “Politicians and other factors have more effect on our business than things like water, wells and fences. Our paradigm has shifted, so it is important to have someone like Cattle Growers represent us in the urban and political scene. Stay involved,” he urged. “Show up. You will have more effect than you think.” Bill lives what he preaches. He served as New Mexico Cattle Growers president in the early 1990s and was in part responsible for turning the Cattle Growers meeting into the Joint Stockman’s meeting. He also

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served as regional vice president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association the year that NCBA and the Beef Board merged. He has represented New Mexico on the Texas Cattle Feeders board of directors and was chairman of the Livestock Board. Additionally, he recently served as president of the American Hereford Association. All of this while transitioning his ranch from a feeder operation to registered herds of Hereford, Angus and Charolais mama cows which produce the 300 bulls he sells annually. He chose the three breeds due to the beef industry’s emphasis on marbling and feed efficiency. “This is the best of the breeds that we have to work with now,” he stated. “Because we had the feedlot, I started buying cows that had more carcass data and feed data, and we are producing a more economical calf.” While raising cattle, Bill also raised three daughters, who, along with their husbands and children, are all involved in the King Ranch. The girls call their Dad “Big Boss” behind his back . . . but they do so with affection. Each has chosen to stay involved in the family business because of their great

respect for their father and the love for agriculture that he passed along to his daughters. The family has also learned about citizenship and community from Bill’s example. When a neighbor was recuperating from back surgery and hadn’t been able to put together the steers that he needed to stock the ranch, Bill heard about it. He called up and said that he had steers coming off of wheat pasture and they might as well be sold to the recuperating neighbor. Within 24 hours, 300 steers were branded and turned out on the neighbor’s pasture. “Bill acted like it was no big deal, but it meant the world to me,” related Jim Berlier. Bill King grew up wanting to be a cowboy. His choices in life, coupled with his own hard work, forged him into a cowman running 1,000 mother cows and 4,000 acres of farm land in addition to 50,000 acres of grazing land. “I’ve been lucky,” he summarized. “This is a pretty good life.” The lessons taught along the way, and the cowmen and politicians who taught them, produced a truly unique cowboy. — by Carol Wilson


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hen Bailey Ballou of Elgin, Oklahoma, was interviewed after winning the Livestock Marketing Association’s 49th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship this summer, he said what got him started on the path to becoming an auctioneer was attending livestock auctions with his grandpa. Like many children, he was enamored with the auction chant and would try to emulate it while at play. Whoa! Where had I heard those exact words before? Twelve years earlier after having just been crowned the 2000 World Champion Livestock Auctioneer, Max Olvera, told me in the interview room in Bakersfield, California, that what got him interested in becoming an auctioneer in the first place was, “Going to cattle auctions with his grandfather.” Grandfathers take note: It seems the number one requirement for becoming a great auctioneer is having a grandpa who likes to attend livestock auctions! In Max’s case, it was at a very early age too. He was only seven years old when he caught the auction bug for good after listening to auctioneers and becoming curious about their chants. After that he went to auctions every weekend and after school on Tuesdays, and by the time he was eight he was performing for anyone who would listen . . . and plenty of folks did. After all, how many times do you see an eight-year-old kid who can auctioneer like a pro? I know young boys are known for talking gibberish real fast but Max actually made sense. By the age of eleven Max was featured on the hit television show, Real People, as the youngest auctioneer in the country, from that point forward people just wanted to hear Max chant. Then and now it’s like listening to Sinatra; as pleasing to the ear as a slot machine paying off a mega-millions jackpot. Two years later Max competed in his very first World Livestock Auctioneer Contest and although he didn’t win in that first year, he did leave a lasting legacy. Some of the old timers were so upset about being


beaten by a 13 year old that the Livestock Marketing Association, which has produced all 49 of the contests, enacted what has since come to be called “The Max Rule.” Henceforth you had to be 18 years old to compete. For Max it was like waiting to be old enough to drive, or tall enough to ride the Matterhorn at Disneyland. It was a long five-year wait until he could legally compete again. It didn’t take Max long before he was turning heads at the contest for another reason besides being cute, or as a novelty act. At the age of 21 he won a spot at the contest amongst the top ten livestock auctioneers in the country. Bailey Ballou was an exception this year when he won it in only his fourth try. Most winners take years before they win the world title. Even for a seasoned pro like Max it took 13 years before he brought the trophy and all the loot back home with him to Turlock, California. As Max says, “You've got to keep after it." And Max has. He was never going to be content with being a cute child prodigy. He wanted to be remembered for more than being on a TV show, and so he set himself on a path that would someday make him an auction owner and industry leader. For 18 years, Max was the manager and lead auctioneer at the Cattlemen's Livestock Market in Galt, California, where he turned it into one of the leading markets in the west. But Max wanted a piece of the pie. I remember him telling me that he wanted something that he could hand over to his boy. So a few years back he teamed up with Bud and Karen Cozzitorto as a co-owner and set about transforming Turlock Livestock Auction Market. It was already a leading auction in the state as a dairy market and Max gave it the added dimension of being one the best beef markets as well. There’s an auction there now three days per week. The refurbished, expanded and state of the art auction market is just up the road from one of the largest cheese plants in the country and is centrally located in the largest dairy state’s milk shed. They market 100,000 head of livestock annually and in addition they have added a real estate sales division,

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Turlock Realty Associates, Inc., where they market their customers beef ranches, dairy farms, and milk pool quota. Several years ago Max’s dear friend, Andy Peek, asked Max to become a part of Western Video Market, even though they were competitors, with Max in Galt and Andy managing the family’s Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood. Although Andy is sorely missed after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, Max, like Andy is beloved by all who know him and he shares the same philosophy that Andy believed in: sound with service sells. Now Max has rightfully joined two other World Champions, John Rodgers and Rick Machado, who won it the year before Max, as Western Video’s lead auctioneers. When David Macedo won the contest a short while later it capped off what was clearly California’s Golden Age of auctioneers. Another interesting thing about Max is that, unlike most auctioneers behind the mike today, Max never went to auction school. He says he learned the chant by listening. Although he might not want this repeated, at the grand old age of ten Max got a job on a ranch. A GOAT RANCH! While he was caring for the goats he could hear the sound of an auctioneer at a nearby auction market. The rest is history. Max wanted to make the road a little easier for those aspiring Colonels who wanted to follow in his footsteps. So along with Jim Pennington, Skinner Hardy and his auctioneering idol, Ralph Wade, who won the title in 1974 and is recognized as one of the best of all time, they started the World Champion School of Auctioneering. The school produced a World Champion from its first graduating class: Trent Stewart. Amongst those aspiring students who attend, Max is always mentioned as favorite teacher. Max has also become a favorite of the good folks at the Livestock Marketing Association Livestock Market Digest

as he is always ready, and infinitely able, to promote the auction method of selling whenever and wherever he’s called upon. He currently serves as a Director on the Livestock Marketing Association’s Board. World Champions are not allowed to compete in the contest again after they have won so what does a Champion do for an encore. In Max’s case, he wanted to host the championship at his market in Turlock. It’s a big commitment, both in terms of time and money, but according to those who attended this year’s event, Max, his partners, and his crew pulled it off in very fine fashion. The LMA produces the contest each year to promote the auction method of selling livestock; which results in true price discovery and sets the cash market for all other methods of selling. The contest just seems to get bigger and better each year as more and more people, even outside of our industry, react like Max and Bailey Ballou did when they first heard the sound of an auctioneer: they are mesmerized. This year’s contest was the final event of three days of activities including a scintillating speech by a Nebraska girl, Teresa Scanlan, who besides being a great promoter of beef also happens to be Miss America 2011. The LMA’s auction for its PAC was a rousing success, as was their golf tournament earlier in the week. LMA’s Board Meeting was fittingly presided over by outgoing LMA President and former World Champion, David Macedo. One of the very special events that Max planned at this year’s contest was an evening barbecue at the nearby Double T Ranch. During the evening’s festivities Max wanted to honor Skinner Hardy, California’s Godfather of livestock auctioneers who won the contest so long ago they didn’t even have cars. At least on Mackinac Island, Michigan, where the contest was held. Skinner was the fourth man to win the contest after it was started in 1963, at Denver’s Cosmopolitan Hotel. At the initial contest 23 contestants sold the same 20 head of cattle over and over again. This year Max paraded 4,000 head of cattle in front of the contestants, including a beef and dairy cow each, along with stockers and feeders. The contest was held at hotels until 1967, when it traveled to its first LMA member market. Since then the WLAC has been held at member markets like Max’s around the U.S. and Canada. Next year will be the big 50th anniversary of the contest. After the contest grew to as many as 150 contestants the LMA decided to host regional qualifying contests and the move has been 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

a good one, both in terms of the quality of final contestants and the added exposure the extra contests have brought the auction business. You never know when a young boy like Max might attend one of these regional contests and be inspired to one day be a bid caller. Hardy, Rodgers, Machado, Macedo, and Max, it’s a lineage of auctioneers who created what has come to be called the “California Style” of auctioneering. It can best be described as rapid-fire quick, momentum building and done with showmanship and salesmanship. You could see and hear its influence in the voices of 33 semifinalists who competed at Turlock this year. Although only one contestant went home as the World Champion from Turlock this year the real winners were the consignors and buyers who participated in the World Championship Sale. That was was especially fitting and gratifying to the man who was entranced by the sound that sells when he went to auctions with his grandfather so many years ago. For as World Champion Auctioneer and Grand Champion Person Max Olvera is fond of saying, “If you don't take care of the buyers and sellers, there won’t be any.” — by Lee Pitts


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ot very many commercial ranchers raise some of their own bulls, but Dale Edwards, a rancher near Salmon, Idaho says he’s been doing that for many years and found it’s a good way to work toward his goals in raising good market calves and replacement heifers. When selecting replacements he tends to pick his biggest heifers — and he can get away with doing this because his calves are very uniform in size and there’s not much difference between his heaviest and lightest calves. His average cow size is not huge and he’s not pushing the envelope toward larger cows when keeping the bigger heifers. “The larger heifers reach puberty quicker, and you don’t have to feed them as much or push them as hard to get them to breeding size. Selecting them is just the first step and not too difficult; getting them bred is what takes good management,” he says. He gives the heifers a chance to grow to yearling age before making selections, which helps identify the ones that continue to grow well (and weren’t just bloomy with baby fat from a lot of milk). “I background all my heifers. I sell the extra as yearlings, and this

is when I sort off my replacement heifers,” he says. Edwards generally has no problem keeping his larger heifers. If the current frame size of the cows is already what a person wants, and the cowherd is not continually creeping upward in frame size by keeping the larger heifers, this works. “This all harks back to your breeding program. I AI my cows, and am a stickler about breeding to moderate size bulls. I do this for several reasons, but it does allow me to save my biggest heifers for replacements,” he explains. He uses moderate size bulls, with medium milk. If a person keeps using bulls with high milk production you eventually end up with cows that give too much milk and can’t rebreed in most western range environments. Edwards prefers to select for moderate, balanced traits. “There’s not a lot of paper work to keep track of these things. I don’t like a lot of paperwork. If a person can do it the old fashioned way, the cattle can be just as productive, without trying to keep track of numbers, sorting by numbers, worrying about calves losing tags, etc. It can be too

complicated and time consuming. If you can do these things without all that paperwork, you haven’t wasted so much time,” he says. “I used to do a lot of computer work with our cattle, when these things first came out and everyone was excited about keeping track of calf weights and all the other records. But I found that for culling nonproductive cows, I don’t need paperwork. I tag every calf, and instead of weighing them like I used to, and noting that certain cows had the lightest 10 calves in the herd, I just wean my calves and sort off the lightest 10. I know which cows their mother’s are, and it didn’t take all that work to collect the data. I tried it the other way for six years but a person can do the same thing with less labor. Time is valuable, especially today when labor is hard to find,” says Edwards. After he selects the heifers he wants to breed, he synchronizes them with the MGA protocol. “I breed all of them AI and put in cleanup bulls. With this system, synchronizing them, you actually need more bulls because the ones that don’t settle to the AI will all come into heat at the same time for their next cycle,” he says. “But we have an earlier calf crop because we get 60 percent of them bred early. The second time around you get another 60 percent of what’s left. So about 80 to 85 percent of those heifers are bred in about 46 days, instead of 70 percent bred in 45 days, which is typical when breeding without synchronization. Plus the earlier calf is a little bigger in the fall when you wean — and the heifer should be able to breed back quicker,” he says. This gives the young cow a chance for another cycle.

Dale Edwards: “We have an earlier calf crop because we get 60 percent of them bred early.”


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“There’s a lot more management involved in retaining that heifer — making sure she stays in the herd — than just the selection process. I can usually get about 95 percent of them bred within 45 days, but then it takes more management to get them bred back again.” He wants heifers that reach puberty quickly, but not fat. “Overweight heifers don’t breed as well as heifers in moderate condition. I try to get them to 700 pounds as fast as possible, using a little corn or barley and good hay until they reach that weight. Then I back them off to where they’re just getting hay. They are still gaining and doing well, but won’t be overweight,” says Edwards. “My dad thought you could flush them with good feed (cows or heifers) but that only works if they are thin — to help make them cycle. When my dad started out 70 years ago, these animals were not in the condition we keep them now, and heifers weren’t bred until they were two years old, to calve at three years of age. It was a harsher environment — harder to put up hay, harder to get them through winter,” he says. “Today we don’t let cattle lose condition in winter and we feed them more while they are growing, and heifers stay in better condition. They breed quicker and milk better and have healthier calves. This is what we learned through experience,” he says. “My dad, Edgar Edwards, was one of the first ranchers in our valley to breed yearling heifers, to calve at two years old. He was also one of the first to use early spring calving (February) instead of late spring. Dad calved in February, mainly to be able to breed his cows AI before they went to the range.” Edgar Edwards was one of the first ones to use AI in Lemhi County. “He got some university professors from Illinois to come out and do it, in 1959-1960. In order to AI the cows have to be in a small pasture, not out on the range. Dad was really into genetics and working with AI to improve his cattle. So this was one of the main reasons to bunch up his cattle and feed them well enough through winter that they would be fertile and able to be bred AI before summer turnout,” says Edwards. “This increased our calf size in the fall because we were having earlier calves. It could be tough in a hard winter, however. We’ve dropped back about 15 days now, doing the synchronization. I don’t have to 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

push so early in the spring.” The heifers are bred AI about the 20th of April, and he turns the bulls in with the rest of the cows. He tries to select bulls that will sire the type of heifers he wants. “There are more EPDs to look at, every year. Some of the traits people select for are just the opposite of other traits they want. If you focus on feed efficiency, you probably won’t get the highest growth or high milk production. There are some bulls that do everything fairly well, without extremes, and this is kind of what I look for,” he says. “I do have certain standards on performance, since this is the most money-making part of the cow business. Feedlots love the carcass traits, but if the animals can’t perform well in the feedlot (reaching target weight in a short time), the carcass part doesn’t make up for that. Performance makes more money than the carcass quality,” he explains. “It’s getting harder to find a bull that stays within the standards I want,” he says. And when choosing a bull to raise daughters, you have to make sure he doesn’t sire heifers with bad udders or bad disposition.

“They are finally coming up with EPDs for disposition and this may help.” Edwards has also been raising his own bulls for the past 25 years, often sired AI from his best cows. “I usually keep six to eight brothers every year. With this process, the daughters and the herd become more uniform. They are almost like embryo transplant calves. That’s another reason my replacement heifers all look the same,” he says. It also makes his bulls less expensive. “I sell a bull at three or four years old for three times as much as what he would have brought as a weaned steer. The only expense I have in the bull is the AI cost and I am set up to do this,” says Edwards. “It takes labor, but with synchronization the labor drops to three days of work. This makes it not so labor-intensive but you do need a facility, and not expect to always get 70 percent of them bred with AI,” he says. “I do the genetic selection with semen I buy.” And by raising bulls from his own cows, he has a lot more idea about what he will get. — by Heather Smith Thomas


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FD-TV has become the most popular TV network for many farm and horseoriented families. A sister network, RURAL TV, has recently been launched. These programs were the brainchild of Patrick Gottsch. His daughter Raquel Gottsch is now Executive Vice President of her father’s company, which evolved from small beginnings 11 years ago. When she was growing up, her father installed satellite dishes for TV programs. “He would install these for people and then call them a week later to ask how they liked their satellite system. Most of them said they absolutely loved it, but asked why there were no programs for agriculture,” she recalls. “The satellite network programming had more than 200 channels, but nothing for the interests of people in rural America. My dad heard that comment so many times that he decided to do something about it,” says Gottsch. “He had no background in television, but decided that if no one else was going to do it, he would figure out how to do it himself. He tried to get funding, but no one would fund his idea,” she says. “One day he net with Charlie Ergan, head of DISH Network, and some investors, making a pitch for his idea. Charlie pulled him aside and told my dad that they would never ‘get it’, and suggested he launch RFDTV as a non-profit channel. Charlie had to give a certain amount of channel space to non-profit groups. He told my dad that he wouldn’t make any money with it the first year, anyway, so why not do it this way,” explains Gottsch. “So that’s what we did. My dad launched this network in December 2000. For the first seven years it was non-profit. In 2007 we turned for-profit, and it has continued to grow,” she says. RFD-TV is the first 24-hour channel dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America. This is a family-owned company, rather than a media conglomerate. “It’s sometimes a battle to get distribution deals because we


are not like ABC who has many channels like Disney and ESPN to leverage. But now we are in more than 41 million homes. We call ourselves television the way it used to be — a perfect mix of everything that’s involved with the rural lifestyle,” says Gottsch. Her father decided on this format because he’d met people who wanted to start an Ag channel, or an equine channel, and Willie Nelson wanted to start his own music and entertainment channel. “None of them were getting anywhere, so my dad thought it might work to take a little bit of everyone’s idea and make RFD-TV,” she says. “We just try to keep it all balanced — with about 20 percent ag programs, 20 percent equine, 20 percent rural lifestyle and about 25 percent music and entertainment and the rest is Superior Livestock Auctions,” she says. The auction sales are very important to people selling cattle, and other people are also interested — to know what cattle are selling for in different areas around the country. RFD-TV is a good mix of information, prices, news, entertainment and education. “We broadcast the FFA National Convention live for 30 hours during one week when they are in Indianapolis,” she says. At the recent FFA State Presidents Conference July 26, 2012 at the USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. her father, Patrick Gottsch, presented a record-setting, unrestricted contribution of $1 million to the National FFA Foundation. He told FFA President Ryan Best that “Our association with FFA has been such a rewarding experience, and contributed much to the success now being realized at RFD-TV. We are proud to be in a position to raise our level of support for the FFA, and we hope this contribution will encourage others to take note of the National FFA’s outstanding track record with youth and the importance of investing in our future.” RFD-TV has been a major sponsor of the National FFA Foundation, providing fund-

ing for live telecasts of the national convention and Expo, and weekly programming about FFA. The current gift will help establish new chapters and encourage more students to join FFA and provide more educational opportunity for agricultural students, according to FFA’s Ryan Best. RFD-TV’s success and popularity has grown phenomenally during the past few years. “We honor the values of rural America and our programs are becoming popular in urban areas as well. Many people are interested in where their food and fiber come from, or they want to retire to a small farm one day, or they want to remember how Grandpa farmed,” says Gottsch. These programs bring back memories, or connect them to their roots. Urban farming is also becoming popular, whether it’s backyard gardening or backyard chickens. “We have been out of space, for the last couple of years, on RFD-TV. There are many great programs we’ve wanted to include. That’s why we launched our new network, called RURAL TV. It’s similar, but focused on rural lifestyle and rural agribusiness. During the day we have a five-hour Market Day Report, broadcast live from the different board of trade floors in Chicago, Kansas City or Minneapolis,” she says. “We work closely with USDA — on everything from rural development to rural health care, forestry, food and nutrition, etc. We try to get the news out from USDA, and also have our Rural Evening News every night, Monday through Friday (7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern). It’s a half-hour news broadcast recapping the day’s events in rural America. We honor a farm family of the day at the conclusion of every broadcast — a short snippet about what they do, what crops they raise, where their kids go to school, which associations they are a part of, etc.” It’s a slice of rural America, which is different from what the mainstream news covers. “We put a positive spin on rural America and get the good stories out,” she says. “We also do weather reporting — the Livestock Market Digest

things that are important for farmers, like soil temperatures and precipitation. We provide news and information rural America needs, for conducting their business or planning trips for their family. We can tell them what the weather will be like at the State Fairs, for instance.” The two sister networks are counter-programmed so that when an ag program is on one there might be an equine program on the other. If a person is not interested in what’s going on with one channel they can switch to the other. “We don’t pay attention to the Nielson ratings; we just listen to our audience and find out what they want. We’ve also aligned ourselves with people who are very passionate about what they are doing. Clinton Anderson does his own show, Pat Parelli does his own, Julie Goodnight does her own, and this gives the viewer a touch of life out there, through many different lenses,” she says. The horse programming continues to grow. “We have some of the world’s best clinicians on RFD-TV, whether it’s Chris Cox or Dennis Reese. We have been listening to our audience and some of them tell us they love having these horse trainers but they want more competition and events. So RURAL TV will go around to different horse events. There will be a series on draft horses, and some of the horse associations,” says Gottsch. On DISH Network, RFD-TV is Channel 231 and RURAL TV is Channel 232. On DIRECT-TV it’s on Channel 345, and on cable systems it varies throughout the country. Their two websites are becoming very popular, as well: and is very focused on daily news of the equine industry and rural lifestyle in general. Gottsch remembers helping her father after school, when he was still installing satellite dishes. “I’d tear off the bar codes and get the paperwork ready, and on the weekend we’d go out and install them,” she says. She and her sister have been involved with RFD-TV since their father started it, and Raquel came on board full time after graduating from Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska) in 2007 with a degree in journalism and mass communications. “My sister graduated two years ago from the University of Texas. This is truly a family business and its fun. All the employees are 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

like a family and very passionate about what they do, in providing programming for rural America,” she says. “I am incredibly proud of my dad; most people don’t realize how hard it is to launch a new national network — and at the same time he raised two girls and coached softball teams, and never had a nanny to look after us. But for my sister and me, going to a television studio and watching cartoons on a 54-inch screen was fun, so we didn’t mind going to work with dad. But we were also sleeping on the couch at the studio until 3 a.m. while he was editing tapes. As I get older I appreciate more and more what he did and all he went through,” she says. “Our work is also our passion and very rewarding. I don’t know of any other network like ours. We can walk through an airport wearing an RFD-TV shirt and people come up and shake our hands and thank us for our network. We sometimes go on the air together to do promos and the audience feels like they know our family. We are as real as it gets,” she says.


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any nouns can fit Henry Vega’s life. He is a gentleman. A trucker. A golf course manager. A rancher. A craftsman. A friend. A cowboy. A man of morals. A bronc stomper. Many adjectives can also apply to Henry Vega. He is kind. Thoughtful. Tough. Helpful. Savvy. Dedicated. Faithful. Generous. Wise. Gallant. A hard worker. Even adverbs can be used to describe Henry, words like friendly and neighborly. However, though all those words can describe Henry, none can encompass the man. Henry is the best of the gallant, oldfashioned cowboy. He is the fiber that holds together the small ranching communities of the West. He is a man who can do it all. He is a friend who will lead the wedding march with his wife, Lucia, with dignity and style. He is a tough cowboy who won’t leave a gather, even when injured, until the work is done. He is a gentle godfather to a young girl 76 years younger than he is. He is the kind of man whose life steadily and surely builds communities and makes the West one of the greatest places in the world. Henry remembers with great fondness the early pioneers in New Mexico’s ranching and embodies their spirit, determination, and work ethic. He is a man who is known by today’s young cowboys as a tough, experienced, wise, “salty” cowman. And if his early-day mentors could see the cowman he

has become, they would say he was cut from their cloth, and they would be proud. Henry was born in Nogal, New Mexico, one of nine children. He grew up working, at ranches and at the Vega feed store. When he was 13, he got his chauffeur’s license. By the age of 14, he was driving trucks, hauling both feed and cattle. Once, when 14-yearold Henry was about 70 miles from home, a farmer couldn’t believe that such a young boy was hauling hay in a big truck, so he went out to the truck himself to see who the youngster was traveling with. When he opened the door, he noticed that young Henry had pillows to sit on so he could see over the steering wheel. The clutch and brakes had 2x4 pieces of wood wired to them so that Henry could reach them. The man closed the door and told Henry to tell his Dad that he could buy all the hay he wanted from him and he would see that they were treated right. When he wasn’t delivering the 700 tons of hay and feed that the Vega store sold annually, Henry was hauling livestock. He knew the back roads to every ranch in his portion of New Mexico, and knew who raised the best cattle . . . and also the worst. In those days, truckers would go to the ranch, pick up the cattle, and take them to the nearest set of railroad stockpens. Once Henry picked up a rancher’s cattle, he stayed with them until they were loaded

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onto the railroad boxcars that night. When Henry’s father suffered a heart attack in 1970, the Vegas sold the feed store and all their trucks. Henry wasn’t out of a job for long, because before the feed store closed a local came in and asked if he would manage the golf course in Carrizozo. Henry protested that he knew nothing about golf courses, but the local persisted that if Henry could grow grass on the golf course like he did at his house, he was good enough for the job. Henry worked like a rancher on the golf course and built it into a local attraction. Before his career was over, he’d been in charge of three different courses in the resort town of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Henry’s tireless management even garnered him an award for running one of the top 25 golf courses in the nation. Even as he was developing a reputation as a top notch golf course manager, Henry was also Deputy Brand Inspector. Any time the local brand inspector was busy, calls would be routed to Henry. “If I could help someone, I was always happy to do it,” he relates. Henry has been a Deputy Inspector for 42 years and worked with six different full time inspectors. Many nights, Henry and his brother, Sherriff Leandro Vega, stayed out all night, hoping to catch a known rustler in action. When the sun rose, Henry would head for his day job with the golf course, only to stake out again the next night until the rustler was caught. “You have to keep your wits about you and you have to watch,” says Henry. Once he was asked to write papers for a set of cattle, then asked again the next day to write papers on another set, but when he inspected them he realized that they were the same set of cattle. Henry wrote up the second set of papers, then notified the state office. A truck full of stolen cattle was apprehended before it crossed the state line. When Henry is in the company of his elected representatives, he always speaks to them in Spanish. While he was addressing New Mexico’s senior senator, Pete Domenici, in Spanish, Henry’s wife chided him for using his native language. Domenici interjected, “No, please, speak to me in Spanish. I need to use it so I don’t lose it.” Henry and his partner, Jack Vega, have ranched together for 20 years. But even a ranch of his own and part-time Deputy work with the livestock board don’t keep Livestock Market Digest

Henry from helping his son, John, with his ranch, and working with other neighbors to lend a hand. On one early morning gather, the cowboys were still together when Henry’s horse started bucking. Henry stuck in the saddle, but when the horse turned, he was thrown to the rocks. The other riders could tell he was badly hurt when he could hardly get up, but Henry insisted that they go on with the gather. He walked back to the highway, where he found an ambulance that had been called by another rider. When asked where the injured cowboy was, Henry replied that they had probably been called out for him, but they could just go on back to town because he wasn’t riding any ambulance. That night, John drove his Dad 120 miles to Roswell, where Henry’s daughter, Audrey, had her medical practice. Audrey read the X-rays, which confirmed that her father’s back was broken. She told Henry he’d have to take it easy for months while the back healed. But Henry had other ideas. When John got up at 4:00 a.m. to go help gather more cattle, Henry left with him. Though he got chewed on when the ranch owner saw

him, he stayed with the crew all day. As a concession to his broken back, he drove the pickup instead of riding a horse, but he refused to leave the work. A year later, Henry’s horse reared and crushed Henry’s upper leg between the saddle and the pipe corral. Henry knew it hurt, but kept cutting cattle, finally admitting he needed help when he couldn’t step out of the saddle because it was his left leg that was hurting. Again, the crew wanted to get Henry to the doctor, but he hauled three loads of calves to their new home before he finally let his wife, Lucia, and son John help him out of the pickup. Again, an x-ray confirmed that the bone was broken. Seventy nine years have taught Henry a lot about human nature. “You don’t really know anyone until you live with them or work with them,” he maintains. In life, and in work, a man’s true character surfaces. Those who live and work with Henry Vega say that he is just what he professes to be. A man solid to the core. A true friend. A tough cowboy. In short, Henry Vega is a man to ride the river with. — by Carol Wilson

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had Peterson, a rancher in the sandhills of north central Nebraska, was probably the first stockman in the U.S. to try “mob” grazing, short-duration highintensity grazing — many cattle on a small area of pasture, moved at least once a day to new pasture. He began on a small scale in 2001, feeling his way by trial and error, when his cattle were short of feed. “I wasn’t happy with the results of my rotation system because we were in a drought and unable to get a long enough recovery period. As an experiment I kept making the paddocks smaller and smaller, to try to extend the recovery period for my pastures. This produced fantastic results so I just keep doing this,” he explains. By the second year he was happy with what he was seeing, but still not very confident. “At that time I met Allan Savory who was speaking at a meeting. I had a chance to talk with him, read his book, and realized that what I was doing was what he called ultra-high stock density. There were stockmen in Africa doing something similar,” says Peterson. “Terry Gompert (Extension agent with University of Nebraska) and Neil Dennis (a Canadian rancher) came to my place to put on a tour in 2007. Savory was the featured speaker. Then someone started calling this mob grazing, and the name stuck,” he says. “When I started doing this, it was out of necessity,” says Peterson. Talking with Savory gave him the confidence to try it with more acres. Mob grazing not only increases the stocking capacity on a piece of land, but is also an incredible way to restore pastures that have been overused. “Our species diversity in these pastures has increased tremendously. We keep finding new plants every year,” says Peterson. This greatly multiplies pasture productivity. Some ranchers mob graze a pasture multiple times per year. “I use a much longer recovery period — a year or longer, in some cases, and continue to get more diversity in plant species. My pastures need a longer rest because I’m in a more brittle environment,”


he says. “My pastures grow more total forage now than they did earlier. I’ve greatly increased my stocking rate, but I’d still have enough forage for my cattle even if it didn’t rain for a year,” he explains. Originally his ranch ran 300-400 cows, but today he can run double that, and also brings in 700 stockers to graze for six months. “We are mimicking nature. My background in the livestock business was with buffalo. My family had buffalo for a long time,” says Peterson. He was always interested in trying to understand herd dynamics of buffalo, thinking about how they would have behaved 1000 years ago when they were not confined. “They traveled in herds and moved a lot — eating out one place and then moving on — the same thing Savory observed in Africa with wild herbivores. This is what I do, trying to keep my animals bunched and moving them as often as I can,” he says. Peterson has 5,000 acres and pastures all of it with 1,000 cattle. He doesn’t feed much hay in winter. “My neighbors put up hay, so I buy some for blizzard emergencies.” His advice to anyone thinking about doing mob grazing is pay attention to stockmanship. “Knowing when to move cattle is both science and art,” he says. A person must have a feel for this, and for the animal/plant interactions — the animals, the land and the vegetation. You can’t just follow a book. “You are constantly adjusting to your mistakes. For example, if you moved them too soon, you don’t know that until you’ve waited too long. And if you waited too long, you don’t know that until you move them too soon.” It’s a constant balancing act, adjusting and fine-tuning. Some western ranches have a few hay meadows that can be watered, and the rest is dryland native pasture — in mountainous or high desert environment. “You can put the cattle in your small piece of more productive pasture and do a good job of intensive grazing and use the other pastures as needed. You’ll see a huge response from the small amount that you did right. This gets

you much farther than doing a large amount half way,” he says. “For a few years I had 600 acres I mob grazed, and it changed my whole ranch. It totally took the pressure off the rest of it, giving it a longer recovery period, so it became healthier and produced better,” he explains. Traditionally wet meadows or places that can be irrigated are cut for hay and the hillsides/mountain pastures grazed during growing season. Peterson started doing the opposite — mob grazing green meadows and using the hills for winter grazing when grasses on those fragile soils are dormant. He divided the meadows into long narrow strips, and further divides them with temporary electric fence into paddocks less than an acre in size, moving cattle five or more times each day. He only grazes each small piece once during growing season and then gives it a year to recover. By 2005 it only took three acres per day to feed 900 pairs on his best meadows. These sites were where the previous rancher had fed hay, in calving areas. This increased soil nutrients by adding more litter and manure. “The first year I tried mob grazing, we were going along at about 15 acres per day, and when we hit that old feed ground the cattle were satisfied on three acres. It wasn’t creating that much more tonnage, but the nutrient content of the forage was higher; it was more nutritious.” With a long recovery period and high stock density, there is always something growing that is palatable and nutritious. “In September it’s our Maximillian sunflowers. When you travel around my part of the country there are sunflowers along road ditches but you never see them in pastures,” says Peterson. They died out years ago because they never had a chance to mature, and today most pastures are grazed too often for them to become re-established. “All my meadows are full of sunflowers in the fall, and it’s the first thing cattle eat when they go into a new piece. These are very high in sugar content this time of year, and fantastic forage. We have a lot of standing, headed-out forage and people think I’ve Livestock Market Digest

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ederal lands issues are nothing new to Arizona rancher Jeff Menges, who represents Region VI — Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California and Hawaii on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors and Executive Committee and was the driving force behind the Federal Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2012 (H.R. 5744), now making its way through both chambers of Congress. The idea for the catastrophic fire legislation first took root at the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s Mid Year meeting in 2011, held in northern New Mexico with fires burning on both sides of the resort, Jeff said. “The goal of the bill is to be able to go onto federal lands to remove fire fuels with grazing and do some thinning and timber harvest by mechanical means,” he explained. “It’s not rocket science. It’s a commonsense, free market solution, which should generate a lot of jobs.” The legislation would allow areas of concern to be nominated and evaluated for fuel loads, using criteria developed by the Rocky Mountain Experiment Station. If the situation is deemed an emergency, environmental evaluation and consultations take place quickly to allow action to take place. It also includes language to minimize the threat of lawsuits. “The bill lets us treat excessive fuel loads as the emergency, rather than the fires,” he noted. “It is exciting to see the progress we have made,” Jeff continued. “I think we went about it the right way. This bill was a grassroots proposition which we developed into policy for the NCBA and National Public Lands Council (PLC). We worked our way up to the national level, worked with the House Resources Committee to develop the language, then brought the bill to Congress.” As a rancher, especially when your operation includes federal grazing permits, you spend a big part of your time dealing with drought and federal agencies, and Jeff is no exception. In the early 1990s, he was


involved on the national level as NCBA Federal Lands Committee Chairman fighting cattle reduction issues. “They really had us on the defensive, and were constantly coming out with new policies and regulations — all aimed at reducing the number of cattle on public lands,” he said. “For a while, it seemed like we were back in Washington, D.C. every month fighting those battles.” In the mid-1990s, he teamed up with the ACGA to win a precedent-setting ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association & Jeff Menges vs. the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management, which established parameters for how federal agencies could apply the Endangered Species Act to grazing permits. “They tried to kick our cattle out of the river because it was potential habitat for the Pygmy Owl and Razorback Sucker under the ESA,” he explained. “We won the case, which forced them to look only at occupied habitat.” He later won an administrative appeal against the BLM on a similar issue. As NCBA Region VI Vice-President, Jeff works to maintain close contact with the industry associations in the states he represents. “In this position, my big focus is making sure that grassroots’ views are taken to NCBA and are heard by NCBA,” he explained. In 2006, Jeff again served as Chairman of NCBA’s Federal Lands Committee. Since 2007, he has chaired the Youth Activities Task Force, working to bring more young people to — and get them involved in — NCBA meetings and events. The Task Force developed contests for kids aged 9 to 19, including livestock judging, public speaking, team marketing and quiz bowl. At this year’s NCBA convention, the contests’ fourth year, 350 young people participated. Jeff grew up on his family’s ranch in western New Mexico, near Glenwood, and says he has known since he was a freshman in high school that he wanted to be a rancher. “I was one of the really lucky people who knew what I wanted to do at an early age.”

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After graduating from high school in Cliff, he attended New Mexico State University and graduated with degrees in Animal Science and Range Science. “I knew that my parents didn’t think they were treated fairly by the Forest Service, so wanted to get the Range Science degree to be better able to speak that language.” Jeff was a member of NMSU’s Livestock Judging team in 1974-75 under Neil Burcham, and says livestock judging was the best experience of his college career, and the most valuable later in life. He has continued his love of the contest by coaching local livestock judging teams, and has coached two state champion and three reserve champion Safford FFA judging teams and three state champion Graham County 4-H teams. Two weeks after his college graduation, Jeff’s grandmother signed a note at the bank with him, which he used to buy 20 Angus cows, and he’s been in the cow business ever since. He partnered with his parents to buy a ranch in 1976, and bought what is now his family’s home ranch in 1984. Today, Jeff and his wife Suzanne run commercial crossbred cattle on two ranches in southeastern Arizona, between Clifton and Safford. Located in intermediate country, between the desert and the mountains, they breed their commercial cows to Angus bulls, and market their calves as yearlings in the spring through Superior Livestock Auction. They get two growing seasons, depending on winter moisture for annual grasses and growing perennials with summer monsoons. “When we do make winter feed, we Livestock Market Digest

get quick gain on the calves. The problem is that we haven’t gotten much moisture at all the past few years,” Jeff said. Because of the drought, the family has reduced their herd by about 25 percent. Jeff and Suzanne have three sons, all agricultural economics majors, who all help out on the ranch as work and school schedules allow. Mark works in Safford for Open Loop Energy as a representative to the mines; Ben a senior at the University of Arizona, plans to return to the ranch after graduation; and Luke is a junior at the U of A. Jeff said, “this is a family operation and Suzanne and the boys have played important roles that have been a big part of our success.” Involvement in industry associations is a family affair for Jeff and Suzanne. “My parents were always involved, and taught me that it’s important to have associations representing us because we can’t do it ourselves,” he explained. Jeff is a past president of both the Cochise-Graham Cattle Growers’ Association and the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, and is a past chairman and vice-chairman of the ACGA’s Federal Lands Committee. Jeff also serves on the Safford BLM Steering Committee, and is a past member of the Arizona Resource Advisory Council. Suzanne is just finishing her term as president of the Arizona State CowBelles, and was recently elected Region VI Vice President for the American National Cattlewomen. — by Callie Gnatkowski Gibson

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otational grazing enables stockmen to increase the health, productivity, and stocking rates on pastures by giving plants periodic rest for regrowth before grazing them again. In the past two decades some stockmen have been pushing this concept even farther with short-duration grazing, moving cattle more often and breaking pastures into smaller segments. Management intensive grazing (MIG) involves moving the cattle frequently, grazing the top part of the plants and moving on to new pasture. Mike Kossler, who manages Eagle Valley Ranch near Salmon, Idaho, says this ranch began using management intensive grazing several years ago. Their MIG system has increased pasture productivity and allows cattle to graze longer into the winter — greatly reducing winter feed costs. The original ranch (4,000 acres) was purchased by Nikos and Val Monoyois in May, 2003. “In recent years three more ranches were added, making a total of 6,000 acres. We typically run 600-700 cows,” says Kossler. “Our BLM range permit is small — about 11,500 acres. Traditionally it was used for spring turnout, bringing cows home in summer and going back out in August and September. That didn’t work very well because it was too hot and dry. We changed it to a fall grazing permit, for dry cows. We keep the weaned calves on irrigated pastures and turn the cows out from September 15 until December 15,” he says. “We calve late, starting about March 20th, to stay away from cold weather, since everything calves outside,” he says. Even though calves are only about seven months old at sale time, by doing intensive grazing the ranch is able to sell 600-pound calves. In 2004 Kossler attended the Lost River Grazing Academy’s grass management school. “Jim Gerrish and several county agents put this on. They discuss everything from cattle nutrition to grass physiology, what it takes for grass to grow, promoting better pasture management, and looking at


ways to reduce reliance on hay,” he explains. “The goal is to let cows harvest their own forage through winter. We’re basically grass farmers, marketing our grass through the cattle. I wanted to do a better job. The past two years we’ve been holding the school here on Eagle Valley Ranch,” says Kossler. The owners agreed to make the necessary changes for intensive grazing. “We’re set up for moving the cattle every 24 hours. We assess the grass in these pasture cells and want it about 6 to 10 inches high when we go in, and at least 3 to 4 inches left when we leave that cell. At that height, there are some bottom leaves left on the plant and it recovers faster. If it’s only a stalk, it can’t utilize sunshine and takes longer to grow back. Depending on the time of year, we may not come back to that same piece of ground for 30-60 days, or even 90 days. In mid-July, for instance, grass slows down and doesn’t grow as fast and needs more time to recover,” says Kossler. “And at some point we have to leave residual grass for winter. Many ranches in our area use continuous grazing (no rotations), and everything is eaten off before winter. But if you leave some grass, the next spring it will start growing more quickly,” he says. “All our irrigated pastures are cell grazed. In the spring there may not be much grass. We might have 300-400 cows on 200 acres, so they are spread more broadly. We let them top if off and go to the next. By the time the grass really comes, we graze smaller areas more intensively. The cows might then be on 1.5 to 3 acres.” The ranch made a lot of improvements in fencing and water tanks. “On the pivots we use one steel wire and cut the pivots in two by going in a circle around the tower. Off that steel wire we can run fingers or take legs of fence out. Now we can set those fences to where the pivot can walk over them if needed and they just pop back up. Usually when cows are in a pasture we try not to water it until they leave, and the nice

thing about a pivot is that you can run it up to the cows, then reverse it,” he says. Flood irrigating doesn’t have that option. The ranch also has about 3,000 acres of dry grazing for the cows when they come back from the range in December or late November. “We’ve run a hot wire on that also, so we can make the cows use some of that drier feed that they typically won’t use because they prefer to stay in the bottoms,” says Kossler. “After backgrounding our calves for 45 days in green pastures we have some feed left for the cows. Sometimes we’ll bring in some of the cows that aren’t doing quite as well on the dry feed and put them on the pasture aftermath,” he says. With the MIG system they are usually able to let cows keep grazing into February or even the first of March with no hay — just a protein supplement (corn gluten). “This was longer than I ever dreamed we could do,” says Kossler. “When you cut winter hay consumption from 2.5 tons per cow down to 1.5 tons it makes a huge difference, especially with the price of hay. We’re taking care of the plants better, to feed the cows. No matter the size of your operation, this works — especially in drought years when the plants are stressed. If you harvest just part of the grass and move on, it can recover a lot better than if you just keep grazing the same area,” he says. “Our goal is year-round grazing, though we haven’t quite made it work in our valley because of snow. But this grazing system has really reduced our feed costs. Most people can do this and stay out of their hay pile longer. Ranchers have a very small profit margin. Even with the better prices these last few years, our costs keep going up. You can only do so much at the top end to increase production. The key is in cutting costs. We have to find ways to let cows graze longer in winter,” he says. “We ran all our 2006 expenses through a computer program to find out what our hay Livestock Market Digest

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he term mob grazing describes short duration high-intensity grazing — with many cattle on a small area of pasture, moved at least once a day and preferably several times a day to a new section of pasture. How often you move them, however, depends on the animals, the land, grass and climate. Management strategies are different on arid rangeland in the West. Mob grazing is an excellent tool for increasing the health of soils and plants, improving pasture productivity, allowing stockmen to graze more cattle on fewer acres, or extend their grazing period longer in fall or winter. Some have gone to yearround grazing, no longer feeding hay. Ranchers in arid western states, however, have been reluctant to try this in their harsh environment. Gary Wofford, near Pueblo, Colorado, began a mob grazing program in 2008, and says it changed his situation dramatically. He feels the greatest potential for improving soils and grass production is in the West, where some areas have suffered damage from overgrazing. These areas have a huge potential for increasing productivity by changing grazing management to allow longer recovery time for the plants. “When I bought my ranch (10 sections of land) in 2006, it had been grazed conventionally (season-long grazing) for its entire existence. The recommended stocking rate in 2006 by NRCS was 125 cow/calf pairs year round. For the first two years I grazed

120-150 pairs until I got fencing and water sources partially developed in the summer of 2008 to be able to rotate pastures and graze them more intensively for shorter periods. For the past two years I’ve been running the equivalent of 500 pairs year round,” he says. “This is about four times the recommended stocking rate, and the grass has improved phenomenally. The NRCS is thrilled. I am thrilled. I think almost any ranch in the West that has been conventionally grazed can double the stocking rate after the first year of management change, and double it again over the next couple years,” says Wofford. “My cost of gain on yearlings, or cost to produce a calf is about ¼ of what it was in the past, on this ranch.” He hasn’t fed any hay to his cattle for several years. He feels that with well-planned grazing, there is no need for winter feed — especially in his region where snow doesn’t get too deep. “One form of increasing effective stocking rate is to keep cattle numbers the same and eliminate winter feeding, just by having ample grass for winter grazing. Then, after the costs of running cattle are lower, a person can increase cattle numbers. I recently saw an estimate that 70 percent of cost of production on the average cow/calf operation is for winter feed, and this can often be eliminated,” says Wofford. He increased production on his 10 sections by putting a water source in the center

of each section, and dividing each one into 4 smaller pastures with permanent electric fencing. “I now have 42 permanent pastures to utilize for grazing management. Having this many pastures allows me flexibility to graze for animal performance and for health of the grass.” This is the balance that must be achieved, to sustain good grass production. Woffard feels that most conventionally managed ranches are only concerned with animal performance and have damaged the grass. Originally his ranch had only two water sources — a creek on the western border and one stock tank on the eastern side (well water). The cattle didn’t want to walk two miles to water, and overgrazed near the water sources while underutilizing forage at the far corners. By putting a water source in each section, he was able to more uniformly use the pasture, and minimize overuse of certain areas. “Many ranchers spend a lot of time and energy taking hay to cattle, when all they need to do is take the cows to the grass, and give the grass a chance to be more productive,” he says. By allowing grass to fully recover prior to grazing, it’s taller and shades the ground. Moisture from rain or snow is retained, rather than running off or evaporating. “Wet ground isn’t exposed to hot sun and wind. The grass roots are stronger,” he says. Taller grass plants not only hold more moisture, but also allow more plant matter to be trampled onto the soil surface when a small area is grazed by a large herd. This acts as mulch and further increases water retention and slows evaporation. As grass plants grow taller, with stronger root systems, they are healthier and more drought resistant. “Most of my neighbors had nothing but dry, brown grass last sum-

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mer during our drought, while I had green grass growing longer. When I looked back at my records, we received less than 4 inches of rain from July 1, 2010 through July 1, 2011 and its dry again this year. Most of my neighbors are destocking and I maintained my same stocking rate. This year’s drought has not affected my bottom line and I am still able to make my mortgage payments — which I would not have been able to do with reduction in cattle numbers.” “We were really dry, this past year, but that’s a good time to evaluate your program to see if you are making progress. On a wet year, it’s easy to have an optimistic outlook on things, but when you go through some dry years you find out if you are doing it correctly,” says Wofford. With taller grass, and rapid moves through many pastures, cows select a diet from the top 1/3 to 1/2 of the plant and then move on. The result is quicker recovery for grass and better animal performance. The fly problem is also reduced. “Horn flies move onto fresh cow pies to breed and lay eggs. About two weeks later the new flies hatch, but by then the cattle are a mile or more away from that place — and flies generally won’t travel more than one-quarter of a mile to find a cow. They die, without a cow to feed on. By moving rapidly through pastures and far enough away from the next generation of flies, they aren’t a problem,” says Wofford. Internal parasites are also reduced. Worm eggs from manure hatch and the larva crawl onto nearby forage plants to be eaten by cattle — but are always close to ground level. If cattle are moved frequently, and never eat plants very close to the ground, they don’t ingest worm larvae. Intensive grazing is healthier for the cattle in many ways. “The biggest advantage of a family ranching situation like mine is that you are your own boss and can do what you want — such as try an innovative grazing system. With a corporation you have a board of directors telling you what to do, and if you have to use public land the government agency tells you. It’s a lot easier if you have total control over how you graze, than if someone else is dictating the methods,” says Wofford. On his own land he can be as innovative as needed. Gary and his wife Vicky are a good team, making this program work. — by Heather Smith Thomas 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

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utherlin Farms is nestled in the center of the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. Bob and Laurie Sutherlin were married 31 years ago and have spent their life together farming and ranching near Stevensville. Bob was born and raised there, and Laurie has lived in that area since she was in kindergarten. “I was born in Cut Bank, Mont., but my parents moved to the Bitterroot when I was a child,” says Laurie. Bob’s love for ranching began when he was in high school. “I started buying cows and renting pasture with a youth loan from the state of Montana. Laurie and I bought our present ranch after renting it for 10 years. We still rent most of the land that we farm, and a lot of pasture,” he says. When they moved onto the place it had some old buildings, but no house. As the operation grew, they built their own small feedlot, and a home. Their oldest son Chad has spent his life farming and ranching with them. “As a small child he used to sleep in the tractor with me while I was farming. No matter what we were doing, Chad wanted to go with us,” says Bob. Chad now has his own herd of Red and Black Angus and married his high school sweetheart, Lacey Hunter. “Our other son Cody grew up loving rodeo,” says Bob. Cody graduated from Montana Tech in Butte and received a degree in Mining Engineering. He and his wife Jessica work for Rio Tinto in California.

They still have horses and cattle at the ranch and come home whenever possible — and always help with the annual bull sale. Sutherlins raised commercial cattle initially, and started breeding registered Red Angus in 1990. “The foundation of our herd came from John Robbins, a longtime friend and neighbor at the Double Fork Ranch. Genetics include Umpire 1000, Heavenly 8141, Golden Boy 719, Bitterroot Gold 25XA and Monu 2X,” says Bob. The ranch has 200 commercial cows and 400 registered cows. “We evaluate the cows for udder and foot quality. We want our bulls and heifers to be high quality, functional, productive cattle with longevity,” says Laurie. For the first 15 years they sold bulls by private treaty, and then had their first bull sale in March 2010. They built a sale facility at the ranch and have been working with Joe and John Goggins selling about 100 Red Angus bulls each year. They grow and feed the bulls in their own feedlot, using corn silage and a protein supplement with a ration designed for 3 lb/day gain. Only the top 50 percent of the bull calves are offered, and each bull is selected for soundness, structure, performance, calving ease, growth and total maternal EPDs. All bulls sold are guaranteed to pass a breeding soundness exam. Females are marketed primarily by private treaty except for about 20 registered

Bob and Laurie Sutherlin were married 31 years ago and have spent their life together farming and ranching.

and 80 commercial heifers sold during the annual March sale. They also consign a couple each year to the NILE sale in Billings. “We keep the top 2/3 of the heifers and sell the others as bred heifers,” says Bob. All replacement heifers are fed a maintenance ration in the feedlot in the spring, and synchronized through a MGA protocol and bred Timed AI, to begin calving February 1. “About 250 of the cows are synchronized using a 7-day CIDR protocol. Our son Chad and my dad do the AI,” says Laurie. “Some years we’ve had some nasty weather. We calve outdoors, and a bad winter makes it a lot of work. But when the calf crop hits the ground, it’s all worthwhile,” says Bob. During winter they use their feedlot to grow their bull calves and a few other bulls, feeding about 300 to 350 young bulls. “We wean our commercial calves and feed them — along with any bull calves we band — for 45 days and then sell those calves on contracts,” says Bob. “We raise most of our own feed, including alfalfa, wheat, oats, barley and some corn for silage. We lease a lot of good farm ground and farm about 1,200 acres. Last year, with high feed costs, we tried something new. We raised some yellow peas to use in our bull ration, to see if we could get away from some of the high-priced corn. These MontTec Peas (raised here in Montana) are pretty good. We worked with West Feeds to get our ration set up,” says Bob. Sutherlin Farms has full-time help; Caleb Strain has worked as herdsman and equipment operator for four years. During the summer they also hire two irrigators, and Bob’s dad Albert also helps with some of the work. Each year, through selection of great genetics and vigorous culling, the Sutherlins hope to improve the group of bulls they offer for sale, and improve the quality of their replacement females. Their annual sale (first Friday every March) takes a lot of work and planning, and the success is due to teamwork between the family and many friends and neighbors. “We try to offer different groups of bulls out of the same sire. For us, the calving ease bulls are easiest to sell,” says Bob. “There is always a lot of work to do at Sutherlin Farms but we wouldn’t want it any other way. Farming and ranching is in our blood and we plan to continue doing the same for years to come.” — by Heather Smith Thomas


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youngster who isn’t old enough to be enrolled in school throws a loop. The loop is true, so the young cowboy takes a dally, turns his horse and spurs to the branding fire. A proud Mama and Daddy are likely at the fire, along with aunts and uncles, grandparents and neighbors. There will be a lot of food available for consumption when the crew breaks for lunch. There is a lot of laughter and camaraderie as the calves are branded, vaccinated, and let loose. The closeness that comes from family and community working together is an important part of life to Lisa and Stuart Schmidt of the Cross S Ranch of Keldron, South Dakota. Community means a lot to the Schmidts. After all, Stuart’s part of the family has been part of the local community since 1910. Part of Lisa’s heritage harkens back to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, so her family has been a part of the bluffs and buttes, the river and the skylines, for generations. A desire to honor that heritage led Stuart and Lisa to partner with Stuart’s parents 14 years ago and create the Grand River Museum, which celebrates the cultural heritage of the Grand River area of South Dakota. The culture is rich in Native American History. Many of the great Sioux warriors were from the Standing Rock tribe. Sitting Bull and Rain in the Face, among others, are commemorated at the museum. The museum draws attention to the local culture and also helps draw tourists to the small town of Lemmon. The Schmidt family sponsors an annual dinosaur dig on the ranch, bringing in experts to direct familyoriented, creation-based digs. All the fossils that are excavated are prepared and displayed in the Grand River Museum. “It does take a lot of time and effort to keep the museum going, but we never thought of not,” commented Stuart. “We feel the need to preserve the heritage of this part of South Dakota. Plus the museum brings in tourists, which is important in this rural area.” The Cross S Ranch is located along the Grand River, with 2/3 of the ranch leased from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and another third privately owned. Lisa and


their son, Chuck, are members of the tribe. The Grand River and one of it’s major tributaries, the Black Horse creek, provide natural boundaries for cattle. Bluffs, river breaks, and high river banks complete the natural boundaries, with cross fencing complimenting the terrain. Stuart and Lisa have a cow/calf and yearling ranch. They keep all the cattle in one herd and rotate through 12 pastures, hitting each pasture no more than 14 days during the growing season. One of Allan Savory’s books influenced Stuart years ago. “I really understood what he said and how he advocated improving land through stock density,” Stuart explained. “Of course, we have to continually fine tune and adapt our stocking rates and our movement constantly, but that is part of the plan.” The Schmidts are horseback nearly every day, monitoring fences, herd health, stocking rates and grazing density. The roar of a four wheeler is not heard on this remote South Dakota ranch. Horses have done the work for at least 100 years, and that will continue. “People wonder how a five-yearold child can throw a rope and catch a calf while still handling a horse. They need to understand that the child has been on a horse all his life,” Stuart explained. “When someone asks how Chuck got so good as a professional saddle bronc rider, I just explain that he has been horseback all his life. He ought to be good at it.” While son Chuck and daughter Tottie were growing up, the Cross S Ranch was a working guest ranch. They hosted many Europeans and guests from the eastern United States. “We had fun with it and forged a lot of relationships which we still enjoy today,” noted Stuart. “But when Tottie got married and left the ranch, and Chuck began to travel a lot on the pro rodeo tour, Lisa and I decided that we didn’t have enough energy to keep the ranch, the museum and the guest ranch all open. We still have a guest house and another house that we rent out to hunters, but we don’t have near the guests that we used to host.” Stuart agrees that he could write a book about the funny things that happened on the ranch when kids, guests, weather and cattle

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were all thrown into the mix. The snow and the wind provided extra challenges. “There are a lot of funny things,” Stuart muses. “And a lot of memorable moments. I can say that we are blessed with the independence we have.” When Stuart and Lisa were married and moved to the Cross S, they realized that the 40 miles to any sort of outside work meant that they had better learn to work together as a team. And they have. “Other men buy their wives jewelry and clothes, but when my wife goes to town she wants to shop for dry-wall and paint,” Stuart bragged. “Lisa is very handy with her cordless tools and is an excellent carpenter. She builds and I do the plumbing and electricity. Doing things like working on the guest ranch, fixing up the museum and fixing the house for a hunting lodge were all a blessing, because we had to work together. “Lisa is also an excellent decorator,” Stuart continued. “There are a lot of artists on both sides of our family, and designing and decorating are definitely Lisa’s medium. When she gets done building something, it looks like it should be in a magazine.” Lisa is modest about her decorating skills, but does admit to having made countless quilts. Many were given to family and others have been donated to the museum to giveaway to one of the museum members every year. Whether they are building a cross fence for the ranch, or a kitchen for the guest quarters, or another display area for the Grand River Museum, Stuart and Lisa are building on a heritage that has deep roots in the fertile soil of the Grand River Valley. And they are building, not just for themselves, but for the generations yet to come. — by Carol Wilson Livestock Market Digest


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rad and Dawn Gohr met when they were 12 years old, in 4-H. “We showed cattle competitively against each other growing up, and then we were on a livestock judging team together in college,” says Brad. They have two children — a 6-year-old daughter named Fallon, and a 2-year-old son named Gunnar — and are now ranching near Madras, in the high desert of central Oregon, raising registered Angus and a few registered Hereford cattle. Brad grew up with Simmentals. “My parents and grandparents had commercial cattle. Dawn’s family had a commercial cowherd and purebred Angus. I am a Simmental boy, converted to Angus by an Angus girl!” Today the majority of their herd is registered Angus. “We are also starting to build a Hereford program. We moved to central Oregon from the Willamette Valley and have been here five years. Our bull customers were mostly in central and eastern Oregon, so now we are closer to them, and this environment is more conducive to raising cattle than the rainy Willamette Valley,” he says. “Dawn and I have been raising cattle together for 11 years. We both had cowherds, growing up, but both of us sold

our cows to go to college. We couldn’t afford to own property and cattle at that time. When we got out of college it took us awhile, but we’ve finally been able to do this,” says Brad. “In many ways, this is our dream come true. Dawn basically runs our ranch and takes care of the cows and kids. I manage an animal health distribution company called Veterinary Service Inc. that supplies products to feed and farm stores,” he explains. The Gohrs own 80 acres of hay ground and lease 200 acres of pasture. “We put up 400 tons of hay, some of which we sell as horse hay, and purchase cow hay. We make high quality orchardgrass hay in small bales to sell to our horse clients, then buy a lower quality, less expensive hay in big 4x8 bales to feed the cows,” he says. “We have 60 Angus cows and a smaller Hereford herd. Our yearling bulls are sold each year at the Pabco Sale in Madras, in February. Our fall bulls (long yearlings) are sold in what was originally the Holiday Ranch sale (which later became Ankony) and is now the Teixeira Cattle Company in Terrebonne, Oregon sale in February,” he says. Brad and Dawn started their Hereford program to give customers more options. “Our buyers might buy 10 Angus bulls and

one Hereford — and we thought we might as well provide both breeds,” he says. They also sell show heifers and replacement females. “Showing is a great tool for us — to evaluate the quality of our cattle by comparing them to those of the best breeders in the country. This comparison helps us make breeding decisions and provide a better product for our customers,” he explains. Last year at the Western Idaho State Fair they had the Grand Champion Angus female. “We also went to the Oregon State Fair and had the Grand Champion Angus female there, and the Grand Champion Hereford female. That was very exciting for us,” he says. Last September, Gohrs had their first sale of heifer calves (The Crown Jewel Event) at their ranch. “Most of these cattle will become replacements and donor females in someone’s herd. The champion heifer from the Idaho and Oregon shows was in that sale,” says Brad. “Our friends in Caldwell, Idaho — the Roche family — buy bulls from us every year and they brought some club calf steers to sell in our heifer sale.” The Angus breed tabulates show cattle points each year. “We’ve been ranked in the top 10 breeders for several years. We’ve accomplished this with a very small group of cows, competing against breeders who have hundreds of cattle,” he says. Two years ago he and Dawn also had the Grand Champion Angus bull at the American Royal in Kansas City, and the Grand Champion Cow-Calf pair the year before. Their daughter’s Hereford heifer two years ago was the Hereford Association’s regional show heifer of the year. Fallon was probably one of the youngest contenders in that class. Brad and Dawn hope their children will want to work with cattle and 4-H. “We owe our marriage, our careers, and our cattle knowledge to a foundation that began in 4-H. We value the ethics and discipline, and networking over the years through 4-H. We want to give our kids the same opportunity,” he says. “We spend a lot of time with families, helping them find a show heifer. We help them with the heifer, haul them to cattle shows all over the country, help them mar-

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Even charities with the best reputations aren’t immune to making mistakes. In the wake of 9/11, local Red Cross chapters kept buckets of cash instead of earmarking the funds for Ground Zero and Pentagon recovery efforts. Heads rolled, and the former chief executive of the United Way’s Washington, DC chapter went to prison in 2004 following an accounting scandal. There are groups today that keep watch over government agencies — OMBWatch and the National Taxpayers Union, for instance; over the press — Media Matters and the Media Research Center; and over universities — Accuracy in Academia and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Obviously, this list could go on and on. Most of these groups are partisan to some extent. But they all shine priceless sunlight on things that gargantuan institutions would rather keep hidden. The Center for Consumer Freedom has long taken animal rights movement head on with an aggressive approach. “Animal rights activists, whose ultimate goal is the elimination of all human uses of animals, have evolved into a powerful — and sometimes even terrifying — fringe movement. Animal welfare supporters seek to ensure that livestock, pets, and other animals are treated humanely. Animal rights activists, on the other hand, seek to give animals legal “personhood” and remove them from our dinner plates, clothing aisles and pet shops. The dog-watchers at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) need their own watchdog too. HSUS now has an annual budget around the size of an NFL payroll. It has become too big and too unaccountable. Someone has to pay closer attention. HumaneWatch is that someone. HumaneWatch recently petitioned twelve state Attorneys General to investigate the deceptive fundraising practices of the animal rights group HSUS. HumaneWatch released a full report exposing HSUS’s misleading telemarketing, direct mail, and television appeals. The new analysis reveals that the animal rights group’s fundraising activities might be Livestock Market Digest

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tactics. • Several members of Congress have formally requested an IRS investigation of HSUS. • In response to HumaneWatch’s work the American Institute of Philanthropy downgraded HSUS’s rating, giving the group an “unsatisfactory D” grade (which is also mentioned in our television ad). Educating the public about the reality surrounding HSUS will help them make smart, sound decisions on where their money would be going when HSUS comes knocking. If you would like to support the HumaneWatch efforts to expose HSUS and their treat to animal agriculture with a financial contribution you can make a check payable to “The Center for Consumer Freedom” and mail it to: P.O. Box 34557, Washington, D.C. 20043. — by Ryan Mills


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ot all champions have to be cowboys. Love of the land, its creatures and uncompromising values are not limited to those who are born or live in the West. The ties between agriculture, livestock and sportsmen community are constantly being undermined by the likes of the National Wildlife Federation and their state affiliates (camo-clad environmentalists), there is probably a greater connection between hunters, fishermen and trappers and ranchers than any other groups. Detroit-born Ted Nugent is a famous rock singer from the 70s and 80s. Despite the fact that he has been performing music since he was ten, has performed 6,000 concerts, and produced more than 34 albums, Nugent is probably more famous today for his conservative views and being a hunter in Michigan where he lives on a 1,000 acre wilderness ranch. The Rolling Stone says “As the self-proclaimed Motor City Madman, guitarist Ted Nugent fashioned a sharply defined, not-sonoble savage persona, garnering him endless publicity and resulting in multiplatinum sales in the late ‘70s. Since then, however, Nugent’s pro-gun, pro-hunting (he eats everything he kills), anti-drink, and antidrug lifestyle has proved to be anything but a pose. Opinionated, unapologetic, and always quotable, Nugent is the anti-rock star rock star: ‘I have militantly defended my quality of life, and I would never compromise it in the name of hipness or acceptability of my so-called peers.’” Nugent, who has had a penchant for naming and referring to himself in the third person with monikers including Young Ted, the Nuge and Uncle Ted, began bow hunting at age five and playing guitar at age eight. By the age 14, he had opened for the Supremes and the Beau Brummels. He played with several different bands until 1975 when he went solo. Even if many found his music to be standard heavy-metal fare, Nugent never failed to make good copy. With his career on the rise, a Ted Nugent pinball game was introduced by an electronics company. In the 1980s Nugent’s music


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began a decline on the charts, although his concerts continued drawing crowds. By that point, however, Young Ted, as he refers to himself, had reaped the rewards of having been the top-grossing tour act of 1977, 1978, and 1979. Since 1980, he has served as a deputy sheriff near his home in southern Michigan where he settled in 1973. Nugent is an accomplished author with more than five books to his credit including Blood Trails: The Truth About Bowhunting. He is the publisher of Ted Nugent World Bowhunters Magazine and has written for more than 20 other publications. He is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, a board member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), numerous conservation organizations, and several anti-drug abuse organizations, including Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). In early 1994 Midwestern Public Broadcasting Stations aired Nugent’s four Spirit of the Wild television specials. Since the early 1990s Nugent has been both popular and criticized for his conservative beliefs and his anti-drug and anti-alcohol stances. He is a national spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education

(DARE) program, advocating the “natural highs” to be found in an outdoor lifestyle. Admittedly, although some of Nugent’s antics and “colorful” language wouldn’t pass Grandmother’s approval, he is an avid conservative and conservationist. His take no prisoners attitude and speech draw strong attention to issues of the day, including socalled “animal rights.” Nugent has been quoted as saying, “I’m stymied to come up with anything funnier than people who think animals have rights.” In a recent article entitled “NUGENT: Conservation Is Not Rocket Science,” Nugent writes, “Tribe Nuge pulled into the little clearing on the banks of the mighty Tittabawassee River in the spectacular wilds of northern Michigan. Our 1958 Ford station wagon was loaded down with all the basic camping gear and archery equipment. We all eagerly pitched in to set up the old log cabin with iron skillets, camping supplies, sleeping bags, bows, arrows and all the basics for my favorite thing in life — roughand-tumble bowhunting the old-fashioned way. “With no electricity or running water, even young Ted at the tender age of 9 had a full regimen of chores to fulfill, so I started by gathering firewood and hauling water from the eddy below camp. Mom organized the cooking utensils over the wood-burning stove, and my brother Jeff rolled out sleeping bags and hung the bows and arrows on the porch nails. Dad cut some deadwood for the cold nights’ fires, and the wilderness was abuzz with what I considered the happiest family on planet Earth. “Quality-of-life lessons were driven home on those soul-cleansing expeditions of my youth, teaching me the ultimate hands-on conservation ethic, which a person could understand without ever uttering or hearing the word “conservation.” “I clearly understood the concept of wise use before I ever heard the words, for my father wouldn’t allow us to waste anything. The thought of throwing out food or water was virtually unheard of, and no one would dare fail to consume every scrap of precious game meat, sucking every delectable sliver of sacred flesh from each and every bone. “So now, these many years later, one need only watch anyone in my family, including children and grandchildren, to see the same attitude and attentiveness to accountability. To caring people, there is no Plan B. It is a tragedy to witness Plan B in action when you see people, especially young people, leave half-consumed bottles of $4-a-gallon water discarded everywhere Livestock Market Digest

you look and the horror of obesity and a disposable society gone mad. “The good news is that real-world handson conservation is alive and well and catching on across the America I travel. Not a day goes by when I am not stopped by people of every imaginable description and walk of life in any given city to chat about my Spirit of the Wild TV show on the Outdoor Channel or discuss my books, media interviews or various public celebrations about my exciting hunting lifestyle. There is no question that but for a sizable lunatic fringe, the majority of people are aware of the incredible success story of wildlife conservation in North America and elsewhere. “It is hard to hide from the far-reaching and irrefutable evidence of more deer, turkey, cougars, black bears, elk, wild geese and other game species flourishing today than in recorded history. Though the scam of animal rights is still a scourge to reckon with, we all know that these are the good old days for big-game hunting. “The trick, of course, is for all of us to celebrate and promote this truth every day to everybody in order educate more people to this wonderful wildlife reality so as someday to stop the Humane Society of the Unit-

ed States and other rip-off artists and scammers from their dirty deeds and money-laundering misinformation crimes. “Only an ignorant, uneducated society will fall for scams such as California banning mountain-lion hunting and turning a thriving black bear population from an asset into an instant liability by banning the use of hounds. Watch the media for reports of increased out-of-control bear-nuisance hysteria now that bait and hounds are no longer allowed to adequately harvest the annual surplus of California’s amazing bear population. More and more mountains of wasted tax dollars will be spent further compensating more ranchers and landowners for destroyed livestock, multiple relocations and ultimately the killing of bears and burying of these precious resources by governmenthired killers for guaranteed lose-lose insanity. Such abuse is anathema to anyone’s definition of conservation, and quite honestly, Californians, especially the professional wildlife biologists of California, should be ashamed of themselves. “Did you know that a good man, Daniel W. Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, was fired for legally hunting a mountain lion in Idaho,

based on the irrelevant fact that lion hunting is illegal in California? We have reached a new low in abandoning logic in the name of some bizarre crazy world of political correctness gone mad. The lunatic fringe is winning in California, and that should be a wake-up call to all concerned conservationists that when allowed, logic will be tossed to the wind and conservation will go out the window with it. Fight to keep that from happening where you live. “So as I write this, I wrap up the greatest rock ‘n’ roll tour of my life, gearing up for the greatest hunting season of my life. But I assure you, I will force myself to earn each and every day afield, participating in the purest form of conservation known to mankind, by fighting diligently for this Godgiven right to feed my family the most nutritious, organic protein on earth, while re-creating my mind, body and spirit via the soulcleansing perfection of our beloved hunting lifestyle. “Use your lives wisely, my friends, and conserve these precious freedoms for future generations. Then reward yourself like I do, with backstraps and grilled game.” Enough said. — by Caren Cowan




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or a life well-lived, one must settled into one’s own time and place. When one is born as girl in the fifth generation of a ranching family the path to one’s own time and place might not be as direct as it might seem from the outside looking in. Terry Stuart Forst is the fifth generation of Oklahoma’s Stuart Ranch that has roots going back to 1863 and the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory. Her great-great-grandfather established what was to become the ranch in 1868. Today, the ranch is Oklahoma’s oldest ranch in continuous ownership of one family. Clearly there were two principles in addition to love and respect of the land along with heritage and history that drove the family over the generations. Education was a must. To be schooled, Terry’s grandmother traveled in a buggy from the ranch to Caddo, where she caught the MK&T passenger train to Durant, where she changed and rode to Hugo, another change and train ride to Antlers, where buggies were provided to transport the girls to Tuskahoma, north of Antlers. Tuskahoma was the capitol of the Choctaw Nation. Hard work was the other driver. Fathers had strong backbones and expected no less from their sons and daughters. Terry’s grandmother, Carrie Ida Freeny, married Robert Terry (Colonel) Stuart in 1931 as heir to the Freeny family homestead. Terry’s father, Bob was born to Ida and Colonel Stuart in 1933. Bob Stuart continued building the ranch and its legacy until his death in 2001. Terry has said, “I always knew that this is what I wanted to do. My parents actually discouraged me in some respects. Daddy in particular, maybe because I was female, believed that certain things were for a boy or a son to do, not for a daughter. And that’s fine. But because of that, I always thought I had to prove myself to be worthy. So, I had this desire to be good at anything I chose to do.” In 1976 Terry graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in animal science. In 1991 newly widowed and the mother of two sons Terry decided it was time to see if she really could run the family ranch. But she wanted to make sure she was completely prepared to present herself to her father as the best employee possible. In order to gain a thorough understanding of the business side of ranching Terry enrolled herself the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program and her boys in school across the street. When she was finished she went back to the ranch and asked her dad for a job — making clear that she wanted no special treatment. Either she was up to the challenge or she wasn’t. In 1992 Terry became the manager of Stuart Ranch.



When asked by Holly Clanahan, America’s Horse Daily,” How do you define the term “cowgirl?” Terry’s response was one that every man, woman and child should live by. “I believe a cowgirl is involved with horses and cattle, and her livelihood is dependent on both. But I also believe the term ‘cowgirl’ encompasses a certain attitude and independent spirit. A cowgirl attitude is one of determination — sometimes stubborn and hard headed (often to a fault in my case!). Most importantly, it is a willingness to work hard and get the job done, no matter the circumstances, and never quit. I also believe a cowgirl attitude is respectful to everyone and everything.” Despite the challenges of ranching over the past few decades including at least three catastrophic droughts, under Terry’s innovative and head-on management her family’s ranch has become a premier operation in ranching. The ranch includes cattle and a grazing management program that allows for weathering the tough times, but one of the nation’s most prominent and award winning Quarter Horse remudas, and thriving wildlife populations that have allowed the ranch to expand income into hunting. It would take pages to list all of the accomplishments Terry has achieved in her relatively short life, but some of the more recent highlights include induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2007 and being named Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year, serving as the first women president ever of the Oklahoma CattleLivestock Market Digest

men’s Association in 2009, and being honored in 2011 Distinguished Alumnus in Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at OSU. Stuart Ranch was the first ranch inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. One of Terry’s not so visible roles in the past few years has been her membership in The Ranchers, a group gathered by Minnie Lou Bradley to bring what started a few of her best lady friends to work on the political and regulatory issues of the day. The group has since expanded to include the male ranch managers of some of Texas’ legacy ranches. The Ranchers took Terry on her first trip to Capitol Hill in 2011 where she headed the group in visiting the powerful Oklahoma congressional delegation including House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas. Since the trip, two of the group’s priorities have become legislation and have moved through the House. With an excellent work ethic and a big helping of good manners, Terry has been recognized as a woman who has excelled in

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“I always knew that this is what I wanted to do . . .” woman president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. “I don’t think I will ever feel qualified to follow in the footsteps of so many outstanding men, but I’m not afraid of work, and I will give it my best,” she said. Today Terry runs the Stuart Ranch with her two sons, Robert and Clay, both named for family members from previous generations. The family recently welcomed Clay’s bride Lindsey to the crew. Terry also has the ability to identify areas where she can use the help of experts. Some of those areas include selecting a comfort-

“As the oldest ranch in the state of Oklahoma under continuous family ownership, we are proud and honored to carry on a great family legacy. To quote my grandmother Carrie Ida Freeny Stuart, in reference to our forefathers, “These beloved pioneers have left a great heritage for us. Many years of hardship and devotion to their country and family have produced hardy men of strong character. From this background came our great state of Oklahoma in which there is much pride among her people,” says Terry. — by Caren Cowan

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ith all due respect to my friends who are lawyers, working with elected officials has taught me that making sound laws doesn’t really require a law degree. In the case of Utah’s First Congressional District a teacher is one of the best lawmakers that can be found in the nation. Rob Bishop is a public school teacher turned public servant. Reared in Utah’s First District, where he has resided his entire life, except for a two-year stint in Germany on an LDS mission, Bishop learned the legislative ropes by serving 16 years in the Utah State Legislature before he took on the challenge of the United States Congress. Even before that he was active in party politics. He moved from Vice-Chair of the Davis County Teenage Republicans in 1968 to the advisor of the Utah Teenage Republicans in 1996. Rob has worked at nearly every level of the Republican Party from precinct chair to member of the Republican National Committee. During his time in the Utah State House, Bishop was a champion on private property rights and federal lands management, and co-founded the Western States Coalition that banded together to begin fighting for West’s right in the mid 1990’s. His last two years in the Utah Legislature he was unanimously elected to serve as Speaker of the House. Now serving his fifth term in Congress, Bishop continues to be a leader on issues that affect people and the land from border security and immigration to federal lands to energy and environment to second amendment rights. In addition to carrying the water required of every member of Congress for their District, some of his most notable bills introduced in the 112th Congress (2011 & 2012) include: n H.R.1505 National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act which prohibits the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) from prohibiting or restricting activities on land under their respective jurisdictions by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to achieve operational control over the international land borders


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of the United States. n H.R.2147 Utah Land Sovereignty Act which prohibits any further extension or establishment of national parks and monuments in Utah except by express authorization of Congress. n H.R.2852 Action Plan for Public Lands and Education Act of 2011 — Makes grants of land to the following states in lieu of receiving, for the support of the common schools, five percent of the proceeds of the sales of federally owned land within such states which have not been sold by the United States as of January 1, 2011: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. n H.J.RES.62 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to give States the right to repeal Federal laws and regulations when ratified by the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States. n H.RES.245 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1229) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1230) to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and

gas lease sales, and for other purposes. n H.RES.347 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2018) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State’s water quality standards, and for other purposes. n H.RES.406 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2401) to require analyses of the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes. n H.RES.614 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4089) to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting, and for other purposes. Bishop replaced the retiring Representative Jim Hansen in Congress in 2003. For his first term, he was appointed to serve on his top three choices for House Committees — the Armed Services Committee, the Resources Committee, and the Science Committee. He was subsequently appointed by the Speaker to serve on the House Rules Committee, the legislative “gatekeeper” for all bills coming to the House floor. During the 111th Congress, Rob was instrumental in founding the 10th Amendment Task Force, a coalition of House Members committed to working toward disbursing power in Washington back to the people and states. At the request of Speaker of the House John Boehner, Rob took a temporary leave from the House Armed Services Committee during the 112th Congress to once again serve on the House Rules Committee. He continues serving on the Committee on Natural Resources and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. Along with his subcommittee chairmanship, Bishop is an active member of the U.S. House’s Western Caucus and is often called upon to respond to the issues of the day. His statements are thorough and on target, such as this one regarding the designation of continued on page 74 Livestock Market Digest

Buyer’s Guide Livestock ALL BREEDS Bow K Ranch, Dave & Dawn Bowman, 55784 Holly Rd., Olathe, CO 81425, 970/323-6833, “Pot of Gold” Gelbvieh, Angus & Balancer Bull Sale. Females private treaty. 29 years of AI breeding, emphasis on moderate size – calving ease – carcass. Camp Wood Cattle Company, 7765 Williamson Valley Rd., Prescott, AZ 86305. Swayze McCraine 928/771-0673 or 928/925-4668. KJ Kasun, 928/713-1169. Commercial cattle and registered Quarter Horses. Cattleman’s Weekend, Selling in March each year. Call for exact date and time. Prescott Livestock Auction, Richard & Janet Smyer, P.O. Box 5880, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, ofc: 928/445-9571, Richard’s cell 928/925-1848. Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale, 670 Antelope Blvd., Ste. 3, Red Bluff, CA 96080, 530/527-2045. January 22-26, 2013. Wagonhammer Ranches, Club calves – the winning kind. Spring and fall born. Myron Benes, Albion, NE, 402/395-2178 or 402/395-6962. Private treaty Production Sale, 3rd Wed. in March. Top quality females available at all times. Weaver Ranch, Adrian & Susan Weaver, 970/568-3898, 3000 W. County Rd. 70, Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Annual Sale Feb. 2013 – bulls PAP tested; also selling a good choice of bred heifers. White Cattle Company, 71438 Turnout Rd., Burns, OR 97720, Doris 541/573-6566 or Mary Lee White, 541/589-1476. Quality Angus, ChiAngus and Hereford cattle.

AKAUSHI American Akaushi Association, Bubba Bain, executive director: cell 361/217-0098,, 732 Jeff Davis Rd., Harwood, TX 78632, office 830/540-3912, fax 361/580-3897,, 2012 Fall Marketing Edition

AMERICAN HIGHLAND American Highland Cattle Association, Benefits of Highland Genetics: Enhanced beef quality; Infuse grass genetics; Increase browsing & foraging ability; Improve calving ease; Add maternal longevity; Perfect hair coat for club calf market. Historic City Hall, 22 S. 4th Ave., Ste. 201, Brighton, CO 806012030, 303/659-2399 fax 303/659-2241,,

ANGUS ABC Angus, 8283 Tiller Trail Hwy., Canyonville, OR 97417. Brian and Cheryl Arp, 541/825-3550, Performancebred Angus cattle. “Building on the basics.” American Angus Assn., 3201 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816/383-5100. Aztec Angus, 2467 Arrowhead Trail, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Terry and Kathy Van Hilsen and sons, 480/963-6324. Cattle available year-round. Bagley Cattle Co., 8890 Brookdale Rd., Millville, CA 96062, 530/547-5222. Range bulls available yearround. Some females also available. Most AI’d to top trait leaders. The choice of two excellent breeds – Angus & Hereford. Bar T Bar Ranch, P.O. Box 190, Winslow, AZ 86047, Bob & Judy Prosser, 928/289-2619,, Females available October. Selling 400 bulls 2nd Saturday in April, Yerington, NV Bell Key Angus, 9351 Lakeshore Dr., Nampa, ID 83686, Dennis Boehlke, 208/989-1612, 208/467-2747. Private treaty all year. Selling bulls at Gem State. Buchanan Angus,, 13490 Algoma Rd., Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Robert and Kathleen Buchanan, 541/883-8471. Annual Bull Sale 4th Sunday in February each year. Breeding stock available year-round. Call for more information. Burkholder and Unruh, 17077 Rd. 6 SE, Warden, WA 98857. Glen Burkholder 509/349-8849, John Unruh 509/349-2945; alfalfajohn@scml.cis. Quality Angus cross show steers, private treaty.

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Diamond Oak Cattle Co., 1232 W. Tahoe St., Merced, CA 95348. Steve and Jean Obad, 209/383-1693, Steve’s cell: 719/777-1551. A good selection of choice bulls available in the fall. Annual BullsEye Breeders Sale in September, Farmers Livestock Market, Oakdale, CA. Gonzalves Ranch, 7243 Maze Blvd., Modesto, CA 95358. Joe 209/523-5826,, Mike 209/531-4893, Joey 209/765-1142. “COMPLETE CATTLE to fit your genetic needs.” Also consignors to Bull’s Eye Angus Breeders Sale, Weds., Sept. 19, 2012, Oakdale Producers Livestock Market, Oakdale, CA. Breeding stock available yearround private treaty. Hales Angus Farm, 27951 S. US Hwy. 87, Canyon, TX 79015. Richmond Hales 806/488-2471, (c) 806/6791919; Rick Hales 806/655-3815, (c) 806/6799303, email:, 18th Annual Bull & Heifer Sale, the 3rd Saturday in March 2013, Canyon, TX. Hooper Cattle Company Steve Hooper, 575/773-4535, fax 575/7734582, email:, HC 32 Box 405, Red Hill Rt., Quemado, NM 87829, Angus and Hereford cattle bred for optimum genetic performance. Hubbell Ranch, Angus Plus cattle. P.O. Box 99, Quemado, NM 87829, Rick & Maggie Hubbell 575/773-4770. Quality Angus Plus bulls & heifers available. K Bar 6 Ranch, 604 Patricia Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. A.V. Keese and family, 805/543-0955, Quality breeding stock for the commercial cattleman. King Herefords, Bill King 505/220-9909; Tom & Becky Spindle 505/832-0926; P.O. Box 564, Stanley, NM 87056. Come see us for all your herd bull needs – 150 Hereford, 125 Angus & 100 Charolais bulls available this fall. Located 5 miles N. of Moriarty on Hwy. 41; then 1.5 miles east. McClun Lazy JM Ranch, Jim and Jerri McClun, 307/837-2524, 1929 Rd. 60, Veteran, WY 82243, email: Polled Hereford and Angus. Private treaty sale at the ranch. Family owned and generated since 1964. Visitors always welcome.


L Miller Angus, 174 NM 236, Floyd, NM 88118, Dink & Mitzi Miller, home 575/478-2398; cell 575/7609048. Quality registered Black Angus cattle. Private treaty available. Reynolds Brothers Angus, 4574 Bennett Rd., Kuna, ID 83634; Brian & Joan Reynolds, 208/465-4516, Breeding quality registered Angus for the commercial market. Private treaty. 2 Bar Angus, 4020 US Hwy. 385, Hereford, TX 79045, Steve & Laura Knoll 806/344-7444, toll free 1-877/2BARANG. Bulls & heifers available year round private treaty. Annual sale 1st Saturday in Oct. W-R Angus, P.O. Box 114, Browns Valley, CA 95918. Larry and Carol Whithrow, 530/742-3892, Breeding top-quality Angus with the commercial man in mind. Wagonhammer Ranches, Club calves – the winning kind. Spring and fall born. Myron Benes, Albion, NE, 402/395-2178 or 402/395-6962. Production Sale, 3rd Wed. of March. Top quality females available at all times. Private treaty. Weaver Ranch, Adrian and Susan Weaver, 970/568-3898, 3000 W. County Rd. 70, Ft. Collins, CO 80524, Annual sale, Feb. 2013. Bulls PAP tested and a good choice of bred females.

BALANCERS Bar T Bar Ranch, P.O. Box 190, Winslow, AZ 86047, Bob & Judy Prosser, 928/289-2619,, Females available October. Selling 400 bulls 2nd Saturday in April, Yerington, NV. Peets Gelbvieh Ranch, Balancers – red and black, polled and horned. Galt and Shasta. Jeanette and Merlin Peets, 530/865-2513, 25265 Post Ave., Orland, CA 95963.









BEEFMASTER Beefmaster Breeders United, 6800 Park Ten Blvd., Ste. 290 W, San Antonio, TX 78213-4284, 210/732-3132, Tommy Perkins,, email: Breed registry. Write or call for breeder listings or information.

Dees Brothers Brangus, P.O. Box 4818, Yuma, AZ 85366, Alex Dees, 760/572-5261 or 928/920-3800 cell phone, Breeding quality Brangus for the commercial cattleman. Selling a few select bulls and heifers at the ranch private treaty.

Casey Beefmasters, Watt M. Casey, DVM, Albany, TX, 325/762-2605, Watt Jr. 325/668-1373,, Breeding high quality Beefmaster cattle since 1948. Inquiries invited, visitors welcome. Semen available. BBU.

Lack-Morrison Joe Paul & Rosie Lack, P.O. Box 274, Hatch New Mexico 87937, 575/267-1016, fax 575/267-1234. Brangus – commercial &

Cherry Glen Beefmasters, P.O. Box 6897, Vacaville, CA 95696, John & Sue Pierson 707/448-9208. Bulls available year-round. CJ Beefmasters, P.O. Box 269, Wellington, Ut 84542, R.D. & Peggy Campbell 435/637-3746, R.D.: 435/636-5797. Bulls & females available year-round. Evans Beefmaster, Gayle Evans 435/878-2355, Mark Evans 435/878-2655, P.O. Box 177, Enterprise, UT 84725. Quality Beefmasters affordably priced. Legends of the Beefmaster breed Legacy Award – Beefmasters since 1953. ISA Cattle Co., Inc., Laurie Lasater, Box 60327, San Angelo, TX 76906, 325/949-3763, 51st Bull Sale — October 6, 2012 — 160 Beefmasters, Charolais. – Check out our ad. Lasater Ranch, P.O. Box 38, Matheson, CO 80830. Dale Lasater, 719/541-2855; Alex Lasater 210/872-1117,, email: 63rd Field Day & Sale Sept 7-8, 2012. Home of the Foundation Herd of the BEEFMASTER BREED. Schwoerer Beefmasters, P.O. Box 593, Oakdale, CA 95361. Marion and Karla Schwoerer, 209/847-4722. Range ready bulls available. BBU. Western States Beefmaster Breeders Assn., P.O. Box 6897, Vacaville, CA 95696, Sue Pierson 707/448-9208,

BARZONA Boykin Barzonas, 87217 Lydia Lane, Montgomery, AL 36117. Raymond Boykin, Jr. 334/277-3394, cell 334/430-0563. Low maintenance cattle that grade. Heat tolerant, range ready. Purebred and percentage cattle. Breeder since 1986. F & F Cattle Company, 130 Fitzgerald Lane, Mosquero, NM 87733, Mike and Pat Fitzgerald, 575/673-2346, Barzona cattle – F1 crosses. Also stocker cattle. Stop by the ranch anytime and say hello. Reg. and comm. Barzona.



BRAHMAN American Brahman Breeders Assn., 3003 South Loop West, Ste. 520, Houston, TX, 713/349-0854,, American Brahmans, often referred to as “Crossbreedings Common Denominator,” are proven to rank #1 in hybrid vigor, heat tolerance, and efficiency compared to all other beef breeds.

Lack-Morrison, Bill Morrison, 411 CR 10, Clovis, New Mexico 88101, 575/482-3254, cell 575/760-7263. Brangus – commercial and private treaty. Parker Brangus, Larry A. Parker, P.O. Box 146, 1700 N. Parker Rd., San Simon, AZ 85632, 520/845-2411, Registered and commerical cattle. Robbs Brangus, 4995 Arzberger Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643. R.L. Robb, 520/384-3654. Come by any time and see our herd.

BRAUNVIEH The Freeman Ranch, 38805 Myers Rd., Yoder, CO 80864, Russell & Jamie Freeman, 719/338-5071, Quality breeding stock available. Annual Production Sale April 2013.

CHAROLAIS Broken Box Ranch, P.O. Box 759, Williams, CA 95987. Jerry & Sherry Maltby. 530/473-2830 or 530/681-5046, Bulls and breeding stock available year round. Rice straw available. Cobb Charolais Ranch, John Cobb, 406/562-3670, Mike Cobb 406/562-3694, P.O. Box 348, Augusta, MT 59410, Purebred and comm. annual spring & fall bull sales. DeBruycker Charolais, Lloyd & Jane 406/476-3427, Joe & Cathy 406/466-5821, Mark & Belva 406/469-2371, Brett & Kay 406/476-3214, 1690 6th Lane NE, Dutton, MT 59433. 29th Annual Sale 1st Saturday in April 2013. “Creating Greater Rancher Returns.” King Herefords, Bill King 505/220-9909; Tom & Becky Spindle 505/832-0926; P.O. Box 564, Stanley, NM 87056. Come see us for all your herd bull needs – 150 Hereford, 125 Angus & 100 Charolais bulls available this fall. Located 5 miles N. of Moriarty on Hwy. 41; then 1.5 miles east.


L Wagonhammer Ranches, Club calves – “the winning kind.” Spring and fall born. Production sale 3rd Wed. in March. Top quality females available at all times. Private treaty. Myron Benes, Albion, NE, 402/395-2178 or 402/395-6962,

GALLOWAY AGBA, American Galloway Breeders Assn., Put your herd back to work. Galloway genetics are ideal for today’s low impact market demands. Feed Efficicent. High Yielding Carcass. Minimal Back Fat. Easy Fleshing. Moderate Mature Size. Low BW. Email: 970/405-5784. DD Ranch, 12535 CR 23, Ft. Lupton, CO 80621, Debra Vance 970/405-5784, debvance@, Registered white and black Galloway cattle. Herd Sire Atomic is a trait leader in the breed. Contact for more information.

GELBVIEH American Gelbvieh Assn., 10900 Dover St., Westminster, CO 80021, 303/465-2333, email: Bar T Bar Ranch, P.O. Box 190, Winslow, AZ 86047, Bob & Judy Prosser, 928/289-2619,, Females available October. Selling 400 bulls 2nd Saturday in April, Yerington, NV. Bow K Ranch, Dave & Dawn Bowman, 55784 Holly Rd., Olathe, CO 81425,, 970/323-6833. “Pot of Gold” Gelbvieh, Angus & Balancer Bull Sale. Females private treaty. 29 years of AI breeding, emphasis on moderate size – calving ease – carcass. "Pot of Gold" Bull Sale 22nd annual bull sale, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, Olathe, CO. Selling 100 top quality yearlings & two year olds – several herd sire prospects. PAP, trich, fertility and PI-BVD tested – Gelbvieh, Balancers, & Angus. Females private treaty. For information call Mark Covington, 970/249-1453 or Dave Bowman 970/323-6833,

HEREFORDS Bagley Cattle Co., 8890 Brookdale Rd., Millville, CA 96062, Dale & Jane Bagley 530/547-5222. Range bulls available year-round. Some females also available. Most AI’d to top trait leaders. The choice of two excellent breeds – Angus & Hereford. Brumley Farms, P.O. Box 239, Orovada, NV 89425. Donald & Sherilyn Brumley, phone 775/272-3152, fax 775/272-3153, cell 209/479-0287. Horned and polled Hereford breeding stock, and quality range bulls available year-round. 2012 Fall Marketing Edition









California–Nevada Hereford Assn., 530/279-7213 Gail Blagg S/T, 707/481-3440 Jim Mickelson Pres., 408/842-5855 Chris Bianchi VP. Call or write for sale info. or breeder listings. Chandler Herefords, Inc., 17528 Chandler Lane, Baker City, OR 97814. George 541/523-2166; Duane 541/523-4265, Charles, 541/523-3570,, Purebred, horned bulls; replacement heifers. Private treaty. Five generations since 1889.

McClun Lazy JM Ranch, Jim and Jerri McClun and Family, 307/8372524, Rt. 1, 1929 Rd. 60, Veteran, WY 82243, email: Polled Hereford and Angus. Private treaty sale at the ranch. Family owned and generated since 1964. Visitors always welcome. Mountain View Herefords, HC 1, Box 788, Elgin, AZ 85611. Grace and Michael Wystrich 520/456-9052. Bulls & females available year-round. Also consign to Willcox and Prescott Bull Sales.

Clark Ranch, 32190 CR S, Karval, CO 80823. Clinton Clark. 719/446-5223 ranch, 719/892-0160 Clinton’s cell, Breeding quality Hereford and Salers.

Nine Cross Hereford Ranch, P.O. Box 1038, Willcox, AZ 85644, Fred Moore 602/380-4716 mobile. A good selection of breeding stock available year-round.

Craig Herefords, P.O. Box 152, Phippsburg, CO 80469. Dan, Karen, Brandon, 970/736-2272, Email: High-altitude, performance-tested Hereford bulls available. Also bulls & females at private treaty.Testing at Midland Bull Test.

Orvis Cattle Co., 9601 State Hwy. 4, Farmington, CA 95230. Roma Orvis, 209/ 899-2460, orvisranch@, Don Harper, general manager 775/790-0234. Bulls for sale at the ranch and leading sales.

Diamond M Ranch, Summer Headquarters, Laurier, WA – The McIrvins, 509/684-4380. Winter Headquarters – 646 Lake Rd., Burbank, WA 99323, 509/545-5676. Selling 1,500 Herefords annually. Doug Hall Registered Herefords, Doug Hall, 1634 M Rd., Fruita, CO 81521. 970/985-2938, Reg. polled Herefords. Bulls available in the spring – females year-round. Harper Cattle, LLC.,, Mark Mitchell, 817/466-7417 (corporate), 817/565-5426 (c), Ranch-raised Hereford & Angus bulls for the reg. & comm. cattleman. Available private treaty year-round.

Hooper Cattle Company, Steve Hooper, 575/773-4535, fax 575/7734583, email:, HC 32 Box 405, Red Hill Rt., Quemado, NM 87829, Angus and Hereford Cattle bred for optimum genetic performance. Jones Polled Herefords,, 30469 Transformer Rd., Malin, OR 97632. Richard and Cindy Jones, 541/723-2132. Quality Polled Herefords. Registered herd. Bulls & heifers at the ranch. King Herefords, Bill King 505/220-9909; Tom & Becky Spindle 505/832-0926; P.O. Box 564, Stanley, NM 87056. See us for all your herd bull needs: 150 Hereford, 125 Angus & 100 Charolais bulls available this fall. Located 5 miles N. of Moriarty on Hwy. 41; then 1.5 miles east. Largent & Sons Sale! November 15, 2012. P.O. Box 66, Kaycee, WY 82639, Mark & Cathy 307/7382443, David & Heather 307/267-4491. Visit us at Madsen Herefords & Angus, 4351 Mines Rd., Livermore, CA 94550. Louis and Joan Madsen, 925/447-0794. Range bulls and breeding stock available.

Pedretti Ranch, 1975 E. Roosevelt Rd., El Nido, CA 95317. Gino Pedretti, 209/722-2073, 209/756-1609 mobiles, Mark St. Pierre 209/233-1406. Hereford cattle. A good selection of breeding stock available year-round. Robb Polled Herefords, Tom Robb and Sons, 719/456-1149;, 34125 Road 20 North, McClave, CO 81057 (12 miles east of Las Animas, CO, Hwy. 50 north on Rd. 20). Range raised Polled Hereford bulls and heifers. See our ad!




L Schuster Herefords, 875 Bickleton Rd., Goldendale, WA 98620, Clay Schuster 541/980-7464. A great selection of bulls available this fall. Raised on grass, ready to work. Breeding Herefords since 1938. Schutte & Sons – S&S Polled Herefords,, 1417 Rd. 2100, Guide Rock, NE 68942, Ron 402/756-3462, Polled Hereford, comm. bulls, bred females. Annual production sale 1st Tues. in March. Strang Herefords & Black Angus, Mary Strang and family, 2969 RBC 8, Meeker, CO 81641. 33rd Annual Sale, October 23, 2012, at the ranch. A proven breeding program for 50 years. Selling high altitude, PAP tested Hereford and Black Angus bulls – calving ease, rugged and thick. Call, email or write for catalog 970/878-5362, 800/352-5362, (c) 970/2704445,,









Summerour Ranch, 4438 FM 3212, Dalhart, TX 79022. Alan Richardson, Mgr. 806/333-0624. Breeding stock available year-round through midNovember. Fall sale last Monday in October.

LIMOUSIN/BRAHMOUSIN KEMI Limousin, Michelle & Willie Pankonien. Ranch located in North Zulch, TX, email: kemilimo@;; 979/204-9016. Full blood Limousin breeding stock available private treaty. North American Limousin Foundation, 6 Inverness Court, Ste. 260, Englewood, CO 80112, 303/220-1693,, Mark Anderson, Exec. Dir. NALF is the official breed registry for Limousin genetics in the U.S., while also offering marketing assistance for producers of Limousin-influenced feeder calves and fed cattle through the Commericial Marketing Program.

Feedlots Bamford Feedyard, Kent Bamford, 18829 CR 95, Haxtun, CO 80731,, 970/7746163. Family-owned cattle feedyard — all services offered — growing to finishing. Bar G Feedyard, Eight miles south of Hereford, TX. 125,000-head capacity. Financing available. Johnny Trotter, pres./general mgr., P.O. Box 1797, Hereford, TX 79045, 806/357-2241. Broken Box Ranch, P.O. Box 759, Williams, CA 95987, ofc. 530/473-2830, cell 530/681-5046,, Jerry and Sherry Maltby, owners. Capacity 5,000 head. Preconditioning, backgrounding, heifer development. Cal-Tex Feed Yard, Inc., 381 CR 373, Trent, TX 79561, 325/ 862-6111,, fax 325/862-6137, Rex Bland, pres., 325/537-9335; Rosemary Bland Hayster, 325/232-6498; Terry Brown, yard mgr., 325/862-6159; Jonny Edmondson, 325/338-7692. Full-service commercial cattle feeders. Cal-Tex Beef Coast to Coast. Cowley Farm & Feedlot, 546 North Main St., Venice, UT 84701, Ivan, Bradford and Jeremy Cowley, 435/8965260. 5,000 head capacity – backgrounding and finishing on silage, alfalfa, corn and barley. Hedging on request. Feller & Company Cattle Feeding, Tom Feller, Owner, Jordan Feller and Dwight Doffin, Managers, P.O. Box 784, Wisner, NE 68791. “Your Cattle. . .Your Money. . .Your Choice” – Call us today 888/529-6007.


Paco Feed Yard, Ltd., Box 956, Friona, TX 79035, 806/265-3281; 1-800/725-3433. Excellent facility, feeding and growing program. Cattle and feed financing available. Panhandle Feeders, Inc., P.O. Box 649, Morrill, NE 69358, ofc. 308/247-2004, fax 308/247-2643; Larry's cell: 308/631-1400; Steve Prue's cell: 308/631-6620. Full service feedlot, backgrounding to finished cattle. Call today for placement. Excellent weather conditions, good drainage, competitive feed pricing, customer financing and time-tested animal health program. Pinal Feeding Company, 38351 W. Cowtown Rd., Maricopa, AZ 85138. Ofc. 602/237-4003; feedlot 602/252-3467. Custom feeding, 170,000-head capacity. Tucumcari Feedyard, Preconditioning feedyard, P.O. Box 912, Tucumcari, NM 88401, office 575/4619736; management: Mark Whitten cell 575/403-8152; Dan Estrada 505/652-0195. Call us for further information. Western Nevada Cattle Feeders, 2105 Meridian Rd., Lovelock, NV 89419, 888/626-4440, Rick Marvel, feedlot mgr., Melanie Hamilton, office mgr. Capacity 12,000 head. Full service feedlot. Westlake Cattle Growers LLC, 3217N. Hwy. 191, Cochise, AZ 85606,, ofc. 520/384-3761, Gary A. Thrasher DVM, cell 520/508-5731. 12,000-head capacity. Processing, backgrounding, rehabilitation.

Running Creek Ranch, 45400 CR 21, Elizabeth, CO 80107. Pat Kelley, 303/840-1848; Joe Freund, 303/840-1850. Selling 200 purebred 2-year-old bulls and bred heifers annually at private treaty. Also a good selection of bred heifers always available. Your call or visit is always welcome.

LONGHORN Texas Longhorn Breeders Assn. of America 2315 N. Main St., Ste. 402, Fort Worth, TX 76164, ofc. 817/625-6241, fax 817/625-1388,, Also publishers of Texas Longhorn Trails monthly magazine.

MAINE-ANJOU American Maine-Anjou Association, P.O. Box 1100, Platte City, MO 64079-1100, office 816/431-9950, fax 816/431-9951,, Call or contact us for Association business or the breeder nearest you. Yardley Cattle Co., Gib Yardley & Family, P.O. Box 288, Beaver, UT 84713. Simmental, Maine-Anjou and Angus, plus crosses of all three breeds. Annual Female Sale Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Bull Sale 2nd Saturday in March.

PINZGAUER American Pinzgauer Association, Ken Paul, APA Breed Field Representative, 2586 County Rd. 232, Rockdale, TX 76567, 281/543-2411; email: Check us out on the web at:

RED ANGUS American Red Angus Association, 4201 N. I-35, Denton, TX 76207, office 940/387-3502, mobile 417/844-1009, Contact us for breed information, or for the breeder nearest you. Beckton Red Angus, 37 Beckton Dr., Sheridan, WY 82801. Cam Forbes, email:,, ofc. 307/6746095, eves. 307/674-8162, fax 307/672-7281. Annual Production Sale April every year. CB Ranch, 23080 Thomas Ave., Gerber, CA 96035, Bernie Hartman 530/385-1427. Quality breeding stock available. Gregory Red Angus, 6819 Churn Creek Rd., Redding, CA 96002. Bill & Maudie Gregory, 530/365-3153, fax 530/365-3153. Range ready bulls for the commercial cattleman. Livestock Market Digest

L Loonan Stock Farm, 1724 Holly Ave., Corning, IA 50841, Dick & Judy Loonan, 641/322-3921, Judy’s cell 515/423-5642, Rick’s cell 515/229-0920, Breeding quality Red Angus / Red Simmental / Simangus and Red Hybrid cattle. First Sat. in Feb. is opening day of our private treaty sale at the ranch. Phillips Ranch Red Angus, 5500 Buena Vista Rd., Ione, CA 95640, Cecil Felkins 209/274-4338. Top quality bulls and females available. Schou Ranch, P.O. Box 35, Lone Pine, CA 95526, Lewis Schou, 760/876-1122, Quality Red Angus bulls available. Shuman Reg. & Commercial Red Angus, Lauren & Mel Shuman, 707/777-3695, P.O. Box 185, Bridgeville, CA 95526. Performance tested & quality proven cattle since 1976. Southwest Red Angus Assn., P.O. Box 1380, Van Horn, TX 79855, Tim Head, (h) 432/283-1141, (c) 432-284-9664, Live calves, dams with strong maternal traits – “Try Red Angus Bulls”.

RED BRANGUS Southern Star Ranch, Michael H. & Claudia Sander, 2702 S. Westgate, Weslaco, TX 78596, 956/968-9650, office 956/968-4528. American Red Brangus bulls for sale.

SALERS American Salers Association, 19590 E. Main St. #202, Parker, CO 80138, 303/770-9292, e-mail:, Breed registry. Clark Ranch, 32190 CR 5, Karval, CO 80823. Clinton Clark. 719/446-5223 ranch, 719/892-0160 Clinton’s cell, Bulls and females available in the spring. Figure 4 Cattle Co., 14131 Harts Basin Rd., Eckert, CO 81418, 970/835-3944, (c) 970/216-8748, figurefour@, We raise Salers – Private treaty. Grass genetics. Jacobsen Ranch Salers, Wade Jacobsen & Family, 406/264-5889, cell 406/799-5889, Fax 406/264-5883,, 1282 US Hwy. 89, Sun River. MT 59483. See my December Production Sale ad in this issue! Salers heifers. Sale day phone: 407/727-5400. At the ranch Black Baldy heifers.

SANTA GERTRUDIS Lazy E Ranch, FM Road 939, Mart, TX 76664, John & Mary Wilson. Herd #413. Ft. Worth office 817/336-5214, ranch 254/863-5716.

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Siler Santa Gertrudis, David and Avanell Siler, P.O. Box 3, Doole, Texas 76836, 325/483-5449. Breeding stock available. Snodgrass Cattle Co., 2200 CR 705, Joshua, TX 76058. “Home of Stormin’ Norman”. Randy Snodgrass 817/556-8245. Performance tested bulls & females. Wendt Ranch, 5473 FM 457, Bay City, TX 77414. Dan Wendt, 979/245-5100; 979/244-6774 (mob), 979/244-4386 (f),, Quality Santa Gertrudis since 1954. Performance tested. Breeding-age bulls available. Also select females year-round. Woman Hollerin Ranch, Ricky & Betty McCormick, 1211 Peach Ridge Rd., Brookshire, TX 77423, ranch 281/3756861, Betty’s cell 281/797-6355, rickydmc@, Semen on Bar 5-E7.

SHORTHORN American Shorthorn Association, 8288 Hascall St., Omaha, NE 68124-3234., 402/393-7200. Call or write for breed information, breeder listings or special Shorthorn events. Bennett Shorthorns, Oakville, WA, John & Donna Bennett. Private treaty year round. Calves in the fall. Shorthorns are an excellent choice for marbling and high gradability! Call 360/273-9932 for performance data! Breeding stock available at all times.


HORSES Brooks Quarter Horses, For cowhorses you can depend on and be proud of, give us a call 209/984-4853. 9700 Rock River Rd., Jamestown, CA 95327, Cal Poly Ranch Horse Sale, Animal Sciences Dept., San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, Pete Agalos, 805/748-2893. Call for information.

SHEEP American Hampshire Sheep Association, 15603 173rd Ave., Milo, IA 50166, 641/9426402,; Karey Claghorn, executive secretary. Write or call for brochures or breeder listings. American Oxford Sheep Association, Mary Blome, sec., 217/325-3515, 1960 E 2100 N Rd., Stonington, IL 62567. Call or write for free brochure or breeder listings. American Sheep Industry Assoc., Inc., Judy Malone, 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360, Englewood, CO 80112, 303/771-3500,,, National Trade Association for the Sheep Industry. Continental Dorset Club,, “The mother breed.” Out-of-season lambing. Debra Hopkins, 401/647-4676, P.O. Box 506, N. Scituate, RI 02857, Breed information and breeder listings. Fisher Texels,, 2275 N. Grays Creek Rd., Indian Valley, ID 83632, Niki Fisher, 208/256-4426, Call for information on The Lean Meat Breed.

Pine Ridge Ranch, 9876 Plano Rd., Dallas, TX 75238. Bill & Jane Travis, ofc. 214/369-0990, eves. 214/348-1618,, fax 214/369-9132, “Hot Weather Cattle with a Quality Carcass.” High quality Simbrah breeding stock available private treaty year round.

Katahdin Sheep, Low-Maintenance Meat Breed – NO SHEARING! – Excellent Maternal Traits. Think about it! Call or write for information or breeders list. Jim Morgan, phone: 479/4448441, Katahdin Hair Sheep International, P.O. Box 778L, Fayetteville, AR 72702,,

Yardley Cattle Co., Gib Yardley & Family, P.O. Box 288, Beaver, UT 84713. Simmental, Maine-Anjou and Angus, plus crosses of all three breeds. Annual Female Sale Sat. prior to Thanksgiving. Bull Sale 2nd Saturday in March.

New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., Mark Kincaid, President, P.O. Box 7520, Albuquerque, NM 87107, Office located at 2231 Rio Grande Blvd NW, 505/247-0584, (f) 505/842-1766,, Call, write or email for membership information.

SOUTH DEVON North American South Devon Assn., 19590 E. Main St., Ste. 104, Parker, CO 80135. Gentle cattle with proven feed efficiency. For more info. or breeder listings call 303/770-9292,

North American Clun Forest Association, “When mothering matters.” “Bets” Reedy, 507/864-7585, 21727 Randall Dr., Houston, MN 55943. Email:,




Marketing AUCTION MARKETS ARIZONA Marana Stockyards and Livestock Market, P.O. Box 280, Marana, AZ 85653, 520/6824400; fax 520/682-4191; Joe Parsons 520/682-3917, (mob.) 520/444-0990; Clay Parsons 520/682-4224, (mob.) 520/444-7650. Reg. sales Thurs., 10:30 a.m., all classes of cattle. Special sales in season as advertised. Pacific Livestock Auction, 5025 W. Pecos Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226, ph/fax 480/839-2938, Fred & Steve Lueck, owners. Wed. at 12:30 p.m. cattle only; Sat. at 11:00 a.m. horses, tack, pigs, goats, cattle. Special sales in season as advertised. Prescott Livestock Auction, P.O. Box 5880, Prescott, AZ 86323, Richard & Janet Smyer, office 928-445-9571, Richard’s cell 928/925-1848. Sale time 11 a.m. Sales Jan-Apr and Jul-Aug every other week; MayJun and Sept-Dec every week. Hosting Cattlemen’s Weekend sale in March each year. Call for exact dates. Valley Livestock Auction, LLC, P.O. Box 4053, Sun Valley, AZ 86029, Derek & Ilene Wagoner, ofc. 928/524-2600; 800/777-4269 (4 COW); mob. 928/241-0920. Regular sales Wednesdays, cattle, horses, sheep and goats. Special sales in season or as advertised. Willcox Livestock Auction,; P.O. Box 1117, Willcox, AZ 85643, 520/384-2206, Sonny Shores, Jr., Sales Thursdays 11 a.m., cattle and horses.

CALIFORNIA Dos Palos “Y” Auction Yard, 16575 S. Hwy. 33, Dos Palos, CA 93620-9618. Joel E. Cozzi, 209/769-4660 (cell), Joey A. Cozzi, 209/769-4662 (cell), Marie Alfaro o/m 209/387-4113, Regular sales Monday 1:00 p.m. — all classes of cattle, including dairy cattle; Thursday 12 noon — butcher cattle. Special feeder sales in season as advertised. Escalon Livestock Market, 25525 E. Lone Tree Rd., Escalon, CA 95320,, Miguel A. Machado 209/595-2014 cell office 209/838-7011. See our ad and daily schedule in this issue. Euclid Stockyards, Jeremy Gorham, Sale Yard 909/597-4818, Cell 909/282-2198, Ontario, California. Stocker and feeder cattle sale every Wednesday at 1 p.m.; butcher cows Monday-Friday 9:00 to noon.

Fresno Livestock Commission, LLC, 559 W. Lincoln, Fresno, CA 93706, 559/2375259. Phil Tews owner/auctioneer, Cindy Tews and Wendy Kenison owners/office managers. Thursday, 12 noon slaughter cows and bulls (dairy and beef); 1st Thurs. each month fresh heifer/springers/open heifers; Saturdays 9 a.m. hogs, goats, sheep, horses, beef cattle (all classes). Humboldt Auction Yard, Inc., 707/725-5188, eves. 707/725-6588, P.O. Box 313, Fortuna, CA 95540. Sale every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. — all classes of livestock. Orland Livestock Commission, Inc., P.O. Box 96, Orland, CA 95963. Ed Lacque, owner/mgr., 530/865-4527; Wade Lacque, auctioneer. Sales: Weds., 12 noon, misc. Thursdays, 12 noon, feeder cattle. Templeton Livestock Market, P.O. Box 308, Templeton, CA 93465, fax 805/434-1816, 805/434-1866. Randy Baxley, owner, 559/906-9760, 559/622-9634 eves. Regular sales: Saturday 11:30 a.m. Slaughter cattle; 1:00 p.m. stocker and feeder cattle. Tulare County Stockyards,, 9641 Ave. 384, Dinuba, CA 93618, ofc. 559/ 591-0884. Regular sales: Tues. goats; Friday feeder cattle. Bull sale annually – last Saturday in September. Turlock Livestock Auction, 10430 N. Lander Ave., Turlock, CA 95380, P.O. Box 3030, Turlock, CA 95381, auction phone 209/634-4326, fax 209/6344396,, Owners Karen Cozzi & family, Max Olvera, Steve Faria. Sale days: Tues. – feeders, pairs, bred cows, cull cows & bulls; ; Weds. – cull cows & bulls; Fri. – dairy replacements, cull cows & bulls. Visalia Livestock Market, P.O. Box 2529, Visalia, CA 93279. 559/625-9615, Randy Baxley, owner, 559/622-9634 eves, 559/906-9760 cell. Beth Baxley, office manager; Sam Avila,yard manager, 559/799-3854. Regular sales Wed., 11:30 a.m., slaughter cattle; 1:00 p.m., stocker and feeder cattle.

COLORADO La Junta Livestock Commission Co., Don Honey, 719/384-7781, eves 719/384-7189, 24026 CR 30.25, La Junta, CO 81050, Regular sale: Wed., 10 a.m. all classes of cattle. Also handling special consignment sales.

IDAHO Treasure Valley Livestock Auction, 208/459-7475 ofc., 208/868-3243 Ron Davison eves; 208/845-2090 Frank Bachman eves. Sales start at 10 a.m., Monday – butcher cattle; Friday – beef cattle; 2nd and 4th Saturdays – hogs, sheep, goats and cattle; Special sales as advertised. Out-ofstate 800/788-4429; fax 208/454-0605. P.O. Box 639, Caldwell, ID 83605.

Twin Falls Livestock Commission,, 630 Commercial Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301. Bruce Billington, Mike Elliott, Stenson Clontz, Jerry Stewart, 208/733-7474. Sales Wed. 11:00 a.m. cattle, and Sat. 11:00 a.m. all classes. Oldest established livestock auction yard in Idaho.

KANSAS Winfield Livestock Auction, Inc., John Brazle, 7168 U.S. 160, Winfield, KS 67156,, ofc. 620/221-4364, eves. 620/221-6647. Sales Wed. 11 a.m., all classes of cattle. Special feeder and stocker sales in season.

NEBRASKA Atkinson Livestock Market, Reg. sales Tues. — all classes of cattle. Michael Tasler. Call for information on special sales, 402/925-5141. P.O. Box 279, Atkinson, NE 68713. Bassett Livestock Auction, Inc., Regular cattle sales Weds., 12:00 noon. Call for info. on special feeder and stocker sales most Weds. 402/684-2361, Box 9, Bassett, NE 68714. Don Painter & Arlen Nelson, owners. Jeri Nelson, ofc. mgr., Crawford Livestock Market, P.O. Box 525, Crawford, NE 69339-0525, Jack & Laurel Hunter, office 308/665-2220, Jack 308/430-9108, Norfolk Livestock Market, P.O. Box 723, Norfolk, NE 68701, Bart Koinzan, office 402/371-0500, cell 402/649-1029, toll free in NE 800/672-8344. Sales: Thurs. 12:15 feeder cattle; Fri. 8 a.m. slaughter cattle and fats; Sat. 8 a.m. butcher hogs, 10:30 a.m. feeder pigs, baby calves, sheep & goats. Horse sales as advertised.

NEW MEXICO Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction, Inc., P.O. Box 608, Belen, NM 87002, Charlie Myers 505/864-7451, Fax 505/864-7073. Reg. sales: Fri. 9 a.m. cattle; 1st and 3rd Thurs. sheep, goats and horses. Clovis Livestock Auction, P.O. Box 187, Clovis, NM 88101. Charlie Rogers,, 575/7624422. Regular sales Wed., 9 a.m. Special horse sales and cow sales as advertised. Five States Livestock Auction, Box 266, Clayton, NM 88415, Sale Barn: 575/374-2505, Kenny Dellinger, Mgr., 575/207-7761, Watts Line 1-800/438-5764. Active buyers on all classes of cattle. Stocker demand within excellent wheat pasture and grass demand. Supporters of vaccination program of your choice. Four active packer buyers, supported by area feedlots on these feeder cattle. Receiving station available. Sheep sale 2nd to last Wednesday every month! We appreciate your business. Roswell Livestock Auction,, 900 N. Garden, 575/622-5580, P.O. Box 2041, Roswell, NM 88201. Cattle sales Mondays. Horse sales in April, June, Sept. and Dec.

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Southwest Livestock Auction, 24 Dalies Rd., Los Lunas, NM 87031, ofc.: 505/ 865-4600; fax: 505/865-0149. Dennis Chavez, owner/mgr.; Delbert Autrey, auctioneer. Quarterly horse sales. Regular sales, Sat. at 12 noon., dairy/ranch cattle, horses.

OREGON Klamath Livestock Auction, Inc., 1601 Laverne, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. Pat Goodell, 541/884-9667, Kenny Fay, 541/892-2067. Regular sales Tues., 1 p.m. – all classes of livestock. Call for information on Special Video Sales – special sales in season as advertised.

TENNESSEE Knoxville Livestock Auction Center, Inc., P.O. Box 167, Mascot, TN 37806. Jason Bailey, mgr., office 865/933-1691; cell 865/603-6410. Regular sales Weds., 12:00 p.m. All classes of cattle; horse sales 2nd Sat. each month. Special Feeder Sales Sept.–March as advertised.

UTAH Smithfield Livestock Auction,, Lane or Dean Parker 435/757-4643, sale barn 435/5633259,, P.O. Box 155, Smithfield, UT 84321. Regular Cattle Sales every Thurs. Dairy sales 1st & 3rd Thurs.

Services A.I./EMBRYO/SEMEN All West/Select Sires, Leaders in the AI industry since 1941. Semen available on over 100 trait leaders in all breeds., P.O. Box 507, Burlington, WA 98233, 360/757-6093, 800/426-2697; in Calif. 800/278-8254. Call for your free directory. Hoffman A.I. Breeders,, 1950 S. Hwy. 89-91, Logan, UT 84321. Doug Coombs, 435/753-7883. Custom bull and stallion semen collection, freezing and storage. JLG Enterprises, Inc., Jack Lerch, 209/847-4797, P.O. Box 1375, Oakdale, CA 95361, Bull housing, semen collection, testing, evaluation.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Farm Credit of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Clovis, Roswell and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Whatever your farm and ranch loan needs – Come to the experts! 1-800/451-5997,

WASHINGTON Toppenish Livestock Commission,, 428 S “G” St., Toppenish, WA. 98948, Jeff Wiersma, John Topp 509/865-2820. Sale days every Mon., 1:00 p.m., dairy, feeder and slaughter cattle. 1:00 p.m. Special Dairy sale, 1st Fri. every month. Thurs., 11 a.m. Feeder cattle, slaughter cows. Sale every Sat 11 a.m. all classes of livestock.

WYOMING Torrington Livestock Market, LLC,, P.O. Box 1097, Torrington, WY 82240, 307/532-3333. Shawn Madden, Lex Madden, Michael Schmitt. Fri.: reg. sales all classes of livestock. Weds.: calf and yearling feeder specials. Mon.: calf and bred cow sales in season. NOW OFFERING VIDEO SALES through Cattle Country Video Sales, 1-888/322-8853.


SALE MANAGERS/AUCTIONEERS Conover Auction Service, Inc.,, P. O. Box 9, Baxter, IA 50028. Al & Jeanne Conover, office 641/227-3537, eves. 641/227-3638, Al 515/491-8078, fax 641/227-3792. Auctioneering and sales management. Odle-Cumberlin Auctioneers,, email:, P.O. Box 248, Brush, CO 80723, 970/8422822, fax 970/842-2824, Deanna Christensen. Specializing in farm equipment, real estate and livestock auctions. Call us for YOUR next auction.

California Livestock Commission Co., Howard Smithers, Pres., P.O. Box 1292, Brawley, CA 92227, office phone: 760/3440796,

Dub Venable, Inc., Rt. 1, Anadarko, OK 73005, ofc. 405/ 247-5761; cell 405/933-1043. Auctioneer and sales management: “CALL US FIRST!”

Charles D. Leonard, Feeder cattle, commodities broker, Leonard Cattle Co., P.O. Box 349, Springfield, NE 68059, 402/253-3003, 1-800/228-7301.

Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers and Real Estate Services Chuck Yarbro Senior 509/765-6869, Chuck Yarbro Junior 509/760-3789 cell, 213 South Beech, Moses Lake, WA 98837,,

GENETICS Jauer Dependable Genetics, 31059 Juniper Ave., Hinton, IA 51024,, Roger 712/947-4357, Kurt 712/947-4338, Our program is committed to producing efficient Angus mama cows that are deep, thick and easy fleshing with minimal maintenance requirements.

LIVESTOCK HAULERS Stuhaan Cattle, Dane Stuhaan, (CA) 559/688-7695 or cell (NE): 559/280-7695. Livestock hauling in western United States.

PACKING HOUSES San Angelo Packing Co, Inc. 1809 North Bell St., San Angelo, TX 76903, P.O. Box 1469, San Angelo, TX 76902, 800/588-6328, 800/LUV-MEAT. A dirrect market for the producer. A buyer of quality slaughter cows and bulls. Competitive market for all breeds of cattle; receiving 24/7. Over 30 years of prompt and courteous service.

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Thompson Livestock, Inc., 20265 Superior Place, Whitewood, SD 57793, Tommy Thompson, Ted Thompson, Charlotte Thompson – office manager, 605/269-2222. Order buyers, buying and selling cattle and sheep year-round. Email: 1-800/228-7301.

PUBLICATIONS Livestock Market Digest, Lee Pitts, Exec. Editor, P.O. Box 7458, Abq., NM 87194,, 505/243-9515, THE source for analysis of current livestock industry issues. Visit our website, call, or write for subscriptions and advertising. New Mexico Stockman Magazine, Caren Cowan, Publisher, P.O. Box 7127, Abq., NM 87194,, 505/243-9515, Serving the Southwest for over 75 years. Visit our website, call, or write for subscriptions and advertising.

REAL ESTATE Agrilands Real Estate,, Jack Horton 541/473-3100, A great selection of ranches in several western states. Give us a try – thank you! Ken Ahler Real Estate Co., Inc., 1435 S. St. Francis Drive, Ste. 210, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Ken Ahler, broker, ofc. 505/9897573,, eves. 505/4900220, Serving your farm and ranch real estate needs since 1981. Arizona Ranch Realty,, P.O. Box 90806, Tucson, AZ 86752, Scott Thacker,, 520/444-7069, Serving farm, ranch and commercial agriculture in Arizona for two generations.


Azure Enterprises, Inc., P.O. Box 880, Las Vegas, NM 87701 (mailing address), HC 69-60, Sapello, NM 87745 (office). Larry Brow, ofc. 505/454-6000; cell 505/429-0039. Find your dream property – visit our website: Baker City Realty, 1705 Main St., Ste. 100, Baker City, Oregon 97814, Andrew Bryan owner/broker 541/523-5871, cell 208/484-5835. Your eastern Oregon specialist in rural properties. Bar M Real Estate, Scott McNally, Qualifying Broker, P.O. Box 428, Roswell, NM 88202, 575/622-5867, 575/420-1237, Visit me at Farm & ranch sales; general certified appraiser. Bottari & Associates, P.O. Box 368, 1222 6th St., Wells, NV 89835. Paul D. Bottari, ofc. 775/752-3040, eves. 702/752-3809, cell 775/752-0952, fax 775/752-3021,, Specializing in farms and ranches in Nevada. Buena Vista Realty, A.H. Jack Merrick, 521 W. 2nd, Portales, NM 88130,, 575/2260671. Provide quality real estate service to buyers & sellers. Dairy, farm, ranch, commercial, or residential. We are committed to good honest service.





Headquarters West Real Estate/Sonoita, P.O. Box 1039, Sonoita, AZ 85637, 520/4555834, Sam Hubbell 520/609-2546, Call us for your farm & ranch needs in Arizona. Headquarters West Real Estate/Tucson, 4582 W. 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718, 520/792-2652, Walter Lane cell 520/4441240,, Serving your farm and ranch needs in Arizona. Home Ranch Properties and Equities Inc., P.O. Box 1020, Cottonwood, AZ 96022, ofc. 530/347-9455. R.G. Davis, broker 530/9491875, Jeff Davis, realtor 530/604-3655, Tonya Redamonti, realtor 530/521-6054, Huguley Co., P.O. Box 1316, Clovis, NM 88102, Marvin Huguley & Son,, 575/763-3851. Serving NM, West TX & CO since 1962. Kern Land, Inc., Dave Kern, Qualifying Broker, P.O. Box 805, Clovis, NM 88102-0805, 575/762-3707,, Ag real estate services for 26 years in New Mexico. years in New Mexico.

Cascade Real Estate, 10886 Hwy. 62, Eagle Point, OR 97524, 800/ 343-4165, Mr. Cowman! Come to our country! Working cow & horse ranches, cut over timberland, lakes and streams. FREE BROCHURES.

Kiowa Land & Sales, P.O. Box 5, Raton, NM 87740, 575/445-4077, Punch Hennigan, qualified broker, cell 575/447-7758,, email: Serving your New Mexico needs in farm and ranch sales, and land management. Res. & commercial.

Cascades East Realty, 20602 Coventry Circle, Bend, Oregon 97702, Jon McLagan 541/480-4403, cell 541/5199399. Serving central & eastern Oregon. Call for more information and review our listings.

Mason & Morse Ranch Co., 1614 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, toll free 877/207-9700, ofc. 970/9287100, fax 877-613-6363, Robb Van Pelt, broker, email

Century 21 Associated Professionals, Inc. / Berry Lucas cell 575/361-7980, office 575/885-9722, 1205 W. Pierce, Carlsbad, NM 88220, Affordable ranches in Southeast New Mexico.

Chas. S. Middleton and Son, 1507 13th St., Lubbock, TX 79401, 806/7635331, Sam’s cell 817/304-0504, sam@ Ranch Sales & Appraisals – serving the ranching industry since 1920.

Chip Cole, Ranch Broker, 14 E. Beauregard, Ste. 201, San Angelo, TX 76903, 325/655-3555. Comm. cattle. Ranch real estate. Selling West Texas for over 30 years. David Dean – Campo Bonito, LLC, Ranch Sales, Leasing and Management – New Mexico/west Texas ranches., P.O. Box 1056, Davis, TX 79734,, David P. Dean: ranch 432/426-3779, mob. 432/634-0441. Fallon-Cortese Land, 1606 E. Sumner Ave., Box 409, Ft. Sumner, NM 88119,, 575/3552855, 575/760-3838, 575/760-3818. Sales of New Mexico ranches since 1972. Headquarters West Ltd./Scottsdale, 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Ste. 223, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, Con A. Englehorn: off. 602/258-1647, cell 602/206-1224. Serving area ranch needs. “Call us first”






Premiere Intermountain Properties, Montana farm and ranch brokers. P.O. Box 30755, Billings, MT 59107, ofc.: 406/2592544. Brian Anderson, broker and sales, (c) 406/839-7439; John Goggins, broker/sales, (c) 406/ 698-4159; Roger Jacobs, broker/ sales, (c) 406/698-7686; Patrick K. Goggins, broker-owner. Joe Priest Real Estate, 1205 N. Hwy. 175, Seagoville, TX 75159, 972/287-4548, 214/676-6973, 800/671-4548., Many years serving the farm & ranch needs of the area. Ranch Land Co., 430 W. Beauregard, Ste. C, San Angelo, TX 76903, Leon Nance, ofc. 325/658-8978, cell 325/340-6332,, Rivalé Ranch Realty, Raymond Rivalé, broker, P.O. Box 217, Des Moines, NM 88418, 575/207-7484, email:, I specialize in farm & ranch land in New Mexico. RK Auctions, 3489 Hwy. 200 S, Lindsay, MT 59339, 406/ 485-2548, Rick Kniepkamp’s cell 406/9391632. House and real estate auctions. Schrimsher Ranch Real Estate, LLC, Keith Schrimsher, P.O. Box 802, Roswell, NM 88202, 575/622-2343,, Check our website for our newest listings. Scott Land Company,, 1301 Front St., Dimmitt, TX 79027-3246. Ben G. Scott, qualifying broker, Krystal Nelson, qualifying broker, 800/933-9698 day or night; fax 806/647-0950; Ben’s cell 806/3418988, Krystal’s cell 806/647-6063. Selling ranches throughout the Southwest since 1966. Ranches, farms, feedyards, grain handling facilities.

New Mexico Property Group LLC, 615 West Rt. 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401. O: 575/ 461-4426; C: 575/403-7138; Fax: 575/ 461-8422;; Richard Randals, Qualifying Broker; Tom Sidwell, Associate Broker.

Shasta Land Services, Inc., 358 Hartnell Ave., Ste. C, Redding, CA 96002. Bill Wright, 530/221-8100. Specializing in agricultural properties throughout northern California and southern Oregon. Brokerage, appraisals, mortgage, management. Visit our web page:

O’Neill Agricultural, LLC, Timothy John O’Neill, P.O. Box 145, Cimarron, NM 87714, 575/376-2341, Real estate services & ranch mapping services.

Stockmen’s Realty, P.O. Box 191, Sonoita, AZ 85637, Nancy Belt office 520/455-0633, fax 520/455-0733, cell 520/221-0807, Ranches-Land-Farms. “Thinking of Buying or Selling? Call ‘Cause We’ll Get ‘er Done!”

Oregon Opportunities Real Estate,, 548 Business Park Dr., Ste. 101, Medford, OR 97504, 541/772-0000, 800/772-7284, fax 541/772-7001, email: Southern Oregon farms, ranches and comm. properties. Pfister Land Co. LLC, P.O. Box 338, Buffalo, WY 82834, Rob Pfister: ofc. 307/684-5201, cell 307/6200064,, toll free 877/805-9165. Licenses in WY, MT, CO, NE, ND, SD, ID, UT & CA. Full range of real estate services. “Catering to your every need.”

Joe Stubblefield and Associates, 13830 Western St., Amarillo, TX 79118,, 806/622-3482, Joe: 806/674-2062, Michael Perez: Nara Visa, NM 575/403-7970. Agricultural land loans. Interest rates as low as 3%. Payments scheduled on 25 years. Terrell Land & Livestock Company Tye C. Terrell, Jr., qualifying broker, office: 575/447-6041, P.O. Box 3188, Los Lunas, NM 87031. Selling ranches since 1972. We know New Mexico and New Mexico’s needs. Livestock Market Digest

Waldo Real Estate, 937 SW 30th St., Ontario, OR 97914, David M. Waldo, principal broker, 541/889-8160. Serving Oregon and Idaho farms and ranches since 1976. Walker Ranch Sales / Corrales Realty 4313 Corrales Rd., Corrales, NM 87048, 505/615-3131, fax 505/890-3368., Ranches and destination rural properties. W.I.N. REALTY, Myrl Goodwin, 6101 W. Country Club Rd., Canyon, TX 79015, 806/655-7171, cell: 806/570-7171, fax: 806/655-1868, Real estate – ranches. Licensed in TX, NM, CO and OK.

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STATE ASSOCIATIONS California Cattlemen’s Association,, 916/444-0845, 1221 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814, Billy Gatlin, exec. vice pres., Call or write for information. Also publishers of the California Cattleman monthly except July/August is combined. New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, Rex Wilson, Pres.,, P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM 87194, located at 2231 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Ph: 505/247-0584, Fx: 505/842-1766, nmcga@ Representing the beef industry and private property rights in New Mexico and 14 other states. Visit our website/call/write/email for membership info. New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Bebo (Don L.) Lee, President, P.O. Box 149, Alamogordo, NM 88310, 575/963-2505,, Representing federal & state trust land users in New Mexico & across the West. Call, write or email for membership information. New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., Marc Kincaid, President, P.O. Box 7520, Albuquerque, NM 87194, office located at 2231 Rio Grande Blvd., NW,, 505/2470584, fax 505/ 842-1766. Trade organization for New Mexico’s sheep industry. North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, State Graded Feeder, Stocker and Value Added Sales in spring, summer and fall – over 20,000 head annually. Bryan Blinson,, 919/552-9111, 2228 N. Main St., Fuquay Varina, NC 27526, email: Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, P.O. Box 9, Dadeville, VA 24083, Bill McKinnon 540/992-1009 or 540/641-2449. Graded feeders & stocker sales, over 125,000 head available. In-barn Tel-OAuction, load lots & board sales. Cattle available on a year-round basis.

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Suppliers & Manufacturers BRANDERS L&H Manufacturing, “The Hot One” electric branders. Box 629, Mandan, ND 58554. 1-800/437-8068,

Bowman Livestock Equipment Co., America’s premier cattle handling equipment. Write or call for full details, 877/521-9111. P.O. Box 345, Herington, Kansas 67449. See my display ad! Pearson Livestock Equipment, www., Box 268, Thedford, NE 69166, 308/645-2231, “Designed by cattlemen for cattlemen.”

PolyDome, 62842 250th St., Litchfield, MN 55355, 800/328-7659. Manufacturers of new and improved calf housing. Many styles to choose from. Call for dealer nearest you.

CATTLE HANDLING EQUIPMENT Behlen Country, P.O. Box 569, Columbus, NE 68602. For your nearest dealer, call 800/447-2751, or see: Hardworking equipment for the serious livestock producer, heavy-duty gates, stock tanks (metal and poly), squeeze chutes (hydraulic and manual), complete working systems and other products.

Valley Oaks Ranch Supply, Call Jared Holve at 559/359-0386. Certified livestock scales, Silencer hydraulic squeeze chutes, Roto Grind tub grinders; fencing.




Oteco Wheel Track Filler, Visit our website: 307/3229415, 307/331-1996. Fills ruts properly and with the correct material. One-man operation. Off season uses include filling ruts in roads and transporting grain.

Branson Tractors, 2100 Cedartown Hwy., Rome, GA 30161, 877/734-2022. For information contact us regarding our awesome line of tractors and farm equipment. Check our website: Find a dealer in your area – US and Canada. Conlin Supply Co., Inc., 576 Warnerville Rd., Oakdale, CA 95361. Everything for the farm and ranch needs. Online catalog: 209/874-8977, Merced 209/725-1100. Kaddatz Auctioneering & Farm Equipment Sales New & used tractors, equipment, parts and salvage yard. Order parts online., 254/582-3000.

Foster Commodities, 900 W. Belgravia Ave., Fresno, CA 93706, toll free 1-800/742-1816. Manufacturers of liquid Fos Pro-Lix supplements. Sweet Pro Supplements, Premium Feed Supplements for all your supplement needs. P.O. Box 333, Seligman, AZ 86337, 602/319-2538, 928/422-4217. Arizona and New Mexico! See our ad!

FENCING Wedge-Loc Co. Inc., 1580 N. Pendleton Dr., Rio Rico, AZ 85648, 1-800/669-7218. Wedge-Loc™ bracing hardware for T-posts, fencing. No more digging post holes. email:

Oregon Farms and Ranches WESTFALL RANCH: Approximately 26,500 deeded acres - 2,000 irrigated – 21,949 AUMs BLM – together covering about 170,000 acres – owner rated at 3,000 HD year around – can split reducing to approximately 2,000 mother cows in one solid block if desired – total priced at $20,000,000 – Seller motivated – please call to discuss in more detail. BROWN FARM: Approximately 1,642 deeded acres – 1,000± irrigated – 6 pivots – gravity pressure – 400± acres dry farm – currently in wheat, alfalfa and timothy hay – improvements - $3,700,000. DAHLE RANCH: Rated at approximately 647 head year around – 1,300 deeded - 400 irrigated – 4,551 AUM’S BLM – covering about 50,000 total acres – no improvements - $2,000,000 - CAN ADD: adjoining neighboring ranch with good improvements rated at 200 hd. year around – 1,798 deeded plus BLM – priced at $1,250,000 - MAKING 800 HD MOTHER COWS YEAR LONG plus supporting stock @ $3,250,000 – please call for details. INDIAN CREEK: Approximately 1,035 deeded acres – 288 dry farm – 21 irrigated – 35 timber – 683 range – minutes to Elgin, OR – modest improvements – deer, elk & turkey – a great little lifestyle opportunity. - $825,000


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FLY CONTROL P.H. White Co.,, 800/344-0115, P.O. Box 155, Dyersburg, TN 38025. Cow Life – Cattle Rub. Full season fly control . . . anywhere!

HARNESS, SADDLE & TACK Big Bend Saddlery,, P.O. Box 38, Alpine, TX 79831, 2701 E. Hwy. 90, Alpine, TX 79830, 432/837-5551 or toll free 1-800/634-4502. Manufacturers of fine custom-made saddles, bridles, bits and tack; custom chaps, leggings and belts. Also suppliers of brush jackets, western hats, range teepees and bedrolls; full line of cast-iron cookers. Blevins Mfg. Co., Inc., 615 Ferguson Road, Wheatland, WY 82201. 307/322-2190. Stirrup buckles.

LIVESTOCK FEEDING EQUIPMENT Richard Cox Manufacturing,, 25584 Highway 65, P.O. Box 387, Carrollton, MO 64633, 660/542-0967,, fax 660/542-0982. The “Feed King” Portable Cattle Feeder is available in 5 sizes: 90 bushel, 125bu, 150bu, 250bu & 300bu capacities, with or without creep pens & the Portable Round Bale Feeder in 8' & 16' lengths.

T&S Manufacturing, P.O. Box 336, Jermyn, TX 76459, 940/3422005. Manufacturer of trip hopper cattle feeders – feed bulk accurately! Southwest Metal Works, Clayton, NM, 575/374-2723; Roswell Livestock & Farm Supply, 1105, E. 2nd, Roswell, NM 88201, 575/622-9164; Cortese Feed, Knox Cortese, Ft. Sumner, NM 575/3552271; Bell Trailer Plex, Amarillo, TX, 806/6222992; Randy Stalls, McLean, TX, 806/886-2222, 806/779-2229. See our display ad!

Circle D Corporation,, 613 North Ash, Hillsboro, KS 67063, 620/947-2385. Gooseneck stock trailers by Circle D. Built to pull better – longer. Flatbed trailers, livestock trailers. T&T Trailer Sales,, 505/8648899, Todd & Callie Gibson, 19480 Hwy. 314, Belen NM 87002. Quality name brands from a dealer you can trust. Circle D, GR, Elite and Calico trailers, parts and service for all makes, CM Truck Beds.

LIVESTOCK HANDLING EQUIPMENT JL Enterprises, 3297 N. Prairie Trail Rd., Sutherland, NE 69165, Jim Lantis cell 308/386-8852, 800/793-4283,,, Livestock scales, Daniel’s Equipment, Pearson Chutes, Titan Equipment, Winkle Equipment.

LIVESTOCK WATERERS Miraco Manufacturing,, 800/541-7866, P.O. Box 686, Grinnell, IA 50211. Manufacturers of Mira-Fount Livestock Waterers – beef, dairy, hogs. Totally energy-free waterers. Call, write or visit our website for more info.

Scott Manufacturers, Inc., 308/282-0532 or 1-800/435-0532. Jerry Scott. Livestock handling equipment, side roll irrigation systems.

METAL BUILDINGS American Steel Span Buildings, We offer a wide range of farm and comm. buildings. All of our buildings have a 30-year warranty and we deliver coast to coast. Call for prices 1-800/237-9620, ext. 314,

LIVESTOCK TRAILERS Big Bend Trailers, 17257 State Hwy. 166, Ft. Davis, TX 79734, Jim & Kellie Dyer 432/426-3435. Ranch tough . . . at a fair price. Nationwide delivery available



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SEED Hankins Seed Co., Box 98, Bonanza, OR 97623, 541/545-6649, Grass seed available – distributor of Teff Seeds. We ship – the seed grows rapidly and makes excellent horse hay.



Swihart Sales Company, 7240 County Rd. AA, Quinter, Kansas 67752,, 785/754-3513, 800/864-4595. We offer a complete line of low volume mist blowers. See our display ad.

TUB GRINDERS Jones Manufacturing Co., Visit our website: P.O. Box 38, Beemer, NE 68716, 402/5283861; Since 1929 – building high quality, high durability tub grinders.

VET SUPPLIES Animal Health Express, Barbara Jackson, 4439 N. Hwy. Dr. #2, Tucson, AZ. 85705, 1-800/533-8115. Supplier of animal health products, livestock supplies, supplements, equine supplier and more. Please call for a free catalog. Inosol California Bander Castrator,, 1774 Citrus Ln., El Centro, CA 92243, 1-800/847-2533. You gain the advantage of delayed castration. You gain again with a lower cost of castration.

WATER TROUGHS Round Water Troughs, Brian Booher, office 915/859-6843, Brian 915/539-7781. Plate steel construction, plate steel floors, pipeline compatible. El Paso, Texas.

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Rancho Cerro Prieto – Stanfield Ariz.: Two-section ranch, priced right. Arizona State Lease. Owner/Agent. Possible owner carry with low down! Asking $25,000 (7 Irrigated Acres near the entrance to the ranch may be added for an additional $32,000) Sentinel Ranch – Gila Bend Ariz: 55head year-long, possibility of increases in wet winters. BLM and State, No Deeded. Artex Ranch – Gila Bend, Ariz.: 84-head year-long on State & BLM. “Ephemeral Use” potential. Owner has a history of 400600 head of cows for periods of cooler, wet weather. Feed Store Business Opportunity: Picture Rocks, Ariz.: Family feed store business with $16,000 inventory. Asking $175,000 Cactus Ridge Ranch: San Manuel, Ariz.: 48-head year-long. Very nice bunkhouse on the site. 7 acres deeded. Ranch might be a candidate for FSA. Asking $325,000



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REDUCED & ADJUSTED! – Broken Arrow Ranches: Western Arizona: 2 contiguous ranches (North Clem & Saddle Mountain). Historically strong steer ranches w/large ephemeral increases during the winter. 450 head year-long or 900 steers seasonally. 71 Deeded Acres plus BLM & State Leases. Nice Manufactured Home. Owner May Split! Asking $599,000 Beloat Ranch: Rainbow Valley AZ, 300 head BLM & State Lease. Ranch located in the Western AZ desert, basic housing on State Land, well developed and maintained. No deeded. Asking $615,000 Split Rock Ranch: Paradise Ariz.: 6,000 acres deeded, 200 hd., State, BLM, forest, Increased AG production could be developed. Asking $3,631,800

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Featured Ranches Sale COVERED S RRAAANCH COVERED NCH 23,013 acres northwest of Snyder, Texas. Miles of highway frontage. Gently rolling to broken terrain. Highly improved ranch with paved private roads, beautiful owner’s home, covered cutting arena, pipe shipping pens, roping arena, horse barn, employee homes & many additional improvements. Outstanding hunting & productive cattle country. Offered at $20,000,000 or approximately $869 per acre.

TEXAS PPANHA TEXAS ANHANNDLE DLE RRANCH ANCH 36,208 acres southeast of Amarillo. This is one of the best known, most scenic ranches in the Panhandle. It has pavement frontage on ttw wo sides & paved private roads to all headquarter

Excelleent water features with a beauttiful spring fed fishing pond. The headquarters are some of the best to be found anywhere, & they are situated in a scenic, manicured park-like setting surrounded by huge trees. One-half minerals included. $950 per acre.

SSOUT OUTTHERN HERN CCOLORADO OLORADO RRANC ANCCHH 10,719 acres located in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Elevations run from 8,500 feet to 13,700 feet, & the ranch has a rugged mountainous terrain with excellent live water features. The ranch is improved with a lodge, ttw wo guest houses, manager’s house & other outbuildings. Anyone would be proud to own & enjoy this trophy hunting mountain ranch. Game includes elk, deer, bear, Rocky Mountain sheep, turkey, grouse, & lion. Trout fishing in the creeks. This big timber ranch is offffered at $29,960,000, or $2,795 per acre, & 100% of the mineral rights are included.

SSOUTHEASTERN OUTHEASTERN CCOLORADO OLORADO RRANCH ANCH 20,790 deeded acres, more or less plus 962 acres of state lease. Approximately one-third of the ranch is gently rolling to hilly open prairie land. The remainder of the properttyy has a more broken canyonlike terrain. Juniper & piñon are found in the rougher portions of the ranch, principally along ridge lines & steep mesa side slopes. Mature Cottonwood trees are common in the major canyon creek bottom drainages. Colorful sandstone rock outcrops add to the beauttyy of the rugged canyon country. Headquarter improvements include a two-story ranch home, outbuildings & shipping pens. The sportsman will appreciate the qualittyy of the mule deer & elk are also becoming fairly common. Other game includes Big Hor n Mountain Sheep, turkey & an occasional lion or bear. This ranch is reasonably offered at $475 per deeded acre.

OFFERED OFFERED EEXCLUSIVELY XCLUSIVELY BY: BY: Chas. S. Middleton and Son • • 1507 13th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79401 2012 Fall Marketing Edition


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national monuments: “The Antiquities Act has long served as a mechanism for the President to circumvent Congress in order to make new land designations. When there is buy-in from the state and surrounding communities, new national monuments designations can be a good thing, but throughout history and in different Administrations we have seen the Antiquities Act misused as a tool to advance special interest agendas. President Clintons’ disingenuous designation of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, which locked up one of the nation’s largest known coal reserves, is just one example. “If national monuments are welcomed additions to the state and surrounding communities then they should have no problem passing in congress on their own merits.

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There must be greater oversight in this process to ensure that the Antiquities Act is not being misused as a tool to unilaterally lock up lands from multiple use without the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consent. I remain very concerned that without greater congressional oversight, the Antiquities Act will continue to enable the President to make new land designations without total transparency and public input.â&#x20AC;? With leadership like that of Bishop and the Western Caucus Chairman, New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steve Pearce, the group has drawn membership and support from states from coast to coast, not just those in a battle for their existence currently. The mission of the Caucus by itself is a lesson that every member of Congress should learn. The Caucus is committed to advancing the following key principles: protecting private property, strengthening local control, promoting economic growth, and increasing energy independence. In advocacy of these principles the Caucus focuses on an agenda which will increase energy independence and security, protect and promote multiple

use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about commonsense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies on federal land ownership. Bishop was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, where he graduated from Davis High School with High Honors. He later graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. He has been a resident of Brigham City since

1974. Rob is married to Jeralynn Hansen, a former Miss Brigham City. They have five children. Among the lesser known facts about Bishop are his love of the theater, where he met his bride; a love of baseball, especially little league; and his love for fellow man. Robâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention to the crisis on the Mexican border and to the Krentz family in the wake of the murder of the family patriarch in 2010 will not soon be forgotten. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by Caren Cowan


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Fall Marketing Edition 2012  

Fall Marketing Edition Featuring the Digest 25

Fall Marketing Edition 2012  

Fall Marketing Edition Featuring the Digest 25