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ne of my long-time readers sent me an email relast vonweek, worC which yrreJ yB contained a link to information about a new product that has gone on the market recently. Jerry Crownover farms Knowing my skepticism regarding new techin Lawrence County. He nology, the reader was curious as to whether I is a former professor of thought the device had any merit for my cattle Agriculture Education at operation. As he put it, “My wife and I just Missouri State University, wanted to get your take on it.” Well... and is an author and professional speaker. The new electronic device was invented in To contact Jerry, go to Ireland and designed to attach to the tail of a and click pregnant cow when she is within a few days of on ‘Contact Us.’ the expected calving date. A tiny computer, inside the device, is programmed to understand the tail movements of a cow in labor and then send a text message to your smartphone that states, “Cow #xxxx is beginning labor. Check on her immediately.” Dozens of testimonials from farmers all across Ireland swear by the accuracy and dependability of the new instrument. Many of them are certain that they were able to save calves (and cows, no doubt) that would have otherwise been lost to the trauma of a difficult birth. Their only complaint was the cost of the appliance (about $300) and the yearly phone service cost of more than $150. Even though the tool can be transferred to another animal as soon as that one calves, the cattleman with a couple hundred head would have a pretty healthy investment to initiate such a program. So, after watching the videos on the Internet and doing a fair amount of research on the new appliance, I have concluded a few things: 1) None of my cows can be approached in the field, nor stand quietly to allow me to take the two minutes required to attach something to their tail, therefore I would have to run them through a squeeze chute, have a cowboy rope them (as I’ve said many times – I am not a cowboy) or shoot — Continued on Page 5


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estled between a report on the best headphones and finding “hidden helpers” in your smart phone in the October edition of Consumer Julie Turner-Crawford Reports, which boasts itself as the is a native of Dallas world’s largest independent, non­profit consumer­ County, Mo., where she product t­ esting organization, is a troubling “study.” grew up on her family’s The publication’s cover story for the issue is a farm. She is a graduate study claiming that the ground beef consumers of Missouri State buy at the store is filled with hazardous bacteria, University. To contact which is caused by conventional methods of finJulie, call 1-866-532-1960 ishing a beef on corn, soy and other feed sources, or by email at editor@ and the meat has the potential people “seriously ill.” However, it states that grass-finished, organically raised cattle have a lower probability of harmful bacteria and is less likely to make consumers ill. It is unfortunate that Consumer Reports offered this misleading information to the millions of people who trust its scientist, reporters and editors to offer nonbiased opinions about products that are on the market. Beef industry advocates have expressed concern over the study because it “misleads consumers into thinking that organic and/or grass­fed beef is safer.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “organic” and “grass­fed” labels do not imply any additional safety factor. Consumer Reports claims that the contamination of the ground beef comes from cattle being pumped full of hormones and antibiotics before being moved to overcrowded feed lots, then processed through industrial processing plants that sometimes lack proper cleaning procedures of the carcasses because of the sheer number of animals that are slaughtered at those plants daily. Grass-finished cattle, however, are treated more humanely and not force fed feed items that they cannot properly digest. The cattle are slaughtered, typically, at smaller facilities where they are treated more humanely at the time of slaughter, according to the report. — Continued on Next Page


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Across the Fence Continued from Previous Page The most common bacteria found in ground beef? E­coli 0157­H7. What the publication fails to mention is that it is naturally occurring in warm-blooded mammals, including humans. For its study, the publication purchased 458 pounds of ground beef, both conventionally finished and grass finished/organic, from 26 locations across the country, including large chains, big box and natural food stores. In its testing, Consumer Reports found that all 458 pounds tested positive for bacteria enterococcus and/or non­ toxin­ producing e.Coli that signified fecal contamination, even the beef that was grass finished. Almost 20 percent of the samples contained the C. perfringens, 10 percent tested positive for a stain of S. aureus bacteria. Only 1 percent tested positive for salmonella. That might sound scary, but those pathogens can be eliminated through proper handling of raw meat, by cooking the meat to the proper temperature and by not leaving food out all day before refrigerating. Consumer Reports does state that proper cooking and handling will eliminate the bacteria, but the damage is done to agriculture. One area the report does not address is the handling of ground beef after it leaves the processing facility. Workers at the fa-

cilities are trained in the proper handling of the carcasses and the end product. However, those who work at the supermarkets and the big box stores won’t always have that same training. Maybe Consumer Reports should do a study on how many people who work in the food handling/service industry actually wash their hands before returning to work after using the bathroom. It appears that Consumer Reports is laying the blame of ground beef-­relatedfood­borne illnesses on farmers who do not follow a grass-­ finished program. I have met some folks who are believers in the grass-­finished philosophy and it is just one more segment in agriculture that I am proud to advocate for, but this study pits one cattleman against another. Will the beef industry survive this report? Yes. Will people still slap some burgers on the grill? Yes. But we, as beef advocates, will have to continue to remind consumers that we strive to produce the highestquality and safest food in the world each and every day – and to cancel their subscription to Consumer Reports.

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Life Is Simple Continued from Page 3 them with a tranquilizer dart. 2) I would still have to know which ones are close to calving and the older I get, the less I seem to know who is close and who isn’t. 3) I start calving February 1st of each year, unless the neighbor’s bull came visiting earlier, plus, it is not uncommon for my cows to have between 50 and 70 calves within the first 20 days, thus the number of these miracle machines I would need seems to make it very cost prohibitive. But, I might make an exception for the first-calf heifers. Each spring, I usually calve out around 20 of the first-timers, and they are much more likely to have problems, anyway. Because of that, and the


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Balancing Superior Genetics By Sherry Leverich

With an eye on genetics, the Orys have cattle that appeal to a variety of producers After spending 60 years in the beef seedstock business, Dennis Ory, along with wife JoAnn, have established a Red Angus herd of purebred cattle with show grade offspring and noteworthy bulls. “I’ve been in cattle since I was 10 years old, and I’ve been in the seedstock business ever since,” explained Dennis Ory. JoAnn said that as childhood friends in Iowa, she and Dennis even showed

year. That was the last time we showed in Iowa,” said JoAnn. Though the Ory’s have retired from the cattle show circuit, their cattle can still be seen in the arena. “We have lots of friends in Texas, and sell a lot of heifers and show calves to people from Texas, and all over,” said Dennis. The Ory’s decision to go with Red Angus started in the mid 1980s when they had a predominately Simental herd,

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cattle together. “He had Herefords and “The cattle market was changing, and I had black Angus – we both showed in we had spotted Simentals. We were ana4-H and hated each other,” said JoAnn lyzing our herd, and in 1986 we started looking at Red Angus seedstock,” said with a laugh. Though they are no longer competing Dennis. JoAnn added, “We always favored red cattle.” Dennis said. “Black against each other, up until is not as dominant as it used to be, a few years ago, the Ory’s and Red Angus makes a good bull competed in many nafor commercial breeders.” tional shows, winning many When the Ory’s moved to awards for their Red Angus Southwest Missouri, they cattle. “It was always my goal Rocky bought 10 cows from Neoto win the Iowa State Fair. We Comfort, Mo. sho Farms, located in took the 2006 Grand ChampiSouthwest City, Mo. on Bull, and other awards that SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

“We always wanted to raise good cattle,” JoAnn said. Dennis offers a different perspective for positive breed traits, “We don’t stress any particular traits. We try to find a balance with a ‘middle-of-the-road’ cattle that are low maintenance. We want them feed-efficient, with good mothering and longevity. If we breed for any traits, it’s probably for a show-quality – and feet and leg structure is important to emphasize.” Dennis and JoAnn founded the Missouri Red Angus Association, and were the president and secretary of it for about the first 10 years. They have 65 momma cows, and sell most bulls and heifers privately off the farm. “We used to do consignment sales, but now we sell most everything off the farm. We have a pretty good bull base, and sell everything we need to – usually sell the bulls from 14 to 18 months old,” Dennis said. “When we wean the bulls, we feed them to get about 2 ½ pound gain a day. We also sell a lot of show heifers at 8 to 10 months old. Those that we don’t sell for show, we grow out and breed, and then either sell them or keep them.” The Ory’s pasture their herd on a mixed grass and clovers. “I put up 75 percent of our own hay,” said Dennis. For breeding, they do a combination of embryo transplants, AI and breeding with their own stock as well. “We like to pick out a new AI bull every year to bring in new genetics and bloodlines,” said Dennis. Though Dennis doesn’t think it’s necessarily a genetic trait, several of his cows have a tendency to have twins. One of his cows just had twin calves at 11 years old. “She has had eight sets of twins, only once has she had a single,” Dennis explained. Besides cattle farming, the Ory’s have recently begun dog breeding with small breeds, including Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Shih Tzu, and a blended breed, Shorkies, a popular combination of Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terriers.

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Sibling partnership in Vernon County, Mo., focuses on economic viability Dennis Alt and his wife Nancy are involved in a 3,500-acre purebred and commercial cow/calf operation outside of Nevada, Mo. Dennis was an attorney until 2008 when he became an independent contractor and financial advisor. He retired in 2012 and now he devotes all his time to ranching.

ing supplemental income for me and my siblings into retirement,” Dennis said. The Alt family raises Limousin cattle at their farm, a breed that Dennis said has been very successful for their operation. “After trying a variety of breeds in the 1970s, Limousin has become our breadand-butter line,” he said.


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Dennis’s preference is based upon better muscling and growth, as well as “I think I am retired, but my wife says I’m good market acceptance of the Limousin breed. The operation uses registered unemployed,” Dennis said with a laugh. Limousin bulls with an Angus-based Dennis is in partnership with commercial herd, as well as the his brother and sister, David registered Limousin and Lim-Flex Alt and Laura Ramsey, in line. Their well-established regDouble A Land and Cattle. istered Limousin and Lim-Flex The siblings are, in turn, partNevada, Mo. line has recently added Caners with Kent and Cole Abele. nadian Red Angus, includ“The goal is to become an ecing a Red Angus bull and a onomically viable commercial handful of Red Angus cows. and purebred operation provid-

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meet your neighbors “We are seeking those genetics and want to add a purebred Red Angus choice for our bull buyers’ rotation for genetic variety,” Dennis said. The bull is still in Canada sales and will be picked up in January at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. According to Dennis, the herds are managed with a basic philosophy: “If an animal is not good enough for our registered herd, it’s not good enough for our commercial herd.” Herds are culled by individual performance and EPD numbers, as well as by a visual inspection for soundness and eye appeal. While some heifers are retained, the ranch sells bred heifers, open heifers and pairs with an on-site sale the first Saturday in November. Bulls are weighed at weaning and put on a development program for 120 days. Then they are weighed again as yearlings and culled according to average daily gain, yearling weight, scrotal circumference, fertility, and soundness, as well as the results of a carcass ultrasound at 16 to 24 months. The bulls that make the cut are generally sold from 16 to 24 months of age. High-quality bulls bring strong repeat business and 50 private bull sales a year on a first-come, first serve basis as well as a handful of bulls in consignment sales. Dennis takes advantage of social media and the web by using a website and a Facebook page, as well as an online sale catalog and online videos to market their cattle. “Even though we use high-tech sales techniques, I still follow my dad’s advice to buy and sell by watching the markets,” Dennis explained.

Heifers are bred via artificial insemination and certified technicians perform embryo transplanting. In the last two years, the farm has seen an average success rate of 65 percent with 140 embryos. “We want to grow our Red Angus herd quickly by using our Canadian cows as donors as much as possible,” Cole, one of Dennis’ partners, said. Not surprisingly, animal health is a high priority. Cows and breeding bulls are vaccinated regularly, as well as spring and fall deworming. Calves are vaccinated 60 days before weaning, with a booster at weaning and again two weeks afterward. “Truth be told, our herd health is good, and I now worry more about lightning than I do about health issues because I lost a bull to lightning last year,” Dennis said. “Even though he was insured for the price I paid for him, I bought him because I wanted that particular bull’s genetics and the loss was devastating.” Pastures are predominantly fescue and clover. Rye, wheatgrass, turnips and Crimson Clover provide additional nutrition. For additional higher hay nutrition, the ranch purchases 300 brome, prairie grass and alfalfa bales. Fertilizer is applied according to weather conditions and soil needs while weeds are controlled by brush hogging and spring spraying. Water sources are freshwater, rural water and some well water. Dennis summarized the operation when he said, “This cattle operation combines two families and two herds into one cohesive unit.”

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The couple โ€œcommutedโ€ to the Ozarks Cay Burge, laughing at what she considers an amusing situation. โ€œI met my husband in and to the family farm before retiring. โ€œFor many years, we drove back and 1991 although we had actually known each other since we were small children, through forth and did all of our farming here other relatives. He was the farmer but I was on weekends,โ€ Patti recalled. โ€œI retired raised in Kansas City, Kan. His father, Coy in 2003, but Cay didnโ€™t retire until July Burge, was the original farmer here so we 2008. ...He died in January 2009, just six wanted to carry on that family tradition. months after his retirement.โ€ Today, Patti is appreciative of the Both my husband and his faassistance she receives from a neighther were lifetime members bor, Jason Osborn, whom she refers of the American Angus Asto as her โ€œadopted son,โ€ a young sociation. I am still a member man who has been helping with as well as a member of the MisWillow her farming operation since souri Angus Association, MisSprings, Mo. he was 12 years old. souri Heart of the Ozarks Angus โ€œHis son, Tyler, is also Association and the Northeast a big help and calls me Arkansas Angus Association.

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A Legend in the Industry By Lois Krizan Waters

Rolland ‘Pig’ Paul got his nickname has an infant, but he become a leader in the pork industry After completing his Army duty, he Rolland “Pig” Paul was born in Granger, Iowa to a farming family. again enrolled at the University of A country doctor delivered him at Iowa and Donna worked on getting home and soon after birth he was hungry her “P.H.T.” – Putting Hubby Through and had no trouble nursing immediately. College. His degree was in animal husThe doctor joked, “He is like a little bandry and his first job was for the Iowa pig.” Instantly his nickname became Extension Service. He served as field secretary for the Iowa “Pig.” The only people who didn’t call him by his nickname since then were his Pork Producers Association during the late 1950s and 1960s. In that position, he mother and grandmother. Who would have ever guessed that later helped lay the foundation for the Pork Checkoff program. years his name Legislation passed would be synchroin 1963 made posnous with the swine sible the “implied industry and he consent” concept would be honored and the volunmany times for his tary nickel-a-head contributions to checkoff program. promoting pork. In 1966, Paul bePig started college came the first exat the University of ecutive secretary of Iowa in 1950. With the National Pork limited funds, he Producers Council lived in the hog and helped open barn for two years Pictured: Rolland with his wife Donna while attending classes. In September 1952, the first headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1969, Donna and Pig had $15,000 he married Donna Herrold. They were only 18 and 19 years old, but knew from the be- and wanted to buy a farm. They decided ginning that to be successful they needed to to relocate their family to Missouri bework as a team. They had a hard time mak- cause land and taxes were cheaper and ing a living and lived even in a Quonset hut they could get more for their money. When asked why they settled in Willow for a while. “I figured out real quick if I wanted to Springs Donna said, “Among other things, make a good living I had to get an edu- we asked the Ouija Board. It said, ‘Yes,’ and it kept spelling out ‘springs.’ When cation,” Pig said. Pig was classified “draft exempt,” for we found 160 acres near Willow Springs military service, but he went to the draft we thought this was close enough.” That was the start of Pig Paul’s Pork Planboard and asked to be moved to the top of the list. He knew he couldn’t afford to tation, where they raised registered Yorkattend college on his own and wanted to shires and Durocs. Their herd was disease take advantage of the educational ben- free and performance tested. They held efits supplied for Army personnel at that production sales every year. The Pork Plantime. His first stop was basic training at tation advertised, “clean air, clean water and clean hogs.” At that time Pig Paul was Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.


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ozarks roots active in both of these breed associations and was an officer on both boards. He and two other purebred swine producers, Hinds Farm (Hampshires), Hank Freter (Chester Whites) held productions sales the same day, so that producers from out of the area could purchase all their needs in one trip to the Ozarks. Starting in the late 1950s until the 1990s, southcentral Missouri and northcentral Arkansas produced thousands of feeder pigs per week. At one time, 90 percent of Oregon County produced feeder pigs. The Howell and Oregon County Pork Producers held standingroom-only meetings, seminars and judging contests. Feeder pig sale barns throughout the Ozarks flourished, and pigs were trucked to Iowa and other Midwest states. While director of the National Pork Producers Council Pig Paul came up with the marketing poster, “Pigs are Beautiful.” In 1972 Pig Paul was the founder and manager of the National Feeder Pig Show in West Plains, Mo., which kicked off the title of “Feeder Pig Capitol of the World.” Exhibitors came from all over the United States. “In the 1970s, it was hard to do anything wrong in agriculture,” Pig recalled. “Our real boom was in 1979. Donna and I handled over 200,000 head of feeder pigs in that year. We attended six or seven feeder pig auctions a week to fill orders. “We were brokers for Farmland and did order buying for thousands of pigs, but not one truck ever came down our driveway. We had a disease free farm and didn’t want it contaminated by outside hogs.” The Pauls sold their farm in 1999. The Missouri Highway Department built a new junction for two, four-lane highways where their farm was located. In addition to promoting the swine industry over the years, Pig Paul is author and/ or co-author several books. He was a contributing author with Dan Muhm for “Iowa Pork & People: An early History of Iowa Pork Producers,” and “The Pork Story” was co-authored by Pig Paul, J. Martin Gainer and Orville K. Sweet. He also wrote three books about his family and his life’s work. Pig Paul and Donna have three children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, who all live in Willow Springs. SEPTEMBER 21, 2015


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his own breeding program goals by produc- don’t have big acreage to work off of ing the top carcass weight/marbling non- either, so we decided to concentrate on quality instead of quantity. If we had 500 parent female in the Angus breed. “I am very fortunate that whatever I acres, we could concentrate on quantity, learn from my job, it works for my farm but we can’t do that.” Don and his wife Jacqueline are a team and vise versa, in that what I learn on when it comes to working with the the farm, I can use for my cattle. They actually met when Jacjob,” Don, who has been queline was looking to purchase a involved in the artificial bull and someone recommendinsemination industry nearly ed that she contact Don. Now 40 years, said. they work together in every At his Wright County, Mo., Hartville, Mo. aspect of the farm. farm, E-Lee Angus, Don has The E-Lee Angus sign about 50 head of females on that sets near the driveway the land that has been a part of

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meet your neighbors of the couple’s home reads, “A continual quest for excellence.” That is a phrase the Elys believe in. “Be it with my job helping dairymen and beef producers better provide for their families through improved genetics and farm products, or in our personal lives through the farm, the goal is a continual quest for excellence.” Don said he believes they have reached that goal with their top heifer, E-Lee 10 X Mayflower 443, she is due deliver her first calf in September. “With God’s creation, we want to create as much excellence as we can,” Don said, adding that with the heifer’s high genetics made it rather difficult to find the right sire. “I like to accentuate the positive; you try to make things even better in those specific areas.” Both the heifer and her dam will be flushed in the fall in hopes to continue the high-quality genetics. Don moved back to his hometown in 2001 after 30 years in Northwest Missouri and Illinois, and bought his first reg-

istered Angus female, which is the grand Don and Jacqueline both added that dam of his exceptional Mayflower heifer. while calving ease is important, it “We’ve bought other families since should not be the only factor taken into then, but this is the most prolific family consideration when selecting a herd sire, of any cow family we’re got,” Don said. or an AI sire. “I try to keep several different cow fami“Everyone should determine what they lies going because people come by and want to breed for,” Don said. “I’ve got they want to customers who buy a bull and are breeding they might to win in the want different show ring, so genetics.” we’ve got bulls I just enjoy doing lots of research that will help He added that genetic on the genetics and finding ways them win. I and DNA indon’t have to improve the offspring formation are time to show, – Don Ely often under utiso I’m not lized by producers. breeding for show, I’m breeding for the end “The consumer doesn’t care about consumer who wants to eat a good tasting calving ease,” he said. “I think that is steak. That’s why the carcass weight and what we need to remember because we marbling are important to us and we’re tryare producing a product. … We all need ing to focus on the end quality.” to remember that the end goal is to supJacqueline added that they also want ply the consumer who sits down after a an animal, be it a male or female, that long, hard day to a steak, and they want is docile and one that will have a long, a good, tasty steak.” productive lifespan.

“We strive for longevity to the point that we have a cow that will have produced her 12th calf and she won’t be 13 (years old) until November, and no twins,” Don said. While Don might not hit the show circuit with his cattle, he said he gets his accolades in a different way. “There’s nothing like talking to someone who you sold a bull to who says, ‘Don, that bull I got from you, those are the best calves I have ever raised in my life.’ That’s the goal on everything that we sell and that the buyer will be very pleased.” In addition to AI breeding, the Elys utilize a cleanup bull, but the bull must also have exceptional genetics. The couple recently purchased a bull from fellow Angus breeder Truman Wiles of Willow Springs, Mo. Don said while looking at genetics has been a part of his job, he is almost “obsessed” with looking at ways to improve the herds of his customers, as well as his own. “I just enjoy doing lots of research on the genetics and finding ways to improve the offspring,” Don said. “I guess it is that continual quest for excellence.”

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A Little Horse Therapy By Brenda Brinkley

The Equi-Librium Therapy Center offers hippotherapy, psychotherapy services to children, adults The Equi-Librium Therapy Center has been called, “The best kept secret in the area.” Located in Greene County near Rogersville, Mo., the center is a non-profit organization that provides assisted therapies to children and adults with disabilities. Abbie Crowley, director of marketing and development, calls the center, “a hidden gem.”

fields. We have a close affiliation with our local colleges and they send us people all the time,” Abbie said. ETC offers several programs, but the main ones are hippotherapy and psychotherapy. In equine facilitated psychotherapy clients work with horses through exercises to develop insight, emotional growth and positive change. It helps foster selfawareness and skill development. Abbie Crowley, director of marketing of Equi-Librium Center, calls the center a “hidden gem.”



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“We work with veterans with PTSD It all started when a group of people, doctors and horse people started work- using the horses as they do with dogs or ing with the horses and the kids and saw other animals,” Abby said. “We have a the benefits. The staff is state licensed/ psychotherapist on staff. But using the certified. The Therapeutic Riding In- horse and just the engagement and teachstructors are also PATH (Professional ing them boundaries and how to comAssociation of Therapeutic Horseman- mand and work with the horse helps build strength and trust back up. Being here in a ship International) certified. serene environment helps. We are tryEqui-Librium Center (ETC) ing to expand on our Wounded Warhas up to 200 volunteers a rior Project program called Warriors year. All volunteers must Walk On. One of her main goals undergo training to ensure the is to expand that program.” highest level of safety for the The main program at the clients. Many of the volunteers Rogersville, Mo. center is the hippotherapy. come from the local colleges. “A lot are in the nursing, physical therapy, or equine — Continued on Page 24

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meet your neighbors registered cattle. Though they had spent years successfully showing sheep, goats, hogs and horses, venturing into cattle competitions felt intimidating. “I never had show cattle growing up. I wasn’t familiar with it. It’s difficult trying to figure out what you need. I grew up showing horses so showing cattle was a whole new aspect. Being a single mom, it was a little bit scary,” recalled Sandy. A little fear, however, was not going to stop them. The Arthurs started going to seminars and seeking advice from veterans in the industry. “We are getting there,” said Cheyenne. The trio began diversifying a bit recently. Cheyenne prefers to stick solely to registered Angus cattle. She plans to continue building her herd under her farm name, Chey’s Angus. Her goal is two-fold; producing winners in the show ring and solid momma cows in the pasture. “I want to breed up my program to be more competitive and I want good momma cows. I want both sides,” Cheyenne explained. She tries to find Angus cows that show nice utter development, a tame disposition, and good confirmation. Her sister, Dakota, plans to move in a slightly different direction. “I am more looking into the Angus/ Simmental cross. That’s where I am starting to head. They say hybrid vigor is always better. They combine the good qualities of both breeds,” said Dakota. “And they have a little chrome on them,” added Sandy with a laugh. Sandy and Dakota collaborate on the SimAngus breeding program because they appreciate the qualities of the calves they get

when they AI Angus cows to Simmental bulls. This year’s SimAngus calf crop will be out of the Simmental bulls Combustible, Built Right or Ignition. Sandy and Dakota use a Broker son for cleanup. This fall Chey’s Angus plans to AI to the Angus bulls Insight and Angus Valley. Sandy and Dakota run their SimAngus operation under the name Twin Star Ranch. Cheyenne manages her Angus herd under the name Chey’s Angus. Both operations are working to expand their registered herds. “I have been keeping back all my heifers as replacements for the registered herd,” Sandy said. Twin Star Ranch and Chey’s Angus market their registered cattle each year at the Ozark Fall Farmfest at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. The Arthurs are also starting to use their Facebook page to get the word out about their cattle. Sandy looks at the cattle operation as a way to give her daughters a boost when they head out on their own. Cheyenne and Dakota earned bachelors degrees in animal science and ag business from Missouri State University. Both will graduate in December from MSU with master’s degrees in plant science. “Now they can keep growing their herd and they will have a start,” said Sandy. In her heart, Sandy hopes the farm has given her daughters more than a start, she prays it has given them the moral framework to be successful, grounded adults. One thing Sandy knows for sure, the farm has taught them all a love for family. “We have done it as a family, us three girls, a family effort,” Sandy said.



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The ‘Extreme’ Cowboy By Jaynie Kinnie-Hout

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Have you been thinking of getting some extra training for your horse or dreaming of competing in the fastest growing equine sport – the Extreme Cowboy Challenge? If you live in the Missouri Ozarks, you’re in luck. Johnie Clem is a professional Extreme Cowboy trainer and champion. He is a professional cutting horse trainer and a horsemanship clinician who trains cutting and extreme cowboy horses all over the world. He recently relocated to the Springfield, Mo., area from Joplin, and holds his “Johnie Clem Level Up” training clinics at the beautiful Right Lead Ranch in Rogersville, Mo., just a short Johnie Clem is a professional Extreme drive from Springfield. Cowboy trainer and champion. He holds Professional reining traintraining clinics at the Right Lead Ranch in ers Fred Berschauer and Rogersville, Mo. Darcie Welsh manage the Right Lead facility and of the horse.” keep it in tip-top shape for Johnie epitomizes the American Cowboy riders and their horses to enjoy. Johnie was born in Albuquerque, N.M., through and through. His natural, rugged and raised in Joplin, Mo. When he was good-looks, shy nature, double-tough phy14, his parents gave him a big buckskin sique and powerhouse persona make him mare he named “Missy” and from that perfect for traversing the death-defying obday forward he’s been on a horse, except stacle course of the Extreme Cowboy Challenge. The challenge consists of riding when he was riding a bull. your horse across dangerous water obJohnie worked at a ranch stacles, log pulling, free falling, ropin Kiska, Okla., cleaning ing, spinning, stopping, stomping, stalls and learning the trade. zigzagging, and near the end — a He apprenticed under three hair- raising chase with an allrenowned trainers. Rogersville, Mo. terrain vehicle, and enough “It was kind of like going to college,” he recalled. “It’s not — Continued on Page 24 for the money. It’s for the love

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Continued from Page 22 to scare the wits out of any “normal” horse rider. But it’s done every time a rider enters an Extreme Cowboy Race, currently the fastest growing equine sport in America. “Extreme Cowboy racing allows you to fall in love with your horse,” Johnie explained. “It is growing more than any other equine sport and it’s not that expensive – anyone can do it.” The Extreme Cowboy horse, is a horse all its own, Johnie explained. “When I think of the Extreme Cowboy horse, I think of a broke horse, that guides easily on a loose rein. That horse should be able to jump, go over and through unfamiliar objects out of trust for his rider. Also, you should be able to change leads, rope, sort, lead other animals, ride double, bareback, and leave ground tied, along with having extensive ground work for leading, sending around, and stopping on lead on a lead line,” he said. “At a higher level, a reining horse can turn around and do sliding stops and is also marked well. At (the world Extreme Cowboy finals), there is a mixture of all these maneuvers.” Currently, Johnie is focusing his train-

A Little Horse Therapy Continued from Page 18 “Our hippotherapy is where the client is mounted on the horse and there are restraints,” Abbie explained. “Volunteers hold on and help them out. They’ll work with mobility, hand-eye coordination, even motivation. They will get on their hands and knees on the back of a horse. It helps to stabilize and engage their core muscles and straighten their backs a little more, and also to look up.” The minimum age for clients is 2 years of age and there is no maximum. “The staff will lay the 2-year-old on their back on the back of the horse. As it walks it will actually manipulate the spine to move as it should on our client.” Services at ETC, however, must be approved and prescribed by a physician. “This type of therapy is beneficial for every condition,” Abby said. “Autism is huge, because they love the feel of the horse. We have a client who is blind. We also have

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Theft of livestock, equipment impacting farmers, ranchers in the Ozarks With the challenges facing farmers and ranchers today, nothing is more unpredictable or frustrating then rural crime. Often separated by miles of rolling fields and fences, farms and ranches are prime targets for would be thieves bent on making a quick buck. The victims of rural crime are the same faces you see at the café over coffee, the feed store or sale barn. They are the faces

miliar with most everyone. Thieves often monitor the daily movement of farmers, so they can sometimes be easy pray. According to the Missouri Rural Crimes Investigative Unit website, 97 of Missouri’s 114 counties list agriculture as the predominant occupation. Missouri has opted to create the Rural Crimes Investigative Unit, RCIU, in 2009. Since its creation, the special

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November 14, 2015

Offering 105 Bulls

From our 2014 SaleLot 24 Fall SimAngus Sold to Cow Camp Ranch, KS & Genex A maternal half-brother sells in our 2015 sale

SimAngus Angus Simmental

14 to 20 months old

Mention this ad when you stop by the Moser/Owen inside booth at Farm Fest (East Hall-EPlex), and drop by the Owen Brothers cattle display (Wells East Stalling Area) to visit with us and receive a complimentary gift!

Range Developed Winter Bull Care Available Catalog and Video will be on our website in late October

Between Town and Country: The line between town and country is not hard and fast. “The good thing is that what I’m teaching, is from reallife examples of what happens on our farm; a sow farrowing, cows calving or dealing with pink eye. We are able to teach real-life experiences to kids.” Jay will help students at shows but with reservations. “Showing is a family affair. Families should be involved, not just an ag teacher dragging kids to fairs. But if we have students at the fair we are sure going to help them with things like clipping. For the future Jay would like to see more shop projects produced at school and more skills in ag mechanics taught and learned. At home he’d like to get up to 15 high-quality registered cows. “I don’t have the time to take care of very much. But I’d like 15 really good ones.”

Harry and Lisa Moser and Family, Wheaton, KS Ranch 785.396.4328

Harry 785.456.3101 Rex 785.317.0689


Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •

Story and Photo By Vince Crunk

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

Dallas County, Mo. - 341 ac. SOLD Wright County, Mo. - 478 ac. SOLD Dallas County, Mo. - 120 ac. SOLD Laclede County, Mo. - 120 ac. SOLD Webster County, Mo. - 235 ac. m/l. High Prairie Farm is a highly productive tillable tract. Blacktop road frontage on Hwy 38. 358 Bluestem Road, Marshfield, Missouri 65706............................................................... $940,000 Dallas County, Mo. - 188 ad. m/l. Antler Bottom Farm is a turn-key cattle operation with a 4400 sq. ft. custom built Amish home. Large 60 x 80 barn, 3-acre fully stocked pond. 1102 State Road KK, Windyville, Missouri 65783............................................................ $1,250,000 Laclede County, Mo. - 80 ac. m/l.row crop and hunting land. Property is bordered by large land owners & Nature Conservancy ground.Flatwood Church Road, Lebanon, Missouri 65536....................................................... $119,600 Webster County, Mo. - 73 ac. SOLD Camden County, Mo. - 51 ac. SOLD Pulaski County, Mo. - 567 ac. SOLD Greene County, Mo. - 50 ac m/l. residence, development or investment property. East Farm Road 166, Rogersville, Missouri 65757................................................. $395,000 Dallas County, Mo. - 1,011 ac. m/l. Farm land for hunting or cattle operation, 98% percent of property is in timber w/the balance in river, creeks, trails, roads & grass. Hwy. E, Eldridge, Missouri 65463....... $1,511,445 Christian County, Mo. - 157 ac m/l. gently rolling farm ground set up for a cow-calf operation, 5,500 sq. ft. home, barns, working pens, six freeze-proof auto waters, rotational grazing. Pipe rail fencing. 875 Beal Road Republic, Missouri 65738.............................. $1,099,000 Polk County, Mo. - 65 ac. SOLD Douglas County, Mo. - 60 ac. m/l. Great hunting or investment property. Electricity & road on property, 75% timber 25% open. Highway 5, Ava, Missouri 65608......... ......................................................................... $119,000

Webster County, Mo. - 160 acres m/l. Great Property for Hunting or investment. Farm home on property is currently rented, Small hunting cabin on property. Mohawk Road, Conway, Missouri 65632........................................... $287,200 Ozark County, Mo. - 116 ac. SOLD Dallas County, Mo. - 313 ac m/l. Crystal Springs Ranch, farmland and whitetail paradise. 3900 sq ft. 5 BR, 4.5 bath with heated garage. Large 40’ x 40’ heated, insulated and finished shop. Nice 20’ x 40’ shop with overhead door. 780 State Road K, Long Lane, Missouri 65590............................................................... $949,000 Hickory County, Mo. - 120 ac. m/l. Beautiful river property w/ over 1/2 mile of Little Niangua River frontage, Property has two caves, fishing, whitetail, turkey hunting and rock climbing and trapping. Mature hardwoods. County Road F, Cross Timbers, Missouri 65634........................................... $199,000 Pulaski County, Mo. - 709 ac. SOLD Douglas County, Mo. - 100 ac. SOLD Laclede County, Mo. - 80 ac. m/l. Great deer hunting property. Electric, water & septic all in place. 12575 Highway 64, Lebanon, Missouri 65536............. $195,500 Hickory County, Mo. - 360 acres m/l. Brushy Creek Farm is a big whitetail farm w/6 tower stands, 8 food plots. New 1,000 sq. ft. cabin & pole barn. The cabin has over 1,000 sq. ft. of living space for entrtaining. County Road 50, Cross Timbers, Missouri 65634.......................................................... $599,999 Bates County, Mo. - 240 ac. SOLD Webster County, Mo. - 245 ac. SOLD Laclede County, Mo. - 418 acres m/l. Smith Creek Ranch The property is set up for rotational grazing w/7 pastures, features 6 live springs, 5 ponds & 1/2 mile of Little Cobb Creek. All cattle & farm equipment can be purchased w/ property. Also includes a 3600 s/f brick & stone home, features 3 BR & 3 Bath. Guest home/foreman house, 1568 s/f w/3 BRs & 2 Bath. 15331 Highway B, Lebanon, Missouri 65536.......................................................................$1,350,000 Taney County, Mo. - 135 ac. m/l. This acreage is next door to Big Cedar Lodge’s Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Springs Course. Buffalo Ridge has been transformed by visionary conservationist Johnny Morris & renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. The course has been rated the #1 Public Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine & Golf Digest. The diversity of terrain & location of this tract simply needs to be seen to be appreciated! Highway JJ, Hollister, Missouri 65672.......................... Price Reduced $1,346,625

BRIAN W. UTECHT Real Estate Agent

Laclede County, Mo. - 120 ac. m/l. This farm offers beautiful views & amazing potential for wildlife & an investment. Property is 1.5 miles from black top road & has a 1/2 mile easement to access property. Industry Road, Lebanon, Missouri 65463....................... $155,440 Taney County, Mo. - 156 ac. m/l. Scenic/Hunting Property, Caney Creek runs on property along w/multiple springs. Property has outstanding building sites for dream home or R.V. parking, great deer & turkey hunting. Glade Top Trail, Branson, Missouri 65615.......................................... $245,700 Taney County, Mo. - 415 ac. SOLD Benton County, Mo. - 248 ac. SOLD Lawrence, County, Mo. - 160 acres m/l. The farm is currently being utilized as pasture. Beautiful farm, hunting & recreational tract, 80 acres of hardwood timber. Lawrence 1135, Verona, Mo................................................... $368,000 Laclede County, Mo. - 90 ac. SOLD Webster County, Mo. - 363 ac. SOLD Douglas County, Mo. - 347 ac. SOLD Dallas County, Mo. - 316 ac. SOLD Taney County, Mo. - 1,245 ac. m/lto be determined by survey prior to closing. The Wings of Dawn Ranch has mature hardwood/hunting property. Seller will work w/buyer on financial terms to purchase. Highway JJ, Hollister, Missouri 65672............................... $6,193,875 Texas County, Mo. - 114 ac. m/l. Great hunting or grassland. area w/a proven track record. Located in Plato schools. Plato, Missouri 65552......................... $195,000 Laclede County, Mo. - 230 ac. SOLD Hickory County, Mo. - 303 ac. m/l. A tract of land along the shores of Pomme de Terre Lake, 2-log homes. One home is 1152 s/f with 3 BR, 1 bath, the second home is 1200 s/f. 100 County Road 316, Urbana, Missouri 65767... $949,000 Dallas County, Mo. - 657 ac m/l. Extremely nice hunting/ farmland that has 40 acres of tillable, & 100 acres of pasture for cattle. Multiple ponds throughout & a spring fed creek. Property is about 30% open. Earnestville Road, Long Lane, Missouri 65590. .....................................................$1,116,900 Dallas County, Mo. - 420 ac m/l. Triple s Farm is a working Cattle Farm. Approx. 65% of the land is open, 120 ac in soybeans. Property is cash rented for $14,000 - $20,000 per year. Sightings of bald eagles are common in the winter as well as a variety of ducks & woodpeckers. Give me a call to set up a private showing of this dream property. Located in Skyline Schools. Taxes $450.00 per year. Bower Road, Urbana, Missouri 65672.........$995,000

Ozark County, Mo. - 40 ac m/l. Horse/hobby farm or hunting. Includes barns, pastures & riding arena, 3-acre lake. The home is a 3 BR, 2 BA. 179 Star Valley Ranch Road, Wasola, Missouri 65773.......................................................... $169,900 Ozark County, Mo. - 1,012 ac m/l. Large diverse tract of land just min. from Bull Shoals & Norfolk Lakes, caves on property. This farm is part of a large tract of timber & has had very little hunting pressure in the past 30 years. Highway 5, Gainesville, Missouri 65655........... $995,000 Douglas County, Mo. - 78 ac m/l. Great hunting property along Turkey Creek w/nice pond & trail system already established, gentle roll to property w/hardwoods & water sources throughout. Great deer & turkey hunting, multiple food plot locations on ridges & creek bottom. 90% timber 10% open. FF 209, Ava, Missouri 65608. ..... ......................................................................... $103,350 Webster County, Mo. - 80 acres m/l. High density deer, turkey Farm. A paradise along with a solid investment. This farm has a beautiful upper pasture with homesite overlooking the timber. Farm home on property is currently rented. Multiple ponds, creeks and a spring on property. The farm would make a great home residence or weekend getaway. Mohawk Road, Conway, Missouri 65632................................................................$143,600 Hickory County, Mo. - 492 ac. UNDER CONTRACT Polk County, Mo. - 492 ac. UNDER CONTRACT Camden County, Mo. - 115 acres m/l. Lake of the Ozark’s Waterfront/Hunting property. 900’ of lakeshore and stunning views fo lake from Rainey Creek Arm, great building & dock site with deep water. Rainey Camp Creek, Climax Springs, Mo. 65324.....................$299,999 Barry County, Mo. - 160 m/l. Southwest Missouri Farmstead, Pasture & Hunting Acreage. Approx. 60 acres of hardwood timber, 25 acres currently utilized as tillable ground. Stocked ponds, 2 BR, 1 Bath home located on a dead end road with water & Elt. Just 1/2 mile from stubblefield access on Flatt Creek. 18991 FM Rd. 2110 Aurora, Mo............................. $375,000


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market sales reports



(Week of 9/6/15 to 9/12/15) Barry County Regional Stockyards


Buffalo Livestock Market


Interstate Regional Joplin Regional Stockyards

111.00-134.50 † 109.00-134.00 †

Lebanon Livestock Auction



112.00-137.00 †

MO-KAN Livestock Market


Ozarks Regional

USDA Failed to Report †

Springfield Livestock Marketing









(Week of 9/6/15 to 9/12/15)


Barry County Regional Stockyard


Buffalo Livestock Market

84.00-128.00 †

Douglas County Livestock

80.00-110.00 †

Interstate Regional Stockyardss Joplin Regional Stockyards

83.00-120.00 † 80.00-114.50 †

Kingsville Livestock Auction


Lebanon Livestock Auction

85.50-116.00 †

MO-KAN Livestock Market

80.00-112.00 †

Ozarks Regional Stockyards

87.50-109.50 †

South Central Regional Stockyards

USDA Failed to Report †

Springfield Livestock Market










(Week of 9/6/15 to 9/12/15) Barry County Regional

1800.00-2600.00* 1

Buffalo Livestock Market

None Reported* None Reported †

Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava Interstate Regional Stockyards - Cuba Joplin Regional

None Reported † 1475.00-2200.00 †

Kingsville Livestock


None Reported None Reported

South Central Regional Stockyards - Vienna Springfield Livestock Marketing

USDA Failed to Report





Steers, Med. & Lg. 1

(Week of 9/6/15 to 9/12/15) Buffalo Livestock


Douglas County Livestock Auction - Ava

None Reported † 1625.00-2225.00 †

Interstate Regional Stockyard

Holsteins, Lg. 3

1035.00-2450.00 †

Joplin Reg 1400.00-1530.00

None Reported †

Ozarks Regional

1350.00-2325.00 †

South Central Regional

Heifers, Med. & Lg. 1

1500.00-2225.00 † USDA Failed to Report †

Springfield Livestock Market


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


Lebanon Livestock Auction MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler


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


Barry County Regional


Ava Douglas County† 9/10/15





Receipts: 2426 Supply was very good and demand was good. Lamb prices were steady to higher while goat markets were lower. Supply included 8 percent slaughter Ewes and Rams, 32 percent slaughter lambs, 43 percent slaughter goats, 16 percent Bucks and Does. All prices per hundred weight (CWT) Unless noted otherwise. SHEEP: Feeder Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 32-38lbs 177.50200.00. Slaughter Lambs: Wool lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 40-86 lbs 200.00-220.00,86-95 lbs 180.00-200.00, 132162 lbs 140.00-160.00. Hair lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 40-85 lbs 200.00-235.00; 95-100 lbs 175.00-195.00. Good and Choice 1-3 40-95 lbs 175.00-190.00. Slaughter Ewes: Wooled: Utility and Good 1-2 68-132 lbs 75.00-95.00. Hair Ewes: Good and Choice 2-3 63-182 lbs 70.0095.00. Culls to Good 1-3 82-112 lbs 60.00-65.00. Rams: Few Replacement Hair Rams: Medium and Large 1-2 170 lbs 125.00. Slaughter Rams: Hair Rams: 110-185 lbs 100.00115.00; 80-190 lbs 75.00-95.00. GOATS: Feeder Kids: Selection 1 20-31 lbs 200.00-225.00. Selection 2 29-36 lbs 160.00-180.00. Selection 3 22-38 lbs 130.00-155.00. Slaughter Classes: Selection 1 42-80 lbs 220.00-240.00; 83-112 200.00-225.00. Selection 2 40-95lbs 175.00200.00. Selection 3 40-85 lbs 150.00-180.00. Does: Slaughter Does: Selection 1 65-120 lbs 145.00160.00. Selection 2 40-114 lbs 115.00-130.00. Selection 3 78-145 lbs 100.00-110.00. Bucks: Several replacements: 200.00-400.00 Per Head.

Koshkonong, Mo. • Oregon Cty Goat & Sheep Market

Buffalo, Mo. • Buffalo Livestock Market



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

Buffalo Livestock Auction* 9/12/15

Butler Mo-Kan Livestock† 9/3/15


Receipts: 587 Supply was good and demand was very good with a near standing room only crowd on hand. All markets steady to higher than last month. The supply made up of 50 percent slaughter and feeder lambs, 8 percent ewes and rams, 31 percent kid goats, and 12 percent does and bucks. All prices per hundred weight unless noted otherwise. Feeder Lambs: Choice and Prime 2-3 35-46 lbs 220.00230.00. Slaughter Lambs: Shorn Wool show lambs, Choice and Prime 2-3 50-81 lbs 205.00-222.50; 125-187 lbs 120.00-145.00. Hair lambs: Prime 2-3 45-65 lbs 221.00-245.00; 70-75 lbs 235.00-250.00. Choice and Prime 1-2 50-88 lbs 200.00-217.50. Good 1-2 60-70 lbs 195.00-197.50. Replacement Hair Ewes: Medium and Large 1-2 65113 lbs 185.00-200.00; 147 lbs 310. Slaughter Ewes: Choice and Prime 2-3 98-133 lbs 145.00-165.00. Good and Choice 1-2 95-120 lbs 100.00112.50.

stocker & feeder

Barry Co. Regional Stockyards* 9/12/15

Cuba Interstate Regional† 9/8/15






St-6 Lower




St-4 Lower

273.00-304.00 250.00-267.00 230.00-256.00 210.00-226.00 -----

270.00-320.00 230.00-250.00 200.00-229.00 195.00-222.00 180.00-207.00

280.00-324.00 250.00-285.00 228.00-257.00 212.00-238.00 198.00-214.00

289.00-306.50 265.00-284.00 234.00-260.00 214.50-229.50 189.50-202.00

302.00 236.00-275.00 226.00-260.00 194.50-227.50 198.50-203.50

----146.00-176.00 184.00 156.00-165.00 151.00

210.00 ------------150.00

194.00-200.00 179.00-182.00 174.50 ---------



----230.00-258.00 218.50-229.50 ----180.00

223.00-272.50 200.00-225.00 190.00-205.00 175.00-190.00 160.00-175.00

220.00-246.00 213.00-250.00 200.00-215.00 185.00-205.00 177.00-199.50

255.00-265.00 235.00-242.00 210.00-224.50 197.00-211.00 200.00

243.00 217.50-235.00 195.00-219.50 186.25-205.00 183.00-186.00

Rams: Slaugh lbs 75. Feede 35 lbs Slaugh 40-80 Repla 1 80-1 Slaugh lbs 100 Bucks 120 lb Slaugh


CHEE The w $1.695 FLUI the tre tions. in Uta tempe outpu areas, deman fill sch note a holida Cream terfat with g SPOT BUTT $3.12

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Joplin Regional Stockyards† -----

Kingsville Livestock Auction† 9/8/15

Lebanon Livestock Auction* 9/10/15








269.75 257.50-259.00 236.00-249.50 234.00 199.75

260.00-310.00 245.00-283.00 220.00-264.00 210.00-236.00 200.00-220.00



220.00-235.00 190.00-220.00 180.00-197.00 187.00 ---


275.00-280.00 231.50-250.75 207.00 ----183.25-197.50

230.00-260.00 220.00-235.00 200.00-223.00 200.00-208.00 -----

USDA Reported * Independently Reported

Ozarks Farm & Neighbor • Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •


Receipts: 263 All goats and sheep graded by MO Dept of Ag-USDA Graders and bought per cwt. based on in-weights at the buying station. Offerings were made up of 81 percent goats and 29 percent sheep. Next scheduled market date will be Saturday, Oct 3rd. The station will be open to accept goats from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. All prices per cwt. GOATS: Slaughter Kids: Selection 1 45-60 lbs 230.00; 61-80 lbs 200.00. Selection 2 45-60 lbs 215.00; 61-80 lbs 185.00. Selection 3 45-60 lbs 140.00. Selection 1-3 45-60 lbs dairy influence 140.00-170.00. Feeder Kids: Selection 1-2 20-44 lbs 190.00. Slaughter Does/Nannies: Selection 1-2 100.00-115.00. Selection 3 85.00. any grade yearlings 135.00. Slaughter Bucks: Selection 1-2 115.00. SHEEP: Slaughter Lambs: Good and Choice 2-3 hair and wool under 80 lbs 140.00-160.00; over 80 lbs hair 120.00. Good 1-2 80 lbs and under hair 90.00. Slaughter Ewes: Utility and Good 2-3 70.00.




Selection 1 70-165 lbs 130.00-160.00. Selection 2 85180 lbs 105.00-125.00.

1700.00-2600.00 †

Ozarks Regional Stockyard

Kingsville Livestock

sheep &

Diamond, Mo. • TS Whites Sheep and Goat Sale


MO-KAN Livestock Market - Butler



Receipts: 630 Springer Heifers Bred Seven to Nine Months: Supreme 1985.00-2000.00, Individual Jersey 1925.00. Approved 1725.00-1825.00, Crossbreds 1725.001800.00. Jerseys 1750.00-1760.00. Medium Individual Crossbred 1390.00, Jerseys 1435.00-1525.00. Common Individual Jersey 800.00. Heifers Bred Four to Six Months: Approved Individual 1725.00. Medium Individual 1325.00, Individual Crossbred 1500.00. Jerseys 1250.00-1580.00. Common 1000.00-1100.00. Heifers Bred One to Three Months: Approved Crossbreds 1625.00, Jerseys 1675.00-1700.00. Medium Pair 1425.00, Crossbreds 1500.00-1580.00. Common Individual 825.00, Individual Crossbred 1225.00. Open heifers: Approved Pkg 20 hd 445 lbs 1025.00. 506-560 lbs 1060.00-1080.00, Jerseys 900.00-950.00. Pkg 21 hd 606 lbs 1310.00. Medium 200-300 lbs 525.00550.00, Pair Jerseys 400.00. 435-470 lbs Individual 800.00, Ind. Crossbred 710.00. Pair 552 lb Crossbreds 1000.00. 660-685 lbs Ind. Crossbred 1180.00. 707-735 lbs Pkg 6 hd 1300.00, Ind. Shorthorn 1050.00. 840-885 lbs 975.00-1275.00. Fresh Milking Heifers and Cows: Supreme 1875.002000.00, Crossbreds 1875.00-1950.00. Approved 1525.00-1800.00. Crossbreds 1500.00-1725.00. Jerseys 1525.00-1650.00. Medium 1375.00-1475.00. Crossbreds 1350.00-1425.00. Pair Jerseys 1175.00. Common 925.00-1225.00. Crossbreds 575.00-725.00. Individual Jersey 550.00. Bred and Springer Cows: Supreme Individual 2000.00, Individual Jersey 1850.00. Approved 1600.00-1775.00, Individual Crossbred 1600.00. Jerseys 1625.00-1775.00. Medium 1300.00-1550.00, Crossbreds 1300.00-1525.00. Jerseys 1125.00-1450.00. Common Ind. Crossbred

950.00. Jerseys 800.00-975.00. Baby Calves: Holstein Heifers Ind. Large 400.00, Ind. Small 175.00. Holstein Bulls Large 350.00-450.00, Small 250.00-325.00. Jersey Heifers Ind. Large 370.00, Small 130.00-160.00. Jersey Bulls Pair Small 160.00. Crossbred Heifers Large 330.00-425.00, Small 220.00-300.00. Crossbred Bulls Large 250.00-380.00, Small 100.00230.00. Beef Cross Heifers- 250.00-440.00. Beef Cross Bulls 260.00-470.00.

Lebanon Livestock Auction



Norwood, Mo. • Producers Auction Yards

None Reported †

South Central Regional Stockyards


5 Area (Tx-Ok, Ks, Neb, Ia, Colo) Live Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 134.60-142.00; wtd. avg. price 139.33. Heifers: 138.00-142.00; wtd. avg. price 139.63. Dressed Basis Sales - Over 80% Choice Steers: 217.00-222.00; wtd. avg. price 219.21. Heifers: 216.00-222.00; wtd. avg. price 219.93.

108.00-125.00 †

Kingsville Livestock Auctionn


Midwest - High Plains Direct Slaughter Cattle


Douglas County Livestock Auction


SEPTEMBER 21, 2015



mand was very good with a crowd on hand. All markets t month. The supply made up and feeder lambs, 8 percent ent kid goats, and 12 percent es per hundred weight unless

nd Prime 2-3 35-46 lbs 220.00-

Wool show lambs, Choice 205.00-222.50; 125-187 lbs

5-65 lbs 221.00-245.00; 70-75 e and Prime 1-2 50-88 lbs 60-70 lbs 195.00-197.50. : Medium and Large 1-2 65147 lbs 310. and Prime 2-3 98-133 lbs d Choice 1-2 95-120 lbs 100.00-

CHEESE: Barrels closed at $1.5900 and 40# blocks at $1.6950. The weekly average for barrels is $1.6463 (-.0117) and blocks, $1.6950 (-.0200). FLUID MILK: Milk production for most of the nation continues the trend lower, primarily due to hot and/or humid weather conditions. On the other hand, exceptions to the trend can be seen in Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, and the Southeast, where cooler temperatures are adding to milk production volumes. Arizona milk output is mixed, as cool temperatures improve cow comfort in some areas, but wet conditions in other areas depress cow comfort. Fluid demand is active as bottling plants across the country continue to fill school and university milk pipelines. Bottlers in the Northwest note an increase in demand for whole milk. Manufacturers’ postholiday milk supplies are in balance in most areas of the country. Cream supplies are available, but limited due to seasonally low butterfat component levels. Demand from ice cream remains active, with growing cream cheese interest. SPOT PRICES OF CLASS II CREAM: $ PER POUND BUTTERFAT, F.O.B., producing plants, Upper Midwest $3.1285-3.5376.

hog markets

Mo. Weekly Weaner & Feeder Pig


Receipts: 8913 Weaner pigs near steady. Feeder pigs no recent test. Supply light and demand moderate. (Prices Per Head.)


l ds†

Kingsville Livestock Auction† 9/8/15

Lebanon Livestock Auction* 9/10/15

Springfield Livestock Marketing† 9/9/15

Vienna South Central† 9/9/15

West Plains Ozarks Regional† 9/8/15











269.75 257.50-259.00 236.00-249.50 234.00 199.75

260.00-310.00 245.00-283.00 220.00-264.00 210.00-236.00 200.00-220.00

301.00 263.00-284.00 231.00-267.00 213.00-250.00 212.50

279.00-300.00 243.00-253.00 220.00-238.00 212.50 187.00-194.50

300.00-332.50 247.50-287.50 230.00-247.00 215.00-236.00 202.50-225.00


220.00-235.00 190.00-220.00 180.00-197.00 187.00 ---

210.00-214.00 194.00-198.00 170.50-185.00 135.00-165.50 136.00-150.50


----175.00-204.00 -------------

275.00-280.00 231.50-250.75 207.00 ----183.25-197.50

230.00-260.00 220.00-235.00 200.00-223.00 200.00-208.00 -----

255.00 225.00-239.00 215.00-224.50 194.00-219.00 181.50-185.00

230.00-258.00 226.00-248.00 202.00-226.00 208.00 185.25

242.50-262.50 220.00-247.50 205.00-224.00 192.50-211.00 194.00-195.00

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Ava Kingsville

Mo. Weekly Hay Summary

251.51 253.45 260.00 *

9 6


9.01 6.42 4.15 3.52


6.23 4.23 3.40 3.19






3.60 3.24

Butler Springfield

Joplin West Plains

228.98 233.94 228.15 218.49 222.70 230.77 225.07 211.42

226.19 ** 235.74 232.90 229.17 233.39

209.35 215.19 215.57 211.02 *



235.41 *

238.29 235.01


236.80 238.65 255.95 237.69

217.00 222.07 212.23 208.19 224.33



240.29 235.33




* ** * 243.54

202.50 ** 207.00 215.00 226.00



Cuba Vienna



* Price per cwt


Ava Kingsville


Week Ended 9/11/15 Soft Wheat Corn Sorghum*


heifers 550-600 LBS.


avg. grain prices 18

Joplin West Plains



Producers in the southeast and southwest parts of the state have managed to harvest over 25 percent of the corn crop before rains fell this week. Other areas of the state are mostly still in the single digits and reporting moisture content mostly in the 20-22 percent ranges. Several farmers in the north are trying to get fall hay baled before entering the grain fields. This has been a year many famers would just as soon not relive anytime soon. Despite most initial thoughts several farmers are receiving hay test results that are showing some hay to be better quality than expected. That amount is still far out weighted by average to lower quality but again that?s pretty normal for any year. Demand for hay is light and prices are mostly steady. The supply is moderate to heavy and market activity is light. 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 price listed as round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately 1200-1500 lbs). Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV <185): 180.00-200.00. 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: 75.00-100.00. Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay: 40.00-70.00. Fair quality Mixed Grass hay: 20.00-35.00 per large round bale. Fair to Good quality Bromegrass: 50.00-70.00. Wheat straw: 3.00-6.00 per small square bale.


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Estimated Receipts: 660 Supply and demand are light to moderate. Compared to Monday’s close: barrows and gilts are steady to 1.00 lower. Base carcass meat price: 59.00-60.00. Sows (cash prices): 1.00 to 2.00 lower, 300-500 lbs. 24.0034.00, over 500 lbs. 27.00-39.00.


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and Choice 2-3 hair and wool 00; over 80 lbs hair 120.00. er hair 90.00. and Good 2-3 70.00.

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n 1 45-60 lbs 230.00; 61-80 lbs 0 lbs 215.00; 61-80 lbs 185.00. .00. Selection 1-3 45-60 lbs 0.00. -2 20-44 lbs 190.00. : Selection 1-2 100.00-115.00. ade yearlings 135.00. on 1-2 115.00.

Early weaned pigs 10 lb. base weights, FOB the farm 0% negotiated, 5487 head, 10 lbs, 36.00-37.51, weighted average 37.10. Early weaned pigs 10 lb base weights, Delivered 61% negotiated, 3426 head, 10 lbs, 21.00-38.00, weighted average 27.58. Feeder pigs in all lot sizes, FOB 0% negotiated, No Sales Reported. Feeder pigs in all lot sizes, Delivered 100% negotiated, No Sales Reported. *Early weaned pigs are under 19 days old. **Most lots of feeder pigs have a sliding value from the negotiated weight basis which is calculated on the actual average weight of the load plus or minus .25-.40 per pound. Some early weaned lots have a slide of .50-1.00 per pound.

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Rams: Few Replacement Hair Rams 90 lbs 195.00. Slaughter Rams: Wool Rams 415 lbs 70.00. Hair Rams 150-175 lbs 75.00-95.00. Feeder Kids: Selection 1 30-38 lbs 255.00-275.00. Selection 2 2035 lbs 227.50-245.00. Selection 3 30-35 lbs 185.00-217.50. Slaughter Kids: Selection 1 45-75 lbs 220.00-240.00. Selection 2 40-80 lbs 170.00-200.00. Selection 3 40-60 lbs 130.00-155.00. Replacement Does: Fancy set of Dapples 58 lbs 290.00. Selection 1 80-114 lbs 146.00-155.00. Slaughter Does: Selection 1 63-115 lbs 130.00-160.00; 110-135 lbs 100.00-115.00. Bucks: Replacements: 100 lbs 290.00 per Head. Selection 1 100120 lbs 200.00-270.00. Slaughter Bucks: Selection 1 85-160 lbs 135.00-145.00.

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meet your neighbors Rural Crime: A Growing Issue Continued from Page 25 McDonald County Sheriff Mike Hall echoed the sentiment. “We encourage people to report the crime. This allows us to see if there is a pattern in a specific area and increase our patrols.” Hall notes that the toughest part of an investigation is not having good records or equipment numbers, adding that his county has not seen an increase in large thefts, but smaller crimes such as ATV’s, fuel, lawnmowers and vandalism of farm equipment occur on a monthly basis. A common issue is that farmers and ranchers do not have the numbers for their equipment or the wrong numbers. Law enforcement agencies suggest that all equipment be photographed and numbers from various parts be located and recorded. It is also recommended that producers “mark” equipment in a unique way because VIN numbers and manufacturer tags can easily be removed. Making weld marks underneath the on the frame, like a number or a brand unique to the farmer is recommended. However, with identity theft on the rise do not use Social Security numbers. Hall admits that the best deterrent to crime in rural areas is for neighbors to watch out for each other and

report suspicious activity immediately. Missouri is not alone in its battle against rural crime. One organization whose sole purpose is to protect those whose livelihood comes from the land, spanning over 130 years, is the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association based out of Fort Worth, Texas. According to the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association annual statistics, the total market value of all thefts for 2014 came in at $5,745,925.32. Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger John Cummings, who supervises 21 counties in Northern Oklahoma, recommends that producers “Make ‘em (cattle thieves) work for it.” Cummings said it is important for livestock producers to be able to identify their livestock. Branding still remains the best method of identification for most livestock. Some ranchers will brand in more than one spot in the event one is tampered with. However, currently only Texas and New Mexico have branding inspections. Other states do not require it and cattle facilities usually just note the number of head and their color. Ear tags are fine but may be cut out, unless the crooks are “lazy.” Cummings also suggests rotating cattle to different pastures, do not keep the same routine, do not have your


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Vincent and Kathryn Hodge works as a historian in Fort Leonard of Dixon, Mo., live on a six-acre Wood’s Engineering School. He’s also a tract of land and want to live the pastor at an area church. Outside of his work and family, his focus dream – the one where they own 100 acres of land that will sup- is on the livestock operation he sees in his port 50 head of cattle. Then they’ll and his family’s future. “After I submitted my business plan to sell that livestock at a nearby stockyard. It’s one thing to have a dream; it’s an- get approved, I needed to find out more other to have the resources and knowl- about (farms and ranchers) to make sure I’m not missing anything. If a calf gets edge to see it through to completion. That’s where the Veterans to Farmers sick, (Veterans to Farmers instructors) workshops come in. Held monthly in re- tell us what to do before the veterinargional towns near Fort Leonard Wood, or ian gets there to ensure you don’t lose an animal,” Vincent said. “You may at Fort Leonard Wood, these not be sure (if an ag/ranching busiworkshops have provided ness is in your future), but at least both retired and active solyou learn what’s required to run diers as well as Army personFort Leonard your own business.” nel a chance to explore careers Wood, Mo. The Veterans to Farmers in farming and ranching. workshops are but one facet Vincent has attended several of the Sustainable Ozarks Veterans to Farmers workshops. Partnership (SOP), which A retired Army engineer, he

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meet your neighbors is a Fort Leonard Wood Institute standing committee. The institute is a nonprofit research center near Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) that fulfills the fort’s technology and research needs. These workshops and visits are held in each of the four regional counties (Phelps, Pulaski, Laclede and Texas). Nearly 18 percent of the population 18 and over are veterans, “and we know this group has an interest in farming,” said Joe Driskill, the executive director of SOP. “Veterans to Farmers represents our desire to ensure those retiring from the service and those not far from retirement understand the region has not only agriculture but other job and career opportunities,” Driskill said. And then there is the Fort Leonard Wood Farmer’s Market, where some veterans are already offering fresh from the farm products. Chris and Christy Laye own and operate C & C Highland Ranch just outside of Richland, Mo. Both U.S. Army veterans, they are regulars at the Farmer’s Market. Chris retired in July from a 25-year military career; his last assignment was with U.S. Army’s Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood. Wife Christy served her country for five years as a diesel mechanic working on Army watercraft. She now works as a registered nurse. C & C Highland Ranch began as a 40-acre tract though the Layes now lease another 427 acres. And it’s on this nearly three-quarters-of-a-section spread that they and two disabled veteran contractors, along with their families, work the land. The Layes compensate the contractors based on productivity.

They raise not only grass-fed Scottish Highland cattle but farm-raised rabbit as well as pasture-raised lamb and goat. The Layes will add pork and poultry next year. Yet when the Layes load their products in their truck bound for the Fort Leonard Wood Farmer’s Market each month, their focus is not on their livestock but on the frozen meat they bring to market. It’s there that local and area residents can buy fresh meat from the Layes. Other area vendors provide meat products, too, as well as produce and baked goods. The military also has some interest in agriculture efforts in the Ozarks. Driskill said the U.S. Army is interested in how an indoor vertical farming operation might work on FLW. The concept entails growing fruits and green leafy vegetables on trays stocked one on top of each other. This is done under artificial lights. Lettuce, kale, squash and zucchini are all considered candidates for vertical farming, which is quite efficient. A thriving Veterans to Farmers program, a Farmers Market, efficient vertical farming operations and other SOP initiatives are at the core of a secure food shed. This umbrella concept means bountiful food stores are produced both inside and outside the FLW fence line. It also means the food in this region is independent of crop failures, transportation fuel costs and weather disruptions, Driskill said. “A secure food shed would provide enhanced food security and wellness, availability of food and a thriving industry, and it would provide much of the food needs for the FLW region,” Driskill said.





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The Seeds of Success By Megan Richner

Dylan Massa is one of four national finalists for top FFA award The seed of success begin to grow when Dylan Massa attended the National FFA Convention as a freshman and watched the awarding of the American Star Farmer. Dylan lives just outside Lamar, Mo., and is a member of the Liberal FFA Chapter, where his advisors were the late Ron Dickens and Allie Runnels. Dylan has been selected as one of the four 2015 American Star Farmer Finalists, among

grow with the support of his family and FFA advisors. “Whenever I started my freshman year of high school, Mr. Dickens was a big enthusiast about it. He encouraged me to start up an SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) with cows alongside my parents and grandpa,” he said. As a freshman, Dylan purchased a couple small groups of cows and hit the ground running.

Dylan Massa is one of four FFA members from around the country who is a finalist for the American Star Farmer Award. Photo by Megan Richner


“I naturally had a love for it,” Dylan thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. The American Star Farmer said. “Whenever I was a young boy my award is the highest recognition in the grandma would pick me up from school and we would go out and check cows nation for young farmers to achieve. “I asked Mr. Dickens what an Ameri- and calves. I just love riding around in the truck and being a part of the farm can Star Farmer was and and whenever I had to opportunity what it took to get there? to buy in I did.” He looked at me and said, Throughout his junior and se‘It takes dedication, heart nior years of high school he kept and you have to work hard.’” his focus and continued to Dylan recalled. Lamar, Mo. work more diligently toward Dylan’s operation started with his goal through exchange three cows when he was in sevof labor or discovering new enth grade and he continued to Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •

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meet your neighbors opportunities on land that was available to rent. “I have been truly blessed to this point. Right after I graduated high school I ended up buying my grandpa out of his portion of the farm, and now my dad and myself own the place and run cows alongside each other. I could not enjoy it more,” exclaimed Dylan. “I have had great opportunities to buy in on what I love and not have to work a day in my life because I enjoy my lifestyle that much.” Hard work and dedication is evident in the scope of Dylan’s SAE. Dylan serves as one of the partners at Massa Ranch and Superior Beef Genetics, formally Nichols Farms-Missouri Division. “On the cattle side of things, we have about a 50/50 herd of commercial cows and registered cows,” explained Dylan. He currently raises Angus, Simmental and SimAngus cattle but is starting to diversify his herd by adding purebred Red Angus, red Simmental and F1 crosses. “We host a bull sale, with females, the second weekend of March,” explained Dylan. “It is an open house with 80 to 90 bulls available. We will also host another bull sale in the fall, but it is more first- come-first-serve because people are busy with harvest and fall calving.” In addition to his normal duties, Dylan is also the farm’s AI technician. “We use artificial insemination to a great extent,” he explained. “We like being able to use the top bulls in the breed to better our herd for years to come.” He also incorporates Embryo Transfer (ET) into the herd. “We use ET to get more purebred genetics out of the same amount of purebred cows by implanting them into our commercial cows to help grow the calves,” explained Dylan. “It is fun.” Along with the cattle operation, he hauls around 40 to 45 loads of cattle a year throughout the four-state area and does custom fencing. “You are going to hear from everybody to work hard and be dedicated,” replied Dylan as he shared a piece of advice for other FFA members. “Stay humble. Just make sure what you do, do it with all of your heart and have a passion for it. When you set yourself a goal do not stop when you get to the goal, make a new goal. Whenever you use your heart, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

make sure your heart is right. Whenever my heart is right there is not much I feel can hold me back,” he exclaimed. Dylan has had many supporters along his journey which include his parents, Russ and Denny Massa; sisters, Makensey Massa and Allie Runnels, and his late grandma Joan Massa. His dad, Russ, has been one of his biggest mentors.

“He let me make management decisions and offered advice from the simplest things like sorting cows to the more difficult things such as when to pulls cows off certain grass,” explained Dylan. “My mom, Denny, was always cheering me on whether it was showing calves or playing baseball. My sisters Allie, who also doubled as my ag teacher, and Makensey

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Continued from Previous Page and other farmers occurs under the cover of false identities and purposes. Extremist groups implement vigilante tactics to deploy self-appointed so-called investigators who masquerade as employees to infiltrate farms in the hope of discovering and recording what they believe to be animal abuse.” The judge’s ruling overturning the Idaho law stated that the law seeks to limit and punish those who speak out on topics relating to the agricultural industry, “striking at the heart of important First Amendment values. The effect of the statute will be to suppress speech by undercover investigators and whistleblowers concerning topics of great public importance. Indeed, private party media investigations, such as investigative features on 60 Minutes, are a common form of politically salient speech.” The court added: “Prohibiting undercover investigators or whistleblowers from recording an agricultural facility’s operations inevitably suppresses a key type of speech because it limits the information that might later be published or broadcast.” The court held that existing laws against trespass, fraud, theft, and defamation are adequate to protect livestock facilities “without infringing on free speech rights.” This ruling is a very important First Amendment case, and is likely to end up in the Supreme Court.

Continued from Page 37 A big advantage to leasing equipment is that leased or rented equipment is considered differently on the balance sheet than purchased equipment, and therefore, usually creates a tax advantage to the business rather than a tax liability. When a business pays for equipment with cash, it is paying for that equipment with post-tax dollars, which is essentially adding those taxes to the sales price of the equipment itself. Leasing equipment may allow the owner to use pre-tax dollars and classify that expense as a deduction against revenues before taxes. Since the leasing company retains ownership of the equipment during the long-term rental agreement, the owner can then write off the lease payment as an expense. Talk to your accountant to find out if leasing will benefit your business at tax time. And finally, another benefit to leasing equipment is that professionals will evaluate the equipment for the business owner, there is no need to be an expert about the equipment in order to know the exact value of it. And some lease terms may allow for periodic upgrades to the equipment so the business can have the most up-to-date equipment on hand to benefit the customers. That can be a major advertising point for a business in a crowded and competitive market. Leasing equipment may make more sense for some businesses than others. Please talk with your accountant or financial planner to find out if your business is one that can benefit.

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Utilizing good management practices can allow for increased cattle numbers As a cattle producer, one of your goals is probably being able to run more cows on the same amount of grass, but you don’t want to kill your pastures to get there. That is why many farmers and ranchers are turning to Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) to increase stocking densities while still keeping pastures in prime condition. What is Management Intensive Grazing? Put simply in an article by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, MIG “refers to several grazing systems wherein animals are allowed to graze only a small, individual paddock while other paddocks are rested and allowed to recover. By rationing the pasture in a MIG system, Georgia farmers can make more efficient use of their land than if they continually keep animals in one large pasture (i.e., continuous stocking). Grazing systems, of which there are many variations, can increase the yield of animal products per acre and, in most cases, net profit per farm. Some folks tend to think of rotational grazing and MIG as the same practice, but Jim Gerrish, research assistant professor at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center, says he prefers the term MIG because of the flexibility built into the definition. “A flexible approach to rotational grazing management whereby animal nutrient demand through the grazing season is balanced with forage supply, and available forage is allocated based on animal requirements.” Using MIG practices might mean changing your way of thinking about grazing livestock. First, you will need to remove continuous grazing from your management tool belt. You will need to create smaller sections of pasture – the actual size of your smaller sections will depend on your region, water availability to that section, current height of the grass, and the dry matter (DM) requirements for your herd (beef cows require 3 percent of their body weight). Electric fencing or netting is often used to quickly and efficiently create smaller pasture sections. Cattle should be left in the smaller sections to graze for one to three days. Depending on the size of the section being grazed, this is an adequate amount of time for all the plants in the pasture to be utilized for grazing, but not so long that the forages are over-

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grazed. A general rule of thumb is to leave two-thirds of the height of the forage intact when the cattle leave the pasture. For example, if the grass was 6-inches tall when the cattle entered the pasture, there should be about 4-inches of forage left when they leave. Joel Salatin, nationally-known grazier from Polyface Farms in Swoope, Va., refers to this two-thirds as the “second bite.” Allowing the cows to eat down that “second bite” damages the health of the plants, but when the “second bite” remains untouched, it generates better photosynthesis in the plants, leading to thicker forage growth and a deeper root base for when the cows come back around. What are other benefits of putting MIG practices into place. There are less inputs on your part, for starters – by frequently moving your herd from pasture to pasture, you are letting them do the fertilizing for you. Plus, with the combination of evenly applied manure with the “second bite” of forages left behind, you are also increasing the level of organic matter in fields, which leads to better soil aeration and aerobic activity, better water holding capacity, higher levels of Cation Exchange Capacity, and the addition of more nutrients to the soil. Using MIG will also encourage better utilization of forages – being in a smaller area, the cows will need to eat all their greens, so pasture waste will be reduced drastically. By using MIG to foster the health of your pastures, you also reduce the risk of drought stress on your forages. The grasses will form a deeper, more extensive root base if they are not stressed from overgrazing and putting all their energy into reproducing more leaves. This will eventually lead to an extended grazing season – in fact, according to an article by Drovers Cattle Network, some producers who have implemented MIG can graze all winter long, reducing or eliminating the need for hay altogether. With thicker, healthier pastures, you can increase your stocking density. Drovers Cattle Network says that by “using higher stocking rates, most research has shown that beef produced per acre will increase in an MIG situation.” While the Average Daily Gain (ADG) may not always increase with MIG practices, you can get a consistent ADG on more cattle. With a little planning and plenty of observation and experimentation, you can put MIG – and more cows – to work on your farm.

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Not Your Average Haying Season By Klarie Howerton

Summer rains bring additional cuttings to many Ozarks producers

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Summer in the Ozarks means haying season – round bales, square bales, silage, all are common sights to see in the summertime. Haying is a complex procedure that involves taking many, many factors into account – the type of grass, the machinery, the size of the hay crew and of course, the weather. The heavy summer rains in 2015 (the second wettest summer on record) made haying a hard task to complete. Farmers persevered, as always, but how exactly did the excess moisture affect the quality and quantity of this year’s hay? Timing is critical when baling hay, and farmers typically only have a small window of time to accomplish the task. “This was not a text book year for haymaking. The normal two week window in early May deteriorated rapidly into intermittent two day opportunities with high dew points. Most who knocked their hay down in May got it heavily rained on or never got it sufficiently dry,” said David Ballou of Ballou Saler Farm in Ozark, Christian County, Mo. Since the steady rains made hitting the opportune windows a real challenge, most folks were behind on getting their hay cut, so by the time the sun appeared, the grass was well advanced in maturity. “Farmers finally put up a lot of hay but the quality will be below average due to it being harvested in an advanced stage of maturity,” said Eldon Cole, Livestock Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension. “Late-cut forage will have high percentages of fiber which results in low total digestible nutrient (TDN) values. Protein levels will be affected, thus, these two effects will require farmers to purchase more supplement if they expect to have normal performance from their cattle,” Cole said.

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Ballou noted that many Ozarks farmers held off cutting hay until late June. “Looking for that crucial three day window of drying weather,” he said. “Many or most benefited with abundant dry hay from the undergrowth since the seed heads had long since matured.” Forage tests are highly recommended for this year’s hay to determine what it may or may not be lacking nutrientwise. Knowing what your herd needs is essential for proper supplementation and keeping up performance levels. “Those who don’t test will, in all likelihood, either buy supplements they don’t need or not buy something their cattle need to perform properly. Testing forages just makes good sense when you have an unusual year,” Eldon Cole said. These tests can be performed through your local extension office. Additional late cuttings of hay were a pleasant surprise for many farmers this year. Cole noted that some of the high performing grass species in these unusual late cuttings were Crabgrass and Lespedeza. Some folks approached the 2015 haying season with some new technology; big round baleage was a technique that many farmers implemented. If baleage is properly harvested, it can be a higher quality storable forage. If not properly wrapped, however, it can become damp, moldy and unsuitable to feed livestock. “Since many are using haylage for the first time, I encourage forage testing to see what you really have,” Eldon Cole suggested. This year was certainly an unusual one for haying in the Ozarks. Proper storage of hay combined with forage testing and livestock supplementation if necessary can help you make your hard earned hay harvest go farther as the cooler seasons approach.

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Block or Loose Minerals? By Gary Digiuseppe

Producers much decide which is best for the nutritional needs of their herd The problem with trace mineral blocks is not what’s in them; it’s getting what’s in them into the cow. “The real problem with blocks is getting them to consume enough to be truly beneficial to the animal,” Andy McCorkill, Regional Livestock Specialist with University of Missouri Extension, told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor. “There are some types of mineral blocks and tubs that are better than the old fashioned, red trace mineral salt blocks, but generally speaking a loose mineral is the better option.” He said several companies produce softer, more palatable mineral blocks and tubs that can do a better job of achieving the consumption levels needed to meet the animal’s requirements. It’s important that cattle get adequate amounts of calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium year round. McCorkill said when cattle are grazing standing pasture for most of their feed, the vast majority of their mineral needs are generally met by the grass they are eating. Research done at the MU Forage Systems Research Station at Linneus Mo., showed that a 50-50 mix of loose trace mineral salt and calcium phosphate will meet the needs of the cow herd for most of the year. “Through grass tetany season, the addition of magnesium oxide at the rate of one-fourth the mix should be included,” McCorkill said. “Magnesium oxide has a chalky, metallic taste that tends to deter

cattle from consuming it, so to get over that it may be necessary to add some corn and dried molasses to the mix to sweeten it up a bit.” Dr. Shane Gadberry, University of Arkansas livestock nutrition specialist, said the trace mineralized salt block does not do a very good job of taking care of mineral deficiencies, based on their lab’s analysis of forage mineral composition. “The majority of the content of that block is going to be salt,” he explained to OFN. “Those blocks tend to contain a very low concentration of trace minerals. And the other thing that we’ll often find on the tag is that they’re using forms of trace minerals that aren’t very available biologically to the animal.” For example, Gadberry said if the product uses copper oxide derivatives, the availability of the copper in it is only around 4 percent; with the cow only taking up an ounce from the block per day, that doesn’t account for much copper intake. With loose mineral, the problem may be overconsumption. “Very good minerals aren’t cheap, so we may choose to put out a week’s worth of loose mineral at a time,” Gadberry said. The solution can be to put out a white salt block, so the animal can satisfy its craving for salt when the limited mineral supply is gone. Salt should also be made available free-choice with molasses-based supplements, which typically don’t con-

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Weaning Blues By Klaire Howerton

Tips for reducing stress in calves during weaning As most cattle producers know, weaning time can be very stressful. Youngsters don’t want to leave their mothers, and the mommas don’t want to leave the youngsters. Weaning is essential, however, for the health of calves and cows, and other livestock. Ideally, weaning needs to happen before the forage quality of pasture drops, and prior to when the cows begin to decline in milk production. Calves will gain weight faster if they are immediately put on a high quality feed after they are weaned, and the cows can get their body condition back up in time for rebreeding, colder weather or both. If animals are stressed during weaning, though, it can weaken their immune systems and create some longterm problems. There are several ways to keep stress low during this time.



If your weaning system consists of sorting off cows and calves and running the calves into a pasture or corral they’ve never been in before, with feed bunks and waterers they’ve never seen, without any sight of mom anywhere, you are going to stress out your stock. A little forethought and preparation can ease a great deal of this stress on your animals. Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, suggests the following system: “A few days, ahead of weaning, place the cows and calves in a fresh, high-quality pasture that has water and feed bunks in it. Put feed and good hay out so the cows can lead the calves to it for a few days. On weaning day, separate the cows and calves, leaving the calves where they were, and moving the cows just across the fence from the calves. Feed bunks may be located adjacent to the fence so the calves can’t help but bump into them as they walk the fence.” Cole stresses the importance of using this fence line system to reduce stress on all parties during weaning. Ozarks Farm & Neighbor •

“Perhaps the single most effective tool used in reducing stress in the weaning process is the fence-line system. In a perfect situation, which most farms do not have, they should try to get the process as perfect as possible,” he said. Be sure to use pastures with the stoutest fence available.

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Calves and other livestock have an intense pair bond with their mothers – being separated for the first time creates a great deal of emotional trauma on young animals. They certainly don’t need you to add to this by using loud voices, threatening body language, or rough handling. You can lower the stress levels of your stock by simply lowering your voice and working calmly and quietly off of the cattle’s natural pressure points. Use of prods, hot shots and dogs should be avoided during weaning time. As part of your pre-weaning preparation, spend a couple of days hand feeding the cows and calves and topping off their feed bunks. After your cows and calves are separated, continue this process with the calves. “Hand feeding has advantages over a self-feeder as it forces the owner to walk out into the pen and that should gentle the calves,” Cole suggested. “You’re also more likely to detect calves that are in the early stages of sickness. Observe calves and treat draggy ones sooner rather than later. Checking temperatures may also help identify calves that could be under stress.”


Sometimes all the calves need to lower their stress levels is a buddy – an older animal who can help guide them to feed and water, and help them feel secure. Many farmers and ranchers will put a dry cow or a steer in with a group of weaned calves to provide this partnership.

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Preventing Infertility in Pigs By Klaire Howerton

Heat stress, infections, condition can play a roll when attempting to breed swine If you are a pork producer, one of your main goals, more likely than not, is to keep your breeding boars and sows in good shape. Infertility is not a problem you want to have in your pigs. So just what causes infertility, and how can you avoid it on your farm? Infertility, by definition, means “not able to reproduce” – this is certainly not a problem you want to have with any another livestock. There can be multiple causes of infertility in pigs. Often, breeding sows suffer from what is called “seasonal infertility.” Heat stress, brought on by the long, hot days of summer, can cause sows to have trouble breeding and maintaining a pregnancy. Researchers at Iowa State University have conducted studies on seasonal infertility in breeding sows, and suspect that a spike in insulin levels triggered by heat stress may be a cause of seasonal infertility. Providing pigs with shade, wallows or a misting system can help ease their susceptibility to heat stress. Infertility can also be caused by bacterial infections.

If a sow farrows in an unsanitary environment, her chances of getting a bacterial infection are much higher than if she farrows in a clean setting. Bacterial infections lead to reduced fertility during the sow’s next breeding period. Metritis, endometritis and vaginitis are the most common forms of bacterial infections to cause infertility. The pigs’ living arrangement also plays a large role in their chances of being infertile. Poor nutrition, stress and uncomfortable living situations are all contributing factors as well. Proper management of your pig herd can reduce the risk of infertility on your farm. “Management practices have a direct impact on fertility rates,” said Chelle Walrath, owner of Wild Bunch Farm in Mount Vernon, located in Lawrence County, Mo., of her Berkshire pigs. “In our small breeding herd, we are careful to manage for good nutrition, low stress and proper shelter.” The Berkshire pigs at Wild Bunch Farm are raised outdoors, with access to forage and enough room to prevent overcrowding and pressuring from more dominant animals – overcrowding is one of the leading factors of stress in pigs. Ensuring that your pigs are receiving proper nutrition is also essential to a successful breeding operation. Having a feed analysis done on your rations is an excellent way to make sure your breeders are getting what they need. Careful observation of your pigs is also key. “We consider body condition a pretty good indicator of how a boar or sow is doing in relation to fertility,” Walrath said. “Being too thin or too fat both cause issues with infertility.” Providing your breeding pigs with a clean, healthy environment, proper nutrition, and some kind of shelter from the heat in the summer are all management practices that you can implement to help reduce infertility in the pigs on your farm.

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Maintaining Nutrition By Gary Digiuseppe

Lower birthweights aren’t always a good thing for cattlemen It’s not a new idea that cows’ nutritionally deficient diets during pregnancy can affect their calves. However, recent research has shone light on just what those adverse effects could be. “Cows or heifers not getting enough energy or protein in their diet in late pregnancy can cause slowed or reduced growth and development of the fetus in utero, which can result in light weight calves at birth,” Dr. Allison Meyer, University of Missouri Assistant Professor of Ruminant Nutrition, said. “Although many producers may think low birth weight is a good thing, we want calves to reach the birth weight their genetics dictates. If calves do not grow enough prenatally, they can be less mature at birth, and have smaller organs.” Meyer said these smaller calves also usually have less brown fat, which is important for early heat production, and have less cold tolerance due to their greater surface area to body mass ratios. Meyer said the quality of the cow’s colostrum can also be hurt by nutrient restriction during late pregnancy. “Thin cows also are weaker at calving, and prolonged calving is not good for calf survival,” she added. After birth, calves whose mothers have not been properly nourished in late pregnancy have demonstrated decreased growth, both preweaning and in the feedlot. Heifers have been less fertile, and carcasses from terminal progeny have been less likely to grade Choice. Calves from poorly fed cows can also have impaired immune systems, leading to more sickness and death. The most obvious sign of dietary deficiency in a cow is a decline in the Body Condition Score (BCS), which is a measure of stored fat. The BCS declines as bones such as the backbone, ribs, hooks, pins, tailhead and shoulder become more apparent. Mey-

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er also said it’s important during winter to take haircoat and fill into consideration. “Often cows eat more hay or other feed when temperatures drop, and it can be easy to mistake fill for fat,” she said. “Poor haircoats can signal nutrient deficiencies.” Mineral deficiencies can lead to other specific maladies, said Dr. Shane Gadberry, professor of animal nutrition with University of Arkansas Extension. “In situations like selenium, for example, we might be experiencing white muscle disease (nutritional myopathy) in newborn calves,” he said. “In cows, there could be a nutritional imbalance that’s associated with milk fever (postparturient hypocalcemia), or a magnesium deficiency with grass tetany. If we have an extreme phosphorus deficiency, our cattle will be less thrifty; it’s harder for them to maintain body condition, and our reproductive rates are very low.” Gadberry said these deficiencies can also contribute to what he called “sub-acute” production losses, performance declines with no visible symptoms of illness. “Copper, zinc and selenium all affect the immune system,” he said. “Copper and selenium in particular can affect reproduction, so we may have subclinical deficiencies in trace minerals where we’re having modest reductions in reproduction rates.” Behavioral signs are also indicators of poor nutrition. “If animals act very hungry soon after eating, are willing to eat moldy or otherwise undesirable feed, or eat strange things, they are likely missing nutrients,” she said. “Pica – eating non-food such as rocks, bones and sand – can mean mineral deficiencies.” The solution to all of these problems, she admitted, sounds more simple than it is – give the cows more, or better, feed. The producer could allocate hay supplies, feeding the lesser quality forage at mid-pregnancy, and then stepping up the quality in the final trimester. SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

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September 2015 22 Raised Bed and Container Grown Gardening – MU Extension Office, 203 Cedar Street, Hermitage, Mo. – 417-745-6767 22-24 Grazing School – Marshfield Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Marshfield, Mo. – 417-859-2044 24 Alfalfa in the Ozarks Tour – 1:30 p.m. – Whitesell Land & Cattle Co., John & Adam Whitesell, Lockwood, Mo. (Directions to Tour Site: Follow Hwy 97 to S&H Farm Supply then 3 miles east on Z to Dade Co. Rd 101 then north 8 miles to the farm) – 417-276-3313 24-25 Management Intensive Grazing School – Cost: $110 per person or $185 per farm couple, fee includes the cost of meals, resource books and other handout materials – University of Missouri Wurdack Farm, Cook Station, Mo. – 573-729-3196 or 26 Annual Ozarks Model Railroad Assn. Fall Train Show – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Admission: $6 for adults. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult – Remington’s, 1625 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, Mo. – 417-883-5350 26 Annual Phillipsburg Fall Festival – 11 a.m. – Community Park, Phillipsburg, Mo. – Antique tractors, music, food – Vendors welcome – 417-533-4016 26 Verona FFA Booster Club Custom Made Boots and Saddle Raffle – $5 per ticket – Boot custom made and donated by Rockin D Leather – Verona High School Cafeteria, Verona, Mo. – 417-669-3541 or 417-229-9379 26 Verona FFA Booster Club Fish Fry – All you can eat! – 5-9 p.m. – Cost: $9 Adult, $5 Child – Verona High School Cafeteria, Verona, Mo. – 800-749-5674 28 Pasture Management Workshop and Tour – 1 p.m. – free program, preregistration is requested – Raymond and Russell Neill Farm, 16640 S. Highway 32, Fair Play, Mo. (Directions: 3rd house south of Bear Creek off of Hwy 32) – In case of inclement weather the makeup day is September 29 – 417-276-3313 or 28-11/2 Barry County Master Gardening – 10 sessions – Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Barry County Library, 301 West 17th Street, Cassville, Mo. – 417-847-3161 29 Perennial Gardening – MU Extension Office, 203 Cedar Street, Hermitage, Mo. – 417-745-6767 29 Seed Saving Workshop – 6-8:30 p.m. – $15 per person, registration due by September 25 – Dade County Extension Center, 2 N. Main Street, Greenfield, Mo. – 417-637-2112 29 Forage and Feed 101 – 4:30-7:30 p.m. – College of the Ozarks, Branson, Mo. – 417-334-9696 to RSVP by September 25 29 Winterizing Your Roses – 6 p.m. – Must pre-register by the week before the class starts – Newton County MU Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59, Neosho, Mo. – 417-455-9500

30 Small Steps to Health and Wealth program – 5:30 8:30 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, 803 North Main Street, Rolla, Mo. – Deadline to register is September 28 – 573-458-6260 or October 2015 1 4-H Enrollment Begins – Lebanon, Mo. – for more info call Laclede County extension office 417-532-7126 2-4 2015 Ozark Fall Farmfest – Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Mo. – 620-421-9450 3 4-H Chicken BBQ – 5-8 p.m. – Fairgrounds, Nevada, Mo. – 417-448-2560 3 12th Annual Fall Gardening Workshop – registration, vendor booth and continental breakfast opens at 8:30 p.m., Workshops 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Cost per person for all sessions and lunch: $20 – Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 71 Kimberling Blvd., Kimberling City, Mo. – register by September 28 – 417-357-6812 or 3 Monarch Watch – 10 a.m. – Forsyth, Mo. – 417-546-4431 3 & 4 Long Lane Lions Club St. Jude’s Benefit Trail Ride – 9 a.m., Long Lane Community Park, Long Lane, Mo. – 417-345-7319 or 417-345-2523 or 417-345-8228 5 Making Ends Meet – Free to the public. An entertaining and informative look at family budgeting, reducing expenses and spending plans. Feel free to bring a copy of your pay stubs, monthly bills and a calculator to the event. – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – On My Own, Inc., 428 E. Highland Avenue, Nevada, Mo. – registration deadline is October 3 – 417-667-7007 5-11/16 Master Gardener Training Program – Ten Sessions, most Mondays & Thursdays with some exceptions – 1-4 p.m. – orientation is September 28 from 1-3 p.m. – Registration deadline is September 30th – Cost: $150 per person or $240 per couple from same household – Simmons Bank, Branson West, Mo. – 417-357-6812 or 5-11/16 Master Gardener Training Program – Ten Sessions, most Mondays & Thursdays with some exceptions – 6-9 p.m. – orientation is September 28 from 6-8 p.m. – Registration deadline is September 30th – Cost: $150 per person or $240 per couple from same household – OTC Richwood Valley Campus Rm 118, Ozark, Mo. – 417-357-6812 or 6 Annual/Floral and Vegetable Production – MU Extension Office, 203 Cedar Street, Hermitage, Mo. – 417-745-6767 Bull Breeding Soundness Clinic – starts at 8 a.m. – 7 Barry County Veternary Services, Cassville, Mo. – 417-466-3102

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ozarks’ farm Continued from Previous Page 8 Webster County Cattle Producers Meeting – Central Bank of the Ozarks meeting room, 1197 Spur Drive, Marshfield, Mo. – 417-859-2044 8 Calving Clinic – Miller County Regional Stockyards, Eldon, Mo. – 6 p.m. – Advanced registration is required with a prepaid fee of $20 per person. Space is limited to the first 75 paid registrations – 573-369-2394 10 Annual Larkin Coffer Memorial Trail Ride – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Chadwick, Mo., 850-368-4037 10 Monarch Migration Program – 10 a.m. – 122 Felkins Ave., Forsyth, Mo. – 417-546-4431 13 Winning Teams in Your Organization – 6 p.m. – Must pre-register by the week before the class starts – Newton County MU Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59, Neosho, Mo. – 417-455-9500 13 Insects and/or Integrated Pest Management – MU Extension Office, 203 Cedar Street, Hermitage, Mo. – 417-745-6767 13-14 Bull Breeding Soundness Clinic – starts at 8 a.m. – Dake Veternariy Clinc, Miller, Mo. – 417-466-3102

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September 2015 25 Jeffries Land & Cattle Red Angus Bull & Female Sale – at the Ranch, Checotah, Okla. – 918-638-3317 26 Missouri Shorthorn Assn. State Sale – Sho Me Sale Facility, Columbia, Mo. – 816-716-4614


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Continued from Previous Page October 2015 3 Jacs Ranch Annual Bull Sale – at the Ranch, Bentonville, Ark. – 479-366-1759 3 Arkoma Bull & Female Sale at Tulsa – Tulsa Stockyards, Tulsa, Ok. – 918-366-7870 3 P Bar S Limousin Sale – at the Ranch, Sand Springs, Okla. – 918-241-7257 3 Journagan Ranch/Missouri State University Production Sale – Springfield, Mo. – 417-948-2669 3 Missouri Heritage Production Sale/ Kaczmarek Herefords – Dent Co. Commons Livestock Barn, Salem Mo. – 417-894-1504 4 Rhoades Red Angus Female Sale – at the Farm, Emporia, Kan. – 316-722-6900 4 KiamichiLink Ranch Angus Sale – at the Ranch, Finley, Okla. – 580-298-5150 5 Express Ranches Fall Bull & Commercial Female Sale – at the Ranch, Yukon, Okla. – 800-664-3977 10 Judd Ranch 25th Annual Cow Power Female Sale – at the Ranch, Pomona, Kan. – 1-800-743-0026 10 Ozark & Heart of America Beefmaster Fall Sale – Locust Grove, Okla. – 918-316-6710 10 Big D Ranch Annual Brangus/Ultra Black Bull and Commercial Female Sale – at the Ranch, Center Ridge, Ark. – 205-270-0999 10 XL Angus & Guest Garton Angus Ranch Bull & Female Sale – Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield, Mo. – 417-437-9193 11 Heart of the Missouri Limousin Sale – Laclede County Fair Pavilion, Lebanon, Mo. – 817-821-6263 12 Parker Angus Ranch Fall Bull Sale – at the Ranch, Waurika, Okla. – 800-352-1903 17 National Red Poll Cattle Assn. Show & Sale – Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield, Mo. 17 Circle A Angus Ranch Bull & Female Sale – at the Ranch, Iberia, Mo. – 1-800-CIRCLE-A 17 Heart of the Ozarks Angus Association Fall Sale – Ozarks Regional Stockyard, West Plains, Mo. – 417-872-5570 17 Route 66 SimGenetics “Road to Success” Sale – Chappell’s Sales Arena, Strafford, Mo. – 417-236-3899 17 Midwest Beef Alliance Fall Bull & Female Sale – Marshall, Mo. – 660-895-5008 17 Seedstock Plus Fall Bull Sale – Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, Mo. – 877-486-1160 17 Byergo Family Angus Sale – at the Ranch, Savannah, Mo. – 816-261-7132 21-22 Dismukes Ranch Fall Online Sale – at the Ranch, Checotah, Okla. – 916-995-3549 22 Kirkes Black Angus Ranch Fall Production Sale – at the Ranch, Talihina, Okla. – 918-465-7830

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Tractors & Farm Equipment: 1982 MF 255w Tractor w/MF Loader Hyd 2645hrs • IH 184 Tractor w/Belly Mower 12cyl • 6’ Bush Hog 3pt • 6’ Box Blade 3pt • Posthole Digger 3pt • 5’ Rock Rake 3pt • 3pt Bale SPike • Orchard Mower • Layoff Plow • Cherry Picker • 12v Sprayer • Fencing Supplies • Hay Trolley • Single Trees • Horse Collars • Wagon Hitches • Hay Grappler • Gates Vehicles & Etc: 1971 Cheyenne 400 Truck 8cyl Auto, Air A-1 Condition • 101,000+ Miles • 1965 Chevelle Race Car V8 Stock Motor, Roll Cage • 1941 Chevy Fire Truck 9,000miles • 1985 Dodge Truck 318 Motor 4x4- No Title • 1968 Chevy Pickup 1/2 Ton- No Title • Chevy 3600 Flat Bed Truck* 1957 Chevy Bel Air Dash & Radio • Variety Of Car Parts Lawn & Garden: Snapper 61” Zero Turn Motor Kohler Motor-Like New • Craftsman 2000 20hp Kohler Motor Riding Lawn Mower • Murray 12hp Riding Lawn Mower • Snapper Riding Lawn Mower • Rare 1962 Wheel Horse Mower • Alum Gas Tank • Sears Lawn Tractor Electric 3pt w/Lift Arm-Runs • Push Lawn Mower • Stihl Limbsaw • String Trimmer • Gym Set • Patio Table & Chairs • BBQ Grill • Yard Cannon • Smoker • Red Wagons • Hand & Garden Tools Power Tools & Supplies: BDC Steam Power Station Electric-Heater Diesel • Windows • Titan 7500 Generator • Power Washer • Parts Washer • Shop Vac • Sand Blaster 2-Hole • Craftsman Chainsaw • Drill Press • 4 Poulan Chainsaws • 3 Stihl Chainsaws • SS Washer Tank • Kerosene Heater • Engine Stand • Alum Ladder • Step Ladder • Shop Fan • Electric Tools • Hand Tools • Assorted Hardware Motorcycle, 4wheeler & Golf Cart: 1988 Honda CR250 Motorcycle • Polaris 425 4x4 4wheeler • Club Car Golf Cart-Gas Furniture & Appliances: French Marble Top Parlor Table • Library Table • China Cabinet • Coffee & End Tables • Dining Table & 6 Chairs • Console Stereo • Grandfather Clock • Oak China Cabinet • 3 Drawer Chest • Maple bedroom Suite-Full Bed, Dresser, Chest & Nightstand • Maple Hutch • Metal Desk • Maytag Washer & Dryer • Chest Freezer Antique & Collectible Furniture: Rare Oak School Master Desk w/ Roll Bottom • 7’ Cocacola Counter- Restored & 5 Bar Stools • 5’ & 9’ Floor Model Showcases • Corner Showcase • 2-1950’s Grey/Chrome Dining Tables & Chairs • Victorian Parlor Table • Maple Dry Sink • Cocacola Bench • TV & Phonograph Cabinet • Antique Cedar Chest • Duncan Phyfe Dresser • Chrome Bar Stools • Art Deco Armoire & Arm Chair • Hoiser Cabinet Bottom • Antique Metal Lawn Chairs Collectible Cars & Nascar Items: 5- Pedal Cars • RC Car Collectibles • Chrome Gas Pump • NASCAR Die Cars & Collectibles • 1000’s Hot Wheel Cars • Race Tracks • Earnhart Cookie Jar • Racning Model Cars • Collection Of Trucks & Trailer Sets • Tyco Racing Set • Large Raicng Car & Trailer Models • Strombecker Racing Set • Assorted Car Collectibles Sporting Items: 2- 22cal Rifles • Compound Bow • Flat Bottom Boat • Golf Clubs • Steel Traps • Iguana Cage Antiques & Collectibles: Coin Operated 25cent Honda Motorcycle Made By Speedy, Restored, Plays “Born To Be Wild” • Jack In The Box Pinball MachineFloor Model • Cream Cans • Worlds Largest 10x16’ Rebel Flag • Wall Telephone • Buck Saw • Camel back Trunk • Michael Delacroix Painting • Well Pulleys • Collection Of Old Radios-Philco Counter Radio, Emerson Radio, GE Radio, Old Radios • Cocacola Cooler-Restored • Treadle Sewing Machine • Retro Lamps • Victorian Cranberry Lamp • Kerosene Lamps • Antique Seth Thomas Mantle Clock • Antique Scooter • Disney & Muppet Collectibles-Pair Of Mickey Telephones & Little Giants Telephone • Rooster Collectibles • Rare Block Hand Plane • Lanterns • Cast Iron Wheels Reel Push Mower • Dillons Shopping Cart • Variety Of Antiques & Collectibles Antique & Collectible Glassware: Franciscan China & Accessory Pieces • King Crown Goblets • Fostoria Cake Stand • Collection Of Tea Pots • Tea Service Sets • Sleepy Eye Cookie Jar • Milk Bottles • Variety Of Antique Glassware Household & Misc: 5x9’ Oriental Rug • Porcelain Lamps • Assorted Kitchen Items • Chevelle Mirror • Typewriter w/Table • Variety Of Household Decor Items Tract 1: 35 Acres M/L Including House, 3 Story Barn, Oversized 2 Car Garage, Large Metal Pole Barn, Large Pond & Spring Fed Creek. Tract 2: 16 Acres M/L Majority Open. Highway Frontage. Tract 3: 19 Acres M/L Open, Some Trees. Highway Frontage. Tract 4: 15 Acres M/L Open Black Top Frontage.

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Kimmons Trust Land & Estate Auction Land Auction: Friday • September 25 Held at St. Joseph’s Church in Billings Estate Auction: Saturday • September 26 Held At the Farm (1597 Barnett Rd. Marionville MO) Estate of Dr. Johnny & Lulu Belle Kimmons 170 Acres Farm Near Marionville, MO 40 Wooded Acres Near Nixa, MO Full Line of Equipment & Personal Property

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Real Estate & Estate Auction Saturday • October 17 • 10AM 1025 S. Oakland • Bolivar, MO Dorothy Hebbert, Dec’d Paul Hebbert, Owner Nice 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home In Lakewood Hills • Full Line of Personal Property

Greene County Missouri Land Auction Thursday • October 29 • 6pM Held at “The Café” on West Kearney St. Richard Crites & Carrie Roat, Owners 78+/- Tillable Acres in West Springfield Near the Springfield Branson Airport

Commercial Real Estate Auction Thursday • October 8 • 1pM I-44 Just West of Waynesville, MO Jerry Hasty, Owner 4± Acre Commercial Lot Good Visibility From I-44

Commercial Real Estate Auction Tuesday • September 29 • 5pM 11802 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, MO MBCH Foundation, Owner Former Pizza Restaurant Excellent Location Just off of Hwy 71/ I-49

Salvage Yard Equipment Auction Friday • October 16 • 10AM Near Windyville, MO Bruce Compton, Owner Skid Steer, Tools, Semi Trucks HD Hyd. Automobile & Salvage Crusher

Absolute Real Estate portfolio Liquidation Thursday • October 22 • 6pM Held at the Bolivar YMCA CS Rental Properties 7 Parcels of Rental Real Estate & Good Grassland Farm

Real Estate & Farm Auction Saturday October 31 • 10AM 11504 Farm Rd. 221 • Fair Grove, MO Hale & Donna King, Owners Gorgeous Home on 50 Acres w/ Good Buildings, Tractor, Livestock Equipment & More!

Real Estate & Living Estate Auction Saturday • October 24 • 10AM 1301 E. 420th Rd. • Bolivar, MO Living Estate of Carol Hillman Nice Home on 1 Ac. Just North of Bolivar Full Line of Personal Property

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