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Julie Conover Aims to Use Experience and New Ideas to Improve Missouri Angus
MCA Magazine Earns National Recognition
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MCA President’s Perspective Showcasing Missouri Beef
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Cattle Industry Remembers Adam McClung Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) Executive Vice President Adam McClung passed away August, 6, 2017, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. McClung succumbed to a brief, but severe illness. The unexpected passing sent shock waves through the cattle industry in Arkansas and throughout the country. McClung was known as a transformational leader, according to ACA President Jerry Christie. “Adam was one of a kind. His larger than life personality and unwavering dedication to the farm and ranch families of Arkansas was unparalleled,” said Christie. “Adam took this association to a whole new level. Under his leadership, we dramatically increased membership, effectiveness in the state legislature and created Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Class. Most importantly, Adam cared about cattle producers and made sure this association was member driven and member run. His passion was contagious.” Adam first served ACA as director of membership before eventually becoming the executive vice president in 2009 after serving one year with the Oklahoma Beef Council as director of industry relations. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Mike Deering said McClung’s success was noticed throughout the country. He said McClung’s policy savvy and ability to draft innovative legislation that would truly advance the state’s cattle industry was evident by other state cattle organizations following his lead and pushing McClung’s ideas in their respective states.
“Adam has a brilliant mind that was focused on keeping family farms in business,” said Deering. “He led an effort in Arkansas to stop the government from kicking farmers and rancher while they are suffering from a drought or natural disaster. Only in agriculture did the government consider disaster assistance a taxable event. Adam and his team put an end to it. We took that idea, modified it and got it passed in Missouri last year.”
McClung honored tradition, but pushed change when it was necessary to improve the cattle industry. His relentless efforts to bring positive change to the beef cattle industry spurred the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to recognize him in 2014 as just one of 15 “Champions of Change” leaders from across the country.
Despite his passion and success in the cattle industry, those who knew him best would say that wasn’t his top priority. Past ACA President Marcus Creasy, who was a personal friend, said McClung’s first love and primary driver in life was family. On July 3, 2010, McClung married his best friend, Chantel Powell. The real “game changer,” according to Creasy, came on May 26, 2015, when the family expanded with the birth of daughter, Magdelana “Maggie” Blair. “Maggie Blair was a game changer for Adam. She was his whole universe. His devotion to the cattle industry paled in comparison to his love and commitment to Chantel and that little girl,” said Creasy. “It was impossible to have a conversation with Adam and not talk about his family. You could be talking cows one second and somehow his eyes would flicker with excitement and the conversation quickly turned to family.” In honor of Adam, the “Maggie Blair Education Fund” has been set up at People’s Bank at 20409 Arch Street, Little Rock, AR., 72206. There has also been a memorial fund established through YouCaring.com.
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This was my life in 1993 when my dad drew his last breath under a tractor. A horrible, tragic scene that haunts me to this day. I remember the sound of sparrows, the smell of April rain and the undeniable feeling of emptiness. A vivid memory that won’t leave me alone even with over 20 years gone by. Time doesn’t ease your pain. That’s a statement that anyone who has truly felt loss knows is flowery, feel-good nonsense.
Time does allow you to develop the courage to turn pain into something bigger, something more powerful. You turn pain into passion and hope your story strikes a chord in the life of just one person. That’s why every September, I choke back the tears, man up and share my story with farmers and ranchers. I hope maybe, just
Executive Vice President maybe someone cuts this editorial out and hangs it in the barn or on the refrigerator to serve as a sobering reminder that the profession of farming and ranching is dangerous. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that farming and ranching ranks among the most likely occupations in which people can be killed. Twenty-two out of every 100,000 farmers reportedly died of a workplace injury in 2015, the eighth-highest rate of any profession. I’m not going to claim that every single death could have been prevented, but I know many could have been. So do you. You know there are times you made a decision to save time or money that wasn’t exactly brilliant. You know that you know farming. You’re good at your job. But this doesn’t make you invincible. Slow down, evaluate the hazards and avoid shortcuts. I honest to God care about you and I want you to keep farming. I also care about your family. I want no one to feel what I felt, to see what I saw or to hear what I heard more than 20 years ago. I don’t want to hear people gossiping about how you died “before your time” and making coffee shop predictions about what will become of your kids. Do everything you can to make yourself aware of the dangers. I want your funeral to be a day of celebration with embarrassing stories and laughter. Let’s work to prevent your kid from sharing a similar story. Deal?
MCA Wildfire Relief Efforts Recognized by Governor Greitens Missouri Governor Eric Greitens recognized the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA), MFA Inc., MFA Oil and other agricultural organizations with a proclamation for their efforts to coordinate relief to farmers and ranchers in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas impacted by the wildfires earlier this year. MCA President Butch Meier accepted the proclamation on behalf of the organization at the 65th Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the 115th Missouri State Fair. Meier said the recognition was unexpected. “While we appreciate the Governor’s recognition, we did not expect it. We didn’t deserve it. We were just doing what any cowboy would do. We were helping our neighbors in need,” said Meier. “We simply coordinated the giving spirit of Missouri farm and ranch families to ensure the hay and supplies went to the right place. We were just people helping people.” Meier said the proclamation belongs to all Missouri farmers and ranchers who donated dollars, hay, supplies, fuel and trucks during the coordinated effort to provide relief primarily to Kansas and Oklahoma cattle producers. MCA worked with cattlemen and others to coordinate the delivery of more than 13,000 bales of hay to areas devastated by the fires. Meier said MFA Inc. and MFA Oil joined with MCA to ensure funds were available to assist with fuel costs. MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Soybean Association also helped with funds needed for trucking.
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Japan Slaps High Tariff on U.S. Beef Source: Duane Dailey COLUMBIA, Mo. – Japan says “Whoa, go slow” on imports of frozen beef from the United States. To safeguard their own beef farmers, Japan raised tariffs on U.S. beef from 38.5 to 50 percent. “This increases the price of U.S. beef for Japanese consumers,” says Scott Brown, University of Missouri beef economist. “Less foreign consumption increases beef supply here. In turn, that lowers prices all the way back to farms in Missouri.” “We have an unexpectedly big supply of beef and a growing U.S. cow herd,” Brown says. “Any drop in exports puts pressure on beef prices here.” “Japan is our top beef buyer,” Brown adds. “It’s a strong market. Last year they bought $1.8 billion in beef and beef products.” Foreign trade is important for all Missourians. Agriculture ranks No. 1 as revenue source for the state. Cattle top the list. Last year the revenue for U.S. cows and calves was $67.8 billion. In comparison, feed grains returned $56 billion while the soybean crop hit $39 billion. Missouri ranks third state in the nation with 2 million cows. To show the efficiency of Show-Me farmers, calf numbers are second at 1.89 million. Ten percent of U.S beef goes to export. Looking for a bright side of the news from Japan, Brown says the tariff bump covers only frozen, not refrigerated, beef. “Undoubtedly, we will send more non-frozen beef to Japan. But, they may reach a cap on that market as well.”
Nearby Australia appears to benefit from the cap imposed by Japan. However, they do not have a large beef supply. “Droughts cut their beef herds and beef exports.”
Another plus for U.S. beef producers is our high-quality beef, Brown says. “Japanese prefer our corn-fed primegrade beef. Australia doesn’t have the corn or beef quality,” Brown says. Australia does have one huge advantage. They recently signed a bilateral trade agreement that reduces the tariff
on Australian beef headed to Japan.” They face no safeguard cap. The U.S., on the other hand, cancelled trade talks for greater access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If TPP was in place, we would not have hit this import cap and higher tariff. “It’s time to get serious about making our own bilateral trade deal with Japan,” Brown says. The 50 percent tariff started Aug. 1. It ends March 31, 2018. In other news, a recent report showed growth in consumer spending. While it only rose from 1.2 to 1.6 percent, any increase benefits all U.S. meat producers. “More domestic consumption will be required if exports fall,” Brown says. “Increased demand is needed for our growing meat supplies.”
NCBA Responds to Japan Raising Tariff WASHINGTON ( July 28, 2017) - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Craig Uden issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Government of Japan is triggering the safeguard tariff increase on frozen beef imports: “We’re very disappointed to learn that the tariff on frozen beef imports to Japan will increase from 38.5 percent to 50 percent until April 2018. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef in both volume and value, and anything that restricts our sales to Japan will have a negative impact on America’s ranching families and our Japanese consumers. NCBA opposes artificial barriers like these because they unfairly distort the market and punish both producers and consumers. Nobody wins in this situation. Our producers lose access, and beef becomes a lot more expensive for Japanese consumers. We hope the Trump Administration and Congress realize that this unfortunate development underscores the urgent need for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan absent the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
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Cozzitorto to Lead Angus Productions Inc. The American Angus Association announces Rick Cozzitorto as API’s new president. An accomplished business executive and collaborative leader, Rick Cozzitorto took the helm as Angus Productions Inc. (API) president June 30. He brings decades of experience in livestock marketing, sales and encouraging teams to reach new heights. Cozzitorto will lead 40 employees at API, the industryleading communications arm of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. The company operates a multi-faceted media approach to serve quality-minded beef producers nationwide. “An Angus breeder himself, Rick Cozzitorto understands the great value behind the business breed, and is well suited to provide unrivaled marketing support and opportunities for Association members through API,” says Allen Moczygemba, American Angus Association CEO. “We’re fortunate to benefit from his expertise and look forward to his leadership on the team.” Over the course of his career, Cozzitorto has been involved in high-level sales and marketing, employee management, livestock publications, and as a young professional, served as an American Angus Association Regional Manager in the West. Most recently, Cozzitorto served as the executive director for U.S. cattle sales with Merck Animal Health, where he was an effective member of the national leadership team, in charge of recruitment, placement and talent development throughout the organization.
Cozzitorto’s time with Merck Animal Health spanned nearly 12 years, during which he was promoted four times by demonstrating outstanding performance and leadership. He’s led teams to accomplish multi-million dollar sales goals, and has a keen eye for identifying opportunities, establishing partnerships and creating new avenues for business development.
“Building on the experiences I’ve gained so far in my career, the chance to come back to Angus and the breed’s outstanding organization was one I couldn’t pass up,” Cozzitorto says. “The people truly make the business, and some of the best people I know are Angus breeders or are affiliated with the Association.” Cozzitorto also brings to API significant experience in media sales and livestock publications. His time with the American Angus Association allowed him to see how the organization and API provides brand-building opportunities for Angus breeders. Also during his career, Cozzitorto was the co-founder and CEO of TC Publishing in Merced, Calif., which produced the California Cattleman magazine. He was also a former board member of the Livestock Publications Council. As API president, Cozzitorto will lead a dedicated team of professionals who serve Angus breeders through marketing and advertising services, including sale books, websites, advertising and custom marketing plans. API is also home to Angus Media’s unique range of print, television and digital programs, including the trusted Angus Journal®, the commercial cattleman’s Angus Beef Bulletin, weekly The Angus Report on RFD-TV and the popular documentary series I Am Angus®. “The Angus breed has given my family so much over the years, and now it’s my time to give back,” Cozzitorto says. “With the incredible team assembled at API, we will be able to offer our members the best marketing options for their operations — and help keep them in business for generations to come.” A graduate of Texas A&M University, Cozzitorto earned a bachelor’s of science in animal science and industry, with a focus on business and marketing. His passion for Angus cattle has continued through the years, and he and his family have continued to be involved in the American Angus Association on many levels. His wife, Melissa, is active in the American Angus Auxiliary and the Kansas Angus Auxiliary. Their daughter, Alexandria, is the current Kansas Angus Queen and has gained much experience through the National Junior Angus Association. The Cozzitorto’s manage an Angus herd on their farm near Lawrence, Kan.
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nutrient needs for their dams. It takes weaning to remove the requirements for milk production that make up 20% of those needs.
The day you make breeding choices, purchase bulls or buy bred heifers, marketing the calf crop begins. With those decisions in the rear view, it’s time to consider how to make the most of a great mating. Sale day for your spring-born calves grows closer as each day grows shorter, and that brings up weaning.
Weaning before cow BCS drops below a 4 (where 5.5 is average at calving) lets you start developing the next generation’s high-quality carcass. While the influence of fetal programming during the first trimester is not fully understood, placental and organ development patterns suggest nutrient limitation then can reduce performance and quality grade later. That’s because underdeveloped lungs are more likely to be affected by a health stress.
Three considerations dominate all related plans: when to wean, what to feed and how to keep them healthy.
While we are discussing future health, let’s consider this year’s calf, obviously nearer to marketing.
Timing implies giving some thought to “the market,” along with local forage availability and cow body condition scores (BCS). Predicting the best time to market I will leave to others.
We have often discussed the importance of calf vitality because sickness means lower quality grades. Preventative measures to enhance health ring bells for both management and marketing, so work with your veterinarian to develop a specific plan and your marketing agent to match that plan to a program. Working in concert with these advisors helps valueadded health programs capture more of that value for the calf producer.
As summer wears on and calves get older, cow condition falls off with the decline in forage availability. Weaning is the way to improve cow BCS while reducing the stress on grazing resources. You may have read or heard that creep feeding can reduce grazing pressure and cow nutrient requirements, but don’t expect a big response. It’s more of an add-on for the calves; while eating creep, they will consume less forage but that does not change
Creep feeding can play an important role of course, and that is partly because it helps transition calves from only nursing and grazing to a feed ration as well. Illinois data suggest creep should be fed for 56 days to see a difference in performance. While a consensus of earlier studies suggested starch-based creep to optimize marbling development in young calves, new Illinois research opens doors to other options, such as corn coproduct-based rations relatively higher in fat and protein.
This recent work showed an “up regulation” of genes associated with marbling and fat deposition, although there were no changes in ultimate carcass composition. A corn-based control diet showed similar up-regulation while tending to enhance quality grade in the finished cattle. Although this mechanism (up-regulation) and its link to final carcass quality may not be fully understood, data shows the genes are moving in the right direction to improve quality. Further down the supply chain, cattle feeders can tell you it pays to include these coproducts in the diet because they help keep cattle on feed while moderating rumen acid load.
Opportunities to meet the nutritional needs of growing calves continue to expand with our knowledge of animal genetics, gene regulation and feed composition. As we approach the time when responsibility for calf nutrition shifts from the cow to the yard manager, we can still capitalize on a genetic decision made long ago if we talk about potential added value and collaborate to develop a diet that allows calves to express their genetic potential.
Missouri Represented in 2017 Beef Leaders Institute Source: –– Written by Morgan Marley, Angus Media Missouri Angus breeders attended the five-day educational event hosted by the American Angus Association.
Four Missouri natives joined an elite group of American Angus Association members by attending the 10th annual Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) June 19-23. BLI is a complete pasture-to-plate experience for young leaders in the Angus industry that explores quality genetics, performance programs, genomic technology, herd health, the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB) brand and much more. This year’s class consisted of nearly 20 individuals from all areas of the country.
The individuals from Missouri were Coy Young with Young Angus Farm, Blythedale, Mo.; Dereck Washam with Hillside Angus, Pierce City, Mo.; Jocelyn Washam with Hillside Angus, Wentworth, Mo.; and Traves Merrick with Gleonda Angus Farms, Miller, Mo. “The week for the Beef Leaders Institute focuses on continuing education in the industry,” said Adam Conover, American Angus Association regional manager. “I think one of the great things BLI offers is the diversity of education over the course of five days, and the opportunity for breeders to network with one another. There are lifelong relationships that stem from the week.”
The five-day event, funded by the Angus Foundation, began in Saint Joseph, Mo., at the Association headquarters. Participants interacted with staff and learned how each department works to serve its nearly 25,000 members. Angus producers work closely with the Association to register their cattle, and many Association employees are known as voices through the phone to producers. For Merrick, the chance to tour the Association gave him a greater understanding of its operations. “This was my first trip to the American Angus Association headquarters,” Merrick said. “We got to see the daily operations, and I was able to place a face with some of the people I often talk to on the phone.” BLI toured throughout the Midwest and ended in Wooster, Ohio, at CAB headquarters. Along the way, participants were also able to visit GeneSeek Neogen Operations in Lincoln, Neb.; Feller & Co. Cattle Feeder in Wisner, Neb.; Greater Omaha Packing Company, Inc. in Omaha, Neb.; Trans Ova in Sioux City, Iowa; a Sysco distribution center in Cleveland, Ohio; and a retail tour at Giant Eagle’s Market District Supermarket in Cleveland, Ohio. Many cattle producers don’t often have the opportunity to experience the packing and processing segments of the business. Touring the Greater Omaha packing facility was a favorite stop for many BLI attendees. “My favorite stop on the trip was at Greater Omaha,” Dereck said. “It truly amazed me to see how efficient the entire plant ran by manual labor.”
Caitlyn Brandt, event coordinator for the American Angus Association, explains that BLI targets young leaders in the Angus industry, ages 25-45, and gives them opportunities to see all sectors of the industry and how Angus plays a role in each of them.
“BLI is designed to provide Angus producers the opportunity to see all sectors of the beef industry after cattle leave their farms,” Brandt said. “By having the chance to network with other producers, feeders, packers, processors, retailers and other industry experts in the areas of genetics, reproduction and marketing, participants go home with knowledge and information that provides better insight into making production decisions on their operation.” The week spent with other producers and networking with experts in the industry allows participants to form friendships that will extend beyond the trip.
“BLI truly allowed us, as participants, to have a pastureto-plate experience,” Jocelyn said. “Not only were we able to network and make lifelong friends, but we were also able to make ourselves better advocates of the Angus breed so we can educate the consumer about Angus cattle, the livestock industry, and the ever changing and growing world we live in.” As the livestock industry continues to become more innovative, it is important for cattle producers to be forward thinking on their farms. “Technology changes every day,” Young said. “Genomic technology is always changing. As a producer, you can either stay on top of the change or get left behind. Being able to tour GeneSeek allowed us to better understand our investment in DNA testing. It is money well spent because GeneSeek keeps up with the technology while trying to make it cost effective for us as producers.” A complete list of 2017 BLI participants follows. For more information on how to participate in the leadership event, visit www.angus.org. Applications for the 2018 class will be available online starting next winter.
Beef Leaders Institute – Class of 2017 Martin Allison, Waverly, Tenn. Jordan Davis-Cook, Cordell, Okla. Jason Jagels, Davenport, Neb. Samantha Jensen, Morris, Minn. Brad Johnson, Shawano, Wis. Jeremy Leister, Stillwater, Okla. Rick Marlatt, Wood Lake, Neb. Tyler McAlpin, Diamondhead, Miss. Traves Merrick, Miller, Mo. Alisha Nord, Valley City, N.D. Clay Richardson, Carlsbad, N.M. Jennifer Shaver Friedel, Blacksburg, Va. Chad Stevenson, Arlington, Wis. Dereck Washam, Pierce City, Mo. Coy Young, Blythedale, Mo. Kristi Poss, Scotia, Neb. Jocelyn Washam, Wentworth, Mo. American Angus Representatives: Gayle Billups, Saint Joseph, Mo. Melissa Hanway, Saint Joseph, Mo. Adam Conover, Cameron, Mo. Drew Feller, Wisner, Neb.
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CAB premiums grow, motivate higher quality beef production
In fact, June 19th brought an all-time high for CAB premiums as USDA’s Mandatory Price Reporting showed one packer paid a record $14/cwt. It would be remiss not to acknowledge that a big-box retailer entered the premium Choice beef market this spring. While details of that product and specifications are unclear, there is little doubt the added demand contributed to higher premiums across the category.
Source: By Laura Conaway Producer Communications Specialist, Certified Angus Beef LLC Quality cattle are so commonplace they’re no longer worth a reward, right? Wrong. The market still pays more for the best, even as supplies grow. USDA data for the first half of 2017 puts the average Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand grid premium at $4.73/cwt., on track to exceed $50 million for the year. CAB acceptance rates of nearly 30%, compared to typical historic rates of 17% to 18% may drive perceptions that market premiums have dried up. Numbers show that’s not the case. “Our tonnage keeps setting records this year with 10% or more greater supply, but the average reported premium to producers is almost a dime above last year’s
Those premiums fade seasonally going into summer, but they aren’t going away. “The fact is, there are still premiums and they’re still worthwhile,” Dykstra says. “CAB is leading the charge and there’s money to be made.” Predominantly black, Angus cattle eligible for CAB made up 67.5% of the fed-cattle supply in June, compared to just 63.5% a year ago. That’s certainly not evidence of oversupply or lack of demand, Dykstra says. “The record premiums for CAB occurred while the Choice-Select spread was trending
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extremely wide as well, creating a huge gap in price as we measure quality across Select, lower Choice and CAB.” “I’d say it’s driven by demand,” says John Nalivka. The president and owner of Oregon-based Sterling Marketing says while 2017 total beef production and harvest are up 4% and 6%, respectively, beef expenditures were down as recently as May. “That increase in available supply doesn’t carry much weight in the world of consumer preference,” he says. “When you break it down to what consumers want to buy, it narrows that supply quite a bit.”
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Demand is strong for well-marbled cuts, Nalivka says, but not for all beef: “As retail expenditures would suggest, demand exists for certain quality components of the entire beef supply.” That’s reason enough for producers to keep aiming for quality, selecting cattle that excel in carcass and growth. “Genetically, and from the standpoint of production, we’re good at raising cattle in this country,” Nalivka says. “Nobody else in the world can compete with us when it comes to grain-finished cattle.” People want a safe product that was raised with humane standards, he says. “They want to know that when they buy that $10 steak and have their friends over for a barbecue in the backyard, they’re not going to be disappointed. They don’t want any guesswork and there’s value in raising cattle that fit that,” Nalivkasays. Hearing from feedyards and packers alike, he says, “It’s important to pay attention to what’s going on in the market.” Culling the bottom end of the U.S. cow herd led to a herd that can produce 80% or more Choice beef, which pressures Select numbers down. Yet, demand forquality supports the better grade, creating a wider ChoiceSelect spread as the two move in opposite directions. The price signals move down the chain as packers preferred buying only the higher quality cattle this spring, motivating feedyards to become pickier about which calves they purchase. “Feeders know what it’s going to take and therefore are more selective,” Nalivka says. “That’s where this whole thing goes full circle for the rancher because it tells you that you’re probably going to get paid for quality, particularly reputation feeder cattle that fit that demand between the feedlot and packer.”
Still, ranchers must raise the cattle that fit their cost structure and intended market, he says.
“You have to have the right cattle for the right market. We have a lot better herd for producing the kind of cattle consumers want and, when you realize there are still premiums out there, you are going to have to produce for that. I think thestandard for getting the greatest value has been set and there’s no going back now.”
Future Angus Stockmen Scholarship Application Available The American Angus Association seeks college-age applicants for commercial-focused scholarship. To ensure the next generation of commercial cattle producers is well prepared with the knowledge and tools to become successful, the American Angus Association and Allflex USA encourage ambitious young cattle producers to apply for the Future Angus Stockmen scholarship. The Future Angus Stockman program is aimed toward college-age or recent graduates willing to learn about utilizing expected progeny differences (EPDs), incorporating DNA technology to make data-driven
decisions, developing record-keeping plans using the Beef Records Service (BRS) or Maternal Plus® at a reduced cost and connecting with cattlemen from across the nation. To be eligible to receive the $1,000 Future Angus Stockmen scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in the Future Angus Stockmen program and meet additional qualifications. “Our goal is to recognize the efforts of a young producer and help them improve their Angus program through genetic tools and an educational scholarship,” says Scott Holt, North American marketing manager for Allflex USA. “The opportunity will undoubtedly advance their knowledge of new products and information available to commercial beef producers.”
The scholarship application deadline is Sept. 15, 2017. The Future Angus Stockmen scholarship will be presented at the 2017 National Angus Convention and Trade Show. Applications for the Future Angus Stockmen scholarship can be found on angus.org.
Junior Leaders: Apply to Become the Angus Ambassador The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) is beginning its search for the next Angus Ambassador. It’s an elite position that provides an opportunity for a one-year term as spokesperson for the NJAA’s nearly 6,000 members, and connects with cattle producers, consumers and industry professionals nationwide. Applications are available online and must be submitted by Sept. 15. “As the Angus Ambassador, one junior member is given the opportunity to take his or her passion for Angus cattle to the next level by networking with other Angus producers and beef industry professionals, and by traveling to and attending a variety of engaging events over the course of the year,” says Jaclyn Clark, American Angus Association Director of Events and Education. Currently serving as the 2017 Angus Ambassador is Cassandra Garcia of Renton, Washington. Garcia is a student at the University of Washington Tacoma studying business marketing. She says she hopes that one day her education in the area of business will allow her to contribute to the “Business Breed” in a meaningful way. “The ambassador program has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has given me the chance to expand my understanding of this industry”, says Garcia. “Whether it was networking at events, being that bridge between consumers and producers, or representing the Angus breed in the best way possible, it has helped me to grow as an individual in an industry that I love.”
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The chosen Angus Ambassador will travel to the following events: • Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas (candidates); • Certified Angus Beef® Building Blocks Seminar in Wooster, Ohio; • NCBA Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.; • Beef Improvement Federation Annual Research Symposium and Convention in Loveland, Colorado; and • Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL) Conference in Canada. Additonal and existing travel may vary based on the selected ambassador’s location, schedule and availability. To be eligible for the Angus Ambassador competition, applicants must be Association members in good standing, between the ages 17-20 as of Jan. 1, who own purebred Angus cattle. They must submit a cover letter, résumé and two essay responses. Applications can be found online. Garcia encourages all junior members to apply for the position: “We need strong leaders to represent our association. If you’re thinking about applying, go ahead and do it! I believe all NJAA members have what it takes to become the next great representative of our breed.” All applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15 and sent to the Association’s Events and Education Department, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506. Once the applications are reviewed, five finalists will be invited to the Angus Convention to participate in the final round of competition, which includes an interview and formal presentation with a panel of judges. The new Angus Ambassador will be chosen at the Awards Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 6 . For more information, please visit the NJAA website at www.angus.org/njaa.
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Southeast Missouri Cattlemen’s Association The SEMO Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to award four scholarships to outstanding local youth. Morgan Versemann, Jackson Senior High; Andrew Aufdenberg and Nathan Aufdenberg, Saxony Lutheran High School; and Weston Avery, Dexter High School were each selected to receive a $500 scholarship.
Murray State University and major in business. Congratulations to our SEMO Cattlemen’s scholarship winners and best of luck in your future endeavors!
Versemann, daughter of Jeff and Jill Versemann (New Wells), has shown beef cattle for nine years through both 4-H and FFA. Versemann plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University and major in communication disorders. Andrew and Nathan Aufdenberg, sons of Mark and Wanda Aufdenberg (Cape Girardeau), both plan to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia. Andrew has shown cattle for ten years in 4-H, assists in raising cattle on their family farm and has attended the state FFA livestock judging contest. Andrew intends to double major in mechanical engineering and agricultural systems management. Nathan has a small herd of Hereford cattle and has shown at the SEMO District Fair for the last four years. He has participated in FFA livestock judging and helps on his family’s commercial beef operation. Nathan plans to major in agriculture and chemical engineering.
Weston Avery, son of Mark and Laury Avery (Dexter), has shown steers at the Stoddard County Fair through 4-H during his membership. Avery plans to attend
Morgan Versemann is pictured with (at left) Mike Aufdenberg, SEMO Cattlemen President, and Butch Meier, MCA President (on the right).
Cole County The Cole County Cattlemanâ€™s Association recently held a membership meeting. The meeting took place on July 23, 2017 and approximately 85 people were in attendance. The meal was a pot luck with meat catered by Reinhardt Circle. A short business meeting was held as well as recognition of our scholarship recipients and an overview of the recent relief activities for the Kansas wildfires. The program for the evening was given by Corporal Barry Grassawitz from the Rural Crime Unit. It was very informative on what to be on the lookout for and how to protect your property.
Lafayette County July saw the Lafayette County Cattlemen supporting our youth. July 6 over 150 members and friends attended the annual scholarship steak dinner and auction. Bidding was lively and past scholarship winners were recognized during the evening. Sponsors were generous with donations and funds raised will provide scholarships awarded in the next year. LCCA grilled burgers and beef dogs for the 90 Super Farmer contestants and their families at Fairground Park prior to the competition.
Kylie Limback exhibited the Rate of Gain winner at the Lafayette County 4-H/ FFA Fair in Higginsville. The Lafayette County Cattlemen sponsor the contest annually.
Henry County Hot, hot, hot! What other way to describe this past month. The cool temeratures the past few days have been a wonderful change. It seems like this month has been mainly about the youth of our county. Since this is one of our goals, besides the main one of promoting beef, we have thoroughly enjoyed each activity, regardless of the soaring temperatures. If the youth could handle the weather, us “older” folks could manage the activities.
show during the fair. The steer sale took place during the Chamber of Commerce Ag Dinner in late August. Our only “money maker” for the scholarship fund was when we grilled for the Equity Bank during their Customer Appreciation Day. We feel this is an excellent way to promote beef in our community.
Our first event was donating and grilling a meal for the participants and their families that attended the Fitting Clinic. Next, we grilled for the Henry County Fair when they were having their annual tractor pull, followed a couple days later when we did the same for their Mud Run. We donated, grilled, and served all the youth and MBCSept2014c.qxp_Layout 1 that 9/24/14 9:59 AM Page 62 swine and poultry their families participated in the
Helping at the Equity Bank Appreciation Day were Sami Lesmeister, Joyce Trolinger, Jan Reid, Bob Trolinger, and Anthony Lesmeister. In back are Marylin Lesmeister and Gene Reid.
Workers during the poultry and swine sale were Gene Reid, Jan Reid, Marylin Lesmeister, Sami Lesmeister, Rick Foosnow, Lola Christopher, Russ Christopher, Joyce Trolinger, Bob Trolinger, and Dan Wallace.
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Douglas/Wright County Our last meeting was held on August 15 at Club 60 Steakhouse in Mountain Grove. Our meeting was meant to meet with our local “go-to-guys,” S&H and Farmer’s Ag. S&H spoke of the new line of Kawasaki Mules and the great deals they have to offer on that new machine. S&H has many services that we all use, and we are thankful for their continued support. Farmer’s Ag spoke of that special blend of products that are customized to your field. Mick Plummer knows our pastures and has great advice to optimize your growth. A treasurer’s report was given, and we will have updates regarding the
heifer essays in September. We are hopeful for a large response. Check your local business as flyers have been posted. Should you have any questions regarding the Red Angus Heifer Essay Contest, please contact Ernie Ehlers via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, feel free to contact anyone on the leadership team! The next meeting is September 15, 2017 at 6 p.m. The sponsor will be Circle A Angus Ranch out of Iberia Missouri. Nick Hammett will be speaking about their upcoming sale in October.
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entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend and take part in the festivities.
The Bates County cattlemen skipped their monthly meeting in July to help at the county fair. They cooked for the opening night bash and served a ribeye dinner during the youth beef show.
Duckworth mentioned several upcoming events where the group will serve food. Those include the Missouri State Fair Beef House, REA annual meeting, Amsterdam Jubilee and local Husker’s Days in Butler.
President Lonny Duckworth and member Ivan Fischer also represented the group at the junior livestock auction, buying a steer, hog, goat and chickens to support young 4-H exhibitors. Prior to the auction, Duckworth presented scholarship checks to Allison Jenkins of Butler and Sara Gammon of Drexel.
Bud Mareth announced the Beef Stewardship Clinic scheduled for August 31 at Lucas Cattle Co. The event is sponsored by Purina and area dealers. There will be a full day of informative workshops for producers.
The August meeting was held at the Adrian Optimist Building. Gary and Evelyn Morrow prepared a delicious meal of smoked brisket, baked beans and coleslaw. The group greatly appreciates their efforts throughout the year.
Our next meeting will be September 12 at the Poplar Heights Farm near Butler.
President Lonny Duckworth gave a report to the group on the fair activities from the previous month and the Bates County Health Fair. The group served 325 hamburgers at the health fair on August 1. Duckworth and county director Carl Bettels reported on the recent MCA board meeting. The convention committee is preparing to celebrate 50 years next January. MCA is considering redesigning the association logo and members will all have an opportunity to vote on three proposed logo changes or no change at all when the time comes. Bettels said the state association currently has 4,510 members and ranks first in NCBA membership for cow/calf producers, while third in overall membership. It was also reported that certain insurance companies are offering reduced rates for clients who post a liability protection sign on their property. The group also discussed the upcoming annual meeting, scheduled for November 11. The meeting will include the same menu and format as the past, with a prime rib dinner and cowboy poet Danny McCurry as the evening
Ribeye dinner served during the youth beef show at the county fair.
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South Central Missouri Cattlemen Our monthly meeting was sponsored by three area Purina Dealers. They together sponsored a brisket dinner for our group of over 30 members catered by Colton’s Steak House from West Plains. We would like to thank John Richards from Richard Bros. Feeds in West Plains which is celebrating their 85th anniversary of being in business. Also, we would like to thank Jerry and Patti Orchard from Brown’s Lawn & Garden in Mountain View. Also, thanks to Tom Young and Josh Roberts from Young Produce in Alton. The speaker for the evening was Mark Grotheer animal nutrition rep. from Purina. Mark shared the proper cattle weaning health and nutrition program guidelines that Purina has. As producers, you should have weaning program goals to avoid sick calves. The question for the evening was, “In a 12 month period, how many months does a cow feed just herself ?” The answer is “never.” She should always be milking one and growing another inside. Until next time. Thank a farmer.
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St. Clair County The St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association met on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 with 18 members in attendance. The cattlemen’s meeting was sponsored by St. Clair County State Bank and was held at Valley Center UCC. Vice President John Love introduced State Representative Warren Love as the speaker for the evening. Rep. Love gave a “hat’s off” to the ladies of Valley Center Church for preparing a very fine meal. Another big “THANK YOU” to the St. Clair County State Bank for sponsoring the meal. It was extra special to be introduced by his son, vice president John Love, who conducted the meeting. Rep. Love’s presentation began with the good news that Governor Greitens signed (SB 222) into law. Language included in this transportation omnibus bill enables Missouri farmers to use their machinery and implements on state highways between sunset and sunrise. All implements/vehicles will need to be equipped with the appropriate lighting in order to do so, but this will help our agricultural community immensely. This law goes into effect August 28.
Rep. Love also discussed Missouri County and Township restrictions on Animal Feeding Operations. Local governments have imposed additional requirements and fees on animal feeding operations beyond what is required in regulations by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Since efforts to change legislation to clarify statutes on Animal Feeding Operations have been unsuccessful to date, many counties have joined efforts with “Missouri Farmers Care” to qualify for Agri-Ready designation. Agriculture is the backbone of Missouri’s economy and also generates demand for other industries and economic growth opportunities including service industries and agribusinesses. Counties that have earned the Agri-Ready designation include: Atchison, Audrain, Benton, Butler, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Dallas, Dent, Gasconade, Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Moniteau, New Madrid, Oregon, Osage, Pike, Saline, Scott, St. Clair, Stoddard, Washington and Webster.
Rep. Love also invited anyone interested in the University Extension bus tour from August 7-10 to contact his office for more information. Vice president John Love thanked Rep. Love for speaking.
Vice president John Love had the minutes and treasurers report read and approved. He also thanked the ladies of Valley Center for preparing the meal. John Love discussed activities that the St. Clair County Cattlemen have coming up. The cattlemen worked the Missouri Beef House at the Missouri State Fair on August 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, the Cattlemen will be cooking and serving Steak Sandwiches at Osceola Rodeo Days on Sept. 2. Sign-up sheets were passed around for members to volunteer. St. Clair County Cattlemen are getting ready to start selling chances to win a Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler. All proceeds will go to the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Fund. Contact a cattlemen’s member if you are interested in purchasing chances to win the cooler.
Vice President John Love.
State Representative Warren Love.
Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Beef Tour – September 16 The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and University of Missouri Extension will hold an afternoon-early evening tour of three beef operations on September 16. The tour hosts include Carrier’s Muddy Creek Angus, Gleonda Angus Farms and Shining Cross Cattle. Each farm is located near the Lawrence-Dade county line, off of Missouri 97. The tour begins at 1:30 pm at Carriers. They run a purebred Angus beef, forage and row crops farm. They calve both winter and fall and sell bulls and heifers for breeding stock. Artificial insemination is used on heifers. Carriers use novel fescue and rotationally graze. David’s dad, Arthur began the Angus herd in 1947. Forage production and harvest is a big deal at Muddy Creek, and you’ll see an example of that with their McHale baler and red clover haylage entered in the Ozark Empire Fair. About 60 yearling heifers, 20 fall calving cows and three herd bulls will be on display. Direction to Carriers is 1 ¼ miles south of S&H Farm Supply on 97 or from the south, it’s 1 ¾ miles north of the Dade-Lawrence county line. Just a few miles south on 97, the tour will visit Gleonda Angus Farms. It is owned by Leon and Glenda Kleeman and managed by grandson, Traves Merrick. They raise Angus breeding stock and will explain their interest in using genomic testing, artificial insemination and retained ownership to identify bulls that will work for their customers. The cow herd has about 75 percent winter calves, with the rest born in the fall. They develop most of their bulls on the farm but send a few each test to Green Springs Bulls Test, Nevada. Traves uses technology and social media such as Facebook to market bulls. A website is under
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The final stop is only a five minute drive west on YY to Lawrence County 1040 to Shining Cross Cattle. The hosts are the McCann Family, who moved to this area 14 years ago from Arizona. Their original plan was to run cows, but five years ago they converted to a steer backgrounding program. They now background around 450 head that are purchased locally starting in December and usually are completed in February. At that time, they are forward-contracted via video for July delivery. They buy steers averaging 550 lbs. and sell in the 9’s. Pastures are 10 to 15 acres, mostly fescue. They do not bale any hay, using stockpiling of fescue. They usually hand feed supplement. The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will provide beef burgers at the conclusion of the tour. For more information contact the Lawrence County University of Missouri Extension Center, Mt. Vernon at 417-466-3102.
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construction that he hopes will attract more buyers. Extensive records are kept on Excel spreadsheets and through the American Angus Association. Freeze branding is now a common practice and Traves will share his tips for getting a sharp brand.
June Results Confirm Strong First Half for U.S. Red Meat Exports Source: USMEF U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year. According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), exports also achieved higher values on a perhead-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steady-tohigher percentage of total production. June beef exports were the largest of 2017, reaching 109,554 metric tons (mt) – up 11 percent year-overyear and the largest June total since 2011. Export value increased 10 percent to $602.5 million. For January through June, beef exports were up 12 percent in volume (606,876 mt) and 15 percent in value ($3.35 billion) compared to the first half of last year.
Exports accounted for nearly 13 percent of total U.S. beef production in June and 10 percent for muscle cuts only – each about even with a year ago. The ratios were the same for January through June, which was also steady with the first half of last year. Export value per
head of fed slaughter averaged $264.51 in June, up 6 percent from a year ago. Through June, per-head export value was up 8 percent to $269.21. Pork exports totaled 200,229 mt in June, up 6 percent year-over-year and the largest June volume on record, valued at $527.1 million, up 4 percent. This pushed the first-half total to 1.25 million mt valued at $3.21 billion – up 13 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Exports accounted for 27 percent of total pork production (up more than one percentage point from a year ago) in June and 22 percent for muscle cuts only (steady with last year). For the first half, with production at a record pace, both ratios increased significantly from a year ago. The percentage of total production jumped from 25.3 percent to 27.8 percent, and for muscle cuts the increase was from 21.4 percent to 23 percent. Export value per head slaughtered in June was up 1 percent to $53.41 and the first-half average increased 12 percent to $54.09.
“In this time of large red meat production, the upward trend in per-head export value and in the percentage of production exported is especially critical to the industry,” said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. “These metrics confirm that we’re not simply exporting more red meat because more is available – those exports are also generating excellent returns. It was also gratifying to see that the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June due to an expansion of exports, knowing that the red meat industry made another solid contribution toward that effort.”
Chilled beef to Asia drives first-half growth, but exports increased to most destinations
Beef exports to leading market Japan continued to gain momentum in June, with volume up 7 percent to 27,521 mt and value up 13 percent to $174.4 million (the highest since 2000). First-half exports to Japan exceeded last year’s pace by 23 percent in volume (150,812 mt) and 28 percent in value ($905.8 million). This included a 40 percent increase in chilled beef exports to 70,807 mt, valued at $511 million (up 38 percent), as the U.S. captured more than 50 percent of the chilled beef market. While demand for U.S. beef is very strong in Japan’s retail and foodservice sectors, frozen exports to Japan face a higher tariff rate through March 2018. See more details on this issue online.
June exports to South Korea were the largest since January at 14,701 mt, up 14 percent from a year ago, valued at $92.4 million (up 20 percent and the highest of 2017). First-half exports to Korea were up 13 percent in volume (83,357 mt) and 21 percent in value ($527.7 million). The U.S. also captured more than 50 percent of Korea’s chilled beef market as chilled exports totaled 18,816 mt (up 83 percent year-over-year) valued at $166 million (up 86 percent). Other first-half highlights for U.S. beef exports included: Exports to Taiwan totaled 20,376 mt (up 19 percent from a year ago) valued at $179 million (up 26 percent). This included chilled beef exports of 8,178 mt (up 19 percent) valued at $93.5 million (up 22 percent) as the U.S. captured more than 70 percent of Taiwan’s chilled beef market. After a slow start to the year, exports to Hong Kong rebounded to post double-digit first-half gains in both volume (56,846, up 11 percent) and value ($357.4 million, up 17 percent). Exports to Mexico increased 3 percent in volume (114,923 mt) while slipping 3 percent in value ($459.7 million). But muscle cut exports to Mexico – mainly shoulder clods, rounds and other end cuts – fared better, increasing 9 percent in volume (61,782 mt) and 2 percent in value ($353.8 million).
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Led by a doubling of exports to Vietnam and Indonesia and strong demand in the Philippines, exports to the ASEAN region increased 85 percent in volume (20,532) and 61 percent in value to $99 million. Fueled by strong growth in Chile, Guatemala and Colombia, exports to Central and South America increased 11 percent in volume (19,137 mt) and 5 percent in value ($83.8 million). Exports to Brazil, which began in late April, totaled 412 mt of muscle cuts and 651 mt of variety meat at a combined value of $2.6 million. After reopening in 2016, South Africa quickly emerged as the fourth-largest destination for U.S. beef variety meat, with first-half exports (mainly livers) reaching 7,849 mt – an increase of nearly 500 percent from a year ago – valued at $6 million.
Research and Education Facility Launched at Hy-Plains Feedyard Source: Deb Norton, Cogent Ideas, Inc. Food animal production is both art and science involving multiple sectors and stakeholders. The art of applying common sense and well tested animal husbandry skills in sync with proven science and technology is creating a paradigm shift in protein production, specifically the cattle feeding sector.
The Hy-Plains Education and Research Center located in Montezuma, Kansas, officially opened its doors
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on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, hosting customers and invited guests to hear industry leaders. The panel representing all production sectors, discussed “The Stakeholder’s Role In Global Food Sustainability.” VicePresident of the World Wildlife Fund U.S. Food Team, Carlos Saviani, was the lead-off speaker, followed by Luke McKelvie, McDonald’s Global Farmer Program Manager; Emily Murray, Cargill General ManagerMcDonald’s Beef; Drs. Bob Smith and Trent Fox, Veterinary Research and Consulting Services, LLC; Dr. Randall Spare, Ashland Veterinary Center, Ashland, Kansas; Mark Gardiner, Pres., Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, Kansas; and Dan Dorn, ABS Powerline Genetics Business Manager. A panel discussion concluded the afternoon program. Global food sustainability discussions invoke passion and skepticism depending upon the audience. The World Wildlife Fund is taking a leadership role by engaging production stakeholders, large companies and corporations through substantive collaboration focusing on sustainable outcomes rather than traditions and practices. Managing water and land, improving efficiencies and adding value are critical issues that will determine food animal producers’ ability to meet a growing need to produce more food while reducing the stress on all resources. The Hy-Plains Education and Research Center, located in Montezuma, Kansas, will provide a state-of-the-art facility for ongoing research benefiting food animal producers and consumers globally. Beef industry stakeholders have both a challenge and a responsibility to use science and technology to improve efficiency and health, increase outputs, add value and sustain an affordable food supply for a growing planet. Research and industry collaboration are essential. Hy-Plains Education and Research Center provides a controlled environment and support staff necessary to conduct science-based research and the capacity to educate through aggressive consumer outreach. HPFY is committed to the success of sustainable global beef production by improving efficiencies through the value chain, customer service and best practice management. For more information, contact Tom Jones, Hy-Plains Feedyard, TomJones231@gmail.com or Shannon Wharton, Hy-Plains Feedyard, swharton@ wbsnet.org.
NCBA Signs Coalition Letter In Support of Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank “Simply Put, We Can’t Afford to Be Locked Out of Foreign Markets Again,” Uden Says WASHINGTON, D.C. ( July 18, 2017) - The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today joined with more than 100 other agricultural groups and industry leaders in calling for Congress to establish and fully fund a robust Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The letter was sent to U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), as well as U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) “An outbreak of FMD will have a devastating effect on all of agriculture – not just livestock producers – and will have long-lasting ramifications for the viability of U.S. agriculture, the maintenance of food security in this great nation, and overall national security,” the letter stated. “An outbreak of FMD would immediately close all export markets. The cumulative impact of an outbreak on the beef and pork sectors over a 10-year period would be more than $128 billion... The annual jobs impact of such a reduction in industry revenue is more than 58,000 in direct employment and nearly 154,000 in total employment.”
As the letter was delivered to Capitol Hill, NCBA President Craig Uden stressed the importance of investing in a FMD vaccine bank, rather than trying to contain an outbreak after the fact. “Simply put, we cannot afford to be locked out of valuable foreign markets again,” Uden said. “It’s taken us well over a decade to get back up to speed in Asia after the 2003 BSE scare, and we must have support and full funding for this FMD vaccine bank to protect for our vital industry. The consequences would be catastrophic.” Uden recently returned from a trade mission to China, which just reopened its borders to American-made beef for the first time in nearly 14 years. The letter to Capitol Hill’s agricultural leaders was spearheaded by NCBA, the National Pork Producers Council, the American Sheep Industry Association, and the National Milk Producers Federation.
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Missouri State Fair Highlights First Customers at the Beef House
Pictured at left are the first customers at the Missouri Beef House for 2017 during the Missouri State Fair. Daniel Long, Norborne; Bobbi Long, Odessa; and Taylor Kephart, St. Joe enjoyed a meal at the Beef House to start their Missouri State Fair experience.
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Natalie Ayers Crowned 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen Miss Natalie Ayers from Green City was named the 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held August 10th. Miss Ayers received the highest score of 49 contestants vying for the title in the two-day competition held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Miss Ayers will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year.
Miss Ayres is a member of the Green City FFA Chapter and represented Area III last year as a state officer for the Missouri FFA Association. She is a College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) ambassador and a member of Sigma Alpha at the University of Missouri. She has been chosen for the Litton Leadership Scholars Program for the upcoming year.
Miss Ayers is 19-years-old and studies Science and Agricultural Journalism at the University of Missouri. As Queen, she will receive a $2,000 scholarship to continue her education. She entered as Miss Sullivan County, and is the daughter of Rick and Jonna Ayers.
Participants in the queen pageant were judged in multiple areas including interview, speech, talent and evening gown.
“When I was four-years-old I started watching the Missouri State Fair Queen Pageant and I knew someday I wanted to be the Missouri State Fair Queen,” said Ayers. “As a livestock exhibitor and long-time fairgoer, I am looking forward to serving as an ambassador for the Missouri State Fair during the Fair and in the coming year.”
Miss Emma Leamer was named first runner-up and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Second runner-up went to Miss Jessica Hoelting, who will receive a $500 scholarship. The third runner-up honor went to Miss Rebecca Helton, who will receive a $350 scholarship, and the fourth runner-up honor went to Miss Stephanie Schumacher, who will receive a $250 scholarship.
2017 Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions Sets New Records (SEDALIA, Mo.)â€”The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Saturday, Aug. 19. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, raising a record-breaking $171,050.
and Steak â€˜n Shake/Guesa USA LLC/Jorge Guevara of Sedalia. Additional funds for the Grand Champion Steer were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The steer was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.
The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Katelyn Gillum (below) of Unionville. Katelyn is a member of the Putnam County FFA Chapter. Her 1,355-pound crossbred steer sold for an all-time high of $28,500, and was purchased by Dairy Queen/Guesa USA LLC
The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Royse Laffey of Maryville. Royse is a member of the Maryville Saddle 4-H Club. His 275-pound crossbred hog was purchased for $25,500 by BTC Bank (with locations in Albany, Bethany, Boonville, Carrollton, Chillicothe, Gallatin & Pattonsburg, MO; and Lamoni, IA) and the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The barrow was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund. Royse Laffey announced that he would donate 10% of his sale price back to the Missouri State Fair Foundation for Swine Barn improvements on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
Adam Thompson of Maryville exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb. Adam is a member of the
Northwest Tech FFA Chapter. His 126-pound crossbred lamb was purchased for a record price of $21,250 by Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate/Chas Wheeler, Paris; and the Missouri State Fair Concessionaires & Commercial Exhibitors (Allen Dennis Concessions, Inc.; BK’s Restaurant & Pub; Broomfield Foods; Brown’s Fudge Shop, Inc.; Bud Stage; Exclusive Home Products; Jackson’s Smokehouse, LLC; Kim-Laine Concessions; McKinney Food Services; Shallow Concessions; Signs by L & J; Truck’s Place; Versa Products; Webster Enterprises; and Westmoreland Concessions), along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The lamb was donated to the Missouri State Fair Employees Association. The Grand Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Lauren Hammett (below) of Ashland. Lauren is a member of the Englewood 4-H Club. Her pen of New Zealand rabbits weighed an average of 5.1 pounds. Her pen of rabbits was purchased by the
Ann Echelmeier, Columbia; Tim Erickson, Bolivar; Joe Fluty, Sedalia; Bill Fretwell, Columbia; Patrick Goodknight, Joplin; Doug Hammer, Independence; Mark Harrison, Chillicothe; Tom Hissink, Nevada; Bill Hudson, Kansas City; Shannon Isaacson, Macon; Cliff Jones, Independence; Alan Kimbel, Warrenton; Paul Kissick, Kirksville; Adam Kliethermes, Independence; George Koepp, Raytown; Matt Kueny, Boonville; J. R. Lawless, Columbia; Matt Logan, Pleasant Hill; Lon Luckert, Brookfield; JD Manning, Clinton; Brian Massey, Webb City; Mark Matthews, St. Joseph; Virgil McDonald, Sedalia; Cole Merrill, Cameron; Matt Peiter, Boonville; David Reid, Higginsville; Lance Reynolds, Boonville; Jason Sarsany, Savannah; Mark Saunders, Monroe City; Dennis Sieger, Clinton; Carl Simpson, Butler; John Skinner, Blue Springs; Doug Turnbough, Odessa; Brian Yarbrough, Excelsior Springs; George Morse, Harrisonville; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The meat goat was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team. Cole Murphy (below) of Houstonia exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Cole is a member of the Kennedy 4-H Club. His 1,315-pound crossbred steer was purchased for $24,000 by Edward Jones and the Edward Jones Associates; and Ag-Power, Inc.,
Missouri State Rabbit Producers Association, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for a record-setting price of $6,000. The rabbits were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.
Hannah Bruse of Princeton exhibited the Grand Champion Pen of Chickens. Hannah is a member of the Moss Rangers 4-H Club. Hannah’s broilers weighed an average of 6.8 pounds and were purchased by Dairy Queen/Guesa USA LLC and Steak ‘n Shake/Guesa USA LLC/Jorge Guevara of Sedalia, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for $4,000. The chickens were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.
The Grand Champion Meat Goat was exhibited by Brylee Williams of Princeton. Brylee is a member of the Mid River 4-H Club. Brylee’s Boer goat weighed 80 pounds and was purchased for $8,250 by Edward Jones and the following Edward Jones Associates: Roger Bennett, Trenton; Shane Adrian, Moberly; Ryan Beumer, Marshall; Craig Bolger, Independence; Jim Bonderer, Chillicothe; Alan Brandt, Warrensburg; Kevin Brown, Bowling Green; Darren Collier, Carthage; Stan Davis, Clinton; Diane Dudenhoeffer, Marshall;
Sedalia, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The steer was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team. Mackenzie Mawson of Archie showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. Mackenzie is a member of the Archie FFA Chapter. Her 276-pound crossbred barrow was purchased for a record-setting $21,750 by the Monsanto Company and the Climate Corporation; Team Sloan Livestock, Cameron; and ADM Animal Nutrition/MoorMan’s ShowTec, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The hog was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team. John G. Schenkel of Maryville showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. John is a member of the Northwest Tech FFA Chapter. John’s crossbred
lamb weighed 121 pounds and was purchased for a record price of $19,500 by the MU Independent Aggies. Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The lamb was donated to the University of Missouriâ€™s Meats Judging Team. The Reserve Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Gunnar Fisher of Verona. Gunnar is a member of the Mount Comfort 4-H Club. His New Zealand Black rabbits weighed an average of 5.2 pounds and sold for $2,400 to RIBUS, Inc./Steve Peirce, St. Louis; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The rabbits were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.
Lilian Buie of Marshall exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens. Lilian is a member of the Work to Win 4-H Club. Her broilers weighed an average of 6.25 pounds and sold for $2,100 to Heimer & Associates/Rodney Heimer, Quincy, IL; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The chickens were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund. Brylee Williams of Princeton returned to the sale ring with her Reserve Grand Champion Meat goat. Her boar goat weighed 96 pounds and sold for $5,500 to the MU Sigma Alpha-Alpha Chi Sorority and Show Stock Outfitters/Zac Abel, Kingdom City, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The goat was donated to the University of Missouriâ€™s Meats Judging Team. The last lot of the sale was the Limited Edition Sale of Champions Commemorative Belt Buckle, which was purchased by Schenkel Farms, Inc., of Maryville, for $2,300. Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Committee, and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions, said the recordbreaking Sale can only be attributed to the enormous support exhibitors received from their hometowns and the many Youth in Agriculture sponsors. Proceeds from the Sale go to the exhibitors and to Youth in Agriculture scholarships. The Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program celebrated its 25year anniversary this year having awarded a total of 570 scholarships amounting to $558,000 since 1992.
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Common Sense with Baxter Black Parakeets And Dogs Most of us who deal with animals on a regular basis are familiar with the books of that well-loved veterinarian and author of All Creatures, Great and Small, James Herriot. He seems to embody everybody’s image of the kindly, competent country practitioner. Occasionally wrong, but always well intentioned. Vets are often called on to minister to the needs of the owner as well as the patient. Dr. Herriot told one story that is a variation of a tale not unheard of by many veterinarians, regarding a blind woman’s parakeet. The parakeet sat in his cage and sang. He was the old lady’s sole companion. Dr. Herriot was called to her house one day with the complaint that Perry wasn’t eating. Doc withdrew Perry from his cage and reassured Missus that his beak was overgrown. He could fix it in a jiffy. Missus was so relieved. She loved Perry’s singing so much. Doc carefully snipped the beak and when he went to replace the bird in his cage, he made the startling discovery that Perry was dead as a crowbar!
The rest of the chapter involved Dr. Herriot’s mad search to find a live replacement for Perry with the genuine intention of preventing the blind lady from suffering distress.
It doesn’t just happen to vets! A pet shipping container arrived at the big city airport. As it was wending its way through the bowels of the baggage facility, one of the employees peeked into Skipper’s cage. She immediately removed the dog crate and called her supervisor. After some gentle nudging with a short stick they agreed that Skipper was stiff as a two by four and was, in fact, Dead!
A crowd of baggage handlers gathered. They were terribly concerned. They were discussing who to blame when one of the men said his neighbor was feeding a stray that was the spitting image of Skipper! He was sent to get the dog at any cost while the supervisor went out front and stalled the passenger. Within an hour they had switched collars, stuffed the stray in the carrier and Skipper in a sack. “That’s not my dog,” said the disgruntled passenger. “Well, sure it is, ma’am,” asserted the supervisor. “Nope. That’s not Skipper.” “He came in this carrier checked from Des Moines. It says so right on the tag here!” “Not him!’ “Look! He’s waggin’ his tail! He’s wearin’ his collar! It’s got to be your dog!” “Sure isn’t,” she said, “My dog’s dead!”
MU Extension Guide Offers Helps on Hiring, Keeping Employees Source: University of Missouri Extension COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension recently released its 2017 Farm Labor Guide. Finding and keeping dependable workers is one of the largest challenges today for farm owners and managers, says MU Extension agricultural economist Joe Horner. “As farms grow in size, learning to recruit, manage and retain high-quality employees becomes even more critical.”
The free online publication is MU Extension’s response to farmers’ requests for a simple, Missouri-specific guide to navigating the complexities of human resources management, Horner says. The guide is available as a downloadable PDF file at agebb.missouri.edu/commag/farmlabor. Horner, MU Extension agricultural economist Ryan Milhollin and agribusiness consultant Alice Roach created the guide to help employers make decisions that lead to a quality workforce and satisfied employees. The guide divides the employment process into six segments: recruitment; hiring; onboarding, training and mentoring; operations; retention; and termination. Horner says the guide gives a systematic list to identify and hire suitable employees. The guide covers safety, employee compensation and other human resources protocols. Horner says it is important to decide on the needs of the operation before the employee search begins. Does the farm or business need full-time or part-time help? What are the hours that the employee is needed? Is the work seasonal or year-round?
After the employer makes these decisions, Horner recommends creating a formal job description. This helps job seekers decide if they qualify for a job or have an interest. It also helps the employer track whether applicants qualify, need training and if goals are met after the hire. It sets expectations of the employee’s role and relationships with coworkers, vendors and others.
The guide discusses subjects such as background, drug and reference checks, as well as needed paperwork, taxes and employment laws. It follows through with options for training and mentoring. The guide lists numerous free online resources to recruitment and hiring from extension specialists across the country.
BEEF CHECKOFF NEWS Internship Wrap-up Intern Macey Hurst
“Research indicates that as many as four out of ten producers know little about the $1-per-head beef checkoff” (mobeef.org). As a young beef producer, I was aware of the checkoff and paying it every spring when my calves went to market. However, I never educated myself on why it was in place or how it was used, until this summer. As an intern for the Missouri Beef Industry Council, I was able to see a great deal of Missouri, from Green City to Bolivar and St. Louis to Lake of the Ozarks, while meeting people from various backgrounds. As I traveled, I was often asked the question, “How is the checkoff used?” This question can easily be answered by stating the three purposes of the dollar: promotion, education, and research. I was given the opportunity to experience the checkoff’s purpose in each category on the state level and learned more than I could have imagined.
I spent about half of my time in our MBIC office. When in the office, I worked on various projects that covered all three of our goals for the checkoff. Social media content development, assisting with event planning, and absorbing all of the beef and checkoff information I could was what took up a majority of my time. I especially liked to learn about the sides of the council work with which I had not had prior experience. This included Team Beef, Beef Education and Promotion Grants, and the management of the MBIC online presence. Most of this I learned while spending time with Taylor, the Director of Education. It was inspiring to see how enthusiastic Team Beef members were about the program and how much being a part of the team empowered them their roles as beef advocates and pursuits of healthy lifestyles. I was also surprised to see the huge impact of cattle groups around the state that was a result of a beef grant. These are just a few ways the checkoff dollars are spent that I, a producer, was completely unaware of, but that leave a lasting and widespread effect, encouraging promotion and education both.
I had several other projects to work on in the office as well. One of these was the physicians list. This is a list that has the names and contact information of over 20,000 medical professionals across Missouri. It was my job to find those who could be the best advocates for the beef industry and have the most influence on their patients’ diets. I looked for cardiologists, general practitioners, and pediatricians, upon others, so that we can give them access to facts proving the importance of beef in a healthy diet. This will allow us to reach a wide audience and encourage research. On the research side, I was also able to look into several exciting new possibilities for the industry through the relations of MBIC with others in the agriculture and food industries and the proposals made by several in the research field. This research and the discussions with Mark, the Executive Director, about the projects, opened my eyes to things such as high-oleic soybeans in a cattle diet and opportunities for large boosts in demand for Missouri beef through schools. This left me with industry knowledge and optimism for the future of Missouri producers, while better preparing me to educate consumers and promote beef. Outside of the office, I had several experiences that played a large role in shaping my summer and time as an MBIC intern. My first trip was to the St. Louis Science Center GROW exhibit. This is where Cattle Chat was held during the May is Beef Month Proclamation with Director of Agriculture, Chris Chinn, MBIC Board Chairman, Glenn Waters, and Missouri Cattlemen’s President, Butch Meier. Over 150 third through sixth grade students from inner city St. Louis joined us at the exhibit to visit stations and learn about the beef industry. Davin, the MBIC Chief Financial Officer, brought a cow-calf pair so that the students could encounter the live animals, something many of them had never done before. It was a great chance to educate those students and encourage them to include beef in their diets. Throughout the rest of the summer, I got to attend many livestock barns to discuss with producers why the checkoff is important and
answer any questions about how their dollars are spent. I loved hearing all the comments about how they tried the latest “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” recipe or loved the commercial about the boy who was pumped about beef tacos. I also liked to hear the comments that maybe were not as positive because this allowed me to see from the perspectives of larger scale producers and know their concerns, allowing me to better explain the work of MBIC. In addition to these events, I attended Backyard BBQs, different fairs, and FFA Camp. At FFA Camp, I spoke at a session and allowed the students to ask questions, almost all of which had to do with what it was like to be in the beef industry and work for the producers. It was a fun place to be able to educate and promote while learning how that age group feels and what they know about the topic. I went to Washington Town and Country Fair where I talked to young parents about the importance of beef in the diet and gave them recipes and tips to encourage beef consumption in their households. I also attended the Osage County Fair during their Daycare’s Day Out. I was able to talk to close to 250 kids about beef and give them fun and educational activities on the topic, as well as distributing cookbooks and beef tips to the parents and caretakers who were excited to try them all out. At the Backyard BBQs, I was able to socialize with others who were excited to be there and answer their beef related questions. I also had the chance to appear on KRCG 13 news and talk about how inexpensive, versatile, and healthy today’s beef is.
These are just a few of the awesome opportunities I had as a Missouri Beef Industry Council Intern. I learned about the importance of the checkoff and its influential role in the success of Missouri’s beef industry, while meeting and
working with some incredible people and having a pretty great time in the process. I learned that the work of the dollars collected is made clear in many events, such as those I discussed, but is also used in places that are not as recognizable, but just as influential. I am very grateful for what the checkoff has done for me as a producer, consumer, and now a MBIC intern. I am thankful for the opportunity to work for the passionate and dedicated members of the Missouri beef community and for the support and encouragement from all whom I had the pleasure to meet.
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“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.
November 4 Missouri Charolais Breeders Sale, Springfield, MO November 4 B/F Cattle Co Balancer Bull Sale, Butler, MO November 4 Pits Angus, Hermitage, MO November 11 HAGA Show Me Gelbvieh Sale, Springfield, MO November 11 Moriondo Cattle Co, Mt. Vernon, MO 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 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 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
2 S Angus.......................................................................36 AMEC...........................................................................77 American Angus Association.........................................29 American Angus Association Convention.....................30 Bayer Zelnate.................................................................67 BBU/OHOA Beefmaster................................................75 Bogie Pump/Ritchie Waterers........................................74 Buffalo Livestock Market...............................................54 Buford Ranches Sale......................................................49 Byergo Herd Reduction Sale.........................................33 Callaway Livestock Center Inc......................................48 Central Missouri Sales Co.............................................18 Circle 5 Cattle Co..........................................................57 Circle A Angus Ranch...................................................50 Circle A Angus Ranch...................................................41 Classified........................................................................97 Clearwater Farm............................................................50 Crystalyx........................................................................53 Eastern Missouri Commission Company......................42 Express Ranch Sale.......................................................47 Farmers Bank of North Missouri...................................28 FCS of Missouri...........................................................100 Foglesong Sale................................................................23 Frank/Hazelrigg.............................................................45 Galaxy Beef LLC...........................................................50 Gardiner Angus Ranch Sale..........................................37 Gerloff Farms.................................................................50 Green’s Welding & Sales................................................63 Hampton Feedlot...........................................................16 Harriman Santa Fe .......................................................96 Heartland Genetic Blend Sale.......................................83 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus Sale.....................................31 Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus.............................................50 Immucell........................................................................82 International Brangus Breeders Assn............................79 J&N Ranch Black Hereford Sale...................................61 Jac’s Ranch Angus Sale.................................................. 51 Jefferies Red Angus........................................................81 Jim’s Motors...................................................................54 JJ Skyline Angus............................................................50 Joe Machens Ford..........................................................21 Joplin Regional Stockyards............................................18 Journagan/Genetically Yours Sale...................................9 Kingsville Livestock Auction.........................................59 KW Cattle Company.....................................................39 Laughlin Angus.............................................................50 Lucas Cattle Co.............................................................78 Marshall & Fenner Farms..............................................50 MCA Benefits.................................................................66
MCA Brand Wall Page..................................................95 MCA Convention..........................................................72 MCA Membership Form...............................................64 McBee Cattle Co...........................................................59 McPherson Concrete Products......................................97 Mead Cattle Co.............................................................60 Mead Farms...................................................................50 Mead Farms Angus Fall Bull Sale.................................35 Mead Farms Charolais Sale..........................................73 Merial - Long Range.....................................................19 MFA Fair Share.............................................................93 Missouri Angus Association...........................................50 Missouri Angus Association Sales.................................40 Missouri Angus Breeders...............................................50 Missouri Beef Industry Council.....................................89 Missouri Forage & Grassland Council..........................86 Missouri Limousin Breeders Association......................99 Missouri Valley Commission Company........................42 MultiMIN USA.............................................................71 Naught-Naught Agency...................................................7 Norbrook........................................................................25 Ogden Horsecreek Ranch.............................................50 Pennington Seed............................................................85 Richardson Ranch.........................................................50 Route 66 Sale.................................................................76 Seedstock Plus................................................................55 Sellers Feedlot................................................................32 South Central Cattlemen’s Fall Cattle Drive.................65 South Central Regional Stockyards..............................62 Southern Aberdeen Breeders.........................................46 Spur Ranch Sale............................................................43 Square B Ranch/Quality Beef.......................................91 Stay Tuff.........................................................................87 Superior Steel Sales........................................................57 Sydenstricker Genetics...................................................50 Sydenstricker Implement - John Deere Gators..............70 Triple C, Inc................................................................... 17 Valley Oaks Angus.........................................................50 Valley Oaks Angus Sale.................................................34 WAX Company...............................................................2 Weiker Angus Ranch.....................................................50 Wes Ad...........................................................................90 Westway Feed.................................................................13 Wheeler & Sons Livestock Market.................................22 Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate....................................22 Mike Williams...............................................................22 Windsor Livestock Auction............................................56 Y-Tex................................................................................3 Zeitlow Distributing.......................................................44