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October 2017


Selecting Through the Years


Leaving a Legacy


2017 MJCA Show-Me Beef Tour

Show-Me Select Heifer Program Celebrates 20 Years

Gregory Polled Herefords Celebrates 85 Years of Family Business at the Missouri State Fair

On the Road to Success



Association Update Beef Checkoff News County News

Leaving a Legacy


MCA President’s Perspective Active Membership


CattleWomen’s Corner


What’s Cooking at the Beef House


Straight Talk: Mike Deering


Thank You to All

Numbers are in

Mr. Misunderstood

On the Edge of Common Sense: Baxter Black





Selecting Through the Years


Cowboy Poetry


Capitol Update


Field Notes: Wes Tiemann

Brag on Missouri Cowboys

Veto Session Update

Breeding Heifers or Cows

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




Volume 47 - Issue 5 (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

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, #100, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-499-9162 • Fax: 573-499-9167

MCA Website: www.mocattle.com


New MCA Members Beef House Volunteers


American Royal News & Schedule


Max Creason Obituary


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


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




Phillip Bell, Bell FArms, Warrensburg, MO Glenn & Randy Brown, Diamante Ranch LLC, Diamond, MO Matt Clearly, Missouri Farm Bureau, Saint Peters, MO Cody Cline, Pickering, MO Matt Cook, Cook Cattle Co, Carthage, MO Alyssa Engeman, TJCE Farms, Montrose, MO Lauren Ford, Hawker Point Farm, Stockton, MO Raif Fullerton, Bolivar, MO Reed Fullerton, Bolivar, MO Buster Geisendorter, Monticello, MO Barry & Heather Jennings, 4J Farms, Bethany, MO Chate Levi Jennings, 4J Farms, Bethany, MO Edward Keller, Cainsville, MO Scott Kennison, Accurate Superior Scale, Centralia, MO Joshua Koritz, Hazelwood, MO Chanse Mathes, Eagleville, MO Jameson Morrow, Jefferson City, MO Nadia Prine, Davis Family Farm, Galena, Mo John Thompson, Gallatin, MO Logan Williams, DVM, Mt. Grove, MO Zach Zeugin, Bills Feed & Farm, Fair Play, MO See the MCA Membership Form on page 104 to become a member of MCA or give it to someone you know that should be a member.

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Cattlemen Launch Month-Long Media Campaign for Comprehensive Tax Reform NCBA Launches new website: CattlemenForTaxReform.com WASHINGTON (September 7, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today kicked off a media and advertising campaign that will shine a spotlight on how various federal tax provisions impact America’s cattle and beef producers. The campaign, which will focus heavily on the death tax, aims to build support in Washington for comprehensive tax reform that makes our tax code fair for agricultural producers. The campaign will be centered around a new website, CattlemenForTaxReform.com, and will run through September. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact truly comprehensive tax reform, and we can’t afford to let this opportunity pass or to get it wrong,” said NCBA President and Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden. “Family ranchers and farmers deserve a full and permanent repeal of the onerous death tax, which charges them in cash on the often-inflated appraised value of their property and equipment. This campaign will shine a spotlight on the stories of real ranchers who have had to deal with this issue, and it will also highlight current tax provisions that we need to maintain, such as steppedup basis, cash accounting, and deducibility of interest payments.”


In addition to the launch of the new website, the campaign kicked off with a two-minute video that will be heavily promoted on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. The campaign’s first video features fifth-generation California rancher Kevin Kester, whose family struggled for a decade to pay a large death-tax bill after his grandfather passed away. With the specter of the death tax still looming, Kevin is forced to spend precious time and energy – not to mention thousands of dollars – planning for how to pass the ranch on to his children and grandchildren.


“Without a doubt the biggest challenge that keeps me up at night is trying to figure out how to pass the ranching operation – our family operation on to the next generation,” Kester says in the video as he drives across his Bear Valley Ranch near Parkfield, Calif. “The current tax code is… leading toward more fragmentation of farms and ranches, which is not good for the environment or our ranchers and farmers.”

Over the coming weeks, NCBA will roll out several other promoted videos and infographics featuring profiles of ranchers and other members of the cattleproduction community. The products will enable American cattlemen and women to share their priorities for tax reform in their own words. The campaign will also connect grassroots ranchers and producers with their elected officials on Capitol Hill as tax-reform legislation is considered this autumn. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there on the tax debate – especially when it comes to who’s affected by the death tax,” Uden said. “This campaign will educate elected officials, the media, and the general public about how the tax code affects our American farmers and ranchers, who literally feed the world.”

MCA Welcomes New Staff COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) has welcomed two new part-time staff members to the office headquarters in Columbia, Mo. Laura Bardot and Hadley Williams are students at the University of Missouri. Bardot is a senior studying science and agricultural journalism. Williams is a junior majoring in animal sciences. Bardot will serve as the public relations coordinator for MCA. Her duties will include managing social media platforms, writing and coordinating the weekly newsletter and graphic design for the magazine, Missouri Beef Cattleman. Williams comes to MCA as the membership relations coordinator. Her primary duties include assisting the Manager of Membership Maria Washburn, and coordinating events for the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation. “I’m enthusiastic to have two great people join our team,” said, Mike Deering MCA Executive VicePresident, “I believe Laura and Hadley will bring great qualities for their positions. This will be a great experience for them, and they will gain new skills and knowledge of the beef industry as they continue their education.”









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BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS The Results are in… for the NBQA Over the past 25 years, National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) researchers have made significant improvements to the research process and tools, leading to an increasingly meaningful set of results. Data from the 2016 NBQA are a tremendous addition to the core knowledge gained from earlier audits. Following is a summary of the research.

determine quality and value, including the number of blemishes, condemnations and other attributes that may impact animal value.

• Food safety surfaced as a key quality factor, just as it did in previous audits. To many respondents, food safety was believed to be implied as part of doing business;

• There was a decrease in black-hided cattle and an increase in Holstein-type cattle compared to the NBQA 2011, 57.8 percent vs. 61.1 percent and 20.4 percent vs. 5.5 percent, respectively;

• NBQA mobility - The number of branded beef items increased in the marketplace, which matched concerns about size inconsistencies in beef boxes. While size consistency was more important than size increase, large carcasses are making it harder for many further processors to meet customer specifications for thickness and weight; • Many companies were willing to pay a premium for guaranteed quality attributes. However, the average premiums companies were willing to pay were lower than in 2011. Tenderness and flavor continue to be the two beef quality factors that drive customer satisfaction; • Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is not currently a recognized leader in consumer-facing channels, which is consistent with 2011 findings. Educating packers, retailers, foodservice, and further processing entities about the BQA program could improve marketing weaknesses and negative public perceptions;


• Product quality was the most cited strength of the steer and heifer sector of the beef industry;


• Retailers and foodservice companies identified marketing and lack of progression toward process transparency as the greatest industry weakness. The Transportation, Mobility and Harvest Floor Assessments evaluated various characteristics that

• Nearly 97 percent of cattle received a mobility score of 1, with the animal walking easily and normally, with no apparent lameness;

•There were more cattle without a brand, more cattle with no horns, fewer cattle with identification, bruising was generally less severe, although more carcasses had bruises; • The number of blemishes, condemnations and other attributes that impact animal value remain small; however, of livers harvested, more than 30 percent did not pass inspection and were condemned. Industry efforts to address these issues have been generally encouraging. NBQA quality grade - The Cooler Assessments captured data on quality and yield grade attributes and carcass defects. • Since 1995, there has been a continued increase in carcass weight. In 2016, 44.1 percent of carcasses weighed 900 pounds or greater, which is 20.7 percentage points higher than in 2011. While total cattle slaughtered is the lowest in years, total beef production has increased. This suggests a positive sustainability outcome, producing more beef with the same amount of resources. • Heavier carcasses could result in an increased ribeye area which, in turn, could lead to a steak with an undesirable surface area. Consumers generally prefer thicker steaks with a smaller surface area.

•There was an increase in the frequency of Prime and Choice, and a decrease in the frequency of Select. One of the reasons for this is the increase in dairy carcasses that were assessed. While the greatest proportion of all carcasses were within the lowest third of the grade for both Choice and Prime, the majority of carcasses qualifying for Select were in the top half of the grade.


The beef industry has spent the last quarter century significantly improving the quality of its product. However, there’s no denying that there is room for continuous improvement. While the data show that those in the industry have a valuable story to tell, it’s no help that many in the industry don’t fully know the best way to tell it. In conclusion, the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit observed a decrease in cattle with hide brands, presence of horns, and an increase in the frequency of Prime and Choice carcasses. However, further improvement is needed regarding liver condemnations and carcasses with bruising. Utilizing BQA and its principles to increase consumer confidence and enhance industry commitment would encourage greater beef demand and improve beef conformity. Carrying this BQA message from producer all the way to consumers would benefit every member of the beef community.

2017 State Fair Recap

The Missouri Cattlewomen’s Association continued their work in the Beef Showcase and presented cooking demonstrations on behalf of the MBIC. The Showcase provides a platform to share beef recipes, cooking tips, nutrition information, the production story and by-products of the beef industry. The MBIC “Catch the Cow” contest took place across the fairgrounds as fairgoers were challenged to catch a picture with the MBIC mascot and share it on social media for a chance to win a Yeti cooler.

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Through the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red Challenge and Better U programs, the MBIC has the opportunity to share beef recipes and cooking tips with women who have pledged to live a heart healthier life through diet and lifestyle changes. MBIC hosted cooking classes in Columbia and Springfield for participants. The focus was on freezer-friendly beef dishes and was presented by Whitney Reist, RD, LD, and contract dietician for the MBIC.






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Enrollment For Youth Steer Profitability Competition Opens Source: American Simmental Association Bozeman, MT - The American Simmental Association (ASA) invites youth beef enthusiasts to participate in the 2017-2018 Steer Profitability Competition (SPC). The SPC provides meaningful exposure to opportunities and challenges associated with cattle feeding through a contest to gauge the overall profitability of a given steer or pen of steers in a commercial setting. All steers

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Gaining first-hand cattle feeding experience, working with professionals and mentors in the cattle industry, and learning how to make cost-effective decisions are a handful of the opportunities that many young cattlemen and cattlewomen do not normally encounter. The SPC provides a hands-on platform for juniors to integrate their knowledge into real-world scenarios. For more information go to www.juniorsimmental.org.


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NCBA and Livestock Groups Petition Department of Transportation for ELD Waiver Source: NCBA WASHINGTON - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today joined other livestock groups in hand delivering to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao a petition for a waiver followed by a limited exemption from compliance with the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) rule. The petition also asks the Department of Transportation (DOT) to address livestock industry concerns that the current Hours of Service (HOS) rules are not compatible with the realities of the livestock industry. Under current regulations,

ELD’s must be implemented starting on December 18, 2017. “U.S. beef producers and livestock haulers are focused on protecting public safety and ensuring the health and well-being of cattle transported around the country,” said NCBA President Craig Uden, a fourth-generation beef producer from Elwood, Nebraska. “A limited exemption from ELDs will allow for our haulers to continue to safely transport livestock while providing the livestock industry time to continue working with DOT to find workable solutions within the HOS rules that take into account the unique needs of livestock haulers.” Livestock haulers have a challenging task of ensuring motorist safety while also maximizing the health and welfare of transported animals. To meet these demands, a large number of livestock haulers participate in specialized training programs covering safe animal handling and transportation methods. Unfortunately, the upcoming ELD rule would decrease driver safety, jeopardize the well-being of hauled animals, and force small business owners out of the marketplace. More time is needed to address livestock industry concerns and educate all stakeholders to avoid disruption in an industry that already has concerns with driver shortages. NCBA will continue to work with the DOT to find a workable solution that allows our drivers, our cattle, and others on the road to move safely around the country and get where they need to go.


Background: Specific Asks of NCBA and Livestock Industry Partners on ELD and HOS


NCBA is actively engaging with the Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Congress on the ELD and HOS rules. Echoing previous requests in meetings with FMCSA officials, and language currently found in the House Appropriations FY 18 Bill, NCBA continues to request: Delayed ELD Enforcement: The current ELD enforcement deadline should be delayed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for no less than one year. Additional time will allow industry concerns to be addressed and provide training/ educational opportunities for impacted stakeholders. Increased Flexibility within HOS: Hours of Service (HOS) rules applying to livestock haulers must be made more flexible so that drivers can safely do their jobs while preserving the welfare of the animals.



LMA Discussed Need for Dealer Statutory Trust, Transportation Concerns at D.C. Fly In Source: LMA KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) members and staff traveled to Washington D.C. for the 12th annual LMA D.C. Fly In. Approximately 45 people met with leaders in D.C. on issues that matter to the livestock marketing industry. Discussion centered on the need to create a Dealer Statutory Trust to protect livestock auction markets and producers against buyer payment default. During meetings with legislators and legislative staff, LMA members detailed why a Dealer Statutory Trust is necessary for marketing businesses and livestock producers. Current law results in livestock sellers, both producers and markets, going unpaid with little recourse when there is a livestock dealer default. Payment protection options in the Packers and Stockyard Act do not provide sufficient protection. According to Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) data, from 1999-2013, the average return on a livestock dealer bond claim was 15 cents per dollar. This does not include the Eastern Livestock bankruptcy, where the return was less than 5 cents per dollar. While LMA was primarily advocating for legislation to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act for the establishment of a Dealer Statutory Trust, D.C. Fly In attendees also discussed other issues. LMA members addressed problems with the December 2017 implementation deadline for electronic log devices (ELD) and underlying hours of service (HOS) concerns. This week, LMA joined other members of the livestock industry in signing a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The petition

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letter requested a waiver and exemption to the ELD rule for livestock haulers because of lack of agency outreach to industry. The petition letter asked the agency to address incompatibilities between the transportation of livestock and Department of Transportation’s Hours of Service rules. Current regulations limit truckers to 11 hours of drive-time daily, after 10 consecutive hours off-duty, and restrict truckers’ on-duty time to 14 consecutive hours, including non-driving time. Additionally, LMA remains concerned with inconsistent enforcement of the current Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. LMA opposes the possibility of USDA moving forward with Phase 2, mandatory tagging of feeder cattle, prior to addressing problems in the current program. In addition to meetings on Capitol Hill, attendees also met with Stuart Frank, USDA Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration Acting Deputy Administrator for the USDA Packers and Stockyards program; Brett Offutt Director of Litigation and Economic Analysis Division of the Packers and Stockyards program; Dr. Jack Shere, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services Deputy Administrator and USDA Chief Veterinary Officer; and Tom Yager, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Chief of Driver and Carrier Operations Division. “LMA’s Fly In was a productive opportunity to continue our educational efforts and to talk with decision makers in D.C. about the need to better protect livestock sellers from defaults,” said Chelsea Good, LMA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs. “The fundamental unfairness of livestock sellers going unpaid in favor of generic creditors with no ability to reclaim livestock is well understood on Capitol Hill. We look forward to working with partners in the 115th Congress to address this issue.”



Ag Leaders Gather to Discuss Solutions for Dicamba Use in 2018 Source: University of Missouri Extension News, Robert Kallenbach, Linda Geist COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Extension brought farm, agribusiness and agency leaders together Aug. 24 to address issues associated with the use of dicamba and discuss a path forward for dicamba in 2018. Chemical manufacturers, retailers and applicators, crop association representatives, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Farm Bureau, farmers and MU weed scientists were among the cross section of agriculture leaders attending. Robert Kallenbach, assistant dean at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, said the group met to exchange perspectives on the use of dicamba going forward. Farmers have used dicamba, mainly for broadleaf weed control in corn, sorghum, wheat and pastures, since the 1950s. In 2015, Monsanto introduced dicamba-tolerant cotton and added dicamba-tolerant soybean in 2016. Monsanto introduced both to provide growers with additional options for difficult-to-control weeds. The Environmental Protection Agency approved new formulations of dicamba for use in tolerant soybean and cotton earlier this year. Growing concern and injury complaints prompted the Missouri Department of Agriculture to temporarily halt sale and application of dicamba in July. New restrictions, via Special Local Need labels, were issued on July 13. Widespread crop damage from dicamba grew in 2017 to more than 325,000 of Missouri’s 6 million acres of soybean. Damage to residential yards and smaller acreages of peaches, watermelons, tomatoes, grapes, pumpkins and certified organic vegetables were reported. Complaints in 2016 were limited primarily to Missouri’s Bootheel region, but in 2017 complaints came from more than 50 counties across the state. Complaints grew from 130 in 2016 to 303 to date in 2017.


Kallenbach said attendees expressed a desire to identify a path forward that best serves the interests of Missouri farmers. “The group put several good ideas on the table that warrant serious consideration,” Kallenbach said. Input from this meeting, along with feedback from other stakeholders and surrounding states, will be used to determine future direction.


Trusted Rancher Recordkeeping Tool Soon Available for 2018 NCBA’s Pocket-Sized Redbook Has Offered Efficient Recordkeeping to Ranchers for More Than 30 Years DENVER (September 18, 2017) - A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool used by cattle producers for more than 30 years will be available for the 2018 year starting October 2, 2017. The Redbook from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helps cattle producers effectively and efficiently record their daily production efforts, helping enhance profitability. The 2018 Redbook has more than 100 pages to record calving activity, herd health, pasture use, cattle inventory, body condition, cattle treatment, AI breeding records and more. It also contains a Producers Guide for Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle, Beef Quality Assurance Best Practices and proper injection technique information, as well as a calendar and notes section. “I’m more comfortable leaving home without my pocket knife than my Redbook,” according to Dan Kniffen, a Pennsylvania beef producer. “The Redbook puts

documentation in my shirt pocket and helps me identify potential day-to-day problems with my herd, as well as progress I’m making in efforts to improve it. The challenges I face are more manageable when I have the information for dealing with them right in front of me.” Redbooks can be purchased for $7.00 each, plus shipping and handling. Customization of the Redbooks is available (for 100 books or more), and quantity discounts are available. To order, visit www.beefusa.org. For more information on the NCBA Redbooks, contact Grace Webb at gwebb@beef.org, (800) 525-3085.

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


Thank you, thank you to all of you who volunteered at the MCA Beef House during the 2017 Missouri State Fair, August 10-20 in Sedalia, Mo. The compassion you show to the people we serve is an inspiration for us all. MCA volunteers are the backbone of our organization. They are the true heroes who are constantly ready and willing to contribute their personal time, talents and energy just to help make our MCA Beef House a success. MCA volunteers make the days run smoother. They showed up this year as requested and made a difference! In fact, 705 individuals from 51 county cattlemen affiliates, nine FFA chapters, two University of Missouri groups, one group from Missouri State University, one MJCA group and Misssouri CattleWomen volunteered for a four hour shift sometime during the 11-day fair. Our incredible volunteers served a total of 16,757 customers at the MCA Beef House and 4,630 customers at the MCA Beef House Express for a total combined average of 1,944 customers per day. With excellent weather, our covered patio breezeway


was considered the prime spot to eat the delicious ribeyes or a 1/3 lb. burger with steak fries. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association continues to showcase beef from cattlemen who “Know Beef Best” during the Missouri State Fair since 1982. Thought for the month: “How much beef could a beef cook cook, if a cook could cook beef?” Say that 3 times fast!



Missouri Beef House Thank you to our Volunteer Groups

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Southwest Missouri

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Ralls County

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St. Clair County St. Clair County Cattlemen worked the Beef House at the Missouri State Fair on August 17th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There were 15 Cattlemen from St. Clair County along with 5 Lakeland FFA members. They enjoyed working the Beef House and the fellowship that day. Mark your calendars to work the Beef House with us next year! On September 2, 2017, St. Clair County Cattlemen served ribeye steak sandwiches and hamburgers at the 2017 Osceola Rodeo Days. This event was a success for the Cattlemens, they sold 200 Ribeye Sandwiches and 150 Hamburgers. Before the parade, St. Clair County Cattlemen held their drawing for the Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler with the winner being Jeremy Bryson from Wheatland. Congratulations Jeremy! All proceeds went to the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Fund. St. Clair County Cattlemen also put a float through the parade with the theme of Echoes of Success and placed 2nd

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St. Clair County Cattlemen are going to set up and serve beef hot dogs at Lakeland Food For America. Cattlemen plan to talk to students about the importance of beef and hand out informational brochures. St. Clair County Cattlemen would like to thank the Lakeland FFA for allowing us to attend the event as we are always looking for ways to promote beef in our county.

Dallas County The Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association (DCCA) kicked off its fall membership meetings on September 12 at Prairie Grove Mennonite School. We did not hold membership meetings throughout the summer due to everyone’s busy schedule, we still kept busy promoting our products, supporting youth and volunteering at numerous events. Our board continues to hold monthly meetings throughout the year. After enjoying a delicious brisket dinner prepared by the ladies of the community, 125 members and guests heard Dr. Scott Brown, University of Missouri assistant professor of agriculture and applied economics,

talk about the economics of the cattle industry. He mentioned that many herds are still building their inventory, and in 2017 cattle producers have been better off than originally predicted. Dr. Brown sees prices to remain stable in 2018. We thank him for travelling from Columbia, Mo., and presenting an informative talk. We would also like to thank Central Bank who was represented by Justin Loveday for sponsoring our meal that evening. Also in attendance and speaking briefly were Diana Sheridan representing NRCS and Region 6 V-P Clay Doeden. We always appreciate MCA officers coming to our meetings. Everyone was also treated to an excellent presentation by Buffalo FFA officers Madison Turner and Abigail Monday. DCCA recently sponsored the two girls to attend the MJCA Show-Me Beef Tour held in southwest Missouri. The girls talked about all the places they visited and what a great opportunity it was to attend the event and meet so many other juniors from throughout the state. DCCA also helped to sponsor Turnner and two other Buffalo FFA officers, Rylee Deckard and (Continued on page 52)

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Emily Whipple, to attend the Washington Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C., this past summer. We are always glad to help our youth in any way we can. Other events that kept us busy this past summer included helping with the annual Buffalo Cow Camp, we bought all the T-shirts for those in attendance, cooking our famous rib-eye steak sandwiches (hamburgers and all-beef hotdogs, too) at the Dallas County Fair, volunteering for two days at the Ozark Beef House during the Ozark Empire Fair and working in the Beef House at the Missouri State Fair. A number of our juniors showed at the MCA Junior Show in June. Huge congratulations to MJCA member Brittany Eagleburger from Buffalo for exhibiting the Supreme Champion Female at the event. A few of our members attended the MCA Steak Fry. We also recently fired-up our grills for the annual Celtic Games and Festival held in Buffalo, Mo. People came from many states for the two-day event held at the fairgrounds. We have alot of repeat customers who say our rib-eyes are the best they have ever eaten! We will be cooking at the Fair Grove Old Settlers Reunion later in September and working in the Ozark Beef House during Farm Fest in October. Our October 10 meeting will be sponsored by Circle A and MFA. Then our annual meeting is scheduled for November 14 at Prairie Grove School. We will also be attending the October state board meeting in Columbia.


We would like to congratulate fellow DCCA member and former State Representative Sandy Crawford on her election to fill the state senate seat vacated by Mike Parson when he was elected Lt. Governor. We can now introduce her as Senator Crawford at our meetings-what an honor! We are so very proud of Sandy and her many accomplishments representing us in Jefferson City.


Hwy 42 West • Vienna Missouri 65582 45 Miles South of Jefferson City Selling All classes of Cattle Wednesday • 10:00 a.m. Featuring ‘Star-Vac Program’ Cattle Weekly DVAuction Service for convenient online viewing & bidding For More Information Call… David Patton Office Ross Patton Bill Patton 573-308-6655 573-422-3305 573-308-6657 573-308-6658 Visit our website: www.scrsvienna.com or E-mail us: scrsvienna@gmail.com “Make South Central your Livestock Market”

South Central Missouri Cattlemen Our monthly meeting was a field day type event. We traveled to Mountain. View, Mo., to Barn Hollow Veterinary Services. Our host for the day was Dr. Mikael Orchard, his facilities are equipped for large animal care. Dr. Orchard brought some cattle into his new sweep tub alley way and showed us proper vaccine handling and how to administer them according to the Beef Quality Assurance program. He then brought in some heifers and discussed the importance of heifer reprotract scores and pelvis measuring. The final demonstration of the day was the use of DNA blood cards and growth implant application. Zoetis Animal Health sponsored the meal for the day which was enjoyed by over 50 of our members and potential new members. A Zoetis representative discussed their products and talked about circumstances and when each product was recommended. To recap our event, check-out pictures on our Southcentral Cattlemen’s Facebook page. For our October meeting, we have an open invitation for people to attend our South Central Cattlemen’s Fall Cattle Drive on October 28, 2017. Check-out the schedule of events on page 65 of the September issue of the Missouri Beef Cattlemen magazine. Speakers of the event will include, Dr. Derrell Peel, professor of agribusiness at Oklahoma State University, and Mr. Drexel Atkisson, agronomist specialist with the NRCS in southwest Missouri and Dr. Eric Bailey state beef extension and beef nutrition specialist from the University of Missouri. Dr. Peel’s main program areas include livestock market outlook and marketing and risk management education for livestock producers. He also works in the area of international livestock and meat trade with particular focus on Mexico, Canada and the North American livestock and meat industry. Mr. Atkisson will speak on soil health and his belief that we must produce food and fiber with less inputs in a more sustainable way. Dr. Bailey will speak of his research interests including ranch-of -origin preconditioning programs and nutrition supplements for cattle grazing in low-quality forages. This will be a very educational day. Questions and contact information on the event contact Janet Crow at email southcentralcattlemens@ yahoo.com or call 417-293-9520. Until next time Thank a Farmer

Southwest Missouri Cattlemen The first meeting of the 2017-18 season for the association started off with a fence building demonstration. Jade Jennett representing the Stay-Tuff Fencing Company gave a one-hour demonstration on proper construction of a fixed-knot woven wire, hightensile fence. After the outside work was done, we went to the University of Missouri’s Southwest Center for a roast beef supper catered by Carnes Catering of Mt. Vernon, Mo. Stay-Tuff and Superior Fence Products covered the cost of the meal. Jade reviewed the costs of his demo fence to the cost of a 5-strand barb wire fence.

Jade does the hardwork while the cattlemen watch.

During the business meeting, David Cope, superintendent of the Center outlined the planned stops for the Center’s annual FFA and public Field Days. They expect 1,800-2,000 students and 300 for the public event. Jim McCann announced there will be a meeting in Mt. Vernon, MO., regarding the opportunity to put additional beef in Mt. Vernon school lunches. It involves securing around 20 cows that would be donated to the school during the year. It is a pilot project in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Beef Industry Council. The cows would be donated by cattlemen and other businesses. It is a tax deductible item. At least one cattleman offers to help.

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Henry County What a great time to live in Missouri, beautiful weather cool mornings, oops, meant to say chilly, econd hay cuttings and little calves bouncing about the pastures. We started the month by working the Beef Houlse at the Missouri State Fair. We are always proud of how many of our members volunteer to work.

We had one meeting and dinner during the month. Windsor Co-op and Windsor Livestock teamed up to sponsor a great meeting. President Gene Reid announced the scholarship recipients at the annual Chamber of Commerce Ag Dinner. Because of college classes, none of the winners were able to attend. Our biggest fund raiser was at Calhoun. It was the 108th year for the local fair. We ran out of food before we closed each night.

People helping at the beef house were Jim Licher and Anthony Lesmeister, seated. 2nd row is Sheryl Hull, Bailey Jones, Roy Batschelett, Lola Christopher, Jan Reid, Judy Micke, Julie Hull, Joyce Trolinger, and Wanda Batschelett. In the back row are David Hayes, Dale Hull, Randy Howell, Brooklyn Trolinger, Russ Christopher, Gene Reid, David Micke, Bob Trolinger, Wyatt Veach and Tony Trolinger.

New members, John and Sarah Clark, visit with members Judy and David Micke before dinner.


Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Harold Dump II and Prosecutor Richard Shields visit with one of the sponsors, Rodney Drenon of Windsor Livestock. They discussed various legal issues of interest to the cattlemen. Several questions were asked about fencing laws and such topics of interest to the members.



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Working the Saturday shift at the Colt show… several others worked both days, but were not available for pictures: John Cox, Roy Batschelett, Gene Reid, Barbara Cox, David Micke, Judy Micke, Gary Sell, and Richard Snider.

Another group working the fair… Janet Akers, Wanda Batschelett, Pam and Kent Carney.

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Polk County On September 14, 2017, the Polk County Cattlemen met at Smith’s Restaurant. The meeting was sponsored by Crown Implement of Bolivar. The meeting was well attended, with several new comers attending. We always welcome visitors, and we would like to say thank you to our sponsor, Crown Implement.

day at the Producers Livestock Auction in Humansville, a Bolivar class reunion, the Polk County Youth Fair, Celebration of Freedom, Ozark Empire Fair, the Missouri State Fair and at Country Days in Bolivar. It was a very busy summer, but the weather was so beautiful it made the schedule seem much less stressful. Oue next event will be the Farm Fest during the first weekend of October.

The speaker for the evening was Boyd Quinley, a sales representative with Vermeer Equipment Company. Crown Implement is one of the dealers Boyd works with in presenting Vermeer Equipment to area Farmers. He told of the history of the Vermeer Company, and some of the outstanding innovations through the years. Our next speaker was Diana Sheridan with NRCS. She spoke with us about the farm related programs available through NRCS. She said they are short handed with the death if two of their really good employees, but they are trying hard to do what they can to help with any and all requests presented to them.

Picture left to right Shirley Cook, Jackie Truitt and Clark Tygart cooking at the Backpack Back to School event.

We have completed a busy season of cookings. A summary of our events started in April with the Lawn and Garden Show. We cooked for customer appreciation

Picture of our group that worked at the. State Fair.


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Our last meeting was held September 12, 2017. Circle A Angus Ranch was our sponsor. Nick Hammett spoke about their upcoming bull & heifer sale taking place October 21, 2017. The sale will be at the ranch in Iberia, Mo. Hammett also discussed Circle A’s Buy-Back Guide. Questions about their upcoming sale contact Nick at 573-280-5308 or e-mail nick@circlearanch. com. We are still taking essay’s for the Gourley Red Angus Heifer. Should you have any questions please e-mail Ernie Ehlers at ehleresek@gmail.com, or as always, you can contact one of our leadership members. Next meeting is October 10, 2017 6:00 p.m. Club 60 Steakhouse, Mt. Grove. Sponsor’s are Jake Wooderson with Elanco will be talking about Vira-Shield and what it has to offer your cattle. Keith Brown from West Plains Vet Supply will be speaking about how to get those vaccines we all use at this time of year. Should be another great meeting.

Barton County Barton County Cattlemen’s Association met September 12, 2017 in Lamar Mo. A brisket dinner was enjoyed, sponsored by Maneval Inc. Grain and Feed. Following the meal upcoming events were announced. The Cattlemen will be cooking for the Missouri Department. of Conservation and the Lamar Bank and Trust meetings this month. Members are reminded to renew their memberships. An interesting presentation was given by Joel Dermott, Director of the Barton County Health Department. He gave an overview of the wide variety of services provided to residents of the county. He also explained the structure and authority of the department.

international marketing, promoting sustainability (Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program), promoting Missouri grown products, Beef Tax Credit Program, farming loans, grants and much more. There are several opportunities to travel internationally to look at farming operations or to promote your products. Anyone interested can contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture for more information on any of these benefits to Missouri agriculturist. Thanks to Darrel Kentner for organizing these presentations for us. Our next meeting will be October 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Lamar Mo.

The next presentation was given by Kayla Otto, livestock marketing specialist and Andrea Adair forestry marketing specialist. They reported 2015 data showing Missouri ranked 3rd in beef cows with 1.9 million head. As marketing specialists, they work to promote Missouri grown products and work with individuals to help promote their products. They explained numerous programs available to assist with agriculture. Some of those include coupons for the cost of testing your herd for fescue endophyte tolerance, domestic and

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Beef Lessons from Dairy Conceptions Source: CAB On Target, by Justin Sexten, Ph.D. You’ve heard that the key to beef quality could lie in making sure a calf never has a bad day. A paper in the Journal of Dairy Science adds validity—and before you quit reading because the work didn’t come from the beef side, think for a minute about the dairy cow. She’s a model of uniform genetics and focused selection with little nutritional limit to gene expression. She can serve as a great model to evaluate environment for all cows, independent of genetics and nutritional resources. Contrast that to the beef cow with variable genetics selected for multiple traits and often limited by her nutritional environment. These diverse conditions are why the debate rages on about ideal cow size and milk production level. The dairy researchers in Florida and Colorado set out to see how the season of a heifer’s conception influences her later productive life. As you look at a pen of replacement beef heifers and judge their genetics, individual performance and disposition, this dairy study adds another variable. We often evaluate the expression of traits without considering the cause of the expression, but this work highlights the environment’s role. This fall, many of you will look at that heifer pen and try to decide whether to keep or cull some late-born female. We know the early-born heifer is more productive over a lifetime, but now we see that could be partly because she was conceived during a time of less environmental stress. Dairy Herd Improvement Association records across 12 years on more than 667,000 lactations were used to evaluate the influence of season of conception on subsequent productivity. This could make you think about “fetal programming” or gestational nutrition and the importance of maternal diet on quality—but laying that aside, this research demonstrates that the season and environmental conditions at conception will influence milk production, reproductive efficiency and herd longevity.


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less productive than those conceived in the winter (December to February). Heifers conceived during the winters were younger at first calving by 9 days. In a beef production system, shortening days to first calving may not be possible due to group management, but this data suggests the dairy heifers conceived during cooler temperatures were either earlier to puberty or more reproductively efficient. The “cool heifers” not only calved sooner but also returned to estrus after their first calf earlier than those conceived during summer. Interval to first re-breeding were 6 and 4 days shorter after the first and second calf, respectively, but season of conception didn’t affect reproductive performance of older cows. Quicker returns to estrus following calving translated into a comparable reduction in days to conception for first- and second-calf heifers. These reproductive benefits were realized despite a 3.5% increase in firstlactation milk production by heifers conceived in winter. That increase moderated as heifers aged, but the second- and third-parity cows conceived in the winter produced about 1% more milk throughout lactation. Heifers conceived in winter were 1.15 times more likely to make it to the second calving and not be culled for reproductive failure. Remember, that’s in addition to greater milk production. How can we incorporate this into a beef production system where local environment and the goal of a set calving season drive decisions? Gone now is the chance to modify the 2017 breeding plan to avoid the worst summer heat, but the decision on whether to retain a heifer conceived during last summer’s heat is imminent. To review, beef cattle research showed many years ago that heifers born early in the calving season are more productive. Years later and thanks to our colleagues in dairy science, we discover productivity may be related to the timing of weather not only at birth but at conception. We continue to learn more each day about how the environment influences the genetic framework we develop. While we may not understand how it can influence each gene, we do know that overcoming a genetic deficit is a challenge. Now that you have something else to think about when building your herd, keep in mind that simple approach to beating average quality: do all you can to ensure each calf never has a bad day.

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2017 American Royal Livestock Show October 18th - October 29th Kansas City, Missouri Impact of The American Royal Source: The American Royal The American Royal reaches nearly 100,000 people each year, including over 11,000 elementary students through programs and outreach, provides over 90 scholarships for academic excellence and achievements and hosts more than 2,400 contestants in nationally recognized competitive events. Programs such as CALF Days, School Tours, and the Neighborhood Schools Partnership introduce agriculture concepts including nutrition, food sources and animal health to children from across the metropolitan area. Collectively, the American Royal oversees $400,000 in scholarship funds and contributes over $1 million annually to agriculture education, scholarships, and competitive learning; including the Royal and Bayer Veterinary Scholars programs. The Royal Scholars are a select group of college students that are pursuing


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careers in agriculture. The Royal Scholars program is designed to provide an opportunity for these outstanding college students to advocate the food and fiber industry and develop leadership skills. The Bayer Veterinary Scholars program, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Columbia and Kansas State University, provides not only scholarship funds but practical experience opportunities through the Livestock and Equine shows. Each season, the American Royal offers unique opportunities for competitive learning to both youth and adults. These opportunities build character, strength and skills through competition inside the show ring. Exhibitors and competitors as young as 9 years old come to the Royal each fall to show off their market livestock, equestrian skills and even barbecue talent at the Kid’s ‘Que.

Come to Kansas City for these American Royal Charolais Events… Kansas City, MO Shows and Sales! October 27th • 10:30 a.m. - Charolais Breeders Classic, Hale Arena • 1:00 p.m - Charolais Sale October 28th • 8:00 a.m. -Charolais Junior Heifer Show followed by the Charolais Open Show, Hale Arena 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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Changes for 2017

Junior Breeding Heifer/Breeding Gilts • Heifer and gilt exhibitors will follow their corresponding junior breed association age requirements for showing • AOB/commercial heifer exhibitors will still be between 9-20 years old • Crossbred gilts will follow NJSA and Team Purebred age requirements Junior Breeding Heifers • The Miniature Herefords junior breeding heifer show will have a division for prospect and market steers • There will be a Lowline junior heifer show Open Cattle • The Lowline open show will have a division for market steers Breeding Gilts • There will be a crossbred gilt class • Top gilts will sell Saturday night at the Royal Gilt Sale. Part of the proceeds from each sale will go to the Gilt Scholarship Program. This sale will be similar to the Oklahoma Youth Expo’s Night of Stars Gilt Sale • Gilts will be penned by arrival and not by state • An exhibitor may enter three breeding gilts

Market Animals • All market animals will be subject to a 5% weigh back this year • Only online DNA envelope orders will be available (mail-in or over the phone orders are not available) • DNA hair sample for livestock being shown at the 2017 American Royal MUST be submitted in the 2017 DNA hair sample envelope. • There are new DNA Deadlines for market steers (August 1st) and market hogs (August 22nd) Market Hogs • This is a non-terminal market hog show (except for those animals sold through the Junior Premium Livestock Auction) • Only barrows are allowed in the market hog show • Hogs will be penned by arrival and not by state • An exhibitor may enter three market hogs Market Lamb & Goats • Ethics check and veterinary inspection will be done upon arrival

Livestock Schedule is on page 62

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2017 American Royal Livestock Show Schedule Wednesday, October 18 7:00 a.m. Move In – Market Steers,Market Lambs, Market Goats, Salers, Braunvieh, Gelbvieh, American Lowline, Miniature Herefords 8:00 a.m. National 4-H Meat Judging Contest Awards Breakfast – American Royal 12:00 p.m. Move-In – Pedigreed Gilts, Market Hogs Thursday, October 19 8:00 a.m. Market Steers Check-In 9:00 a.m. Calf Scramble Show – Hale Arena 11:00 a.m. Market Goats Check-In – Upper Ex 11:00 a.m. Breeding Gilt Check-In followed by Market Hog Check-In – Governors 1:00 p.m. Check-In MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout Market 1 9/24/14Lambs 9:59 AM Page 62 – Upper Ex 4:00 p.m. Stierwalt Lamb & Goat Clinic – Upper Ex 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Social – Hale Arena Friday, October 20 10:00 a.m. Goat Showmanship – Upper Ex 10:00 a.m. Breeding Gilt Show (Pedigreed followed by Crossbred)- Governors 11:30 a.m. Braunvieh Banquet – Governors & Ambassdors 1:00 p.m. Market Beef / Jr. Heifer Showmanship – Hale Arena 2:00 p.m. Lamb Showmanship – Upper Ex 3:00 p.m. Stierwalt Beef Clinic – Hale Arena 5:00 p.m. Braunvieh Sale – Wagstaff Sale Center Saturday, October 21 8:00 a.m. Swine Showmanship – Governors 8:00 a.m. Gelbvieh Jr./Open Show – Hale Arena e.

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Sunday, October 22 7:30 a.m. Pedigreed Market Hog Show – Governors 8:00 a.m. Miniature Hereford Open / Jr. Show – Hale Arena w. 9:00 a.m. American Lowline Show – Hale Arena e. 4:00 p.m. All cattle released – must vacate by midnight 6:00 p.m. Junior Premium Livestock Auction – Wagstaff Sale Center Wednesday, October 25 7:00 a.m. Move-In - Angus, AOB Junior Heifers, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, & Simmental 1:00 p.m. Livestock Judging Contest Officials Meeting – AR Board Room 6:00 p.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Coaches Meeting Thursday, October 26 7:00 a.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest – Hale Arena 12:00 p.m. Limousin Junior/Open Show – Hale Arena e. 12:00 p.m. Shorthorn Junior/Open Show – Hale Arena w. 3:30 p.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest Awards Banquet - Wagstaff Sale Center 5:00 p.m. McCullough Fitting Clinic - Hale Arena

6:30 p.m. Charolais Shin-Dig - Bit N Spur 7:00 p.m. ICLS/JCLS Coaches Meeting Friday, October 27 7:00 a.m. Intercollegiate/Junior College Livestock Judging Contest – Hale Arena 10:30 a.m. Charolais Breeders Classic – Hale Arena e. 12:00 p.m. Maine-Anjou Open/Junior Show – Hale Arena w. 12:00 p.m. AOB/Commercial Junior Heifer Show – Hale Arena e. 1:00 p.m. Charolais Sale – Wagstaff Sale Center 2:30 p.m. Junior Heifer Showmanship – Hale Arena e. Saturday, October 28 8:00 a.m. Intercollegiate/Junior College Livestock Judging Contest Awards Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Angus Junior Heifer Show followed by Angus ROV Show – Hale Arena w.

8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Charolais Junior Heifer Show followed by Charolais Open Show – Hale Arena e. Hereford Sale – Wagstaff Sale Center Hereford Junior Heifer Show – Hale Arena w. Simmental PTP Bull Show – Hale Arena e.

Sunday, October 29 8:00 a.m. National Hereford Show – Hale Arena w. 8:00 a.m. Simmental Junior Heifer Show followed by PTP Female Show – Hale Arena e. 12:00 p.m. Supreme Champion Junior Heifer Show – Hale Arena The American Royal Management reserves the right to cancel events or change scheduling when necessary due to unforeseen circumstance.


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with Mike Deering Mr. Misunderstood Close friends are no different than family. I could even argue the bond between friends rivals that of family in many cases because friends are by choice. You can’t always choose your family. My dad always told me a person may have lots of friends, but if they have just a few true friends they were a blessed person. Adam McClung was a true friend to me and to this association. Adam was the executive vice president of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association since 2009 up until his unexpected death on August 6. Adam was undeniably a one-of-a-kind guy. Adam shot from the hip and he shot straight. He said what he thought and meant what he said. He was politically incorrect long before President Trump made it somewhat acceptable. Some people couldn’t quite handle Adam. He had no filter. In fact, I couldn’t stand him at first. I thought he was a trouble maker. He didn’t like me either. He thought I was a people pleaser. When we got to know one another, we soon learned we were both wrong. We were actually a lot alike.


For each and every member of this association, I want you to know what our friendship meant to you. I would be remiss if I didn’t. While Adam took a lot of ideas from me and MCA to better his respective association, we capitalized on several ideas of Adam’s that definitely benefited all Missouri cattle producers.


Former MCA Region 4 Vice President Mark Garges was asked by a member why the equine industry had liability protection when visitors participated in activities on their property, but the livestock industry didn’t. This spurred me to start digging into state statutes and resulted in a late-night text to Adam. His response, “I’m one step ahead of you.” He then e-mailed legislation he was getting ready to have filed in Arkansas. We took his language, modified it slightly and passed it on to legislators in both the House and Senate. Like most bills

Executive Vice President we led, the legislation was vetoed but ultimately passed. Many producers who received disaster assistance for the first time in 2014 as a result of the 2011/2012 drought were in disbelief when they had to pay income tax on assistance derived from their tax dollars. It just didn’t make sense that the government considered agricultural disasters a taxable event, but didn’t tax assistance provided by FEMA and others. Adam saw an opportunity to right the wrong and led policy in Arkansas to end disaster assistance being taxed as income. MCA members voted to make this a priority in Missouri. We modified the language to be inclusive of all commodities. The legislation passed through the General Assembly, but was vetoed. No big deal… we overrode it, making it the fifth veto override led by this association. We then took this policy to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, which passed. NCBA now has policy supporting this tax exemption at the federal level. Adam was Mr. Misunderstood and quite honestly he liked it that way. On the surface, he was rough around the edges but he was one of the most genuine, brutally honest, big hearted and loyal people I’ve ever met. He made me a better man and that’s what friends are for. He made a big impact on this state and on this association and I wanted you to know that. I kindly ask that you keep Adam’s wife and two year-old daughter in your prayers.



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Common Sense with Baxter Black Stress Let’s say a busload of Brazillian soccer players came by your place one fine fall afternoon unexpected and took you on a three-day road trip. You didn’t have time to pack your toothpaste or your own saddle! They made you play two games a day and pinochle every night! By the time they dropped you off down by the mailbox you wouldn’t have enough energy to crawl to the house! You would be suffering from that deadly menace, the Darth Vader of Disease: STRESS!


Now put yourself in the place of the 500 pound suckin’ calf this fall. You spend all summer with your mamma drinkin’ cool spring water, eatin’ good green grass and mother’s milk. You got up when you wanted, slept when you felt like it and ate when you were hungry. Suddenly, over the rim come five mounted riders! The boss, his wife, the neighbor, the banker, the brother-in-law and eighteen dogs! Elbows flyin’, hats wavin’ and chaps flappin’. Scary? You bet your bippy! You take off to find mamma with the dogs nippin’ at yer heels. Mamma’s way down the trail. You catch up and travel five miles in her dust, chokin’ and coughin’. That night you spend in a trap with 240 other cows and calves. Next mornin’ here comes Custer’s Army again! Back on the trail, still scared, hungry and tired. All day you walk behind the bunch, walkin’ eye level with the dust. That night you’re put in a big corral. Mamma’s uneasy. You don’t get much to drink.


Sunup, the Third Infantry Battalion rides through the corral and pushes you out into the alley with your brothers and sisters. They push you up a little chute. They want you to jump into this big aluminum egg crate. Next thing you know the ground is moving. Three hours down the road you suggest pulling off at a rest stop. NO DICE! (I don’t know how many of you readers have tried to tinkle out the back of a moving pickup, but it’s no easy thing!)

That evening you get unloaded into a feedyard with strange tasting water and something in the bunk that smells like old lawn clippings. Next morning Bobby Benson and the B Bar B Riders drive you and your siblings to a processing area. You’re too tired to care. Imagine, if you will, getting down on your hands and knees with your barber behind you and your cattle buyer in front. Everybody’s lined up nose to wallet! Every time you back up to breathe some fresh air, somebody jabs you! Then they trap you in this big noisy contraption, give you an injection (for your own good), stick things in your mouth, your nose and your ears. Miraculously you are released. You wander into a nice bedded pen with some sort of gourmet dish in the bunk (prepared by a chef who builds his recipe on a computer then looks at the manure to see if you liked it?) Blaagh! You’re scared, worn out, hungry and hurtin’ all over. STRESSED. The cattle foreman drives by that evening checkin’ the bunks. “By gosh,” he says, “Thank goodness they’ll get over it pretty quick.”



Max Creason Max Creason, 83, Polo, Mo., passed away at his home on September 4, 2017. Max was born on November 26, 1933, in Clinton County, Mo., to David and Myrtle (Smoot) Creason. He lived in the Polo area almost all of his life and graduated from the Polo High School in 1951. He had worked as a livestock farmer. Max was active in numerous livestock associations and events, and had been active in 4-H and FFA youth activities as well as being a faithful sports fan attending numerous Polo basketball and football games. He was preceded in death by his parents. Max married Mary Mayes on January 2, 1954, in Polo. They celebrated 63 years together and she survives of the home.


Additional survivors: two sons-Jerry (Barb) Creason, Cowgill, Mo., and Darel (Laura) Creason, Livingston, Montana; two daughters-Shelta Creason and Denise (Fred) Owen, Polo; two sisters-Georgia Creason, Polo;


and Esther (Forrest) Coffman, Longmont, Colorado; five grandchildren-Edward (Erin), Ryan, Meghan, Mitchell, and Mariah; one step-granddaughter-Stephanie (Mike) Waigand; and two step-great-grandchildren-Rance and Alexa. Graveside Service & Interment: 2 pm, Thursday, September 7, at the Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Liberty Hospital Hospice or the Caldwell County Fair.



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U.S. Beef Exports Stay Red-hot in July Source: USMEF U.S. beef exports remained well above last year’s pace in July, posting one of the highest monthly export value totals on record, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). July pork export volume dipped below its year-ago level for the first time in 15 months, with export value also down slightly. July beef exports totaled 104,488 metric tons (mt), up 5 percent year-over-year, while export value reached $623.7 million – up 18 percent from a year ago and the highest since December 2014. For January through July, exports increased 11 percent in volume (711,364 mt) and 15 percent in value ($3.97 billion) compared to the first seven months of last year. Exports accounted for 13.2 percent of total U.S. beef production in July and 10.7 percent for muscle cuts only. These were the highest ratios of 2017, but down from 14.2 percent and 11 percent, respectively, last July. For January through July, beef exports accounted for 12.8 percent of total production and 10 percent for muscle cuts – roughly steady with last year. Export value per

head of fed slaughter averaged $299.21 in July, up more than $35 (or 13 percent) from a year ago. Through July, per-head export value was up 9 percent to $273.52. Pork exports totaled 173,675 mt in July, down 4 percent year-over-year, valued at $488.9 million, down 0.6 percent. January-July volume was still up 11 percent from a year ago to 1.43 million mt, while export value was up 13 percent to $3.7 billion. Exports accounted for 26 percent of total pork production in July (down from 27.5 percent a year ago) and 21 percent for muscle cuts only (down from 23 percent). For the first seven months of the year, with U.S. production at a record pace, the percentage of total production exported increased from 25.6 percent to 27.5 percent. For muscle cuts only, the increase was from 21.6 percent to 23 percent. Export value per head slaughtered in July was $54.22 – up slightly from June but 3 percent below last July. The January-July per-head average increased 10 percent from a year ago to $54.11. “July was certainly a solid month, especially for beef exports, but these results remind us that the U.S. red (Continued on page 82)


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meat industry operates in an intensely competitive global environment,” said USMEF CEO Philip Seng. “At a time when some of our most essential trade agreements are under review, we must be mindful of how these agreements have helped make U.S. beef, pork and lamb more readily available and more affordable for millions of global customers, to the benefit of U.S. producers and everyone in the U.S. supply chain.”

from suppliers without a trade agreement with Japan, including the U.S., from 38.5 percent to 50 percent. The impact of the safeguard is not likely to surface until the September export data is available. But since August, U.S. frozen beef has been at an even larger tariff disadvantage compared to Australian beef, which is subject to a duty rate of 27.2 percent under the JapanAustralia Economic Partnership Agreement.

Beef export volume to Japan largest in four years; value highest of post-BSE era Beef exports to leading market Japan totaled 27,689 mt in July, up 20 percent from a year ago and the largest since July 2013 – which was shortly after Japan increased the eligible U.S. cattle age to 30 months. July export value to Japan increased 36 percent to $175.7 million, the highest monthly total since 1996. For January through July, exports to Japan were up 23 percent in volume (178,501 mt) and 29 percent in value ($1.08 billion). USMEF’s featuring of chilled beef in Japan continues to pay dividends as chilled exports were up 39 percent to 83,951 mt valued at $613 million (up 40 percent). Driven by strong growth in Japan’s foodservice industry, especially the gyudon beef bowl chains which heavily rely on U.S. short plate, U.S. frozen beef exports to Japan were up 12 percent to 64,928 mt (valued at $250 million, up 18 percent). But Japan’s frozen beef safeguard was triggered in late July, increasing the duty on frozen beef imports

Beef exports to South Korea dipped below the large volume of last July to 15,587 mt (down 5 percent), but were still the largest of 2017. July export value to Korea increased 8 percent from a year ago to $101.7 million. Through July, exports to Korea increased 9 percent in volume (98,944 mt) and 19 percent in value ($629.4 million), including an impressive 83 percent increase in chilled beef exports (22,432 mt) valued at $199 million (up 88 percent). The U.S. is now the largest supplier of beef to both Japan and Korea on a value basis, with the U.S. share of Korea’s imports increasing from 43 percent to 48.5 percent. Other January-July highlights for U.S. beef exports included: After a slow start in 2017, beef exports to Hong Kong continue to rebound. Exports were up 13 percent yearover-year in volume (65,379 mt) and 21 percent higher (Continued on page 84)



in value ($417.8 million). July was the first full month for exports to China, as exports totaled 137 mt valued at $1.3 million. Beef exports to Taiwan increased 16 percent from a year ago in volume (24,234 mt) and 24 percent in value ($215.5 million), including chilled beef exports of 9,883 mt (up 19 percent) valued at $114 million (up 22 percent). U.S. beef holds more than 70 percent of Taiwan’s chilled beef market, the highest share of any Asian destination.

($63.2 million). Exports to Brazil, which launched in late April, reached 1,198 mt valued at $3.2 million.

Led by strong growth in Chile, Peru and Colombia, beef exports to South America increased 20 percent yearover-year in volume (16,159 mt) and 21 percent in value

Within North America, beef exports were fairly steady with last year as Mexico continues to be the secondlargest volume destination for U.S. beef exports while Canada ranks fourth. Exports to Mexico increased 2 percent in volume (134,543 mt) but slipped 2 percent in value ($544.8). Exports to Canada were up 1 percent in volume (68,097 mt) and 4 percent in value ($475.7 million).


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A strong performance in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam fueled 79 percent year-over-year growth in export volume to the ASEAN region (23,376 mt), with value up 59 percent to $114.1 million. This region is especially strong for beef variety meat exports, as volume reached 7,145 mt (up 176 percent) valued at $12.5 million (up 164 percent).

Led by Honduras, exports to Central America are on a record pace, reaching 38,720 mt, up 6 percent from a year ago, valued at $92.4 million (up 8 percent). 2017 is also shaping up as a record year for pork exports to the Dominican Republic, where exports totaled 21,278 mt (up 42 percent) valued at $47.8 million (up 49 percent).



Ag Prospects Looking Up Source: CAB - Miranda Reiman It might not feel like a quick ascent, but agriculture will climb out of the slump affecting nearly all sectors in recent years. That ray of hope comes from AgResource Company. President Dan Basse spoke as part of the Feeding Quality Forum in Omaha, Neb., last month, while colleague Ben Buckner addressed the crowd in Garden City, Kan. “Dairy is the only industry this year that will make more gross than the year before,” Basse said, noting it’s up $40 billion, compared to the beef sector, which will drop $7 or $8 billion. “Our revenues have fallen in half—name me another industry where net revenues have declined by 50% in a period of five years. That’s our story,” he said. Cyclical trends and export prospects provide a glimmer. “The world economies are improving at a pace faster than the U.S., but it is improving,” Buckner said. A

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Competition is still a factor in the beef sector, but it relies less heavily on global markets, they said. “Quarterly domestic use is really good, and this is the demand pull that I see in the beef market,” Basse said. “The quarterly per-capita disappearance is now the largest it’s been since 2008.” If trade with China really ramps up, Basse said, “I could get really bullish on the demand side of cattle sometime during the first quarter of next year.” He doesn’t expect China to lift any requirements on U.S. beef. “They like to have a lever on trade,” he said, but it probably also represents an over-arching trend in food production. “I think that’s the way agriculture is going, in terms of producing what the market is demanding. I don’t think that’s all bad because it gives consumers choice.” But before that trade can bolster the market, the larger beef harvest numbers in recent months and earlierthan-usual placements due to drought will continue to pressure prices in the fourth quarter.

AgResource predicts a bottom of $100 to $104 per hundredweight (cwt.) for fed cattle prices. “I do believe we’ll see good exports again going forward,” Basse said. “The price structure of cattle has done its job in terms of building the demand down the road.” Other hurdles remain. Ag lending is down, and competing proteins continue to expand. Pork production will increase by 2% to 3% in 2018, Basse said: “Look over your shoulder, because there’s going to be plenty of pork on the doorstep of the United States.” Things are looking up, but it may take a few years to feel across-the-board recovery. “The markets are an ocean freighter, slow to move,” Buckner said. “We’re starting to steer them in the right direction and perhaps we are through the trough of this bear.” The meetings, co-sponsored by Zoetis, Roto-Mix, IMI Global, Micronutrients, Feed-Lot Magazine and Certified Angus Beef LLC, drew cattle feeders and allied industry from Nebraska, Kansas and several surrounding states.



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‘Living to Serve’ while working to complete our FFA vision of ‘Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture.’” Fairgoers participated in the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Day at the Missouri State Fair by bringing non-perishable food donations. There was also a Can Creation Contest where FFA teams used canned food items donated by Woods Supermarket. Through these activities, a total of 8,950 pounds of non-perishable food was donated to local pantries. In addition, Missouri FFA donated 900 pounds of fresh produce from FFA student projects on display at the fair. “Seeing Missouri’s agriculture groups walk the walk during the Drive to Feed Kids is so heartening and inspiring,” said Scott Baker, state director for Feeding Missouri. “It has gone a long way to making this one of the most hopeful years in Feeding Missouri’s history. We are grateful to all who donated.” Sponsorship of the Missouri Farmers Care’s Drive to Feed Kids was provided by: Brownfield Ag News, Monsanto, FCS Financial, MFA, Inc., Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, NutraBlend, MFA Oil, Sydenstricker Implement Company, Country Vet Pet Foods, CoBank, John Deere Financial, Protect the Harvest, Ralco, Missouri FFA Leadership Fund, Central Missouri AgriServices, Feed Train, The Bank of Missouri, Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives and the contributions of many Missouri farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.



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Dr. Curtis W. Long (left) owner of Briarwood Angus Farms and Briarwood manager David Warfield (right) congratulate 2017 Missouri State Fair Champion Angus Carcass Steer exhibitor and FFA member of Livingston County, Haley Fitzpatrick. The Wheeling, Mo., cattlewoman raised her calf to dress out at 868 pounds, grade High Choice, YG2 and render a 15.5 square inches of rib eye. Haley is joined by her father, J.W. Fitzpatrick. (photo courtesy of Andy Atzenweiler, Missouri Beef Cattleman).



Fitzpatrick had the Champion Angus Carcass, her steer dressed 868 pounds, graded High Choice, yield grade 2, and had a 15.5 square inches of rib eye. On Tuesday Ben Williams, livestock judging coach at Hutchison Jr, College evaluated four Angus steers in the 4-H show and 12 in the FFA show. Grace Busch of St James, Mo., was Grand Champion with her 1350 pound steer and Annaliese Mead of Barnett, Mo., was reserve with her 1350 pound steer in the 4-H division. In the FFA show both winners were from the Brookfield FFA Chapter, Lauren Parks was named Champion and Ashton Brockman was named reserve. A total of ten exhibitors will receive $150 each for exhibiting in the carcass contest and the 4-H or FFA steer show. They are Taylor Atkinson, Ashton Brockman, Reba Colin, Haley Fitzpatrick, Parker Haerr, Travis Haerr, Sean Houston, Larrisa Larrick, Peyson Larrick, and Hannah Moyer. For more information about the annual State Fair Contest, visit http://www.mostatefair.com or http://

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For Now, Fed Steer Prices Stay Level Source: University of Missouri Extension News, Scott Brown, Duane Dailey COLUMBIA, Mo. – Steep price swings were seen for fed steers in the past year, especially in recent months. Look for more of that in beef in coming months with lower prices ahead. However, annual average fed-steer price for 2017 can end near that received last year. Declines resume in 2018, say University of Missouri Extension economists. Domestic demand and exports help prices in face of growing supplies, say Scott Brown and Daniel Madison.

Help to producer prices came from surprising growth in demand for quality beef. August saw record-high primechoice price spreads for boxed beef. At times, buyers paid more than $55 per hundredweight premiums for top-grading USDA prime. Per capita meat consumption remains strong as retail beef prices rose. The growth in beef tonnage comes amidst increases in all meats. Pork, chicken and turkey compete for consumer dollars. However, prime beef sees little competition from low-price offerings. (Continued on page 107)

The economists updated their outlooks in the 2017 MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) update. Prices swung from below $1 per pound in mid-October 2016 to near $1.45 per pound in May of this year. Prices softened on two counts. Summer grilling ends, cutting demand. Also, large cattle-on-feed supplies helped push prices down. A bright spot in beef supplies comes as feed yards send cattle to market at lighter weight. This cuts meat tonnage. With recent higher prices, they pushed cattle forward faster. Slaughter weights now trail year-ago levels for the 15th month running. Expect weights to regain in 2018. “That’ll add only modest tonnage as more cattle go to market,” Brown says.


Projected U.S. beef cow herd growth continues through 2019. Cows will reach 31.8 million head, up from 31.1 million now. By end of the outlook in 2022, the herd will drop back to 31.1 million cows.




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Express Ranches Bull and Commercial Female Sale, Yukon, OK Journagan Ranch/MSU Production Sale, Springfield, MO JAC’s Ranch, Bentonville AR Maple Oaks Red Angus Sale, Eldon, MO Route 66 Simmental Sale, Springfield, MO Heart of Missouri Limousin Sale, Lebanon, MO RA Brown Sale, Throckmorton, TX J&N Black Herefords, Leavenworth KS Lucas Cattle Co, Cross Timbers, MO Heart of America Beefmaster Fall Roundup Sale, Locust Grove, OK Byergo Family Angus, Savannah, MO Heartland Genetics, Perryville, MO Foglesong Charolais Production Sale, Springfield, MO Big D Ranch Brangus & Ultrablack Bull & Commercial Female Sale, Center Ridge, AR Frank/Hazelrigg Family Values Sale, New Bloomfield, MO Hinkles Prime Cut Angus, Fall Bull Sale, Nevada, MO KW Cattle Co Sale, Fort Scott, KS SEMO PT Bull Sale, Farmington, MO Heart of the Ozarks Angus Association Sale, West Plains, MO Angell Thomas Charolais Sale, Paris, MO Complete Dispersal of Circle A Spring Calving Angus Herd, Iberia, MO Seedstock Plus Fall Bull Sale, Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, MO

Kingsville Livestock Auction


Kingsville, Missouri Hwy. 58 • 45 Miles SE of Kansas City, MO


Special Cow Sale Saturday, October 28th, 11:00 a.m. Cattle Sale Every Tuesday 10:00 a.m.

October 21 October 22 October 22 October 25 October 27 October 28 October 28 October 28 October 28 October 28 October 28 October 28 October 29 October 29 October 29 October 30 November 3-4 November 4 November 4 November 4 November 4 November 4 November 5 November 10 November 11 November 11 November 11 November 11

Midwest Beef Alliance Bull Sale, Marshall Junction, MO Gerloff Farms, Bland, MO Magness Land and Cattle, Miami, OK Fink Beef Genetics, Randolph, KS Spur Ranch Sale, Vinita, OK McBee Cattle Co SELECTION DAY Sale, Fayette, MO Mead Farms Bull & Female Fall Sale, Versailles, MO Tanner Farms, Shagualak, MS East Central Angus Association Sale, Cuba, MO Flying H Bull Sale, Butler, MO Ladies of the Royal Hereford Sale, Kansas City, MO Charolais Sale at the American Royal, Kansas City, MO Baker Angus Farms, Butler, MO Lacy’s Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Drexel, MO 4 Brands Gathering Sale, Paragould, AR SWMO PT Bull Sale, Springfield, MO Gene Trust Brangus Sale @ Chimney Rock, Concord, AR New Day Genetics Sale, Osceola, MO Harriman Sale, Windsor, MO B/F Cattle Co Balancer Bull Sale, Butler, MO Pits Angus, Hermitage, MO Braunvieh Herd Builder Sale, Marshall Jct., MO Aberdeen Supreme Sale, Gallatin, MO Rhodes Red Angus Sale, Near Emporia, KS American Black Hereford Sale, Sedalia, MO HAGA Show Me Gelbvieh Sale, Springfield, MO Moriondo Cattle Co, Mt. Vernon, MO Moser Bull Sale, Wheaton, KS

Specializing in Land, Equipment and Livestock For Upcoming Sale Info:

For information call Rick or Jeremy Anstine

816-597-3331 or 816-732-6070

Visit our Website at: www.anstineauctions.com or E-mail us at: kingsville@earthlink.net

Contact: Mike Williams Higginsville, MO cell: 816-797-5450 mwauctions@ctcis.net


November 11 Smith Registered Angus Sale, Green Forest, AR November 17 Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Joplin, MO November 17 Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Kirksville MO November 18 Sydenstricker Genetics, Mexico, MO November 18 Dalebanks Angus Bull Sale, Eureka, KS November 18 Timberland Sale, Vernon AL November 18 Show Me Polled Hereford Classic, Windsor, MO November 18 Seedstock Plus, Kingsville, MO November 18 Missouri Simmental Fall Harvest Sale, Springfield, MO November 20 Green Springs Bull Test, El Dorado Springs, MO November 24 Galaxy Beef Production Sale, Kirksville, MO November 25 College of the Ozarks Hereford Sale Point Lookout, MO November 25 Butch’s Angus Production Sale, Jackson, MO November 25 Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Kingsville MO November 26 B&M Angus Sale, Doe Run, MO December 1 Missouri Angus Advantage Plus Bred Heifer Sale, Marshall, MO December 2 Wright Charolais Sale, Kearney, MO December 2 Womack Farms Sale, Heber Springs, AR December 2 Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Fruitland MO December 2 Missouri Hereford Association Opportunity Sale, Sedalia, MO December 2 Genemax® Elite Bred Heifer Sale, Green City, MO December 2 Highland Cattle Auction, Locust Grove, OK December 8 Simon Cattle Co Female Sale, Farley, IA December 8 Show Me Select Heifer Sale, Farmington, MO December 9 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.

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Advertiser Index


4 Brands Angus Sale.......................51 Aberdeen Supreme Sale..................93 AMEC............................................89 American Angus Association.... 87, 95 American Black Hereford Association..................................19 American Simmental Association.............................22-23 Angell Thomas Sale......................103 B/F Cattle Company.......................76 Bayer Zelnate..................................27 Braunvieh Herd Builder Sale..........26 Buffalo Livestock Market................62 Callaway Livestock Center Inc.......28 Central Missouri Sales Co............107 Circle 5 Cattle Co...........................54 Circle A Angus Ranch........ 45, 59, 75 Classified.......................................105 Clearwater Farm.............................59 College of the Ozarks Sale..............56 Dalebanks Angus Sale................... 88 Double R Cattle Co........................25 Durham Simmental Farms.............25 Eastern Missouri Commission Company....................................31 Farmers Bank of North Missouri... 80 Fink Beef Genetics..........................13 Fish Branch.....................................58 Flying H Ranch............................ 115 Frank/Hazelrigg..............................79 Galaxy Beef LLC............................59 GeneTrust .......................................47 Gerloff Farms..........................59, 100 Green’s Welding & Sales.................50 Harriman Santa Fe Sale.................84 Heart of the Ozarks Sale..............107 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus..............59 Irsik & Doll .................................. 116 J&N Ranch Black Hereford Sale....82 Jack Baker Angus Farm..................73


Jim’s Motors................................... 90 JJ Skyline Angus.............................59 Joe Machens Ford...........................29 Joplin Regional Stockyards.............39 Kauffman........................................98 Kingsville Livestock Auction........ 112 Lacy’s Red Angus Sale....................65 Laughlin Angus..............................59 Lucas Cattle Co..............................25 Magness Land & Cattle .................67 Marshall & Fenner Farms...............59 MCA Brand Wall Page................. 111 MCA Convention.......................... 64 MCA Convention Trade Show.....102 MCA Gun Raffle............................36 MCA Membership Form..............104 MCA Policy Questionaire...............66 McBee Cattle Co............................57 McPherson Concrete Products.....105 Mead Cattle Co..............................35 Mead Farms.............................. 41, 59 Merry Meadows Simmental...........25 MFA Fair Share............................109 Missouri Angus Association............59 Missouri Angus Breeders................59 Missouri Beef Industry Council......21 Missouri Charolais Breeders Association..................................60 Missouri Simmental Association....25 Missouri Simmental Breeders ........25 Missouri Valley Commission Company....................................31 Moriondo Sale................................97 Moser Ranch...................................91 MultiMIN USA..............................37 Naught-Naught Agency....................7 NDE/Salt Fork Feed & Supply........63 New Day Genetics........................105 Norbrook................................... 30-31

Ogden Horsecreek Ranch..............59 Oval F Ranch.................................25 Pitts Angus Sale..............................99 RA Brown.......................................81 ReproLogic.....................................83 Rhodes Red Angus.........................85 Richardson Ranch..........................59 RLE Simmental..............................25 SE Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale..........................86 Seedstock Plus.................................55 Sellers Feedlot...............................108 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle............25 Show Me Select Sales......................17 Smith Registered Angus Sale....... 101 South Central Cattlemen’s Fall Cattle Drive.........................78 South Central Regional Stockyards..................................52 Spur Ranch Sale.............................77 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef........43 Superior Steel Sales.........................61 SW Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale..........................70 Sydenstricker Genetics................3, 59 Trans Ova Genetics........................49 Triple C, Inc....................................54 Ultralyx...........................................53 Valley Oaks Angus..........................59 WAX Company................................2 Weiker Angus Ranch......................59 Wes Ad............................................62 Westway Feed....................................9 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market......................103 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate... 112 Mike Williams.............................. 112 Windsor Livestock Auction.............84 Zeitlow Distributing........................24





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