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Pipkin Family Honored as Farm Family for Greene County Jim and Joann Pipkin and family of Republic, Mo., were among the 108 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 12. The Pipkin family was selected as the Greene County Missouri State Fair Farm Family for 2013 by the Greene County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes daughter, Jera and son, Jace.

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s a child, I can remember that most of my little friends dreamed of growing up to be firemen, policemen, soldiers, or professional baseball players. Even then, I was a little odd, because I thought the ideal job would be that of the farm broadcaster that provided the afternoon market reports on the big radio station we listened to religiously. At that early age, I could sense that the information he provided was important to my family and thus, must be pretty important himself. I would often steal away to my room with a copy of the latest farm magazine which always had last week’s or last month’s market report and pretend that I was the guy on the radio with the booming baritone voice. As professionally as possible for an 8-year-old to sound, I’d try to read the prices and classifications as quickly and as clearly as that guy... “Corn at Kansas City traded up three cents to a dollar and a dime (remember how old I am) per bushel. Wheat was off slightly, down a penny to a $1.35. Fat cattle stayed steady at $18 to $20 and pork bellies remained unchanged.” Yep, it all seemed easy enough.

While I and most of my friends vacillated back and forth on career choices for the next 10 years, that gig of reading the market reports always remained in the back room of my mostly vacant mind. Visiting with my newly assigned academic advisor during my first year at the university, I can remember him asking me, “Jerry, what would you like to be doing four years from now?” “I think I’d like to be a farm broadcaster on the radio.” There were a few seconds of awkward silence until he stated, “Well, you’ve certainly got the face for radio, but you’ll have to lose that accent to get a job.” Accent? What accent? It was the first time in my life that I’d been far enough away from home to realize it was me instead of everyone else who talked funny. So, that shocking discovery, coupled with the reality that I would have to take as many English and writing courses as agriculture courses, helped me decide to become a vocational agriculture teacher instead. I never regretted my decision, but some little part of me still wanted to read the market reports into a microphone.

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Send us your favorite family recipes! Email them to:, fax them to: 417-532-4721 or mail them to: PO Box 1319, Lebanon, MO 65536 every thing in his power to save the calf, demonstrating to a large audience that farmers do care for the wellbeing of their farm animals despite what animal activist groups may try to portray. It was definitely a pull-at-the-heart-strings ad. Maybe running this ad was strictly strategic for Chevy. Perhaps Chevy is trying to step up to the plate the way Dodge did with their 2013 Super Bowl commercial. Are other manufacturers trying to do the same? Even Toyota and Ford have commercials geared toward farmers. Maybe everyone is trying to join the “Year of the Farmer� movement. Continued on Next Page


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JUST A THOUGHT Keepin’ it Country Continued from Previous Page Farmers and ranchers buy trucks and it only makes sense for truck manufacturers to target farmers and ranchers. So should we expect these manufactures to understand our lifestyle and know how to produce accurate commercials? We would assume that they understand what it is we are looking for in a farm vehicle as they design and build working trucks that are expected to pull their weight on our farms. But it’s probably a safe bet that the people designing and building these trucks are not the same people designing the ads.

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avid and Carolyn Carrier, like five generations before them, farm the rich, dark soil on the Muddy Creek Angus Farm, just outside of Lockwood, Mo., in southwestern Dade County. The Carriers raise and breed registered, purebred Black Angus cattle, and in 2009 were given the distinguished honor of being named, “Top 20 Missouri Angus Breeders” by the American Angus Association. Their herd was started in 1947 by David’s father. They are a cow/calf operation and also sell replaceLockwood, Mo. ment heifers and breeding bulls. “I still farm the same 80 acres I Bates

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rented when I was 14,” said David, whose calloused hands tell the story of a lifetime of hard work in the Missouri sun. “Our farm has been in the family since 1882 like a lot of other family Century Farms in our community. In this area, farming is pretty big business. Over the years, like many of our neighbors we have added acreage to our operation. We stay busy year round.” The Carriers best money crop to date is Canola. “People driving by stop to take pictures of the stunning fields of yellow flowers, they think they’re so pretty,” Carolyn explained. “Canola is used to make biodiesel.” Canola is one of the most effective and efficient sources of biodiesel. “Farming has been good in the last five years, and terrific in the last three,” said David. When asked what he thought the biggest threat to their crops was, David said, without a doubt, drought. “We had a really bad drought Wright





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Muddy Creek Angus Farm has expanded their operation by selling replacement heifers, breeding bulls, planting Canola and silage. (L to R: Chuck, Carolyn and David Carrier) here back in 1980,” Carolyn noted. field work anymore. I use to work in the “And in 1981 we had a hail storm.” old farrowing house delivering baby pigCarolyn retired in 2013 from a 17- lets.” David added with a chuckle, year career teaching Family and “You’ve got to have a small hand if Consumer Science (formerly Home you’re going to pull a pig.” Economics) in Lockwood and Miller, Something new on Muddy Creek Mo. When asked what it’s like being Farm is the use of baled silage. The pros married to a farmer for 42 years she are less field drying time, wider moissaid, “You’re always busy. David’s grand- ture content, greater harvest window, father use to say, ‘Diversify. If one crop easier to transport and less spoilage. doesn’t grow, another one will.’ I call The cons include increased cost of that no vacation. In the winter you feed machinery, labor intensive and may be cattle and have baby calves, in the less stable. David explained, “We ususpring you plant crops, harvest wheat Continued on Page 9 and then you plant beans. I don’t do

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NEIGHBORS Molding the Future Continued from Previous Page handed out in the way of scholarships from local individuals and businesses. A number of those supporters went through the program in years past and they want to make sure that opportunity is there for this new generation. It means a lot that they say they recognize what we’re doing and oh, here’s money to support it as well.” Kyle and Jered estimate that 60-70 percent of their students go on to further education, including technical schools, as well as university studies. Kyle said the greatest changes he’s seen in the program over the years is the growth in numbers in general as well as the growth in female participation. He said typically the young ladies prefer animal science, horticulture and ag business but that he sees a few in their ag mechanics classes as well, such as the two welding classes that fall under ag mechanics. Another big change came as a result of the new Marshfield High School in 2000 which provided improved facilities for the agriculture school, as well as many other departments in the school. “Previously we had to share a classroom

with the shop classes and now we have our own plus a greenhouse. “The secret,” Kyle continued, “is not to try to do a million things but to do what we do well. We train 15 different career development events such as horses, dairy, soils, ag mechanics and floriculture, for instance. Each student is required to have an SAE, a Supervised Agriculture Experience project, which is a major percentage of their grade. It might include ownership of livestock or an after school job and also includes a financial statement, profit and loss statement, and the like.” The next big step is the development of a three-teacher agriculture program. Kyle concluded, “The big question is the money but it’s going to happen as this program grows.” Jered concluded, “We get students who want to be in agriculture. There are lots of opportunities out there for them and that makes our jobs easier.” During the 2012-2013 school year on a state level, Marshfield sent eight teams to compete on career development events, had eight students receiving their state FFA degrees, and had three proficiency award winners on their projects.

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Sacred Walls Protects Pierce City’s Sacred Past A vision that started in 1902 becomes a reality in the 21st Century as the Harold Bell Wright Museum By Pete Bradshaw


ince its establishment in 1879, the old Christian Church has served the community of Pierce City (or Peirce City as it was spelled back in those days) in a number of capacities. From her original calling as a church, she has been a library, a temporary respite for the town’s city hall, and now continues to serve as the protector of the community’s longstanding history. While still a church in 1897, she and many of the young members of her congregation beckoned to a young clergyman fresh out of the Hiram College named Harold Bell Wright. Murray Bishoff, a past museum president explained, “He was all for inclusiveness. He was just very fondly regarded. In fact if you read, “A Letter to my Sons,” an autobiographical book, he talks about it was the young people of the community that convinced him to undertake the task of being a preacher there.” Although Wright preached at the Pierce City Christian Church for only two years, he had already begun to leave an indelible mark on the town’s people with his embracing sermons and later with his enrapturing writing. Those who remembered him did so fondly and sought someway to keep his legacy alive. In 1902, well before Wright penned his famous “Shepherd of the Hills,” a creative spark to manifest a memorial in his honor shone with a proposal by another of the town’s historical figure, Theron Bennett. As the Pierce City Commercial Club’s secretary, Bennett championed the project; however like so many inspired dreams the idea faded to obscurity with the passing of time.

The spark of 1902 resurfaced in 1932 when the church received a new mantle of service by becoming the Harold Bell Wright Library. People continued to bask in the peace of her welcoming walls while reading the works of numerous authors which included many of those written by Wright. By the year 2000 the same spark hit again, but this time to light the way to transform the church from a library to a museum. “We started working on it around 2000,” recalled Bishoff, “After the library was able to move to its current location the facility became available and we started thinking in terms of ‘Can we really do this?’” Through support of then Mayor Carol Hirsh the vision began to take form with plans and preparations to update the church’s to make it a safe haven for delicate artifacts. Again, a delay, albeit abbreviated descended. Disaster struck Pierce City in 2003 when the infamous F3 tornado destroyed most of the downtown buildings including the city hall and council chambers. Unscathed by the twister the church answering yet another call to serve when she became the temporary home for local government until a new city hall was constructed. Like her congregates of old, the townspeople found a way to change the storm to a rainbow. A book was published by the museum council that depicted 1906 Pierce City giving some reflection to the community of what they had just lost. “It took the first print run of the 1906 book, which was made possible because of the tornado. It provided us enough funds to

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find someone who could put in a good heating and cooling system, which is important for housing any kind of collection,” explained Bishoff. Finally, after the town relocated city government operations to another facility, the work began and the old lady on the hill received her current duties as the Harold Bell Wright, Pierce City Museum. A call to arms, in a sense rang through the town to gather information and items for display. Bishoff said, “You have to recognize when we started there was no collection; nothing to display. We had to acquire things that were worthy and things that reflected a broad picture of the town. We had to shape presentations, historically educate ourselves and learn to package what was significant.” It has been a community effort from then until now, Bishoff recalled, with a piece here and a piece there being donated by community, the museum’s collections began to grow. Support from the community and people in the surrounding areas have continued to keep the museum’s collection growing since it opened in 2006. Today, the church still has a welcoming atmosphere that accents the longstanding history of a city that is recalled with continually changing exhibits. The museum is located at 404 N. Walnut St. in Pierce City and is open Thursday-Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. from April until Christmas.

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cattle as an early teen because I would help out on the family farm. My dad tried about every breed, which is what led me to Gelbvieh,” explained Brett. In the spring of 1996 Brett started raising commercial cattle on his own. By the late ‘90s he started raising registered Gelbvieh and so B/F Cattle Company was created. “For years I would grow my bulls as a cooperative. In 2005 I decided to take on the marketing end myself because I like to know what bulls people end up with. By marketing the bulls myself I

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can match the perfect bull to the individual operation,” said Brett. “Last fall we had our first bull sale and we will be having another one this year on the first Saturday in November,” Brett added. “We will be selling 40 bulls this fall. We also sell through private treaty in the spring.” B/F Cattle Company grows their bulls slow on full fescue pastures. Their bulls


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Fair Grove Farmers Market is honored for its youth programs, educational outreach and producer development efforts By Everett Kennell


resh fruits and vegetables. Baked goodies. Tortillas. Birdhouses. Shoppers can find all those and more at the Fair Grove Farmers Market. Every Wednesday during the season, vendors gather at the pavilion on the grounds of the historic Wommack Mill, at the corner of Highway 125 and Main Street. On average, the market has about 20 vendors, said Debi Phillips, who’s in her first year as market manager. Besides Fair Grove, vendors come from Stockton, Marshfield, Seymour, Bolivar, Buffalo, Pleasant Hope, Strafford, Springfield and other Photos by Everett Kennell The Fair Grove Farmers Market focuses on adding-value Missouri towns. while providing fresh, local foods to their community. In keeping with its eat fresh, buy local theme, Fair Grove is a producFair Grove. His peaches – which he sells along with tomaers only market – all goods, including crafts and other nontoes, berries and other fresh produce – are clearly a hot item, food items, must be produced by the vendors selling them. with buyers lining up for them during a recent market. He “If you sell it, you have to grow it or make it,” Debi said. expects to have plenty of peaches and other produce, but The market was named Farmers’ Market of the Year in they were a bit slow in coming because of last spring’s late 2010 and 2012 by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. cold snap. The award recognizes a market, “that sets the example of It’s Renee Spar’s first year at the Fair Grove market, but adding value to their communities and connecting farmers she started her business, Maggie’s Bake Shop, 10 years ago. to consumers through fresh, local foods,” the Agriculture Renee and husband, Robert, were selling “just about any Department said in presenting the award. The market was kind of baked goods under the sun, and then some,” she said. also hailed for its youth programs, educational outreach and Renee is a self-taught cook and baker. “I was blessed with a producer development efforts, the department said. gift,” she said. One of the market’s outreach efforts is its A few steps down the aisle, Chasedy kids club. Children learn about healthy Rotramel of Buffalo was also selling baked foods, where they come from and how to goods – bread, rolls, pies and more. With grow them. This year’s kids club project is help from her mom, Bobbie Rotramel, she’s a pumpkin contest, Debi said. Children been selling her Little Lucy’s Bakery products Fair Grove, Mo. were given pumpkin seeds last spring and at Fair Grove and Buffalo since last year. are growing them this summer. The winGrade A raw milk is available from Daisy ner will be chosen in October. Belle Dairy, owned by Lynda Burdette and John Pate, owner of Pate’s Orchard in Continued on Next Page Stockton, is in his 12th year of selling at Bates

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Adding Value to the Community Continued from Previous Page her husband, Bobby Joe Burdette Jr. Their son, Bobby Joe III, does the milking and takes care of the farm. This is their first year selling at Fair Grove. Raw milk is not pasteurized, but their dairy undergoes the same licensing and inspections as other dairies, Lynda Burdette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It goes straight from the cow to the tank to the bottle,â&#x20AC;? she said. Leahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tortillas offer a little south-ofthe-border kick. Owner Leah Cathro of Fair Grove started the business four years ago and is in her third season selling at the Fair Grove Farmers Market. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s originally from California, where she learned the art of tortilla-making and other Mexican cooking. In addition to frozen tortillas, she sells sopapillas, a crunchy fried pastry, and Mexican eggrolls. She came up with the latter for a church potluck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I added chorizo to give it a Mexican kick,â&#x20AC;? she said. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than food at the market. Sandy Meyer of Fair Play has been selling handmade soaps, bath and body oils, lotions and other skin care products at the Fair Grove market since 2009. She also sells at a farmers market in Bolivar. Her products contain no synthetics and are made from all naturally derived ingredients, Sandy said. Longtime seller Dennis Kolarik offers an array of items â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including produce, although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little slow coming this year. In the meantime, on a recent Wednesday he had African violets and other flowering plants, birdhouses, butterfly houses, planters, a rain barrel, hummingbird nectar and more. One of his products is a natural bug repellant spray for your garden. He mixes the dark green liquid himself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full of all the things bugs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like,â&#x20AC;? he said. One of the things Leah finds appealing about the market is its community atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoy it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like seeing the people every week and establishing friendships with customers and other vendors.â&#x20AC;?


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C. Early High School of Morrisville, Jared continued, “Ours is a purebred Mo., Jared raises 80 White Dorper sheep operation and we sell a lot of them in on 30 acres at his family’s home. registered animal sales. We keep back “We do some pretty about 20 replace intensive grazing,” ment ewes each year Jared admitted with a and then our cull laugh, as he related animals go to the sale the numbers. “My parbarn. Those are the ents, Mike and Diane, ones who don’t have Morrisville, Mo. as well as my older the desirable traits of brother and sister, the breed.” Justin and Bethany, Continued on Next Page have also raised them Bates

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Marketing More Meat Continued from Previous Page Jared went on to explain exactly what those traits are. “We’re looking for heavy-boned, heavily-muscled animals. You want the sheep to be barreled out, not too flat along their sides. We look for a longer body build because that and the barrel shape helps eliminate a lot of lambing problems. “They are a fairly calm breed,” Jared said as he snatched up a lamb and cradled it in his arms. “What I like best about raising the sheep, I guess, is that it is always something new. I like a change of pace and with sheep, I get that. Lambing is my favorite time of year. You work all year on the genetics and it is good to see how they did, to see what we’ve helped to create.” Jared also shows his sheep at Missouri State Fair at Sedalia, Mo., each year as well as the Dorper National Show held

Culling to Out Perform Continued from Page 12 are sold between 18-20 months of age. “Ninety percent of our bulls are black but we do keep some red,” said Brett. Brett explained his choice in raising Gelbvieh, “Gelbvieh are more maternal than any other breed. The right kind of Gelbvieh makes for the best cow for this type of environment. We breed for moderate birth weights and weaning weights. We are focused on carcass traits, but we are not willing to give up maternal traits to get it.” Other positive characteristics include longevity and milking ability. Making sound breeding decisions and diversifying pedigrees is high priority for B/F Cattle Company. “I put in 60 embryos and AI’d about 40 cows this year to get outside pedigrees for future bulls and replacement heifers,” shared Brett. B/F Cattle Company uses synchronized breeding for a 60-day calving window both in the spring and the fall. “I tend to like spring calving better but fall calving seems to get better conceptions rates and is less management intensive.”

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NEIGHBORS up on a farm and was always around sees is socially, “When I was growing horses.” Ervin and Wilma met while in up, kids dreamed of horses, there is a college at Freed-Hardeman University in different attitude now,” explaining that Henderson, Tenn. Wilma was raised in kids are not necessarily interested in Portland, Tenn., on a farm. “We met at horse riding. When Ervin sees an opporcollege, got married at 18 and moved to tunity to encourage youth in riding, he Missouri,” Wilma shared. does what he can to motivate them. Ervin had a career with the Prudential “I have been able to market my Insurance Company, and in 1994 horses, and have horses all over the decided to buy a horse. “I had pur- United States. Last year I sold, on two chased a Quarter Horse mare. She was a different occasions, to Israel.” The nice mare, and I was wanting a horse opportunity to work with a horse broker that the grandchildren could ride.” in Israel has been interesting for Ervin, After that, he pur“It’s kind of a unique chased the Fox situation.” Ervin Trotter mare, “I explained, “I took I have been able to began riding her, and some horses to a Fox market my horses, and I kept riding her, and Trotter show in Ava, have horses all over the then I sold the which is the first full United States. Last year I w e e k e n d Quarter Horse.” in Next, Ervin bought a September every sold, on two different 19-month-old horse year. They give the occasions, to Israel. that was later gelded. attendees the oppor“He was a great tunity to take broke horse. He took care horses into the arena - Ervin Hill, Newton County Fox of anyone who rode Trotter Producer to parade around, him,” Ervin said of and interested buyers the horse’s disposition. can take a look at them and ask quesTheir horses are registered with the tions.” That is where he met and negoMissouri Fox Trotter Association. After tiated sales with the Israeli. He has the purchase of the young stallion, the developed a relationship with her and is Hill’s looked for more breeding stock. “I currently working on future horse deals bought a real nice mare from a fellow with her. Shipping oversees is complieast of Purdy, Mo. We called her cated and involves specific crating, vac“Roxy,” and her registered name was cinating and quarantining, which is Tom’s Showbiz. I bred her to the colt costly and has to be well coordinated. and still have her mare.” That is their Besides the breeding and selling of his primary broodmare, “Fancy” (registered Fox Trotters, Ervin enjoys riding his name, Victors Fancy Traveler) which horses, and takes them on riding vacathey take to get bred every year. Wilma tions with family and friends. “I just got said, “She is now 17 years old and a back from a trip on a Montana ranch really good momma.” Currently, they where we helped round up cattle. We’ve are taking her to the 2006 World Grand been going there for three years now.” Champion stallion in Ava for breeding. Ervin and Wilma enjoy time spent “His name is Southern Playboy and he with their church family at Hillcrest is a beautiful palomino,” said Ervin. Church of Christ in Neosho, Mo. Ervin Though the Hill’s do not show horses, also enjoys working part time at the they do sell the foals to people who do Neosho MFA. They have five children show them. “Fancy has raised the 3-year scattered throughout the states, 13 old World Grand Champion in per- grandchildren and 14 greatformance class.” grandchildren, “and they are all so speErvin has seen changes in the horse cial to us,” shared Wilma, as she spoke market through the years, particularly of all of their children. in recent years with the changes in economy. Another factor that Ervin

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NEIGHBORS calf is better than one naturally bred which is not always true because other factors such as genetics and environment are critical in producing highquality calves. Ben believes in paying attention to the market. While he prefers red cattle, he stays with black because it is what will sell best. There has also been an increasing demand for Lim-Flex, a registered Limousin/Angus cross trademarked by the Limousin Association. Consequently Ben also breeds Lim-Flex calves. Ben also stays up with the cutting edge of technology and advances. One example is that he sends 2 to 3 bull calves each year after weaning to Green Springs Bull Test where the animals are weighed as they eat to determine feed efficiency in comparison to other bulls. This allows Ben to gain name recognition among top breeders and to determine the successfulness of his breeding program. Ben is happy with the size of his herd and is now persistently improving his genetics. Not surprisingly, Ben has a stringent culling process. Commercial cows need to raise a good calf every year. If they don’t, they’re gone. He’s a little more forgiving with a registered heifer because the earning potential for a calf is so much higher. He grain feeds all his heifers and supplements the rest of his herd depending upon each year’s needs. Ben buys all his hay. During the drought buying supplements were cheaper than finding and paying for

high-quality hay. He soil tests every 2 to 3 years and uses some rotational grazing. This fall he is planning to use turkey litter because healthy organic material helps break down the nutrients better than commercial fertilizer because of the higher bacteria count. He has added some clover but feels his land is good so that his goal is more maintenance than improvement. Consequently he sprays only as needed. Then said raising crops and cattle is not enough. Consequently he AI’s for other people, cuts and sells firewood and hires out for custom cattle work. They also raise chickens. Amanda laughed and said, “We have a hobby gone wild. We wanted a few chickens because the boys like scrambled eggs but now we have 50 and sell 15 dozen eggs a week to friends and neighbors.” Ben also has a friend who has five incubators and they hatched and sold 1,500 chicks. They also have hatched and sold ducks, guineas and peacocks using radio, Craigslist and Facebook for advertising. Amanda’s father has a pecan and row crop farm. They trade in-kind work and equipment. The Bennett farm has its own 50 tree plot that Ben plans to develop. Ben and Amanda are an excited young couple who enjoy working and developing their 4-year-old farm. They look forward to the day when Amanda can stay home and be a full farming partner with Ben. As it is, they appreciate what they have in the life that they can give their children.


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Kent Smith In Town: Smith Flooring was founded in 1947 by Kent’s grandfather, Viandel “Spider” Smith. “He partnered with Ralph Padgett and in 1960 Spider bought out Ralph and began expanding the business,” explained Kent. “I am part of the third generation of our family that now operates Smith Flooring. We operate a saw mill and flooring mill to produce oak flooring for our family distributor in Springfield, Classic Wood Floors, as well as distributors throughout the United States.” Smith Flooring, Inc. in Mountain View, Mo., employs about 110 people. “We have always been and will always be a family business,” added Kent. In the Country: “We have raised Black Angus cattle for longer than I can remember,” Kent smiled. “We’ve had cattle on the farms since the ‘50s.” Smith’s run a cow/calf operation of just over 1,000 head raised on just over 5,000 acres of pasture land. “Both the flooring mill and the farms are family operated, but couldn’t be done without our employees,” Kent added. “We have four full-time ranch hands and a few part-time helpers. David White, our farm manager for more than 10 years, is a good manager and continues to improve the herd and pasture land. Our employees, both at the farm and the plant, are a major part of our company’s success,” he said. “We also employ two full-time timber managers to oversee the 20,000 acres of Smith timberland,” he added. Marketing: “We have been in and more often out of the purebred business,” Kent chuckled. “I enjoy certain aspects of purebred cattle but also see great value in crossbred stock that thrives on our mixed grass pasture. For the last 10 years we have been selling steers through Superior Livestock Auction utilizing the Plummer family in Mountain Grove as our agents. We grow our own replacement heifers marketing some of them locally,” he added. Story and Photo by Stephanie Beltz-Price

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Market Sales Rep

Replacement Cows (Week of 9/1 - 9/7/13)

1025.00-1200.00 * †

1075.00-1300.00 Douglas County Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba None Reported † † Joplin 860.00-1550.00 † None Reported Kingsville Livestock Auction 1050.00-1350.00 * Lebanon Livestock Mo-Ark 875.00-1400.00 * MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler None Reported† † Ozarks Regional 1000.00-1825.00 † South Central Regional Stockyards - Vienna 1725.00 Springfield Livestock Marketing Center




No Sale - Holiday †




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* Independently reported






Dairy Sales

Springfield, Mo. • Springfield Livestock Mktg. • 8/27/13


(Week of 9/1 - 9/7/13)

60.00-97.00 *

Buffalo Livestock Market Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava Interstate Regional Stockyards Joplin Regional Stockyards Kingsville Livestock Auction Lebanon Livestock Auction Mo-Ark - Exeter MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler Ozarks Regional Stockyard South Central Regional Springfield Livestock Marketing Center





69.00-102.00 65.00-85.50 † † 64.50-98.00 † 69.00-96.00 65.00-92.50 * 72.00-94.00 * 72.00-94.50† 67.00-97.00 † 60.00-87.50 † No Sale - Holiday †




Slaughter Bulls (Week of 9/1 - 9/7/13)

Buffalo Livestock Market Douglas County Livestock Auction Interstate Regional Joplin Regional Stockyards Kingsville Livestock Auction Lebanon Livestock Auction Mo-Ark - Exeter MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler Ozarks Regional Stockyard South Central Regional

92.00-114.00 * † 93.00-106.00 † 85.00-105.50 † 85.00-112.50 † 92.50-104.50 90.00-105.00 * 92.00-105.00 * 91.00-111.50†

91.00-115.00 85.00-95.00 † † Springfield Livestock Marketing Center No Sale - Holiday

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Receipts: 654 Demand moderate to good, supply moderate with near 12 percent springer heifers, 11 percent bred heifers, 23 percent open heifers, 03 percent fresh heifers and cows, 08 percent milking cows, 11 bred cows and 09 percent baby calves. The balance was steer/bull calves and weigh cows. One milking herd was in the offering. Holsteins unless noted otherwise. Prices per head. Springer heifers bred seven to nine months: Supreme 1300.00-1525.00, ind Jersey 1210.00, Approved 1125.00-1350.00, Crossbreds 1070.00-1150.00, Jerseys 1100.00-1175.00, Medium 925.00-1125.00, Crossbreds 885.00-1035.00, Jerseys 825.00-1000.00. Heifers bred three to six months: Supreme 1300.001510.00, Approved 1175.00-1300.00, Medium 935.001075.00, Crossbreds 885.00-1075.00, Jerseys 800.001000.00. Heifers bred one to three months: Approved 950.001000.00, Medium 850.00-900.00, Common 550.00700.00. Open Heifers: Approved pkg 438 lbs Crossbreds 485.00, 400-445 lbs Jerseys 500.00-550.00, 450-500 lbs 510.00575.00, 500-555 lbs 560.00-625.00, 500-600 lbs Crossbreds 650.00-685.00, pkg 605 lbs 660.00, 650-700 lbs Crossbreds 660.00-800.00, couple 645 lbs Jerseys 785.00, couple 720 lbs 800.00, pkg Crossbreds 713 lbs 770.00, 830-860 lbs 880.00-900.00; Medium 400-450 lbs 400.00-480.00, 500530 lbs 500.00-570.00, 500-600 lbs Crossbreds 450.00575.00. Replacement Cows: Fresh: Approved 1275.00-1350.00, ind 1490.00, Medium 1000.00-1225.00, Common 700.00-885.00, couple Jerseys 610.00-685.00.


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Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV >185): 2 Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-180 Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170): 1 Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150): 10 Good quality Mixed Grass hay: 100.00 Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay: Fair quality Mixed Grass hay: 30.00-45 Good quality Bromegrass: 120.00-160. Fair quality Bromegrass: 100.00-125.0 Wheat straw: 3.00-5.00 per small squa

Milking Cows: Approved 1270.00-1375.00, ind Jersey 985.00, Medium 1000.00-1250.00, Crossbreds 1040.001150.00, couple Jerseys 725.00-835.00, Common 800.001000.00, Crossbreds 775.000-950.00, ind Jersey 575.00. Springer Cows: Approved 1175.00-1400.00, Medium 900.00-1200.00, Crossbreds 900.00-1000.00; Common 700.00-1010.00, Crossbreds 875.00-950.00. Cows bred three to six months: Approved 1110.001200.00, Jerseys 1100.00-1160.00, Medium 900.001135.00, Crossbreds 870.00-925.00, Jerseys 900.00-975.00, Common 800.00-900.00. Baby Calves: Holstein heifers 155.00-180.00, small 75.00-140.00, Crossbred heifers 130.00-175.00; Holstein bulls 145.00-210.00, small 75.00-140.00, Crossbred bulls  110.00-135.00, Jersey bulls couple 150.00-160.00.

Sheep & Goat Markets


Slaughter Cows

Hay &

Missouri Weekly Hay Summary • September 6, 2013 Fall-like temperatures are still more than a week away for most of the state. The continued hot weather has affected producers in widely different ways. In the driest regions, pastures have withered and yellowed forcing producers to begin supplemental feeding from their abundant supply. Other areas are still geeting some hay cut and continue to build their supplies, even if the quality may be less than ideal. For much of the Southern half of the state, the pastures are still green and adequately full even with cattle grazing them. Hay supply is heavy, demand light, and prices steady. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed, or for a directory visit or for current listings of hay (All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless specified and on most recent reported sales prices listed as round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs).

(Week of 9/1 - 9/7/13)

None Reported * Buffalo Livestock Market None Reported † Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava None Reported † Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba † Joplin Regional Stockyards 1250.00-1850.00 † None Reported Kingsville Livestock Auction 1050.00-1380.00 * Lebanon Livestock None Reported * Mo-Ark - Exeter None Reported † MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler † Ozarks Regional Stockyard 1425.00-1925.00 † South Central Regional Stockyards - Vienna None Reported † No Sale - Holiday Springfield Livestock Marketing Center

† USDA Reported

Diamond, Mo. • TS Whites Sheep & Goat Sale • 9/5/13

Receipts: 1298 Supply and demand were moderate. The supply included 26 percent slaughter and feeder lambs; 4 percent slaughter ewes and bucks; 5 percent replacement ewes and bucks; 34 percent kid goats; 25 percent slaughter nannies and billies; 6 percent replacement nannies and billies. All prices per hundred weight unless noted otherwise. Sheep Slaughter Lambs: Choice 2-3 70-80 lbs 115.00-125.00, hair 70-90 lbs 112.50-129.00; 80-100 lbs 102.50-114.00, hair 90-100 lbs 107.50-112.50; 100-142 lbs 91.00-110.00. Feeder/Stocker Lambs: Medium and Large 1-3 40-70 lbs 100.00-120.00, hair 40-50 lbs 125.00-130.00; hair 5060 lbs 122.50-132.50; hair 60-70 lbs 125.00-130.00. Ewes: Utility and Good 1-3 53-128 lbs 32.50-70.00. Bucks: Good 2-3 hair 95-155 lbs 71.00-95.00. Replacement Ewes: Small and Medium 1-3 95-168 lbs

45.00-55.00 Replacem Goats Slaughter 170.00; 5070-80 lbs 1 Selection 2 160.00; 60160.00; Sel Does/Nan Selection 2 Billies: Se 85-120 lbs 100.00. Replacem 125.00; Sel Billies: Se Stocker/F 175.00; 3090.00-125.0 145.00; 50Buffalo, Mo

Receipts: Supply an included 3 percent sl replaceme slaughter nannies. A noted oth Sheep: Slaughter shorn Non 90.00-105.0 70-80 lbs 9 lbs 70.00-1 Feeder/Sto 40 lbs 90.00

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––––– 172.00-184.00 158.00-173.00 155.00-163.50 147.75-152.00

190.00-225.00 162.00-192.00 155.00-178.00 149.50-155.00 146.00-148.75

197.00 178.00-189.00 175.00 174.75 157.50-160.50

180.00-186.00 166.00-186.00 159.00-174.00 149.50-153.25 144.50-149.50

183.00-213.00 161.00-185.00 149.00-179.00 150.00-167.00 149.00-156.00

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131.00 103.00-120.00 105.00-110.00 ––––– 100.00-102.00

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163.00-170.00 145.00-162.00 140.00-158.00 140.00-152.50 135.00-144.00

179.00-186.00 155.00-167.00 151.00-161.00 148.00-156.00 144.50-145.00

––––– 156.00-161.50 143.00-149.50 136.00-147.25 133.00-136.50

154.00-179.00 150.00-172.00 143.00-158.00 136.00-152.00 136.00

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

Heifers,Medium & Large 1 300-400 lbs. 400-500 lbs. 500-600 lbs. 600-700 lbs. 700-800 lbs.

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Weekly Avg. Grain Prices


Week Ended 9/6/2013 Soybeans

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250.00-300.00. 0): 200.00-275.00. 160.00-225.00. 00.00-170.00. 0-160.00. 90.00-125.00. 5.00 per large round bale. .00. 00. are bale.

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Dairy & Fed Cattle Markets

National Dairy Market at a Glance • September 6, 2013

Cheese: 40# blocks closed at $1.8100. The weekly average for blocks, $1.7894 (+.0524). Fluid Milk: Seasonal declines in farm milk production and strong demand from bottling plant operators are the common themes across the country regarding milk availability and handling. Butter production stepped higher during the long weekend as cream was plentiful, multiples generally declined, and retail interest in print butter is on the rise for fall distribution. After the weekend, milk supplies for manufacturing tightened once again and competition for spot loads increased, especially among cheese manufacturers. However, premiums on spot loads and transportation costs are limiting how much cheese manufacturers are willing/able to pay for spot milk. Corn for grain harvesting is underway in areas of the South Central while corn for silage is taking place in the northern tier of states.

Spot Prices of Class II Cream: $ Per Pound Butterfat, F.O.B. Producing Plants, Upper Midwest - $1.7769-1.9048.








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Midwest - High Plains Direct Slaughter Cattle • September 9, 2013 6.06

5 Area (Tx-Ok, Ks, Neb, Ia, Colo) Live Basis Sales Steers: 121.00-125.00; wtd. avg. price 122.90. Heifers: 122.00-123.00; wtd. avg. price 122.73.

Dressed Basis Sales Steers: 192.00-196.00; wtd. avg. price 1974.42. Heifers: 194.00-195.00; wtd. avg. price 194.23.

Hog Markets


r Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 wooled and n-Traditional 60-70 lbs 81.00-101.00; 80-100 lbs 00; Traditional 133-180 lbs 90.00-100.00. hair 90.00-119.00; 80-100 lbs 90.00-104.00; 115-125 12.00. ocker Lambs: Medium and Large 1-2 hair 300-100.00; 40-50 lbs 80.00-126.00; 50-60 lbs

*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.

Barrows and Gilts: steady. Markets

Sows: For the week, steady to 2.00 lower. 300-500 lbs 66.00-69.00. (over 500 lbs) 70.00-71.00.

Base Carcass Prices: 82.00-83.00.

24 Month Avg. – Steers 550-600 lbs.

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180.50-215.00 188.00 160.50-171.50 154.00-177.225 155.25

190.00-225.00 175.00-193.00 165.00-179.00 150.00-166.00 145.00-151.00

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190.00 161.50-190.00 158.00-166.00 ––––– 145.50

195.00-202.50 175.00-188.00 166.00-177.00 156.00-173.00 147.00-152.00

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788 nd demand were moderate. The supply 39 percent slaughter and feeder lambs; 3 laughter ewes and bucks; 4 percent ent ewes; 35 percent kid goats; 14 percent r does and billies; 5 percent replacement All prices per hundred weight unless herwise.

Compared to last week: no recent comparison on feeder pig sales. No feeder pig sales were reported. Supply light and demand moderate. (Prices Per Head). Early weaned pigs: 10 lb base weights, FOB the farm 0% negotiated. 2,382 head, 10 lbs., 36.50-45.00, weighted average price 40.06. Early weaned pigs: 10 lb. base weights, delivered 100% negotiated, 2,450 head, 10 lbs., 40.00-41.00, weighted average 40.42. Feeder pigs: All lot sizes, FOB 100% negotiated, no sales reported. Feeder pigs: All lot sizes, delivered 100% negotiated, no sales reported.

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92.00-132.50; 60-70 lbs 93.00-123.00. Slaughter Ewes: Utility and Good 1-2 wooled few 105120 lbs 21.00-35.00; hair 85-105 lbs 53.00-85.00. Slaughter Bucks: hair few 125-170 lbs 50.00-54.00. Replacement classes: Ewes: Medium and Large 1-2 hair 104-130 lbs 60.0085.00; ewe lambs 60-70 lbs 129.00-130.00; 100-135 lbs 125.00-126.00. Goats: Slaughter Classes: Kids: Selection 1 40-50 lbs 150.00-165.00; 50-60 lbs 150.00-161.00; 60-70 lbs 150.00-165.00; 80-90 lbs 145.00150.00. Selection 2 50-60 125.00-137.50; 60-70 lbs 115.00-139.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 1-2 79-126 lbs 56.00-85.00. Selection 3 65-100 lbs 55.00-75.00; thin and poor 50-65 lbs 47.00-61.00. Billies: Selection 1-2 85-155 lbs 90.00-101.00. Selection 370-95 lbs 90.00-115.00. Replacement Nannies: Selection 1-2 85-165 lbs 82.5097.50. Stocker/Feeder Kids: Selection 2 30-40 lbs 155.00167.50. Selection 3 20-30 lbs 90.00-115.00; 30-40 lbs  75.00-121.00; 40-70 lbs 82.00-117.50.


ment Nannies: Selection 1-2 90-138 lbs 80.00lection 3 75-155 lbs 65.00-100.00. election 1 180-230 lbs 90.00-116.00. Feeder Kids: Selection 2 20-30 lbs 140.00-40 lbs 150.00-172.50; Selection 3 20-30 lbs 00; 30-40 lbs 120.00-130.00; 40-50 lbs 140.00 -60 lbs 115.00-155.00.

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0, hair 72-155 lbs 47.50-85.00. ment Bucks: 155-270 lbs 51.00-70.00.



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Continued from Page 22 year and sold to Peterson Farms of Mtn. Grove, Mo., where the Julians purchased their very first Charolais heifer. With the show cattle becoming very competitive Larry launched a new endeavor by sending some of his top Angus and Charolais bulls to Connor College in Warner, Okla., to test gain and fleshing ability. “The results have been absolutely unreal,” Larry said. “I’ve been in 10 sales at Connor College Test Station and our Charolais bulls have topped the Charolais division each sale. Our resident herd sire, PF I’m A Jamin 6709 has become a legend in his own time. He is truly a pasture champion.” Not only has his sons topped the Conner College bull sale with gains of over four pounds a day and up to 20.5 inch rib eye scans, a daughter produced a son in last spring’s sale that gained 5.2 pounds per day with a rib eye of 19.7. Larry explained that by participating in the 112-day bull test record keeping is made easy as the students collect weights every 28 days. Larry’s most recent focus has been on the development of a “red factor” Charolais line. Larry explained, “The Charolais Association has always noted that some Charolais will be born with a light red or cinnamon hair color. The Association is now allowing these animals, if they have a purebred pedigree, to show in the Charolais shows.” Three years ago Larry had a female L&N Red Ruby 022 born from I’m A Jamin and one of his best White Charolais cows. This female was born like many Charolais with a tan color. “Many of these calves will dilute back to white as they get older, but not Ruby. She seemed to get a deeper red as she became older,” Larry said. With encouragement from partner, Jim Fohn, of Cassville, Mo., Larry began the quest to harness and enhance the red gene. Red Ruby’s first calf was L&N Red Thunder sired by a purebred Red Canadian Charolais bull. Half interest in this Red Charolais bull sold to Cook Charolais of Jamestown, Mo.

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Over the last several years with guidance from David Hobbs, of the American International Charolais Association, Larry has seen an increasing interest in the Red Charolais. “I’ve talked to a lot of people about the Reds. They seem to be interested in their growth, calving ease, birth weights and eye appeal. Charolais are really setting a new standard. More pounds equals more money for the producer,” explained Larry. Larry’s operation doesn’t just stop at Angus and Charolais. Larry has been using embryo transfers on some of his cows using some of the fluffy club calf bulls. He said, “These clubby calves are very interesting. You never know what color or shape they will be when born.” Larry and his partner, Roger Elliott, have sold several high selling individuals through the Elliott Cattle Company’s online sale. L&N market most of their animals through private treaty having built up their clientele over the years. Each year the Julians have displayed and sold high quality bulls, pens of heifers and Angus show prospects at the fall Farmfest held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Larry said, “We have participated in Farmfest for over 25 straight years. It’s always a pleasure and a lot of hard work to present a high-quality selection of Angus, Charolais, Red Charolais and club claves at Farmfest. “My brother and his family all participate in the decoration, construction and set up of our display along with my wife, Norma, and sons Ben and Preston, who help all weekend,” said Larry. Larry concluded, “I am very grateful to all my friends and partners who have encouraged me to continue the quest to breed and develop good, functional cattle for the Midwest.”

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Name: Jared Smith Parents: Tim and Tracy Smith School: Senior at Purdy High School FFA Advisor: David Mareth What do you enjoy about FFA? “Getting out and learning more about agriculture and being around other people in ag.” Jared also enjoys working on projects, “We just finished building a ramp for a trailer, and my next project is to build a trailer to haul a portable welder with.” Jared also goes to the welding classes offered at the Monett Vo-Tech school. Jared has also participated in showing beef cattle and was on state championship winning Dairy judging team his Sophomore year.

What are your goals as FFA president for Purdy High School? During the summer school break, the officers attended a leadership retreat. David Mareth, our FFA advisor, explained that the retreat had focus groups to help the kids come up with goals for the new school year, “They are working to get kids more involved in school activities, not just FFA activities, but all school activities.” Jared said, “We are talking to students, especially freshmen, to get them involved in events and take on leadership rolls.”

Future goals? Jared is very involved in team roping, “I practice every night, and my dad helps me out quite a bit.” Jared and roping partner, Tyler Scott, compete nearly every weekend. He hopes to gain a scholarship and get on a roping team at a college. “I’d like to go into animal science and crop science. I’m interested in backgrounding calves and crops.” Story and Photo by Sherry Leverich Tucker

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ne of my favorite songs is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Farmer and the Cowmanâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma.â&#x20AC;? Agriculture is one of the most diverse industries we have, and some of us have very strong opinions on which part of agriculture is the best. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I love this song â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it lightheartedly speaks the truth. While we all have an opinion on our different parts in agriculture, one thing we can agree on is they all have their place in the industry. And more and more, we are finding ourselves being involved personally in different aspects of agriculture as we diversify our operations. One major reason we are seeing diversifying operations is risk management. Crop farmers including a feeder cattle operation are able to reduce risk on either side of the supply and demand equation by playing both sides. Lately, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen several cattle operations looking to add poultry barns to their farm. The poultry provides a steady income stream, as opposed to one big check a year, and with fertilizer costs still high, the litter reduces, or potentially eliminates, that cost to the cattle operation. Adding diversity to your operation in order to reduce risk can also benefit your relationship with your banker; less risk for you equates to less risk for him/her. Another reason for diversification is growth. With land prices not getting any cheaper, including another type of operation can help a farmer/rancher

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continue to grow without necessarily needing additional acreage by using his/ her land at its optimum. That wooded acreage the cattle use for shade? What about managing it for timber purposes? Especially in our area, some crop farmers have land that is either un-tillable or just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t produce the yields. Turn that into pasture for a feeder calf or cow/calf operation. As stated above, some land is better utilized one way than another but what about other assets? A third reason to diversify is efficient use of assets. Equipment is expensive. Why not look to using it as a second source of income â&#x20AC;&#x201C; custom baling, custom combining, excavation, etc. If you have a cow/calf operation, you know quality is becoming more important every day. Instead of supplying the average brood cow, look into expanding part of the herd into AI (artificial insemination) or ET (embryo transfer) to improve your herdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genetics and to provide yourself with a competitive edge. There are many more scenarios than the few used here as examples: niche markets, alternative farming, public relations, to just name a few. Find what works for your specific operation. Discuss the options with family, friends, coworkers in agriculture, and your banker. Today, the farmer and the cowman are not just friends, but often one and the same. Jessica Bailey is a Credit Analyst in the Agricultural Loan Division at Arvest Bank in Neosho, MO and was recently awarded the 2013 Crowder College Aggie Club Outstanding Agriculture Alumni Award.


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On Call

Would your handling facilities pass a physical examination? By Dr. Mike Bloss, DVM


ou’ve been training the cows to come into the catch pen for the past couple of weeks. You got your help all lined up. You’ve got the vet scheduled for the exact time you wanted to work cows. Everything appears ready to go work your herd. But wait-have you taken time to give your facilities an inspection? This may not be the first thing you think about when planning fall herd work, but it may be the most critical and important thing you can do to ensure an efficient and safe working day for your cattle, your help and yourself. Some recent statistics I came across during an Internet search I found striking. One in five hospitalized farm injuries are livestock related. Livestock related injuries trail only tractor and machinery incidents. As you are all aware, cows and bulls are big, strong, athletic animals that can hurt you even if they don’t mean to hurt you. Properly working facilities are important to working safely around cattle. Several things need to be considered when inspecting facilities prior to use. I would like to concentrate on what I believe to be the most critical areas. When I examine a patient, many times I start with the head. So start with your chute and/or head gate when doing your facility exam. Make sure all moving parts are working. Anything that needs lubrication, apply what’s recommended. Some sliding parts of the head gate only need light lubrication like WD-40, whereas other parts have grease fittings for heavier lubrication. Are all nuts, keys, and pins tight and secure? A loose nut after a few cows hit the chute can come loose and cause all sorts of problems. Another point to check is the ropes that raise the back gate of the

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chute or the squeeze lever. Any frayed or worn ropes should be replaced. Next, let’s move back to the “body” of your working facility, the alleys, tubs and pens. Again, keep the can of WD40 and the grease gun handy for any moving parts and gates. If you have adjustable alleys, make sure to clean out the dried manure from last spring’s roundup so your adjusters work cleanly and smoothly. Cattle prefer less noise to more noise, so make sure tub gates are lubricated to get rid of those squeaky hinges. The same thing goes for the gate hinges in your sorting pens. Make sure your gate latches are in working order. For those of you who have wooden corrals and I know there a lot of them-I see them every day, check for loose or broken boards. Nothing ruins a work day like seeing a client’s 500 pound steer calf break a leg after getting hung up in a hole where an old board has broken. Now, after all this inspection, you may think you’re done and ready to go to work. But don’t forget the “tail end,” that is, the equipment you need to do the job. Do your cattle prods need new batteries? If you’re supplying dosing and injection syringes, confirm that they are clean and work smoothly. Another point you should consider is taking time to go over your facility and how it works with everyone who is helping work cattle with you. Know where the escape places are located. When a 1,500-pound cow is bearing down on you that is not the time to find out where the escape gate is located. Taking time to visually inspect your handling facilities is valuable in many ways. It makes the day go faster and more smoothly. Cattle that are processed smoothly are less stressed and thus perform better. And most importantly, your cattle, your help (especially your vet), and you are less likely to be injured, requiring a more costly physical examination at the hospital. Dr. Mike Bloss, DVM, owns and operates Countryside Animal Clinic with his wife, Kristin Bloss, DVM. The mixed animal practice is located in Aurora, Mo.

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What Do You Say? What works better on your farm and why – ATVs, UTVs or Mini Trucks?

“I just have regular trucks. My farms are separated from each other, but an ATV would be nice. It would be convenient to get around to places you can’t get into with the truck and go around the cattle a little more quietly and get your stuff and not get your grill dented.” Bill Hosman Greene County

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“I use a Kubota ATV. It’s nice and easy to get around in. I’ve got a cab on it so it works pretty good. It’s more comfortable and I can carry a lot of stuff around in it. I’ve got a feed box on it so it’s a pretty good work rig.” Vince Weatherly Lawrence County

“I just have a four-wheeler ATV because they’re cheaper. It’s easier to get around and it’s more fun. If you get a cow running through the woods you can chase it.” Daren Dillon Dade County


f you let an open cow slip through this fall, you’ll never recoup the loss. That’s according to Dr. Tom Troxel, associate head-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Once a cow goes open a year, you just never get that money back by keeping her an extra year,“ Troxel told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor. “One of the things we have found from our 300-day grazing demonstration at (the UA Livestock and Forestry Research Station at) Batesville, is that it takes the net return of approximately two calves to pay for one open cow… It costs $600-650 to run a cow for a year; that’s a lot of money, so if that cow is not producing a calf, that’s just money down a rathole.” A producer who maintains both spring and fall calving herds can hedge a little; if the cow comes up open in the spring, they can try her again in the fall rather than immediately culling her. Troxel said, “Some will earnotch that cow so they know that cow has been

moved from one herd to the next,” but he added, “Once they’re open again, they will not move her another time.” Nor should a first-calf heifer that shows open be spared. “Some long-term Montana data have shown if a heifer is pregnant with the first calf, she will be much more productive throughout her lifetime than those that are not pregnant with their first calf,” Troxel said. “The rule of thumb is that if that first-calf heifer is not pregnant the second breeding, then she should be culled.” As with most producers, the Batesville station preg checks cows at weaning time. There are two different options for testing – a blood test, which runs about $3 a cow, or a veterinarian, who will charge $2.00-2.50 a cow for testing via rectal palpation. Both, said Troxel, are highly accurate, assuming the veterinarian is well qualified. The blood test can identify pregnancy as early as 30-45 days; if the calf is about to be weaned the pregnancy is about six months along; and Troxel pointed out, “You’ve already got the cow and the calf up in the chute; you’re already doing some other things, so you don’t have to gather them another time to do the pregnancy check.”

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Is Your Youngster Ready to Ride? Here are some tips from the ATV Safety Institute to help determine if your child is ready to ride ATVs Visual Perception/ Motor Development Ability 1. Can see with sufficient clarity.  Can see letters and numbers at least as well as you.  Can distinguish colors.  Has demonstrated adequate vision in other activities. 2. Can perceive depth or distance.  When looking at two objects in the distance, can tell which is farther away and which is closer. 3. Has adequate peripheral vision.  Can see objects 90 degrees to each side while looking straight ahead. 4. Can judge the speed of objects.  Does the judgment of the speed of objects (fast, medium, slow) agree with your judgments? 5. Can state the distances of objects in terms of feet, yards, miles.  Can tell how many feet or yards it is from the house to the road.  Can tell how wide a hallway is, or the width of a room.

6. Can follow movement of objects.  Can follow the path of such things as: a hit or thrown baseball, a moving car, objects in a video game. 7. Can visualize distances as displayed by a picture or photograph.  Can estimate distance between objects in a photograph.  Can estimate distance between objects when looking at a landscape picture. 8. Can follow a moving object while accomplishing hand manipulation.  Can dribble a basketball without looking at it.  Can manipulate video game controls while following objects on a screen. 9. Can maintain relative spans of attention when given stimuli.  Can complete school homework assignments without being easily distracted.  Can assemble more difficult puzzles; for example, a nature scene.

Physical Development 1. Can sit comfortably on the ATV and reach the controls easily.  Can place his or her feet firmly on the footrests.  Do the fingers reach comfortably around the handlebars and brake lever(s)? With the handlebars turned? In different seating positions?  Can stand (with knees slightly bent) and have at least three inches of space above the seat.  Can easily reach the foot controls.  Can dress with proper protective gear including putting on helmet and fastening the chin strap. 2. Has sufficient strength and familiarity to operate the controls with ease. While sitting on the vehicle, can:  Squeeze hand controls.  Operate the shift lever.  Operate the parking brake.  Operate the choke and fuel valve with ease.

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 Press the brake lever with sufficient pressure.  Operate the controls without looking at them. 3. Is sufficiently coordinated.  Can walk a â&#x20AC;&#x153;balance beamâ&#x20AC;? (2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft.) flat on floor.  Can ride a bicycle, roller skate or skateboard safely.  Can walk on tiptoes for 10 feet.  Can jump rope.  Can catch a ball with hands rather than with arms. 4. Has sufficient endurance to maintain strength over a period of time.  Can play outdoor games without fatigue.  Can participate in indoor games and sports without tiring before other youngsters.

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Keeping Your Herd BRD Free Two critical components to BRD prevention - minimize stress and vaccinate By Amanda Erichsen


ovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is a very broad term that is used to describe various types of pneumonia in cattle. “The most common form of pneumonia presents as infection and inflammation in deepest parts of lungs that lie near the heart,” said Dr. Brian Vander Ley, DVM, assistant professor of food and animal medicine for the

University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “If untreated, BRD rapidly causes the lung tissue to be filled with fluid, immune cells and scar tissue making affected lungs unable to be filled with air.” According to Vander Ley, classic respiratory disease is a three part process. First, cattle undergo a stressful event. Examples include weaning, castration, dehorning, marketing, transport, feed changes and etc. In the second stage, stressed cattle encounter viruses that damage the upper respiratory tract. This damage allows bacteria that normally live in the nose and throat of a healthy calf to

move down into the lungs. Bacterial migration is the third step that causes inflammation and often permanent 1. Cattle undergo a stressful event scarring in the lungs. 2. Stressed cattle encounter viruses According to Dr. Jeremy that damage the upper Powell, DVM, associate professor in the Department respiratory tract of Animal Science at the 3. Bacteria migrate into the lungs University of Arkansas, causing inflammation clinical signs of BRD include a body temperature of greater than 104° F, a poor appetite, general weakness/dull- delayed, this will only increase the ness, gaunt appearance, separation from number of potential deaths or chronithe herd, snotty nose and coughing. cally infected animals.” Antibiotic therapy is the indicated “There are two critical components to treatment for BRD. “Many effective BRD prevention,” Vander Ley said. “First antibiotics exist and producers should and most importantly, producers should consult their veterinarian to assist them do everything possible to minimize stress with selecting antibiotics for treatment on cattle. Gentle handling, low-stress of BRD,” Powell said. “Early detection weaning strategies and prudent marketand subsequent treatment of respiratory Continued on Page 37 disease is essential. If treatment is

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Weaning Warnings Consider cow condition, forage availability and the market prior to weaning By Gary Digiuseppe


any considerations can go dition to the summertime,” Troxel told into the decision of when to OFN. “What we recommend is, maybe wean calves, and they can this fall, deworm the cows and as we get all affect your bottom line. our fall rains and our pastures pick up Dr. Patrick Davis, and grow, we’ll quite commonly see the Livestock Specialist and Cedar County body condition of our cows pick up; Program Director for the University of they’ll go from a 4 to a 5, and hopefully Missouri Cooperative Extension calve at a 6.” With good grass this late Service, told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor summer, fall calvers are in good shape; the producer should take the calf’s Troxel believes those cows should weight and sale time and the condition already be at a score of 6, and ready to score of its mother into account. calve in September and October. “Depending on feed resources, lactating If weaning is not dictated by cow concows may be approaching body con- dition, the calf should be weaned at dition score 4 or less,” about 45 percent of Davis said. Calves that their finish weight or If weaning is not are at least 60 days old at 550 to 600 pounds dictated by cow and nursing a cow in instead of the typical condition, the calf body condition score 4 205 days; Davis said should be weaned at or less should be conthe milk nutrient prosidered either for creep file may not be adefeeding, either via quate for target perpercent of their finish hand feeding or supformance and stimuweight or plementation with a lation of marbling corn based ration deposition at heavier separately from the calf weights. “After lbs. cows, or for early weaning, the calf weaning and placeshould be precon ment on a preconditioning ration. He ditioned at least 45 days prior to sale,” said this will help the cow return to the he said. “This preconditioning period optimum body condition score 6 before allows the calf to get over weaning calving, and provides the calf optimum stress and get used to a feed bunk and nutrition for performance and pro- waterer.” It can also lead to premiums motion of marbling deposition that average $5-6/cwt over the prices Body condition is measured on a scale received for non-preconditioned calves. of 1-9, where 1 is very thin and 9 is very Preconditioning diets include such comfat; on a 4, the ribs and backbone are ponents as a corn-based ration with corn showing, while a sleek animal gets a 6. and soybean by-products, coccidiostat and Dr. Tom Troxel, associate head-animal ionophore to reduce digestive problems, science for the University of Arkansas and whatever vitamins and minerals the System Division of Agriculture, calf needs. In addition to high-quality hay explained that spring-calving cows can or pasture, the supplementation should be a little bit thin when the calf is Continued on Next Page weaned off. “Cows will lose body con-

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FARM HELP Weaning Warnings Continued from Previous Page meet the animal’s nutrient requirements for 2.0-2.5 pounds of average daily gain. A clean water source is also important during preconditioning, so calves don’t get dehydrated. Before being weaned, calves should be vaccinated and treated for both internal and external parasites, and they should be identified with a tag, tattoo or brand. Davis said, “This identification will follow the calf the rest of its life, aid in record keeping – which is useful in making management decisions that improve the performance and quality of the herd – and aid in reducing cattle theft.” Forage quality should also be evaluated prior to weaning, to ensure it


meets the needs of both the cow and the calf. Troxel explained, “If you want to retain ownership for your calves, you want high-quality forage so those calves continue to gain for a period of time to improve the weight on the calf and hopefully improve the market value of those calves, and get a higher total price.” The prices were humming all summer; as of August 9, the price of a 500 pound calf was $1.60/lb. Troxel said that was up 6 cents from the previous week, and 20 cents over a year ago; he said, “Producers are seeing some good calf prices, and that certainly is going to influence their decision.”

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Continued from Page 35 ing all help minimize stress on cattle. Second, cattle should be vaccinated against common respiratory pathogens.” Secondly, Vander Ley insist that at a minimum, calves should receive a dose of modified live IBR/BVD1/BVD2/ BRSV/PI3 vaccine prior to weaning. “Cows, replacement heifers and bulls should also be vaccinated annually with the same modified live vaccine,” Vander Ley said. “Producers can also elect to vaccinate against the bacteria involved in BRD.” BRD vaccination is really important, but it can’t stand alone. “I tell my clients that vaccination is like building a wall against the invading viruses and bacteria,” Vander Ley said. “To keep the wall from being used, producers must work to prevent exposure through biosecurity. Some examples of biosecurity include stopping at a carwash and cleaning your trailer after bringing cattle to the sale barn, and wearing different clothes and shoes when you could encounter animals or their manure/ urine/saliva/nasal discharges.” Vander Ley added that any vaccination is probably better than no vaccination. “There is growing research evi-

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dence that supports the value of modified live vaccines over killed vaccines,” Vander Ley said. “In any case, vaccines are very fragile and must be handled carefully to make sure they work. Producers should get BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) certified and follow BQA procedures when vaccinating their animals.” Vander Ley recommended that producers keep a good record of vaccinations and treatments, including animal identification and product information such as product name, lot number and dose. At its root, BRD is a management disease. “Producers can manage both their way in to and out of BRD outbreaks,” Vander Ley said. “Good livestock husbandry along with proper vaccination go a long way in preventing BRD.” Powell added, that preconditioning calves before they are marketed can minimize their risk of BRD infection. Studies have shown that preconditioned calves have much lower BRD illness rates than cattle that are not preconditioned. Producers can get more information from their local veterinarian for the treatment and prevention of bovine respiratory disease.

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Does that ATV Check Out? 4 things to do before purchasing a used ATV or UTV By Lynzee Glass


TVs and UTVs can have many uses from working on the farm to hunting and for recreation. There are many factors to consider when purchasing a pre-owned ATV or UTV to ensure that you not only get a good deal but that you also purchase a reliable vehicle. Like before any purchase a little research will go a long way. “It is important to build an honest relationship

with the person you are purchasing the pre-owned vehicle from,” rec ommended Denny Revell, sales manger for Honda of the Ozarks.

1. Price Check Prices vary based on the year, model and make of the vehicle. “Before any purchase search the NADA guides to determine the value of the particular machine,” suggested Adam Green, sales associate for Sunrise Motorsports in Searcy, Ark.

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3. Check the Suspension and Wheels “You’ll want to check any drivelines for wear and also inspect the independent suspension linkage,” added Green. Don’t ignore the tires when purchasing a pre-owned ATV or UTV. “Look for plugs or residue indicating that there may be

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4. Test Ride Test-driving the vehicle may be one of the most important things to do prior to purchase. “A test ride will allow you to check that all functions are working properly. If the vehicle is 4-wheel drive be sure to check that it is working also,” said Revell. One other tip offered by Green is to pick up the seat. If the seat is heavy that’s an indicator that the vehicle has probably been underwater. One way to limit your risk when purchasing a pre-owned ATV or UTV is to purchase through a dealer. “Typically dealers will go through the vehicle as thoroughly as possible. A dealer has more liability than an individual. Plus, a lot of dealerships will offer financing,” concluded Revell.

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4 Easy Steps for Sample Collection the sample, scrape away any vegetation to the soil surface. 1 Collect Then with a shovel or a probe, take a 4-inch deep sample (in a field or 2 pasture or lawn) or 6-inch deep in a garden. Collect samples in a zig zag pattern across the entire area until it’s pretty well representative of the entire area. Mix all of these samples in a bucket to mix the different samples really well. Once the soil has dried out, take about 2-3 cups of soil to your local extension office and they will help you send your soil sampling off for testing. It’s recommended that each sample be dug 4-6 inches, but be consistent in depth across the area. There is small fee for testing soil in the state of Missouri. Menjoulet recommended calling ahead to make an appointment. Once you get it to the Extension office you will usually have the results in two weeks or less. There’s also the option to have them emailed back to you. When you take your sample to the Extension Office, both Menjoulet and Mays agree that it’s best to sit and visit with the Extension agent to determine what you are growing on the tested area

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n the Ozarks area, the summer of nutritional development, sire genetics 2013 has included mild tempera- and early culling due to performance tures and average or above aver- and disposition.” age in rainfall, contrary to pre“Herds that calve both in late wintervious years and current con- early spring or the fall early-winter may ditions in Texas and the southwest that be looking to add replacement heifers have not seen any drought recovery. year-round,” said Eldon Cole, livestock “Pastures are recovering nicely, hay is specialist for the University of Missouri plentiful, corn and supplemental feeds Extension. appear to be cheaper than in recent hisWhen making purchasing decisions tory; so producers are looking to retain for replacement heifers, producers need or purchase heifers to start rebuilding to consider background information their herds,” said Steven Jones, associate such as their health program and hisprofessor in the Department of Animal tory, nutritional condition and the heifScience and Cooperative Extension er’s sire background. Service at the University of Arkansas. Sexten also suggested producers conReplacement heifers sult the University of are usually necessary Missouri’s Show-Medue to non-pregnancy, Select genetic guideAlthough calving ease old age, poor performEPDs may be a priority, lines to minimize ance, bad disposition calving difficulty other important or udder problems. when considering economic traits should Timing regarding matching sires to new not be ignored. These planning of replacereplacement heifers in include weaning ment heifer decisions a herd. “The first goal weight, yearling weight will depend on when is a live calf with and maternal traits. producers want to minimal dystocia, so a begin “controlling” heifer breeds back,” - Steve Jones, associate Sexten said. development. professor in the Department “Bred heifers mini“Heifers should be of Animal Science and mize the work but Cooperative Extension Service bred to a low birth seller processes must weight bull,” Jones align with buyer goals,” said Justin said. “Therefore, time and effort should Sexten, state Extension specialist of be placed on bull selection, whether beef nutrition for the University of pasture breeding or artificial insemiMissouri’s Division of Animal Sciences. nation. Although calving ease EPD’s “Open heifers ready to breed allow may be a priority, other important ecoincreased sire selection opportunities nomic traits should not be ignored. while purchasing weaned calves allow producers opportunity to influence Continued on Next Page

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FARM HELP Get Ready to Rebuild Continued from Previous Page These include weaning weight, yearling weight and maternal traits.” Cole also recommended asking the seller of the heifers if any of the heifer calves or open yearlings were bred “accidently.” A pregnancy test should be in order. Again, this and several other guidelines are a part of the ShowMe-Select heifer development program that producers should refer to. “Producers should select heifers born early in calving season, calves born early tend to be more productive throughout life,” Sexten said. “Also, when managing groups consider splitting to minimize overfeeding big heifers while optimizing feed to smaller heifers.” Regardless of when heifers are purchased and introduced to a new herd, they should be isolated for 30 days before mixing with the native cows.

Sexten also recommended allowing adequate bunk space for all cattle during acclimation. According to Jones, heifers should be managed differently than mature cows. “Because they are still growing and maturing, their nutritional requirements are higher than mature cows. Therefore, they should be separated from the rest of the herd to be fed differently. Heifers should be at 65 percent of their mature size at breeding and at 85 percent of their mature size at calving. Because they are still growing, they will still have the highest nutritional requirements prior to and after calving.” The type, size and breed of the heifer selected should be based on the producers long-term objectives and marketing strategy for the herd.


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hen it comes to the quality of forage crops, winter wheat is as good as it gets. That’s according to Dr. Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri professor of plant sciences and state Extension specialist for forage crops. Kallenbach told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor, “When it’s vegetative in autumn, and early spring as well, you’ll have crude protein values that often exceed 20 precent and you will have TDN (total digestible nutrient) values that are in excess of 65. In short, that’s a great feed, and stock do very well on it; we’ve had grazing animals on wheat as well as cereal rye pasture in experiments here at the University where we’ve had calves easily gain 2.0 lb/day, and often 2.5 lb/day, on strictly a diet of small grain pasture.” Most producers who grow winter wheat for pasturage do not attempt to harvest the grain; to do so, they would have to remove the stock from the pasture before tillering occurs, usually around the second week of March in southern Missouri. If you instead keep cattle on the wheat through the early part of May, Kallanbach said, you can clean up the crop either with a grass herbicide like Roundup or by tilling it under. He added, “Sometimes people just no-till the next crop into it after it’s been grazed out or maybe, hayed or made into silage.” In addition to the wheat seed varieties grown by crop farmers, Kallenbach said there are grazing types on the market; pasture owners can also get inexpensive

seed that’s been run once through the cleaner. Dr. John Jennings, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service animal science professor and forage specialist, told OFN another option is to purchase seed saved by a crop farmer. He said following the last couple of droughty years, many cattle producers planted wheat and other cereal grains as a forage substitute for the lack of cool-season grass in the fall. “Winter wheat is very complementary to warm-season type grass pastures like bermudagrass or bahiagrass,” Jennings said. “The warm-season grasses quit growing when the nighttime temperatures drop below 50 degrees, which typically happens around late September; if there’s no forage accumulated there, those pastures are done for the year. But if farmers manage it right, they can have some accumulated bermudagrass to graze, and can take some other pastures that have been grazed short, and no-till in wheat.” He said the wheat will grow quickly in a short-grazed or tilled pasture, and can provide grazing during the winter months as an alternative to feeding hay. When spring comes the wheat will try to mature, but if it’s been grazed down there won’t be much leaf or stalk left; if

it’s been planted into bermudagrass, the grass will emerge through what’s left of the canopy and will take over the field. Although weed control and diseases are not big issues for wheat planted as a forage crop, until the first frost, armyworms can be. “Last year we saw that as a really serious problem,” Jennings reported. “A lot of those fields that were planted with small grain were the only green fields in the whole area and when the wave of armyworms moths came through, that’s what they keyed in on to lay their eggs.” Jennings said producers have no choice but to use insecticides; if the insects come through when the wheat is just emerging and take out the single leaf, there’ll be nothing left to regrow. Control is not expensive; there are generic insecticides that cost under $3 an acre. “But they have to be paying attention,” he added, “because armyworms can go through a field quite quickly.” Kallenbach added one footnote – if you’re thinking of using cereal grains as a forage, rye is a better option than wheat. “It doesn’t really have the option of going all the way to grain,” he said, “but it produces about twice as much pasture as does wheat and it can grow at lower temperatures.”

• Oats - Quickest out of the ground; Fall growth only, then will die out in winter; Usually good tonnage produced; Poor tolerance to overgrazing; Slower regrowth than other cereals. • Cereal Rye - Excellent fall tonnage and quality; Heads out early in the spring and quality is comprised; Quick establishment; Good regrowth potential after grazing. • Triticale - Genetic cross between cereal rye and wheat; A good compromise between rye and wheat regarding tonnage and quality; Does not regrow after a grazing as well as rye. • Wheat - Little fall growth; Higher quality forage compared to rye and triticale. Good option for early spring hay or haylage; Slow regrowth. • Turnips - Grazing can often begin in 70-80 days; Will die out as the winter sets in. • Stockpiled Fescue - Apply nitrogen in August and stay off the pasture until November or December; This does not produce short-term forage as well but is the most cost-effective practice for winter feeding; strip-grazing will best ration the forage. Source: Tim Schnakenberg, MU Extension Agronomy Specialist

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FARM HELP Child Rider Checklist Continued from Page 34 3. Controls behavior according to expectations.  Shows evidence of self control; doesn’t get easily frustrated or upset.  Understands consequences of certain actions (like not wearing a safety belt in the car).  Thinks about results of an action before performing it (like crossing the street; or throwing a ball). 4. Understands other youngsters may be permitted to do what he/she may not be allowed to.  Recognizes unsafe actions of other youngsters.  Appreciates being safer than others.  Accepts rules that are more stringent than what other youngsters have to follow. 5. Can give reasons or solutions to problems seen in the environment.  Can explain how land (or grass) gets damaged.  Can explain how even a small amount of damage to land can take years to recover.  Can distinguish between untouched land and used land. 6. Can make decisions based on reality and not fantasy.  Can complete a task in a step-bystep fashion (assemble a toy).  Comprehends real injury as opposed to “cartoon” injury.  Responds with logical solutions when asked to solve a problem.

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October 2013 5 Journagan Ranch & Missouri State University Production Sale – Springfield, Mo. – 417-948-2669 5 Jac’s Ranch Annual Fall Production Sale – Bentonville, Ark. – 479-366-1759 5 Riverbluff Ranch Quarter Horse Production Sale – Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield, Mo. – 417-7707701 – 417-770-7702 5 P Bar S Ranch Proof of Progress Limousin Sale – Sand Springs, Okla. – 918-346-2437 6 Kiamichilink Ranch Angus Production Sale – Finley Okla. – 580-298-5150 7 Express Ranches Fall Bull Sale – Yukon, Okla. – 800-664-3977 12 Ozark & Heart of America Beefmaster Sale – Tulsa Stockyards, Tulsa, Okla. – 918-456-1199 12 Buford Ranches Bull Sale – Welch, Okla. – 918-697-7160 12 XL Angus/ Garton Angus Ranch Production Sale – Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield, Mo. – 417-437-9193 12 Judd Ranch 23rd Annual Cow Power Female Sale – Pomona, Kan. – 785-566-8371 12 Heartland Genetics Blend Sale – Brad Mueller Herefords, Perryville, Mo. – 573-517-2999 13 Heart of Missouri Limousin Assoc. Cattle Drive Sale – Laclede County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, Mo. – 417-588-9083 13 Finley Bros. Cattle Company Fall Production Sale – Wyandotte, Okla. – 918-666-8468 14 Parker Angus Ranch Fall Production Sale – Waurika, Okla. – 800-352-1903 14 Hankins Farms Fall Color’s Online Charolais Sale – Springfield, Mo. – 417-830-5378 16 AbraKadabra Cattle Company Private Treaty Production Sale – Columbia, Mo.573-864-6475 – 573-441-9951 18-19 Missouri Dexter Breeders Assn. Show & Sale – Webster County Fairgrounds, Marshfield, Mo. – 417-736-2695 19 Circle A Angus Bull Sale – Iberia, Mo. – 800-247-2532 19 Buck Cattle Company Production Sale – Madill, Okla. – 580-795-7271 cell 580-795-4865 19 Heart of the Ozarks Angus Assn. Fall Sale – West Plains, Mo. – 417-995-3000 19 Midwest Beef Alliance Bull & Female Sale – Mid-Missouri Livestock Center, Marshall Junction, Mo. – 660-895-5008 19 Seedstock Plus Fall Bull Sale – Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, Mo. – 877-486-1160 19 Blackjack Angus Ranch & Guest Female Sale – Seminole, Okla. – 405-382-7678 19 Sloup Simmental Production Sale – Seward, Neb. – 859-987-5758 20 Langford /Copeland Joint Production Sale – Okmulgee, Okla. – 918-706-7028 20 Weiker Angus Ranch Fall Production Sale – Fayette, Mo. – 660-248-3765 20 Magness Land & Cattle Female Limousin Sale – Miami, Okla. – 918-541-5482 25 Spur Ranch Angus Production Sale – Vinita, Okla. – 908-256-2493 26 Mead Farms Annual Fall Production Sale – at the Farm in Versailles, Mo. – 573-216-0210 26 Aschermann Charolais Fall Bull Sale – at the Ranch, Carthage, Mo. – 417-358-7879 26 Flying H Genetics 10th annual Grown on Grass Bull Sale – Lowry City, Mo. – 417-309-0062 26 Gerloff Farms Bull Fest – Bland, Mo. – 573-680-9117 26 East Central Missouri Angus Assn. Fall Sale – Cuba, Mo. – 314-393-2885 26 Edwards Limousin Fall Harvest Production Sale – Higginsville, Mo. – 816-726-1919 28 Southwest Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale – Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield, Mo. – 417-345-8330 30 Fink Beef Genetics Annual Bull Sale – at the Ranch, Randolph, Kan. – 785-293-5106 30 Fink Beef Genetics Production Sale – Randolph, Kan. – 785-293-5106

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Lebanon - 417-532-3174

Marshfield - 417-468-2115

Springfield - 417-869-5459

Weaubleau - 417-428-3336

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