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CONTENTS

November 2017

FEATURES 16

Navigating Farm Succession

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Cattlemen’s Classic

Experts offer Advice and Tools to Families

Annual MCF golf tournament brings good weather and fundraising

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Navigating Farm Successi

MEMBER NEWS 6 34 44

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Association Update County News Beef Checkoff News

Cattlemen’s Classic

COLUMNS 8

MCA President’s Perspective Our Common Bond

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CattleWomen’s Corner

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What’s Cooking at the Beef House

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On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black

Unique Ways to Promote Agriculture

Where Does the Beef Come From at the Beef House?

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Political Correctness

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Straight Talk: Mike Deering

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Cowboy Poetry

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Capitol Update

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Field Notes: Wes Tiemann

When Insanity Circumvents Democracy

That Boy

Working for Missouri

Fall Markets

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New MCA Members NCBA News

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Ag Outlook Forum

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Shorthorn News

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Advertiser’s Index

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2017 MCA Officers

Butch Meier, President 573-270-4185 • 2013 Co. Rd. 330, Jackson, MO 63755 Greg Buckman, President-Elect 573-696-3911 • 14601 N Rt U, Hallsville, MO 65255 Bobby Simpson, Vice-President 573-729-6583 • 3556 CR 6150, Salem, MO 65560 Matt Hardecke, Treasurer 573-846-6614 • 19102 Skymeadows Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 David Dick, Secretary 660-826-0031 • 23529 Anderson School Rd., Sedalia, MO 65301

2017 MCA Regional Vice Presidents

Region 1: Luke Miller, RR 2, Box 182 Hurdland, MO 63547 660-299-0798 Region 2: Chuck Miller, 393 Spring Garden Road Olean, MO 65064 • 573-881-3589 Region 3: Charlie Besher, RR 5, Box 2402 Patton, MO 63662 • 573-866-2846 Region 4: Tony Washburn, 4912 457th Street King City, MO 64463 • 660-483-0038 Region 5: Bruce Mershon, 10015 Windsor Drive Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 • 816-525-1954 Region 6: Clay Doeden, 14555 S. Hwy A Stockton, MO 65785 • 417-808-0415 Region 7: Dustin Schnake, P.O. Box 145 Stotts City, MO 65756 • 417-461-3139

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Missouri Beef Cattleman, (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) is published monthly (12 times a year) and is the official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Missouri, 65201. PERIODICALS postage paid at Columbia, Missouri and additional mailing offices. Subscription price is included as a part of the minimum membership dues of $70.00 per year in Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Missouri, 65201.

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See the MCA Membership Form on page 60 to become a member of MCA or give it to someone you know that should be a member.

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Karli Amos, Monroe City, MO Dusty Arment, Philadelphia, MO Lance & Anita Arnold, Kahoka, MO Verlin Beam, American Family Insurance, Columbia, MO Adain Behring, Hunnelwell, MO Allison Binder, Salisbury, MO Amy Blair, Maywood, MO David & Amie Breshears, Breshears Farm LLC, Warsaw, MO Alicia Bryan, Palmyra, MO Kristen Buck, Dunlap Farms, Sedalia, MO David Buckner, Fair Play, MO Stephany Buckner, Fair Play, MO Steven Buckner, Fair Play, MO Greg & Stephanie Burke, Burke Ranch, Weableau, MO Kaylee Calvin, Silex, MO TRA Cofield, Lamar, MO Mark Collins, Clarence, MO MaKayla Corey, Quincy, IL Tyler Davis, Davis Farm, Fillmore, MO Trenton Denief, Ozark, MO Dee Dugan, Buffalo, MO Jodi Duncan, Missouri 4-D Farms, LLC, Guilford, MO Taylor Eisenbath, Lincoln, MO Shea Fitzgerald, Holden, MO Caleb Gallivan, Halfway, MO Andrew George, Canton, MO Kaylin Glaspie, Emden, MO Jess Greiman, Monroe City, MO Hattie Grisham, Eldon, MO John Harman, Bates City, MO Addilyn Hays, Monroe City, MO Denton Headings, Buffalo, MO Mattgew Held, Dierberg Cattle Company, DeSoto, MO Savannah Hinkle, Fredericktown, MO Nichole Hosiner, Halfway, MO Barry Hovis, Cape Girardeau, MO Linsey Howlett, Wheatland, MO Bayleigh Hunziger, Oak Grove Farms, Cross Timbers, MO James Hurtung, Jams H Hartung Cattle Co, Bowling Green, MO Doug Johnson, Rock Hill Farms, Savannah, MO Ashten Kaden, Ewing, MO Marcus Keathley, Melton Farms, Dadeville, MO Austin Keeney, Houston, MO Kyleigh Keith, Parkville, MO Pat & Andrea Kientzy, Silex, MO Desiree Lafontaine, Springfield, MO Virginia Lewis, Ashland, MO Koby Limbach, Henley, MO Danny Little, Lamar, Mo Ray Little, Lamar, MO Bobbi Long, Wheatland, MO Joshua Long, J&J Farms, West Plains, MO Joshua Lowry, Kirbyville, MO

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NCBA on GIPSA Rule Withdrawal: “Victory for Cattle Producers and Consumers” WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2017) –Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, today released the following statement in response to USDA’s decision to withdraw its controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) interim final rule: “This is a victory for America’s cattle and beef producers – and it’s a victory for America’s consumers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue deserves a great deal of thanks and credit for this smart decision. The proposed rule would have crippled cattle producers’ ability to market their products through the value-added programs that help make American-produced beef the most delicious and nutritious in the world. This is a decision worthy of celebrating this evening with a top-quality steak.”

Cattlemen “Very Pleased” That Tax-Reform Blueprint Includes Death Tax Repeal WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2017) — Craig Uden, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in response to the “Unified Framework” for comprehensive tax reform legislation: “Our Nation’s cattle producers are very pleased that President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have maintained their long-standing commitment to American agriculture by including a full repeal of the onerous death tax in the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. We look forward to working with the Administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill as pen meets paper on tax legislation, and will continue to demonstrate how the death tax and its associated costs adversely affect family-owned operations and the rural communities they support.

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“Also, current provisions in the tax code that help livestock producers maintain economically viable businesses and support the success of future generations of farmers and ranchers must be preserved. Stepped-up basis, cash accounting, like-kind exchanges, cost recovery, and the deductibility of interest payments are just a handful of the provisions that allow agricultural producers to survive despite the many challenges we face, from market volatility and fluctuating input prices, to droughts, wildfires, and floods, to the challenge of generational transfers. We’ll closely monitor these provisions as more details on legislative language become available, and intend to fight tooth and nail for a tax code that supports America’s beef producers.”

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Throughout September, NCBA has executed an extensive online media campaign to promote comprehensive tax reform. The group yesterday released the campaign’s fourth video, which has collected more than 57,000 views in less than 24 hours. As the end of the campaign draws to a close, the videos featuring beef producers have already been viewed a combined 317,000 times and have reached more than 590,000 people on Facebook.


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More Bulls than Bears in Agriculture Source: Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City Agriculture had a pretty good day at the Ag Outlook 2017 Forum presented by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and Agri-Pulse Communications. The sold-out event, held at law firm Stinson Leonard Street, September 28, drew from the regional agribusiness community. All the speakers, including Esther George, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, were upbeat about the economy in general, the agriculture sector in particular and the Heartland region specifically. But their enthusiasm is defined by more than P&L performance reports and balance sheets. Jeff Colyer simply declared Kansas and its neighboring states to be the ‘real America.’ “We’re pragmatic,” he said, “and we’re feeding the world.” Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson evoked the words of Daniel Webster: “When tillage begins, other arts follow. Farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” Brian Hancock, Vice President, Kansas City Southern Railroad, credited the agribusiness community in the Heartland with influencing the Beltway and the White House to moderate previous negative rhetoric about NAFTA. “With your letter writing campaigns [and lobbying]… you are responsible” for shining a positive light on the importance of NAFTA, he stressed.

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to declare victory,” said Hancock. And Mexico and the U.S. will have created a trading monolith to be found nowhere else on the globe. John Lagemann, Senior Vice President, John Deere, forthrightly stated, “I am very bullish on the long term prospects for U.S. agriculture.” His optimism is based on increasing global population (up to 9 billion people by 2050); growing income worldwide that will allow a new middle class to consume more meat protein; and urbanization in countries and regions that can’t supply cities with food security. That all bodes well for U.S. agriculture. Brian Sikes, Corporate Vice President, Cargill, agreed. “Hundreds of millions of new middle-class consumers want to add protein to their diets,” he said. Most of them are located in urban areas far from where food is grown. “The U.S. is a natural partner to supply them” he said. Sikes went on to say opportunities for U.S. agriculture are everywhere. Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea are all major trading partners for U.S. beef products. While beef consumption in the U.S. has declined of late, the loss has been compensated for by growing exports, noted Sikes. The benefits of trade to U.S. agriculture must not be overlooked. One-third of U.S. farmland is planted for exports, Sikes pointed out. Millions of jobs here at home are the result of trading with the other 95 percent of the world’s consumers. “Agriculture is one of our country’s strongest comparative advantages, and one of our most innovative sectors.” He lauded the progress made in agronomic efficiency. Speaking to innovation, Deere’s Lagemann said challenges to the U.S.’s agriculture prowess from other developed countries will be met with continued advances in technology. He talked about the importance (Continued on page 24)


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of technology being integrated into ag equipment (such as telemetry) and the need to upgrade guidance and sensor systems. Also Lagemann mentioned his company is partnering with Amazon to make its data collection secure and to store it properly. He said “Cloud-based systems will be important.” Featured speaker Esther George said the overall U.S. economy was in a “good place.” The U.S. just marked its 99th consecutive month of expansion. Although growth remains around 2 percent (rather than 4 percent which is common when economies emerge from recession), she remarked: “What is lacking in strength is made up for in longevity.”

The labor market looks good, she said, and net job gain has doubled what was lost in the recession. “The U.S. is coming into full employment.” But she was asked, is the economy getting too hot, too tight? No, she answered, because there is no inflation. Price levels for consumers are low as players such as Amazon are keeping costs down. But asset prices are high. The home market is recovering although supplies are tight, delaying construction somewhat. Home inventory is scant. George seemed encouraged with the economy overall, and noted it soon could signal it’s time for the Fed to begin shrinking its balance sheet. As for any wild card situations that might threaten the economy, George pointed to the usual suspects: geo-political issues; uncertainty related to policy decisions and indecisions and regulation; and distortions to perceptions of the economy caused by prolonged or static conditions. Asked about tax reform, she answered with a rhetorical question of her own: “Will it be reform or a tax cut?”

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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers Ever wonder where our meat comes from for the Missouri State Fair? Who cuts our meat during the fair? How much meat do we actually cut, cook and serve? We hear these questions from our customers as well as cattlemen on a daily basis, so we would love to share some of the behind the scenes figures and key individuals! Our meat was purchased from Middendorf/ Performance Food Group (PFG) based out of St. Louis, Mo. From an on-site USDA meat processing room to a vast assortment of other fresh items, PFG has the products to meet all fresh food needs. We purchase beef ribeye loins, top round roast, beef patties, all-beef dogs and steak fries for our fair menu needs. Our meat cutters, Mike Moser, has been with the Beef House for 16 years, Paul Stockhorst for 15 years, and Jesse Hamilton for two years, trim and cut the beef

ribeye loins for our 10 ounce dinner steak, five ounce ribeye sandwich, and strips for steak salads. They also trim and cut top rounds into chunks which were cooked on the big charcoal grill outside by Pat Wood and Marvin Dieckman. These chunks are then sliced by the meat cutters for our BBQ beef sandwiches. Our meat cutters begin the day before the fair, work daily and cut steaks for meat orders if we have any ribs remaining. Fortunately, our cash registers keep track of every transaction so that we know exactly what items on our menu are being purchased. This information helps us to order supplies, evaluate our menu and prepare for next year. These numbers do not include volunteer meals, catering or staff meals.

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We cooked and served approximately 15,782 pounds of beef during the 2017 Missouri State Fair at the MCA Beef House & Beef House Express. We cooked 1840 pounds of top rounds roast, 8102 lbs. of beef ribeye loins, 4950 pounds. of beef patties and 890 pounds of all-beef dogs. “Beef…It’s What’s for Dinner!” when you visit the MCA Beef House!

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BBQ Beef Sandwich...................................... Served 2847 Cheeseburger................................................ Served 5113 Beef Burger.................................................... Served 1712 All Beef Hotdog............................................. Served 1242


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Building

a Shorthorn Herd by Shelby Rogers

Source: American Shorthorn Association He sits at a desk in an office surrounded by Shorthorn pictures and awards, and begins to tell his story. “Shorthorns have been in my family since the 1920s,” said Bill Rasor, owner of WHR Shorthorns. “There is a picture of my Aunt with a Shorthorn heifer back in the 1920s and my uncles showed in the 40s and 50s.” He began showing in high school in the 60s as he built up his herd. His dad didn’t register the cattle but used Shorthorn bulls. The herd started to lapse when Bill went to college at Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech he received a business degree and he followed with graduate school at the University of Texas. After completing his graduate degree, he worked in the banking industry for five years before returning to the family farm.

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“The current herd we have now is what we started working on in the 80s,” Bill said. “Cattle from Jack Ragsdale and Cates Farms was the basis for starting the herd we have built up to now.”

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Bill, and his wife Becky had two kids, Will and Ann, who began showing in the 80s. They competed at several Junior Nationals, National Western Stock Show, North American International Livestock Exposition and Texas major shows.

WHR’s biggest show success was when Will won Junior Nationals in 1991. Plus they had some wins at Denver and Louisville. “We started our first sale in the early 90s.” Bill said. “This was our 23rd Lonestar Edition sale.” Bill said they don’t have a bull sale but sell 4-5 each year in the Lonestar Edition sale. He said they probably sell about 25 bulls a year. Many of them going to breeders who use crossbreeding or bulls for natural service. He said as the beef cattle industry changed type and kind over the years, WHR worked to improve but remain consistent. Bill said they didn’t want to get to the extremes, for example, when cattle were very tall. “We tried to select for moderation,” Bill said. “We ran the middle road and kept cattle functional. Constantly using outside genetics that will work to help improve cattle was one of our goals.” Bill said it has been a challenge sometimes to find new fresh bulls to bring into the herd because he wants something that will bring a positive influence. He said that they look at cow families to help decide which bulls to use. “I have worked on building cow families,” Bill said. “Augusta Pride and 3D cow family are some that are recognized by more breeders. We don’t want to be


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a closed herd but we take pride in building our cow families.” Now those cow families have spread to other people’s herds. Bill said it always feels very successful when customers have success at shows locally, nationally and Texas shows. He said he enjoys watching kids have wins in the show ring with cattle and also when they win scholarships. He said they love the friendships they have made over the years. “We need to thank Jeff Sargent for his work,” Bill said. “He has worked for at least 15 years’ full time and is a big influencer in business. He helps cattle get ready for show and sale.” Even with the success over the years, he said they still faced challenges. They have been in the current area for 20 years which was a place where they faced a lot of drought and dry weather. “There was such a severe drought in the early 2000s that we had to cut numbers back,” Bill said. “We haven’t quite grown back since then. Plus, with some of the better cattle in the breed carrying genetic conditions, it has been a challenge trying to eliminate that.”

Last year was a great year for grass, Bill said. It helped to build back numbers because he said they had so much grass available. He said this year the wheat has been growing great. “We currently have 150 Shorthorn females,” Bill said. “We also have 100 recip cows. We use mainly conventional ET but have started using some IVF over the last few years.” He said they AI almost every female once and then use a clean-up bull. Bill said they have calves in the fall, September through November, and spring, January through April. He said they don’t calve in summer or December to prevent problems with heat or cold. “Using sexed semen is something we have been trying to do more of but it can be unpredicatable,” Bill said. “We hope that it continues to improve so we can use it more.” Bill not only works to improve his herd but he also helps with the Shorthorn Foundation. He joined the board in the mid 90s. “I have enjoyed helping the foundation grow,” Bill said. “I want to be a valuable contributor towards the breed.”

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He said there are many important trustees that have made it successful such as Jack Ragsdale, Sherman Berg and Bill Hunter, to name just a few. They are individuals that helped make the foundation what it is today. “I have met many people who want to contribute and help the scholarships grow,” Bill said. “When I first started, there were only six scholarships but it has now grown to 11. It is rewarding that we can give more scholarships to support the youth and other activities in the breed. Plus, we work with families to establish scholarships for members to be remembered.” Bill said there is other breed activities the Foundation supports such as the Impact Conference, Annual Meeting, research projects and AJSA events. “It is a passion to support breed projects so the breed stays a viable breed in the US beef industry.” Bill said. “I want to do what it takes so the Shorthorn breed continues to grow.”

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Story by: Shelby Rogers, American Shorthorn Association, Director of Youth Activities, Marketing & Communications.

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COUNTY NEWS

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Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The second meeting of the fall season for the association was at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon, Mo. The host for the evening was Whitehead Farm Supply, La Russell. The owners, Josh Martin and Chris Chapman used Prime Cut as the caterer. Dalton Ewing with Kent Feeds gave the program and reviewed some of the Kent products in the supplement and mineral lines. He also covered the feeder finance programs they offer with zero percent interest. Mark Russell, Missouri Beef Industry Council, made a few remarks about where they’re seeing the Beef Checkoff dollars making the greatest impact. He feels one outstanding impact is at the GROW exhibit at the St Louis Science Center.

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Russell then reported on a pilot program the BIC, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, OOPA, the school lunch provider and Mt. Vernon schools are teaming up on. The project is called, “MO Beef for MO Kids.” The goal is to double the amount of beef fed to the school kids. As it stands now they are fed lots of chicken but very little beef. In conjunction with the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Mt. Vernon schools about 20 retired cows, beef or dairy, will be donated to the school and used to add beef to the menu. The donation will be

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One of the first cows donated to the MO Beef for MO Kids project.

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tax deductible. The first three cows have been killed and processed at Cloud’s, Carthage, Mo. and delivered to the Mt. Vernon Schools. A kick off program at the school called the “Farm To Fork Dinner” will be held October 19. Members who wish to donate a cow may contact Jim McCann. President, Russell Marion, closed the meeting by urging as many people as they can to help out at Apple Butter Makin’ Days next week when ribeye sandwiches are grilled and sold. Also donation sheets were distributed to persons for contact purposes for the Southwest Cattlemen’s Foundation Auction.


Dallas County Members of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association met on October 10,2017 at the O’Bannon Community Center in Buffalo for our monthly meeting. Special guests that evening included Nick Hammett, representing Circle A Angus and Kelly Glor, representing MFA, Inc. exchanges at Urbana, Buffalo and Fair Grove. We would like to thank Circle A and the local MFA exchanges for sponsoring a delicious roast beef dinner catered by CJ’s of Buffalo. Circle A Angus is headquartered in Iberia with satellite operations in Stockton and Huntsville. Hammett touted the firm’s CAPB (Circle A Premium Bull) program. Circle A has developed EPD’s for heifer pregnancy, cow stayability, tenderness and feed intake. The dams that are eligible to produce a CAPB must rank in the top 5 percent of the herd for profitability index. Circle A maintains a herd of around 7,000 commercial cows and hosts two sales each year in March and October. Glor talked briefly about new products and services offered at the MFA exchanges. He was followed

by comments from State Senator Sandy Crawford who recently took a trade mission trip to China and South Korea on behalf of the State of Missouri. Also addressing the group was Buffalo FFA Vice-President Abigail Monday who spoke on behalf of the newly formed Buffalo FFA Alumni Organization. A group of our members volunteered to work in the Ozarks Beef House at FarmFest on October 6, 2017. Lines were long as attendees waited to get in the doors to enjoy a delicious beef lunch. Our annual meeting will be held at Prairie Grove School on Nov. 14, 2017. We anticipate a large crowd that evening. As always we look forward to Mike Deering speaking to us.

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Johnson County Fall has arrived and once again Johnson County Cattlemen is holding their monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month. September’s meeting was held at the Leeton Community Hall. Randy Barr, Great American Insurance Group, and Ruth Fergusion, Robert Taylor Insurance, presented a program on pasture, rangeland forage insurance. The insurance provides an annual protection to producers who rely on perennial forage products for grazing and haying. The protection is based on deviation from normal precipitation data for the areas an individual is insuring. If more information is needed Ruth Fergusion is available at Robert Taylor Insurance.

JCCA Trailer is the new grilling trailer purchased this summer.

A big thank you goes out to Robert Insurance for sponsoring the delicious meal of BBQ Brisket and all the sides. Summer was not a slack time for the JCCA as we grilled for different functions. The highlight this summer was the arrival of the new grill and trailer. The debut of the trailer was the Holden fair. For all those involved a big “thank you” for your help. A special thank you goes out to Valley Oak’s Steak Company for providing superb, locally-grown no added hormones beef, a hit for

Mounting cooker. The new grill is being mounted by Mike Moon and Jim Fraiser

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Waiting in line. Will cooking for the Holden Fair Johnson County Cattleman enjoyed a steady stream of Customers. Customers commented the food was worth waiting in the line.

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all those who tried it. JCCA wants to thank Barnyard Trailers for their assistance in procuring the trailer. Thanks to Dan Mills and Clarence as we also have a new grill to cook on. The debut was a huge success for those grilling, serving customers, and the customers who received their food in a more organized fashion. JCCA also provided grilling service at the Leeton fair. Looking forward to seeing you cattlemen and women next month.


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Kenny & Janyce Hinkle 14103 E. Summers Rd. • Nevada, MO 64773 Ph/Fax: 417-944-2219 • Cell: 417-448-4127 E-mail: hpca@centurytel.net

OGDEN HORSE CREEK RANCH

WEIKER

Angus Ranch 660-248-3640

KO Reg. Angus Bulls • A.I. Bred Heifers Bred Cows & Pairs • Quarter Horses

Trevon 417-366-0363

Fred Weiker • Julia Weiker Fred: 660-248-3765

Kenny 417-466-8176

1339 Hwy 124, • Fayette, MO 65248 “Where the Extraordinary are Availible”

For All Your Angus Needs! www.sydgen.com

22227 Saline 127 Hwy • Malta Bend, Mo 65359 Brian Marshall • (660) 641-4522 www.marshallandfennerfarms.com

Since 1942

21658 Quarry Lane • Barnett, MO 65011 Office: 573-302-7011 • Fax: 573-348-8325 E-mail: meadangus@yahoo.com Website: www.meadfarms.com

Alan Mead, Owner 573-216-0210

35004 E. McQuerry Rd • Oak Grove, MO 64075 www.valleyoaksangus.com The Ward Family David Ward– 816-229-8115 Tony Ward – 816-365-5930 tony@valleyoaksangus.com Kyle Lynn – 573-721-6382 – Herdsman kyle@valleyoaksangus.com

36327 Monarch Trail • Guilford, MO 64457 • (660) 652-3670 MACIL LAUGHLIN FAMILY Our program is designed to control genetic improvement - not risk it. AHIR Records since 1969 In the Angus Business since 1959 Breeding Cattle with the Progressive Commercial Cattleman in Mind.

734-260-8635

E-mail: Julie@missouriangus.org

missouriangus.org

Eddie Sydenstricker Office: 573-581-5900 EddieL@sydenstrickers.com Darla Eggers - Farm Secretary

Bub Raithel: 573-253-1664 Ryan Meyers Kyle Vukadin Roger Cranmer Joe Strauss Ken Roberts

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CIRCLE A RANCH

41 Hwy K Iberia, MO 65486 1-800-CIRCLE-A

Dave Gust, Sr. • Dave Gust, Jr. Nick Hammett, Commercial Mktg. Mike Lembke • Kevin Lennon

Thank you to all the buyers and bidders at our recent sale.

334 Seth St. - Lincoln, MO 65338 www.RichardsonRanch.net adrrmd@mail.missouri.edu

Registered Angus Bulls & Females Available

Pete 660-281-0353

Ashlyn 660-281-1720

AHIR and ultrasound information available on all bulls. Herd sires are selected based on a combination of traits and not on any single trait.

John A Jones • 573-680-5151

21320 Hwy 179 • Jamestown, MO 65046 Lifetime Member of the American Angus Association Since 1957

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Julie Conover, Gen. Manager 105 S. Harris St. • Cameron, MO 64429

Ben Eggers • E-mail: eggers@socket.net Barn: 573-581-1225 • Cell: 573-473-9202

JJ Skyline Angus

For your ANGUS Cattle Needs Contact:

MISSOURI ANGUS ASSOCIATION

P.O. Box 280, 3997 S. Clark • Mexico, MO 65265

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Henry County Another busy month. We had a successful dinner and meeting at the Urich Lumberyard Restaurant. Our sponsor for the event was Farmers Elevator of Clinton. Manager Doug Wagoner is always so willing to sporsor our dinners, and always brings speakers who give us very informative presentations. Our only grilling activity this month was grilling for the Montrose FFA at their Education Day, which they sponsor for the surrounding schools and their students. Again, member Jim Reid of Waterloo Industries, donated a tool box for the drawing. The lucky winner this month was Judy Micke. (Who will probably use it to carry her quilting supplies.)

Long time members are Georgia and Paul Ross.

Duane and Denise Jurgensmeyer enjoying an evening of food, fellowship, and informative facts from the speaker.

Sponsor Doug Wagoner and wife waiting for dinner.

Douglas/Wright County Our last meeting was held September 10, 2017 at Club 60 Steakhouse in Mountain Grove. Our sponosors were Jake Wooderson from Elanco Animal Health, and Keith Brown from Lallemand Animal Nutrition. Topics such as implant’s, vaccines, stress relievers for our cow/calf pairs were discussed. Proven probiotic’s that activate cattle immune systems during those times of stress were brought to our meeting as well.

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Wilbers Fishbranch Angus 18 Month Bulls & Spring Bred Heifers for Sale Mexico, MO • 573-473-6019

We are wrapping up the Gourley Red Angus Heifer Essay competition. The top three have been selected and they will be presenting their essays to the membership on November 7. The sponsor for this meeting will be Red Angus Breeder Society. Winner will be announced at the December meeting which will be sponsored by MFA. This is a great opportunity for all involved. It was voted by membership to continue our tradition of giving to the Douglas/Wright County children’s home for Christmas. We will donate $200.00 on behalf of our organization. Thank you members.


Southeast Missouri Cattlemen The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association is a proud supporter of youth programs. At the 2017 SEMO District Fair they sponsored an award for the 4-H Grand Champion Market Steer. This year’s recipient was Hannah Brunke with her 1335-pound steer. Congratulations to Hannah and all of the SEMO District Fair livestock participants! We are proud of your hard work and dedication.

Vernon County The Vernon County Cattlemen met September 21 at the Vernon County Fairgrounds. Tommy Wait, treasurer, reported on the summer Bushwhacker booth and Las Vegas raffle. Members voted to make a donation to each of the four Vernon County FFA Chapters. Kelly Ast of Healthy Nevada updated our group on their activities. She also informed us of a pilot program involving cattlemen in the Mount Vernon area, with the possibility of Vernon County Cattlemen adopting the plan. It would be an opportunity for us to help put additional beef in this area’s school lunches. The program would involve our group donating cows to the school during the year. Mount Vernon’s program is in the early stages. Kelly will be following it to learn more about it and then report back to our group with more information.

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St. Clair County On October 10, 2017, St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association held a meeting at Smith’s Restaurant in Collins, Mo. There were 37 members in attendance. St. Clair County Cattlemen would like to thank the United Producers Livestock Market of Humansville for sponsoring their meeting. President Josh Salmon reported on several events that have happened since the last meeting. St. Clair County Cattlemen worked the Beef House at the Missouri State Fair. Osceola Rodeo Days was a success for the Cattlemen as they sold out of ribeye sandwiches and hamburgers that day. They also placed second with their float they entered in the parade. In September, St. Clair County Cattlemen served beef hot dogs at Lakeland Food for America and Lawanna Salmon gave a presentation to the students on the importance of beef and passed out goody bags to the students.

Left to right: Mike Nance - Board Member, GeraldWilliams - Southside Commissioner, RobertSalmon - Presiding Commissioner, Leroy Strope - Northside Commissioner, Josh Salmon - Board Member, Austin Shelby - Board Member

In 2016, the St. Clair County Commissioners were successful at getting St. Clair County deemed an AgriReady County, “Open for Business.” On October 16, 2017 at the St. Clair County Commissioner meeting, St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association presented the Commissioners with a Missouri Farmers Care

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Agri-Ready plaque from the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and four Agri-Ready Open for Business Signs to be put-up at entrances around the County. Thanks to the St. Clair County Commissioners for their hard work and dedication to Agriculture.

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Common Sense with Baxter Black Political Correctness It’s coming! Political Correctness in the Animal Kingdom! I have conferred with those fervent homogenizers of the once colorful and descriptive English language to formulate the following list: STRAY DOG. Both words are unacceptable. They imply that a four legged mongrel is subsisting as a vagrant. We have chosen the term Misdirected Wagamorph. MUSTANG. Definitely out! Associated too much with a greedy automotive corporation. We are going to protect them into extinction. They shall henceforth be called Adoptable Equine Derivatives. KILLER WHALES. Need I say more! The name suggests that these beautiful creatures would rather kill and eat living things than down a Kelp Burger in the shape of a baby seal. We’re calling them the Masked Cetacea.

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FAT STEERS. Entirely out. No slur shall be made about the weight or their sexual predicament. Each cattle buyer will now deal in Ready Edibles. No, that won’t work either, can’t mention bulls. How ‘bout Ripened Ruminants.

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GOMER BULLS. Of course, any allusion to sex must be eliminated. The term Gomer really has no meaning but leaves one with the impression that he’s one brick shy of a load. And though he’s certainly one something shy of a load, the association with Mayberry RFD must be downplayed. He shall hereinafter be christened the Frustrated Titillator, no, that won’t work either. I’ve got it, A misguided Chromosome Depositor. QUARTER HORSE. No chance. The hypersensitive could interpret that to mean he’s 3/4 something else. I’ve coined the term Dollar Horse.

POLLED HEREFORD. Come on, now! Wouldn’t it be less discriminatory to rename them the Unhorned Himherford. Too many of our creatures were named by that original chauvinist, Adam, with unconscious patronizing to sex, gender, race, religion, size, handicap, mental state, congenital deformity or odd behavior. Consider how insensitive we are to call something a nanny goat, a laying hen, preying mantis, peafowl, woodpecker, short nosed sucker or a turkey. I admit I’ve been called a turkey but I thought it was a step up from the dodo. But if we truly worried about the Political Correctness fad, what are we gonna call a cowboy? A two-Legged Ungulate Overperson? Why not. “Git along little Disenfranchised Mobile Nurture Seeker.”


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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Busy Time of the Year MOBEEF FOR MOKIDS Beefing Up School Lunches

MoBeef for MoKids is up and going. The Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Beef Industry Council, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen, Mt. Vernon MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 1 9/24/14 9:59 AM Page 62 Public Schools and Opaa Food Service are piloting a project to increase the amount of Missouri-raised beef on school lunch menus. Mount Vernon is the first school to participate in the MoBeef for MoKids program, which will double the amount of beef in Mount Vernon school lunches during the school year. The beef will be raised and provided by cattlemen located in and around Lawrence County, Missouri’s number one beef producing county. Students have already seen an increase in beef menu items in October. Several educational programs are being brought into the schools to teach students at various age levels about beef production and the health benefits of eating beef. Additional menu items have included: meatball subs, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, beef cheddar melts and beef quesadillas.

Buffalo Livestock Market 1 mile west on Hwy 32 • Buffalo, MO 65622 Barn: 417-345-8122

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• Selling 1200 to 1700 head Farm Fresh Cattle weekly • Special Stock Cow and Bull Sale 3rd Tuesday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. • Pre-Vac Feeder Calf Sales 2nd Saturday of every month in conjunction with Regular Sale (Pfizer Pre-Vac, BLM Pre-Vac, Bayer Program, Mo Quality Assurance. LMA-Vac and MFA Health Track)

Order Buying Service Available

Owners… Lyle Caselman Leon Caselman Howard Miller 417-345-7876 H 417-345-4514 H 417-345-8612 H 417-533-2944 cell 417-588-6185 cell

Lawrence County beef producers are being recognized in posters that hang in school cafeteria areas to introduce Mount Vernon students with the people who raised a portion of their lunch. Jim McCann, Miller, Missouri rancher and past MCA president, is helping coordinate producer involvement in the area. Producers were also recognized at a Farm to Table dinner with school officials and community leaders at the kickoff October 19.

Statewide activities in November

Several MBIC activities in November will include the Bass Pro Marathon Fitness festival, Hy-Vee Supermarkets, US Meat Export Federation Strategic Planning, Women in Ag/Pearls of Production, and the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts meeting.

Another Strong Month for U.S. Beef Exports

U.S. beef exports posted another outstanding performance in August, remaining well above last year’s pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. August beef exports totaled 112,069 metric tons (mt), up 5 percent from a year ago and the largest of 2017. Export value was the second-highest on record at $679.1 million – up 20 percent from a year ago and trailing only the record-high value ($688.8 million) reached in October 2014. “As we head into the final quarter, 2017 is shaping up as a very solid year for red meat exports but one in which the U.S. industry still faces significant challenges,” said USMEF CEO Philip Seng. “We have new pork plants coming on line and strong cattle-on-feed numbers, which sends a positive signal to our international customers about product availability. But the international markets are increasingly competitive so we must continue to aggressively pursue new opportunities


for U.S. red meat products in both our traditional mainstay destinations and in emerging markets.”

January-August volume up 3 percent in volume and value up 6 percent to $543.7 million.

Beef exports to Japan largest of post-BSE era; strong rebound continues in Hong Kong August beef exports to leading market Japan totaled 31,001 mt, up 22 percent from a year ago and the largest of the post-BSE era. Export value to Japan increased 35 percent and broke the $200 million mark for the first time since May 1996.

South Africa continues to gain momentum as a strong destination for beef variety meats, rising quickly to the fourth-largest volume destination for variety meat items. January-August variety meat exports totaled 9,910 mt, up 249 percent from a year ago.

Similar to July, beef exports to South Korea dipped slightly from a year ago in volume but were still the largest of 2017, while August value increased 19 percent to $116.9 million. Through August, exports to Korea increased 8 percent in volume and 19 percent in value. After a slow start to the year, exports to Hong Kong continued to climb in August, with volume up 26 percent yearover-year and value increasing 41 percent.

Contact our office for speakers or materials for your local meetings. Phone 573-817-0899.

Beef exports to Taiwan increased 10 percent from a year ago in volume and 20 percent in value. This included chilled beef exports up 17 percent valued at $140 million. U.S. beef now holds more than 70 percent of Taiwan’s chilled beef market, the highest of any Asian destination. Led by Chile, Peru and Colombia, beef exports to South America increased 21 percent year-over-year in volume and 22 percent in value.

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A strong August performance helped push exports to the ASEAN region up 74 percent year-overyear in volume, with value up 55 percent. Exports to Indonesia and Vietnam were double last year’s level, while strong growth was also achieved in the Philippines.

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Callaway Livestock Center, Inc. On I-70, 4 miles east of Kingdom City, MO on outer road 573-642-7486 Every Monday: Slaughter Cattle Sale 10:00 a.m. Selling All Classes of Cattle 12:30 p.m.

Manure Spreaders

Model 1140

1st Thursday Nite of Each Month: 6:00 p.m. Bred Cows and Breeding Bull Sale

High Performance, Low Maintenance, and In Stock

573-581-5900

John P. Harrison

573-642-9753

573-386-5150

Jack Harrison

David Bell

573-386-2138

660-327-5633

WINDSOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION

Model PS150 in action Mexico, Curryville, Herman, Moscow Mills, Rocheport, Tipton, Macon, Chillicothe, Kirksville, Palmyra, Dutzow

David Means

“FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1983”

Sales Every Wednesday @ Noon Jake Drenon 660-441-7716

Blake Drenon Rodney Drenon 660-351-4887 660-890-4898

10' Feed Bunk

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• Ground Opening Lid • Sight Glass • Pin Hitch • Spout just right for a five gallon bucket

Dealer Inquiries Welcome www.greenswelding.com

Made from all 14 gauge steel 22" high and 8" deep

Green’s Welding and Sales 1464 S.E. County Road 15305 Appleton City, MO 64724

(660) 476-5598 Fax: (660) 476-2801


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Quality Livestock Equipment Since 1961 Panels, Headgates, Calf Tables, Calving Pens, Manual Chutes, Hydraulic Chutes, Tip Chutes, Tubs & Alley Systems

Jim and Scott Cape… 57 Years Trusted Service to Missouri Cattlemen “Your Source for Quality Trailers”

www.jimsmotors.com 1-800-897-9840

CENTRAL MISSOURI SALES CO. 3503 S. Limit • Sedalia, MO

Your Reliable Market In Mid-Missouri Certified Special VACC Calf Sales the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 2:00 p.m.

Sale Every Monday at 11:00 a.m.

660-826-8286

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Jay Fowler Cary Brodersen E.H. Fowler 660-473-1562 660-473-6373 660-473-1048

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Your One-Stop for Braunvieh Influence and Black Hybrid Commercial Females Call us to see some of the best calf raisers in the business. Grouping and Marketing customers’ calves since 1992!

Ron McBee 221 State Hwy H Fayette, MO 65248 (573) 228-2517 E-mail: mcbcattle@aol.com Website: McBeeCattleCompany.com


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Replacement Heifer Sale Southwest Missouri Sale

November 17, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

Joplin Regional Stockyards

West Central Missouri • Spring Calving…

Show-Me Select Bred Heifer Sale November 25, 2017 • 11:00 a.m.

I-44 East of Carthage, MO at Exit 22

Kingsville Livestock Auction 58 Hwy., Kingsville, Missouri

367 Crossbred & Purebred Heifers

225 Head of Bred Heifers Sell:

Video preview and sale may be viewed at www.joplinstockyards.com and DV Auction - On-Line Bidding May be Arranged in Advance. Breeds & crosses include: Angus, Balancer, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Red Angus, Simmental. About 50% are black or black whiteface and 50% are Red Angus and Crosses. Many are synchronized and AI bred. A few Tier Two and Show-Me-Plus heifers in the offering. Program Requirements:

• Heifers have met minimum standards for reproductive soundness, pelvic size, body condition and weight and are free of blemishes. • Heifers have been bred to bulls meeting strict calving ease/birth weight EPD requirements. • A strict immunization program has been followed including official Brucellosis calfhood vaccination. Heifers are tested and found negative for PI BVD. • Heifers will calve from Mid-January to April 30 and were preg checked within 30 days of the sale. Consignors… John Wheeler, Marionville Kathy Wheeler, Marionville Terry Potts, Jerico Springs Mast Farms, Lamar Mark McFarland, Stella Gary Goostree, Rocky Comfort Gilmore Farms, Aurora Circle S Chicks, Stark City 5 C Ranch, Inc., El Dorado Springs Haden Cattle Co., Rogersville Marvin Phipps, Cassville Goodnight Angus Farm, Carthage Wes Backes, Bonnots Mill Denlow Valley Ranch, Norwood DJV Cattle, Co., Edwards Robert Miller, Aurora Weber Farms, Lamar Kunkel Farms, Neosho

For information contact… Eldon Cole (417) 466-3102 or 466-3386 colee@missouri.edu www.swmobcia.com/

Sponsored by: Missouri “Show-Me-Select” Replacement Heifers, Inc., Division of Animal Sciences, Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association in cooperation with University of Missouri Extension, Commercial Agriculture Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Department of Agriculture.

• Angus/Angus Cross • Gelbvieh Cross • Red Angus Cross • Simmental Cross

Guaranteed Bred To Calving-Ease Sires With Expected Calving Dates January 1 to April 30, 2018

Majority (60%) of heifers are synchronized and AI-bred to elite calving ease sires. Strict vaccination program including Brucellosis vaccination and negative test prior to sale along with a scour vaccination. Strict standards for reproductive soundness, pelvic size, body condition, and weight. All heifers treated for internal and external parasites.

Following Show-Me-Select Heifer Sale: Special Bred Cow Sale Consignments from Reputable Cattle Programs For information or catalog contact: David Hoffman 816-380-8460 View Cattle At: CattleUSA.com Rick Anstine 816-597-3331 Register by: 11-23-17 • 12 p.m. For more information: www.extension.missouri.edu/cass

Northeast Missouri

Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Sale December 9, 2017 • 12:30 p.m. F&T Livestock Market • Palmyra, Missouri Sale located 5 miles south of Palmyra on Hwy. 24

220 Crossbred & Purebred Heifers Mostly Angus & Angus Cross Heifers with BWF Simmental, and Red Angus. Mostly bred A.I. to:

Connealy Uptown 098E Connealy Capitalist 028 Hoover Dam

SS Niagara Z29 SS Traveler T510 2T22 S Summit 956

Program Requirements:

www.nemobeef.com For info. contact… Daniel Mallory 573-985-3911 • malloryd@missouri.edu

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• Heifers meet standards for reproductive soundness, pelvic size, BCS, wt., and are blemish free • Bulls meet strict CE requirements • Strict immunization program • Heifers will calve from late January to May 1 • All Heifers are tested & negative for BVD-PI

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with Mike Deering When Insanity Circumvents Democracy We have a representative form of government. One that allows you to elect people to represent your interests and concerns. Those elected leaders are responsible for debating legislation. This form of government allows for public testimony, giving groups and individuals the opportunity to have a say. While the process isn’t always perfect, it allows for debate and public input. When the representative form of government isn’t meeting your expectations, you have another avenue in Missouri to pursue laws and constitutional changes. That is the ballot initiative process. This allows citizens to propose or initiate a statute or constitutional amendment without having to go through the legislature.

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According to the Secretary of State’s office, 290 initiative petitions have been filed so far this year. The previous record was reportedly 220. Let’s look back just five years where 143 were filed, which at the time was a record. Just a few years before that, the number was in the teens. Why the explosion of ballot initiatives? Some enjoy pointing fingers at the state legislature calling it dysfunctional. I disagree.

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While the initiative petition process was intended to give a voice to citizens who feel they are not being heard by the state legislature, it has been used and abused by big money on both sides of the aisle to push agendas forward without having to endure the grueling legislative process where debates may not go their way. With the ballot initiative process, there is little-to-no debate and too often we don’t even know about it until we are in the voting booth and have to determine yes or no based on a brief summary. Sometimes yes mean no and no means yes. It’s often confusing. If you challenge that this well-intended process is being abused, please at least question why well over half of the 290 petitions filed this year came from just four groups. I went to the Secretary of State’s website and personally counted. If you’re curious, take a look at it. It is nuts. This is a clear indicator something needs to give. Many ballot initiatives

Executive Vice President wind up in court, so groups file multiple versions, throwing everything up against the Constitution to see what sticks. I know of no one who questions the need for a safety valve for citizens. No one wants to choke access to the democratic process, but this isn’t what I call democracy. It’s insanity. It’s also costing taxpayers millions of dollars annually. For example, one petition filed this year is 47 pages long. To publish just this one petition in all 114 counties, the Secretary of State’s office estimates it will cost $3.5 to $4 million dollars. What gives? At least one state that also has a ballot initiative process requires the petition to be voted on twice to ensure voters have an opportunity to engage in thoughtful debate. Do we try going that route? Do we require a fee for each initiative petition to be refunded if it actually makes it on the ballot? Do we change our State Constitution to where if part of the initiative is thrown out by the courts that the entire initiative is trashed (after all citizens voted on all of it; not part of it)? Do we need to require 60 percent approval instead of a simple majority? Do we need to change the number of signatures required? I honestly don’t know the answer. I do know we need to prevent insanity from circumventing democracy. I also know that for once we have a Secretary of State willing to tackle tough issues and I fully expect this to be a topic of thoughtful debate during the 2018 legislative session. This also means it will be a topic of discussion at the 50th Annual Cattle Industry Convention during the policy and resolutions session. Bring your ideas forward to ensure your voice is heard.


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Cattle Co. Red Angus

Registered/Commercial Bulls Available

Forage Developed + Balanced Genetics + Stayability = Satisfaction

J.Micah Bristow www.circle5cattle.com 573-208-8125


SALE REPORTS Express Ranches Big Event 8-18 Yukon, OK 474 Angus Females......................................Avg. $12,426 Autumn in the Ozarks 9-4 Strafford, MO 50 Charolais................................................... AV $3,077 Wild Indian Acres 9-9 De Soto, MO 67 Charolais Females....................................Avg. $4,213 Don Thomas and Sons Brangus 9-9 Madison, MO 52 Brangus Females......................................Avg. $2,820 14 Brangus Bulls...........................................Avg. $1,829 219 Commercial Females..............................Avg. $1,440 Buford Ranches 9-16 Welch, OK 27 Hereford Bulls..........................................Avg. $4,491 144 Angus Bulls.............................................Avg. $5,437 46 Angus Females..........................................Avg. $4,180

Mead Farms Charolais Mature Cow Dispersal 9-23 Versailles, MO 77 Charolais Females....................................Avg. $2,292 Gardiner Angus Ranch 9-25 Ashland, KS 492 Angus Bulls.............................................Avg. $4,528 43 Angus Females..........................................Avg. $5,953 275 Commercial Bred Heifers......................Avg. $2,192 Jefferies Red Angus 9-29 Checotah, OK 76 Red Angus Bulls.......................................Avg. $4,755 20 Bred Heifers.............................................Avg. $4,135 2S Angus 9-30 Seneca, MO 21 Angus Bulls...............................................Avg. $3,607 35 Angus Females..........................................Avg. $2,775 Satterfield Charolais 9-30 Evening Shade, AR 49 Charolais Females....................................Avg. $3,778

The Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Program protects livestock producers from losses to productivity caused by poor forage conditions due to lack of rainfall. The Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Program protects against a decline in the CME Feeders Cattle Price Index. Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri can assist you in the Risk Management of your cattle operation with a loan and or insurance to assist you in running your operation.

Richard Hallock • Risk Management Agent • 660-425-2261 Office 660-947-2474 Office • 641-442-5222 Cellphone

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Is your risk management plan adequate for your Livestock and Pasture?

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Sale Calendar November 3-4 November 4 November 4 November 4 November 4 November 4 November 5

Gene Trust Brangus Sale @ Chimney Rock, Concord, AR New Day Genetics Sale, Osceola, MO Harriman Sale, Windsor, MO B/F Cattle Co Balancer Bull Sale, Butler, MO Pits Angus, Hermitage, MO Braunvieh Herd Builder Sale, Marshall Jct., MO Aberdeen Supreme Sale, Gallatin, MO

WHEELER & SONS LIVESTOCK AUCTION

417-646-8102 Hwy. 13 & TT, Osceola, MO 64776

Special Stock Cow Sale Saturday • November 25th • 6:00 p.m. New: Live Broadcast via Cattle USA

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Cattle Sale Every Thursday - 1:00 p.m. No Sale Thanksgiving Day

www.wheelerlivestock.com Burleigh and Doris Wheeler • 417-840-6561

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Byron Wheeler 417-777-0897 • Steve Wheeler 417-840-4149

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Rhodes Red Angus Sale, Near Emporia, KS American Black Hereford Sale, Sedalia, MO HAGA Show Me Gelbvieh Sale, Springfield, MO Moriondo Cattle Co, Mt. Vernon, MO Moser Bull Sale, Wheaton, KS Smith Registered Angus Sale, Green Forest, AR Four State Shorthorn Sale, Diamond, MO Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Joplin, MO Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Kirksville MO Sydenstricker Genetics, Mexico, MO Dalebanks Angus Bull Sale, Eureka, KS Timberland Sale, Vernon AL Show Me Polled Hereford Classic, Windsor, MO Seedstock Plus, Kingsville, MO Missouri Simmental Fall Harvest Sale, Springfield, MO Green Springs Bull Test, El Dorado Springs, MO Galaxy Beef Production Sale, Kirksville, MO


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College of the Ozarks Hereford Sale Point Lookout, MO Butch’s Angus Production Sale, Jackson, MO Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Kingsville MO Breeding for the Future Sale, Rockfield, KY B&M Angus Sale, Doe Run, MO Jamison Hereford Sale, Quinter, KS Simon’s Winter Female Sale Farley, IA Wright Charolais Sale, Kearney, MO Womack Farms Sale, Heber Springs, AR Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Fruitland MO Missouri Hereford Association Opportunity Sale, Sedalia, MO Genemax® Elite Bred Heifer Sale, Green City, MO Highland Cattle Auction, Locust Grove, OK Simon Cattle Co Female Sale, Farley, IA Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Farmington, MO Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Palmyra, MO Deer Creek Cattle Co. Heifer Sale Bowling Green, MO Valley Oaks Spring Sale, Kingsville, MO

MBC Classified The MBC Classified column appears monthly. Classified advertising is only 50¢ a word. Send your check with your ad to Missouri Beef Cattleman, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, Mo 65201. Deadline 10th of month before an issue.

“REESE” DISC MOWERS, CADDY V-RAKES, “REESE” TUBE-LINE BALE WRAPPER, AITCHISON DRILLS, SELF-UNLOADING HAY TRAILERS, HEAVY DUTY BALE AND MINERAL FEEDERS, FEED BUNKS, BALE SPIKES, CONTINUOUS FENCING, COMPLETE CORRAL SYSTEMS, INSTALLATION AVAILABLE: Tigerco Distributing Co. 660-645-2212, 800-432-4020 or www.tigercoinc.com. SUPERIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION Video Sale Via Satellite. Your area representative is Bob Walker, 417-777-0949. BULLS: CALVING EASE LINE BRED BLACK SIMMENTALS. Outstanding EPD’s, Fast Growth. These are good looking, sound footed, fall and yearling bulls. We deliver. Mike Williams, Higginsville, MO 816-797-5450. STEEL OIL FIELD PIPE AND SUCKER RODS. Call 573-5782687 or 573-422-3735. COVERED MINERAL BUNKS: CCA treated wood bunks work well with salt or other mineral mix. Built is six sizes 6’ - 16’, at Sentinel Industries. Ashland, MO. Phone: 573-657-2164. PUREBRED CHAROLAIS BULLS: Good Selection, Serviceable Age, Reasonable Price. Carl Speight. Dadeville, MO. 417-995-3120 or 417-298-7307.

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Advertiser Index 4-State Shorthorn Sale.....................................................32 AMEC................................................................................3 American Angus Association............................................ 47 American Shorthorn Association.....................................29 ArrowQuip....................................................................... 15 J.D. Bellis Family Herefords.............................................70 Breeding For The Future Sale..........................................33 Buffalo Livestock Market..................................................44 Butch’s Angus Sale............................................................27 Callaway Livestock Center Inc.........................................46 Central Missouri Sales Co................................................48 Circle 5 Cattle Co.............................................................66 Circle A Angus Ranch......................................................37 Classified...........................................................................69 Clearwater Farm...............................................................37 Crestmead Shorthorn....................................................... 31 Dalebanks Angus Sale...................................................... 14 Deer Creek Sale................................................................59 Eastern Missouri Commission Company......................... 24 Farmers Bank of North Missouri.....................................67 Fish Branch.......................................................................38 Galaxy Beef LLC..............................................................37 Galaxy Beef LLC Sale......................................................25 Gerloff Farms....................................................................37 Green Springs Tested Bull Sale........................................ 61 Green’s Welding & Sales...................................................46 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus................................................37 Jamison Hereford Sale...................................................... 41 Jim’s Motors......................................................................48 JJ Skyline Angus...............................................................37 Joe Machens Ford.............................................................72

“Dedicated to Producing”

No Excuse Herefords Offering a Large Selection of Breed Leading EPD Herd Sire Prospects At the Farm!

NOVEMBER 2017

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Jim D., Carla & Jonathan Bellis Jamie & Kevin Johansen 19264 Lawrence 2170 Aurora, MO 65605 Jim’s Cell: 417-466-8679

E-mail: jimbellis@missouristate.edu

Joplin Regional Stockyards..............................................43 Kingsville Livestock Auction..............................................7 Laughlin Angus................................................................37 Marshall & Fenner Farms.................................................37 MCA Brand Wall Page.....................................................63 MCA Convention.......................................................55, 56 MCA Membership Form..................................................60 McBee Cattle Co..............................................................48 McPherson Concrete Products.........................................69 Mead Cattle Co................................................................32 Mead Farms......................................................................37 MFA Fair Share................................................................65 Missouri Angus Association.............................................37 Missouri Angus Breeders..................................................37 Missouri Beef Industry Council.......................................45 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association......................... 19 Missouri Valley Commission Company........................... 24 MLS Tubs.........................................................................35 Naught-Naught Agency....................................................68 Norbrook Enroflox...................................................... 12, 13 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch................................................37 Ory’s O7 Red Angus........................................................22 Richardson Ranch............................................................37 Sellers Feedlot................................................................... 24 Show-Me Polled Hereford Classic.................................... 21 Show-Me-Select NE Sale..................................................53 Show-Me-Select SE Sale...................................................53 Show-Me-Select SW Sale.................................................53 Show-Me-Select West Central Sale..................................53 Simon Cattle Co...............................................................49 South Central Regional Stockyards.................................34 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef..........................................23 Stockade............................................................................ 31 Superior Steel Sales...........................................................39 Sydenstricker Genetics......................................................37 Sydenstricker Genetics........................................................2 Sydenstricker Implement - JayLor....................................20 Sydenstricker Implement - Kuhn.....................................46 Triple C, Inc.....................................................................40 Valley Oaks Angus............................................................37 Valley Oaks Angus............................................................36 Weiker Angus Ranch........................................................37 Westway Feed......................................................................9 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market...................................68 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.......................................35 Mike Williams..................................................................35 Windsor Livestock Auction...............................................46 Wright Charolais Sale....................................................... 71 Zeitlow Distributing..........................................................48


Missouri Beef Cattleman November 2017  
Missouri Beef Cattleman November 2017  

Missouri Beef Cattleman November 2017

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