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Farm Health & Insurance Issue • Beef Month Issue

A Rich Way of Life MAY 21, 2018 • 24 PAGES


Jess Gatlin switched from stocker cattle to a cow/calf operation

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Finding the Right Fit

After the military and a variety of jobs, Tyler Beaver finds his place in the cattle industry

The Udder Side

A Good Mix on a Small Farm The Gills strive to provide high-quality beef, milk and chickens at their Little Cypress Creek Heritage Farm

Pain management has its place when castrating or dehorning calves

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Farm Families of the Year named: County winners for the 71st annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected. The county winners will be visited by a set of judges to determine the eight district winners, to be announced June 20. They will be visited again by a different set of judges in July to determine a state winner, which will be announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock. Winners from the Arkansas Ozarks include: Shannon Feather (White); Vernon and Julie Fowler (Baxter); Chris and Lisa Davis, Pailey Defoor Farm (Cleburne); Lendal and Tammy Erby (Fulton); William Blasdel (Marion); Brandon and Katrina McCallister (Searcy); Jared and Lacey Standridge (Van Buren); Jeremy Jackson (Benton); Carl Campbell (Boone); Kevan and Lynn Flowers (Carroll); Tim and Beth Owen (Crawford); David and Sandra Morris (Franklin); Michael Barr (Johnson); Shannon and Melissa Fancher (Madison), Jake Moenning (Newton); Lynn Strang (Sebastian); Jerry and Dyanna Moyer (Washington); Michael Lee (Faulkner); Mark Snow (Logan), and Shawn and Gayla Boxnick (Pope).

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Teen named state officer: Kenzie Cannady of Adair, Okla., was named northeast area vice president of the Oklahoma FFA Association at the 92nd Oklahoma State FFA Convention, held May 1-2 in Oklahoma City. Know a Good Rumor? Do you have a rumor you would like to share with our readers? Mail them to: PO Box 6, Prairie Grove, AR 72753; fax them to: 417-532-4721; or email them to:

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Dairy contest finalists named: The finalists have been selected for the state Dairy Foods Contest, which is sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau. The contest is open to students enrolled in 4-H, ages 9 to 19 living in Arkansas. Finalists from the Ozarks in the main dish category are: Avi Allre, Benton County; Truett Brannon, Stone County; Isaac Overman, Newton County; and Abby Frizzell, Johnson County. Finalists from the Ozarks in the party idea category are: Luke Baker, Benton County; and Emma Ferren, White County. The 61st annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest will be May 30 in Little Rock. Horse tests positive for EHV-1 “A”: The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry has been notified that a horse from Texas has tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1 “A” strain or wild type strain). This horse competed recently at the Better Barrel Races World Finals in Oklahoma City April 26 to 29th and also a barrel racing event in Taylor, Texas on May 5. It is not know when or where the horse started shedding virus. ODAFF recommends horse owners and event managers remain at a heightened level of awareness, implement biosecurity practices to minimize potential exposure; take the horse’s temperature twice a day and look for symptoms of EHV-1 infection such as fever, nasal discharge, incoordination, hind limb weakness, urine dribbling and a flaccid tail.



For Jess Gatlin, ranching is a rich way of life


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FARM HELP 17 The benefits of pain

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FARM HEALTH & INSURANCE 18 Are you getting what you’re paying for?


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ince the dawning of mankind, humans revonworC yrreJ yB have always been concerned with the measurement of time. Ancient civilizations first started Jerry Crownover is equating the movement and position a farmer and former of the moon, sun and stars as a way of calculating professor of Agriculture time. The smartest members of their groups spent Education at Missouri vast amounts of time and effort to establish accuState University. He is a rate calendars in order to make critical decisions native of Baxter County, that would allow them to know when to plant Arkansas, and an and harvest the crops that had allowed them to author and professional evolve from hunters to gatherers. speaker. To contact Jerry, Later civilizations became even more proficient go to and by segmenting each day into equal parts, with click on ‘Contact Us.’ the development of sundials, water clocks, candle clocks, hourglasses and, eventually, mechanical and electronic clocks – all so we could know what time it was. Then, there was Wayne… I first met Wayne when I was entering my third year of teaching high school agriculture. The old man had already taught more than 40 years in a neighboring school district and was a legend amongst all the ag teachers in the area, with his quiet and humble demeanor that had already inspired two generations of youngsters to pursue productive and successful careers in agriculture. A great teacher and FFA advisor, I could only ever identify one vice that Wayne possessed – he loved chewing tobacco. And, I’m not talking about the flavored, diced up smokeless tobacco, marketed in shiny, round tins or the sweetened leaves in colorful pouches. No siree, Wayne chewed the old, bare-knuckled, twist tobacco with no additives or preservatives – and he liked a mouthful! The first teachers’ meeting I ever attended with Wayne, I watched as he used his pocket knife to carefully cut one, then two and finally a third chunk of tobacco to cram into

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About the Cover Jess Gatlin has been raising cattle for most of his life in Howe, Okla., and says it’s the only life for him. See more on page 8. Photo by Terry Ropp

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e have been talking a lot about responsibility in our household lately. The kids have a few weeks left of school. Getting everyone up Jody Harris is a freelance and out the door is like pulling teeth right now. communications specialist, Four alarm clocks blast every morning to wake up gardener, ranch wife and our four not-always-responsible children. mother of four. She and It seems like the month of May is when every her family raise Angus beef school, group and organization crams in one cattle and other critters on more event or finale before turning families loose their northwest Arkansas ranch. She is a graduate for summer. As a family, we are being pulled in of Missouri State University. several directions. We find ourselves at the softTo contact Jody, go to ball field a couple of nights a week. We have and click on opening night of a play coming up and a dance ‘Contact Us.’ recital too. Our new business is dependent upon students and the university’s graduation is upon us. Hay season is getting nearer. We have been blessed to attend some weddings, graduations and other exciting milestones but man, we are busy! Last weekend we celebrated our son’s First Holy Communion and the Sunday after there was NOTHING on the calendar. It was a great day to be home and work together on our garden and yard. Recently, our son acquired a new lawn mower. He is geared up to take on some lawn mowing jobs. Our 10-year-old daughter wants to learn to mow and help keep the garden and flowers watered. Our 12-year-old daughter helps take care of the horses and dogs. Our 6-year-old collects chicken eggs. Our kids have to keep their rooms picked up and put laundry away. They take turns unloading the dishwasher and cleaning up after meals. Are we a sweat shop? No, just a couple of crazy parents teaching them about responsibility. My husband and I recently had an encounter with a local trucking company at our office in town. When one of the company’s drivers was making a delivery, he accidentally backed into our automated gate. When we discovered the damaged gate at our property, we had no idea what had happened. We searched through several boring hours of security camera recordings only to discover that the truck driver had hit our gate. Did his company call our office the next day to let us know what had happened? No. I had to reach out the dispatcher myself to let him know what his driver had done. We were then told we had to file a claim. We also had to make a police report and pull clippings of all the camera footage of the incident. All because one person chose to deny any responsibility. We are still waiting on a final resolution. At our business, I have had the privilege of visiting with several sweet mommas over the past few weeks. They are looking for places for their college-age children to store their belongings for the summer. We are so grateful to help them. A few students call in and make reservations for themselves. These are the ones who have learned about responsibility. Responsibility is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. I hope every time our kids face a tough situation, they have been trained to take responsibility. Summer responsibly, neighbor.

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appy Beef Month! The Ozarks is home to many, many cattle operations of various sizes that utilize a variety of breeds and manJulie Turner-Crawford agement practices. is a native of Dallas Angus to Zebu, grain fed and finished, grass-fed County, Mo., where she and finished, GMO and non-GMO, organic or grew up on her family’s non-organic, vaccines or no vaccines; you name farm. She is a graduate it, we’ve got it in the Ozarks. That diversity is of Missouri State what makes the region unique. While the types of University. To contact cattle we raise and the way we raise them may difJulie, call 1-866-532-1960 fer, we’re all in the business together and in today’s or by email at editor@ society, we need to stand together for our industry. While I’m not a fan of their misguided mission, we in the agriculture industry should take a page from the book of animal-rights advocates. These organizations are investing time and money to fight animal agriculture, and they pound the pavement to get their propaganda out to the masses, and their antics usually get them a little airtime on the TV news or ink in the local newspaper. Why? Because they are typically causing some kind of commotion or ruckus, which creates chatter in the community. I read a news story the other day about two people, including a 15-year-old girl, who were arrested for chaining themselves to a gate at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) meat processing center in an attempt to stop the slaughter of an animal by the university’s animal science program.


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our industry so we can answer questions raised in a factual manner and to the best of our ability. Being armed with the right information is always the best defense. I have spoken to several groups over the years about agriculture and it always surprises me how many people will throw out phrases like “factory farms,” yet they can’t give a definition of what a “factory farm” is. There’s also at least one person who claims, based on the prices they pay in the store for beef, that cattle producers are getting rich. When I hear that, I like to pull out the latest market report and share just how much producers actually get paid for their cattle, then start deducting the costs to raise that calf. At the end of the event, one or two people will usually thank me for the information and say they have learned something new. To me, that’s a big win for agriculture. Will the agriculture debate ever be put to rest? It’s not likely, but if we continue to present honest and truthful information to the public, we will slowly chisel away at the anti-ag agenda.

I do remember one particular gathering when a new, gung-ho, young professor was enlightening the group on some subject he thought was very important, I began to fear for Wayne’s well-being. I could tell that the young educator was just getting wound up at the 55 minute mark. All of us began to glance toward Wayne’s direction as his head tilted farther and farther back. At the one-hour mark, some of us began to notice some tobacco juice begin to ooze out from the corners of his mouth and one of the experienced teachers interrupted the professor’s presentation by stating, “Doc, we’re going to need to either take a break or adjourn.” A bit puzzled, the speaker asked if there was a problem. “Yes, sir,” he answered politely. “By Wayne’s clock, your time is up.” The meeting adjourned, on time, without any need for a sundial, hourglass or clock. MAY 21, 2018

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A Good Mix on a Small Farm By Larry Burchfield

The Gills strive to provide high-quality beef, milk and chickens at their Little Cypress Creek Heritage Farms Mention the Faulkner County, Ark., town of Vilonia, and the first thing most folks think of is tornados. Rightly so. Vilonia experienced two deadly tornados only three years apart, 2011 and 2014. The first tornado made a mess across what is now Little Cypress Creek Heritage

meager beginning with six layers purchased for family use in 2013. Realizing they had several acres not being utilized, the Gills made the decision to expand their operation and began getting the farm ready for cattle. It took the better part of two years to build fences, barn and habitat, but it all came to fruition with

The Little Cypress Creek Heritage Farms specialized in miniture Herefords. Photo by Larry Burchfield

Farms, owned by Mike and Tricia Gill. the purchase of two bred heifers and a Trees were blown down, debris and stumps steer in 2015. littered the landscape. Mike and Tricia’s The first calves for Little Cypress 14-acre farm is part of the original 80 acres Creek Heritage Farms arrived in January purchased by Mike’s grandfather. 2016, followed by the first on-farm-bred The Gills operate their farm with four and born calf in September 2016. basic goals: (1) Provide food in a natural The goal of quality beef was the main way, (2) minimize the environmental im- reason for choosing the Miniture Herpact while raising animals on natural grass eford line of cattle. All true Miniature pastures, (3) establish a symHerefords in the United States biotic relationship with our are registered with the Ameranimals through the natural ican Hereford Association. Vilonia, Ark. lifestyle for them in return for The breed’s smaller size makes their sustenance (4) share the them easier to handle and is farm experience with family, more conducive to reduced space friends, and the community. requirements. The smaller size also The farm operation had a equates to a perfect size steak. MAY 21, 2018

Mini Hereford calves are born from 30 to 50 pounds, which is perfect for kids to be around and make for easier handling for show. Smaller cattle mean less mess around the farm. All part of the lessening the environmental impact. It takes about half of the nutritional needs of larger breeds to maintain mini Hereford, and the breed requires no special nutritional input to maintain beef quality. The Gills only use AI to breed their heifers. With the AHA registration, this maintains the quality they demand for their beef. They are also an Arkansas Certified Beef Quality Assurance producer. They have also added raw milk into their farming operation. “We bought our first milk cow in January 2017,” Mike said. “So, we have really just gotten started. We now have three cows and a milking facility. Things have really fallen into place for us.” The sharing part appears to be successful as the demand for grass fed beef, free range poultry and raw milk products keeps Mike and Tricia busy. “We have really worked hard on maintaining the quality of our products,” Tricia said. “Grass-fed beef, grass fed-dairy cows and pastured chickens, it is all part of our plan. The raw milk is getting more popular as consumers become educated about it. We have raw milk customers as far away as Mississippi.” The strict guidelines for quality cover every aspect of the food chain on the farm. “Some feed is required to maintain high milk output from the Jersey cows.” Mike said. “But we only feed non-GMO feed, no medications or hormones. Same thing with the chickens. All natural, non-GMO feed.” With the growing demand for raw milk products, grass-fed beef, and free-range chickens, the Gills have found it necessary to consider expansion. They are currently finalizing plans to purchase acreage that adjoins their farm which would almost double the operation’s size. “We are really excited about the possibility of purchasing more land,” Tricia said. “The market is there for our products, but expansion gives us more opportunities to share our farm with family and friends. That is what’s important.”

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Jess Gatlin’s family has ranched in the Howe, Okla., area since 1951 Jess Gatlin of Howe, Okla., comes from interesting roots. Loyd, Jess’s father, left home when he was 14 for a bedroll job in Arizona and was in town for two months when his future wife, Margaret from Toledo, Ohio, came to one of the first dude ranches. One night, Loyd roped for the ranches entertainment, then much later married the Eastern girl and started a little ranch. In 1951, Loyd left Arizona looking for cheap land with good rainfall in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. They found what they were looking for in the bottomlands of Howe, Okla., for $7 an acre. Their son, Jess Gatlin, has developed the spread into 900 owned and leased acres. Loyd had a cousin named Greet. Jess like the man and the name, so he named his own son Greet who in turn provided Jess with two grandchildren: Bethany and Lazarus. Jess and Greet are extremely close, close enough that Jess encouraged his son to follow his own dream to use his intelligence and creativity to enter corporate American without a college education, though he was still a good cowboy. Greet did so and is now a vice president of a gas company. Jess rodeoed fulltime until his 30s and continued bareback riding until his early 40s. Not long ago, Jess saw a tractor coming up the road and then a sign that wished him Happy Birthday as he received the gift of a lifetime. Jess’s life is so much easier now because he has a son who supports his dreams too. Loyd started with Herefords but found the death loss from anaplasmosis too high, so he talked to Dr. John Montgomery. John recommended some Brahman bloodlines because the Brahman were more resistant to the parasite-caused disease and to flies. Loyd ran his cattle on open mountain land that had “pretty good graze,” including native grasses like big and little bluestem. The land was routinely burned in order to


keep the grasses strong. That area became overgrazed and unburned so that the brush got out of control. Eventually it was purchased and is now used to raise pine trees. Nonetheless, Jess learned a very valuable life lesson on that mountain, a lesson he didn’t appreciate until years later. When his father would go up the mountain to gather the cattle, Jess was sure his father needed him and insisted on being included, just as he did with breaking horses. Jess fondly remembers breaking

Jess had always told his son to be the best cowboy he could be but also to find a way to make money. Now Jess does both at the same time, making some money off the cattle and working them on horseback. “I only see two reasons for anyone to walk: you get bucked off or broke down and neither is good,” Jess laughed. Having quit running stockers a few years ago, Jess now runs 110 mommas and 20 replacement heifers, as well as two Angus bulls: an Angus/Simental cross Photo by Terry Ropp

Jess Gatlin runs 110 momma cows on his family’s ranch in Oklahoma. The long-time cowboy likes to breed for strong, growthy calves.

his first horse at 9 years old. “I didn’t realize how much of a pain I was until I had sole custody of 2-year-old Greet,” Jess explained. “He wanted to be part of everything, just as I had done. I was scared for Greet, but remembered how patient my father had been with me. When it came to raising my own son, I remembered what Dad had done and tried to pick out the good parts and not make some of the same mistakes.”

and a registered Angus bull. He recently purchased three more black bulls. Some of the Charolais bloodlines are still in the herd and Jess believes some of his most reliable and best producing cows come from them. The market, however, demands black cattle, which Jess maintains is not Howe, Okla. only because of the Angus Association’s excellent marketing strategy

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but also because of the thorough job it has done with making statistical information available through EPDs. Jess’ breeding goals are to have strong and growthy calves through hybrid vigor. To accomplish this, he fertility checks his bulls and preg checks his cows, culling those who do not breed back. Health is promoted through a strong vaccine program and Vigortone loose mineral because he believes changing is not worth the risk in spite of the cost. Jess runs a spring calving season from Feb. 1 to the end of March so the calves are ready to graze when the grazing starts to be good. Market calves are sold off the mommas at 7 to 8 months or after backgrounding at 650 pounds, which means he doesn’t have to feed them during the winter. He does, however, keep replacement heifers and breeds them at 15 months so they give birth when they are 2 years old. “I prefer to sell here at the house because I have trouble filling the truck with heifers and steers, but I sometimes sell at auction,” explained Jess. To protect land productivity, Jess limits winter pasture access until there’s sufficient growth on the grass. He fertilizes on a hit and miss basis with his neighbor’s chicken litter and believes that the quality of his land makes a tremendous difference in terms of fertilizer needs. He plants some ryegrass every four years or so to provide early grazing, planting ladino and arrowleaf at the same time. He also brush hogs rather than sprays because the land was brush hogged for so many years that the root system is too developed for the poison to go down deep enough to be effective. He also has the land divided into 18 pastures and rotates “by feel” which turns out to be about every six weeks. For convenience, he keeps the herd together for most of the year and rotates them together. “My life is good,” Jess said with a smile. “Ranching may be a poor way to make a living, but it’s a great way to live.” MAY 21, 2018


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History: Wheeler Metals was established by Benny Wheeler, his brother Jimmy

and his father Lacey in 1968 in Muskogee, Okla., and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Muskogee is headquarters for the three-location chain and is also the manufacturing center. “I’ve worked with the company for 18 years starting in inventory control and location logistics,” general manager Dean Estep said. “The inventory at the Muskogee yard was not properly organized, and my first job was to implement Benny’s idea on how to improve the system. In 2002, Benny bought a location in Springfield, Mo., which I set up before moving here 14 years ago and building this Wheeler Metals site. We purchased 8 acres in Rogers, Ark., because the land was affordable and we knew the highway was soon to be improved, which would provide excellent access for supply trucks and customers.”

Products and Services: While the Wheeler Metals

caters to a variety of customers and businesses, the main focus is agriculture products. “We sell pipe, pre-cut posts, sucker rods, barb wire, t-posts, and other fencing material to farmers,” Dean explained. “Other farming products include gates, panels, cattle guards and feed troughs manufactured by us that carry a Wheeler lifetime warranty. Outside of metal, we also sell name brand equipment such as J & I truck beds, DewEze products, Priefert equipment and C & M trailers, to name a few.”

Philosophy: “Benny’s philosophy of cus-

tomer satisfaction and selling a quality product at a fair price is really the heart of our business,” Dean said. “I operate under three critically important principles. The first two are customer satisfaction and safety. We work in metal and metal is heavy and therefore dangerous. Part of our safety protocol is to make sure metal is properly loaded which protects customers as well as employees. The third principle is organization of the yard and warehouse. Employees are protected by maintaining a clean, clutter free warehouse and yard. If a safety issue occurs anywhere within our chain, we immediately have a safety meeting in order to proactively deal with whatever caused the issue.” MAY 21, 2018


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the people, places and traditions that make the ozarks home Photos by Meghan Paxton

‘Everyone has Their Own Story’ By Meghan Paxton

The Shiloh Museum is celebrating 50 years of sharing the story of the region Nestled inside downtown Springdale is one of the oldest museums in Arkansas. The Shiloh Museum, named after the town’s original name, is celebrating its 50th year. The museum has a proud history of displaying the real heroes of Ozarks history, average men and women, the pioneers of the region. Museum director Allyn Lord has adopted the Ozarks as her home and has a true passion for the history. Allyn beamed with excitement when describing the purpose of the museum. “Everyone has their own story,” Allyn said. “You can’t have the big story without all the little ones.” As the museum is celebrates its anniversary, special exhibits and activities are planned throughout the year. The museum’s official birthday is in Sept. 7, and the museum is has planned a few large free celebrations. There will be a family-friendly event and an adultfriendly one as well.


The most recent activity going on at the museum is the “Canoe of One Community.” Springdale and the Ozarks are one of the largest populations of Marshallese outside of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The United States has an agreement establishing and governing the relationships of free association between three Pacific Island nations of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. The Marshall Islands at one time was a U.S. nuclear test site. Many Marshallese students in the Springdale School District are at least a generation removed from the islands. A Springdale resource officer, who is half Marshallese, reached out the museum to incorporate Marshallese history activities for those students. The Shiloh Museum was on board with this idea, and it teaches school groups about Ozark History vs. Marshall Island History.

“They compare and contrast the lives of the students’ ancestors,” Allyn said. “Canoe of One Community,” a live activity, where Master Carver Liton Beasa, who moved to the United States in 2013 from the Marshall Islands, is carving a canoe, in permeative forms, like on the islands. Many young men in the Marshallese Community have become involved with Liton’s project and are learning from him. The women also got involved. They had tree fibers from the islands shipped to the museum. They used shell casings to beat and shape the fibers, like they do on the islands and they weaved a sail. Early summer is also a debut for a long time project of the museum. The Shiloh Meeting Hall, a large white two-story building, adjacent to the Razorback Greenway Trail on Huntsville Avenue, is planned to be opened to the public. This historic building built in 1871 was given to the city, ultimately the museum, in 2005. After a long 12-year restoration pro-

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cesses, the building was completed in the summer of 2017. After the exterior ground improvements are finished, the main floor is planned to be open to the public. The meeting space will be used for museum classes and different group meetings. There are six other historic buildings on-site, including a post office and general store. The ground will make the visitor relaxed with the park-like atmosphere of mature trees and historic buildings nestled next to Spring Creek. Knowing the history of home gives a greater closeness, knowing the historic reasons for why things are. Allyn said she loves to learn and is fascinated by the Ozarks even though she is not a native. “The Who, What, When, of your place, creates and intimacy of knowing your place.” The Shiloh Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. MAY 21, 2018

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Hometown: Harmon, Ark. Family: Wife, Louetta Baskin; daughter Michelle; son Greg; and grandchildren Ethan (18), Canaan (15), Jordan (14) and Noah (13) In Town: “Years ago, my wife Louetta and I owned a furniture and antiques store. However, the kids grew up and I had back issues in addition to not being interested in the business anymore. I decided to make a change and 25 years ago started selling insurance for Farmers Mutual. In the County: “I was raised with cows and

had some most of my life. My dad always said I’d never make money with them but I would accumulate value and always have a cow to sell. Louetta and I have 35 acres on which we raise calves from 20 to 25 mixed black commercial cows. I divide my herd into halves and move the cows and calves rather than the bull who stays with each half for six months. This means calving takes place in the pasture nearest the house where I can keep better track of each momma. I retain heifers to replace culled cows. I breed my heifers at 2 or 3 years of age and change bulls at the same time to keep my bloodlines clean. I cull my mommas if they don’t breed back twice, if they have questionable respect for my electric fences and most of all for temperament. Those that stay become a member of my family until they reach 12 to 14 years old. I wean my calves at 4 ½ to 5 months and sell them at 400 pounds in either Decatur or at the Benton County Sale Barn in Siloam Springs. I basically want my operation to be as simple and manager friendly as possible. My cattle are grass and hay fed though I use grain with my heifers just until weaning age to keep them gentle. I purchase my hay locally from friends and neighbors who have excess amounts. Rather than fertilizing, I drag thoroughly each year which works for me because the land used to be chicken land... What makes my country life possible is that I am blessed with good friends and neighbors.”

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(Week of 5/6/18 to 5/12/18) Arkansas Cattle Auction Ash Flat Livestock Benton County Sale Barn Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction Cleburne County Livestock County Line Sale - Ratcliff Decatur Livestock Auction

57.50-74.00 † 66.00-89.50 † 70.00-88.50*

70.00-84.00 † 47.00-84.00 † 60.00-93.00 † 70.00-84.00* 67.00-84.00 † 65.50-78.00 † 65.00-89.00 † 64.00-78.00* 69.00-86.00 † 70.00-90.00*







(Week of 5/6/18 to 5/12/18) Arkansas Cattle Auction

35.00-57.00 †

Ash Flat Livee Benton County Sale Barn Cattlemen’s Livestock Cleburne County Live County Line Sale - Ratcliff Decatur Livestock Auction

20.00-57.50 † 35.00-63.00 † 40.00-59.00* 33.00-57.00 † 46.50-56.00 † Not Reported* None Reported*

Farmer’s & Ranchers - Vinita Farmer’s Stockyards Fort Smith Stockyards I-40 Livestock - Ozark Joplin Regional Mid-State Stockyards North Arkansas Livestock

40.00-59.50 † 31.00-60.00 † 36.00-58.00 † 25.00-65.00 † 40.00-58.00* 36.00-61.00 † 33.00-66.00 †

OKC West - El Reno Ouachita Livestock Ozarks Regional Stilwell Livestock Auction Tulsa Livestock Auction Welch Stockyards


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

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

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

12 12

34.00-61.00 † 35.00-66.50 † 44.00-59.00* 35.00-79.00 † 45.00-64.00*




Ark. Cattle Auction, LLC - Searcy 5/8/18 1,024

Ash Flat Livestock



Cattlemen’s Livestock*

5/11/18 1,002

St-8 Lower


170.00-200.00 160.00-185.00 148.00-165.00 138.00-148.00 138.00-146.00 ----150.00-170.00 135.00-160.00 134.00-141.00 126.00-127.00 154.00-175.00 140.00-167.00 137.00-144.00 130.00-140.00 -----


Receipts: 754 Springer Heifers bred seven to nine months: Supreme few 1000.00-1100.00, Approved 800.00-925.00, ind Jersey 825.00, crossbreds 850.00-970.00, Medium 625.00-750.00, Jerseys 700.00-750.00, crossbreds 560.00-700.00, Common ind crossbred 370.00. Heifers bred three to six months: Supreme 925.00-1125.00, 140 ind Jersey 1100.00, crossbreds 975.00-1070.00, Approved 750.00-825.00, few Jerseys 825.00-975.00, crossbreds 910.00925.00. Medium 600.00-710.00, crossbreds 620.00-725.00, Common 550.00-775.00, crossbreds 400.00-585.00. Heifers bred one to three months: Supreme few 900.00, Approved few 800.00, few Jerseys 790.00, Medium ind 640.00, Common 375.00-510.00, few crossbreds 280.00-390.00. Open Heifers: Approved: 202-290 lbs 260.00-360.00, few Jerseys 360.00-435.00, crossbreds 285.00-360.00, 325-395 lbs 360.00-425.00, crossbreds 400.00-475.00 , 408-491 lbs 460.00500.00. ind Jersey 460 lbs 775.00, crossbreds 400.00-510.00, 520-600 lbs 525.00-635.00, ind Jersey 505 lbs 835.00, crossbreds 435.00-610.00, 610-691 lbs 635.00-760.00, ind crossbred 650 lbs 700.00, 710-800 lbs 650.00-800.00, ind Brown Swiss 725 lbs 600.00. Medium: 230-275 lbs few 160.00-175.00, 310-375 lbs few 235.00-285.00, ind crossbred 340 lbs 300.00, 415-430 lbs few crossbreds 300.00-375.00, 555-590 lbs few 350.00-500.00, ind Jersey 580 lbs 360.00, 623-630 lbs few 525.00-610.00, ind crossbred 350.00. Replacement Cows: Fresh Cows and Heifers: Supreme 1125.00-1200.00, few crossbreds 1035.00-1050.00, Approved 925.00-1075, few crossbreds 850.00-900.00, Medium 700.00825.00, ind Jersey 800.00, few crossbreds 625.00-725.00, Common few 600.00- 650.00, ind Jersey 525.00. Milking Cows: Supreme ind 1080.00, few crossbreds 1025.001200.00, Approved 800.00-950.00, Jerseys 800.00-950.00, crossbreds 775.00-800.00, Medium 600.00-1780.00, Jerseys

Benton Co. - Siloam Springs 5/10/18 1,662

5/9/18 1,175

Cleburne Co. - Heber Springs 5/7/18 299

County Line Sale Ratcliff 5/9/18 335


St-3 Lower

St-3 Higher


194.00-200.00 185.00 155.00-165.00 ---------

184.00-200.00 171.00-190.00 153.00-182.00 146.00-160.00 144.00

158.00-207.00 155.00-186.00 147.00-176.00 136.00-157.00 110.00-130.00

174.00-210.00 169.00-188.00 134.00-170.00 ----138.00

170.00 161.00-183.00 152.00-171.00 145.00-163.50 156.00

----183.00 -------------

180.00-194.00 169.00-187.00 148.00-167.00 139.00-148.00 -----


----145.00-177.00 140.00-163.00 132.00-140.00 128.00

--------142.00-154.00 140.00-149.00 135.00

----148.00-153.00 -------------

156.00-167.00 145.00-166.00 141.00-158.00 129.50-139.00 -----

148.00-169.00 135.00-161.50 125.00-151.50 105.00-132.00 95.00-124.50

157.00-169.00 145.00-168.00 136.00-151.00 125.00-138.00 126.00

149.00-160.00 144.00-151.00 140.00-147.00 127.00-140.00 125.00-132.00



575.00-750.00, Common few Jerseys 400.00-410.00. Springer Cows: Supreme 1025.00-1300.00, Approved 800.00875.00, Medium ind 730.00, Common 1nd 550.00. 5/13/18 Bred Cows: Supreme 875.00-980.00, Approved 775.00-870.00, ind Jersey 900.00, ind crossbred 775.00, Medium 640.00-750.00, few Jerseys 750.00, few crossbreds 625.00-750.00, Common Jerseys 470.00-675.00. Baby Calves: Holstein heifers ind 160.00, Holstein bulls 90.00145.00, small 70.00-85.00, crossbred heifers-few 175.00-200,00, few small 75.00-110.00, crossbred bulls few 110.00-175.00, beef cross heifer-310.00, beef cross bull 250.00.

dairy cattle

Springfield, Mo. • Springfield Livestock Marketing Center

74.00-94.00 †

Welch Stockyards


5 Area (Tx-Ok, Ks, Neb, Ia, Colo) Live Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 117.00-126.00; wtd. avg. price 121.86. Heifers: 117.00-126.00; wtd. avg. price 121.25. Dressed Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 187.00-200.00; wtd. avg. price 192.49. Heifers: 188.00-198.00; wtd. avg. price 192.56.

Not Reported* None Reported* 72.00-85.00 †

OKC West - El Reno Ouachita Livestock Auction - Ola Ozarks Regional Stockyard Stilwell Livestock Auction Tulsa Livestock Auction


Midwest - High Plains Direct Slaughter Cattle

74.00-78.00 † 72.50 †

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64.00-85.00 †

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Diamond, Mo. • TS Whites Sheep and Goat Sale


Receipts: 945 Supply was good and demand was moderate with about half the seats in the house full throughout the sale. Most markets held a slight down trend with lambs being steady to 20.00 lower, kid markets were steady to 15.00 lower. Ewe and ram markets were mostly steady while replacement and slaughter does were steady to 20.00 higher. Supply was made up of about 23 percent kid goats, 10 percent Does and Bucks, 54 percent lambs, and 8 percent ewes and rams. All prices are per hundred weight (CWT) unless noted otherwise. SHEEP: Feeder Lambs, mostly hair: Medium and large 1-2 40-55 lbs 190.00-210.00. Medium and large 2-3 25-59 lbs 160.00-185.00. Slaughter wool lambs: Choice and Prime 2-4 60-69 lbs 200.00212.50; 81-100 lbs 162.50-185.00; 110-125 lbs 140.00. Choice 1-3 65-85 lbs 152.50-179.00. Slaughter Hair Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-4 60-66 lbs 190.00-210.00; 100-102 lbs 170.00-180.00. Choice 1-3 60-75 lbs 175.00-185.00; 83-85 lbs 140.00-160.00. Replacement Ewes: Few Hair, Medium and Large 2-3 90-128 lbs 105.00-110.00. few Wool, Large 1-2 162-173 lbs 62.5072.50. Several Families of hair ewes with single or twin lambs: 65.00-90.00 Per Head. Slaughter Ewes, mostly hair: Utility and Good 1-2 82-138 lbs 62.50-92.50. Replacement Hair Rams: Single White Dorper 150 lbs 135.00 Per Head; Pair of hair rams 212 lbs 100.00. Slaughter Rams, mostly hair. 120-205 lbs 67.50-87.50. GOATS: Feeder kids: Several bottle babies: Selection 1 100.00-145.00 Per Head. Selection 2 50.00-72.50 Per Head. Selection 3 25.00-35.00 Per Head. Feeder kids: Selection 1 28-35 lbs 275.00-300.00. Selection 2

22-35 lbs 205.00-230.00. Selection 3 26-38 lbs 160.00-180.00. Slaughter Kids: Selection 1 45-70 lbs 300.00-340.00; 115-155 lbs 155.00-165.00. Selection 2 43-60 lbs 270.00-297.50. Selection 3 43-75 lbs 145.00-186.00. Slaughter Does: Selection 1 few 170-215 lbs 110.00. Selection 2 75-85 lbs 160.00-190.00; 75-143 lbs 122.50-150.00. Selection 3 60-130 lbs 100.00-127.50. Replacement Bucks: Selection 1 150.00 Per Head; 95-150 lbs 135.00-152.50. Slaughter Bucks: Selection 1 62 lbs 190.00. Selection 2 105185 lbs 142.50-147.50. Selection 3 65-152 lbs 105.00-115.00.

Buffalo, Mo. • Buffalo Livestock Market

Decatur Livestock*


Receipts: 1261 Supply was good and demand was good with a full house on hand at the start of the sale. Lambs were down 10-30 cents, ewes and rams were mostly steady. Feeder kids were down 20-40 cents, while slaughter kids were up 20-40 cents with doe and buck markets holding mostly steady. The supply made up of 41 percent lambs, 14 percent ewes and rams, 23 percent kid goats, and 15 percent bucks and does. All prices are per hundred weight (CWT) unless noted otherwise. SHEEP: Feeder Lambs: Wool Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2 18-30 lbs 235.00-240.00; 43-54 lbs 215.00-222.50. Hair Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2 25 lbs 262.50; 25-58 lbs 215.00-232.50. Medium and Large 2-3 26-55 lbs 185.00212.50. Slaughter wool lambs: Choice and Prime 2-4 62-92 lbs 200.00220.00; 125-128 lbs 147.50. Slaughter Hair Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 60-80 lbs 200.00-225.00; 90-113 lbs 160.00-195.00. Choice 2-3 63-70 lbs 170.00-195.00; 80-105 lbs 137.50-150.00. Replacement Hair Ewes: Medium and Large 1-2 93-134 lbs 107.50-150.00. Families: Ewes with single or twin lambs 145.00-152.50 Per family. Slaughter Ewes Hair and Wool: Good and Choice 1-3 80-165 lbs 60.00-80.00. Replacement Rams: Medium and Large 1-2 125-140 lbs 105.00-132.50. Slaughter Rams: Good 1-3 130-195 lbs 60.00-95.00. Feeder Kids: Selection 1 28-30 lbs 260.00-280.00. Selection 2 20-36 lbs 200.00-245.00. Selection 3 20-36 lbs 130.00-180.00. Slaughter Goats: Selection 1 40-69 lbs 290.00-310.00; 70 lbs 240.00-280.00; 78-85 lbs 200.00-205.00. Selection 2 40-62 lbs 205.00-245.00. Selection 3 44-60 lbs 155.00-190.00. Replacement Does: Selection 1 and 2 73-100 lbs 127.50-

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Farmer’s Stockyards Springdale 5/11/18 537

Fort Smith Stockyards


Farmer’s & Ranchers Vinita, Okla.* 5/9/18 330

5/7/18 2,080

I-40 Livestock Ozark 5/10/18 777

Joplin Regional Stockyards 5/7/18 6,423




3-4 Lower


St-3 Lower


180.00-190.00 172.00-180.00 168.00-172.00 ---------

179.00-209.00 165.00-180.00 151.00-166.00 145.00-150.00 140.00-146.00

175.00-207.00 161.00-187.00 147.00-184.00 140.00-156.00 124.00-154.00

178.00-193.00 166.00-190.00 152.00-180.00 130.00-154.00 139.00-140.00

190.00-200.00 167.00-195.00 148.50-178.00 141.00-166.00 124.00-154.00

182 164 150 138 130



176.00-209.00 162.00-182.00 147.00-159.00 133.00-145.00 130.00-134.00

----140.00-150.00 143.00-157.00 137.00-150.00 115.00-140.00

----155.00-167.00 139.00-165.00 133.00-146.00 110.00-128.00

177.50-195.00 160.00-173.00 143.00-164.00 152.00 123.00-132.00

177 160 148 130 112


160.00-178.00 142.00-160.00 140.00-142.00 ---------

159.00-164.00 142.00-164.00 132.00-141.00 128.00 -----

159.50-187.00 143.00-165.00 131.00-146.00 122.00-141.00 120.00-133.00

152.00-169.00 148.00-158.00 127.00-149.00 129.00-139.50 120.00-123.00

161.00-173.00 148.00-164.00 141.00-160.00 135.50-149.00 125.00-132.00

160 147 133 124 120



USDA Reported * Independently Reported

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154.52 143.43 145.56

162.99 161.51 163.03 168.02

146.64 138.95 143.31 150.48 143.12




550.00-1600.00 † None Reported † 800.00-1400.00 †





850.00-1200.00 *



1200.00-1725.00 † 1250.00-1500.00 †



680.00-890.00 †


800.00-1225.00 †

160.26 157.62




None Reported †




750.00-1825.00 † 1200.00-1700.00 *



182.00-202.00 164.00-185.00 150.00-174.00 138.00-160.00 130.00-144.00

186.00-211.00 179.00-198.00 153.00-179.50 145.00-159.00 140.00-148.50

202.00-205.00 187.00-189.00 165.00-188.00 150.00-166.00 135.50-152.50

170.00-200.00 161.00-176.00 142.00-178.00 137.00-148.00 133.00-137.00

185.00-211.00 174.00-197.00 155.50-192.00 144.00-166.00 139.00-150.00

180.00-193.00 165.00-186.00 149.00-168.00 133.00-153.00 94.00-139.00

188.00-209.00 173.00-184.50 164.50-175.00 144.00-161.00 129.50-149.00

170.00-184.00 160.00-186.00 155.00-185.00 130.00-164.00 130.00-139.00

177.50-195.00 160.00-173.00 143.00-164.00 152.00 123.00-132.00

177.00-192.00 160.00-176.00 148.00-159.00 130.00-142.00 112.00-128.00

180.00-201.00 161.00-179.00 151.50-165.00 134.00-148.00 121.20-130.00

210.00 ----165.00 150.50 -----

----151.00-156.00 132.00-154.00 130.00-140.00 114.00-131.00

----161.00-172.00 150.00-160.00 140.00 -----


180.00-197.00 169.00-181.00 151.50-172.50 139.00-149.00 -----

176.00-181.00 168.00-178.00 138.00-160.00 130.00-145.00 105.00-121.00

161.00-173.00 148.00-164.00 141.00-160.00 135.50-149.00 125.00-132.00

160.00-174.00 147.00-160.00 133.00-146.00 124.00-139.00 120.00-124.50

160.00-173.00 136.00-165.00 135.00-150.00 126.00-145.00 122.00-126.50

170.00 155.00-169.00 140.00-168.00 135.75-147.00 122.50-135.25

147.00-168.00 144.00-160.00 137.00-153.00 126.00-141.00 -----

163.00-176.00 152.50-165.00 140.00-157.00 127.00-150.00 -----

152.00-170.00 150.00-161.00 138.00-151.00 120.00-138.00 100.00-110.00

164.00-188.00 152.00-168.50 143.50-155.00 131.50-145.00 115.00-127.00

150.00-164.00 140.00-158.50 135.00-158.00 125.00-139.00 110.00-128.00


164.70 163.60 158.30 158.50

143.81 154.80 141.60 136.30 148.68 144.06

153.88 159.92



134.72 145.58


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157.00 169.31

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510.00-1475.00 †

St-2 Higher

2.00-169.00 8.00-158.00 7.00-149.00 9.00-139.50 0.00-123.00



St-4 Lower

----5.00-167.00 9.00-165.00 3.00-146.00 0.00-128.00



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190.00-200.00 167.00-195.00 148.50-178.00 141.00-166.00 124.00-154.00



St-10 Lower

8.00-193.00 6.00-190.00 2.00-180.00 0.00-154.00 9.00-140.00

143.87 131.21


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St-3 Lower

143.75 143.03





149.10 136.12


Welch Stockyards*

5/7/18 434



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OKC West - El Reno, Okla.



Stilwell Livestock Auction* 5/9/18 634

Mid-State Stockyards*



Ozarks Regional West Plains 5/8/18 3,425

Joplin Regional Stockyards 5/7/18 6,423


260.00-1310.00 *

Welch Stockyards




Week of 4/15/18

775.00-1175.00 †

Ouachita Livestock Ola, Ark. 5/11/18 563

N. Ark. Livestock Green Forest 5/9/18 1,140


525.00-1250.00 † 925.00-1325.00 *

Farmer’s Stock Fort Smith Stock I-40 Livestock - Ozark Joplin Regional Stockyards

152.20 142.45


Arkansas Cattle Auction 1000.00-1575.00 † Ash Flat Live 500.00-1160.00 † Benton County Sale Barn 900.00-1975.00 † Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction 850.00-1050.00 * Cleburne County Livestock 1000.00-1100.00 † County Line Sale - Ratcliff 750.00-860.00 † Decatur Livestock Auction Not Reported * Farmer’s & Ranchers - Vinita None Reported *



I-40 estock Ozark 5/10/18 777

Soft Wheat

* 164.78

500.00-1025.00 †


Ash Flat El Reno Ft. Smith Green Forest Heber Springs Joplin Ouachita Ozark Ratcliff Searcy Siloam Springs Springdale Tulsa West Plains


650.00-1075.00 * 875.00-1150.00 † 700.00-1250.00 †

Feb. 18 Mar. 18 Apr. 18

heifers 550-600 LBS.


(Week of 5/6/18 to 5/12/18)

Week Ended 5/15/18

1-3 130-195 lbs 60.00-95.00. 28-30 lbs 260.00-280.00. Selection 2 Selection 3 20-36 lbs 130.00-180.00. on 1 40-69 lbs 290.00-310.00; 70 lbs 200.00-205.00. Selection 2 40-62 lbs 3 44-60 lbs 155.00-190.00. ction 1 and 2 73-100 lbs 127.50-

Ash Flat El Reno Ft. Smith Green Forest Heber Springs Joplin Ouachita Ozark Ratcliff Searcy Siloam Springs Springdale Tulsa West Plains

240.00-1325.00 † 625.00-1075.00 † 550.00-1385.00 †


avg. grain prices

dium and Large 1-2 125-140 lbs


July 17 Aug. 17 Sept. 17 Oct. 17 Nov. 17 Dec. 17 Jan. 18

steers 550-600 LBS.

825.00-1050.00 † 57.00-106.00 † Prices reported per cwt Not Reported* None Reported * 750.00-920.00 †

OKC West - El Reno Ouachita Live Ozarks Regional Stilwell Livestock Auction Tulsa Livestock Auction Welch


May 17 June 17

Week of 4/29/18


Cheese: Barrels closed at $1.6200 and 40# blocks at $1.6325. The weekly average for barrels is $1.6445 (+.0655) and blocks, $1.6790 mand was good with a full house on (+.0220). sale. Lambs were down 10-30 cents, Fluid Milk: Midwest milk output is steady to strong as spring flush is stly steady. Feeder kids were down upon us, but some contacts have noted that protein/fat components ghter kids were up 20-40 cents with are down, possibly due to the increasing temperatures and feedstuff/ olding mostly steady. The supply pasture quality. Cheesemakers are suggesting spot milk offers have ambs, 14 percent ewes and rams, 23 slowed this week, but they do expect more to come as summer 5 percent bucks and does. All prices break approaches. Cream supplies are tightening. Milk production is (CWT) unless noted otherwise. increasing in the Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. In the Southeast, milk production is flat. Bottling orders nd Large 1-2 18-30 lbs 235.00-240.00; are down from last week, although some Southwest manufacturers do not have milk clearing into their plants. However, there are other d Large 1-2 25 lbs 262.50; 25-58 lbs manufacturing operations that are running full capacity. California and Large 2-3 26-55 lbs 185.00milk output is steady to slightly down. Manufacturing capacities in California are adequate to handle all milk supplies. Processing Choice and Prime 2-4 62-92 lbs 200.00- duties are running as scheduled. New Mexico production is slightly 50. down. Arizona conditions are getting hotter and milk production is Choice and Prime 2-3 60-80 lbs progressively dropping. Midwest cheese producers continue to report s 160.00-195.00. Choice 2-3 63-70 that some spot milk is discounted. Cream multiples for all Classes 5 lbs 137.50-150.00. range 1.18-1.30 in the East, 1.17-1.26 in the Midwest, and 1.05-1.27 : Medium and Large 1-2 93-134 lbs in the West. SPOT PRICES OF CLASS II CREAM, $ PER POUND e or twin lambs 145.00-152.50 Per BUTTERFAT F.O.B. producing plants: Upper Midwest - $2.8514 - $2.9692. d Wool: Good and Choice 1-3 80-165


700.00-1225.00 † 700.00-1110.00*

Week of 4/15/18



450.00-1000.00 †

Week of 4/22/18

ock Market


PricesPrices reported per cwt Prices reported reported per percwt cwt

875.00-1050.00 †

Arkansas Cattle Auction Ash Flat Live Benton County Sale Barn Cattlemen’s Livestock Cleburne County Livestock County Line Sale - Ratcliff Decatur Livestock Auction Farmer’s & Ranchers - Vinita Farmer’s Stockyards Fort Smith Stockyards I-40 Livestock Joplin Regional Mid-State Stockyards North Arkansas Livestock

dairy sales

National Dairy Market at a Glance


(Week of 5/6/18 to 5/12/18)

Week of 4/29/18

ion 1 62 lbs 190.00. Selection 2 105election 3 65-152 lbs 105.00-115.00.


152.50; 145-155 lbs 127.50-135.00. Families: Selection 2 does with single or twin kids: 130.00200.00 Per Family. Slaughter Does: Selection 2 60-130 lbs 86.00-110.00. Selection 3 60-95 lbs 60.00-90.00. Replacement Bucks: Selection 1 95-155 lbs 130.00-160.00. Slaughter Bucks: Selection 2 73-95 lbs 115.00-120.00.

550-600 lb. steers


Week of 5/6/18

Selection 3 26-38 lbs 160.00-180.00. n 1 45-70 lbs 300.00-340.00; 115-155 ion 2 43-60 lbs 270.00-297.50. Selec86.00. n 1 few 170-215 lbs 110.00. Selection 0; 75-143 lbs 122.50-150.00. Selection 50. ection 1 150.00 Per Head; 95-150 lbs

12 Month Avg. -


Week of 5/6/18

es reports

USDA Reported * Independently Reported


116 137 158 179 * No price reported in weight break **USDA Failed To Report *** No Sale


Prices Based on Weighted Average for Steers and Heifers 550-600 lbs.

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Next, he worked with his father Danny People outside of agriculture often view the cattle business Beaver in graduation supply sales, focusthrough stereotypes when, in ing on items such as caps and gowns. fact, the business is comprised Tyler, however, was restless and felt unof several components with no fulfilled. He had always cherished his childhood experiences with grandfather two operations the same. This is especially true of Tyler and Dean Mabray, who was a peanut, waterNikki Beaver from the Wedington com- melon and cattle farmer. Tyler finally munity in Fayetteville, Ark. While ste- realized he wanted to build a life around reotypes depict cow/calf operations with the cattle that had so intrigued him as babies greedily feeding while mommas a child. Meanwhile, Tyler, while on military graze, the Beavers have only a small LimFlex cow/calf operation, with the leave, reconnected with another childbulk of their income made from Tyler hood friend Nikki Griffin, who became order buying and brokering cattle in his wife less than two years later. Like Tyler, Nikki always loved cattle partnership with Daniel Webb. After graduation, Tyler attended col- and she now helps Tyler on their ranch, lege for three years in pre-med studying including selling hats emblazoned with the clever name of their cattle company: biochemistry. “I worked in an emergency room while Beaf Cattle Company. Nikki graduated with a degoing to school and discovgree from the University of ered medicine was not as good Wedington, Ark. Arkansas. She AI and preg a fit as I thought,” Tyler said. checks on the side. She is esTyler then enlisted in the pecially fond of the LimFlex Air Force and served six years cattle, thus their small regisin various positions, includtered cow/calf operation which ing security forces and trainis comprised of two mommas, seving for tactical air control. Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •

eral calves with one heifer that may be retained and two bulls, one of which is currently rented out for breeding. “These cattle are not-for-profit,” Tyler said. “Nikki loves them, but they are high dollar and hard to sell because selling registered cattle is difficult unless your name is well known in the industry.” Tyler decided he could order buy for a living and made a call to Fredin Brothers, a very substantial cattle brokerage firm. He talked with one of the owners and found the firm didn’t have a representative in the area. Tyler encouraged them to hire him by explaining that they had nothing to lose by giving him a shot. They did and his new career began. While Tyler worked as a ranch hand/ manager for a neighbor who had 300 head of LimFlex in 2015, Tyler decided his best career opportunity was in brokering cattle by private treaty in partnership with Daniel, as well as continuing with Fredin Brothers. This career choice fit, and Tyler has order bought up to 20,000 head annually since then. The process begins with Tyler purchasing from ranches or attending auctions MAY 21, 2018



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where he selects cattle that are subsequently grouped, sometimes according to specific requirements in terms of color and/or size. These larger lots are then sold, often according to those specific requirements. Tyler and Daniel sell eight to 10 lots a year, with Tyler attending 10 to 15 sales to accumulate the numbers sufficient to organize into lots. “Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned is that it is easier to sell a goodlooking cow for more money than a poorlooking one for less profit,” Tyler said. Tyler and Nikki have accumulated 100 acres in different locations with another 50 near their home which is on small acreage. The registered LimFlex are kept on 15 acres in Tontitown, Ark., with the shorter-term animals on both Tyler’s and Daniel’s land. The grassland is mostly fescue and Bermuda with some clovers. It is fertilized with chicken litter when the grass density level lowers and seldom requires weed control because the pastures are so well-established. While most of the cattle are grass and hay fed, the mommas are always grained with a 12 to 13 percent ration, while feeder steers are grained when needed with the same ration top dressed with probiotics to help ease the transition from milk to grain. In terms of the future, Tyler wants to continue to expand his partnership to perhaps a full-time operation. In addition, he and Nikki are looking forward to raising their sons Wyatt and Luke in an agricultural lifestyle, hoping to foster the same love of land and animals that they have and perhaps to have them compete in the show ring, but only if they have an interest. In the short-term, and Tyler and Nikki are anticipating teaching the boys to ride horses and enjoy four-wheeler rides with their father while he cares for the cattle. “When I take Wyatt out with me to feed the cattle, Wyatt always calms down when he is out of sorts even as young as he is,” Tyler said. “He loves being out there and is never in a hurry to go back home.”

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Age: 15 Parents: Greg and Milinda Evans Hometown: Valley Springs, Ark. FFA Chapter: Valley Springs FFA Advisor: Tim Moore What is your favorite aspect of agriculture?

“I really like the animals because I live on a farm and have been around them all my life. I like seeing them grow and being part of the process.”

Who is the most influential person in your life? “My brother Austin. We share the same interests, even though he’s 22 and now at college. We used to show together, and now he raises show goats and hogs and is like a mentor to me.”

What is your current involvement in agriculture?

“I gather eggs at a layer houses in Harrison and work as a farmhand for a neighbor. I hay, cut firewood, build fence or whatever else needs to be done. I also show hogs, sheep, goats and chickens. I raise show sheep and feed at 6:30 a.m. before I go to school and again at 5 p.m. when I get home. It doesn’t take too long even though everything is separated because I’ve got the process well organized.”

What are some of your agricultural memories?

“My earliest memory is seeing goats being born, which I found interesting. I learned everything isn’t always simple. I also remember I once had a show goat when I was 12. The goat got stubborn and didn’t want to walk so I tugged it around regardless. I remember winning, but I don’t remember which place. I guess the goat looked good even if it didn’t behave.”

What are your future plans?

“I plan on going to Northwest Arkansas Junior College in Harrison and then finishing at the University of Arkansas in poultry science in hopes of someday being able to own my own laying operation because I’m already familiar with the processes such as keeping totals on the number of living birds, the mortality rate and the number of eggs per day and per week.”

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n order to stay up with the times and prevent a bad outlook on large animal or food animal veterinary medicine and surgery, I have started practicing pain management Dr. Tim E. O’Neill, DVM, with dehorning and castration. owns Country Veterinary It does take a small amount of extra effort but the Service in Farmington, benefits make it very worth the effort and time. Ark. To contact Tim go What we have started doing is give an oral pain to and medication and local blocking it out. What we click on ‘Contact Us.’ have noticed and had research done on is the calves loose less weight. Most of the time it only takes the one dose of the oral medication at the time of the procedure to alleviate the pain. With the pain alleviated we have less stress and not losing weight for two to three weeks. If they are gaining just one pound a day and they are off for three weeks, that is 21 pounds lost. If they are selling for just $1 per pound then that is $21 lost. If I charge $15 to dehorn with pain management, you are saving $6 per head. Not a bad return on the investment. And there is also the public perception of our business. We want them to think that we are doing everything possible to treat the animal’s right. With the humane pain management I really think we are. Matter of fact in Europe it is already illegal to dehorn calves over 1 to 2 months of age and pain management must be used in all cases. I believe in being proactive and get started ahead of the game.

Causes of injury I do have a lot of animals brought in because of lameness. For a lot of them there is not much I can do except pain management and have the owners pen them up. These are cases of a hip knocked down or a shoulder injury. These injuries generally happen during mating. The affected animal will either get butted off an animal or they come off an animal wrong and get hurt. I have also seen too big of a bull being used. I have also seen a pen of heifers ride one heifer down to the ground and just about kill her. To detect this type of injury, all you need to do is to back away from the forest so you can see the trees. In other words, back away from the animal and look at them square on from the front or the rear. Use your eyes to cut them in half and both sides should be exactly the same, only mirror images of each other. If they are off just a little and not totally symmetrical, there’s your problem. This is exactly how I diagnose this problem.

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“Fortunately, we’ve never had an accident. We talk about safety and train our employees to use safe procedure in our safety conscious facilities. We also keep only well-mannered cattle.”

“I think the biggest danger to safety is everything becoming so routine you get lax and paying attention. I make sure that I and everyone around me always pays attention to everything.”

“I live by myself and work the cattle by myself. The best thing I can do to keep myself safe is to keep a cell phone on me at all times so that I have a way of communicating if something happens.”

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Chronic pain is very complicated, but most of us hope for quick and simple solutions. You may not realize chronic pain is a disease unto itself and may be associated with heightened stress, anxiety, and malaise. In fact, the causes of chronic pain can’t always be directly identified through a medical exam or an X-ray or MRI. When an “obvious” cause for chronic pain can’t be found and treatments such as medication, surgery, and injections haven’t been helpful, consider mindbody focused treatment. According to well-established research and clinical observations, patients may experience pain and/or have an increase in pain with depression, anger, anxiety, trauma, unrelenting stress, substance abuse and/or medication side effects. All those things change how the brain affects the body and how the body affects the brain. Patients need treatment that goes beyond medication, injections, and surgery to address these complicated issues. Of course, this does not mean that medical problems, to include pain, are not real. The individual must be treated as a complete person, both physically and psychologically. Treatment must integrate medical and psychological interventions to treat the entire individual. Thus, mind-body interventions for pain are unfamiliar to many, but they are often very effective and are worthy of consideration. Mind-body treatment interventions can include biofeedback, breathing strategies, meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and progressive muscle relaxation, among others. So, how do they work? During many of these exercises, we can obtain information directly from sensors attached to the body. We can see how different exercises – like breathing, mental focus, muscle retraining, and/or reshaping of behavior, affects the brain and body, and then the patient can start to use the most effective techniques to take control of their behavior and how that affects their pain. These options enable patients to better control their

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nervous system and body response, and in return their pain levels can be better managed without the need for additional medication or invasive procedures. In one treatment, Alpha Stim, a small “micro-current” stimulator assists in directing the brain into an electrical state known as “Alpha.” This brainwave state is a highly effective state of relaxation known to induce physiological and psychological relaxation. That means this device can help people relax and reduce pain even if they are unable to do so on their own or have failed to learn relaxation strategies via other methods. One of the newest mind-body interventions relates to the use of quantitative electroencephalographic neurofeedback (qEEG). Electrical mapping and modification of real-time brain activity is now possible. Conditions such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit disorder, chronic pain, and even brain injuries can be positively impacted by this new technology. Full color, threedimensional whole brain maps are created of the patient’s brain, and that information helps to determine areas of clinical interest and remediation. With these options available, which types of pain conditions can these methods potentially help? Mind-body treatment has been found to be effective with migraine and tension headaches, neuropathic pain conditions, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, trigeminal pain, cancer-related pain its side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments, fibromyalgia, and some body inflammatory conditions (e.g., arthritis) and other immune-related disorders such as lupus. And, mind-body treatment has now been found to be effective in some cases of tinnitus (e.g., ringing in the ears). Treatment success is defined as improved quality of life, reduction of pain intensity, and return to a normal degree of function and routine. Dr. John Kreymer is a psychologist with Mercy Clinic Pain Management – Surgery Center in Springfield, Mo. MAY 21, 2018

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When Joint Pain Slows You Down By Dr. Tyson Trimble, D.O.

Joints are present at every point in the body where two bones come together. Joints provide the flexibility for us to move about our daily lives, freely. Because every move we make affects our joints, we tend to notice immediately when those joints become tender or stiff. Mild joint pain is fairly common and can often be successfully managed at home using over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, applying ice for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day and resting the affected joint. If joint pain does not subside, it may be time to see a physician. If the pain becomes extreme, if it was caused by an injury, if you are unable to use the joint or experience sudden swelling, I recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon immediately. We are often able to return patients back to normal daily activities much faster if patients seek treatment right away. The title orthopedic “surgeon” sounds like all I do is perform surgery, and although I spend a lot of time in the operating room, I also provide a multitude of non-surgical treatment options as well. I see many adults in my practice who live very active lives, including farmers and ranchers. I understand the need to get them back to life as quickly as possible. I always start with the least invasive treatments possible, and we work our way through a variety of treatments until we find a way to relieve their pain and return them to the lifestyle they are accustomed to. There are numerous treatments for joint pain. Often we can manage the pain through medications, physical therapy, lifestyle changes and rest. For example, through therapy I can direct a treatment plan where we not only relieve the pain, but help the patient learn a new way of performing a task such as lifting or repetitive motions to prevent further pain and damage. We can teach the patient a new exercise designed to strengthen muscles MAY 21, 2018

around the joint, we can stretch and relax ligaments, tendons and muscles, which will restore movement and, of course, we can provide a variety of therapies to reduce inflammation and pain while promoting healing.

Joint Replacement Overview

Several conditions can cause joint pain and disability and lead patients to consider joint replacement surgery. In many cases, joint pain is caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones (articular cartilage), either from arthritis, a fracture or another condition. A total joint replacement is really a cartilage replacement with an artificial surface. The joint itself is not replaced, as is commonly thought, but rather, an artificial substitute for the cartilage is inserted on the end of the bones. This is done with a metal alloy and a plastic spacer to create a new smooth cushion and a functioning joint that does not hurt. Some people will delay seeing an orthopedic surgeon because they fear surgery. My patients frequently say they wish they had come to me much sooner, and it’s not uncommon to see a patient who could have put off joint replacement surgery if we could have performed less invasive treatments early on. Joint replacement surgery takes a few hours, and patients are usually up and walking, with the aid of a walker, the next day. They are typically discharged with physical therapy and rehabilitation, and can resume normal activities unaided within a relatively short period of time. More than 90 percent of patients are ultimately able to resume daily activities pain free. Dr. Tyson Trimble is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves (musculoskeletal system) with INTREGRIS Grove Hospital in Grove, Okla.

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