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Keepin’ it Country Continued from Previous Page performed by Whetstone from Mountain Grove, Mo. The event was a huge success gathering over 200 people and raising more than $11,000. This year at the 75th annual ag scholarship banquet the ag alumni associate was able to award six students with the money that the Ag Celebration raised. The six students that received these awards have demonstrated a strong work ethic and character. These students were very deserving and will do great things for agriculture. It was my pleasure to give back. I hope I am not alone in appreciating the support I’ve received over the years. I

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Sharps Antique Tractor Works offers something for every John Deere 2-Cylinder enthusiast After 27 years, Sharps Antique Tractor Works, Inc., has built an honest and dependable business manufacturing and selling thousands of John Deere 2-Cylinder parts. “At the time we started this business I was restoring cars and trucks when a gentleman approached me wanting to ship tractors to

There is no middleman when it comes to ordering parts from Sharps Antique Tractor Works. “When someone buys from us they are buying direct,” said Donnie. Sharps Antique Tractor Works ships an average of 100 orders a day, all in recycled packaging. “A friend of ours from Clever, Mo., goes to local stores and collects used

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Denmark. I knew where some tractors were boxes. He brings us a pickup truck load and we just went from there,” shared Don- of boxes each week, so we never have nie Sharp, owner of Sharps Antique Trac- to buy boxes. This helps keep our prices low,” said Donnie. Interested buyers can tor Works in Fair Grove, Mo. Today, Sharps Antique Tractors Works purchase parts online 24/7. Used parts are in abundance at Sharps. sells new, used and rebuilt parts. “Our manufacturing equipment is from the same era They keep over 1,000 tractors on their as the tractors we are building the parts for. property to use for parts and patterns. We also have modern equipment, just like “We have tractor buyers all across the John Deere would have,” explained owner country but try to buy locally as much as we can. We never leave to buy tractors, Melanie Sharp. they get shipped here,” said Donnie. The parts that Sharps manAs far as tractor restorations go ufactures are tested to ensure Donnie, Melanie and their emthey are consumer friendly. ployees only work on complete Donnie explained, “If I can’t restorations taking the tracput it on with little work, then tors back to factory specifiwe won’t carry it. I use this as a cations. “It takes 2-3 years form of quality control. I know Fair Grove, Mo. to fully restore tractors. We it’s going fit.” NOVEMBER 18, 2013

start with an empty main case,” stated Melanie. “These tractors will have up to 1,000 hours in them by the time we are finished.” They also keep a bay open in their shop for repairs of local farm tractors. “All of our tractors get used,” added Donnie. “If it is on our place then we are still farming with it.” The Sharps raise registered Texas Longhorns, cut hay and run a sawmill on their Fair Grove property. The Sharps’ business isn’t just confined to the U.S., they ship all over the world. “We ship complete containers full of tractors and equipment all over the world three to four times a year,” stated Melanie. The Sharps started shipping tractors overseas 20 years ago. Their first international shipment was to a customer in Denmark. “It is an amazing process. When we load the whole community is involved. We only have two hours to load the containers but there will be hundreds of hours in preparation. In order to export these tractors they have to be extremely clean or else they get quarantined on arrival,” said Melanie. “It’s important for us to know a lot about export.” Donnie added, “You have to build trust with your customers. Generally, they don’t see the equipment before they buy it.” One other aspect of the business is selling New Old Stock parts (NOS). “NOS are parts that were bought but never put on. I recently purchased 1,800 pounds of NOS parts. Most of the parts were for horse-drawn tractors up through the early ‘50s,” shared Donnie. “A lot of our customers not only collect tractors but also collect the equipment that goes with them. In this last purchase of NOS we had a 1-row corn planter and three fertilizer boxes for a horse-drawn tractor.” “With NOS you really have to market it,” added Melanie. “You never know what customers are going to buy. A lot of time and research goes into finding its new home.” The Sharps have been in the restoration business a long time. They have grown to understand the business and the people in it. Donnie concluded, “We’ve seen this market migrate. Most of our customers and collectors stay in it, they don’t tend to get out because there is a lot of brand loyalty.”

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Advisors Heath Wright (far right) and Travis Phipps (far left) use the school farm as a valuable teaching tool.

now includes over 300 students in a high school of 1,500. “Without a doubt, the biggest change cured the land for the future building of I’ve seen over the years is in the curricu- schools and then as the economy slowed and things changed that plan got lum, what we are actually put on hold for a time. They asked teaching to the kids and if we’d like to do a school farm that’s primarily because we out there on a part of it and have less farm kids now than we jumped right on it.” The when I first started in this. Tostudents have been preparday, we don’t focus as much Ozark, Mo. on production agriculture and teach more to the kids living — Continued on Page 10

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meet your neighbors Show-Winning Combination Continued from Previous Page around 10 cows and a revolving number of calves on 32-acres. “Whatever amount of acreage you would normally run one commercial cow/calf pair on, you can run two Dexters,” said Michelle. Though Dexter cattle are small in stature, they are not miniature cows. In fact, they are the smallest tri-purpose breed in the world. The breed’s origins trace back to Ireland in the early 1800s. Dexter cattle can be milked, used for beef or pull wagons. At Wild Rose Ranch, Michelle and Shelby halter-break all of their calves. Shelby enjoys showing her heifers and cow/calf pairs all over the Ozarks and the country. She’s garnered much success in the show ring, winning Grand Champion Female three years in a row at the Webster County Fair, Overall Reserve Grand Champion Cow/Calf Pair at the Tulsa State Fair, first place in her heifer’s class at the National Dexter Show and many more. What is the key to Shelby’s show ring success? “She has really good lineage and she works with them a lot, it is the combination,” explained Michelle. The mother-daughter duo places an emphasis on genetics with their herd.

They say they try to buy and breed cattle to build a herd with solid, rare genetics. Shelby is so interested in genetics, next year she plans to study Animal Husbandry at Texas A&M with an emphasis in Genetics. She hopes to grow her cattle business even more when she graduates from college. She is currently a senior at Strafford High School and is involved in 4-H and FFA. The two are so passionate about the Dexter breed they work diligently to get other people involved with Dexter cattle. Michelle volunteers to help facilitate the Missouri Dexter Breeders Association’s youth heifer program. Through the program, the Dexter breeders have given away eight heifers in three years to qualifying youth. Michelle is also working with other breeders to collect important data about Dexter cattle. “Because it is a small breed, we don’t have EPDs available. So we are gathering carcass data from our membership to be able to use that as promotional material for our cattle,” Michelle stated. Michelle concluded, “This gives me bonding time with my teenager that maybe I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

A Program with Big Promise Continued from Page 8 ing the facilities for livestock by building fences and corrals. When Heath returned to Ozark several years ago, he was the lone agriculture teacher, replacing his former instructor, with 45 students in the program. “Today, all three of us stay very busy. We’re pretty spread out but the program now provides lots of opportunities in a variety of areas,” he added. Like other area agriculture instructors, Heath also finds the FFA programs to be highly instructive and beneficial to his students, including the judging teams. He continued, “Of course, the best part of this job is getting to work with the kids. I love that. The hardest part is the time away from your own family. People think teaching is an 8-3 job, but it is

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much more time-consuming than that.” Health’s family includes his wife, Abby who teaches seventh grade English at Ozark Junior High and his three sons. Dylan is a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College, on an FFA and partial rodeo scholarship. Haze is in sixth grade and Cooper is a third grader. “We have a small farm, with a few head of cattle, ten steers and a few beef calves. We turn them out for the winter and sell them in the spring. We also have roping horses as all my boys rodeo.” Heath Wright has come full circle, returning to his own high school, to share his passion for agriculture and the life it offers, with future generations in his work as well as at home. NOVEMBER 18, 2013



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Homesteading with a Heart By Sherry Leverich Tucker

Deep in the Ozarks Cyndi Rutherford manages a little homestead that is focused on the simpler things in life Down among the hills and hollows, creeks and rivers of western Stone County is Ivy Jean’s Ozark Homestead. This homestead is a small working farm, that becomes a tourist retreat by reservation. The owner, farmer and hostess is Cyndi Rutherford, who has spent years playing the part of pre-1900s woman named Ivy Jean for Silver Dollar City. Though she is no longer playing the character of Ivy Jean at Silver Dollar City, she is still fascinated with those old times and ways and works to extend her love of country living with all of her visitors. Growing up in the Ozarks, Cyndi recalled her first visit to Silver Dollar City in 1968. She was a young girl, visiting SDC with her aunt, “I remember standing in front of the Wilderness Church and saying to my aunt, ‘When I grow up, I want to work here.’ And when I grew up, I got a job there.” During her employment with SDC, Cyndi became proficient in dutch oven cookery, wood cookstove cooking, and all kinds of other pioneer skills. She went on to work within the company, consulting in their entertainment, attractions and design department. After 25 years of working with SDC, Cyndi decided to pursue her dream. In 2002, when Cyndi resigned from SDC, she focused on her acreage in Cape Fair, Mo., and building her homestead. Within Ivy Jeans Ozark Homestead is a variety of comforts that many people, whether they are city or country folk, can appreciate. “Simplicity is the single hardest thing to achieve,” said Cyndi, who shared that phrase, which is a focus of her goal and a statement that she shares with a lot of her visitors. The focus at the entry of the homestead is a large farm house. Inside is a large dining area, living room area and farm style kitchen which is all completely open. This creates the environment that Cyndi is promoting as she caters to large groups,


“I have garden clubs, church groups, quilt groups, Vietnam vets and others come here. The quilters have plenty of room to bring in their sewing machines and quilts.” The groups that utilize Ivy Jeans Homestead have plenty of room for working on proj-

ects, spending time in study or discussion, or just enjoying the peace and quiet inside or outdoors among the gardens and sitting areas near the chickens or other critters. Cyndi, who loves being among people, strives to teach people facts about the

history of the Ozarks, and about animals and farming. “I want all of my visitors to experience a part of agriculture without being afraid. I don’t want them to be afraid of the animals, or afraid to ask questions.” Cyndi offers all of her groups the opportunity to tour the homestead and tells them about all of the animals. “When we visit the chickens, we have chickens 101, and eggs 101. I tell them to ask questions.” History lessons are also included, as Cyndi explains a lot of the Ozarks past. With her visitors she shares stories about the hillsides that were once covered with white oak trees, and the years of “tie hacking” for the railroads, and the timber that was sent down the James and White Rivers. She talks about all the tomato canning factories and how Stone County was the leading tomato grower in the nation in the early 1900s. Cyndi also shares stories of the farms and people who lived in the low areas that got covered by the lake once the dam went in. In 2010, Cyndi commissioned a stone layer to help her design and build a wood-fired bread oven. She explained that it is built differently, but essentially the same method of baking bread used during and since biblical times. “I bought three different books on the subject, and I came up with my own design.” In the oven, Cyndi bakes bread, makes focaccia breads and cooks pizzas and other foods. Though she does not have overnight accommodations, her husband owns a resort just down the road that is available. She has plans for finishing a bed and breakfast on the property.

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“My wife, Patrice, and I, who were MSU students at the time, were visiting with the Dean at Missouri State University in West Plains,” explained Craig Jennings, “and we were talking about ideas to stimulate agriculture in the area, outside of livestock production. “Unfortunately many of the constraints and roadblocks were surfacing – not enough growth for market demand; too much investment for one farmer; The Ozark Farmers growing, classifications and Agricultural Co-op work certifications required,” he together as a group explained. “We all knew the to reduce the costs of concerns with small vegetapreparation, packaging ble or produce farms, but we and insurance. (L to R: were trying to find an answer Craig and Patrice Jennings) to overcome these.”

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right time. “It was a lot of phone effort. We placed calls, trying to reach the right people, but as you can image they are kept under tight wraps,” he chuckled. “I happened to get through to one of the decision makers at Pyramid Foods and was able to pitch our idea to him about locally grown produce for their stores,” said Craig. “He was so intrigued by the idea; he wanted to speak to us in person the very next day.” Over time and meetings, the details were worked out and OFAC would be growing tomatoes for Pyramid Foods, headquartered in Rogersville, Mo., and owning 55 stores in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. “They were excited to be able

That was the beginning of the Ozark Farmers Agricultural Co-op (OFAC). “We’ve been together for about a year and just finished our first growing season where we produced tomatoes for Pyramid Foods, which is Ramey and Price Cutter grocery stores,” Craig explained. “We had the idea to pool together our resources and our products to reach the volume needed to sell to larger grocery produce stores or restaurants. We knew that locally grown produce was becoming a larger market and knew there had to be someone out there who could see the benefit for the farmers and grocery customers,” he said. It was almost by chance that OFAC had the opportunity to West Plains, Mo. talk to the right person at the NOVEMBER 18, 2013

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The Co-op is 17 members strong, including farmers in Licking, Houston and West Plains, Mo., and even farmers in Salem, Ark. By forming the Co-op, the group was able to meet the volumes needed to sell to a larger organization. Dan Leary from Moody, Mo., serves as the Co-op’s president. “We have a fivemember board who are elected by the membership each year in October. One of our board members spent many hours researching by-laws of other organizations to guide him in drafting the bylaws that govern our Ozarks Farmers Coop,” explained Dan. “When I learned there where others with an interest in forming a co-op, I wanted to participate in whatever way I could. Out of the blue I found myself president of the Co-op,” he added. “Working together as a group, we are able to reduce the costs of preparation, packaging and insurance by sharing those costs,” Craig stated. “By being a member of the Co-op, we carry a $3 million liability policy. “As far as the preparation and packaging, last year this was done at the farm level. This coming year, we are looking to centralize this and of course we share transportation costs to the end customer, being Pyramid Foods, by all working together to send our products at the same time.

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“Some of the new food safety laws that pertain to produce from the field to the consumer will require that our growers attend a food safety course,” added Dan. “Pyramid Foods is helping to organize that here in our area for our members and new members who are interested in joining our group.” “Pyramid has also been very proactive in advertising that they have locally grown produce available,” Craig said. “Of course they purchase elsewhere too, but they have a strong commitment to local grown foods.” Last year the Co-op worked with Pyramid to determine the amount needed for them to commit to purchase from the Co-op and then the majority of the growers chose one species of tomatoes and began growing. “With around 10,000 tomato plants between all our members, we grew and met the volume needed. These were determinant plants, meaning they were more bush type tomato plants and grew in short period of time in three different segments to provide the fresh produce needed,” Craig explained. “The best part was that we had the volume needed to sell the vegetables to a larger market,” added Dan. “The Co-op is set-up and redistribution of profits is based on patronage, meaning the percent of product the farmer brings to the Co-op determines the percent of profit he or she gets back. So it’s fair to all involved and a way for even the small acreage farmers to take part in something on a much larger scale,” he stated proudly.

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trition, LLC near Rogersville, Mo., in small herd of registered Angus that we use for our genetics for our commercial Webster County. He now has around 750 head of cattle beef cattle. So we kind of do everything on his 400-acre farm near Rogersville. ‘in house.’ We try to raise our own bulls and we have extra bulls that we sell. Some of the land has been We’ve kind of got a beef producin the family over 100 years. tion side and then a genetic He also leases another 1,600 production side. acres for pasture and hay. “In a nutshell, we have the Scott said, “Our cattle busiAngus seedstock herd and ness consists of a cow/calf op- Rogersville, Mo. eration. Then we background — Continued on Page 20 some of our steers and we have a Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •

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In Town: Mark Nix, master electrician and owner/operator of Sage Electrical Services LLC, has been an electrician and small business owner for the past 20 years. The Nixa, Mo., based business specializes in industrial and commercial electrical services with a strong emphasis on customer service. Mark said that customer service is, “paramount in creating lasting customer relations.” In addition to customer service, Mark has expanded his business to offer electrical expertise ranging from high voltage troubleshooting and repair to microprocessor based controls and communication such as Ethernet and fiber optic construction. “In the future, I look forward to minor expansions as our customer base grows and current customers continue to trust their needs to us,” Mark explained. In addition to the business, Mark is also taking the time to pursue an electrical engineering degree at Missouri State University. He is quick to admit that pursuing his degree and running a business and a farm would not be possible without the help of his great and dependable employees along with the help of his son Aaron and wife, Racine. In the Country: The Nix family own 4N Ranch in Galena, Mo., a 320-acre plot along the James River. Here, they run close to 50 head of Angus plus a few cows that they cross with black Simmental bulls. Since Racine has an affinity for Braunvieh ribeyes they also run a few Braunvieh cows as well. The Nix’s also produce their own cool and warm season hay. Mark and Racine enjoy training and hunting their kennel full of field bred English Springer Spaniels. They are members of the Missouri Hunting Spaniel Club (MHSC). Twice a year 4N Ranch hosts, along with the MHSC, the AKC Hunt Test for Flushing Dogs. Mark and Racine are also active members of their church where Mark serves in the van ministry, transporting children to and from church activities. How do you balance it all? “Start every day by giving God what is his,” Mark said. “Then, prioritize the rest of the day the best you can. No day is perfect. All you can do is get started the next day if given the opportunity. Tomorrow is not ours, but a gift.”

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NOVEMBER 18, 2013


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market sales repo



(Week of 11/3/13 to 11/9/13)


Independently Reported

USDA Reported

Douglas County Livestock - Ava


Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba


MO-KAN Livestock

88.00-108.00 8

Ozarks Regional Stockyards - West Plains 82.50-87.50

South Central Regional Stockyards


Springfield Livestock Marketing Buffalo Livestock Market


Lebanon Livestock Auction


Mo-Ark - Exeter










Independently Reported

USDA Reported

(Week of 11/3/13 to 11/9/13) Douglas County Livestock


Interstate Regional Stockyardss

60.00-84.75 59.00-96.50

Joplin Regional Stockyards


Kingsville Livestock Auction


MO-KAN Livestock Market

60.00-90.00 6

Ozarks Regional Stockyards

60.00-84.00 6

South Central Regional


Springfield Livestock Buffalo Livestock Market

64.00-90.00 60.00-87.00

Lebanon Livestock Auction Mo-Ark - Exeter











Independently Reported

USDA Reported

(Week of 11/3/13 to 11/9/13) Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava

None Reported

Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba

None Reported

Joplin Regional Stockyards


Kingsville Livestock Auction

None Reported

MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler

None Reported

South Central Regional Stockyards - Vienna







Steers, Med. & Lg. 1 300-400 lbs. 400-500 lbs. 500-600 lbs. 600-700 lbs. 700-800 lbs.

(Week of 11/3/13 to 11/9/13)

USDA Reported

Douglas County Livestock - Ava

None Reported 1385.00-1600.00

Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba


Joplin Regional Stockyards Kingsville Livestock Auction

None Reported

MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler

None Reported

Holsteins, Lg. 3 300-400 lbs. 400-500 lbs. 500-600 lbs. 600-700 lbs. 700-800 lbs.

600.00-1575.00 6

Ozarks Regional South Central Regional Stockyards - Vienna


Springfield Livestock

710.00-1475.00 7

Buffalo Livestock Market


Heifers, Med. & Lg. 1


Lebanon Livestock Auction Mo-Ark - Exeter






Diamond, Mo. • TS Whites Sheep & Goat Sale

Receipts: 1466 Sheep Slaughter Lambs: Choice 2-3 wooled non-trad al 70-80 lbs 140.00-147.50; 80-90 lbs 125.00-13 traditional 112-153 lbs 130.00-140.00. hair: 70lbs 140.00-158.00; 80-100 lbs 115.00-140.00. Feeder/Stocker Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2 wooled 40-60 lbs 106.00-170.00. Hair 30-50 lbs 150.00-165.00; 50-70 lbs 150.00-165.00. Slaughter Ewes: Utility and Good 1-3 wooled: 176 lbs 50.00-75.00. Hair: 72-106 lbs 62.50-65. Bucks: wooled 208-232 lbs 42.00-48.00; hair 1 155 lbs 57.50-67.50. Replacement Ewes: Medium and Large 1-2 hai 132 lbs 52.50-72.50. Goats Slaughter Classes: Kids Selection: 1 50-60 lbs 170.00-192.50; 60-70 lbs 170.00-185.00. Select 1-2 40-50 lbs 152.50-182.50; 70-80 lbs 150.00170.00; 90-100 lbs 160.00-170.00. Selection 2 5 lbs 155.00-175.00; 60-70 lbs 165.00-182.50; 80 lbs 140.00-155.00. Selection 3 60-70 lbs 155.00 160.00; 70-80 lbs 135.00-160.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 1 91-150 lbs 70.00-11 Selection 3 75-130 lbs 62.50-80.00; Pygmy 45-1 lbs 80.00-117.50. Billies: Selection 1-2 90-165 lbs 100.00-120.00 lection 2 aged weathers 115-145 lbs 122.50-145 Selection 3 85-140 lbs 77.50-135.00. Replacement Nannies: Selection 1-2 80-142 lb 72.50-125.00. Selection 3 Dairy 65-140 lbs 80.0 100.00. Billies: Selection 1 165-265 lbs 104.00-140.00;

stocker & feeder


USDA Verified & Reported



Independently Reported


None Reported

Mo-Ark - Exeter



Receipts: 720 Springer heifers bred seven to nine months: Supreme 1300.00-1500.00, pair Crossbreds 1325.001450.00, Approved 1050.00-1200.00, pair Crossbreds 985.00-1000.00; Medium 900.00-950.00. Heifers bred four to six months: Supreme 1200.001460.00, Approved 910.00-1190.00, Medium 810.00-900.00, Common 510.00-750.00, Crossbreds 410.00-485.00. Heifers bred one to three months: Approved 800.00-1000.00, Medium 600.00-700.00, few Crossbreds 625.00, Common 400.00- 435.00. Open Heifers: Approved 210-300 lbs 210.00310.00, 373-383 lbs 350.00-400.00,lot 8 Crossbreds 342 lbs 360.00, 410-500 lbs 435.00-560.00, 510-595 lbs 500.00-630.00, Jerseys 635.00-680.00, 615695 lbs 590.00-750.00, Jerseys 620.00-710.00, Crossbreds 585.00-600.00, 715-785 lbs 735.00790.00, Crossbreds 625.00-710.00, Medium 530-600 lbs 430.00-485.00, 765-802 lbs 600.00-690.00. Replacement cows: Fresh cows: Supreme 1475.00-1675.00, Approved 1225.00-1385.00, indiv Jersey 1220.00, pair Crossbreds 1200.00-1250.00, Medium 1000.001200.00, pair Jerseys 900.00-1125.00. Milking cows: Supreme 1400.00-1625.00, Approved 1200.00-1375.00, Medium 925.00-1175.00, Common 635.00- 825.00. Springing cows: Supreme 1425.00-1575.00,


Lebanon Livestock Auction

sheep &


Receipts: 557 Springer heifers bred seven to nine months: Supreme 1275.00-1650.00, Indiv Jersey 1150.00, Indiv Crossbred 1200.00, Approved 1100.001250.00, Pr Jerseys 900.00-1000.00, Crossbreds 960.00-1100.00, Medium 900.00-1075.00, Pr Crossbreds 800.00-900.00; Common 700.00-875.00. Heifers bred four to six months: Supreme 1100.001360.00, Approved 975.00-1085.00, Few Crossbreds 900.00-960.00. Heifers bred one to three months: Supreme 1150.00-1250.00, Crossbreds 850.00-930.00, Approved 1000.00-1075.00, Few Jerseys 700.00820.00, Medium Crossbreds 485.00-685.00. Open heifers: Approved 212-290 lbs Indiv at 280 lbs 375.00, Indiv Jersey at 232 lbs 380.00, Crossbreds 220.00-310.00, 320-388 lbs Lot of 4 at 335 lbs 400.00, Indiv Jersey at 340 lbs 410.00, Crossbreds 260.00-370.00, 410-488 lbs 420.00-480.00, Lot of 12 Jerseys at 488 lbs 580.00; Crossbreds 425.00-480.00, 501-600 lbs 470.00-530.00, Jerseys 425.00-580.00, Crossbreds 480.00-590.00, 605-700 lbs 575.00720.00, Lot of 9 Jerseys at 613 lbs 690.00, Crossbreds 550.00-660.00, 717-815 lbs 730.00-860.00; Medium 523-535 lbs Pr Jerseys 360.00-400.00, 633-690 lbs 475.00-520.00. Fresh and open milking cows: Supreme 1225.001450.00, Indiv Crossbred 1250.00, Approved 925.00-1100.00, Crossbreds 750.00-950.00, Medium 775.00-860.00, Common Pr 700.00-720.00. Springer cows: Approved Few Crossbreds 1000.001075.00. Bred Cows: Approved 875.00-1010.00, Jerseys 775.00- 950.00, Pr Crossbreds 780.00-875.00, Common Few 660.00-720.00.

None Reported

Buffalo Livestock Market


Norwood, Mo. • Producers Auction Yards


Springfield Livestock


Springfield, Mo. • Springfield Livestock Mktg.

Baby calves: Holstein heifers 120.00-145.00, Holstein bulls 110.00-175.00, Pr Small 65.00-7 Jersey heifers Indiv 125.00, Jersey bulls 50.00- 6 Crossbred heifers 105.00-165.00, Indiv 240.00, 85.00-95.00; Crossbred bulls 90.00-160.00, Sma 50.00-80.00; Beef cross bulls 130.00-250.00.

Approved 1250.00-1325.00, Medium 1010.001175.00. Bred cows: Supreme 1400.00-1450.00, Approved 1250.00-1325.00, Medium 1000.00-1175.00. Baby calves: Holstein heifers 135.00-170.00, small 80.00-120.00, Holstein bulls 105.00-170.00, small 50.00-95.00; Jerseys heifers indiv 170.00, Jersey bulls 55.00-75.00; Crossbred heifers 120.00-180.00.

675.00-1975.00 6

Ozarks Regional



5 Area (Tx-Ok, Ks, Neb, Ia, Colo) Live Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 129.00-133.00; wtd. avg. price 130.25. Heifers: 129.00-132.00; wtd. avg. price 131.57. Dressed Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 205.00-208.00; wtd. avg. price 206.39. Heifers: 205.00-208.00; wtd. avg. price 206.67.


Kingsville Livestock Auction


Midwest - High Plains Direct Slaughter Cattle


Joplin Regional Stockyards



300-400 lbs. 400-500 lbs. 500-600 lbs. 600-700 lbs. 700-800 lbs.

Ava Douglas County 11/7/13

Butler Mo-Kan Livestock 11/7/13

Cuba Interstate Regional 11/5/13

Joplin Regional Stockyards 11/4/13

Kingsville Livestock Auction 11/5/13

Springfield Livestock Marketing 11/6/13

Vienna South Central 11/6/13








St-5 Lower


St-10 Lower

St-3 Higher

St-5 Lower

St-2 Higher

St-5 Lower

213.00-226.00 174.00-202.00 162.50-187.50 145.00-163.00 145.00-162.50

202.00-213.00 190.00 168.50-185.00 165.00-169.50 156.50

200.00-209.00 176.00-209.00 164.50-180.00 156.00-173.00 153.00-158.50

210.00-226.00 186.00-215.00 162.00-188.00 156.00-175.50 154.00-165.00

193.25 180.25-197.00 178.25-191.00 162.25-179.00 164.00-176.00

----179.75-201.00 168.00-182.00 155.00-170.00 159.00-168.50

----183.00-198.50 164.00-187.00 152.00-178.50 158.00-173.00

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----125.00-126.00 116.00-119.00 ----93.00


172.50-179.00 154.00-169.00 143.00-158.50 132.50-143.00 -----

----162.00-168.00 155.00-172.50 152.00-161.00 -----

173.00-177.00 156.50-179.00 150.00-161.50 139.00-155.00 142.00-160.00

168.00-190.00 155.00-180.00 143.00-166.00 141.00-158.00 150.00-157.50

170.00-184.00 171.00-184.00 156.50-171.00 155.00-157.00 159.25

166.00-176.00 157.00-173.00 145.50-166.50 144.00-156.50 152.00

171.00-180.00 160.00-177.00 147.50-169.00 148.50-171.00 145.50-155.75

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0-142 lbs lbs 80.00-

Mo. Weekly Weaner & Feeder Pig


Receipts: 5520 Compared to last week, weaner pig sales were steady on formula-based pigs, and firm to 5.00 higher on cash sales. No feeder pig sales were reported. Supply light and demand moderate. (Prices Per Head.) Early weaned pigs 10 lb. base weights, FOB the farm 0% negotiated 2220 head, 10 lbs, 36.50-45.00, weighted average price 40.33. Early weaned pigs 10 lb base weights, Delivered 100%




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The hay market remains fairly quite across the state and that story is unlikely to change until snow flies. Pastures remain in pretty good shape as most producers had the ability to stockpile grass which should hold out until snowed under or harsh temperatures require more nutrients. Supply is heavy, demand is light and prices are steady. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit or for current listings of hay (All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless specified and on most recent reported sales prices listed as round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs). Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV >185) 225.00-300.00 Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-180) 200.00-275.00 Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170) 160.00-225.00 Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150) 100.00-170.00 Good quality Mixed Grass hay 90.00-160.00 Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay 70.00-100.00 Fair quality Mixed Grass hay 30.00-45.00 per large round bale Wheat straw 3.00-5.00 per small square bale.

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Butler Springfield

Cuba Vienna

Joplin West Plains

heifers 550-600 LBS. Ava Kingsville

Butler Springfield


Cuba Vienna


** ** ** 174.37

** ** ** 154.20




** 171.37




178.25 174.01 180.60 176.64

161.40 149.62 144.91 152.93








Independently Reported West Plains Ozarks Regional 11/5/13

Buffalo Livestock Auction 11/9/13

Exeter Mo-Ark Livestock 11/9/13

Lebanon Livestock Auction 11/7/13






St-3 Lower



200.00-225.00 190.00-218.00 159.00-190.00 153.00-170.00 150.00-160.00

175.00-208.00 160.00-209.00 152.00-178.00 144.00-166.50 150.00-161.75

190.00-220.00 170.00-212.00 157.00-189.00 153.00-170.00 148.00-161.00

195.00-218.00 175.00-201.00 162.00-182.00 157.00-171.00 156.00-164.00

110.00-117.50 119.00 100.00-113.00 102.50-115.00 106.00

104.00-108.00 100.00-111.50 109.00-113.00 101.00-110.00 -----


120.00-127.00 116.00 110.00-119.00 110.00-119.00 107.00

167.50-182.50 159.00-183.00 150.00-157.50 142.50-155.00 144.50-157.00

154.00-172.00 145.00-170.00 140.50-156.50 132.00-145.00 140.50

160.00-195.00 150.00-189.00 143.00-175.00 134.00-155.00 139.00-144.00

165.00-180.00 157.00-167.00 147.00-164.00 142.00-153.00 139.00-147.00

NOVEMBER 18, 2013

171.13 176.34 175.94

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8.29 7.15 6.47 6.22 6.41 6.12 4.25



151.87 166.60 157.17





170.30 169.48 181.96 175.94

6.79 6.30 4.38

157.77 132.67


* Price per cwt




Week Ended 11/8/13 Corn Sorghum*

Soft Wheat



avg. grain prices Soybeans

Joplin West Plains


183.00 Week of 10/13/13

Mo. Weekly Hay Summary

Ava Kingsville

Week of 10/13/13

hay & grain markets

steers 550-600 LBS.

Week of 10/20/13

-120.00. Se.50-145.00.

hog markets

Estimated Receipts: 380 Supply and demand are light to moderate. Compared to Monday’s close barrows and gilts are steady. Base Carcass Meat Price 83.00. Sows: (cash prices) steady 300-500 lbs 56.00-58.00, over 500 lbs 60.00-62.00.


Week of 10/27/13

-60 lbs . Selection 50.00tion 2 50-60 .50; 80-100 155.00-




Week of 11/3/13

1-2 hair 70-

Interior Missouri Direct Hogs


Week of 10/27/13

on-tradition5.00-135.00; hair: 70-80 0.00. rge 1-2 0-50 lbs . wooled: 155.50-65.00. ; hair 122-

0.00-110.00. my 45-112


Cheese: 40# blocks closed at $1.8225. The weekly average for blocks, $1.8865 (+.0030). Fluid Milk: Milk production is uneven across much of the country. Production in the East, South and Central is beginning to increase along seasonally expected lines. California production is mixed with some areas reporting increased milk, while others say supplies are steady. The Northwest is still seeing some declines in production. Class I demand is steady to weak across the country and some increased volumes are finding their way to manufacturing plants. According to the September NASS Milk Production report, production of 14.8 billion pounds of milk for the 23 selected states was up 1.1% from September 2012. Cow numbers on farms for September in the 23 states totaled 8.51 million head, 33,000 more than last year. Cream demand is good as Class II manufacturers are geared up for holiday production. Good demand from butter/powder plants is also tightening supplies for cheese manufacturing. SPOT PRICES OF CLASS II CREAM: $ PER POUND BUTTERFAT, F.O.B. producing plants, Upper Midwest $1.9305-2.0352.

negotiated, 3300 head, 10 lbs, 58.00-67.00, weighted average price 62.88. Feeder pigs in all lot sizes, FOB 100% negotiated, No Sales Reported. Feeder pigs in all lot sizes, Delivered 100% negotiated, No Sales Reported. *Early weaned pigs are under 19 days old. **Most lots of feeder pigs have a sliding value from the negotiated weight basis which is calculated on the actual average weight of the load plus or minus .25-.40 per pound. Some early weaned lots have a slide of .501.00 per pound.

Week of 10/20/13

dairy & fed cattle

National Dairy Market


550-600 lb. steers


young billies 115-130 lbs 155.00-195.00 Stocker/Feeder Kids: Selection 2 20-30 lbs 135.00-175; 30-40 lbs 175.00-190.00 with a few take home nannies 200.00220.00. Selection 3 30-40 130.00-152.50; 40-50 lbs 140.00170.00; 50-60 lbs 135.00-157.50.


24 Month Avg. -


Week of 11/3/13

5.00, 65.00-75.00; 50.00- 65.00; 240.00, Small 00, Small .00.

USDA Reported * Independently Reported

149.54 171.97 150.29




4.28 135




151.20 191


* No price reported in weight break **USDA Failed To Report/Holiday *** No Sale - Weather Prices Based on Weighted Average for Steers and Heifers 550-600 lbs.

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Continued from Page 16 the Hereford seedstock herd and we use that for our genetics and our commercial beef herd,” he stated. “Angus have sold really well, and still do. But the demand for Hereford genetics is probably better right now than it’s been in a long time. I have always had some Herefords. But we haven’t been in the Hereford genetics business very long.” He explained, “About five or six years ago, when the inputs got really high, things kind of took off. Things were different and Herefords and Angus have always been real efficient. I’m not knocking any other breed of cattle. They’re all good and have good points, but the Black Baldy is efficient. They go out and take the forage available and turn it into beef. I think that’s one reason why Herefords now are making a little bit of resurgence, because they can do that.” His seedstock is registered. The commercial are not. A lot of his cows are black, black baldy and red baldy. Scott said, “When I get a phone call for a potential bull sale, right now I have more inquiries about Hereford than I do Angus. The Angus and Hereford genetics together make a great combination.” Genetics is the side of the cattle business that Scott really enjoys. He explained, “That’s the kind of cattle that someday you can leave for a future generation to build on.” Scott stated, “The commercial cow is going to produce beef and do her job. When she’s done, she goes on. But if a person can build a good genetic base, he’s got genetics he can pass on to the future. I’m using genetics now that guys developed in the 1940s.” That has a big influence on his Herefords now. Everything started with the farm. Then when Scott’s dad, Gene, retired they started Bass Livestock Nutrition, LLC. (BLN). They became a distributor of Vita Ferm mineral. BLN covers, “approximately a 200 mile radius of Springfield, Mo., in the four state area; Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, and we deliver,” Scott said. They have also developed their own products. He said, “We developed Vita Tub, which is a cooked molasses based

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tub. Our background of being in the cattle business and using these products with our own cattle helps us.” They also have their own line of livestock cattle supplements called BLN. Scott does mix some feed for his cattle since they grow most of it. But he said, We don’t make it to sell.” He explained, “You get into a whole different world; miller’s insurance, liability, just a whole different world when you start mixing feed and grinding to sell to the public.” When it comes to buying minerals, Scott stated, “I try to see what my animal needs and then see what is available to match that. In our part of the country we’re magnesium deficient. So I try to buy, or sell, a product with magnesium in it and less protein, because you don’t need all the protein when the grass is lush.” He advised, “Match your supplement with what you need. There’s no sense feeding something you don’t need. If you’re feeding high protein hay and grass, there’s no reason to buy a product that has extra protein.” Bass Premium Beef, LLC., is another company Scott and his dad are partners in. He explained, “I have things broke up into entities. His farm sells the calves to Bass Premium Beef and they deal with the customers.” By separating things, Scott is able to assess whether a business is pulling its weight. He said, “It’s a good breakdown.” When a local feed store closed, Scott thought it would be nice to fill that void. His first partner in that venture retired and Marcie Ballard bought his part. Scott called it “the perfect fit.” Today Marcie runs the day-to-day operation at Bass and Ballard Feed and Farm Supply about one mile east of Rogersville. “When we acquired one of the warehouses we had a lot of empty space,” Scott stated. He added, “We needed the building but couldn’t fill it. So dad and I talked about getting in the pet food business. We’re partners in the business, but dad handles the pet food.” Scott Bass has several irons in the fire, but the thing he most enjoys is being with the cattle. He also feels blessed to be part of a “tight-knit family operation.” NOVEMBER 18, 2013

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Future Plans: After graduation, Amanda hopes to start a career at a seed research station. “I want to improve varieties of our main crops: soybeans, corn and wheat,” she said. She plans to use her knowledge base of agronomy and chemistry to improve existing seed varieties and adapt them to arid regions, and create new cultivars in the seed world, in turn improving the world’s agriculture. Amanda strongly encourages her peers to become involved in the next generation of agriculture; “It’s so important,” she said. “We’re going to have to feed more people on less land, and we need more technology and research.”

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John Alan Cohan is a lawyer who has served the horse, livestock and farming industries since 1981.

n the Tax Court case, Richard H. Daley, T.C. Memo l996-259, an Arizona surgeon was denied deductions with respect to his cutting horse activity. The Tax Court, which in recent years has become more and more hard-nosed, concluded that the activity was not conducted for profit within the relevant IRS Regulations. A number of facts worked against Dr. Daley: (l) He entered the activity without the aid of a written market study; (2) the evidence suggested that his motive for entering the activity was recreational; (3) he never relied on a formal profit or business plan; (4) in managing the activity he used a ledger to record various transactions and events, and had a separate “drop” file for each horse – but failed to maintain them in a completely accurate manner; (5) while he claimed to have devoted l0-l2 hours per week to the horse activity, he was unable to validate this to the Court’s satisfaction. The Court suggested there should have been, “a formal market study prior to undertaking his horse activity.” Under this Court’s criteria, very few horse owners would pass muster. The opinion suggested that taxpayers in the horse industry are going to have to engage in a lot more of formalities insofar as documenting how they started the activity. If you have a significant amount of losses you have a good chance of eventually being audited; it is therefore very important to document your compliance with IRS Regulations pertaining to the hobby loss rule. Dr. Daley was unable to show that the he consulted with industry experts prior to entering the activity. He testified that he had such consultations, but the judge found his testimony lacking in credibility. There was no documentation to back him up. This case therefore amplifies the importance of establishing groundwork documentary evidence and preserving it. It is important to maintain inventory records on each animal, including parentage, birth date, birth weight and registration information. There should be a chart of horses owned and sold, with details. It is important to keep separate files on each horse. If you are audited, it is important to immediately obtain legal assistance. Evidence of your businesslike purpose should be presented to the auditor in the most favorable light. Your business plan should be set forth in a clear and concise manner. How you eventually expect to make a profit should be made clear. If losses are due to unforeseen circumstances or setbacks, including disease or fluctuating market prices, you should maintain documentary evidence to prove these facts. The IRS also wants to see evidence that you keep abreast of industry practices and that you investigate the possibility of changing or abandoning current methods of operation in an effort to mitigate losses. In many cases, taxpayers have convinced the Tax Court that their horse activity is a business rather than a hobby despite over two decades of losses. In those cases the taxpayers had good evidence showing the businesslike manner in which they operated their venture. The horse owners who come through well in audits usually have a working knowledge about genetic principles and other elements of animal husbandry. They usually strive to raise high-quality animals, and have a plan on how to market them or otherwise make a profit.



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Farm Finance By Jessica Bailey


oday, our lives seem to be run by technology: smart phones, GPS, computer programming, social media, to name just a few. Technology has allowed those of us in the farming and ranching industries to make outstanding, and in some cases, almost unbelievable advances. More food, fiber and other raw commodities are being produced with fewer resources than our forefathers had. Thanks to electronic communications, we are able to spend more time bettering our operaJessica Bailey is a Credit tions. But with the rise of electronic communiAnalyst in the Agricultural cation comes the fall of personal interaction. Loan Division at Arvest And today, more than ever, relationships matter. Bank in Neosho, Mo., and Not just for our social and emotional health, but was recently awarded also our economic health. The amount of time the 2013 Crowder College invested in a relationship, business or personal, Aggie Club Outstanding indicates how much we care about that person or Agriculture Alumni Award. business doing well. In business, nothing is quite as important as cash flow (money) – how much is available, what can be spent, etc. As important as money is to running an operation, it is equally important to know that you have a banker who really cares about your business and your success. Does your banker ask the right questions? A good banker knows what questions to ask. How and when do you plan to market your cattle or grain? What risk management tools do you use? Do you have a back up plan should a natural disaster happen? What is the ultimate goal for your operation? Your banker should show a genuine interest in your operation and its future. Does your banker care how your business is doing year round? A good banker cares about your operation’s well being at all times, not just at loan renewal. He/she will stop you at the feed store to ask how much the calves weighed, how much rain you got, how well the hay did, how much corn did you get to the acre? He/she will sympathize with you over the price of fertilizer, the drop in cattle prices, the fluctuating commodity market. His interest is not just to see if you can make that payment at the end of the year, but a genuine interest in the day-to-day operations of your farm/ranch. Is your banker knowledgeable about your industry? A good banker knows what he/she is talking about and what he/she is lending on. When making a livestock inspection, he/she should know what a pair is, the difference between a first calf heifer and mature cow, and can estimate the weight of feeder calf. Does he/she know the difference in the types of crop insurance? Can he/she tell whether that is corn or soybeans planted in your field? Relationship banking is crucial to the agricultural industry. We are a hands-on industry and we need bankers who are also hands-on and involved alongside us. A good agricultural banker knows his/her stuff and can be a source, not just of funds, but advice and knowledge as well. When you do well, so does your banker. People helping people find financial solutions for life.

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Fuel Savings Considerations By Amanda Erichsen

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In order to conserve fuel and machinery energy use, Willard Downs, program chair for agricultural systems management, extension agricultural engineer at the University of Missouri and director of the Missouri AgrAbility Project; recommended that all tires on any machinery or vehicles be inflated to the recommended pressure, under-inflated tires waste energy. Additionally, air filters need to be changed on recommended schedules. He also outlines the following recommendations: Tractors: • Radial tires generally require less energy • When possible, gear-up and throttle back Combines: • Cut the crop only low enough to ensure minimum harvesting loss • Harvest crops at the proper moisture content whenever possible (understanding that it may be necessary to harvest earlier due to weather conditions) Fuel storage: • Cover storage tanks where possible and/or paint them white or another light color • Do not store more fuel than is appropriate for the farm; use patterns and fuel market prices Vehicles in general: • Maintain good maintenance on fuel and air-intake systems • Do not idle vehicles unnecessarily • For cold weather operation, electric engine heaters can reduce the amount of fuel consumed in warming engines to proper operating temperature Field operations: • Plan vehicle and machinery routes in a way which minimizes distances traveled, especially during harvest

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“Minor repairs and maintenance like oil changes, filter changes and blade changes we do ourselves to save money. For bigger repairs we’ll call a mechanic.”

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• If possible, avoid operating machinery in fields that are excessively wet or soft • Choose minimum tillage practices when possible • Operate tillage equipment only as deep as required • Match tractors properly to the implements they will be powering/pulling • For tillage operations, generally avoid high drawbar loads and slow field speeds which result in excessive wheel slip and energy waste

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“The irrigation pump must be the most neglected item on today’s modern farm,” said Chris Henry, assistant professor and water management engineer at the University of Arkansas’ Rice Research and Extension Center. “Often out of sight and out of the way, they are always expected to work when we need them the most. It is really amazing that they are as reliable as they are. It is because of this that there is tremendous opportunity to reduce cost, restore capacity and improve reliability.” Henry recommended the following for irrigation pump maintenance. • Have a professional adjust pump bowls or clearance on vertical turbine pumps • Have a professional clear bacteria or encrustation on well screens • Routine replacement and repair of wear parts such as pump shafts, bearings and impellers. A good rule of thumb is to plan to pull and service a pump every 10-15 years for vertical turbines, even less for submersibles. • Measure and recording pump output and capacity • Measure drawdown and depth to static water to assess pump condition and well capacity • Measuring the energy use of the power unit to assess the cost of water for each irrigation pumping plant • From energy use and water flow information, the best speed to operate a pump can be found for electrical pumps with variable frequency drives There are trained professionals that can test irrigation pumps, contact your local extension office, NRCS field office, Ducks Unlimited, or your local pump dealer.

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Dealing with Parasite Problems

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The economic benefits of treating parasites – does it pay off? Should a cattle raiser use a dewormer? There’s no set answer. “You can’t give a standard recommendation as to how often to treat what stage of animal,” said Dr. Thomas Yazwinski, University of Arkansas Professor of Animal Science, “because that will vary farmer to farmer, location to location, and season to season. There are too many variables; the farmer has to make that decision for himself.” Yazwinski told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor producers have been dealing for years with the question of what constitutes an economic threshold of treating parasites. He said, “If you wait until you see that there’s a parasitism, then obviously now you have stressed and unhealthy animals, plus you have lost good production out of those animals probably for months prior to the time that you actually visibly notice it. All grazing animals will have parasitism, and each producer has to balance what he feels is the good economic returns as to when he invests in chemical intervention.” The producer has to decide whether a parasiticide would improve animal performance to the point where it’s worth the cost of the treatment; that goes for both the low end of infestation and the high end, where the treatment may be needed to save the animal but the animal may still underperform for a long time to come. Yazwinski said, “Farmers will go year in and year out for decades, not put a dewormer into their animals and say, ‘Look at all this money I’ve saved; I’m not using a dewormer, and I’m making money every year.’ Great, but there are a lot more people that we can point to who say if you deworm your animals strategically you would get the cost of the anthelmintic, plus two or threefold more than that, due to increased performance of the animal.”


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All intestinal parasites reduce the feed efficiency of the animal. In addition to taking away from the nutrition available to the animal, the inflammation caused by the parasites causes fluid and mineral loss through the intestinal track. That would point to even more dramatic performance losses during the winter, when a cow’s feed needs are higher, except worm activity is reduced in the winter compared to the spring or fall, when the parasites are most active on pasture. Yazminski recommended cattle producers test cattle feces before or on the day of treatment, and then again from the same animals 14 days later, to see if the product is giving good activity. External parasites can also affect an animal’s winter performance. While fly activity will have diminished, problems with lice could surface, according to University of Missouri Extension southwest region livestock specialist Eldon Cole. “Lice like to set up housekeeping in these long haircoats of cattle during the wintertime,” Cole told OFN, “and if you’re not awfully careful, you can have a pretty full-blown louse population out there on the cattle by the time February and March roll around.” The solution is to bring in the cattle after a hard frost and apply a pour-on or spray that will control lice in the early stages.” If the infestation is bad enough, it can cause a drop in daily gain. There are two types of lice; the “chewing” louse is just a discomfort for the cattle, but bloodsucking lice can have a bigger impact on profits. If you have parasite problems in your herd, said Cole, “you just need to feed them a little bit more, because when they are sucking blood they are robbing the animal of some of the nutrients that they need for growth and reproduction.”

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Battle Against Weeds By Amanda Erichsen



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“One of the big myths in forage er is calibrated and the nozzles have a weed control is that you need good spray pattern, Griffin added. A warm temperatures to spray,” weed control program works best if you said Blair Griffin, CEA staff chair for know the species of weeds that you are Johnson County, Ark. “We have con- trying to control. Herbicide application will vary among ducted numerous herbicide demonstrations with temperatures in the mid 30s species types, producers should seek assisand the herbicides worked fine. Activity tance from their local extension specialist or whom they plan is usually slower, to purchase chemicals but still effective.” from to make sure timThe most comAnother benefit of fall ing of application is mon weeds for spraying is if you miss correct for the plant producers to conor streak fields in the they are targeting. trol in the Ozarks fall, you can retreat Pay close attention to area include: the the areas you missed herbicide labels for crop winter and spring in the spring. safety, use rates and surweeds of butterfactant requirements. cup, henbit, wild Weed control past garlic, red sor- Blair Griffin, Johnson County this time of year will rel, thistles and CEA staff chair be effective on speplaintain; and the summer weeds are horsenettle, pigweed, cialty treatments, such as brush and stumps. “Woody or berry species are wooly croton, ragweed and bitterweed. According to Griffin, any of the win- more effective this time of year,” said ter and spring weeds can be controlled Kevin Bradley, associate professor for now. “Most winter weeds emerge by the the University of Missouri’s Division of end of October,” he said. “As a general Plant Sciences. According to Bradley, the most difrule, small weeds are much easier to control than large weeds. If you have had ficult things to control in our pastures a problem with thistles and/or plaintain are the sprouts of woody species, honey it is very important to spray in the fall. locust, hedge and etc. “Some people choose to spray as soon Control of thistle and plaintain is much better in fall than in the spring. Another as they leaf out in the spring, but when benefit of fall spraying is if you miss or they are more established this isn’t very streak fields in the fall, you can retreat effective,” Bradley said. “Other options are cutting and treating the stump.” the areas you missed in the spring.” Often times producers take advantage Griffin said that if producers have had a problem with thistle or plaintain, they of this time during the cooler months to tackle these hardier plants, since they need to get out and spray. “Typically it is really hard to tell the have more time and there are fewer results of early spraying until March leaves and obstacles in the brushy areas when the weeds start to grow,” Griffin of their pastures. Producers can contact their county said. “However, I have never, ever had anyone tell me they regretted spraying extension office for information about forage weed control, sprayer calibration in the fall.” It is important to make sure your spray- and weed identification. NOVEMBER 18, 2013



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Forage: Advice from the Experts By Pete Bradshaw

Beef Forage Tour recap: Part 2 Part 2 continues the discussion from Eldon Cole, Lawrence County Extension specialist and Dr. Rob Kallenbach, State Forage Extension specialist and other experts on feeding and breeding. During the tour newer feed intake monitoring technology was demonstrated using the GrowSafe system. Brett Jones, a graduate student of the University of Missouri, explained how the system accurately measures each bovine’s feed intake. Using RFID (radio frequency identification) ear tags and the GrowSafe data collection and analysis software the center’s researches can gain a greater resolution picture of residual feed intake or feed conversion on K31 and novel endophyte fescues like Bar Optima Plus. “He’s finding that on some of the entophyte-free products the cattle are performing better than they were on the old K31 fescue,” said Gregg Bailey, the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association president, “We also got to look at some cows that were on the entophytefree pasture and some grazing mostly on K31. You could see the difference in the cattle’s coat.” Kallenbach and Jones gave another demonstration of newer technology to track pasture growth. Rather than implementing a rising plate meter, they used an ATV, with a GPS, computer and specialized software, to show the on-lookers how much quicker and more accurate the upscale monitoring system was for checking pasture growth. A quick zig-zag spin around the pasture with the equipment taking measurements at the rate of up to 20 times per second made short work in developing a grazing wedge. Tammy Wallace from Genex Cooperative, Inc., spoke to the beef producers about CIDRs and using timed AI protocol in both heifers and cows.

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“With technology now we’re able to congregate those cows into a calving season and that season may only be 30 days long,” Bailey said, “That translates into more money in the farmer’s pockets because if you’re calving season runs from September all the way to November, you have all those calves in September and you’re getting ready to wean them off to sell them next spring, those calves will be heavier because they were born earlier. That’s the way most guys do it is they will wean everything at once. So if you’re selling a 500 pound calf versus a 650 pound calf you have a lot more dollars in your pocket.” To top off the discussions, Tim Dieckhoff and the crew from Main Street Feeds explained the essentials of supplemental cattle nutrition. “I spoke about digestible nutrient needs and what it takes from your forage and how your forage tests. I also spoke about what you might have to supplement, just so they all realize what it takes to feed a cow and digest what they have,” he explained. Noting the core nutritional requirements for cattle, Dieckhoff said, “The two main ones are proteins and energy. It takes a combination of them for the cow to be able to digest that forage out there.” Going along with feeding and timed AI, Dieckhoff touched on feeds using the feed additive MGA (melengestrol acetate), which is implemented for increased rate of weight gain, improved feed efficiency and suppression of estrus in heifers. “It suppresses heat when people want to try to synchronize cattle to breed more at the same time, to calve at the same time,” he explained. One note of caution Dieckhoff noted, “Farmers need to be aware of the feeding directions and making sure they’re feeding their cattle accurately so it does work.”

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Factors that contribute to metal fatigue and ways to slow the process “You cannot prevent fatigue; we can only delay it.” That’s according to Dr. Sanjeev K. Khanna, a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri who’s studied stress fatigue in materials ranging from aircraft to road vehicles. By using the proper materials and structuring them correctly, Khanna said you can double or triple the amount of stress a material can handle before it fractures. For one thing, he told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor, make sure the material is inspected property, has the right mechanical properties and the right metallurgical composition. “Steel, for instance, can go from 70,000 lbs/sq in. up to about 250,000 lbs/sq in. stress capacity,” he said. The shape of the object is also a factor. Khanna said, “If it has sharp corners or too many holes through it, or if there are frequent changes in size – if you take a long shaft and it reduces at certain times and then goes back up, there are too many variations. The holes create areas where the stresses are higher than in other places. Those are local areas where fatigue failure can initiate, and then propagate from there outwards.” Bob Studebaker, owner of GoBob Pipe & Steel Sales in Mounds, Okla., said he has a passion for reducing stress fatigue in farming equipment. Bob became interested in ways to prevent stress fatigue in the ‘80s when his company needed flatbeds to haul pipe; he bought the cheapest he could find, worked them hard, and discovered through annual inspections that one of the trailers’ main beams had so much metal fatigue it was cracked and could fall apart. So in 2005, “I got a couple of engineers involved and explained


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to them what had happened to mine; I said, ‘I want you to design me some features that will reduce or minimize that as much as possible.” Studebaker agreed that fatigue is inevitable. “Whether it’s wire, or a beam, or a piece of angle iron, it doesn’t matter – anything that’s twisted and flexed enough will eventually break,” he said. This happens with trailers in a couple of ways; if it’s a side-loader, the load is heavier on one side when you set it down than it is on the other, which makes the trailer twist. If it’s loaded from the back, as with rolling wheeled equipment up a ramp, Studebaker said it bows the main beams longitudinally. His trailers attack the side loading problem by transferring the twisting motion to a piece of pipe called a torsion tube. “You don’t see it unless you get underneath the trailer and look for it,” he said, “but that piece of pipe is gusseted to the frames of the main beams. If you take a pencil and try to snap it in half it’s pretty easy but if you try to twist it in half, it’s difficult. This torsion tube prevents the trailer from twisting if you set something heavy on one side, and there’s nothing balancing it on the other side.” That transfers the additional tension to the frame, which needs to be stout to handle it. As for rear-loaded rolling stock, his trailers address that problem by transferring the weight of the load from the trailer to the ground, using a double hinged ramp that self-levels in the same degree of slop as the ground. Then, they put a stabilizing block on the ramp; when the ramp is placed in the loading position, the block drops down and comes into contact with the ground. Serving More Than 34,000 Readers Across Southwest Missouri



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Is Your Herd Ready for Winter? By Gary Digiuseppe

Herd winterizing tips for spring and fall calving seasons It might seem as though cattle producers are better prepared for this winter nutritionally than they were a year ago… but it pays to check. “Always test your hay,” Dr. Tom Troxel, associate head-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor. “There was a lot of hay raised and baled this spring; a lot of that hay was baled in between rainstorms, and we really wonder about the quality of the hay, the crude protein and the TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients). I think that the producers would do themselves a great favor by having their hay tested for quality, because the hay may not be as good as they think it is.” When the quality of the hay has been assessed, the better quality hay should go to the cows with the highest nutrient requirements as you proceed through the winter. For fall calvers the peak milk production is usually in November, so those cows need to receive good quality nutrition in order to maintain their body condition as they get ready to rebreed around the last few weeks of the year. If you have a spring calving herd, of course, it’s also important to maintain the body condition of cows, and to deworm them before they calve in February or March. Troxel recommended the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. He said, “It’s been shown that if you deworm those cows prior to calving, they milk better, their calves pick up fewer worms when they’re grazing next spring, and there is better performance than cows that are not dewormed. Also, if you have problems with scours in spring calving herds it’s a good idea to vaccinate cows in the fall. You’re not necessarily protecting your cows from scours, but it will increase

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the immunity in the cows, which will pass that along in the colostrum when the calves nurse in the spring.” He added the producer should consult with a veterinarian if the herd has experienced calf scours in the past. University of Missouri Extension southwest region livestock specialist Eldon Cole noted producers will also give cows vaccinations to address any respiratory problems that might be surfacing during the winter. “This is especially true if you have yearling cattle or weaned calves that you’re going to background for a while,” Cole told OFN. “If you are in a breeding program where you are going to be breeding those cows for fall calves a year from now, there are some vaccines that need to be given to help give some protection against some of the breeding problems that we have, like vibriosis. We also want to get the parasites, both external and internal, under control as we head towards cooler weather and the winter feeding period.” Cole said the producer should head off any problems the cattle may have during the winter with access to water. “The number one nutrient need of cattle that will cost you more than anything else if you don’t provide it is water,” he said. “Regardless of what kind of water source you’ve got, whether it’s a pond, a stream or a spring, it needs to be available all the time, basically 24 hours a day, because cattle may drink at odd times. If they go up to the water source and it’s frozen solid, that’s going to affect their dry matter intake and if they’re not eating plenty of dry matter to meet their needs, they are going to be in trouble and will not gain as well.”

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A Look at Dairy By Lindsay Haymes

Six questions that explain the trends, trials and opportunities in the dairy industry Ozarks Farm & Neighbor asked four MU Extension Dairy Specialists about upcoming trends, trials and points for opportunity in the dairy industry. Stacey Hamilton, Tony Rickard, Ted Probert and Joe Horner all contributed to this questionand-answer interview. What is the outlook for the dairy industry in the Ozarks? The Ozark’s dairy industry outlook for the rest of 2013 and 2014 will likely be lower milk prices but decent margins. Many Ozarks dairy producers have restocked with low-cost, home-grown forage supplies this summer. Purchased feed prices should drop as fall harvest progresses. Co-product prices should drop also this fall too as ethanol plants crank up to take advantage of lower grain prices. How should producers prepare themselves? As corn prices decline, milk prices will decline as producers expand milk production. Dairy producers comfortable with price risk management tools may want to start locking in margins. Those unfamiliar with using price management tools may want to learn how to use them. MU Extension is sponsoring daylong workshops around Missouri the first week of December to teach producers to use existing price risk management tools. The USDA MILC program is expiring. Without MILC or a new farm bill, there is no government-sponsored safety net to protect dairy producers against adverse prices. What techniques are allowing producers to gain an edge on cost in production? Feed, labor and replacements are the major costs on a dairy farm. High quality, home-grown forages have to be the NOVEMBER 18, 2013

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first priority. Careful attention to forage testing and ration rebalancing pays. Modernize parlors, improve holding areas and review milking procedures to lower labor costs. Rebreed cows on time using repro protocols to keep the herd fresh. Cool cows during heat stress with misters and fans. Confinement producers can pick up milk by remodeling free stalls to proper dimensions and bedding with deep sand. Compost pack buildings are working well for producers. In today’s price environment, replacement costs can be cut by not raising any more heifers than needed to replenish the herd.

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Dec. 18th Last Sale of the Year

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What are the marks of success in the industry right now? The 2012 drought following the 2011 drought in some areas, following low prices in 2009 and 2010 hurt lots of Ozarks dairy producers. Success right now means still being in business. Producers sitting on home-grown forage inventories will feel more successful this winter as cash flow improves. How is the raw milk movement affecting the dairy industry? Not much. The raw milk movement is mostly a media story with little impact upon the economics of dairying. Some dairy producers are picking up cash selling raw milk off the farm. The potential product liability of selling raw milk makes this business venture risky for dairy farms with assets to protect. If producers look to raw milk production, what notes of warning would you offer? Producers selling raw milk directly off the farm are within the law in Missouri. If they are also selling bulk milk through a cooperative, producers need to understand that they may be violating their coop’s milk supply contract.

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November 2013 20 Sheep & Goat Workshop – 6:30 p.m. – Conference Room, Maries Co, Courthouse, Vienna, Mo. – 573-422-3359, x. 125 23 Ozark Christmas Parade – 6 p.m. – Downtown Ozark, Mo. – 417-581-6139 23 Lebanon Christmas Parade – 11 a.m. – Lebanon, Mo. – 417-588-3256 30 Adrian Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade – 4:30 p.m. – Main St., Adrian, Mo. – 816-297-0004

LOWLINE ANGUS 4R Farms • Republic, Mo. Mark Ramsey Phone: 417-869-14962 Cell: 417-844-4929 E-mail: 12/1/14

4AR Simmental & Gelbvieh Purebred, Registered Cattle, Bred for the Ozarks Rob, Peggy & Brian Appleby 417-589-3193 • Cell 417-689-2161

Registered Gelbvieh & Balancer Cattle Elmer, Brenda, Brad & Benny McWilliams 417-642-5871 • 417-259-0081 Asbury, MO


Charolais Ranch Top Quality Bulls & Females Gil & Beverly Beiswinger

2193 Hwy. C, Halfway, MO 65663


W.D. & BONITA PIPKIN - 417-732-2707 JIM & JOANN PIPKIN - 417-732-8552 10/20/14

Jerry Glor Beefmasters Black & Polled Bulls & Females Springfield, Mo.

Office: 417-833-6402 Cell: 417-840-6471 Fax: 417-833-3853

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4851 S. 230th Rd. • Halfway, MO 65663

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Polled Herefords & F1 Replacements Marty Lueck, Manager


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Polled Shorthorn & Composite Shorthorn Bulls For Sale Featured on our website Rob Sneed Shorthorns Sedalia, MO • 660-620-1718


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Bulls Available Private Treaty!

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December 2013 5 Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade – 6 p.m. – Webb City, Mo. – 417-673-1154 5 Forage & Soil Workshop – 6 p.m. – Howell Co. Extension Office, West Plains, Mo. – $5 – 417-256-2391 5-6 Turf Management Class – 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. – Pennington Seed Conference Room, Greenfield, Mo.- $50/person, $80/couple – Reg. by Dec. 4 – 417-637-2117 7 Walnut Grove Christmas Parade – 2 p.m. – Walnut Grove, Mo. – 417-830-1087 7 Cassville Christmas Parade – 6 p.m. – Downtown Cassville, Mo. – 417-847-2814 7 Christmas Parade – 10 a.m. – Downtown Rolla, Mo. – 573-364-3577 7 Christmas Parade – 2 p.m. – Forsyth, Mo. – 417-546-2741 7 Christmas Parade – 7 p.m. – Mountain Grove, Mo. – 417-926-4135 7 Neosho Annual Christmas Parade – 5 p.m. – Historic Square, Neosho, Mo. – 417-451-1925 7 Christmas Parade – 5:30 p.m. – Nevada, Mo. – 417-667-5300 7 Christmas Parade – 4:30 p.m. – Rogersville, Mo. – 417-753-7538 12 Golden City Christmas Parade – 6 p.m. – Golden City, Mo. – 417-682-3595 12-13 Turf Management Class – 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. – Pennington Seed Conference Room, Greenfield, Mo. – $50/person, $80/couple – Reg. by Dec. 4 – 417-637-2117 19-20 Turf Management Class – 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. – Pennington Seed Conference Room, Greenfield, Mo. – $50/person, $80/couple – Reg. by Dec. 4 – 417-637-2117


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November 2013 20 Magness Land & Cattle Fall Female Sale – Miami, Okla. – 918-541-5482 23 Sydenstricker Genetics Bull & Female Sale – at the farm, Mexico, Mo. – 573-581-1225 23 Missouri Simmental & Red Angus Association Bull & Female Sale – Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield, Mo. 806-983-7226 23 LBJ Cattle Company Angus, Brangus and Charolais Replacement Female Sale – Hope Livestock, Hope, Ark. – 870-703-4345 25 Green Springs Performance Tested Bull Sale – Mo-Kan Livestock, Passiac, Mo. – 417-448-7416 29 Truline Maines Annual Private Treaty bid-off Sale – Richards, Mo. – 417-484-3306 – 417-549-0666 – December 2013 5 Connors State College Bull Test Sale – Warner, Okla. – 918-441-8433 6 Missouri Angus Association Advantage Sale – Jones Brothers Livestock, Marshall Livestock, Marshall, Mo. – 417-995-3000 7 Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale – Palmyra, Mo. – 573-985-3911 7 Wright Charolais 3rd Annual Female Sale – Jenkins Expo Center, Chillocothe, Mo. – 816-456-3792 8 Missouri Hereford Assocation Sale – Sedalia, Mo – 660-676-3788 11 Missouri Bison Association Sale – Lolli Brothers Livestock, Macon, Mo. – 417-839-3241 14 Ridder Farms 3rd Annual “ The Showgirls Sale” – at the farm, Hermann, Mo. – 573-680-4692

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80 Head Selling as 70 Lots 8 Spring Bred Cows 7 Fall Pairs 15 Bred Heifers 28 2013 Heifer Calves 11 Fall Heifers 7 Herd Bull Prospects 4 Show Steer Prospects All Show Heifer Aged Females Futurity Eligible • Futurity Champion Could Receive $1,000

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