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CONTENTS

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Mizzou Names New Dean

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MCA All-Breed Junior Show Results

Former Food Scientist and Engineer to Lead MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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Some of the state’s best young exhibitors showcased their cattle at the annual show

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Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News

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Junior Show Results

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Mizzou Names New Dean

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MCA President’s Perspective Great Beef, Great People

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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

Busy with Beef

Welcome to the Fair!

My Introduction to Trichomoniasis Foetus

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Straight Talk: Mike Deering

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Junior Spotlight

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Cowboy Poetry

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Capitol Update

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Field Notes: Wes Tiemann

Understanding Beef Trade with China

Show-Me Beef Tour

The Hitch

Two Sides of the Same Story

Fine Sportsmanship

The Missouri Beef Cattleman is an official publication of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.


MISSOURI

BEEF CATTLEMAN

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION

Volume 47 - Issue 3 (USPS 890-240 • ISSN 0192-3056) Magazine Publishing Office 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167 Andy Atzenweiler: Editor/Production/Ad Sales P.O. Box 480977 • Kansas City, Missouri 64148 816-210-7713 • E-mail: mobeef@sbcglobal.net Wes Tiemann: General Manager/Sales 816-244-4462

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New MCA Members Missouri State Fair Highlights and Beef Cattle Show Schedule Matt Hardecke attends NCBA’s YCC Tour

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NCBA Region III ESAP Winner

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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.

Mike Deering • Executive Vice President - Ext 230 mike@mocattle.com Maria Washburn • Manager of Membership - Ext 231 maria@mocattle.com Wes Tiemann • Manager of Strategic Solutions - Ext 235 wes@mocattle.com Candace Rosen • MBC Production Artist Candace@mocattle.com

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Doug Aldridge, Flying W A, Carthage, MO Sydni Avery, Kansas City, MO Kora Bain, Unionville, MO Morgan Benne, Kingdom City, MO August Bertz, Mayview, MO Stephanie Bitter, State Auto Insurance Companies, Indianapolis, IN Tanner Blackemare, Blackemare Cattle Company, Adrich, MO Kolten Buckner, Buckner Farms, Walnut Grove, MO Hunter Cantrell, Niangua, Mo Jacie Carroll, Raymore, MO Maya Carroll, Raymore, MO Sarah Carroll, Raymore, MO John Clark, Clinton, MO Faith Cook, Rocking C Ranch, LaPlata, MO Braydon Cull, Excelsios, MO Britney Dame, US Bank, Buffalo, MO Ellie Dill, Marshfield, MO Kaitlin Dobson, New Franklin, MO Tommy Drake, Triple D Livestock, Lexington, MO Connor Dunn, Republic, MO Payton Dunn, Republic, MO Natasha Engelking, Concordia, MO Riley Ferguson, Ferguson Farms, Windsor, MO Kylee Glackin, Grain Valley, MO Paul Glaeski, Ellington, MO Erica Graessle, Meta, MO Kaylynn Harnar, Higginsville, MO Khloee Jo Hendren, Paris, MO

Blane Heussner, Tina, MO Caleb Hudson, Middletown, MO Rick Hughey, Lee’s Summit, MO Addisyn Jones, Fulton, MO Alexa Jones, Fulton, MO Brooke Mareth, 417 Produce, Mt Vernon, MO Kirk McElrath, KM Charolias, Irondale, MO Brandon and Haley Mhurin, Jasper, MO Richard Michael, Nixa, MO Lynn Murdick, Van Buren, MO Natalie Nave, Windsor, MO Kristin Penn, Southwest City, MO Jace Pipkin, Clearwater Farm, Republic, MO Seth Reeter, Trenton, MO Brayden Reid, Concordia, MO Dakota Souders, Rosebud, MO Dalton Stoecklein, Eldon, MO Marysa Stoecklein, Eldon, MO Mary Taylor, Taylor Ranch LLC, Noble, MO Ethan Vanderwert, Columbia, MO Sara Walsh, Ashland, MO Brian Western, T and B Farms, Greentop, MO Thomas Wyatt, Camdenton, MO

See the MCA Membership Form on page 83 to become a member of MCA or give it to someone you know that should be a member.

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Cattle Industry Wraps Up Summer Business Meeting Source: NCBA DENVER ( July 15, 2017) — More than 700 of the nation’s cattle industry leaders wrapped up another successful Summer Business Meeting in Denver today, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s board of directors formally adopting policy positions on issues like international trade, tax reform, and modernizing the Endangered Species Act. “It’s been a great week for America’s cattle industry, and meetings like this allow us to network, share best practices across the beef supply chain, and come together to adopt the policy positions that we’ll fight for in Washington, D.C.,” said NCBA President Craig Uden. “I’m proud of everybody who took the time away from their busy operations to help set our industry’s direction for another important year.”

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Highlights of the week included the announcement of results of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality Audit and the celebration of six regional finalists for the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Awards. This year’s finalists, announced at a reception on Thursday evening, are Blue Lake Farm, LLC, operated by Rusty and Jessie Thomson, Sharon, S.C.; SFI, Inc., Seth and Etta Smith, Nemaha, Iowa; Sterling Cattle Company, Jimmy and Theresa Sterling, Coahoma, Texas; Flying Diamond Ranch, Scott and Jean Johnson, Kit Carson, Colo.; Jim O’Haco Cattle Company, Jim and Jeanni O’Haco, Winslow, Ariz.; and Munson Angus Farms, LLC, Chuck and Deanna Munson, Junction City, Kan.

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Also on Friday, NCBA policy committees met to determine priorities and discuss strategies for 2018. “NCBA is the cattle industry’s oldest and largest national organization in large part because we remain a grassroots-run association where our members come together to set our direction,” Uden said. “In the coming year, we will remain committed to expanding our access to markets around the world, to securing a full and permanent repeal of the onerous death tax, to protecting our access to public lands, and to securing funding for a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank in the 2018 Farm Bill.” The cattle industry’s next large-scale meeting will be the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Livestock Producers Applaud Withdrawal of WOTUS Rule WASHINGTON ( June 27, 2017) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden and Public Lands Council President Dave Eliason today issued the following statements regarding the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency has filed an official proposal to withdraw the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:

Joint Committees and Subcommittees met on Thursday and Friday to develop proposals for 2018 checkofffunded research, education and promotion programs.

“This is another great step in the right direction, and the Administration deserves a great deal of credit for injecting some much-needed common sense into our nation’s environmental policies,” NCBA’s Uden said. “It’s important to remember, though, that this rule isn’t dead yet. The rulemaking process continues, and NCBA will submit and solicit additional comments on behalf of America’s cattle producers so that they finally get the sanity and clarity they need on land use policy.”

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“We applaud President Trump and Administrator Pruitt for their leadership in repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule,” Eliason added. “Ranchers in the West are already subject to an elevated level of regulatory overreach, and the WOTUS rule as written would have only made the problem worse. It is reassuring to see the steps that this administration is taking to relieve some of that regulatory burden and provide certainty for our producers.”


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What’s Cookin’ at the

Missouri Beef House By Pat & Patty Wood, MCA Beef House Managers

Welcome to the Fair! With an avalanche of foods awaiting fairgoers at this year’s Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Aug 10-20, 2017, there isn’t a moment to waste. We’re going out on a limb and declare that nothing is better than eating at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Missouri Beef House and the Beef House Express. For your dining experience, we have an air-conditioned dining room or covered outdoor patio seating. Indeed, the true essence of fair food is eating good quality, great tasting beef cooked and served by cattlemen who know beef best. You’re bound to see a line of hungry people milling around the sidewalk out front… even the hot sun or rain

won’t stop diners from waiting to get a taste. Be assured the wait is worth it! We want to be sure to point you toward the best food option at the State Fair! You can find us north of the Missouri Conservation building, south of the Family Fun Center, east of the Machinery Area, and west of the Home Economics building. We’ve included the menu so you can get your taste buds prepared. BEEF... It’s What’s for Dinner from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thought for the Month: “Roses are red, Violets are blue; Steaks on the grill, Waiting for you!”

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2017 Missouri Beef House County Volunteer Work Schedule August 10-20 10 Thursday

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13 Sunday

10:00-2:30

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Tri County 15 Hickory 10

Warren 10 Nodaway 10 Cole 15

Vernon 20

Knobnoster FFA 15

2:00-6:00 Texas 8 Cass Jackson 10 Morgan 10

2:00-6:00 Gentry 15 So. Central 6

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2:00-6:00 Clinton 15 California FFA 15

5:30-9:30 Randolph 10 Mid-Mo. 10 Eugene FFA 10 Russellville FFA 7

5:30-9:30 MSU 10 MJCA 10 MCW 8 CCW/MCC 8

5:30-9:30 Benton 35 Andrew 5

5:30-9:30 Moniteau 15 Tipton FFA 15

Lafayette 20

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15 Tuesday

16 Wednesday

17 Thursday

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10:00-2:30 Ray 5 Eldon FFA 30

10:00-2:30 Lewis/Marion 8 Sullivan 10 Maries/Osage 5

10:00-2:30 Macon 12 Linn 10

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10:00-2:30 Carroll 10 St. Charles 5 Douglas/Wright 8

10:00-2:30 Southwest Cattlemen 15 Cedar 5

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2:00-6:00 Audrain 10 Newton/ McDonald 7

2:00-6:00 Boone 15 Jasper 5

2:00-6:00 Polk 15 Franklin 8

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Bates 25

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Henry 15

Johnson 15

Lafayette 15

2:00-6:00 Callaway/ Montgomery 10 Appleton City FFA 13

2:00-6:00 Monroe 5 Ralls 5 St. Clair 15

5:30-9:30 Adair 5 Knox 5

5:30-9:30 Cooper 15

5:30-9:30 Howard 15 Pike-Lincoln 10

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Thanks to All the Volunteers That Make the Beef House a Success!

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for volunteer orientation. The Beef House hours of operation are 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. If you need to change your shift, or you're a new county who would like a shift, please contact Maria Washburn at maria@mocattle.com or 573-499-9162 by July 15.

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5:30-9:30 MU Block & Bridle 10 Saline 18

Dallas 15

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Agriculture Pulls Together to Combat Hunger - Missouri Cattlemen Part of Joint Effort In an effort to combat childhood food insecurity in the state, Missouri Farmers Care has launched a summer of service with Drive to Feed Kids, a program that leverages existing food bank and distribution networks to deliver kid-friendly meals to youth. Food is delivered through backpack programs and in-school food pantries to help children in food-insecure households. The Missouri Farmers Care effort will culminate with several events at the Missouri State Fair. A film premiere of “Where the Fast Lane Ends” and a concert will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10. The first Missouri FFA Food Insecurity Service Day will take place Tuesday, Aug. 15 when Missouri FFA members will pack 50,000 childfriendly meals. Dr. Alan Wessler, chairman of Missouri Farmers Care, said the Missouri State Fair is an appropriate venue to celebrate the best of Missouri agriculture as well as address the food-security challenges that too many Missourians face. “Hunger isn’t an issue that only happens somewhere else,” Dr. Wessler said. “It is a pervasive concern across Missouri’s rural communities.” A recent study from Feeding America revealed that food insecurity exists in every county in the nation, from a high of 38 percent in Jefferson County, Mississippi, to a low of 3 percent in Grant County, Kansas. The study also showed that: Children are at greater risk of hunger than the general population. Across all counties, 21 percent are food insecure, compared to 14 percent of the general population. Food-insecure individuals are often ineligible for federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and free and reduced-priced school lunch programs, underscoring the importance of not only the charitable food assistance sector but also a strong and effective safety net of public nutrition assistance programs.

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76 percent of counties in the top 10 percent of foodinsecure counties are rural. Predominantly rural counties have higher rates of food insecurity than urban counties.

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“All of us in agriculture are focused on doing our best to produce food,” Dr. Wessler said. “But we’re also focused on making our communities the best place they can be. When our youth face uncertainty about access to nutritious food, it presents challenges in coming to

school ready to learn and thrive. It is time to consider what we can do to help. The good news is that our partner through Drive to Feed Kids, Feeding Missouri, has a proven and efficient way to deliver food to those who most need it.” Missouri Farmers Care is seeking the partnership of companies and individuals to make its summer of service a success. Contact Missouri Farmers Care to explore how to partner with Missouri Farmers Care, Feeding Missouri, and the Missouri State Fair to address childhood food insecurity across Missouri. All proceeds will be dedicated to Feeding Missouri’s partner agencies engaged in addressing childhood hunger and will be presented at the Missouri State Fair on Aug. 10. Missouri Farmers Care is a joint effort, which includes the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, to stand together for the men and women who provide the food and jobs on which our communities depend.


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2017 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows Thursday, August 10 8:00 a.m. Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Simmental 4-H/FFA Show –MFA Arena 3:00 p.m. Gelbvieh 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 3:00 p.m. Salers 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly Friday, August 11 8:00 a.m. Angus Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Gelbvieh Open Show – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Salers Open Show – Donnelly Saturday, August 12 8:00 a.m. Simmental Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Charolais 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Hereford 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Sunday, August 13 8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 8:00 a.m. Hereford Open Show – Coliseum 2:00 p.m. Charolais Open Show – Coliseum 5:00 p.m. Crossbred & Other Heifer 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Monday, August 14 8:00 a.m. Maine-Anjou Open Show – Coliseum 9:00 a.m. Live Evaluation of Carcass Steers – MFA Arena 1:00 p.m. Beef Showmanship – Coliseum

Tuesday, August 15 8:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Market Heifer Show – Coliseum Steer Show – Immediately Following Market Heifer Show – Coliseum 5:00 p.m.± Grand Champion Steer – Coliseum Wednesday, August 16 8:00 a.m. Red Angus 4-H/FFA Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Red Angus Open Show – Coliseum Thursday, August 17 10:00 a.m. Dexter 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 10:00 a.m. Dexter Open Show – MFA Arena Friday, August 18 8:00 a.m. Shorthorn 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 8:00 a.m. Pinzgauer 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena 12:00 Noon Limousin 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 2:00 p.m. Beefalo 4-H/FFA Show – MFA Arena Saturday, August 19 8:00 a.m. Shorthorn Open Show – Coliseum 8:00 a.m. Pinzgauer Open Show – MFA Arena 12:00 Noon Limousin Open Show – Coliseum 12:00 Noon Brahman Infl. 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly 1:30 p.m. Sale of Champions – Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall 2:00 p.m. Beefalo Open Show – MFA Arena

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3:30 p.m. Santa Gertrudis 4-H/FFA Show – Donnelly Sunday, August 20 8:00 a.m. Brahman Infl. Open Show – Donnelly 12:00 Noon Santa Gertrudis Open Show - Donnelly

Beef Cattle

Superintendent - David Dick, Sedalia, MO 660-530-5720 Assistant Superintendents: • Gordon Sparks, LaMonte, MO - 660-347-5520 • Jane McMullin, Sedalia, MO • Randy Rittman, Knob Noster, MO • Bill Ellison, Kahoka, MO

Open Steer Carcass Show

Superintendent - Greg Onstott, MDA, Jefferson City, MO 573-751-7766 Asst. Superintendent - Rick Huffman, MDA Asst. Superintendent - Duane Robertson, MDA LIVE EVALUATION JUDGE: TBD CARCASS JUDGE: Dr. Duane Keisler, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO Amount offered in this section by State Fair $4,480.00. THE MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award $800 to the Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner and

$400 to the Reserve Grand Champion Steer Carcass overall winner. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will donate trophies for the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion On-Foot and On-Rail steers. The MISSOURI STATE FAIR will award plaques to the two highest placing junior exhibitors in the Steer Carcass Contest.

Purpose

1. To promote the beef industry. 2. To provide producers with information on the type of beef animals that are desirable for today’s consumer market. 3. Genetics utilization. 4. Uniform product production conception. 5. Source verification of products. 6. Create a positive economic balance. 7. Carcass merit. 8. Identify target(s) of market share.

Dedication

The 2017 Missouri State Fair Beef Cattle Shows are being dedicated to an individual, who is an active supporter of the Missouri State Fair in many ways. Please join us 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 12 in the MFA Arena, as we honor them.

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Specials Offered

1. MFA Feed Division will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion and $750 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show. To qualify, animals must be enrolled in the MFA 4-H/FFA Livestock Premium Program, using one of the MFA recom- mended feeds. See your authorized MFA Feed supplier for details. 2. Briarwood Angus Farms, (Curtis & Ann Long) Butler, MO and the Missouri Angus Association will award $1,000 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall carcass winner if the steer is a registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth exhibitor. Also awarded will be $500 for the top placing and $300 for the second place on-the-rail carcass steers that are registered, purebred Angus and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA youth. $200 will be awarded if the Grand Champion on-foot winner is a registered, purebred Angus steer and exhibited by a 4-H or FFA exhibitor. $150 will be given to any 4-H or FFA junior member with a purebred Angus that enters in all three (3) classes: Angus steer, On-foot carcass steer and the Carcass contest. Must pre-register to be eligible for prize money by meeting MSF deadline and submitting a copy of registration papers and your complete entry form to Dr. Curtis Long, Rt. 4 Box 620, Butler, MO 64730, by July 1, 2015. These awards will be presented at the Missouri Angus Association’s annual banquet and the exhibitors must be present for the awards to be given. Contact: Curtis & Ann Long, Route 4, Box 620, Butler, MO 64730 (660-679-3459). 3. The Missouri Hereford Association, Matt Reynolds, 1071 County Road 1231, Huntsville, MO 65259, 660-676-3788. The first and second place Hereford Carcass steers will be considered Champion and Reserve Champion Hereford and receive $500 and $250 respectively. The animal must be registered with

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a registration paper from the American Hereford Association, bred, born and raised in Missouri. Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the American Hereford Association. All steers will be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and conformation. Blood may be drawn for verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final. 4. The Missouri Shorthorn Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered, Short- horn steer. To qualify, proof of registration is required. Also awarded will be $250 to the Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winner if the steer was a registered Shorthorn plus which is at least 50% Shorthorn steer. To qualify, proof of registration is required. Contact: David Beckman, 12625 Spanish Pond Road, St. Louis, MO 63138 (314913-0577). 5. The Missouri Simmental Association will award $500 to the Grand Champion and $250 to the Reserve Grand Champion on-the-rail overall winners of the Open Steer Carcass Show if they are registered purebred Simmental. Contact: Jennifer Chandler (417-793-3646). 6. The Missouri Red Angus Association will award $500 to the over-all Grand Champion “On-the-Rail” and $250 for the over-all Reserve Cham- pion “On-TheRail” if the steer is a registered Red Angus. Additionally, $500 will be awarded to the top placing and $250 for the second top placing “On-The-Rail” carcass steers that are registered Red Angus, as well as exhibited by a 4-H or FFA exhibitor. To be eligible, the animals must be registered (50% or

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Coming Events… 2017 Missouri State Fair… Sedalia, Missouri August 12th - 4-H/FFA Charolais Show August 14th - Open Charolais Show Stop by and visit at the Charolais Barn!!

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Missouri Charolais Breeders Association Vice-President President Jeannine Doughty Jim Husz 660-582-9151 816-616-8838 Check us out on the web @

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greater) with a valid registration certificate from the Red Angus Association of America, red-hided, as well as being bred, born and raised in the state of Missouri. Each animal must have a legible tattoo that matches the registration paper from the Red Angus Association of America. All steers may be subject to an inspection by a breeder committee and required to meet minimum standards for type and conformation. Blood may be drawn for verification of parentage. Decisions made by the breeder committee will be final.

Live Evaluation Contest of Carcass Steer Show

Monday, August 14 Live Evaluation begins: 9:30 a.m. Location: MFA Arena

and the top two adults. This is an excellent learning opportunity, not only for youth, but also for adults.

Beef Cattle Herdsman Award

The Missouri State Fair will award two $80 awards, plus attractive plaques, to the herdsmen in charge of the two most outstanding beef cattle exhibits. A committee will make inspections to determine the winners. The following points will be considered: 1) cleanliness, grooming, and appearance of the exhibits; 2) handling of feed, equipment, etc. and keeping same out of the alleys; and 3) cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship in the exhibit area and show ring. The 2016 Beef Cattle Herdsman award was presented to Makayla Reynolds and Carly Henderson.

What is the Live Evaluation Contest? It is an opportunity for individuals to participate in an educational activity associated with selecting slaughter steers by live and carcass traits and criteria. Anyone wishing to participate can enter this contest in the Junior or Adult Division. Age divisions will be as follows: Junior Division - anyone under 18 years of age; Adult Division - anyone 18 years and older.

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Ten steers will be selected from the Carcass show entries to be used for the Live Evaluation Contest. A sample demonstration will be given on how to yield grade and quality grade slaughter steers prior to the beginning of the live evaluation contest. Junior and adult contestants compete by guessing the actual carcass data collected on the 10 slaughter steers which are selected for the contest. Cash prizes will be awarded by the State Fair to the top 5 individuals in each division who are nearest to the actual carcass placings on the slaughter steers entered in this contest. The MISSOURI CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION will present trophies to the top two junior

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Cattlemen Applaud Administration’s Stated Goals for Renegotiating NAFTA Source: NCBA WASHINGTON ( July 17, 2017) -- The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today said the Trump Administration’s overall goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are beneficial to the U.S. beef industry because they encourage the continuation of terms that have benefitted the industry for decades – specifically dutyfree access and science-based sanitary and phytosanitary standards. The Administration this afternoon sent their goals to Capitol Hill. “As we have said before, it is difficult to improve upon duty-free, unlimited access to Canada and Mexico—and we are pleased that USTR’s objectives for NAFTA include maintaining existing reciprocal duty-free market access for agricultural goods,” NCBA President Craig Uden said. Uden said NCBA will continue to support the inclusion of strong sanitary and phytosanitary standards in NAFTA. NCBA has been an outspoken supporter of NAFTA because the terms of NAFTA developed Canada and Mexico into two very important export markets for U.S. beef. NCBA has expressed concern that any changes to the terms of NAFTA that impact beef and cattle trade may jeopardize the industry’s current access to Canada and Mexico. While there may be calls from other segments of agriculture and other industries to update or renegotiate the terms of NAFTA, NCBA strongly encourages the Trump Administration to focus its efforts on those specific areas and leave alone the terms of NAFTA that have greatly benefitted the U.S. beef and cattle industry. NCBA will continue to advise the Trump Administration and Congress to not repeat the mistakes of the past by using NAFTA to resurrect failed government marketing programs, such as Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (MCOOL).

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“As we learned from history, MCOOL failed to deliver higher values for producers or a safer food supply,” Uden said. “It did, however, result in further consolidation in the U.S. beef industry and the potential for $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico. We must learn from the mistakes of the past, not repeat them.”

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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS MBIC Internship Reflection Intern Ella Snelson I grew up on a beef cattle operation in Saint James, Missouri, so when I heard about an internship dealing with beef, I was ecstatic. When I first came into this internship at the beginning of June, I knew the basic things that I would be doing: general office responsibilities, researching target markets, assisting beef council staff, and creating promotional materials. What I did not know, is that not only would I be doing all of those things, but I would also be traveling to numerous events throughout the week, I would be meeting so many different people in the agriculture industry, and that I would get to take the things that I have learned in school and actually use them.

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My summer has been so jam-packed and it feels like everyone in the office is always busy with different projects, and they say that this is their slow time. My favorite part about the internship is going to all of the different events. I believe that it would not be as fun, or as educational, if I just sat in the office all day. Attending the numerous events are where I think that I learn the most and get to meet so many interesting people. While working for the Missouri Beef Industry Council, I was able to go to an American Culinary Foundation meeting to watch a cooking demonstration and provide them with more materials about different cuts of beef. I also worked with the American Heart Association on a

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few different projects, such as cooking demonstrations and helping with their Circle of Red and Better U programs. One of my favorite things that I did with the AHA, was doing a cooking demonstration with dietician, Whitney Reist. This event was really fun and I got to learn a lot of different tips that even I did not know. It was amazing to see Whitney interact with different people and to see her teach them not only how to cook different beef dishes, but to also show them how to select different meat cuts in the store. It was rewarding to see the looks on everyone’s faces when they saw how easy it was to make different beef recipes and it was even better to see their reactions to how good it tasted. Another interested thing that I was able to do this summer, was travel to different livestock auctions. At these sale barns, I got the opportunity to speak with producers and hear their stories. I was also able to share with them what the beef checkoff dollar is doing, so they could get a better understanding of it. In the beginning of July, Macey, the other MBIC intern, and I were able to participate in the Aggie Intern Roadshow. This allowed us to tour other agriculture companies in the Columbia and Jefferson City area. We were able to meet other interns our age, who explained what their roles were at their jobs. During the day, all of the interns had the chance to talk to Missouri Pork Producers Association, MFA Incorporated, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri


Soybean Association, Missouri Farmers Care, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, and of course, Missouri Beef Industry Council. This was a chance to learn about other agriculture internship opportunities and to see how different companies are ran. All of the places that we visited were very interesting, but I think I am pretty partial to the Missouri Beef Industry Council. One of the best things that I have had the privilege of doing was traveling to different restaurants that incorporate a lot of beef into their menu. I got to try different dishes, then write a feature for the restaurant on our blog, which you can read at http:// www.mobeef.org/mobeef-love/ news. This was fun because I got to eat a lot of different beef meals and I also got to spread the word about eating beef to other people, to encourage them to eat more beef as well.

along the way. I am thankful that I have been able to express my ideas and have had some creative freedom to start different projects. As I start my junior year as an agricultural business marketing and sales major and an agricultural communications minor at Missouri State University this fall, I am still confident that the agriculture industry is where I belong. I plan on continuing my education, and later getting a job in agriculture, when I graduate.

Importance of Beef Checkoff

I think that the beef checkoff is important because without them, the demand for beef may not be as high. Everyone at the Beef Council does an amazing job of educating different people about things going on in the beef industry. They engage conversations with producers, and they discuss with consumers about why they should eat beef. The beef checkoff is able to market to consumers in a way that producers are not able to.

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This internship has been very rewarding, because it gave me the opportunity to be able to become more involved in the agriculture industry, specifically with beef. I have loved being able to travel to different places and getting the chance to meet different people that I can make connections with. I think that I was able to use things that I have learned at college, and I also discovered many new things

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Common Sense with Baxter Black My Introduction to Trichomoniasis Foetus I was the veterinarian for a livestock company in the northwest. We had 10,000 cows on 6 ranches in 5 states with a progressive, well-managed cow/calf operation. The year was 1976. In October I preg-tested our cows in Owyhee county Idaho. The conception rate was 92%. Albert managed that set of 2,000 cows and he was concerned… it should have been 94%. We discussed

it. I thought 92% was pretty good and he conceded the range was worse than last year. I made no effort to find a cause. The next fall we worked the cattle again and the conception was down to 90%. Albert had been right. I learned a lesson and set about seeking an answer. I must say that infertility and abortion in big herds is very difficult to confirm. I went through the testable disease: vibrio, lepto, IBR, poison plants, selenium, foothill abortion, metabolic disorders and finally Trichamoniasis.

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It was a wild longshot! I had never diagnosed it, nor had I ever heard of anyone who did. But, I went through the collection procedure on 12 head of Albert’s bulls. I had a small laboratory and was good at parasitology in vet school. There, under my microscope, swimming across the petri dish, was a one-celled protozoan with flagellae breast-stroking itself across my screen!

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I examined all of the dishes several times and found it in two more bull samples. Over the next month I called several authorities, professors, state veterinarians and recommended cow vets. To a man each told me it didn’t exist anymore, it had been eradicated, my sample was a rumen contaminant, it hadn’t been seen since the thirties.


To humor me my parasitology professor offered to send me some Diamond media to send back samples. I did. He was stunned! It was like I had struck oil or won the Super Bowl! After the discovery smoke had cleared, I set out to find a cure. The old vet books said Trich is related to the protozoan that causes Blackhead in turkeys. Let me condense the next several months: I diagnosed Trich at EVERY ranch - Positive bulls were culled – all others were treated individually, orally with a 16 oz. dosing syringe – black bucket, caught, haltered, head pulled up with a ten-foot A frame with block and tackle, and tied it to my rear bumper for 5 days in a row. Sarcastic remark: It really got fun by the third day. I put on meetings for the neighbors, the local vets, the state cattlemen; I became a minor authority. The lesson I learned was to pay attention to Albert. I read articles nowadays discussing the control, prevention and treatment of Trich. To me it seemed a monumental task, but the hard way was the only way. I remember a call from a cattleman in Las Vegas, NV whose herd had been diagnosed positive. He was griping about having to treat his bulls, so much work, what a pain, is there any other way… He went on and on. Finally I said, “Just quit yer cryin’, bite the bullet and man-up for goodness sake!” He said, “You don’t understand…my bulls are Longhorns!”

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Missouri Cattleman Attends Elite Cattle Industry Conference Representing Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA), Matthew Hardecke participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) 2017 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). More than 50 cattle producers and beef industry leaders from across the United States, attended the conference. Hardecke was selected by their fellow producers to participate in the 2017 class. Hardecke and his wife, Jessica, are residents of Wildwood, Mo., which is just on the outskirts of St. Louis. His farm is a traditional cow-calf operation that is mostly Angus-influenced. Clover Meadows Beef is Matt and Jessica’s direct beef marketing business which sells to customers in the St. Louis region. Matt is a Senior Vice President at Enterprise Bank and Trust and manages the bank’s agricultural portfolio. Matt has a degree in Agricultural Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. Matt is the MCA Treasurer and Executive Board member. NCBA’s YCC program is an opportunity for these young leaders to gain an understanding of the beef industry from pasture to plate. The YCC program also

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serves as a showcase for NCBA’s involvement in policy making, issues management, research, education and marketing. Beginning at the NCBA headquarters in Denver, Colo., this year’s YCC class gained an inside perspective on the many issues affecting the beef industry and the work being done on both the state and national level to address these issues on behalf of the NCBA membership. While in Denver, participants were given an organizational overview of NCBA and the Beef Checkoff Program and CattleFax provided a comprehensive overview of the current cattle market and emerging trends. During a visit to a Safeway flagship store, the participants received a first-hand account of the retail perspective of the beef business. The group also toured the JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner feedyard, one of the largest in the nation, and the JBS Greeley packing and processing plant. From Denver, the group traveled to Chicago, Ill., where they visited the McDonald’s corporate campus and OSI, one of the nation’s premiere beef patty producers. The group also toured The Bruss Company, a manufacturer

of portion-controlled steaks, which supplies restaurants across the United States. After the brief stop in Chicago, the group concluded their trip in Washington D.C., for an in-depth issues briefing on current policy issues including international trade and increasing environmental regulations. Following the issues update, the participants were given the opportunity to visit one-on-one with members of their state’s congressional delegation, expressing their viewpoints regarding the beef industry and their cattle operations. John Deere also hosted a reception at the new NCBA D.C. office during their time in the nation’s capitol. With the beef industry changing rapidly, identifying and educating leaders has never been more important. As a grassroots trade association representing the entire beef industry, NCBA is proud to play a role in that process and its future success. More than 1,000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980. Many of these alumni have gone to serve in leadership positions on state and national committees, councils and boards.

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Show-Me-Select Heifer Sales End with Highest Prices at Palmyra Source: University of Missouri Extension News PALMYRA, Mo. – The fourth and final spring ShowMe-Select heifer sale topped the average price of all at $1,928. “Buyers were light, but bidders came to buy heifers,” said Daniel Mallory, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, New London. He noted that many new buyers came from northern Missouri and Iowa. Consignors were mostly longtime members of the MU Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. “That shows the quality of the program,” Mallory said. “Farmers see the added value built for the past 21 years.” The Palmyra sale sold 120 heifers from 12 consignors. They went to 16 buyers.

Pre-breeding exams help cull heifers that may not work as replacements. Growing popularity goes to timed artificial insemination. That allows picking from the top proven sires in a breed. With timed AI, all cows are bred in one day. That brings a uniform calf crop in age and size. Those sell for more to feedlot buyers. The spring sales offer heifers bred to calve in the fall. Weather affected sale attendance more than usual this year. The southeastern Missouri sale met heavy flooding in the area. The southwestern Missouri sale conflicted with an F1 tornado.

Price averages for the other sales: Farmington, $1,813; Fruitland, $1,764; Joplin, $1,714. Tops at the first two sales were $2,500 per head. The top at Joplin was $3,200. Those were for a new class of SMS heifers called Show-Me-Plus. Those heifers were tested with a genomic prediction panel.

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Increasingly, bigger premiums are paid for heifers with advanced genetics. The Tier Two heifers bred AI now bring a $400 average premium over Tier One heifers bred to bulls.

Fall sales will have bred heifers for next spring’s calving. The idea of Show-Me-Select was brought to Missouri by David Patterson, MU Extension beef specialist. The work with heifers built on earlier MU work on production testing of bulls. Only heifers enrolled in the program can wear the trademark SMS logo ear tag.

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Iowa Ranch Honored for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Source NCBA DENVER ( July 13, 2017) – SFI, Inc., in Nemaha, Iowa, has been selected as one of six regional honorees of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award, announced during the 2017 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting July 13, 2017, recognizes the operation’s outstanding stewardship and conservation efforts. This year’s regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be announced during the

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Annual Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., in February 2018. Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to recognize outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry, ESAP is generously sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. “Cattlemen and women everywhere understand that the land, air and water resources in their care are the cornerstone of their success and they are only stewards of those resources for a short time,” said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden. “Each of us understands the importance of improving those resources and leaving them better for future generations. This year’s nominees are outstanding examples of what is possible for the beef industry and they serve as an inspiration for producers everywhere to continue improving their stewardship practices now and in the future.” Operated by the Smith family, which consists of Lynn and Joy, son Seth and his wife Etta, SFI, Inc., is in the heart of the Upper Raccoon River watershed, where Lynn Smith’s family settled in 1886. Lynn began farming at SFI, Inc. in 1971 with Seth, following in his footsteps in 2001. Today, the farm consists of 1,900 acres of row crops, 510 acres of pasture, a 500 head feederto-finish hog barn, 210 cow-calf pairs and a 2,200 head feedlot.

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“My dad’s dad came here from Illinois,” said Lynn, “and they settled a little west of here, so they’ve been there ever since. I think it’s been 130 years that the Smiths have farmed, or put a crop in.”

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Lynn has been using conservation tillage on the farm since 1977, and SFI, Inc., operates on a “closed loop” of enterprises that support each other. The Smiths converted erodible land to pasture and rotationally graze to optimize efficiency. SFI, Inc., has cover crops that also provide fall and spring grazing worth $40 to $60 per acre. The farm is able to greatly reduce nitrate losses thanks to the use of in-season nitrogen applications, cover crops and composted feedlot manure. The family planted 4,000 feet of windbreaks around the feedlot to protect the cattle, provide a habitat for wildlife and improve the aesthetics. SFI, Inc., also has monoslope feedlot barns that keep rain off the cattle and


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manure to reduce runoff. Corn stalks provide bedding for the feedlot, and, when composted with manure, provides SFI, Inc., with most of their fertilizer. Water from the feedlot lagoon is recycled via an irrigation pivot onto row crops and serves as fertilizer as well, and a wash bay with a pit captures nutrients from trucks and equipment for recycling. “The Smiths are just great stewards of the land,” said Jim Frederick, a retired assistant state conservationist for NRCS, “and it’s going to be generational. They’re always willing to teach, and always willing to learn; that’s a good combination to have.” “The desire to leave the land better than they found it is a common trait among cattle raisers,” says Dave Owens, beef marketing specialist with sponsor Dow AgroSciences. “You certainly see that in action in the Smith family. They’re making a real, on-theground difference in protecting and improving the environment.”

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SFI, Inc., is located in the drainages, which were targeted by the 2015 Des Moines Water Works lawsuit, which blamed farmers for high nitrate levels in the water. The suit has since been dismissed, but even before the suit the Smiths were focusing on efforts to improve water quality. The Smiths have surpassed regulations to build a double containment system for fuel and feedlot manure. The system has kept containments from streams, even when a tornado opened a valve. The Smiths are also always looking for ways to share their stewardship story, even providing the beef for the burgers served at a nearby restaurant with a menu that educates consumers about SFI, Inc., and its environmental practices. The Smiths continue to implement and try new stewardship practices every year, knowing that the changes they implement today will help ensure their farm is around for generations to come. “I feel like we owe that to the generations prior to us that did a lot of these things that we get to enjoy,” said Seth. “It’s our job to continue that, to pass that on so that every generation that comes along makes things a little better.”


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Making Observations Count Source: On Target, by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. CAB Director, Supply Development This time of year, you probably spend more time observing than working cattle. Calving is complete and bulls have been turned out with the spring herd. Fall calves are weaned and grass cattle are moving through pastures. As the temperature rises, so does water intake for cattle. Their grazing activity moves to early morning and late evening, which presents the best opportunities to check the herd because “shaded up” cattle can be hard to find. We check cattle to watch for estrus and bull activity, monitor flies and look out for early symptoms of pinkeye or foot rot. In my youth, a disproportionate amount of time in the summer was spent waiting on water. In the days before we all had automatic waterers, the task of checking and filling tanks was common practice. And since those days pre-dated the convenience of cell phones, most of the time I spent waiting was spent watching cows. I suspect many of you can relate to this experience and now realize, as I do, that was when we honed our stockmanship skills. Daily observation let you determine if a bull was not doing the job or if a calf was not feeling well long before he was off feed. Today, we may spend no less time checking cattle, but I wonder if we are as focused or deliberate as back in the day. Especially since we don’t have to wait on water and there’s technology handy to catch up on calls or other communications while walking through the cows. It could be time to reconsider why you are checking

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cattle, beyond trying to count them. Take a call if the phone buzzes, but then get back to intentional assessments on location. As the most essential nutrient, water offers the greatest opportunity for noticing problems or differences. Keep in mind that animals can survive a lot longer without eating than without water, and that becomes more critical in the summer as water intake can double with rising temperatures. It’s hard to tell just how much cattle are drinking in most cases, unless you only have a few head and a small tank, so the best plan is to ensure intake by providing a clean water source. That won’t just increase intake, but will improve performance as well. Canadian research has shown a half-pound-per-day advantage in gain for cattle drinking from troughs compared to pond water. That’s not limited to growing cattle alone, but was also observed in cow-calf pairs. Make sure surface-water sources remain sufficient in quality and quantity in the event of inadequate or untimely rainfall. Health’s role in performance and quality comes up regularly, but that focus is often centered on the weaning period. With calves nursing cows in large pastures, there’s just as much need to observe them and assess respiratory health now, as dry and dusty pastures can contribute to respiratory challenges long before weaning. We don’t know much about how the typical summer health issues affect later beef quality traits, because pinkeye and foot rot are not as widely researched as respiratory disease. What we do know is, the calves that most fully realize their genetic potential for high-quality beef are those that never have a bad day. Whether respiratory, pinkeye or sore feet, all health challenges result in a similar response by the calf: fever and reduced feed intake. The fever will ease with recovery but that reduction in feed intake probably cannot be overcome, based on some early studies in poultry. Though sick birds were fed the same amount as healthy ones, their recovery rate was longer or death loss increased. Whether selling calves at weaning or producing a highquality carcass, the key is to limit the days when nutrient intake may be limited. Since the natural “sickness behavior” can’t be overcome, it pays to prevent and proactively detect the causes. We may not have to wait on the water to fill a tank, but we should still use our most limiting resource to observe the cows a little more closely this time of year.


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Tools That Work Source: by Miranda Reiman for CAB You need to hang a picture on a wall. As you grab a hammer and swing, I bet you never find yourself thinking, “I sure hope this hammer will work.” You’ve selected the right tool for the job, you know how it functions and you’re confident it will deliver the intended results. Yet in the cattle community, I hear tool skeptics all the time. Take EPDs, the expected progeny differences calculated by breed associations. “Those are just numbers. They don’t tell you what the animal is going to do in the real world.” I’ve worked as an ag journalist for more than a decade and every single rancher I interview who has made significant, directional progress gives a big portion of that credit to studying the EPDs. No matter what trait or suite of traits you’re trying to improve, they provide a clear roadmap. EPDs help you determine ways to avoid problems and help you design exactly the kind of herd you want.

They’ve been studied and accuracy improved for decades. In many cases, these calculations have millions of records feeding into their algorithms. With the addition of genomic information, the figures are more precise than ever. “The EPDs and indexes are not just numbers on a page in a sale catalog; they’re very accurate tools that people can use,” an expert told me when I asked about a recent demonstration project. The study was designed to prove the value of a genetic value index that incorporates EPDs in estimating endproduct merit. There was a predicted $187.38 difference between the bottom group and the top. In real life, fed the same ration at the same yard to the same backfat endpoint, there was a $215.47 spread. A big part was due to the quality grade differences, where the group with the highest predicted carcass value was 100% high Choice and Prime, compared to the lower group that had zero Primes and just 52% premium Choice. Simply put, the tools work. There are other time-honored improvement strategies that would fall into this category of well-researched, widely tested, proven technologies. I still hear people say, “For all the labor, hassle and money spent on synchronization, there’s no way AI [artificial insemination] makes sense.” Yet, in talking to a rancher whose entire steer crop made 80% Prime, I discovered a big key to success: near threequarters of the 1,000 cows were AI bred. There’s the benefit of having access to better genetics, but beyond that, study after study shows early-born calves make more money than the stragglers. The less variation in calves, the more interested the buyers.

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Research from a few years ago shows in a herd of 50 cows, with all costs figured in, AI adds more than $7,000 over the course of five years. That didn’t even take into consideration the potential value of better carcass merit.

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I’m a proponent of checking facts and scrutinizing decisions, but if a proven technology claims to save you time or money, or add to your bottom line, and it actually does? Don’t be too surprised. Sometimes it is just this simple: the tools work as intended.


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Strong Momentum Continues for Red Meat Exports Source: USMEF U.S. pork and beef exports posted a strong May performance, increasing significantly from the previous month and from year-ago levels, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports reached 222,015 metric tons (mt) in May, up 11 percent year-over-year and the fourth-largest monthly volume on record. Pork export value was $583.2 million, up 16 percent. For January through May, exports increased 14 percent from a year ago in volume (1.05 million mt, a record pace) and 18 percent in value ($2.68 billion). Even with the growth in U.S. pork production, exports account for a larger share in 2017. May exports equated to 29.4 percent of total production and just under 25 percent for muscle cuts only – up from 28.4 percent and 24.3 percent, respectively, last year. Through the first five months of 2017, exports accounted for 27.9 percent of total production and 23.2 percent for muscle cuts (up from 25.2 percent and 21.3 percent). Exports are also commanding higher prices, indicative of strong demand across a wide range of international markets. Export value per head slaughtered averaged $58.61 in May, up 7 percent from a year ago. The January-May average was $54.23, up 14 percent. May beef exports totaled 105,321 mt, up 6 percent from a year ago, valued at $582.6 million, up 9 percent. For January through May, beef exports were up 12 percent in volume (497,322 mt) and 16 percent in value ($2.75 billion) compared to the same period last year. Exports accounted for 13 percent of total U.S. beef production in May and 10 percent for muscle cuts only – each down one percentage point from a year ago. Through May, these ratios were steady with last year’s pace – 12.8 percent for total production and 10 percent

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for muscle cuts. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $265.55 in May, matching the average from a year ago. Through May, per-head export value averaged $270.27, up 8 percent. Beef export prices are also increasing, especially in key Asian markets, with doubledigit increases in Japan and Korea in May illustrating the strong demand for U.S. beef. May was a particularly strong month for variety meat exports, with pork variety meat volume climbing 16 percent to 47,766 mt (a record high for May), and value up 33 percent to $102.7 million. Beef variety meat exports reached 2017 highs in both volume (30,173 mt, up 12 percent) and value ($77.7 million, up 10 percent). “2017 is shaping up as a very solid year for U.S. pork and beef exports, but we remain in an extremely competitive situation in each of our key markets,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “That’s why it is so important to capitalize on every opportunity to increase carcass value, and this is where variety meat plays an important role. USMEF has been working with our industry partners to expand the range of variety meat product offerings and diversify their destinations, and those efforts are paying important dividends for producers.” Japan, Korea and Taiwan shine for U.S. beef while rebound in Hong Kong continues Beef exports to leading market Japan maintained their strong momentum in May, with volume up 9 percent to 25,340 mt and value up 24 percent to $160.8 million. Through May, exports to Japan exceeded last year’s pace by 28 percent in volume (123,291 mt) and 32 percent in value ($731.4 million). This included a 45 percent increase in chilled beef exports to 58,000 mt, valued at $414 million (up 42 percent). U.S. beef now accounts for 51 percent of Japan’s chilled beef imports, surpassing Australia, and climbing from 40 percent last year.

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May beef exports to South Korea fell below last year’s large volume (14,268 mt, down 8 percent) but still increased 2 percent in value to $89.2 million. Chilled exports were the largest of the year at 3,700 mt, up 89 percent. For January through May, exports to Korea were up 12 percent in volume (68,656 mt) and 21 percent in value ($435.3 million). This included an 85 percent increase in chilled exports (to 15,700 mt) with value up 88 percent to $138.5 million. The U.S. is now Korea’s largest supplier of chilled beef, with market share climbing from 36.5 percent last year to 52 percent in 2017, surpassing Australia. Beef exports to Taiwan posted a solid May performance with volume up 24 percent to 3,426 mt and value up 20 percent to $28.6 million. Through May, exports to Taiwan totaled 16,925 mt (up 24 percent) valued at $147.1 million (up 27 percent). This included chilled exports of 6,650 mt (up 16 percent) valued at $76 million (up 19 percent). The U.S. is the largest supplier of beef to Taiwan and holds 70 percent of the chilled beef market. After a slow start to the year, exports to Hong Kong continued to gain momentum in May with exports increasing 29 percent in volume (10,290 mt) and 36 percent in value ($66.4 million). Through May, exports

to Hong Kong totaled 47,683 mt (up 7 percent) valued at $300.3 million (up 14 percent). Beef exports within North America declined in May, with volumes below year-ago levels for both Mexico (20,797 mt, down 7 percent) and Canada (8,700 mt, down 21 percent). Through May, exports to Mexico were still up 4 percent year-over-year in volume (95,379 mt) but fell 5 percent in value ($379.1 million). JanuaryMay exports to Canada remained ahead of last year’s pace in both volume (47,405 mt, up 3 percent) and value ($319.7 million, up 6 percent).

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Polk County The Polk County Cattleman met July 13, at the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch. The meeting was sponsored by Bob and Linda Voris. This has become an annual event for the Voris couple. Each year they sponsor the July meeting and have a blood drive. They are very passionate about donating blood, as they personally reaped the benefits of blood donations. They saw some young men’s lives saved after a terrible accident, which involved their son and some of his close friends. So, you can see why it is so important to them. We had 19 people who were willing and able to give blood. Julia Conway, development director of the Boys Ranch.

Bob and Linda provided a delicious meal of grilled burgers, baked beans and potato salad, which was followed by our choice of either peach or blackberry cobbler and ice cream. Thank you, Bob and Linda. It was all very delicious. The Polk County Health Center was present to give tetanus shots and shingles shots as well. Several people took advantage of this service. Our speakers were Julia Conway, Development Director of the Boys Ranch and Carol Bookhout of the Polk County Health Center.

Julia told us about the Boys Ranch, it’s origins in 1959, and how it has developed into a place where now there are 84 troubled young men who are learning good coping skills and many other things that go with life after they leave the ranch. There are approximately 25-30 employees that help these young men overcome many things. They are taught responsibilities, and how to work hard. The Ranch raises the beef to feed the boys and the employees. They have horses on the ranch also that the boys learn to care for, and are taught to ride. The boys help with all the chores of caring for the animals, keeping the landscaped areas weed-free,

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Carol Bookhout talked with us about health issues that are brought on by summer weather. She talked about the necessity of using sunscreen and how to treat sunburns. She said it is very important to wear good sunglasses to prevent some eye problems later in life. She spoke about ways to prevent tick bites and what to do if you are bitten by a tick. She warned that we should be sure we do not leave children or pets in a hot car. She said a child can die in a car in 80 degree temperatures in just ten minutes, so do whatever we must to protect those that may not be able to help themselves. It was a very good meeting, and we hope to have enve more blood donors next year! REMEMBER there will not be an August meeting. We will all be too busy helping with local and state fairs. The September meeting will be at Smith’s Restaurant on September 14. So, please plan to attend. Carol Bookhout and Peggy Boullier from the Polk County Health Center.

cleaning the kitchen and various other chores. They are taught many things which will prepare them to leave the facility and be able to function as adult citizens of the community at some future date.

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Cedar County The Cedar County Cattlemen’s Association met on June 1, 2017 at the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fairgrounds in El Dorado Springs. Billy Bruce called the meeting to order and Mr. Levi gave the invocation. There were 42 members and guests present. This year the cattlemen awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Cheston Stacy (Stockton), Clayton Locke (Stockton) and Santara Best (El Dorado Springs). Each student spoke briefly on their current involvement and future plans.

Joe Levi (right) and Tom Bryant (left) socialize during the June meeting.

The speaker and sponsor for the evening was Mike Richner, Missouri Livestock Supplements, Brighton. He shared how the natural, non-medicated tubs were advantageous to beef producers. Missouri Livestock Supplements offers 10 tubs in its line, ranging from beef, dairy, equine, sheep, goats and deer tubs. He discussed their Pasture Advantage AP-5 Plus and their Calving/ Receiving tubs, which contain both AP-5 and Agrimos, a prebiotic Two local dealers, Ty Heiserman (Rockville) and Shannon Lowrey (El Dorado Springs) were available to share their experiences with the products and talk to producers after the meeting.

Ty Heisermen, Missouri Livestock Supplements dealer, shares his knowledge with Dan Fugate (left) and Tony Underwood (right).

Throughout the summer, the cattlemen can be found serving beef during at various events throughout the county. The second annual Lunch on the Lawn was held at the Cedar County Courthouse on May 22 in Stockton. Beef was served to elected officials and courthouse staff by cattlemen and Farm Bureau members. Thank you to Billy Bruce, Clay Doeden, Maranda Spangler, Tom Bryant and Megan Richner for helping with this event.

Thank you Mike Richner, Missouri Livestock Supplements, for sponsoring dinner and sharing information with producers about the all-natural tubs and their benefit to producers.

United Producers Inc. Customer Appreciation Day will was held on June 6. Tom Bryant represented Cedar County to help Polk County.

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The cattlemen served hamburgers to over 100 exhibitors and parents during the Cedar County Youth Fair (Stockton) on June 16. Thanks to Don Boultinghouse, Tom Bryant, Billy Bruce, Clay Doeden, Megan Richner and Miranda Lowrey for helping with this event.

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The cattlemen will also be serving the exhibitor dinner at the Land O’ Lakes Youth Fair (El Dorado Springs) on July 13. Members are asked to help serve during both events.

Shannon Lowrey (left), Missouri Livestock Supplement dealer talks to members after the June meeting.

The next member meeting will be on Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center in Stockton.


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and Scott Hutcherson who presented a very informative program.

It has been another busy month. If not in the fields baling, then working in shops repairing equipment and listening to the rain. The weather has been great for the wives’ flowers in the yard, but not so good for the men.

Our next event was the local Old Glory Days parade. this is the biggest summer event in the county and involves hundreds of partipants and thousands of spectators. Our association was well represented in the activity. We are actively involved in any event that we can promote beef.

We had one membership dinner/meeting during the month. A delicious meal was served to about 50 members and guests. Our sponsor was Mike Keith Insurance. Speakers for the evening were Stanton Jones

Fellowship with other cattlemen is one of the perks of having frequent dinner/ meetings. Here we see Josiah Town visiting with Bill and Cathy Foster. Sponsors Mike Keith and wife Karen (left) stop to pose with several of their employees.

Kathy Sylvestor with Jim and Mona Reid. Jim sponsors our monthly drawing… usually for a variety of toolboxes. We are really pleased to be getting YOUNG members recently. Two new ones are Wyatt Veach and Riley Ferguson.

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Waiting for the parade to begin at Old Glory Days is Gene Reid, Jan Reid, Roy Batschelett, Pat Licher, Kent Carney, Pam Carney, Anthony Lesmeister, Bailey Carter, Sami Lesmeister, Marylin Lesmeister, and Joyce Trolinger. Several others participated but weren’t available for pictures.


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Cole County The Cole County Cattlemen’s Association awarded five $1,000 scholarship to five 2017 seniors from Cole County. As a result of the success of the 3rd Annual Youth In Agriculture Scholarship Fundraiser, March 25, 2017 the CCCA was able to add two more scholarships than from the previous year. The Cole County Cattlemen’s Association met April 27, 2017 with 44 people attending. The meal was served by Mr. Bill Scheiders. Special guest was Mr. Chuck Miller who spoke to the group about Cowboys at the Jarin Limbach

Capitol, the Missouri Cattleman’s Association fire relief efforts, livestock teaching and judging at the University of Missouri and hearing Chris Chinn speak at a recent Boone County meeting. Nathanial Forck Cole R-V High School Keith & Sonya Forck Jefferson City, Mo Plans to attend Missouri State University and major in Agribusiness and Animal Science.

Cole R-V High School Larry & Dayna Limbach Henley, Mo Plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in Animal Science and Farm & Ranch Management.

Clayton Roling Blair Oaks High School Travis & Judy Roling Jefferson City, MO Lincoln University, plans to major in Agribusiness.

Gentry County Cattlemen’s Association August 23 & 24, 2017

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Andrea Blochberger Cole R-V High School Scott & Melanie Blochberger Eugene, MO William Woods University, plans to major in Athletic Training,

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

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

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Alan Mead, Owner 573-216-0210

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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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Bates County The Bates County Cattleman’s May meeting was held at the El Charro’s Mexican Restaurant in Butler, Missouri. Local trailer dealer McCurry Trailers sponsored the meeting and provided lively entertainment with the cowboy poet, Danny McCurry (featured in this month’s magazine). As usual, the group plans to cook hamburgers at several events in the area this summer. The first will be at the Amsterdam Jubilee. This small-town festival draws attendance from all over the county and is a great venue to promote beef. After hearing about the MBIC grants at the last meeting, the group decided to apply for a $500 promotional grant. They plan to use the money to buy hamburgers and serve them during the Butler citywide garage sale this month. The burgers will be free to anyone who wants them and a donation jar will be available if anyone wants to contribute.

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group donate $200 to the fund. The June meeting was held at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Appleton City, Missouri. Nick Hammett, Circle A Angus, sponsored the meeting and gave a presentation on the new programs they offer. He highlighted their feedlot facility and buy-back program. He also talked about their shift from registered to commercial cattle and shared they are dispersing their entire registered herd this year. Our business meeting consisted of event updates and cooking schedules. There was over $400 donated at the Butler garage sale food stand. The group decided to pass the donation on to the county food pantry and place an ad in the local paper to thank contributors and make the announcement. We will be active at the county fair in July and the state fair in August. As usual, the group will serve ribeye steak dinners during the beef show and plan to contribute to the junior livestock sale as well. One of the county fair royalty candidates was present and asked for support. The group agreed to buy a $100 Fair Share. A county membership list was passed around. Everyone was asked to contact neighbors whose membership has expired and encourage them to renew.


Douglas/Wright County Our meeting was held July 11 with a great sponsor! Over 60 steak dinners were served and Bayer was welcomed with a full house. Our new secretary/treasurer Ashley Watkins handled the door traffic like a champ! Ashley will be growing at a rapid pace in this position. Larry Hawkins spoke of the variety of flies that we are faced with and the various problems each fly can cause. He offered many of the Bayer products to help fight the fly fight. Stacey Ross, our local Bayer contact, was wellreceived and full of friendly offers to come and sponsor a meeting in the fall. We had a bonus speaker - Charles Bassett a district #8 board member of Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. He gave a brief speech about the beef council and the communities he serves. Thank you Club 60 Steakhouse for accommodating all of us with your fast and friendly service; it was much appreciated as always. Dave Gourley DVM of Gourley Red Angus has donated a pregnant heifer (winter calf) to Douglas/Wright County Cattlemen’s Association. This is an attempt to bring more youth into our industry. The criteria will be

available August 1 and will run till October 1. We are aiming for the 5th grade to 12th. We are looking for that young person who may not have the opportunity to purchase a heifer, but would benefit from having one. We are looking to give someone a start and some education on what it takes to do what we do everyday. We are blessed with many cattlemen who are willing to take this young person to another level of hands-on education and teach them how to maintain that precious herd. We encourage you to look for the flyer at our local businesses, and again you can always contact the county leadership. Douglas/Wright County is scheduled to work the Beef House at the state fair on August 18 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Should you want to donate some time and visit the state fair, please contact Ashley or Karla through the email karlabesson132@gmail.com. We are still working on August meeting and an update will be posted.

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Lafayette County The Lafayette County Cattlemen held two board meetings recently in preparation for upcoming events.

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On May 22, the group met at the FCS Financial office in Higginsville. Dates were discussed for the upcoming cookouts and the scholarship dinner and auctions. Chairmen were established as follows: Beef Month Cookout at Piggly Wiggly in Higginsville – Chance Malott, Chad Copenhaver and Bill Oelrichs; Big BAM Bike Event in Lexington – Kent Corbin and Gary Copenhaver; Bumper to Bumper Open Houses – Chad and Gary Copenhaver; Super Farmer Contest – Marsha Corbin and Marlene Edwards; Higginsville Country Fair – Bill Oelrichs, John Harris, Harvey Geary and Brian Wildschuetz. The scholarship dinner and auction committee chairs were divided among all board members. Marsha Corbin conducted the annual food safety program for attendees in preparation for the upcoming events. The board met again June 26 at FCS Financial in Higginsville. John and Kathy Harris reported on the annual Cattlemen’s Steak Fry. Reports were given on the three cookouts, and the remainder of the meeting was spent preparing for the annual dinner and scholarship auction to be held July 6 at the Concordia Community Building.

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Understanding Beef Trade with China

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The conversations I am hearing at livestock markets, conferences, county meetings and the coffee shop I go to in Auxvasse are being dominated by the news that U.S. beef is free to enter the Chinese market after being blocked for over a decade. Many producers heard that there was some big agreement where beef from cattle under 30 months of age can be exported, but many don’t know for sure the terms of the agreement. In full disclosure, I am not an international trade expert, but I do think it is important that we understand the basics regarding the major points of the trade deal with China. This agreement could yield big returns for Missouri beef producers. The potential is literally endless. While the deal is sealed, it is still important to realize that only a small percentage of U.S. cattle will be eligible at first because the certification process with USDA will take time. Not to mention the fact that it will take some time to build consumer confidence and develop supply chains in China. We must be realistic and shouldn’t expect this to happen instantaneously. Traceability was a big part of the negotiations. A compromise was made where China accepted the “bookend” traceability system proposed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This approach requires the location where the animal was officially identified and the animal’s last location, which is often the processing facility. The animal could be officially identified on the farm or, more commonly, at the feedlot. This was definitely good news for Missouri cattle producers. There are also some restrictions on technologies. Eligible beef products exported to China cannot contain “growth promotants, feed additives and other chemical compounds including ractopamine, prohibited by China’s law and regulation.” I’m still a little confused on this. China is specifically referring to synthetic hormones and not naturally occurring hormones. It is my understanding that testing cannot exceed the “natural level” of hormones, which doesn’t necessarily mean that some technologies wouldn’t be acceptable. There needs to be added clarification on this. Perhaps the most important part of the agreement was

Executive Vice President coming to terms on how China will react if an animal health incident occurs in the country. For example, if a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is discovered in the United States. China confirmed and reconfirmed that its market will remain open to U.S. beef if another case of BSE is confirmed as long as the United States retains its “negligible risk” status from the World Organization for Animal Health. My biggest fear when it comes to exports is always the knee-jerk reaction that too often occurs when there is an incident usually related to animal health. The fact that China agreed upfront not to overreact and to rely on sound science is a major win for us. The potential for you and the entire beef industry in the United States is endless. I say this based on the basics. China has a population of 1.4 billion people and a middleclass that is larger than the entire U.S. population. We also need to realize that domestic Chinese beef and most imports are from grass-finished cattle. There is a desire, especially from restaurants, to serve grain-finished beef and no one does it better than the United States. Currently, only 5 percent of imported beef was from grain-finished cattle, which makes our potential even stronger. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, U.S. beef exports to China will start slow but will climb above $300 million annually within the next five years. If this hold true, the United States would become the biggest supplier of grain-finished beef by 2022. China is currently the fourth largest beef importer, but I believe it is only a matter of time before they take the top spot. The next time you go to the coffee shop, you will be armed and dangerous with information. If you have detailed questions about China, please contact us and we will connect you with the right people.


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Genetically Yours XXVI The Tradition of Quality Continues

Saturday • October 7 • 2017 11:00 a.m. • Springfield, Missouri

100 Lots Sell

Sale Location William H. Darr Agriculture Center LJR MSU 6Y DEMAND 90D—a stout herd bull prospect by C&L CT Federal 485T 6Y. 90D is the result of 35 years of the LJR program. He and 20 more just like him sell. 80 lb. birth weight.

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Sale Calendar August 18-19 Express Ranches Big Event, Yukon, OK September 4 Autumn in the Ozarks Charolais Sale, Strafford, MO September 9 Don Thomas and Sons Brangus Sale, Madison, MO September 9 Wild Indian Acres Charolais Sale, De Soto, MO September 16 Seedstock Plus Showcase Sale XII & 9th Annual Customer Appreciation Sale, Kingsville, MO September 16 Buford Ranches Bull Sale, Welch OK September 22 Pine View Angus Female Sale, Colesburg, IA September 23 Mead Farms Charolais Mature Cow Herd Disp., Versailles, MO MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 1 9/24/14 9:59 AM Page 62 September 25 Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, KS September 29 Jefferies Red Angus, Checotah, OK September 30 2S Angus Production Sale, Seneca, MO September 30 Satterfield Charolais and Angus Female Sale, Evening Shade, AR October 2 Express Ranches Bull and Commercial Female Sale, Yukon, OK October 7 Journagan Ranch/MSU Production Sale, Springfield, MO October 7 JAC’s Ranch, Bentonville AR October 7 Maple Oaks Red Angus Sale, Eldon, MO October 7 Route 66 Simmental Sale, Springfield, MO October 8 Heart of Missouri Limousin Sale, Lebanon, MO October 14 J&N Black Herefords, Leavenworth KS October 14 Lucas Cattle Co, Cross Timbers, MO

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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

October 14 Heart of America Beefmaster Fall Roundup Sale, Locust Grove, OK October 14 Byergo Family Angus, Savannah, MO October 14 Heartland Genetics, Perryville, MO October 14 Foglesong Charolais Production Sale, Springfield, MO October 15 Frank/Hazelrigg Family Values Sale, New Bloomfield, MO October 16 Hinkles Prime Cut Angus, Fall Bull Sale, Nevada, MO October 20 SEMO PT Bull Sale, Farmington, MO October 21 Heart of the Ozarks Angus Association Sale, West Plains, MO October 21 Angell Thomas Charolais Sale, Paris, MO October 21-22 Phase II - Complete Dispersal of Circle A Spring Calving Angus Herd, Iberia, MO October 21 Seedstock Plus Fall Bull Sale, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, MO October 21 Midwest Beef Alliance Bull Sale, Marshall Junction, MO October 22 Magness Land and Cattle, Miami, OK October 25 Fink Beef Genetics, Randolph, KS October 27 American Royal Charolais Sale, Kansas City, MO October 27 Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Farmington, MO October 28 McBee Cattle Co SELECTION DAY Sale, Fayette, MO October 28 Mead Farms Bull & Female Fall Sale, Versailles, MO October 28 Tanner Farms, Shagualak, MS October 28 East Central Angus Association Sale, Cuba, MO October 28 Gerloff Farms Bull Fest, Bland, MO October 28 Flying H Bull Sale, Butler, MO October 28 Ladies of the Royal Hereford Sale, Kansas City, MO October 29 Baker Angus Farms, Butler, MO October 29 Lacy’s Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Drexel, MO October 31 SWMO PT Bull Sale, Springfield, MO November 3-4 Gene Trust Brangus Sale @ Chimney Rock, Concord, AR November 4 New Day Genetics Sale, Osceola, MO November 4 Missouri Charolais Breeders Sale, Springfield, MO November 4 B/F Cattle Co Balancer Bull Sale, Butler, MO November 11 HAGA Show Me Gelbvieh Sale, Springfield, MO


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Moriondo Cattle Co, Mt. Vernon, 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 Butch’s Angus Production Sale, Jackson, MO Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Kingsville MO B&M Angus Sale, Doe Run, MO 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 Simon Cattle Co Female Sale, Farley, IA Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Palmyra, 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.

Missouri State Fair August 10-20 Sedalia, MO Beef House Schedule on Page 17 There!

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Advertiser Index AMEC..............................................47 ArrowQuip.........................................9 Autumn in the Ozarks Sale..............61 Barenbrug.........................................51 Bayer Baytril 100.........................24-25 Bogie Pump/Ritchie Waterers..........42 Buffalo Livestock Market..................88 Callaway Livestock Center Inc.........31 Cargill...............................................29 Central Missouri Sales Co................16 Circle 5 Cattle Co.............................51 Circle A Angus Ranch......................57 Circle A Angus Ranch Sale..............13 CJ Auction Real Estate.....................23 Classified...........................................89 Clearwater Farm...............................57 Double R Cattle Co..........................36 Durham Simmental Farms...............36 Eastern Missouri Commission Company......................................44 FCS of Missouri................................92 Galaxy Beef LLC..............................57 Gast Charolais..................................43 Gerloff Farms....................................57 Golf Tournament........................ 85-86 Grassworks Mfg................................31 Green’s Welding & Sales...................50 Hampton Feedlot..............................20 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus................57 Immucell...........................................60 Jim’s Motors........................................8 JJ Skyline Angus...............................57

Joplin Regional Stockyards..............81 Journagan/Genetically Yours Sale....81 Kingsville Livestock Auction............49 Laughlin Angus................................57 Lucas Cattle Co................................36 Joe Machens Ford...............................3 Marshall & Fenner Farms.................57 MCA Brand Wall Page.....................87 MCA Membership Form..................83 McBee Cattle Co..............................48 McPherson Concrete Products.........89 Mead Cattle Co................................58 Mead Farms......................................57 Merial - Long Range........................15 Merry Meadows Simmental.............36 Missouri Angus Association.............57 Missouri Angus Breeders..................57 Missouri Beef House Schedule......... 17 Missouri Beef Industry Council.......27 Missouri Charolais Breeders Assn....22 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association........................................91 Missouri Simmental Association......36 Missouri Simmental Association......36 Missouri Valley Commission Company..........................................44 MJCA Beef Tour......................... 77, 79 MLS Tubs.........................................51 MultiMIN USA................................21 Naught-Naught Agency......................7 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch................57 Ory’s Circle 7 Red Angus.................42

Oval F Ranch...................................36 Pennington Seed...............................19 Prep-Security....................................46 Quality Beef/Square B Ranch..........35 Ragland Mills...................................39 Richardson Ranch............................57 RLE Simmental................................36 Route 66 Sale....................................79 Salt Fork Feed & Supply...................34 Seedstock Plus...................................55 Sellers Feedlot...................................60 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle..............36 South Central Regional Stockyards.12 State Auto Insurance Company.......71 Superior Steel Sales...........................59 Sydenstricker Genetics......................57 Sydenstricker Implement - Jaylor / McHale..........................37 Don Thomas & Sons Brangus Sale...............................................63 Triple C, Inc.....................................30 Valley Oaks Angus............................57 WAX Company..................................2 Weiker Angus Ranch........................57 Westway Feed....................................49 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market...38 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.......26 Wild Indian Acres Sale.....................41 Mike Williams..................................26 Windsor Livestock Auction...............54 Z-Tags...............................................45 Zeitlow Distributing..........................40

Mark Harmon - Nominated by MFA for the MBIC Board MFA has nominated Mark Harmon, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, for the Missouri Beef Industry Council Board for Region 4.

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Together with his wife, Cathy, Mark operates a fall calving SimAngus-influenced cow-calf operation. Calves are preconditioned and marketed through a value-added system usually in late June.

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For the past 37 years, Mark has been employed at Joplin Regional Stockyards. During this time he has had the privilege of working with producers whether they’re selling their cattle or attending one of the many meetings the livestock market hosts throughout the year. This gives him one-on-one insight into what cattlemen and cattlewomen are thinking about MBIC. It also helps Mark communicate with producers on how the checkoff program works and how those checkoff dollars are used during the year.

Having retired from 23 years in the education industry, Cathy is now the curriculum director for Little Sunshine Playhouse with 17 schools across the United States. She and Mark have three grown children. Daughter Erin and her husband Luke run Jones Performance Horses in Allerton, Iowa. Son Shawn and his wife Brittany operate grain trucks based in southwest Iowa. Daughter Kaley lives with her dog Luna in Lee’s Summit where she’s director of marketing for Little Sunshine Playhouse. They also have six grandchildren that they enjoy spending time with, and they both love to play golf and travel as time allows.


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