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Louie Gardner increases stocking rates through land management and habitat conservation

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From Grass to Nutrition

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Livestock Owners need to be Alert for “Hardware Disease: “Livestock owners need to scan their pastures for storm debris that could prove fatal to their cattle, goats and horses,” said Tom Troxel, associate head, animal science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Livestock owners should take extra time and caution to inspect hay fields and pastures. “Cattle grazing may not notice debris such as wood splinters, metal shards, or construction items such as screws or nails,” Troxel said. “And sometimes, in fields that have old, rusting fences or bailing wire or where grazing occurs near construction, foreign objects wind up bailed in hay.” Cattlemen should also watch for signs of Blackleg in pastures where flooding occurred. Soybean Science Challenge Award: Will and Katie Wlech, of Alpena High School in Alpena, Ark., won the Soybean Science Challenge award at a regional round at the Northwest Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair, before advancing to the state competition. Their project was titled, “Stress Signals: Evaluating Cellular Signaling in Cotton, Soybeans and Corn by Colorimetric Means as an Inexpensive Method of Crop Monitoring.” Livestock Disaster Assistance Program: Farmers and ranchers can now sign up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Livestock Disaster Program provides payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the program in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014. Enrollment has also begun for producers with losses covered by the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). To see if you are eligible for assistance through these disaster programs contact your local Farm Service Agency. Arkansas Century Farm Program: The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for the 2014 Arkansas Century Farm program. The program recognizes Arkansas’ rich agricultural heritage and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. There is no cost to apply for the Arkansas Century Farm program. Applications can be obtained from the Arkansas Agricultural Department by calling 501-683-4851. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2014 to be eligible for designation in 2014. Scan Me Or Visit ozarksfn.com

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Ground Zero Farms improves quality with Black Hereford genetics

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Patty Stith selects hardy, naturally parasite resistant breeds to raise on Sunflower Heritage Farm

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Town and Country features Nathan Ogden

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Louie Gardner maximizes growth potential with improved management

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Youth in Agriculture spotlights Caleb Rozeboom

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t’s funny how one little job can bring back a flood of memories from than revomore nworC yrre50 J yB years ago. But, that was the case last week as I used a four-wheel drive tractor (with Jerry Crownover is a cab) to clean up the manure mess made a farmer and former by a winter’s worth of feeding five bulls. Neither professor of Agriculture the chilly wind nor dusty conditions bothered Education at Missouri me as I created a pile of waste that will eventuState University. He is a ally rot down and become great garden fertilizer. native of Baxter County, The 30-minute chore was a far cry from the anArkansas, and an nual week-long activity of a half-century earlier. author and professional On the family farm of my younger years, we fed speaker. To contact Jerry, our entire dairy and beef herd (about 40 head) go to ozarksfn.com and from a hay manger that ran the entire length of click on ‘Contact Us.’ our sizeable barn. One can only imagine how much manure was produced by that number of animals over the course of an entire winter. Dad would clean out the shed a couple of times during the winter and create huge piles on the north side of the building that would become the majority of our fertilizer by April. I can still hear him saying, “Every acre where we can spread manure, is one less acre needing bought fertilizer.” And…we spread manure on a bunch of acres. When winter hay-feeding was over, my father would attach the front-end loader to his tiny Ford 8N tractor, put weights on the rear wheels to give it a little more traction, and grease up the ancient mechanical manure spreader for the job at hand. While he operated the tractor, I was on the business end of a manure fork picking up chunks that fell off the loader and hand delivering them to the spreader. Once the spreader was full, we would hook it up to the tractor and I was off to spread the load on the fields while dad stayed behind to use the hand fork to clean out areas the tractor couldn’t

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hope you enjoy our annual building and construction issue. This issue features tips for hiring contractors, a look at selecting and designing hoop barns and ways to obtain fundLynzee Glass graduated ing for storage facility projects on your farm from Missouri State through the Farm Service Agency and much more. University with a When I think of building and construction I degree in Agricultural can’t help but picture my parents. My dad has Communications in 2008. been involved in the construction industry for She grew up on a family 40 years. However, in the last 15 years or so, farm in Dallas County, Mo. mom left her job in town to join my dad on the To contact Lynzee call jobsite. Together they were able to raise a family 1-866-532-1960 or email and maintain a small farm from the earnings of editor@ozarksfn.com. their drywall business. Many of my early childhood memories were made on jobsites with dad. He would cart my sisters and I with him and instruct us to keep ourselves entertained and let him work. I can remember spending many hours playing with scrap pieces of sheetrock and leftover drywall mud, usually just writing our names or pretending to texture. By the end of the day we would have drywall mud clear up to our elbows and splattered all over our clothes. As I got older, going with mom and dad to jobsites became less enjoyable. As you can probably imagine, they would put us girls to work spotting nails, scrapping popcorn ceilings or, the worst, peeling old wallpaper. But I can’t complain because we usually got paid to help out. I always had a fascination with walking on stilts. I remember practicing on carpet before mom would ever let me attempt to walk on stilts on the job. The straps didn’t quite fit my feet but I was determined to make it work because I wanted to be just like dad. But when it came to stilts my dad had everyone beat. To me it seemed as though dad’s legs and the stilts were one in the same – he made it look so effortless. Rest assured, as dad approaches retirement age he seems to pass on the stilts and resorts to using a ladder. He also doesn’t hang much anymore, joking that he’ll “leave that up to the young bucks.”

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just a thought Keepin’ it Country Continued from Previous Page However, no time on the jobsite tops the time when I was 8 years old. I woke up early that morning sick with stomach pains and couldn’t go to school. Mom still worked in town so my only option was to go along with dad while he built cabinets. I had no signs of improvement as I lay on the couch all day. Dad would come in occasionally and check on me but as the day progressed the stomach pains got worse. Eventually dad threw in the towel and called mom. They decided it was time to

take me to the doctor’s office. My prognoses – appendicitis. That’s one day on the job with dad I’ll never forget. It may not have always been a glamorous life but it has treated my parents well. I can’t speak for them, but hey, I got some great memories out of it and even learned a thing or two about finishing.

Life is Simple Continued from Page 3 reach. Although driving the tractor was easier than digging with a hand fork, the lumps of old manure that hit me in the back of the head as I unloaded were likely significant contributors to my presentday not-so-great intellect. It would usually take about a week to complete the entire chore and the barn would once again be in that pristine condition my father demanded. I, on the other hand, would reek of manure for another two to three weeks after finishing the project. Our fields would benefit greatly from the addition of the manure and we usually had to spend very little for commercial fertilizer other than lime. “That’s the way you save money and stand a chance to make some

money from farming,” my dad would always conclude. Today, all my hay (except what is placed in feeders for the bulls) is unrolled from behind the truck in a different location every day. By using that method, the cows themselves perform the task of spreading the manure across the fields. My old manure spreader sits in the corner of a shed, rusting away into oblivion. I was visiting with a neighbor the same afternoon that I had made my yearly pile of garden compost and we both laughed at how much work it used to be. “Look at us,” he commented, “I don’t spread manure anymore and you get paid to do it every week.”

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Allen Shumate strives to be an ambassador for nutritional education and healthy lifestyles Allen and Donna Shumate of Elkins, Ark., run a 3-year-old grass-fed commercial beef operation on nearly 1,000 acres of combined owned, shared and leased land. They have three registered Angus bulls and 80 mixed mommas with the goal of gradually increasing the herd to 100

extremely well received. The next summer in the middle of the year, Allen got a contract with the Fayetteville Farmers Market, who came out to certify his operation. He sold enough to get a floater position in the 62-slot market the following year. This year Allen ranks 32 in highest sales as opposed to 47 last year.

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Allen said, “People really don’t unmommas with 175 calves growing from derstand the cattle industry. I am not weaning to butchering at all times. Allen has raised cattle all of his life but a cattle farmer. I am a grass farmer, and entered the grass-fed market almost by ac- the cattle are the means to harvest the cident. He had a fat, grass fed and barren grass.” One of Allen’s goals is to have more control over his own cow he was unable to catch. future rather than being When he finally caught her, he totally at the mercy of the took some of the meat to a hay Elkins, Ark. weather. To reach this goal customer who was also a farmAllen uses both rotational ers market vendor. The vendor and deferred pasturing. Allen absolutely loved it. Then Allen maintains that non-rotational experimented with two grassgrazing utilizes only 30 percent of fed steers whose meat was also MAY 12, 2014

the grazing potential and that no business can be profitable with a 2/3 loss. Cattle are moved almost daily with some pastures set aside for winter strip grazing and inter-planting with wheat, rye, radishes and similar plants in early fall. Where possible Allen uses a free fertilizing program from Terra Solutions where a liquid sludge like fertilizer is plowed into the ground which is then smoothed over. Grass grows back stronger and the organic percentage of the soil is increased which also increases its ability to hold moisture. This along with rotational and strip grazing gives Allen the greater control he is seeking. Allen’s optimum calf weight is 1,200 to 1,300 pounds because a calf at that weight will produce rib eyes that will package two per 1.3 pound packages, his goal for farmers market sales. Allen said that his theory about being a successful farmers market vendor is having a good product and showing up weekly in order to build a strong customer base. An important part of Allen’s marketing strategy involves the Fayetteville School District which won a grant to pursue healthier and more local foods for the school district. Allen now sells 1,000 pounds of hamburger per month to the school district during the school year for only a little profit but recoups the income potential by being able to reduce his inventory items by one third and maintaining a fresh inventory of what sells. This makes sense because 12 percent of the beef carcass is steak but provides 50 percent of the value. Allen said, “I feel like an ambassador for nutritional education and healthier lifestyles for our youth.” Then he added, “These children are getting exposed to a better quality food and are learning the difference. Hopefully they will be able to make the same choice when they are older.” Allen is a board member of the county NRCS Board and an active participant as part of his dedication to improving food quality for everyone. He also supports the beef industry through full participation in the Ozarks Cattlemen’s Association.

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meet your neighbors 90 or 120 days and then sell them when they are yearlings.” Ground Zero Farms is trying to build their registered herd and keeps their registered heifers. They sell their registered bulls keeping them until they are yearlings. Ground Zero Farms raises their cattle on their own farm. “They never go to a feedlot. They stay right here on our fescue and run up and down these hills on the rocks,” Rod said. “When we sell our bulls to commercial buyers, they can take our bulls anywhere they want to go and they will survive,” he said. “We don’t pamper our bulls. Anyone can buy them and take them anywhere. They will thrive.” Ground Zero Farms raises registered Black Hereford cattle but it wasn’t easy to get started. They are still building their herd. “I found a breeder online and drove to Texas to buy three Black Hereford bulls,” Rod said. “We couldn’t buy any females.” The American Black Hereford Association was started in 1994. “It was basically a very small association when we got into this,” he said. “There were very few breeders. Almost none of the breeders were selling females because they were trying to build their herds.” Ground Zero Farms decided to buy Red Hereford females and breed them to Black Hereford bulls which, they think results in better genetics most of the time. “When we got started, we were looking for Red Hereford females that were open and had baby calves at their side,” Rod said. Rod found a producer having a production sale in Missouri. “He had about 86 pairs. We bought those pairs and he canceled his sale,” he

said. “We started from there.” Ground Zero Farms holds an annual heifer sale in Kansas City with the American Black Hereford Association and consign 15 to 20 heifers in the sale. “We are lifetime members of the American Black Hereford Association. With our cow numbers, we are one of the largest Black Hereford breeders in the nation,” Rod said. “We sell everything by private treaty.” Rod and Jamie’s sons show at local fairs and in Fort Smith, Fort Worth, Louisville, Denver and Kansas City. “We’ve got one cow who was Grand Champion Cow/Calf pair in Denver about two years ago. We have another cow that was Division Champion in Denver, Division Champion in Kansas City-Louisville and Fort Worth,” he said. One of their bulls was Reserve Grand Champion at the Texas State Fair. Ground Zero Farms’ goal is to have 500 registered Black Hereford cows and to maintain that number. “We want to improve the quality through better genetics. The Hereford breed is so much better than it was 20 years ago,” Rod said. They have a flushing program; use AI and ET (embryo transfer). They also buy eggs and semen from other Black Hereford programs to help improve their program using their registered and commercial cows. “We buy embryos from other breeders to use in our commercial cows,” he said. “Someone may have a $200,000 cow. We can’t afford to buy her so; we can get a flush out of her. The ET program we have with our donor cows and the technology we have today has really helped us and everyone in the registered business a lot.”

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Since 1927 family-owned Clantons Café has been a community favorite and popular destination for chicken fried steak One of the landmarks of Vinita, Okla., is Clantons Café owned by Dennis and Melissa (Clanton) Patrick. During the dust bowl in 1927, “Sweet Tater” Clanton decided serving food for others was better than trying to raise potatoes and starving. Eleven years ago a 90-year-old customer came in and confirmed a family story about Tater cooking all morning and then stepping into the street and banging on a pot to let everyone know lunch was ready, Tater’s version of “come and get it.” Another story from a previous generation reflects the family’s commitment to the community. Sweet Tater’s daughter-in-law fixed sandwiches for young men leaving for World War II as a token of appreciation for what they were about to do.

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Dennis and Melissa took over from Melissa’s parents in 1998. Melissa’s parents had run the restaurant for almost 50 years and were ready to pass on the family tradition. Melissa said, “My earliest memory of the restaurant is coming in when I was about 7 to have white meat fried chicken, french fries and a salad with Ott’s dressing. Dennis and Melissa had a 5-year plan, which quickly became a six-month program after fire and smoke damage made the restaurant unusable. The insurance adjuster joked, “I will give you a brand-new 50-year-old restaurant in the ‘90s.” And he did. Clantons Café is the oldest family owned restaurant on Route 66 in Oklahoma. They are known for serving down-home food, much of which comes from Tater’s old recipes, prepared daily using fresh ingredients. Ozarks Farm & Neighbor • www.ozarksfn.com

Popular items include chicken fried steak, chicken and dressing, calf fries, home-style green beans and homemade salad dressings and pie. The menu even contains a quote in regards to their chicken and dressing from country music singer Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn fame which he says, “This is the best in the world.” Ronnie Dunn was not the only one to think so. Michael and Jane Stern from Gourmet Magazine with both the column and a book entitled Road Food came in unannounced one day and subsequently wrote an article featured in Gourmet Magazine. Later Dennis and Melissa were contacted by Food TV for an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. After six months of coordinating, Guy Fierra came with a crew of four to film the episode. The episode is humorous because Guy hesitated to eat the calf fries complaining, “I don’t eat any part of the animal that has a job.” Dennis responded, “Don’t worry. They don’t even know what their job is yet.” Well, Guy ate the fries and loved them. Soon Dennis and Guy were talking about classic cars and taking a ride to view the areas Angus cattle in Dennis’ completely redone ‘66 Mustang. Dennis added, “We’ve always been really busy, but Guy promised a 20 percent increase in our business because of the show, which I thought was impossible, but he was right.” Dennis has kept a comment book for the last couple of years, and within five pages of names were comments by people from Italy, Moscow, New Zealand, Barcelona, China and Australia. Melissa said, “Our mission statement is to exceed our customers’ expectations in terms of food, service and cleanliness.” Part of fulfilling that statement is table 19, a table at the back unofficially reserved for the local coffee drinkers who come in and out during two sessions per day and range from ranchers to mechanics to old retirees. Eating at Clantons Café is like eating at home during the holidays: more food and more company and a lot less work.

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Sunflower Heritage Farm manages their heritage animals for the best conservation methods Sunflower Heritage Farm in Japton, Ark., is located on 120 acres and home to a wide variety of mostly heritage animals. Patty Stith and her mother, Roberta, and brother, Kenny, began the heritage, conservation-conscious animal farm in 2012. One of their conservation methods includes refurbishing and using old

oping his own breed and keeping a mostly closed herd. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Bob died in the 1990s with only 50 of his 400 head herd remaining. Patty was able to obtain 18 of those 50 – two bucks and 16 does. The goats recently had kids, raising the species number from 50 to 70, significant progress in rescuing the species. One doe even had quadruplets.

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and existing buildings whenever pos- Baylis goats are hardy, naturally parasite sible. Another is using their animals to resistant and suitable for hot, humid and clear land naturally by first allowing pas- rough terrain. Patty said, “They need litture hogs into unimproved areas to for- tle care and breed year-round. All we reage and then admitting goats for brows- ally need to do is deworm them occasioning. Patty said, “That simple process ally and trim their hooves, but I like to confine them when they’re having babies gives you a park.” One of the highly prized heritage spe- for my own peace of mind.” Kevin, Patcies on the farm is the Baylis Spanish ty’s husband, laughed and said, “That’s all on her. The goats don’t seem Goat, a meat goat from Misto care.” The farm now sells sissippi. According to Patty, Baylis kids, mainly for breedgoats were originally left by Japton, Ark. ing purposes. the Spaniards in the 1600s Another heritage animal of and roamed wild. In the earprobable Spanish descent is the ly 20th century Bob Baylis trapped and bred the goats with other meat goats, devel— Continued on Page 17

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Nathan Ogden In Town: “In January 2012, I opened a Fayetteville, Ark., company called Pick-it Construction and started by putting in fencing. I now have nine full-time employees in management positions with a subcontracted force of 200 people daily. In the past we have completed a tornado renovation in Oklahoma and sports center in Fayetteville. My wife, Tracy, has just started a new online clothing business called Sooieet Life Boutique that is based out of Prairie Grove, Ark. We also attend the Prairie Grove First United Methodist Church.” In the Country: “In 2010, I built an expansive, airy home with a type of concrete siding that looks like wood on the family farm of 360 acres in Hogeye, Ark., where my wife and I and our two girls, Oaklie age 2 1/2 and Huntlea age 1 year, live. While I have always raised a few cattle, two years ago I switched from commercial cattle to registered Angus with the intention of producing seedstock bulls. I quickly figured out that heifer replacement was also a good market. I currently have 25 registered momma cows and two registered bulls, one for use with heifers for calving ease due to a good birthing weight and the other for producing high weaning and yearling weights. I have both fall and winter calves and plan on starting AI this spring. I currently have 11 bulls and four heifers for sale. The best tip I have for my customers when buying bull calves is to consider the purpose of the bull, and if they are not looking to breed to heifers, they need to check the numbers to make sure the bulls produce the highest weaning and yearling weights.” Future Plans: “My country life and town life work together very well because my business has provided capital to expand my cattle business, which is based on an opportunity given to me by my father and grandfather. Because I am in business for myself, I am responsible for my own retirement and plan to develop a fully self-supporting and profitable registered Angus business, which will be a significant part of my retirement plan.”

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ne months: air Jerseys 1400.000.00; Approved 0.00, Crossbreds 0-1250.00, Indiv .00-1185.00. Supreme 1735.00.00, Medium

s: Approved 0.00-1400.00; 780.00-970.00.

lbs 275.00-530.00, ys at 480.00, Cross450.00-610.00, lbs 510.00-660.00, 0 lbs 590.00, 600-700 lbs .00-1180.00. preme 1625.00s 1575.00-1650.00; um 1075.00; Common 600.000. e Indiv 1575.00, 1000.00-1225.00,

dairy sales

National Dairy Market at a Glance

4/22/14

Receipts: 607 Sheep: Slaughter Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 hair 60-70 lbs 174.00-190.00; 70-80 lbs 168.00-172.50; 80-90 lbs 135.00-185.00. Feeder/Stocker Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2 hair 20-40 lbs 150.00-164.00; 40-50 lbs 155.00-176.00; 50-60 lbs 156.00-186.00. Slaughter Ewes: Utility and Good 1-3 wooled 131208 lbs 40.00-67.50; Thin 100-135 lbs 70.00-87.00; hair 75-108 lbs 40.00-72.50. Replacement classes: Ewes: Medium and Large 1-2 hair 86-118 lbs 65.0090.00 cwt. Pairs 60.00-150.00 per pair. Goats: Slaughter Classes: Kids: Selection 1 40-50 lbs 222.50-250.00; 60-70 lbs 220.00-240.00; 70-80 lbs 210.00-215.00. Selection 1-2 50-60 lbs 217.50-248.00. Selection 2 40-50 lbs 201.00-220.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 2 70-150 lbs 70.00-89.00. Selection 3 Dairy 64-135 lbs 70.00-88.00; Pygmy 3050 lbs 70.00-110.00 cwt. Replacement Nannies: Selection 1 95-110 107.50112.50. Selection 3 Dairy 111-120 lbs 75.00-105.00 cwt. Pairs: Selection 1 110.00-205.00. Selection 2-3 70.00165.00 per pair. Stocker/Feeder Kids: Selection 2 20-40 lbs 200.00245.00. Selection 3 20-30 lbs 105.00-130.00; 30-50 lbs 130.00-187.50.

1150.00-1475.00 † Arkansas Cattle Auction, LLC Ash Flat Livestock 900.00-1400.00 † 1080.00-1675.00 † Benton County Sale Barn Cattlemen’s Livestock 1000.00-1725.00 * Cleburne County Livestock Auction - Heber Springs 103.00-125.00 † Prices reported per cwt. 900.00-2100.00 * 9 Clinton Livestock 101.00-124.00 † Prices reported per cwt. County Line Sale - Ratcliff Decatur Livestock Auction 1150.00-1900.00 * Farmer’s & Ranchers - Vinita 1500.00-2200.00 600.00-1600.00 † Farmers Ft. Smith Livestock Not Reported † 1200.00-1275.00 † I-40 Livestock - Ozark Joplin Regional 1000.00-2000.00 † Mo-Ark - Exeter 1020.00-1800.00 * North Arkansas Livestock 1030.00-1675.00 †

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Soft Wheat

Corn

Sorghum

210.00-300.00, 200.00-300.00, Pair 85.00, Jersey 0.00; Crossbred 185.00, Crossbred 65.00; Beef cross ulls 310.00-510.00.

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231.00-252.00 221.00-240.00 190.00-227.00 184.00-199.00 173.00-177.00

220.00-240.00 207.00-220.00 188.00-207.00 168.00-188.00 -----

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5.17

185.18

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7.24

191.38 181.75

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2000

3000

4000

5000

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Joplin Regional Stockyards 4/28/14

Mo-Ark Exeter, Mo.*

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5/3/14

N. Ark. Livestock Green Forest 4/30/14

OKC West - El Reno, Okla. 4/30/14

Ouachita Livestock Ola, Ark. 5/2/14

Ozarks Regional West Plains 4/29/14

Stilwell Livestock Auction* 4/30/14

Tulsa Livestock Auction. 4/28/14

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3400

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680

2293

1290

2070

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223.00-285.00 210.00-240.00 200.00-215.00 194.00-208.50 169.00-187.50

237.00-260.00 211.00-255.00 191.00-225.00 182.00-213.00 173.00-191.00

210.00-266.00 200.00-250.00 195.00-222.00 189.00-211.00 -----

245.00-249.00 218.00-244.00 197.00-230.00 ---------

277.00 236.00-267.00 202.00-222.00 181.00-214.00 177.00-190.00

216.00-259.00 210.00-235.00 200.00-218.00 176.00-190.00 175.00-176.35

250.00-279.00 234.00-254.00 215.00-228.00 200.00-218.00 190.00

230.00-275.00 210.00-247.00 185.00-216.00 180.00-205.00 170.00-188.00

229.00-268.00 222.50-246.00 205.00-217.50 177.00-196.00 163.00-180.00

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--------186.00-195.00 186.00-188.00 164.00-166.00

270.00 210.00-229.00 181.00-216.00 177.00-178.00 159.00-167.00

255.00-262.00 215.00-224.00 185.00-210.00 175.00-182.50 164.00

----210.00-229.00 191.00-206.00 170.00-195.00 156.00-174.00

--------196.00-212.00 178.00 141.00

--------191.50-199.00 178.00 168.00-169.00

247.50-250.00 231.00-250.00 214.00-220.00 193.00 -----

210.00-260.00 200.00-242.00 180.00-205.00 160.00-188.00 145.00-173.00

228.00-237.00 217.00-240.00 179.00-211.00 168.00-196.00 -----

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210.00-249.00 201.00-222.50 183.00-202.50 171.00-185.00 160.00-167.00

212.50-240.00 199.00-222.50 177.00-205.00 169.00-183.00 167.00-169.00

200.00-240.00 195.00-216.00 187.00-206.00 174.00-184.00 170.00

223.00-230.00 199.00-219.00 186.00-201.00 178.00-186.00 166.00

229.00-247.00 206.00-226.00 193.25-207.00 165.00-185.00 164.00-176.50

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222.50-245.00 207.00-227.50 188.00-212.50 174.00-196.00 175.00

200.00-235.00 190.00-220.00 175.00-198.00 170.00-184.50 155.00-174.00

221.00-237.00 201.00-222.00 184.00-200.00 181.00-186.00 151.00-159.00

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7.38

184.97

186.09

1425.00-1960.00 † Arkansas Cattle Auction Ash Flat 1025.00-1200.00 † 1550.00-2000.00 † Benton County Sale Barn Cattlemen’s Livestock 1400.00-2300.00 * 1300.00-1610.00 † Cleburne County 1250.00-2475.00 * Clinton Livestock 1275.00 † County Line Sale Decatur Livestock 1300.00-2150.00 *

avg. grain prices

194.74 183.47

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(Week of 4/27/14 to 5/3/14)

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Farmers Livestock Springdale 5/2/14

185.71 182.76

1275.00-1425.00 †

cow/calf

Soybeans

Farmer’s & Ranchers inita, Okla.* 4/30/14

800

184.24

1300.00-1775.00 †

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feeder

193.69

(Week of 4/27/14 to 5/3/14)

5/2/14

Cheese: 40 lb. blocks closed at $2.0700 with a weekly average of $2.1350 (-.0855). Fluid Milk: Milk production increases are being noted across much of the country this week. While more milk is moving into processing channels, the spring flush in the Midwest is slow to develop this year. The Southern tier of states are at or past peak production. California is also beyond its seasonal peak. Storms across the Southern midsection of the country disrupted some handling of milk with high winds, rain and tornados reported. Some short delays in processing of milk were reported, but supplies were handled with little difficulty. Cream demand remains good with ice cream and Class II production ramping up for summer needs. Butter churns continue to retain as much cream as possible to help build butter inventories. New crop alfalfa is beginning to find its way to Western dairies with final prices yet to be determined. SPOT PRICES OF CLASS II CREAM, $ PER POUND BUTTERFAT F.O.B. producing plants: Upper Midwest - $2.4282-2.5799.

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186.40 194.82

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* 199.31 182.98 187.14 192.63 186.60 191.74 191.04 189.81 193.72

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Ozarks Mulefoot hog, one of the rarest and most endangered hog species with only 200 purebred animals remaining in 2006 according to the Livestock Conservancy. These black hogs have a distinctive solid, non-cloven hoof which looks like a mule hoof and gives the breed its name. While other breeds may have an occasional solid hoofed animal due to a gene mutation, the Mulefoot breed is true to the trait. It is a hardy pasture hog with the sows known for being calm and excellent mothers. The breed is making a comeback and prized for fattening ease and high-quality meat, although the breed is also slow growing. On Sunflower Heritage Farm the hogs mostly forage and help clear land but receive corn and sow pellet supplements as well. The farm raises Katahdin sheep even though they are not a heritage animal. At this point the Stiths only have nine animals because needed pasture space is still under the development process used on the farm. Katahdins are easy to care for with twins being common. Katahdin lambs are sold on the hoof. An important source of income for the farm is the sale of eggs. Though they have many breeds, all eggs sold are from Buff Orpington chickens. The flock lays six dozen eggs a day and sell out the same day. Even though the Stiths will occasionally sell chicks, all other breeds are still in the building stage with no eggs being marketed at this time. Three breeds, the Standard White Leghorn, Red Sex Link and the Black Austral-

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Are you hiring a contractor for farm construction? Consider this advice before you begin. When hiring contractors to do work on the farm or ranch, Dr. Deke Alkire said local connections are best. Alkire, a livestock consultant for the Ardmore, Oklahoma-based Samuel R. Noble Foundation, told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor, “You want to look for somebody that is long term in the area, that’s been there for many years and reputable. Ask your neighbors who they’ve used for this kind of job. You can go to the book if you don’t know anybody, but ask them how long they’ve been in business here and what’s the extent of their work, what jobs have they done.” You should also ask for references in the area, so you can go to see their work first hand. If they only offer out-of-town references, said Alkire, “I might be suspicious about that contractor.” When you sit down with the contractor, he said, the first and most important question should be whether they’re insured. “If they cause damage that is their fault, you want to make sure they have insurance to cover that liability,” Alkire said. Depending upon the profession, the contractor may be required to be licensed; check with local and state agencies to see if that’s a requirement. Make sure before the project starts you discuss who’s responsible for bringing in state or local inspectors where needed; if they are, check your local codes, because you probably also need some kind of building permit. It’s also important to establish which party is responsible for procuring materials, supplying machinery and so on; get as much of this in writing as possible. Get an estimated completion date and, if it’s not met, establish whether there will be a discount and if so, for how MAY 12, 2014

much. “The more of that you can get in writing,” Alkire said, “both parties will be happy in the end.” He urged caution about paying up front. “Ten percent should be sufficient,” he said. “If it’s a very small business, and maybe they’re just getting started and it’s a big job, they may not have enough capital. But I would still be suspicious if they want more than 10 percent down.” In most cases, payment is due when the job is done and the property owner is satisfied. Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist with the University of Missouri Extension office in Marshfield, Mo., said when difficulties do occur, they are almost always the result of poor communication between owner and builder. He said no building should be constructed without a complete set of drawings and written specifications. These may be supplied by either the owner or the contractor, and should be included as a part of the written contract; the contract should also spell out how long the work is under warranty and how the warranties in the construction materials, if they were procured by the contractor, will be transferred to the owner. Schultheis said both owner and contractor need to agree on procedures to be followed in accomplishing changes. Procedures should include details on initiation of changes, revision in plans and specifications, and contract price revision necessitated by the change. It should also be specified, he said, who will be responsible for storing construction materials in the event of inclement weather. Finally, Deke Alkire added, “The most important thing is that you trust your gut. If there’s something that you don’t like about a specific contractor, find another.”

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