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David Hirschler emphasizes using grass and labor efficiency when producing high-quality milk

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS 7 Stuber Family Dairy teaches their children the value of hard work



After being restored Cave Spring School lives on through its students


Eye on Agribusiness features Butler Sale Barn and El Dorado Livestock Market


Raising Red Angus proves profitable for Tyler Rush


David and Andrea Hirschler build a new dairy in Dade County


Town and Country features Fred Whisenhunt


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Spring Hill Farms balances three business ventures on their farm


Youth in Agriculture spotlights Lynsey Rector

Keith Ruether looks forward to expanding his herd after retirement

FARM HELP 26 Tips for maintaining a good balance of minerals for successful lactation


Find out how to get the most out of your pastures by understanding the stages of growth


Making healthy choices when consuming dairy products


5 factors to consider when calculating paddock size


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e are all products of our raising, in thatre our voninterpretation worC yrreJ yB of words or phrases are more often shaped by our upbringJerry Crownover farms ing than by the intended in Lawrence County. He meaning of the speaker or writer. Because of is a former professor of this phenomenon, nothing has caused me more Agriculture Education at confusion throughout my lifetime, than the peMissouri State University, culiarity of movie titles. and is an author and When my wife and I first started dating, she professional speaker. wanted me to take her out to see a newly reTo contact Jerry, go to leased movie that was taking the country by and click storm. I agreed, even though I hadn’t paid any on ‘Contact Us.’ attention to new movies in years. When I asked her the name of the movie, she replied, E.T. “Excellent,” I responded excitedly, “Ernest Tubb has always been one of my favorite musicians, so it should be a great story!” She looked at me as if I were some kind extra-terrestrial being. Needless to say, I was disappointed in the subject matter of the movie, but in my childhood, Ernest Tubb was commonly referred to as E.T. and he was the only E.T. I had ever known. When Raging Bull came out, I was hoping that it was a good, agriculturally-oriented film about the dangers of male bovines and I was even hopeful the producers had used an old, black bull that I had sold the year before, because he was just too dangerous to be around. Sadly, it was just a movie about a boxer – and not even the ‘dog’ kind. Silence of the Lambs had nothing to do with sheep. It was a good movie, but when you take your two young sons to the movie to get them excited about showing market lambs the next summer, it is a little confusing to them. I think both of them — Continued on Page 5

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he agriculture industry and farm organizations around the country give special recognition to dairy farmers through the month of June. Some celebrate by Lynzee Glass graduated hosting dairy farm tours, others with from Missouri State ice cream socials. In joining in on that effort we University with a are dedicating our June Issue to National Dairy degree in Agricultural Month. Communications in 2008. In this issue we featured three local dairies that She grew up on a family all take a different approach to their operation. farm in Dallas County, Mo. The Stuber Family Dairy has been in operation To contact Lynzee call for four generations and is teaching the newest 1-866-532-1960 or email generation the ropes of their 100-year-old farm. David and Andrea Hirschler’s story has an unusual twist – they completely relocated their herd from Nebraska to the Ozarks and are switching from a confinement operation to a grazing operation. Spring Hill Farms milks and manufactures cheese and yogurt on their farm while running a beef cattle herd. Be sure to check out these great stories throughout the paper. This issue also includes tips for marketing your dairy and the industry, the role dairy plays in a healthy diet, correctly calculating paddock size and tips for successful lactation. National Dairy Month was established in 1937 as National Milk Month in efforts to promote drinking milk when production was at a surplus, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. National Dairy Month has since continued as an annual tradition. Earlier this spring the Commercial Agriculture Program at the University of Missouri completed a report based on the Economic Contribution of the Missouri Dairy Product Manufacturing Industry. According to the report, In 2011 Missouri’s dairy product manufacturing and production industry revenues translated into annual statewide economic output worth $7.7 billion. A total of 23,297 jobs were directly — Continued on Next Page


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Keepin’ it Country Continued from Previous Page and indirectly supported by the industry, generating $1.2 billion in labor income. The University of Missouri also reported an increase in smaller scale processing that tap in on a niche market. As of December 2012, 16 dairy processing ventures were in operation in Missouri. I encourage everyone to celebrate the dairymen in the Ozarks and enjoy the de-

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understanding of how movies are managed and titled. For instance, when Angus came out in 1995, I was pretty sure that it had nothing to do with the breed of cattle and I was right. So, last week, when I heard that Mr. Clint Eastwood (one of my favorite actors and directors of all times) had directed a movie to be released this summer, titled Jersey Boys, it was easy to contain my enthusiasm. I have no idea what it’s about, but my experiences pretty well assure me that it won’t be about a few 4-H and FFA lads taking their brown cows to the World Dairy Expo.

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have had an odd relationship with agriculture. I grew up on a farm in the Ozarks, and during high school I was deeply involved in FFA and owned a small agribusiness. I even wrote for Ozarks Farm & Neighbor for a while. When I graduated from Everton High School in my little town of Everton, Mo., in 2008, I remember someone telling me, “Now, Danny, don’t you forget where you come from.” The advice stuck with me. I was ready to try something new, and my rebellious young adult ego was telling me that I had to get out. However, the advice stuck with me even when I left Everton to study political science at Truman State University where for the next four years I stayed as far away from agriculture as possible. In the fall of 2011, I applied to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps. The Peace Corps asks applicants to list all relevant grassroots development experience, which I did. Three weeks later I received a call from the recruiter who nominated me for a position in, you guessed it, agriculture. It is funny how some things come ‘full circle.’ I was elated to receive the position, and left Missouri in September 2012 to serve two years in the West African country of Cameroon. I am very happy working alongside community partners in Cameroon as an agro-forestry extension agent. My work partners range from local government officials to small subsistence farmers. I have worked on all types of projects since I have been here; however, in my second year I have focused on three. First, I have designed and launched a comprehensive soy production and value-added training program for female farmers in collaboration with three government ministries. I also work directly with small farmers to establish live fencing around their crop fields. Due to the prevalence of beef production in my region, conflict between ranchers and farmers is a major problem. Permanent living barriers using nitrogen fixing tree species is a sustainable solution to this problem. Essentially, I help farmers identify, nurse and out plant appropriate agro-forestry tree species to create green permanent barriers to protect their croplands. Finally, I work with the high school in my village on HIV/AIDS and malaria education and prevention. During my work with this high school, I realized there was no clean water source on campus. Students are obligated to walk over a kilometer across one of the primary national highways into the center of our village to the nearest water pump. It is a 30 minute roundtrip just to get water to drink. This is not only a hazard to the safety and security of our students, but also causes a major distraction during class time. Students must continually be excused to find water, and are sometimes barred from class when they return late. Students are often forced to choose whether to stay hydrated or fall behind in class. Since many of these students are paying their own tuitions and walking long distances to attend school, dehydration is often the decision taken. That is why when faculty members and community leaders approached me about a water pump project at the high school earlier this year, I signed on. The project we have launched would construct a water pump at the high school as well as hand washing stations at three key sites in the village. The lack of water is a health hazard

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More than an Occupation By Curtis Throne

Stuber Family Dairy Farm teaches the fifth generation of dairymen their 100-year-old family tradition Dairy farmers aren’t the only ones who wake up before the crack of dawn and prepare themselves for work, but they are part of the minority that spends very little in gas to make the commute. For many dairymen, the milk barn is only walking distance from

The farm currently consists of more than 650 acres and around 80 lactating dairy cows at any time of year. The Stubers pasture their cattle on only 20 acres of the farm. For this reason, they implement the expertise of their nutritionist in balancing their

Custom mixed rations keep Ted Stuber’s dairy herd healthy and increases production.

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their back door. This is not an exception TMR (Total Milk Feed Ration). Ted for Ted Stuber. He and his wife, Char- mixes the ration himself, buying comity, wake up before the rooster crows every modities of cotton, corn, glutens and morning and walk the same path to the distillers. In addition they feed alfalfa milk barn that his grandfather hay, corn silage and wheat silage, made throughout the early which is all planted, harvested and and mid 1900s. The Stuber stored on the premises. “You take Family Dairy is located east of care of your cows, they’ll take Niangua. Ted’s great-grandfacare of you,” said Ted. ther, Ohio-born Benjamin Stuber Seventy-five percent of and his wife, Mary, purchased the the Stubers’ cows are eiNiangua, Mo. original 120 acres of the farm in ther registered or identified 1907 for $1,700. Holsteins. “They’re just our JUNE 16, 2014

preference,” said Charity. “We like black and white.” The Stubers’ utilize artificial insemination in breeding nearly 100 percent of their females, however they own two registered Holstein bulls for cleanup breeding and for use on some heifers. The Stubers don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the fads in the Holstein world; instead they select their bulls from the catalog for milk production, temperament and productive life. “We like big cows that are calm and easy to handle,” said Ted. Apparently the family knows their catalog, because the herd maintains a pretty steady tank average of 65 pounds per cow and a low somatic cell count. The family keeps their bulk tank full and sanitary by ensuring that the best quality feed goes in, and that the cows are clean and well-maintained. Ted and Charity are now preparing the fifth generation of Niangua agriculturists on the 107-year-old farm, Ashton, 10, Ross, 8, David, 5, and Kayla, 1. “We wouldn’t want to bring our kids up any other way,” said Charity. “They learn the value of a hard day’s work right here at home.” And that they do, Ashton helps her mom and dad milk nearly every night, just as her grandfather helped his father. Ross and David are responsible for the stock dogs and chickens, and like every young farm boy they have their favorite cow, Blackie. As for young Kayla, Ted said, “She’s a little small to help just yet, but she does spend a lot of her time up at the barn dragging things out while we milk.” The family farm has seen many changes since Benjamin Stuber settled the place in 1907, but a few aspects of the original farm have remained: the love of family, a hard work ethic and the principle that farming is much more than an occupation; it’s a way of life. “I don’t see us going anywhere very soon.” said Marie, Ted’s mother who resides on the farm as well. It’s the only lifestyle for the five generations of Stubers who plan on keeping the place in the family for another 100 years.

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A little hard work and planning did not deter Keith and Laura Ruether, of Sleeper, Mo., from purchasing their farm in 2004. “When we bought the farm it was quite grown up and had very few fences,” said Keith Ruether.




Keith continued, “We also logged several oak and walnut trees and sank those profits back into the farm.” “Working with these various resources has encouraged us to do things we may not have otherwise done like soil testing,” Laura added. Keith has also worked

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Laura Ruether added, “You couldn’t with the University of Missouri Extenkeep in livestock. It took us several sion to receive his chemical license, years for the farm to become useable and which has helped in eliminating weeds about five years before it was ready to be and ensuring a good hay crop. Keith and Laura’s farm consists of 140 mowed for good hay.” In 2006 Keith attended grazing school, acres with 40 acres being used as hay which aided in restoring their farm. “Af- fields and some in timber. “We protect 60 acres for hunting where no liveter attending grazing school stock is grazed. We spend just as I was eligible to apply for much time in wildlife manageprograms through the Soil ment as we do livestock manand Water Conservation Disagement,” stated Laura. “To trict,” explained Keith. “We me the best part is going on a have used the timber exclusion great hunt – whether turkey program for wildlife habitat and Sleeper, Mo. erosion control program to help — Continued on Next Page fertilize and seed.”


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Paradise Out the Back Door Continued from Previous Page or deer – and only having to walk out my back door.” The Ruethers raise mostly Black Angus and Hereford mixed cattle. “We want a good, sturdy cow that brings a good price and that’s good to eat,” said Laura. Calves are born in October and November because they share a bull with Laura’s father but they also prefer fall calving so momma isn’t so stressed during hot weather. Calves are sold through the Buffalo Livestock Auction and Lebanon Livestock Auction. Their cattle are grass-fed with some hay being fed in the winter. The cattle are shut off from the hay fields in March using electric fencing. The herd is supplied with mineral all year long and fed range cubes to keep them gentle. “We do all of our own work,” said Keith. “We cut them, do fly management, ear tag them and give shots. The only time we need a vet is to preg check. Our daughter actually taught us how to

do most of this. She was a pre-vet major at Missouri State University.” Keith and Laura’s two children, Kara, 21, a senior at MSU and Michael, 19 a sophomore at MSU, help out on the farm whenever possible. As children Kara and Michael would raise bottle calves as a way to build up their own savings accounts. “When we first decided to farm we wanted the farm to be right out our back door. We wanted our kids to learn to work for something. It was important to show them how to put in a full day’s hard work and still call it a fun day,” said Laura. Keith, who just retired from a 28-year career as a band director with the last 14 years being spent at Lebanon Schools, is looking forward to having more time to spend on the farm. “I am looking forward to having more time to study more programs. Having a well thought out plan will allow us to run more head,” concluded Keith.

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So where is my relationship with agriculture now? I am looking forward to returning home to the Ozarks for the first time in two years this December. In America I will be applying to ag/environmental policy graduate programs to continue my education. This experience has reinforced my belief that agriculture runs thick in the blood of those who practice it. It seems every time I try to get away from agriculture, I end up working my way right back. Honestly, there is no place I would rather be. Editor’s Note: Ozarks Farm & Neighbor welcomes all signed letters to the editor. Letters to the editor are published on a space available basis. Mail your letter to the editor to: PO Box 1319, Lebanon, MO 65536; fax to: 417-532-4721 or email to: editor@

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Time Forgot, but its Students Remembered By Pete Bradshaw

The old Cave Spring Schoolhouse is still admired by many of the students that began their life’s journey within its walls and stands for a system of education that has long since been lost Walking through the front door of the Cave Spring School, a simple one-room schoolhouse located between Sarcoxie and LaRussell, Mo., it is hard to imagine that at one time the old school faced oblivion. In its 128 years of service it survived the changes of a still growing nation and the Civil War. What it almost did not survive was time. “You think of things like how many games were played out here and how much laughter was here,” said Helen Hunter, a former student and restoration advocate. “It was, to me a part of my history and it felt like a crime to me. I knew the school was important to us, but maybe not to anybody else so we had to make sure that people understood what took place here.” Originally, Cave Spring School was built about one-quarter a mile northeast from where it stands today. The grounds for the school were donated by William Duncan sometime in the 1830s who was


a man of considerable talents according to Helen. She said, “He was a travelling circuit rider, preacher, farmer and a lot of things including an educator.” The school would survive being moved to its present location in the 1840s closer to the water source from which its name was derived. Two peaceful decades passed while the school was a place of learning and focal point of the Cave Spring community. With the onset of the Civil War in 1861 the school became the headquarters and command post for the Union Missouri Militia until 1865. The city of Carthage, which was the county seat for Jasper County, had been decimated by the war. With much of the city in ruins and the courthouse burned to the ground Governor Thomas Clement Fletcher assigned the community of Cave Spring as the temporary county seat and the school the county courthouse. After the county seat was restored to Carthage and the school as a place of learning, Duncan noted issues with

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the structure saying it was cold and drafty due to the gun ports cut into the school’s walls. “In 1875 they tore everything down to the foundation and put it all back up with the same bricks,” said Helen. “It was a slightly modified design so what you see today is from 1875, with the exception of the porch which was put on in 1937.” Cave Spring School continued being the focal point for a rural community, a ration center during World War II, and a place to dull the economic pangs created by the Great Depression. “During the depression it was really important to the community’s well-being, because they held pie suppers and had some programs that just took people’s minds off what they were going through day-today,” recalled Helen. Annexation into the Sarcoxie School district would have closed its doors in 1965; however the Cave Spring community stepped up to keep the school’s doors open. In 1966 Cave Spring School held school for its last year with its last educa-

tor Selma Fieker, who had been teaching there for over 30 years. It was an effort to allow Fieker to retire from teaching at the school to which she dedicated her life. One of the subtlest, yet most destructive forces in the universe is time and time took its toll on the school after closing. Years of neglect and good intentions left the building scarred with vandalism and a weakening structure. The grand old lady was almost no more until Helen and other former students of the school banded together. “In 2004 we came together and got it all back together again; put the school on the Missouri 10 Most Endangered Sites list,” explained Helen. “Then Carolyn and Pat Phelps came out here and thought it was a worth-while project and gave us a sizeable grant to restore the building.” The project became a labor of love along with heart-felt respect for the school and its last educator. By 2007 the school was completely renovated as it looked when

the last student stepped out of Cave Spring School’s doors for the last time. “It’s about taking a step back in history,” noted Helen. “You hear about these old schools, you hear about this history, but when you walk through that door you are in history. It looks the way it did when we closed the doors in 1966.”


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Some of the best family traditions come from not following the crowd and that is especially true with Tyler Rush. Like his father, Rocky Rush, this 25-year-old farmer maintains a profitable Red Angus herd consisting of 40 head on his 250-acre farm located a few miles east of Jasper, Mo. “We had Red Angus when I was a kid so partly it’s because of what my dad had, but also partly because Red Angus has a

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insemination. “The reason we’re really going to natural breeding is because it’s a way to keep the costs down and we’ve got some really good bulls,” he explained. “Our herd’s sitting where we want them. We’ve got good milking cattle that produce good framed calves. We don’t have any problems with the momma cows raising those ‘kids.’” The excellent mothering trait of his cattle coupled with outstanding fertility,

“I’m breeding some Red Simmental in with my cows to build a slightly larger cow. Heterosis is paying off because I’m getting some bigger calves,” said Tyler Rush.

really good heat tolerance. It’s a really good breed to get into,” said Tyler. Tyler has added row cropping and hog birthing ease and continued hardiness raising to his cattle operations to keep of the Red Angus make for consistent the farm profitable. To maintain that di- production. “On the average I get about verse operation Tyler relies on the ease of 36 to 38 calves every year,” noted Tyler. maintenance and stayability This year was right in the zone with of his Reds which translates 36 youngsters born to the herd. into keeping all the eggs in To keep everything simple, his basket productive. manageable and repeatable “The cattle fit right in,” notwith calving, breeding for the ed Tyler. “It all flows together Jasper, Mo. herd starts off typically in with the cattle and the crops so — Continued on Page 16 it’s how I can keep doing this, JUNE 16, 2014

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consider something and somewhere else. At a Milk Expo in Sioux Falls, he encountered a vet from his childhood, which led him to a grazing seminar in so far, instead of starting over. Another reason for moving the herd… southwest Missouri; another step in taking his family to the dairy they now own. the Hirschlers are after a certain type of genetics. David explained, “We were “I came to a southwest Misinfusing genetics we were interestsouri grazing conference in ed in due to our research. We be2009 and saw three people lieve that A2 milk has health running a 500-cow dairy. I benefits.” The Hirschlers make was in love instantly,” David no health claims about their noted as he expressed his admilk. There are plenty of miration for the New Zealand Everton, Mo. claims and counter-claims model with its emphasis on usabout both A1 and A2 ing grass and labor efficiency. Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •

milk. “We want a herd that is homozygous A2.” He buys semen from bulls that are tested homozygous A2, and either he or Andrea AI all their cows. Just under 200 cows are milked. The entire herd of 350 is a mix of what David calls mongrels; only a few cows are high percentage Holstein. Some are Fleckveih, some Dutch Belt and some even have some Dexter in them. “Our cows (in Nebraska) never had to walk more than the distance from their bed to their bunk. It has been a challenge for some of the older girls,” David talks about moving hundreds of miles and transitioning from a confinement operation to one based almost completely on grass, “but the young heifers that calved here are transitioning well.” The Hirschlers recently started selling their milk to Central Equity. “It came down to dollars and cents. We have to pay for this farm.” It is a family operation with all four children taking part in daily chores. Andrea noted, “We start at 4 a.m., and finish up around 10 p.m. We don’t work all those hours – but we do everything as a family.” Just prior to this interview 12-year-old Brianna and her younger sister had fed the bottle babies. “Our goal is to have a product that is very healthy. The higher production, the more diluted you get. A cow can only eat so much. Our goal is to have…” David stopped and asked Andrea to share their mission statement. Andrea articulated it. “Our goal, our mission statement is to produce a clean, safe, healthy product that is pleasing to God, our community, our family and the environment.” When pressed on how they are doing on these goals David starts with healthy. “We are trying to get the land healthy. If the ground is healthier then the animals will be healthier.” They rarely use antibiotics. “My goal,” David noted, “is to get the drugs out.” He turned to Andrea and asked, “How close are we?” Andrea replied, “We treat less than one mastitis case a month on average.” “We want a safe product,” David continued. “Anytime we are working around — Continued on Page 16 JUNE 16, 2014

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late May to accommodate Tyler’s calving time table of February with weaning hitting around September. He said, “I like to feed them out for a month or two after weaning, which is around September then sell them at the stockyards. When feeding the calves I do high corn rations.” Rather than selling off all the new calves Tyler holds a few back in keeping with his practice of working with the excellent foundation he has built over the years. “I’ll sell the bulk of my herd sometime after the first of January, but I like holding back five or six heifers for replacement females for the next year,” he said. “I like keeping them because I know what bulls and cows they are out of.” Having a streamlined nutrition and health management system has been made easier with a breed like the Red Angus. They have proven to have a more efficient conversion of forage leading to a higher quality carcass while being highly resistant to disease. These areas alone have aided Tyler to establish savings through lowering his overhead of time and expenses. Normally Tyler only has to apply the basics when it comes to vaccinations to protect the herd and keep the goal of a solid, marketable calf. “I usually vaccinate twice a year using Ivomec with doing injectable one time and then pour-on,” commented

Honing in on Healthy Continued from Page 14 animals and other people we want to be safe but we also do our best not to spread too many chemicals on the farm.” “But we have to earn the right not to use pesticides. We have to do things to allow the animals to be protected naturally.” Driving in his mule – all four kids in back – he saw some Canadian geese in the distance. “I’ve noticed a lot of insect-eating-birds and that’s nice. We will probably put in some birdhouses.” Later, all four kids helped David move a couple of sections of electric fencing used in the grazing operation. Cows are moved

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Tyler. “ The calves, I like giving them two rounds of shots one before weaning then another two weeks after weaning which helps make them more marketable.” Further savings for Tyler come with the abundance of water on his farm and quality forage maintained with best practices in paddock rotation keep his cattle well fed. Since his farming operation produces sufficient crops to support both his hogs and cattle Tyler avoids having to outsource feed. “The only thing I really end up buying to boost the herd is mineral supplements,” he noted. Stress is a two-way street in beef cattle production that, if left uncheck can lead to lower returns at the market. Not only does maintaining a herd of well nourished cattle lend itself to less stress physically, Tyler’s Red Angus abates stress with their excellent disposition. “The temperament of all our cattle is really good. When you have calm cattle you don’t have to be stressed out and scared that they’ll be coming at you,” he said. Looking down the road, Tyler sees a continuing relationship with the Red Angus breed with hopes to expand the herd as resources become available. “I’d like to keep what I’ve got and keep going with what I’ve got. If I find more land I’d like to expand, but it’s hard to come by. So we’ll just go from there and build more on both the cattle and crop operations,” forecasted Tyler.

from fields rich in clover, to fescue, back to clover plus trips to the milking parlor. Folks may not think about an agricultural operation being pleasing to God. David responded, “We don’t want to be destroying the earth or the environment and think that would be pleasing to God. If we can take care of the animals and the land, I think that would hopefully be pleasing to God.” David and Andrea see more transitions ahead. “We’d like to mentor people and help them get started.” As for his own children and the dairy in the future? “When they kick us to the curb, they might try something like artisanal cheese.” For now though the kids seem happy just to be outside, working with mom and dad. JUNE 16, 2014

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market sales reports


(Week of 6/1/14 to 6/7/14) Buffalo Livestock Market

109.00-139.00 †

Joplin Regional Stockyards


Kingsville Livestock Auction

112.00-133.00 †

Mo-Ark - Exeter

119.00-128.50* 96.00-126.00

MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler

102.50-134.50 †

Springfield Livestock Marketing Center



102.50-112.00 †

South Central Regional Stockyards - Vienna



Ozarks Regional Stockyards








82.00-116.00 †

Joplin Regional Stockyards

84.00-121.00 †

Kingsville Livestock Auction


Lebanon Livestock Auction Mo-Ark - Exeter

85.50-117.50* 90.00-112.50 †

MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler Ozarks Regional Stockyard

81.00-119.00 † 7 73.00-115.00 †

South Central Regional

80.00-119.50 †

Springfield Livestock Marketing


76.00-117.00 † 7

Interstate Regional Stockyards









(Week of 6/1/14 to 6/7/14) Buffalo Livestock Market

1650.00-1910.00 *

Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava

1875.00 † 1690.00-1925.00 †

Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba

1600.00-2200.00 †

Joplin Regional Kingsville Livestock Auction

None Reported



Ozarks Reg.

1225.00-2100.00 †

South Central Regional Stockyards - Vienna

None Reported

1100.00-2650.00 †






3200 Steers, Med. & Lg. 1

(Week of 6/1/14 to 6/7/14) Buffalo Livestock Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba

1250.00-1800.00 † 1350.00-1710.00 †

Holsteins, Lg. 3

1185.00-1850.00 †

Joplin Regional

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

None Reported †

Kingsville Livestock Auction


Lebanon Livestock Auction Mo-Ark - Exeter


MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler

None Reported †

Heifers, Med. & Lg. 1

675.00-1825.00 †

Ozarks Reg. South Central Regional Stockyards

None Reported

Springfield Livestock

18 18

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


Douglas County Livestock Auction


Ava Douglas County† 6/5/14




1125.00-2200.00 †


per head. Selection 2 75-160 lbs 85.00-107.50. Selection 3 90-150 lbs 85.00-155.00 cwt. Billies: Selection 1 200.00-210.00 per head. Selection 2 110-135 lbs 102.50-200.00 cwt. Stocker/Feeder Kids: Selection 2 30-40 lbs 190.00-215.00; 40-50 lbs 200.00-220.00. Seletion 2-3 20-30 lbs 140.00-155.00. Selection 3 30-40 lbs 150.00-212.50; 40-50 lbs 175.00-180.00; 50-60 lbs 175.00-190.00. San Angelo, Tex. • National Sheep Summary




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

Buffalo Livestock Auction* 6/7/14

stocker & feeder Butler Mo-Kan Livestock† 6/5/14

Cuba Interstate Regional† 6/3/14


Compared to last week slaughter lambs were steady, instances 10.00-20.00 higher. Slaughter ewes were mostly steady to 10.00 lower, except at New Holland, PA where they were 10.00-20.00 higher. Feeder lambs were mostly steady. At San Angelo, TX 5454 head sold in a one day sale. No sales in Equity Electronic Auction. In direct trading slaughter ewes and feeder lambs not tested. 7,000 head of negotiated sales of slaughter lambs under 170 lbs were steady to 1.00 lower, while those over 170 lbs had no recent comparison and 8900 head of formula sales of carcasses under 65 lbs were not well tested; 65-75 lbs were 5.00-6.00 higher; 75-95 lbs were 6.00-10.00 lower and over 95 lbs were 1.00 lower. 6,240 lamb carcasses sold with 45 lbs and down 6.04 higher; 45-55 lbs 1.96 higher; 55-65 lbs 2.65 lower; 65-85 lbs .03-.60 higher and 85 lbs and up .58 lower. All sheep sold per hundred weight (CWT) unless otherwise specified. Slaughter Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 90-160 lbs: San Angelo: shorn and wooled 100-155 lbs no test. VA: wooled 80-110 lbs 140.00-176.00. PA: shorn and wooled 110-120 lbs 198.00-200.00. Ft. Collins, CO: no test. Billings, MT: no test. Kalona, IA: wooled 90-105 lbs 159.00-176.00; 115-125 lbs 158.00-160.00; 155 lbs 157.00. South Dakota: shorn and wooled 110-150 lbs 153.00-155.25. Missouri: no test. Equity Elec: no sales. Slaughter Lambs: Choice and Prime 1: San Angelo: 40-60 lbs 170.00-184.00; 60-70 lbs 172.00-180.00, few 184.00; 70-80 lbs 170.00-180.00; 80-90 lbs 170.00-177.00; 90-110 lbs 168.00-172.00. PA: 50-60 lbs 227.00-245.00; 60-70 lbs 212.00-220.00; 70-90 lbs 200.00-217.00; 90-110 lbs 212.00-216.00. Kalona, IA: 50-60 lbs 170.00-185.00; 60-70 lbs 170.00-

None Reported †

MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler




Receipts: 1400 Supply and Demand were good. The supply included 43 percent slaughter and feeder lambs; 7 percent slaughter ewes and bucks; 2 percent replacement ewes; 35 percent kid goats; 10 percent slaughter nannies and billies; 3 percent replacement nannies, and billies. All prices per hundred weight unless noted otherwise. Sheep Slaughter Lambs: Choice and Prime 1-3 wooled and shorn non-traditional new crop 50-60 lbs 150.00-185.00; 60-70 lbs 155.00-167.50; 70-80 lbs 150.00-165.00; 80-100 lbs 150.00-155.00. Hair new crop 50-60 lbs 150.00-155.00; 60-70 lbs 150.00167.50; 70-90 lbs 150.00-157.50; old crop 90-100 lbs 150.00-170; 100-102 lbs 150.00-155.00. Feeder/Stocker Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2 wooled 30-50 lbs 150.00-172.50; hair 40-50 lbs 160.00-170.00. Ewes: Utility and Good 1-3 wooled 118-202 lbs 40.00-60.00; hair 98-182 lbs 50.00-100.00. Bucks: wooled: 110-210 lbs 55.00-125.00; hair 135255 lbs 55.00-80.00. Replacement Ewes: Medium and Large 1-2 hair 78-165 lbs 52.00-85.00. Goats Slaughter Classes: Kids Selection: 1 40-50 lbs 235.00-230.00; 50-60 lbs 230.00-250.00; 60-70 lbs 232.50-242.50. Selection 1-2 70-80 lbs 205.00225.00; 80-100 lbs 155.00-200.00; 110-115 lbs 175.00-210.00. Selection 2 50-60 lbs 190.00-220.00; 60-70 lbs 210.00-230.00. Selection 3 70-100 lbs 150.00-155.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 1-2 80-175 lbs 72.50115.00. Selection 3 61-150 lbs 75.00-105.50. Billies: Selection 1-2 95-175 lbs 100.00-165.00. Selection 3 75-105 lbs 80.00-145.00. Replacement Nannies: Selection 1 160.00-275.00


Lebanon Livestock Auction


Diamond, Mo. • TS White’s Sheep & Goat

Receipts: 651 Demand was moderate on a moderate supply. The supply consisted of 17 percent Springer Heifers, 08 percent Bred Heifers, 18 percent Open Heifers, 06 percent Fresh Heifers and Cows and 01 percent Baby Calves. The balance was made up of steer/bull calves and weigh cows. Prices quoted for Holsteins unless noted otherwise. All prices quoted on per head basis. Springer heifers bred seven to nine months: Supreme 1900.00-2100.00, Ind. Crossbred 1910.00, Approved 1500.00-1875.00, Crossbreds 1425.00-1700.00, Medium 1025.00-1475.00, Crossbreds 920.00-1375.00 Heifers bred three to six months: Supreme 1775.001900.00, Approved 1425.00-1735.00, Medium 910.001375.00, Crossbreds 990.00-1325.00 Heifers bred one to three months: Supreme Pkg 7 hd 1700.00, Approved 1500.00-1575.00 Open heifers: 200-209 lbs 380.00-470.00, 325-395 lbs 560.00-640.00, 420-490 lbs 680.00-790.00, Crossbreds 720.00-790.00, 525-593 lbs 830.00-940.00, 600-679 lbs 870.00-980.00, Crossbreds 850.00-940.00, 745-776 lbs 1130.00-1240.00, 815-895 lbs 1025.00-1300.00, Crossbreds 1100.00-1280.00, 920-980 lbs 1185.001370.00, 1020-1040 lbs 1080.00-1275.00 Medium /Approved mixed pkg 400-420 lbs Crossbreds 560.00, 525-565 lbs 730.00-800.00, 647-658 lbs Crossbreds 720.00-850.00 Replacement Cows: Fresh: Supreme 1700.00-1900.00, Approved 1525.001600.00, Medium 1150.00-1475.00 Springer Cows: Supreme 1900.00-2125.00, Individual

80.00-109.00 *

Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava

sheep &


Springfield, Mo. • Springfield Livestock Mktg.

(Week of 6/1/14 to 6/7/14) Buffalo Livestock Market


5 Area (Tx-Ok, Ks, Neb, Ia, Colo) Live Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 144.00-149.00; wtd. avg. price 146.05. Heifers: 143.00-147.00; wtd. avg. price 145.50. Dressed Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 228.00-234.00; wtd. avg. price 231.88. Heifers: 231.00-233.00; wtd. avg. price 231.83.


Lebanon Livestock Auction


Midwest - High Plains Direct Slaughter Cattle

115.00-125.50 †

Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba



121.00-137.00 *

Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava

Jersey 1750.00, Approved 1700.00-1850.00, Jerseys 1335.00-1575.00, Crossbreds 1250.00-1375.00, Medium 1400.00-1650.00 Baby calves: Scarce

Exeter Mo-Ark Livestock* 6/7/14


Joplin Regional Stockyards† 6/2/14

172.5 100 lb 60-80 50-60 150.0 South Direc lent) 133.7 (wtd a


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Recei Wean Suppl

Early negot avera Early negot avera Feede

Kingsville Livestock Auction† 6/3/14

Lebanon Livestock Auction* 6/5/14











2-5 Higher

3-15 Higher


St-13 Higher

2-4 Higher


261.00 236.00-254.00 218.50-235.00 200.00-216.00 -----

253.00-278.00 238.00-258.00 223.00-248.00 198.00-220.50 181.00-191.50

275.00-284.00 230.00-254.50 212.00-247.50 205.00-224.00 200.00-206.00

256.00-268.00 230.25-260.00 226.50-251.50 215.00-236.50 195.00-200.00

210.00-268.00 207.00-252.50 200.00-246.00 185.00-215.00 -----

260.00-280.00 235.00-265.00 214.00-250.00 198.00-229.00 185.00-207.00

265.50 239.00-263.50 228.50-247.50 203.50-233.00 189.75-210.00

240.00-272.00 224.00-252.00 210.00-235.00 195.00-226.00 187.00-198.00

167.00 170.50 --------142.50

----164.00-185.00 155.00-163.50 143.00-157.00 -----



160.00-180.00 160.00-171.00 158.00 ---------

184.00 169.00 158.00-171.00 165.00 -----


170.00-180.00 170.00-175.00 150.00-164.00 140.00-150.00 144.00

240.00-257.00 215.00-232.50 200.00-217.50 187.50-192.50 -----

218.00-269.00 217.00-232.50 185.00-219.00 180.00-196.00 -----

230.00-245.00 218.00-230.00 195.50-219.50 189.50-190.50 182.60

231.50-269.00 217.00-240.00 190.00-237.50 174.50-200.00 178.00-187.00

200.00-247.50 205.00-237.00 193.00-226.00 177.00-188.00 -----

228.00-262.50 213.00-236.00 190.00-223.00 182.00-209.00 174.00-187.00

236.00-251.00 218.00-240.00 203.00-221.75 179.75-200.50 180.00-184.25

220.00-251.00 210.00-230.00 195.00-218.00 180.00-201.00 -----

USDA Reported * Independently Reported

Ozarks Farm & Neighbor • Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •

JUNE 16, 2014




Mo. Weekly Weaner & Feeder Pig


Receipts: 3786 Weaner pigs are steady, no feeder pig sales were reported. Supply light and demand moderate. (Prices Per Head.) Early weaned pigs 10 lb. base weights, FOB the farm 0% negotiated, 1950 head, 10 lbs, 36.50-45.00, weighted average 40.85 Early weaned pigs 10 lb base weights, Delivered 100% negotiated, 1836 head, 10 lbs, 65.00-75.00, weighted average 70.71 Feeder pigs in all lot sizes, FOB 0% negotiated, No Sales

Mo. Weekly Hay Summary


While hay fields look good to the passerby, the baler is telling a different story for most producers. Yields are being reported as much as fifty percent lower than average for many grass hay producers. The supply is moderate, demand is good, and prices are steady. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit http://mda. or for current listings of hay http:// (All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless specified and on most recent reported sales price listed as round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs). Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-180): 150.00-190.00. Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170): 120.00-160.00. Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150): 100.00-120.00. Good quality Mixed Grass hay: 75.00-95.00. Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay: 40.00-65.00. Fair quality Mixed Grass hay: 20.00-35.00 per large round bale. Fair to Good quality Bromegrass: 50.00-70.00. Wheat straw: 3.00-5.00 per small square bale.

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Ava Kingsville

Butler Springfield

Cuba Vienna

Joplin West Plains

heifers 550-600 LBS. Ava Kingsville

Butler Springfield


Lebanon Livestock Auction* 6/5/14

Springfield Livestock Marketing† 6/4/14

Vienna South Central† 6/4/14

West Plains Ozarks Regional† 6/3/14







219.11 231.02 219.22

194.88 201.53 190.16









223.61 220.16


230.29 222.55

198.60 199.82 206.91




207.45 196.43


2-4 Higher


St-7 Higher

2-15 Higher

3-10 Higher

265.50 239.00-263.50 228.50-247.50 203.50-233.00 189.75-210.00

240.00-272.00 224.00-252.00 210.00-235.00 195.00-226.00 187.00-198.00

267.00 233.00-252.00 220.00-246.50 196.00-225.00 182.00-189.00

261.00-289.00 248.00-277.00 225.00-260.00 206.00-241.50 183.50-216.00

255.00-282.00 231.00-263.00 221.00-248.00 211.00-238.00 195.00-210.00


170.00-180.00 170.00-175.00 150.00-164.00 140.00-150.00 144.00

----170.00 ----149.50-155.50 -----


172.50 161.00-165.00 160.00 144.00 -----

236.00-251.00 218.00-240.00 203.00-221.75 179.75-200.50 180.00-184.25

220.00-251.00 210.00-230.00 195.00-218.00 180.00-201.00 -----

230.00-254.00 220.00-231.00 204.00-228.50 180.00-203.50 -----

239.00-272.00 224.00-243.00 209.00-226.50 189.00-200.00 180.25-181.25

240.00-259.00 217.50-230.00 209.00-223.00 194.00-204.00 179.50-186.00

Soybeans 18







JUNE 16, 2014

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6.18 5.76 4.87


6.10 4.77

6.03 4.59


234.46 224.35

198.60 206.37 202.92 210.00 209.52




* Price per cwt





Week Ended 6/2/14 Corn Sorghum*

Soft Wheat




avg. grain prices

Joplin West Plains




Kingsville Livestock Auction† 6/3/14

Cuba Vienna

190.24 229.26 Week of 5/11/14

hay & grain markets

steers 550-600 LBS.

Week of 5/18/14

hog markets



Week of 5/25/14



CHEESE: Barrels closed at $1.9675 and 40# blocks at $2.0500. The weekly average for barrels is $1.9495 (-.0080) and blocks, $2.0135 (+.0285). Fluid Milk: Milk production is steady to higher in the Midwest with spot sales ranging from $5.00 under to Class, steady in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, mostly steady in Utah and Idaho, steady to declining in California, and trending lower in the Southeast, Florida, New Mexico and Arizona. Arizona milk orders picked up earlier this week but in most of the country Class I demand is lower. Condensed skim demand is steady to weaker in the East and Central states, but steady to increasing in the West. SPOT PRICES OF CLASS II CREAM: $ PER POUND BUTTERFAT, F.O.B., producing plants, Upper Midwest $2.7020-2.916.

Interior Missouri Direct Hogs

Estimated Receipts: 355 Supply and demand are light to moderate. Compared to Monday’s close: barrows and gilts are steady to 1.00 higher. Base carcass meat price 96.00-105.00 Sows: (cash prices) steady to 1.00 lower. 300-500 lbs. 64.0072.00, Over 500 lbs. 75.00-77.00


203.00 241.74

226.23 238.89 229.39


Week of 6/1/14

ice and Prime 2-3 90-160 and wooled 100-155 lbs no 0 lbs 140.00-176.00. PA: 120 lbs 198.00-200.00. Ft. illings, MT: no test. Kalona, 159.00-176.00; 115-125 lbs 157.00. South Dakota: 150 lbs 153.00-155.25. Misec: no sales. ice and Prime 1: San Angelo: 0; 60-70 lbs 172.00-180.00, 70.00-180.00; 80-90 lbs lbs 168.00-172.00. PA: 50-60 70 lbs 212.00-220.00; 70-90 110 lbs 212.00-216.00. Kalo0-185.00; 60-70 lbs 170.00-

dairy & fed cattle

National Dairy Market

Reported Feeder pigs in all lot sizes, Delivered 100% negotiated No Sales Reported *Early weaned pigs are under 19 days old. **Most lots of feeder pigs have a sliding value from the negotiated weight basis which is calculated on the actual average weight of the load plus or minus .25-.40 per pound. Some early weaned lots have a slide of .50-1.00 per pound.

Week of 5/11/2014

k slaughter lambs were 0-20.00 higher. Slaughter dy to 10.00 lower, except at ere they were 10.00-20.00 were mostly steady. At San d sold in a one day sale. ctronic Auction. In direct s and feeder lambs not tested. ted sales of slaughter lambs eady to 1.00 lower, while no recent comparison and sales of carcasses under 65 d; 65-75 lbs were 5.00-6.00 e 6.00-10.00 lower and over r. 6,240 lamb carcasses sold 6.04 higher; 45-55 lbs 1.96 5 lower; 65-85 lbs .03-.60 up .58 lower. All sheep ht (CWT) unless otherwise


172.50; 70-80 lbs 167.50-177.50; 80-90 lbs 168.00-174.00; 90100 lbs 147.50-166.00. Ft. Collins: 35-40 lbs 200.00-220.00; 60-80 lbs 200.00-201.00; 90-95 lbs 200.00-205.00. Missouri: 50-60 lbs 150.00-185.00; 60-70 lbs 150.00-167.50; 70-100 lbs 150.00-160.00. Virginia: 30-60 lbs 145.00; 60-80 lbs 165.00. South Dakota: no test. Billings, MT: no test. Direct Trading: (lambs fob with 3-4 percent shrink or equivalent) 7000: Slaughter Lambs shorn and wooled 123-169 lbs 133.70-165.00 (wtd avg 144.73); 183-198 lbs 135.00-140.00 (wtd avg 136.20).

Week of 5/18/14


550-600 lb. steers


Week of 5/25/14

Sheep Summary

24 Month Avg. -


Week of 6/1/14

5-160 lbs 85.00-107.50. 85.00-155.00 cwt. 0.00-210.00 per head. Selec50-200.00 cwt. Selection 2 30-40 lbs bs 200.00-220.00. Seletion 55.00. Selection 3 30-40 lbs bs 175.00-180.00; 50-60 lbs

USDA Reported * Independently Reported

210.57 211.59 214.20





4.58 200

211 222 233 244 * No price reported in weight break **USDA Failed To Report *** No Sale

215.71 255

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Beth, her husband, Weston Walker, chores and caring for kids, they devote the day to their business, Ozarks Natural and three boys, ages 10, 6 and 2, manage Foods. In fact, Beth and Meera, dedicate 500-acres in Dadeville, Mo. They raise part of every day to producing, marketing Berkshire hogs, hair sheep and registered and selling all natural, grass-fed beef, pork Red Angus cattle. Meera, her husband, and lamb. “This is something we feel is Alan Scarrow, and three children, ages 12, really important for our families and com- 10 and 6, manage 121-acres in Rogersville, Mo. The Scarrows’ primary farm focus munity,” explained Beth. is their herd of Black Angus cattle. The Walkers and the Two years ago the Walkers and the Scarrows share the same Scarrows, formed Ozarks Natural mission and vision. Both Foods. “I think it is better when families commit themselves to you have more people to humanely-raised, grass-fed, horspread the work. It is always mone-free and antibiotic-free good to be able to bounce meat. Though their shared pas- Springfield, Mo. ideas off of each other; you sion for farming sparked their

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meet your neighbors bring different expertise to the table,” said on good stockmanship. “Humane liveMeera. Different expertise, indeed. Alan is stock handling is crucial to a good proda neurosurgeon and serves as president of uct,” stated Beth. Meera and Alan’s medical expertise Mercy Clinic. Beth holds a Ph.D. in Animal Science and teaches at Missouri State serves as a driving force behind some of University. Weston Walker has a Ph.D. in their farming practices. “As far as human Agricultural Education and spent several health, there are so many studies coming years teaching at Missouri State Univer- out on the benefits of the pasture-raised sity but decided to dedicate all his time to meat. And that is where we feel like this is an extension of what we do in our ofthe family farm. Both the Walkers and the Scarrows fice,” said Meera. The families just launched their reare steadfast in their desire to deliver an exceptional product to their customers. vamped website in hopes of educating Ozarks Natural Foods embraces a grow- others about their methods and mission. ing trend in the farming industry, one They envision their website as a source of information and that caters to a dialog for issues consumer looking “I want them to be able facing farmers and for a more naturalto visit with us and make consumers. “I want ly raised product. “I think our con- up their own minds based people to be able to look at it and sciousness in the upon the evidence they be able to think on United States is their own and not changing. People are able to secure.” are more inter-Dr. Beth Walker just take all the propaganda that’s ested in their food. Ozarks Natural Foods thrown at them They are more from both sides. I interested in how it is processed and how it is raised,” said want them to be able to visit with us and Meera. Ozarks Natural Foods sells its beef, make up their own minds based upon the pork and lamb at the Farmers Market of evidence they are able to secure,” added the Ozarks, and to a few restaurants and Beth. The families are already charting ways small grocery stores. “We do not all have to raise livestock the same. We can raise they can help other people who are comit and we have clientele that want what mitted to similar farming styles. Beth and we provide; it’s customer service. And we Meera hope to share their successes, failare just bringing that back into the meat ures and knowledge to assist other farmers dedicated to getting local food to loindustry,” explained Beth. They are passionate about sharing cal plates. Though Beth and Meera rarely what they have learned about humanely have a moment to relax, they rest in the raising cattle, hogs and sheep. The Scar- hope they are leaving a positive legacy for rows and Walkers put a lot of emphasis their children and for their community.



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Through the use of a Community Supported Agriculture program Spring Hill Farms is providing customers with straight-from-thefarm dairy products The small settlement of Ben Davis, Mo., in the western part of, Texas Cross fencing is used to acCounty, is home commodate both their dairy to a very diversiand beef herds at Spring Hill fied farming operFarm. (Pictured L to R: Lydia, ation, Spring Hill Duncan and Ben Smith) Farms. Duncan and Photo by Lois Krizan Waters Tara Smith now own this farm that has been The dairy cattle are Jersey/Holstein in the Smith family since 1970. It does, cross-bred cows. Duncan said, “We used indeed, have many springs and a live Jersey bulls on Holstein cows to get creek flowing through the property. They smaller framed cows that are blacked have two Grade A dairy barns, a cheese hided and black hoofed.” Some are Holplant, a beef cattle herd and a com- stein colored and others look more like mercial Pumpkin Patch. Even though Jersey but all have nice udders. This they’ve had the dairy for several years, cross is then either bred to the beef bull they were recently licensed as a cheese or AI’d to Jersey or Holstein. plant in 2012. When asked why they started the Duncan and Tara have five children cheese making business, Duncan anwho help with the farm. Madison is 19, swered, “When we sell milk commera freshman at MSU at Mountain Grove, cially we get a set price per pound and Mo., and takes products to Farmer’s the milk company processes it, but, if we Markets. Weston is 17, and Dawson is make our own products we will net more 15. These two boys do the milking in the per pound and bring in more dollars for commercial dairy operation. Lydia is 10, the farm. It is more work but the outand Ben is 8 and they are in charge of come is more money.” bottle feeding the calves. All are homeApproximately 20 cows are considered schooled by Tara. the cheese dairy herd and are milked in This 500-acre farm is gently rolling and a four stall Grade A Barn attached to seeded in fescue and clover. It the cheese plant. The amount of cows is cross fenced into many pasmilked here can vary according to tures to accommodate sepathe supply needed. The milk is rate herds for different purpospiped directly into the cheese es. The large beef herd of mostly making room and immediately Angus cows with Gelbvieh/Balbegins the cheese and yogurt ancer bulls take up a lot of grazing Ben Davis, Mo. making process. Duncan space. Most are spring calving but said, “Tara and I do the milkthey do have a few fall calves. ing here and we both make

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meet your neighbors the cheese.” The milk is pasteurized at 175 degrees. Yogurt takes about six hours from the cow to package. Then it is cooled and incubated for 12 to 18 hours. Cheese takes longer but all products are fresh from the cow. The Smiths have numerous cooling and refrigeration units to accommodate all these products which includes the 60-day aging period for some of the cheeses. Everything has to be dated. Needless to say, this cheese making operation requires a lot of time and labor and involves the whole family and must be done quickly, cleanly and efficiently. Duncan and Tara supervise the process of making the yogurt and cheeses so the results are the same quality product every time. The children help with packaging, assembling and stacking. Duncan said they have a couple of people who are invaluable to their operation, aunt Peg and Debbie Baty, Tara’s mother. They are ready, willing and able to help with anything that needs to be done, can be there at a moments notice, and will work late night hours to get the orders processed. Duncan adamantly stated, “I don’t know what we would do without them.” Cheeses are Ricotta, Vache, Swiss, and many flavored cream cheeses to name a few. Yogurt is a big selling item and ice cream is becoming very popular. Cream for the ice cream is supplied by Ozark Mountain Creamery owned by the Fry family in Mountain Grove. Duncan said, “This is a marriage between Wright County Cream and Texas County Milk.” Cheese products are marketed in several different ways at local as well as regional farmers markets but their primary source of getting the products out there is through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Through this organization a farmer offers a certain number of shares to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. In the Smiths’ case the box contains cheese and other milk products. Interested consumers purchase a share or membership, and in return get a box or basket of seasonal products each week throughout

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Understanding the role of trace minerals in successful dairy production That’s one reason Dr. Dan Tracy, technical services veterinarian for Multimin, recMany nutritional components are essential for the rations of a ommends injectable trace minerals, which he said provide a supplementary benefit successful dairy herd – including a few that barely show up in a test. Dr. Tony Rickard, the just-retired University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist during a key period in the cow’s cycle. “During the dry period immediately before for the southwest region, described it as being like an orchestra. “Right before they do she calves and after she calves, we’re asking this cow to calve, to heal and to produce milk, which is a pretty large metabolic demand on the a concert, they each tune their instruments; they’re fine tunsystem,” Tracy told OFN. “Injectable trace minerals help ening,” he told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor. For dairy rations, “the sure that she gets what she needs, because during that time place we have to start is with the major ingredient in the ra“The place we have to start she’s not going to be consuming feed as much as she does tion, which is forage, and making sure that it is extremely high is with the major ingredient after she heals and after she gets into lactation.” quality…and then we fine tune a bit with our macrominerals, in the ration, which is forage, Tracy, who spoke at the recent Missouri Dairy Expo in Springand with our microminerals.” and making sure that it is field, Mo., and at other events in this region, said copper and Macrominerals are those which are needed in larger quanselenium work in the animal in tandem. “What you see is these tities, like calcium; the micro, or “trace” minerals, include extremely high quality...and trace minerals involved with metabolism, energy, protein proselenium, zinc and copper, and are measured in much smaller then we fine tune a bit with duction, hormone production and the immune system,” he doses. “Most of the time we’re actually going to be exceedour macrominerals, and with said. “And when we start talking about antioxidants, we’re talking the requirements,” said Rickard. “We’re talking about our microminerals.” ing about protecting these animals against oxygen stress, which requirements of 20 or 40 parts per million; we’re going to be -Dr. Tony Rickard, can be harmful… Trace minerals are included in the ration in fairly close in most rations.” former University of Missouri a very small amount, but the effects they have on animals is But they’re just as crucial as the nutrients that are needed in pretty profound.” You can get too much of a good thing, too; larger amounts. Selenium, for instance, is what is known as a Extension dairy specialist there are areas of the U.S. where the soil has excess selenium, “coenzyme,” a chemical needed for one of the body’s enzymes and the forage can be toxic to cattle. But that’s not the case in to perform its metabolic tasks. “It’s an anti-oxidant,” Rickard the Midwest or the Mid-south; Tracy said in Missouri, Arkansas explained. “We know that it’s important in the immune system, giving that cow all of the necessary tools for her to combat any type of a challenge, and Louisiana, selenium deficiency is more of an issue. He noted the importance of maintaining a good balance in having a successful lacwhether it be a bacteria or a virus, that would compromise the health of the animal.” He said rations can vary in their trace mineral contents; zinc is sometimes low and tation. “When you see a breakdown in a cow’s lactation and she loses milk producneeds to be supplemented, while copper varies. “The cow is a very resilient animal, tion, she loses an excessive amount of weight or suffers from a metabolic disease, you and until you get into major deficiencies it’s going to be difficult to pinpoint a trace link it back to poor feed intake or a disease process that prevents her from consummineral deficiency,” he said. “Unfortunately, a lot of producers don’t get the total ing the feed that she needs,” Tracy said. One of those things could be sulfur; where mineral profile when they do a forage analysis. They really do need to do that, be- there’s too much of it in the feed or water, it ties up the nutrients and prevents the cow’s body from gaining access to them. cause it’s a shot in the dark.”

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“There will always be an industry here. What we see is that the segment of the industry that is doing better is managed grazing, which will help our industry. There are still opportunities in our area, it just may look a little different.”

“If the prices stay up and feed costs down, we will survive, but we need a couple of good years to make up for the last three.”

Duane Kaiser Barry County

“I think it’s headed in the right direction. Milk seems to be bringing a good price and everyone seems to have a good work ethic and are willing to do the work to keep it going.”

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Larry Gregory Laclede County

“I think there are a lot of opportunities here for dairy. It’s hard to compete with the larger dairies but I think there is a niche market that smaller dairies can fill.”

Jeff Buckner Cedar County

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Know your grass growth stages for successful grazing management Timing is everything when it bermudagrass, which will grow out as the comes to getting the most out of weather warms up. Dr. Rob Kallenbach, University of Mispastures. According to Dr. John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension souri Extension forage specialist, said forage specialist, after grasses emerge from the nutritional quality of tall fescue can dormancy they pass through three growth be measured by the number of leaves on phases: early greenup in the spring or the the tillers. “You’ll find that very rarely summer, depending on the type of forage are there more than three live leaves on it is; the early, leafy vegetative growth a single tiller,” Kallenbach told OFN. “If phase; and maturity, as the grass moves we graze the field when all of the plants into the reproductive phase where stems just have one leaf on a tiller, it’s too early, and if they all have more than three and seed heads are produced. That’s also when there’s less nutritive leaves we’ve missed it. So we like to graze value to the pound, but whether produc- when there are between two and three ers should limit the cattle during different live leaves on a tiller.” For most of the year, cool-season grasses phases, Jennings told be about 8 inches tall Ozarks Farm & Neighbor, Growth Stages will when they reach this stage; depends on what they’re trying to do with the field 1. early greenup he recommended removing the stock when they’ve “For instance,” he said, 2. early, leafy grazed the grass down to “during early greenup about 3 inches of stubble, in early April when the vegetative leaving enough leaf matefescue is starting to grow rial so the plants can refairly fast, if you need to growth grow rapidly. have good vegetative 3. maturity & At the three leaf stage, growth 30 days later you cool-season grasses have the may want to put cattle reproduction maximum carbohydrates for on that pasture, graze it down fairly short by mid-April, and then nutritional value. Kallenbach said the only pull off of that pasture. That regrowth will reasons for letting a field get beyond that come back 30 days later, and be much more point would be to allow a really thin stand vegetative with fewer seed heads, than if to go to seed, or with the intention of harvesting a field to sell as seed. you had left that pasture alone.” It was a poor spring this year for early On the other hand, if the producer plans to harvest a hay crop, cattle should be left season grass; Kallenbach said producoff the pasture so the grass can accumulate. tion was down from normal by about 50 Yet another management option arises on percent. “Reproductive growth is gova field where ryegrass has been interseeded erned more by day length than it is temwith bermudagrass. “As long as that rye- perature; that is, stems are produced on grass is rapidly growing through April,” plants based on how long the days are, Jennings said, “we want to rotationally so that occurs whether it’s cool or dry graze that and not graze it all the way to or wet or hot – they come out the same the ground – leave a good stubble of 3-4 time each year,” he explained. “When inches each time we pull the cattle out to we get a spring like this, we get a lot less go to the next paddock, so it will grow back leaf growth while stems are being profaster.” When the ryegrass stops growing in duced, so the hay that’s being produced mid-to-late May, send the cattle back in to this year is a shorter crop, and the crop graze it down and take the canopy off the has more stem in it than normal.” JUNE 16, 2014


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Balancing Your Diet with Dairy By Amanda Erichsen

Tips for consuming milk and other dairy products in a healthy diet There are several challenges for the dairy industry when it comes to getting consumers to understand how dairy can be a healthy part of their balanced diet. “Dairy does contain some saturated fat, and this has been a concern in the past,” said Rosemary Rodibaugh, professor of nutrition for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture. “But not all saturated fats have the same effect on health. We need to continue to research the effect of dairy fat on health.” Rodibaugh said that some people are concerned about fat and calories in dairy products and may choose to consume less dairy because of that concern.

Research is conflicting on the effect of dairy intake on body weight. The general recommendation is to choose fatfree or lowfat dairy foods most of the time. Fat-free and lowfat dairy products have all of the same nutrients that full fat products do, just less fat and calories. “There has been a lot of research conducted on the relationship of dairy food to health in the last 20 years or so,” Rodibaugh said. “And we know that dairy products provide a number of nutrients beneficial to our health.” Dairy foods contribute half of the calcium and vitamin D and about a fifth of the protein to our diets, all of which are important for bone health. Dairy products are also important contributors of several minerals essential for health. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, consuming milk and milk products is positively linked to bone health. It is also associated with lower risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes and with lower blood pressure in adults. “There are also concerns about the hormones and antibiotics that are given to cows affecting humans,” said Teresa DeFord Petefish, FNEP project manager for Greene County and the Southwest Region Extension areas for the University of Missouri. “The types of hormones used are deconstructed by stomach acid

so they don’t cause a problem when you are eating or drinking dairy products. Research hasn’t confirmed that the antibiotics are dangerous. There are hormone and antibiotic-free milk products available for those who want to avoid these substances.” The recommended daily dairy intake as part of a “balanced/healthy” diet is as follows: • Children 2-3 years old need 2 cups • Children 4-8 years old need 2 ½ cups • Children age 9 and older, and adults need 3 cups The types of dairy products can be a part of this recommended diet includes lowfat and non-fat milk, cheese and yogurt. “Lactose intolerance is also an issue for many people, however it has been shown that yogurt with live active cultures can be consumed without too much discomfort,” Rodibaugh said. The live active cultures in the yogurt will help the digestive balance. There are also lactosefree dairy products.” “Moderation and balance are the keys to making healthful food choices,” DeFord Petefish said. “Low-fat and non-fat dairy foods in recommended amounts are a part of a balanced diet. Including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats along with dairy everyday provides the nutrients needed for health.”

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The main factors you would need to consider when calculating paddock sizes according to Sara E. Place, assistant professor with the Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems of Oklahoma State University’s Department of Animal Science, are: 1. How many animals are you grazing? 2. What is the dry matter intake of the animals? 3. How long are you allowing the cows and/or heifers to graze the paddock at one time (12 hours, 24 hours, and etc.)? 4. How much forage is available in the paddock? 5. What is the forage quality? “The goal of a good grazing program is to have the cows and heifers harvest high-quality forage, yet not overgraze, which is why rotational grazing programs are popular,” Place said. “The producer is trying to harvest the forage at its optimum quality and then leave enough so that the forage can recover and be ready for grazing again in 12 -28 days (typically, 4 inches in height left). More variability is added into the mix when you consider factors such as the weather, season, and the type of forages you have in your paddock (warm versus cool season grasses).” Stacey Hamilton, extension state dairy specialist and instructor for the Department of Animal Science and the University of Missouri Extension Dairy program, offers the following sample calculation. Example herd of 100 cows: • The example goal is to offer 30-35 pounds of dry matter (DM) from the pasture per cow per day, so we need 3,000 – 3,500 pounds of DM per day. • We have a preferred minimum of JUNE 16, 2014

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At a recent Alltech Symposium Senior Vice President of the Alltech Ag Network Billy Frey served as a moderator throughout the afternoon and kicked things off with some background. In 1988, a sort of high-water mark for the milk industry, the average annual consumption for fluid milk peaked at almost 230 pounds per person. Since 1993, the Got Milk campaign has been a fixture of TV ads, magazines and billboards. One of the more recent ads, features race-car-driver, Danica Patrick. This is a $50 million yearly campaign funded by milk producers. “The mustache is catchy, it has raised awareness, but it has not raised consumption,” Frey noted as he added that a 2011 study showed annual consumption has dropped to about 175 lbs./yr. He calls this “a 1 percent trend that will keep going down.” Price and production is up, but much of this is going into cheese or the latest craze, Greek yogurt. Branding is an overused term but it is still “the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships, that taken together, account for consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another,” according to Seth Godin, marketing expert. An article in the March 21 edition of the Wall St. Journal touts the Michigan Wolverines basketball team’s use of chocolate milk in their pre-game workout regimen as no small part of their success. But this shouldn’t be news. As early as 2006, in a study by Indiana University, it noted “ … this study suggest that chocolate milk, with its high carbohydrate and protein content, may be considered an effective alternative to commercial fluid replacement and carbohydrate replacement for recovery from exhausting, glycogen-depleting exercise.”

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Frey wants farmers to become storytellers. He argues that the facts are on their side. There has been plenty of controversy over the use and presence of rSBT in milk. But regardless of how you personally feel about it, he notes, for example, that the all-too-typical soy latte drink (chosen by consumers perhaps for its supposed healthier content) from Starbucks, contains more than 1,000 times the amount of hormones than one glass of milk. But somewhere along the way, the bigger megaphone was grabbed by someone with a different story to tell. The facts: that high-fat dairy products actually decrease obesity, promote a healthy heart (through linoleic acid content), and that many folks are calcium deficient, have gotten lost. So somehow, farmers need to be telling this story. He advocates for a one-to-one or in some cases one-to-few approach. In a suggestion that might require some farmers to venture outside their comfort zone, he proposed encountering a mom in the milk aisle at the grocery store, noting that women still make 85 percent of the family purchases. A show of hands didn’t reveal 100 percent of those in attendance using Facebook or some social media but Frey encouraged farmers to take a little time each day and use those free tools to further tell the story of their product, “The perfect protein” as he called their milk. Another presenter suggested that farmers invite folks out to their operations and make sure their local FFA chapter knows about them. The hardest part, he noted, “Is getting started, taking that first step. But listen to moms, know the facts and engage people.” It can start with the simple phrase, “I make milk.” JUNE 16, 2014

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8327 Lawrence County Ave. LaRussell, MO 64848 417-246-5335

Owner: Eldon Swartzentruber Buffalo, MO


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