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Cattleman Official Publication of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

March 2020

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In this issue... Columns 8 President’s Perspective 10 Talking Strategy 12 Legislative Summary 14 Water Resources 16 Exploring the Herd 24 CattleWomen’s Corner

Departments 15 Committee Chairs 21 County Presidents 29 New Members 32 Upcoming Events 32 Scholarships 32 Advertiser’s Index

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On the Cover: Thousands of rural Oregonians rallied on Feb. 6 at the Capitol. The group Timber Unity organized Semi, tractor and trailer brigades from across the state to join in opposition to the Cap & Trade bill, which would unfairly impact the livelihoods of loggers, farmers and ranchers. OCA President-Elect Todd Nash and past OCA President Bill Hoyt represented the cattle industry by speaking to the crowd. It was an excellent opportunity for leadership from the cattle industry to be heard by legislators on this issue.

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Letter from the Editor This issue will find you in full swing of calving season. I’ve heard a high number of twin sets are dropping this year – perhaps due to the harsh winter and favorable summer from last year. Submit your calving season photos to us to be included in the next issue of the magazine! Since the last issue, the staff in Salem have been busy with legislative work. As you read this issue, you’ll learn about several efforts on both the state and national levels from OCA. Issues such as CAFO regulations, Water rights and Wolf compensations on the state level and Transparency in labeling and Off-Season grazing resolutions on the national level. Of course, we can’t forget about the contentious cap and trade legislation happening in our state. OCA took part in a Timber Unity rally in February, which you can see on the cover of the magazine. OCA gladly sponsored the free lunch provided at the rally, where reports said over 8,000 Oregonians gathered. The grassroots group Timber Unity held several rallies throughout the short session and it was a great opportunity for the often “unseen” Oregonians such as ranchers, farmers and loggers to be seen and heard. OCA is taking every step to ensure our position on cap and trade is known. We are grateful for all who have taken their time out of their work schedule to attend public hearings, to write letters in opposition and to rally in Salem by driving many miles in Semi-trucks and tractors to represent rural Oregon. A reminder, you will not see the next issue of the Oregon Cattleman in your mailbox until the end of April for the combined April/May issue. For updates between now and then on the conclusion of the Oregon Legislative Short Session, please check your email for the weekly updates sent out on Fridays from the office. Additionally, if you have not renewed your membership for 2020, please do so this month so that you don’t miss a beat with the magazine! March is the last issue you will receive if you have not yet renewed. Call the office if you need assistance. Important dates to keep in mind: The Region V Cattlewomen’s Conference will be occurring during the Cattle Baron’s event in Pendleton, April 30 – May 2, go to orcattlewomen.org to register. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Mid-Year conference will be taking place on the beautiful Oregon coast this year, July 13-14. Make this an event for the whole family at the relaxing, all-inclusive Salishan resort. Registration will open on the first of May. I hope you all enjoy these new spring days! Together for Agriculture, Robyn H. Smith

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President ’s Per spec tive Springing Up & Greening Up By OCA’s President Tom Sharp

March 2020



Transitioning from a cold, wet, and often muddy season, we now look forward to warmer and longer sunlit days ahead as we make passage to Spring. For farmers and ranchers this marks new beginnings of life with the “Springing Up” of fresh calves on the ground and the “Greening up” of grass and crops in the fields soon to emerge. Even your clocks will be springing ahead as you read this month’s edition of the Oregon Cattleman’s Magazine! Besides the above, there’s another aspect OCA membership should remember - OCA is a grassroots “springing up” association working to represent the needs and interests of its membership at both the state and national levels of the cattle industry. As President, I’ve had the opportunity of traveling to all corners of our state this year, meeting and listening to producers at numerous county association events and learning about the various social, political, economic, and natural resource issues important in each region. I’ve witnessed the passion and dedication for our industry among the county association officers and members and my common message to all is the reminder that OCA’s agenda, policies, committee work, programs, resolutions and legislative efforts all attempt to represent the concerns as voiced and brought forward by membership. In February, OCA introduced three of the thirteen policy resolutions for national consideration at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) “2020 CattleCon” and business meeting in San Antonio. These resolutions concerned: Product Labeling Transparency, Off-Season Targeted Grazing and USDA Market Assistance Program Inclusion for Beef Commodities. These were all policy resolutions adopted and brought forward by OCA’s grassroots membership at our state Mid-Year and Annual meeting in 2019. Two of the ten policy resolutions successfully adopted in San Antonio were brought forward by OCA. A motion to adopt OCA’s proposed Market Assistance Program Inclusion failed for lack of a

second necessary to bring it to vote. Nevertheless, valid reasons still exist to include beef commodities in available USDA programs as offered to other agricultural commodities. OCA leadership will continue its efforts working with Oregon’s elected congressional members and NCBA policymakers for that consideration. As you read this month’s issue, OCA will hopefully be completing successful Oregon legislative session lobbying and testimony efforts at our State Capitol. Among the many state legislative issues proposed during this session are Cap and Trade, carbon reduction type issues of great concern for needed fairness and understanding of impact to Oregon’s agricultural sectors dependent upon heavy equipment operations, long travel and transport distances necessary in our operations. Until technology is available to provide practical and affordable alternatives to the unique horsepower needs of rural Oregon’s conventional tractor and transport equipment, OCA will seek agriculture’s exemption from unfair imposition associated with state fuel taxes. Likewise, it’s important legislators and the general public be reminded that Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters already provide important carbon sequestration benefits to the state’s cap and trade efforts through natural resource stewardship, protective management, recovery of healthy forest, and rangeland and grassland ecosystem habitats. Recently, OCA provided key vocal presence representing these concerns at the February Sixth Timber Unity event at the Oregon State Capitol. Proudly, OCA is working to be an influential voice for our industry. And, if we don’t at first succeed, it’s important we remain persistent and keep working in our efforts on behalf of our members. I wish you all good luck and cooperative weather as you finish up this calving season and prepare for 2020’s Spring season ahead. • www.orcattle.com | Oregon Cattleman


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Talking Strategy OCA Drives National Policy By OCA’s Executive Director Jerome Rosa

March 2020



We have all heard common clichés such as, “Why bother, one vote does not make a difference.” Another comment I occasionally hear is, “Why should I pay to be a member of OCA, the work will get done whether I am a member or not.” And, “Oregon is a small beef state, it can’t possibly drive meaningful national change.” Hopefully this article can demonstrate how a “little beef state” can accomplish big goals. At our OCA Mid-Year Conference in Canyonville, leadership from NCBA attended and spoke with attendees. It was a frank and honest, hard-hitting discussion that was difficult, but needed. Concerns with market manipulation, falsehoods in labeling and limitations on grazing public and private land were some of the laundry list of items discussed. Frustration was expressed that large meat processors are board members at NCBA and are perceived to have significant impact on policy decisions that lead to low beef prices for ranchers. Unfortunately, like many segments in ag, ranchers are price takers and not price makers. OCA was challenged by NCBA to propose policy resolutions for consideration at the 2020 National Convention in San Antonio. OCA accepted the challenge and got to work. Our priority was addressing the issue of Transparency in Labeling. In doing our due diligence, we found there are many claims on packaging that are misleading, confusing and due to legal loopholes, get by with deceptive claims. Members in Harney County and OCA’s past president Nathan Jackson drafted a policy resolution, which was submitted at the summer NCBA meeting. A task force was established, and a series of conference calls ensued. Of course, there was much consternation and concern that we were trying to establish another COOL program that the WTA has determined violates trade agreements and a billion-dollar enforcement action waits in the wings against the U.S. if this occurs. It was a long and ardent process that Nathan expertly navigated. What we ended up with was very solid language. Process Verified Programs that include source of origin claims are a cornerstone for the policy.

OCA also submitted a policy resolution on Off-Season Targeted Grazing. During OCA’s annual meeting in November, OCA’s Public Lands Chair Matt McElligott led a panel discussion on Off-Season Grazing for Fuels management. The Eastern Oregon Ag Research Center in Burns worked extremely hard to put this discussion together and present the findings of this important practice. Because of this successful research, OCA presented and passed a policy resolution at the national meeting. There were ten policy resolutions passed this year in San Antonio and OCA authored two of them. The moral of the story: even though Oregon is a small beef state we still can drive National Policy and be a voice of direction for national affiliates. OCA Resolutions Submitted & Passed:

Transparency in Labeling Whereas, NCBA supports clear retail labeling of beef products to reduce consumer confusion at the point of purchase, and Whereas, the potential for ambiguous labeling of beef products without meaningful audit and verification is a case for concern among beef producers across the county, and Whereas USDA currently oversees multiple, voluntary Process Verified Programs (PVPs) that include source of origin claims, and those PVPs have a proven track record of adding value to enrolled cattle, the flexibility to adapt to the needs of producers, and have been designed and tested by cattlemen in real-world production, Therefore be it resolved, NCBA supports the use of voluntary source of origin claims. Be it further resolved, NCBA supports USDA verification of any source of origin claim or label. Off-Season Targeted Grazing Whereas, increasing severity of catastrophic wildland fires on federal land continues to occur throughout the western United States, and Whereas, these wildfires have led to health, economic, and environmental hardships to ranches and communities throughout the West, and Whereas, recent research has shown the positive effects of off-season targeted grazing on federal land, including the reduction of invasive grasses and the improvement of perrenial native grasses, Therefore be it resolved, NCBA strongly supports off-season targeted grazing on federal land to assist with prevention and control of catastrophic wildfire.

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Legislative Summary If Only We Had A Crystal Ball By OCA’s Political Advocate Rocky Dallum

March 2020

The 2020 Legislative Session went mostly as people expected – with nobody really sure how it might end. As of the publication deadline of the Oregon Cattleman Magazine, we were still unclear whether Democrats would force a vote on one of the controversial cap and trade bills, and if that might trigger a walk-out by Republicans in the Senate and/or House. Without that crystal ball, it is difficult to summarize the session, but by the time this hits your mailbox, we will all know how it ended. Regardless of the outcome of session and cap and trade, we can say with certainty, it was a busy session for OCA on the policy front and in seeking funding for our budget priorities. Throughout the session, Republicans in both the House and Senate used all the tools available to slow the process to both stall a vote on cap and trade and the difficult decision to deny quorum. On the House side, Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Oregon City) and her colleagues refused to grant rule suspension, requiring bills to be read in full before votes, significantly slowing the process and creating leverage and confusion. Representative Shelly Boshart Davis (R-Albany) secured a legal opinion from the legislative lawyers indicating that the cap and trade legislation may be a tax, requiring a super-majority vote and eliminating the use of the emergency clause. On the Senate side, the memory of 2019 was fresh for all Senators, and Senate Republicans used that


leverage to slow not just cap and trade, but to reinforce the need for Senate Democrats to collaborate with their Republican colleagues on a variety of issues. Sen. Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) maintained an open-door to OCA in the Capitol and worked on the rancher’s behalf on a number of issues critical to our members and the ag industry. Both the Senate and House Republicans carried consistent messages about the dangers of doing too much, too fast in the February session; stressing the difficulty in analyzing complex legislation in short time periods and the inability to give the public adequate time to attend hearings and let their voices be heard. On the policy front, OCA scrambled to stay engaged on a variety of issues in the first two weeks of session, particularly water. Several bills introduced were aimed to continue to address Oregon’s water needs. OCA Water Committee Chair Sarah Liljefelt crafted expert comments on several bills and came to Salem to testify for our industry. Having our own advocates, particularly Rep. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) and Rep. Mark Owens (R-Burns), on the evenly split House Water Committee allowed us to stop bills on reporting of water usage (HB 4069) and hampering users’ due process rights in protesting automatic stay orders from OWRD (HB 4086). While we were successful in the short term, OCA has committed to continue to work on these issues to protect our members’ but

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find collaborative solutions with legislators and other stakeholders – we will be better suited to be at the table than on the menu. Separately, Jerome Rosa led OCA’s efforts on CAFO legislation (SB 1513), working directly with several legislators. These conversations prompted Sen. Baertschiger to express his concern over future efforts by the legislature to examine the stock water exemption, which of course we will track extremely closely. The 2020 session created several opportunities to talk about tax policy and budget issues for ranchers as well. On the tax side, we worked with other ag partners to push for an exemption from the new Corporate Activities Tax, and while that effort appeared unsuccessful as of publication, we did get several important fixes to the tax to treat producers more fairly. Favorable revenue projections also bolstered our ability to make several budget asks. OCA prioritized funding for wolf deterrence and loss compensation, the Oregon Ag Heritage Program, and support for our county fairs. If the session closes without a walkout, we will know if we made a strong enough case to legislators. While the timing of our magazine makes a full recap difficult, we appreciate all of the support from members during a difficult and fast paced legislative session. Please extend your appreciation to all those legislators who have fought so hard to protect our rural and agricultural communities during this session. Look forward to more definitive information in next month’s magazine! •

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Water Resources Water Bills that Can Circle the Drain

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By OCA’s Water Resources Chair Sarah Liljefelt


In last month’s edition of the Oregon Cattleman, OCA’s Political Advocate Rocky Dallum highlighted various bills he anticipated would arise during the short session of the Oregon Legislature, including proposals related to water resources. True to Rocky’s prediction, the new House Water Committee held hearings during the first week of the short session on two bills that OCA has been watching with concern. House Bill 4069 is a proposal to enable the Oregon Water Resources Department (the Department) to require water use reporting for any water right the Department requires to measure water use. The Department already has statutory authority to require water right holders to measure water use, whether or not that requirement is a condition stated in the water right document, so HB 4069 would give the Department further, related authority. Of course, additional water use data is not in itself a bad thing – water use data can, for example, allow the Department to more accurately determine how much water is being used, potentially opening up water resources for further use that were previously determined to be fully appropriated based on the “paper water rights” issued. However, HB 4069 may cause additional regulatory burden and expense for water users throughout the State. That burden and expense is not justified because the Department is currently unable to effectively organize, analyze and utilize any additional data submitted to the agency. Moreover, the proposal creates a risk for activist groups to use reported water use data to attempt to cancel water rights that may appear to be unused for five or more years under Oregon’s forfeiture statute. An increase in cancellation proceedings will cost both water users and the state substantial expense to conduct contested case hearings on such allegations. OCA has been engaging in discussions with legislators on a water use reporting proposal for several years and this year Representative Helm is proposing amendments to HB 4069 that will address some of

the concerns voiced by OCA members. The amendments require agency rulemaking to consider the administrative need for water use reporting prior to requiring such reporting. Further, the proposed amendments would provide that water use data is not itself evidence of non-use of water for the purpose of forfeiture. While OCA still does not support HB 4069 in its current form at this time, we are encouraged by the positive direction of the discussions surrounding this proposal and will continue to participate in these discussions. House Bill 4086 is a proposal that would drastically change the administration of water rights in Oregon. Currently, when the Department receives a call for water from a senior water user, the Department issues orders to junior water users to shut off water use. The Department’s shut off orders are issued without due process hearings, and therefore a safeguard exists in Oregon’s water code that allows affected water users to challenge the Department’s shut off orders within sixty days by filing a “petition for judicial review.” That filing stays enforcement of the Department’s order until a judge decides if the Department’s order was correct or incorrect. The law provides that the Department can deny the stay if the agency determines substantial public harm will result and the Department has historically used this power to protect senior water users. Further, other protections exist in the law to prevent challengers from abusing the system, such a statute authorizes the award of attorney fees to the prevailing party where a petitioner has no objectively reasonable basis for their claim and a rule of civil procedure and case law that prevents a party from relitigating the same claim or issue has already been decided. HB 4086 proposes to remove the stay safeguard from the water code and replace it with a system where a challenging water user would need to petition the court for a stay after filing their petition for judicial review. The petitioning water user would need to prove a likelihood of success on the merwww.orcattle.com | Oregon Cattleman

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its at trial and would need to post an unspecified undertaking in the form of a bond or letter of credit to compensate the senior water user and pay the Department’s attorney fees. This proposal reverses the burden of proof that is on the Department to show the shut off order was according to the law and based upon substantial evidence. Further, the proposal would place an insurmountable burden on the petitioner who does not have the benefit of discovery in their case yet, and is not financially able to seek judicial review if they are unable to continue to earn a living by using water to grow a crop. The proponents of HB 4086 are members of the Klamath Tribes in cooperation with Representatives Wilde and Sanchez, and the bill is a response to an (anticipated & predictable) increase in litigation in response to the Department’s new water control regulations for the Upper Klamath Basin. After a couple years of increased litigation in response to new rules, the level of water litigation in the Basin was back to normal in 2019. The proponents have testified that water users are abusing the stay “loophole,” but in fact not a single example can be cited. Thus, the bill is a gross overreaction to a local issue that does not actually exist, which would chill the administration of justice statewide. OCA submitted written testimony to the House Water Committee on both bills, as well as oral testimony. OCA will stay alert to these and other bills affecting the water resources of our members during the short session. •

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Exploring The Herd The “Perfect” 22-Day Calving Season

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By OCA’s Beef Cattle Improvement Chair Jon Elliott

If every female you intend to breed is cycling normally when the bulls go in and every bull is sound and active and there are enough bulls to cover the females and if every female can find a bull when she needs him – then in about 22 days the females will be bred and the bulls can go dig dust holes for the rest of the year. If the females retain their health and condition and nothing happens to cause the fetus to abort, in about 284 days, all the calves will be born, and you won’t have to stay at the calving shed any longer. This may have happened for a handful of cows somewhere, but it never has and likely never will happen for the bunches of cows you and I own. The curiosity is why? Since almost everything in the first paragraph is treatable or preventable or doable, why can’t calving seasons be radically reduced? The answer is, we can’t hammer away at reducing the calving season by doing everything we need to do and often, the few things we have no control over get in the way. Let’s say we start with all the females cycling normally. There’s no easy and certain way to tell if a cow is cycling normally, even the AI folks have to use magic to get the cows to cycle together and then not all of them cooperate. Various things affect estrus (sexual receptivity and fertility) in cattle. It takes as many as eighty days after parturition for a normal cow to resume cycling. Lactation delays the onset of estrus. Body condition scores (BCS) lower than four, tend to delay the onset of estrus. The plane of nutrition affects estrus; declining nutritional quality tends to delay estrus, while improving nutritional quality (called flushing) tends to hasten estrus. There’s even evidence that estrus is delayed if there are no bulls nearby. Other conditions, not necessarily estrus related, also contribute to cows not breeding. Uterine infections and other health considerations can disrupt estrus or prevent conception. Diseases like Trichomoniasis (trich) don’t prevent conception but cause the process

to quickly fail. Failure to find a bull or too many cows to service for the number of bulls, can cause a cow to not get bred. Physical obstacles such as deformities or temporary injuries can prevent successful mating. For a bull, there are several things that can go wrong. Sterile or only modestly fertile bulls are not your friends. Bulls with deformities and bulls unable to move freely are not helping you. Bulls unevenly distributed on a big pasture may be over represented in some areas and underrepresented in others. You may have six cows and six bulls mating in one area and six cows and one bull active in another area. These various problems are ALL treatable or preventable. We are guilty of keeping what we think of as a “really good cow” even when she calves in mid-April. If you’re trying to increase your numbers, keeping around older cows in good condition is a legitimate practice. But, if you want a shorter calving season, you simply cannot keep even those good cows if they are far outside the calving cutoff date. (There is evidence that the idea cows will usually calve at about the same time each year is false and that a range of as many as sixty days may be normal. The problem is that you don’t know if that cow that calved at the end of April will cycle soon enough to breed back so she will next calve inside the desired time window.) Heavy milking cows are known to display delayed estrus. If you keep replacement heifers and your cows have plenty of milk, you probably want to select against bulls with high milk EPDs. A cow that calves early should have plenty of time to cycle even if she is a heavy milker. A later calving cow that’s a heavy milker may not breed back as quickly as you would like. Body condition scores are important for predicting if a cow will be ready to breed back, but possibly more important is the plane of nutrition. If a cow was losing weight through the winter and continues to lose weight after she calves, she will likely not cycle back quickly. Conversely, a lower BCS cow

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In a perfect situation where health, access, estrus and other issues are optimal, if each bull would mate once (successfully) with each cow in turn as they cycled, then it would be pretty easy to calculate how many bulls to put with the cows. Two bulls with 50 cows on pivot corners in Kansas is not the same as 16 bulls with 400 cows on 6,000 acres at Wagontire, even though the ratios are identical. Any number of BCS five plus cows and similar condition bulls is not equal to the same number of BCS three to four cows with BCS three to four bulls. One bull per 25 cows, all in good condition, on irrigated pasture, may result in a short calving season. Those same 25 cows, turned out in the hills at Broadbent may not even see the bull, let alone get bred. If uniformity and pounds are important, your cow to bull ratio needs to be narrow enough so that the physical act of breeding doesn’t limit the breeding of every cow as she cycles, of course within reason. If distribution is adequate, especially if you can control where the water is available, it should take only about two cycles for every cow to be near an available bull when she needs him. The perfect 22-day calving season is a myth, but we can keep trying. •

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(maybe a four) that is stable through the winter and begins to improve her condition after she calves can be expected to cycle even if her overall BCS doesn’t improve dramatically. Cows that have infections or are otherwise sick, should be identified and treated as soon as possible. In the past it was a common practice to insert two big sulfa boluses to fight possible infections after pulling a calf. Some smart guy figured out that those boluses were doing more harm than good. If you aren’t sure how to treat something, call the vet. A cow that’s sick or infected isn’t going to help you and she’s not going to fool anyone at the auction yard. Trichomoniasis isn’t widespread in Oregon, but it’s here and you should be aware of what can happen if it gets into your herd. The wisest path to follow is to have your bulls trich tested when you have the vet out for the annual bull semen and breeding soundness evaluations. Even if you run alone and your cattle never mingle with other cattle there are things you should and should not do: Don’t buy used bulls, don’t rent bulls, buy your bulls from a reputable bull breeder; there are lots of them around, don’t loan your bulls or rent them out and don’t bring in new open or bred cows or pairs without isolating them and having them tested before you mingle or breed them. When you work your cows and whenever you are simply looking at them, watch for growths, bumps, oozings, injuries, anything that might mean the cow will have difficulty breeding or raising a calf. The same goes for bulls. The annual semen and breeding soundness evaluation should pick up most problems, but always look them over too. Distribution of bulls seems like a no brainer, but it is something to actively think about. If you have 18 cows and one bull on 30 acres of irrigated pasture, you won’t have distribution problems. If you have 400 cows on a breeding pasture of 8,000 acres with multiple watering points, spend the time to get the bulls to the cows. A few days ago, I listened to an NCBA sponsored podcast that had four guys discussing breeding issues, one of which was the cows to bull ratio. The first guy said 30:1 was about right. The second guy said 25:1 was better to compensate for infertility in the bull battery. The third guy said that young bulls could only breed the number of cows that corresponded to their age in months; fifteen-month-old bulls can breed fifteen cows. I hoped I was the only one listening. There was no mention of getting the cows bred quickly or of having a short calving season. There was no mention of big, rough pastures. There was no mention of semen and breeding soundness evaluation. There was no mention of distribution.


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Get to know a Young Member Compiled by Angela Faryan

This is a new “Feature” submitted by the OCA Young Cattlemen’s Committee. For our first nominees, the committee had the pleasure of interviewing Wade & Jody Starbuck. OCA Members since October 2019. What is your favorite cut of beef? Rare, medium, or well done? Wade: “Tri-tip, rare.” Jody: “Tri-tip, well done.” How did you two get started? What is your background? “We first met in sixth grade in Crane. We both grew up on ranches, learning from a young age what the work entailed and that we wanted it for our own. After graduation and after Jody went to college, we were married and lived on Rock Creek Ranch in Frenchglen. It was there that we bought our first seven head of cows from Tyler Waggoner. We slowly grew our herd by keeping as many heifers as we could.” What has helped you grow your operation and grow personally over the years? “Working for Gary Miller at Rock Creek Ranch who first agreed to let us run our own cows, followed by Steven Hammond at Hammond Ranches who also let us run our cows. Without their support and generosity, we wouldn’t have been able to grow to what we have now. We thank Gary & Michelle Miller, Steven & Earlyna Hammond and Dwight & Susie Hammond for getting us started and their endless support throughout the years.” What is the best piece of advice you received from some of your elders? “The overall theme to what we have been told over the years is to always keep working towards your dream. Things work out for us when the time is right and we must keep digging and working for what we want. Prayer for God’s direction in our lives was continuous through the years as we worked towards stepping out on our own.” Why did you choose to join the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association? Our friend Tom Sharp gifted us a membership. What do you think is the most important thing that we must focus on for the future of our industry? “To keep young ranchers involved in the industry, making sure they have a way to get started and grow.” What advice would you give to young and beginning producers? “Work hard, be honest, be open to what others can teach you.” Last but not least, give us a few “fun facts” about you! “Wade likes to braid rawhide and enjoys playing good pranks.”

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the multi-level beef industry and the wholesome beef produced by cattle producers. To bridge the gap between cattle producers and the packing sector, OBC sponsored an industry tour at the newest packing facility in the world - CS Beef Packers based in Kuna, Idaho. CS Beef Packers was formed as a partnership between Caviness Beef Packers and the JR Simplot Company. In May of 2017, the company completed the most modern, state of the art facility in the heart of the intermountain region, 45 minutes southwest of Boise. The facility processes approximately 1,750 head of dairy and beef cows per day. In addition, they harvest about 1,000 head of grain-finished steers and heifers per week. The packing plant performs the beef harvest, fabrication, rendering and processing of hides - packing nearly one million pounds weekly. Rex Hoagland, Director of Cattle Procurement at CS Beef Packers, is very clear and open about the process. He wants cattle producers and the general public to see how the company pays attention to animals and their beef product as it goes through the entire packing process.

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In 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered his infamous “House Divided” speech when he accepted the Illinois Republican Senate Nomination. Within the speech, Lincoln cautioned about national division, which can transfer to what sometimes seems as a siloed beef industry. Polarizing is a word that can be used to describe the multitude of complex issues around the world from economic markets to international policy. Domestic politics are unequivocally polarizing and that trickles down from the national stage all the way to our local communities. Within the beef industry, reporters covering the industry have frequently highlighted the disparity in gross margins between beef packers and cattle producers. While a great deal of frustration has been directed at the nation’s four largest beef packers— Tyson Foods, JBS, Cargill and National Beef—it still highlights a polarizing divide. To minimize this divide, the Oregon Beef Council (OBC) is committed to promoting educational opportunities whereby all Oregonians can learn more about


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Is it Impossible Burger or Beyond Beef... and yes, we need to spring into action to let the general public know exactly why a Beef Burger is Better! Tony and I attended the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Cattle Con 2020 in San Antonio and learned Impossible Burger and Beyond Beef have a lot of processed ingredients, contain much higher levels of sodium than beef and have less protein and more carbohydrates. Ladies and gentlemen keep up the work of educating the public about the excellent beef that we produce. We learned more about the trade deal with China and learned that China ranks third for imports of U.S. beef and the market demand is projected to grow considerably. Japan imports more U.S. beef than any other country and due to the new trade deal signed by the federal government, the U.S. now has lower import tariffs at the same level as Australian beef imports to Japan. While in San Antonio we got to do a little sight-seeing and enjoyed the Riverwalk, the Alamo and the Professional Bull Riding competition. The American National CattleWomen introduced their new Collegiate Beef Advocates who each received a scholarship from the American National CattleWomen Foundation. These college students work very hard for a whole year by traveling


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around the country promoting beef. While doing so, they receive leadership trainings and opportunities to learn about the different aspects of the industry. Sierra Simpson Medlin, our ANCW Collegiate Beef Advocacy Chair, introduced Sarah Drown (California), Madison Forbes (Iowa), and Fallon Plaisance (Louisiana), the new Collegiate Beef Advocates for 2020. I had the pleasure of meeting these young ladies and they will represent us well across the nation. To learn more about the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program, please visit the ANCW website. The new ANCW Officers were installed. Congratulations to ANCW President Evelyn Greene, from Auburn, Alabama, and all of the ANCW officers who serve tirelessly across the country in behalf of representing our industry through beef promotion, education and legislation. A lot of information was packed in three days of ANCW meetings at the convention. We took a tour of a Texas feedlot and a small beef processing plant. We heard from Julie Anna Potts, the President and CEO of the North American Meat Institute; Michael and Gwyn McCormack, Estate and Succession Planning Specialists of Lincoln Financial Agribusiness Services; Colin Woodall, CEO of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Tanner Beymer, Associate Director of the Public Lands Council, all of whom gave us the latest updates and issues impacting the beef industry. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was a hot topic as it makes it almost impossible for ranchers and farmers to function with their grazing permits and with their everyday work of their operations due to the length of time a NEPA study takes to be completed. Please submit your 2020 Collegiate Beef Advocates comments at https:// www.orcattle.com | Oregon Cattleman

p2a.co/fzJIMYa for your support to streamline the ing online. We look forward to being able to host our NEPA process. guests from the other Region V states! ANCW awards were bestowed upon these wonOregon CattleWomen will offer their first derful hardworking ladies that do so much in beef statewide scholarship. Look for application promotion, education and overall representation of the information on the Oregon CattleWomen’s Facebook American National CattleWomen. Debbie Deckard Gill page and website. Thank you to Melissa Ladner, OCW (Texas) - ANCW Cattlewoman of the Year, Ruth Coffey Scholarship Chair, for her hard work in getting this (Oklahoma) - ANCW Promoter of the Year, and Tammi project launched! • Didlot (Oklahoma) - ANCW Educator of the Year. The ANCW MOOVE Membership Contest is for states to submit their applications for the greatest increase in new mem55 BullS & 20 ReGiSteReD FeMAleS bership. Florida CattleWomen 1st Place, won $1500 worth of Powder River Panels, Oregon CattleWomen Klamath Falls, Oregon 2nd Place, won a Zoetis Certificate worth $620 for Dectomax and Washington CattleWomen 3rd Place, won a $300 Purina Gift Certificate. Congratulations to all and great work Oregon CattleWomen in recruiting new members both statewide and nationally! Junior CattleWoman Taylor Gorden won the best pen of five Sale 1 p.m. SAle Site heifers at the Klamath Bull Sale. lunch 11:30 a.m. Double J Farms: 13383 Harpold Rd., Klamath Falls, OR Congratulations Taylor! You can see her photo on Page Five. Ag Fest is April 25-26 at the State Fairgrounds in Salem. OCW hosts the Beef Booth and introduces information about beef production, by-products and serves up some tasty beef sticks. If you CC SHOOteR 108 12-1-2018 tMK SOutHeRn CHARM 117F 9-16-2018 are interested in promoting and A & B Shooter 3421 x V A R Discovery 2240 BuBS Southern Charm AA31 x SCC Beyond 106x tMK Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B educating the general public about 144 6 2.1 59 100 23 i.84 i.73 56 156 CeD 19 6Bw -2.0.5 ww 5356yw 8895MK 2222 MB .47i.83 Re .46 i.39 $w 58.1256$B 85.91 the Beef industry, please contact CeD 19 Bw -2.0 ww 53 yw 88 MK 22 MB .47 Re .46 $w 58.12 $B 85.91 CeD 12 Bw -1.7 ww 61 yw 102 MK 27 MB .88 Re .71 $w 66.85 $B 147.0 Jenny Coelho or Katharine Jackson. Your help and time spent is truly appreciated! As the host State for ANCW Region V (April 30-May 2), we are asking that each County Affiliate donate an item for the CC tenx 106 11-24-2018 BlACK OAK 104C 899 3-20-2018 Silent Auction to help support this Algoma Golden ten x 773B x Connealy Black Granite tMK Payweight 104C x Connealy thunder event. Please contact Diana Wirth Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B Ce Bw ww yw MK MB Re $w $B 15 -1.0 54 91 28 i.32 i.61 64 135 -1 2.7 63 102 20 .54 .77 60 133 or me about items for the Silent Catalogs Sent by Request Only: BullS AlSO Sell SiReD By: Auction. Region V registration KM Broken Bow 002 • lD Capitalist 316 Matt Macfarlane opened on January 1, on the OCW V A R empire 3037 • JSl Program 1331 916-803-3113 Basin Payweight 1682 • lHR upward 1806 m3cattlemarketing@gmail.com website at www.orcattlewomen. BiD liVe Online AuCtiOneeR org. This event will be held in coneric Duarte: 541-891-7863 www.liVeAuCtiOnS.tV junction with the Pendleton Cattle starlight CC Cattle BlaCk Oak angus Barons Days and registration closes land & livestOCk Mark & Carlotta Poole todd and tessa Koch on March 20 for those mailing in tyrel & Brooke Kliewer THD 805-797-0769 503-705-2550 todd@tkmfarm.com carlottapoole@hotmail.com 541-891-2528 © checks and on April first if registerOregon Cattleman | www.orcattle.com

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Is Grazing Possible for Control of Ventenata on Oregon Rangelands? Fara Brummer, Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University and Lesley Morris, Associate Professor, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University

Experimental Procedure In 2018, we initiated a pilot study in two privately owned meadows in Lake County with similar size, ecological site, stocking rate, and prior herbicide treatment. In order to examine the forage quality, and growth stage of ventenata, we measured the average heights and then clipped un-grazed square meter plots every two weeks from April to July during the growing season. Plant material samples were separated on site and weighed to determine wet biomass. The ventenata samples were oven dried and sent for wet chemistry analysis of crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, lignin, and macro minerals to Dairyland Labs in Minnesota. A portion of the samples were also sent for invitro digestibility analysis (results not reported here). In 2019, we employed another pilot study using paired plots to look at possible utilization of ventenata by grazing beef cattle in the same meadow system with nine paired plots per meadow. Enclosures were established as caged 4ft2 cages with a corresponding grazed location separated by at least 100 feet. Plots were clipped within three days of cattle removal using a square meter frame and comparisons were made between excluded plots and grazed plots to determine utilization using the following calculation: Percent utilization = Total protected weight – Total unprotected weight X 100 Total protected weight

Results and Discussion Our measurements showed that ventenata was

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Introduction Ventenata (Ventenata dubia) is a relatively new invasive annual grass of western rangelands that has been identified in eight western states. A wispy, wiry grass with skinny leaves, it elongates later than cheatgrass and medusahead and tends to occupy similar sites. However, it can also be found in timothy hay fields and open meadows surrounded by pine. Ventenata has nearly doubled in abundance in the last decade in the grasslands of northeastern Oregon, an enormous jump from its inconspicuous identification in the early 1950’s near Spokane. Preliminary mapping efforts suggest hundreds of thousands of acres in the Blue Mountain Eco-region may be impacted by ventenata invasion. As this new invasive annual grass spreads, so do concerns that ventenata will add to the fine fuel load and exacerbate wildfire risk, lower hay yields, degrade wildlife habitat, and lower forage quantity and quality for livestock grazing. Field reports of livestock grazing on ventenata are mixed. Many producers and managers say that cattle avoid it and spit out the dried stems after taking a bite. There are some, however, who have observed their cattle and horses consuming it. At the rate of spread, the question of livestock dynamics related to ventenata utilization is imperative because production and rangelands are at risk. More information is needed about ventenata if cattle grazing is to be employed as an integrated pest management tool. Therefore, we are exploring questions regarding the forage quality, digestibility, and potential for utilization by cattle.


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unreachable by grazing cattle in our meadow systems studies to complete a two-year forage calendar for until late May (Figure 1). Mean height of ventenata ventenata and to document the response of ventenata prior to May 28th was less than 10 cm and was likely to cattle grazing between early and late seasonal use. not grazed by cattle amidst the much taller meadow These studies will help support a better understandvegetation. Crude protein in 2018 followed a similar ing of the interactions between cattle grazing and pattern as reported for cheatgrass in the literature ventenata spread and control for producers and land (Figure 2), and when compared with the minimum managers alike, which in turn can build a foundation nutritional requirement, is adequate for a typical for the targeted control of ventenata through cattle spring calving cow in our region. However, elongrazing. gation and boot stage of ventenata offered the best Acknowledgements grazing opportunity, which occurred in late May and We are grateful to the Oregon Beef Council for June (Figure 3), later than both cheatgrass and medufunding this research project and to the Lake County sahead. More specifically, in 2018, ventenata mean Weed Management Area for their financial support as wet biomass ranged from 24 – 2,188 pounds per acre, well as to the producers of Lake County for access to in comparison with other grasses in the meadow their land. • that ranged from 234 – 3,443 pounds per acre. Peak forage production was an average of 307 pounds per acre. MOS ER RANCH In 2019, our paired plots showed Fields, Oregon utilization of ventenata during 1,113± Acres | $2,850,000 late May from 43 percent to 98 percent, with greater utilization in late May than early May. Lower utilization in early May is likely indicative of low heights (< 10cm) of the ventenata in our study plots. Our pilot study results suggest that ventenata may be nutritionally comparable as forage to cheatgrass, however, cattle grazing of ventenata will require turnout Old time Nevada/Oregon desert ranch that lies next KEN BENTZ at its adequate grazing height, to Denio, NV. Deeded land and BLM permit in both Principal Broker states. Great irrigation water, turn out for 450+ cows. A 541.647.0657 which is later than cheatgrass and productive cattle ranch at an attractive per unit price. Kbentz@FayRanches.com medusahead. A recent Oregon A true desert ranch out in big country. Licensed in Oregon & Nevada State University thesis showed that ventenata was increasing in both grazed and ungrazed padHORSESHOE BAR RANCH PRICE REDUCED docks and also suggested that late ON THE JOHN DAY RIVER season grazing may contribute to Antelope, Oregon more ventenata. Based on these 29,268.67± Acres | $15,950,000 findings and our pilot study, we believe that future research should focus on the differences between early season (May – June) and late season (July- August) for grazing on ventenata. Conclusion These pilot studies provide the first steps in understanding VenOnce in a lifetime opportunity to own an expansive ranch tenata dubia as forage for grazing SCOTT HAWES that has been in the same family for 90+ years. Eight main Principal Broker cattle and also demonstrated that pastures, springs, ponds, lakes, 15± miles of the John Day River and about 11,000± acres of contiguous BLM permit 541.419.0770 cattle will utilize ventenata during lands. Hunt for ducks, geese, upland gamebirds, Rocky Shawes@FayRanches.com late spring. Our pilot data suggest Mountain elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope. Fish Licensed in Oregon & Idaho for Smallmouth bass and steelhead. forage quality is adequate and provides a one-year snapshot of dry matter biomass. However, since annual grasses tend to vary To view details on over $850m worth of exclusive listings and a complimentary subscription to Invest & Enjoy in response to yearly precipitation Land Investor magazine visit us at: and temperature fluctuations, we are pursuing additional data and


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Ranch: (541) 523-4401 • Bob Harrell, Jr.: (541) 523-4322 Allan Teixeira: (805) 310-3353 (541) 643-9759 Tom Hill: (541) 990-5479


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Clay & Lauren Schuster

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Dave & Twila Freeman


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875 Leonard & Naomi Wood • ANGUS, 481649 Hwy. 95 •SIMANGUS Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 Goldendale, WA •98620 Home:• treemeatreds@aol.com (509) 773-6051 Home: (208) 263-5246 Cell: (208) 290-7782

PAM & DALLAS THOMPSON 1562 Conrad Rd • Touchet, WA 99360 (509) 520-8193 • (509) 520-5147

597 S Pacific HWY, Woodburn, OR • (503) 981-9497

Kessler Angus


Join us for our regular sale every Tuesday!

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Carl Lautenschlager (509) 657-3301 • Endicott, WA


March 2020

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Ron and (541) Barbara Jones Robert & Kathleen Buchanan 883-8471 13490 Algoma Rd buchananangus@hughes.net 685 King Ave. Cattle available treaty off the ranch and at top Klamath Falls, private OR 97601 www.buchananangus.com 97914 Robert & Kathleen Buchanan consignment salesOntario, in the(541) West! OR 883-8471 13490 Algoma Rd 541-212-0342 541889-4563 buchananangus@hughes.net Lester & Paula Hinton John & Shauna Klamath Falls,Hinton OR 97601 www.buchananangus.com 11200 Kern Swamp Rd. 2916 Kuck Rd “ Real Deal Bulls for All the Right Reasons” Klamath Falls, OR 97601 Montague, CA 96064 (530) 459-3928


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Culver, OR 97734 John Teixeira: (805) 448-3859

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Ranch: (541) 546-2547 Cell: (541)480-9340 KENNY & DIANNE READ CATTLE COMPANY 1485 E-mail: SW Kingbarkdranch@msn.com Lane • Culver, OR 97734 visit us online at: www.barkdangusranch.com REGISTERED RED Ranch: (541) 546-2547 Cell:ANGUS (541)480-9340 (541) 699-8347 Kyle Marino:

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us in E-mail:• 68812 barkdranch@msn.com Jim, Kelly & Bryce Doherty Wilson Join Rd • Boardman, OR 97818


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Cattle available private treaty off the ranch and at top consignment sales in the West!



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CarlCattle Lautenschlager Steve & Katelyn Farley Angus and SimAngus (509) 657-3301 Endicott, WA 8925• SW Green Dr.

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John Teixeira: 448-3859 OR 97862 49838 Fruitvale Road(805) •models/parts/tires Milton-Freewater, and pull-type

Robert & Kathleen Buchanan (541) 883-8471 “A buchananangus@hughes.net Legacy of Innovation” 13490 Algoma Rd Klamath Falls, OR 97601 www.buchananangus.com




Teixeira: (805) 310-3353 (509) 520-3281 Leonard & Allan Naomi Wood • 481649 Hwy. 95 • Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 Home: (208) 263-5246 • Cell: (541) (208) 290-7782 • treemeatreds@aol.com Tom Hill: 990-5479 www.woodvbarxranch.com Leonard & Naomi Wood • 481649 Hwy. 95 • Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 www.teixeiracattleco.com | cattle@thousandhillsranch.com Home: (208) 263-5246 • Cell: (208) 290-7782 • treemeatreds@aol.com www.woodvbarxranch.com

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1485 SW King Lane • Culver, 97734 Jared OR Patterson Ranch: (541) 546-2547 Western Cell: (541)480-9340 Region

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Brad 541.840.5797 Buckley 541.840.8788

Jim, Kelly & Bryce Doherty • 68812 Wilson Rd • Boardman, OR 97818


Ron and Barbara Jones 685 King Ave. Ontario, OR 97914 541- 889-4563 LAUTENSCHLAGER & SONS “A Legacy of Innovation” “ Real Deal Bulls for All the Right Reasons”


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Freeman Angus Ranch

INC. 42500 Salmon Creek • Rd Baker City, OR 97814

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John & Shauna Hinton 2916 Kuck Rd Montague, CA 96064 (530) 459-3928

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42500 Salmon Creek • Rd Baker City, OR 97814 Join us in October for sell/buy/deliver/ourannual can finance Join us in “A Legacy of Innovation” production sale! October for Carl Lautenschlager ourannual (509) 657-3301 • Endicott, WA production sale!

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KODY DEE WILLIAMS Northwest Regional Manager

Jerome, Idaho 208-308-8220

Oregon Cattleman | www.orcattle.com

Cell: 509.948.6430 Office: 800.989.8247 Email: kodydeewilliams@allflexusa.com

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County Association Leaders & Members: DID YOU KNOW? The online OCA member GROUPS are an excellent resource available for all members to post to the message board when you have local announcements, flyers, events, classes or pictures. With one message, you can easily communicate with every OCA member (via email) that resides in your county. New district groups have been created based on associated counties and also have a messaging board to use for quick communication and announcements to members across multiple counties simultaneously and securely. Login to the member portal at https://oca. groupfire.com/ and look for GROUPS, then MY GROUPS, locate either the county or district group, look for MESSAGES to start a new message or announcement. You can also search for other OCA members or affiliated businesses in your county or district in this section and contact them directly through the program. REMINDER: You do NOT need to have a cell phone to access your account. Please call (503) 361-8941 or email oca@orcattle.com for your account details or assistance with login. We want to keep members informed and we are here to help! Together for Agriculture, Anne Kinsey

REMINDER Please renew your membership for 2020... You don’t want to miss a beat! After this month, non-renewed members will no longer receive the Oregon Cattleman Magazine. Scholarship Deadlines

March 2020

OCW First Annual Statewide Scholarship Application due by April 1 Contact Melissa Ladner for more details (541) 281-4723


OCA Scholarship Application due by May 15 Go to www.orcattle.com for full details

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Northwest Farm Credit Services..... 33 O’Doherty Cattle Co..... 30 Oregon Trail Livestock Supply..... 15 Performix Nutrition..... 23 Price Cattle..... 30 Pristine Springs Angus..... 31 Rolfe’s Angus Acres..... 13, 30 Schuster Herefords LLC..... 30 Sweetpro Northwest..... 13 Teixeira Cattle Co..... 31 Thomas Angus..... 31 Thompson Cattle Co..... 30 Trans Ova Genetics..... 36 Traynham Ranches..... 31 VAL Charolais..... 30 Vallard Cattle..... 2 VF Red Angus..... 31 Western Video Market..... 34 Wood V Bar X Ranch.....30 Woodburn Livestock Exchange..... 30 Y-Tex Corporation..... 7

UPCOMING EVENTS April 3 | Tygh Valley North Central Livestock Annual Bull Tour Contact Breanna Wimber (541) 806-3209 April 30 - May 2 | Pendleton ANCW Region V Conference www.orcattlewomen.org July 13-14 | Lincoln City OCA Mid-Year Conference Registration opens May 1 Check Membership Portal for details www.orcattle.com | Oregon Cattleman


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For those who would like to make a donation in memory, the family suggests the Eagle Valley Grange, Eagle Valley Ambulance or the charity of your choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.

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Walt Forsea, 95, Eagle Valley resident, died at his home on January 16, 2020. On Sunday, June 28, 2020, “Walt’s Birthday” - A Celebration of Life and Potluck will be held at the Eagle Valley Grange Park at 2:00 p.m. Walter John Forsea was born on June 28, 1924 to parents Blanche and Dan Forsea Senior. He was raised with five siblings: Harold, Bob, Margaret, Walt & Pearl. Walt attended Park Creek School. At age 6, he rode to school on a horse. Walt graduated in 1941 at age 16; a class of 15 students. He lettered in football. After graduation, Walt went back to the Snake River and worked on the family ranch and neighboring ranches for $1.50 per day. He preferred working for the Basche Ranch as they paid the best wages. Walt was drafted in the military and served 1944 to 1946. He was in the F Company, 19th Infantry, 24th Division. He served one year in Japan occupation and 6 months combat at Mindanau, Philippines. Walt’s platoon took the island back for the Philippines from the Japanese. He was honorably discharged as a First Sergeant. Walt returned to the family ranch in 1946. In 1964, Idaho Power bought out the Forsea property on the Snake River, which gave them the down payment to buy several family ranches in Richland. Walt’s biggest accomplishment was seeing the ranch being built up from nothing to what it is today. In 1949, Walt met and married Donna Jackson. Walt and Donna had 3 children. They divorced but remained great friends. On November 2, 1974, Walt married Norma Tureman. They never missed a dance, always enjoyed working on the ranch and loved to travel. Some of the community programs Walt has served on: nine years as school board member; Lion’s club charter member; Scout Master for over 50 years, Grange member on the Snake River and for the Eagle Valley Grange serving as their Grange Master for 20 years; Episcopal Church Board member; Northwest Rodeo Producers founder and board member; Halfway Fair Board member. Walt was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years Norma, parents, sister Margret, brothers Harold Forsea and Robert Forsea and grandson Jacob Corning. Walt is survived by his children Patricia Pickard and husband Clair of Keating Valley; Jane Leatherman and husband Doug of Sumpter; Dan Forsea and wife Renece of Richland; Lana LaZott and husband Chuck of Rainier; Connie Forsea and Toni Corning of Richland; Niki Hutchinson of Crouch and 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren. Also, his sister Pearl DuMars and many nieces, nephews.


Upcoming Sales Wednesday April 15 DISH Network Satellite Sale Catalog Closing March 30 Holiday Inn, Visalia, CA

Thursday May 7

DISH Network Satellite Salle Catalog Closing April 22 Shasta Livestock Auction Cottonwood, CA

Thursday, May 28

Live Internet Video Sale Catalog Closing May 20 Shasta Livestock Auction, Cottonwood, CA

For Details: Please call our office at (530) 347-3793. Or email us at wvm@wvmcattle.com Look for the catalog and pictures on our web site


Market your cattle with the professionals!

Rod Hershey 541-480-7743 Ellington Peek 530-751-6900 Brad Peek 916-802-7335 Donald Doverspike 541- 377-6298 Lee Bailey 541-891-5470 Todd Muller 541 417-0132

Di r e c t or of He r d I m prov e m e n t. With more Angus influenced cattle qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand than ever before, it’s clear that the Angus bull has become America’s bull. He sires calving ease, growth and superior marbling. He works well in any environment, and on any cow, regardless of breed. Make sure that America’s bull serves as your director of herd improvement. Angus. America’s breed. Go to www.Angus.org/businessbreed or call 816.383.5100 to learn more.

Jared Patterson

Regional Manager 208.312.2386 jpatterson@angus.org

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