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Do's and Don'ts of TSU Sampling
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
5/15/2018

Do’s and Don’ts of TSU Sampling   The American Angus Association began accepting tissue-sampling units (TSU) sampling in July of 2017. As a new DNA collection method, it makes collecting DNA easier and more streamlined in comparison to traditional hair or blood sampling methods. A TSU...

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Colorado to host 50th Annual Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting and Research Symposium
Beef Improvement Federation
American Angus Association
5/11/2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event themed 50th Anniversary in the Rockies, will be June 20 to June 23 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel in Loveland, Colorado.   Early registration deadline...

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Celebrations Planned for the 50th Anniversary of the National Junior Angus Show
Caitlyn Brandt
American Angus Association
5/11/2018

As preparations begin for the 2018 National Junior Angus Show in Madison, Wisconsin, can you believe that 50 years ago, the first National Junior Angus Show was held in Columbia, Missouri? Since inception in 1969, the show has grown, changed and evolved in many ways. Just 103 head were shown...

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From Birth Weight to Sale Date Workshop to be held in Aldie, Virginia
Angus Media
American Angus Association
5/8/2018

East coast cattlemen, now is the time to reserve your free spot for this hands-on workshop, presented by Angus Media and the American Angus Association, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at Whitestone Farm in Aldie, Virginia. The From Birth Weight to Sale Date Workshop will guide you through...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Showing: 2018 National Junior Angus Show
Laura Bardot
American Angus Association
4/30/2018

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). This year’s event will be held July 7-13, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin. NJAS has been dubbed the most competitive junior show in the nation. National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members will compete for the title of grand...

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Angus Juniors ‘Kick it with the Cowboys’ in Oklahoma
Lea Ann Maudlin
American Angus Association
4/27/2018

Angus juniors have many opportunities to travel the country with the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and learn from knowledgeable experts in the beef cattle business throughout the year. Most recently, NJAA members met April 19-21 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to participate in a Raising the Bar...

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Angus Foundation President Honored with Professional Achievement Award
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
4/27/2018

The American Angus Association’s very own Angus Foundation President Milford Jenkins will be awarded the Ray A. Miller Professional Achievement Award during the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association (NAADA) Conference in Boise, Idaho on June 14. The Professional Achievement Award...

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Association Employees Participate in Community Blood Drive
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
4/23/2018

Twenty-seven American Angus Association staff members donated blood on April 6, 2018 through the Community Blood Center in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Staff members donated 22 units to ultimately benefit the community of Saint Joseph, where the Association has been headquartered since 1956. Stay tuned...

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Angus Election Under Way
Amber Wahlgren
American Angus Association
4/9/2018

The American Angus Association® is making preparations for the 2018 Annual Convention of Delegates, hosted in conjunction with the Angus Convention Nov. 3-5 in Columbus, Ohio. In accordance with the Association bylaws, forms were mailed prior to April 9 to every eligible voting active life and regular...

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Newly Redesigned Angus Journal Wins "Best In Class" Award
Rachel Robinson
American Angus Association
4/9/2018

The historic Angus Journal® magazine is again making history. After an unprecedented redesign that rolled out in January, the Angus Journal is being recognized for its new look. The magazine will receive the “Best In Class” Star of Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in the magazine...

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New Angus Journal Digital Edition Format Unveiled
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
3/29/2018

Exciting news for those wanting to subscribe to the Angus Journal in a digital platform! The Angus Media team has made the April 2018 Angus Journal digital edition available to subscribers through AAA Login. A print subscription gives you complementary access to the digital edition, which is available...

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Enroll in MaternalPlus and Get Rewarded
Ali Luety
American Angus Association
3/29/2018

The American Angus Association is now offering a cash-back incentive for members enrolled in the MaternalPlus® program. Members will receive an introductory 5 percent cash-back rebate on Association fees on their first re-enrollment and an additional 2.5 percent cash-back every subsequent year...

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Angus Foundation Hosts 18th Annual Golf Tournament
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
3/19/2018

    The weather is finally warming up, and it is time to get reacquainted with your favorite golf clubs. The Angus Foundation is set to host the 18th annual golf tournament on Monday, July 9 at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the 2018 National Junior...

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Angus Regional Managers Receive Respective State Honors
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
3/15/2018

American Angus Association® Director of Field Services David Gazda and Regional Manager Jeff Mafi were recently awarded honors by the Georgia Angus Association and Oklahoma Angus Associations, respectively. Gazda was inducted into the Georgia Angus Hall of Fame on March 3 in Athens, Georgia, during...

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Important Election Information: Check Voting Eligibility Before April 6
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
3/7/2018

According to Association bylaws, only eligible voting members can nominate, be nominated, vote or be elected in the annual election of delegates. In order to participate in the electoral process and other business during the 135th Annual Meeting of Delegates, a member must be considered an eligible voting...

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Angus Sponsored Steer Wrestler Wins Big at RFD-TV’s The American
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
2/28/2018

As Matt Reeves stepped into AT&T Stadium after a late-night drive from San Antonio to Dallas, thoughts of anticipation and excitement ran through his mind. The American Angus Association® sponsored steer wrestler qualified for RFD-TV’s The American, and on February 25, he took home top...

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Young Angus Breeders Receive Henry C. Gardiner Scholarships
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
2/27/2018

Young Angus Breeders Receive Henry C. Gardiner Scholarships               Kansas State University students Dean Klahr, Holton, Kansas, and Cameron Hayden, Cassopolis, Michigan, were recently awarded Henry C. Gardiner Scholarships for the 2018-2019...

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Ag Act Explained
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/19/2018

Proposed legislation to revamp the guestworker program for immigrant agricultural workers is again being discussed in Congress. Speaking on behalf of Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Stephanie Gadbois, senior counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee,...

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Beef Checkoff Scorecard
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/19/2018

The majority of beef producers continue to be supportive of the Beef Checkoff Program, according to findings of a recent survey. Results of survey data collected from cattle owners between Dec. 20, 2017, and Jan. 12, 2018, revealed 74% of those surveyed continue to approve of the National Beef Checkoff Program....

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Tax Reform and You
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/19/2018

Enactment of the first major tax reform package in 30 years includes a number of changes that will affect farmers and ranchers. Estate and succession planner Michael McCormack, with Lincoln Agri Business Services, talked about the good, the bad and the ugly implications of new tax laws in a...

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Shortage of Feed-grade Vitamins
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/19/2018

What does a shortage of a substance used in perfumery have to do with the price of livestock feed supplements? Well, it’s because the lemony-scented citral used in aroma and fragrance products also is important to the manufacture of feed-grade vitamins A and E. More cattle producers are learning...

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Prepare for FMD
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/19/2018

“Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a disease we never want to see. We haven’t had it [in the United States] for 89 years, and if we did it would really be devastating.” That was the somber message veterinarian Jim Roth, distinguished professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at...

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Randy White, Dinah Johnston Earn 2018 Herdsman of the Year Award
Kasey Brown
American Angus Association
2/16/2018

Randy White and Dinah Johnston were selected by their peers as cowinners of the American Angus Association® 2018 Herdsman of the Year. The award recognizes the exhibitor who has done the best job during the past year preparing and displaying their Angus cattle. “At the end of the day, we don’t...

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Cattle Analysts Positive for 2018
Paige Nelson
Angus Journal
2/8/2018

“We’ve got a situation where you’ve got a stock market that’s on fire. That’s very supportive to high-end steak houses in particular,” said Kevin Good, senior analyst during the CattleFax 2018 U.S. & Global Protein & Grain Outlook seminar Feb. 1 at the Cattle...

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Dry spring expected for much of United States
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/8/2018

CattleFax market analysts are predicting a likely halt to the expansion of the U.S. cow herd in 2018, at least partly because of weather. Dry conditions have spread across much of the United States and intensified in a large portion of cow country — especially the Southwest. According to CattleFax...

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Economy, Energy & Grain
Kasey Brown
Angus Journal
2/8/2018

Due to more money coming back into the United States from large companies, the new tax reform is projected to provide an average $900 benefit to the middle class. This good news was shared by CattleFax analyst Mike Murphy at the CattleFax U.S. & Global Protein & Grain Outlook Seminar at the 2018...

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Former Angus Regional Manager Receives Award from National Cattlemen’s Foundation
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
2/8/2018

Will Mayfield, former Angus regional manager and current registered Angus producer from Pulaski, Tennessee, has been named the recipient of the Max Deets Leadership Award for 2018 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Mayfield was recognized for his outstanding leadership in the cattle industry...

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Women Connected Conference Accepting Applications
Rachel Robinson
American Angus Association
2/6/2018

The American Angus Auxiliary is excited to announce that it is hosting its fourth Women Connected Conference bringing together Angus cattlewomen, Auxiliary members and other women involved in the Angus industry. Twenty women will be selected from applications to join the 10-member Auxiliary...

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National Junior Angus Association Members Awarded Scholarships from National Cattlemen’s Foundation
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
2/6/2018

Five National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members were awarded $1,500 scholarships by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) sponsored scholarships were awarded to outstanding...

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‘2018 Should be a Profitable Year’
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/5/2018

CattleFax CEO Randy Blach provided a big-picture view of the cattle industry market outlook for those attending the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Of the beef industry’s current status, Blach reported, “2017 was the second best in...

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Built to Move
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/5/2018

Beef cattle breeders have more tools than ever before to use as aids in selecting breeding animals, including expected progeny difference (EPD) values for various traits, selection indices and genomics. However, there are no “numbers” that are predictive of the structural superiority of one...

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D.C. Update: ‘We are better off today’
Kindra Gordon
Angus Journal
2/5/2018

“Are we better off today than a year ago?” That’s the question Colin Woodall, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), posed in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 30 as he addressed attendees at the American National CattleWomen (ANCW)...

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Arby’s Still Going Big with Beef
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
2/5/2018

Jim Taylor can’t imagine a world without beef. For without beef, there would be no cattle. There would be no cowboys or cowboy movies; no Marlon Brando or Elvis in leather jackets. There would be no steak houses. Certainly, there would be no Arby’s. That’s a scary thought for Jim Taylor,...

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Angus Genetics, Inc., Announces Foot Score Research EPDs
Clint Mefford
American Angus Association
1/30/2018

Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) announced today the release of two new foot score research EPDs, the first of its kind in the U.S. for beef cattle. The American Angus Association® has been collecting foot scores since 2015, with approximately 12,000 data points sent in. Members have reported two scores...

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Looking for a place to eat during the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show?
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
1/26/2018

Steakhouses Feeney's Restaurant 6314 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014 602-274-9700   The Henry 4455 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-429-8020   Claim Jumper 1530 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283 480-831-8200   Casual Dining Jersey Mike's 1515 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 602-253-6738...

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Headed to NCBA? Visit booth #1071 to enter to win not one, but TWO exciting giveaways.
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
1/22/2018

The American Angus Association has teamed up with our friends at Certified Angus Beef to offer NCBA Trade Show attendees an opportunity to win not one, but TWO exciting giveaways. Stop by and visit with team members to enter to win either a trip to the 2018 Angus Convention in Columbus, Ohio or...

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Angus Media Announces Launch of Angus Sales TV
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
1/17/2018

In today’s world, videography is taking over media platforms at an ever-increasing rate. Now more than ever, filmed promotional materials allow a farm or ranch to connect with their audience in a more engaging and productive way. Angus Media is excited to announce the launch of its new video addition...

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Angus Foundation Heifer and Featured Packages Raise $278,000
Rachel Robinson
American Angus Association
1/15/2018

Since 1980, the Angus Foundation has sold high-end heifers in the Heifer Package to generate funds for Angus youth, education and research efforts. The tradition continued at the 2018 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, Jan. 10 during the Angus Bull Sale. Angus breeders...

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Angus Journal Redesign to Launch at the National Western Stock Show
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
12/19/2017

99 years. 13,000 subscribers. Thousands of stories. One monumental redesign. It’s been nearly 20 years since the look and feel of the Angus Journal was last updated. The Angus Productions Inc. team has worked tirelessly to accomplish a complete design overhaul, and they are extremely proud to unveil...

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Longtime Angus Productions Inc. Vice President of Sales Set to Retire
Allen Moczygemba
American Angus Association
12/7/2017

With appreciation for a job well done, I’m writing to let you know that after 38 years with the American Angus Association, Terry Cotton has announced he will be retiring from his Angus career as of January 2, 2018.  Terry began his career with the Association in 1979. During his nearly four...

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Young Cattlemen’s Conference Applications Available
Sarah Hill
American Angus Association
12/7/2017

Once again, the Angus Foundation will sponsor a young Angus leader to attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The application deadline is January 12, 2018, and the application can be found on the Angus Foundation website. The YCC offers...

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2018 Angus Foundation Heifer Package
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
12/5/2017

As the end of 2017 approaches, the National Western Stock Show is just around the corner. The 2017 National Western Bull Sale proved to be an overwhelming success, and the American Angus Association and Angus Foundation are excited to once again offer an exciting line-up of lots in the 2018 sale. Leading...

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Support the Angus Foundation in Las Vegas
Sarah Hill
American Angus Association
11/21/2017

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift that will be remembered, the Angus Foundation can help! Five unique packages will be sold in support of the Angus Foundation during the National Angus Finals Sale in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2017. “These offerings are very exciting,” says...

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Saddle & Sirloin Honors Longtime Angus Sale Manager Tom Burke
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
11/21/2017

Tom Burke of Platte City, Missouri, has been selected as the 2017 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry. The Saddle and Sirloin Gallery was established in 1903 and recognizes one individual each year for their lifetime of...

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Simplifying Bull Selection on Sale Day
Tierra Kessler
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
11/20/2017

It is crucial to evaluate the needs of your ranch before making bull selections. The genotype of an animal is just one part of a much larger system. Factors included in bull selection process should be the genetics of your animals, the physical production environment, fixed resources, management, production...

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First-class Feeder-cattle Marketing
Steve Suther
Angus Journal
11/20/2017

Growing up on a Colorado cattle ranch, earning an animal science degree and riding for the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand for nearly 16 years, Paul Dykstra has learned a thing or two about “First-class feeder-cattle marketing.” The beef cattle specialist presented on that concept...

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Select Fertile Heifers
Tierra Kessler
Angus Journal
11/20/2017

If heifers have not reached puberty and cycled before the breeding season, they may be set up for failure as 2 year olds, cautioned David Patterson, professor of animal science and beef extension specialist for the University of Missouri–Columbia. During an Angus University educational breakout...

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“Raising the Steaks” to Debut on RFD-TV Thanksgiving
Rachel Robinson
American Angus Association
11/17/2017

Today’s world is becoming more and more urban, and with that, people are further removed from the farm. In fact, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average American is at least three generations removed from the farm, and less than two percent of the population is directly involved...

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American Angus Association Recognizes Top Showring Winners
Sarah Hill
American Angus Association
11/16/2017

Many Angus breeders aspire to take home the coveted win in the show ring—grand champion of the show. The sires of those cattle are also a key part of the equation. The American Angus Association® offers their Roll of Victory (ROV) Show Program to recognize show-winning animals and their sires...

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Angus Convention Gives Away More Than $100,000 in Grand Prizes
Ali Luety
American Angus Association
11/15/2017

The Grand Prize Giveaway during the 2017 Angus Convention packed the stands with hopefuls. A gleaming black Cat 289 Compact Track Loader with a silver Angus decal and a Priefert and Tru-Test Complete Cattle Handling System sat front and center of the arena. More than1,500 Convention attendees entered...

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Angus Association Awards Future Angus Stockmen Scholarship
Sarah Hill
American Angus Association
11/15/2017

The American Angus Association® launched the Future Angus Stockmen program to encourage the next generation of commercial cattle producers. This program awards a $1,000 scholarship annually thanks to support from Allflex. Catie Wharton, Syracuse, Kansas, was awarded the scholarship during the 2017...

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3 Win Greeley Custom-Made Hats for Livestock Judging Skills
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
11/13/2017

Attendees at the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, had the opportunity to utilize their livestock judging skills during a competition Nov. 5 within the live cattle demonstration area of the trade show. The judging contest drew 128 total contestants and at least as many spectators. Participants...

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The 5 Ps To Add Efficiency Chute Side
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
11/13/2017

Bowie, Texas, veterinarian Arn Anderson was charged with explaining effective Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) protocols chuteside during an Angus University workshop Nov. 5 at the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. About 250 people gathered to hear his advice. A veterinarian since 1991, Anderson...

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A Few Product Highlights from the Angus Convention Trade Show
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
11/13/2017

With 160 vendors displaying products and services at the 2017 Angus Convention Trade Show, producers had plenty to explore — from animal health and genetics companies to products related to nutrition, fencing, waterers, ear tags and much more. Among the highlights:   From Stafix, an electrical...

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American Angus Association Elects New Officers and Board Leadership
Sarah Hill
American Angus Association
11/8/2017

The American Angus Association announced the 2017-2018 board of directors and officers elected by state delegates during the 134th Annual Convention of Delegates in Fort Worth, Texas. Those elected to serve the Association for a second three-year term are: Jerry Connealy, Whitman, Nebraska; David...

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Trade Show Booms at 2017 Angus Convention
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
11/6/2017

A steady stream of boots and cowboy hats poured into the Fort Worth Convention Center’s exhibit hall at noon Nov. 4 as Angus Convention attendees made their way from the International Genomics Symposium to the grand opening of the Convention’s trade show. About 2,500 attendees had the opportunity...

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National Angus Tour: In the Heart of Texas
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
11/6/2017

Angus enthusiasts from across the United States — and even a few international guests — traveled to the Texas countryside for the National Angus Tour Friday, Nov. 3. The tour was hosted by the Texas Angus Association just prior to the 2017 Angus Convention, which was convened Nov. 4-6 in...

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Prepare for Increasing Rates of Change
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
11/6/2017

“I don’t know the future, but today is the slowest speed of change you are ever going to see.” That was the message world-renowned futurist Lowell Catlett shared with the nearly 2,500 Angus producers and beef industry leaders gathered in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 4-6, for the 2017 Angus...

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Angus Convention Kicks Off in Fort Worth
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
11/6/2017

Attendees of the 2017 Angus Convention’s opening general session Saturday, Nov. 4, were welcomed to Fort Worth, Texas, by country music star Neal McCoy, who led attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem. Red Steagall, native Texan, musician, poet and symbol...

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Angus Breeders Share Genomic-profiling Strategies
Kindra Gordon
Angus Media
11/6/2017

“My goal was to make our cattle more valuable and return more money to the ranch,” shared Faulkton, S.D., Angus breeder Troy Hadrick as he explained why he invested in using the GeneMax® Advantage genomic test from Zoetis on his cattle more than four years ago. Hadrick was among a trio...

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Genomics Symposium Spotlights Expansion of Angus Toolbox
Troy Smith
Angus Media
11/6/2017

Change often is controversial. Programs for measuring individual animal performance were controversial back when the most trusted means of cattle evaluation was measured by the practiced eye of the master. According to Dan Moser, however, objective methods of evaluating beef cattle that go “beyond...

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Angus Genetics Inc. and Neogen Introduce Angus GS Genomic Profile
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
11/4/2017

Angus Genetics, Inc., and Neogen GeneSeek Operations launched Angus GS™, a new genomic profiler for Angus seedstock cattle, on Nov. 4 at the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. “Angus GS is a DNA test built specifically for the Angus breed and is a big part of our strategic plan for...

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American Angus Association Announces Acquisition of Verified Beef
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
11/4/2017

The American Angus Association announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Verified Beef, including its proprietary Reputation Feeder Cattle® program on Nov. 4 at the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. The deal underscores the Association’s commitment to...

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I Am Angus | Fabric of Our Forebears Premieres Christmas Day
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
11/4/2017

“Personal portraits of the individuals responsible, directly or indirectly, for the production of Angus beef told across the mediums of film, photography and print.” The words above represent the original description of the “I Am Angus” concept, initially developed by the Angus...

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2017 Angus Convention Kicks Off in Cowtown Nov. 4-6.
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
10/31/2017

More than 2,500 guests are expected to attend the largest Angus Convention to date Nov. 4-6 in Fort Worth, Texas. The weekend-long convention offers an industry leading trade show and unmatched beef industry educational seminars. Country recording artist and TV personality, Red Steagall will serve as...

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Long-Term Commitment to Success
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
10/19/2017

“That’s one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.” Those are the famous words spoken by American astronaut Neil Armstrong when he became the first human to ever set foot on the moon in July of 1969. It’s no surprise that things were different in America in the late...

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The National Western Angus Bull Sale scheduled for January 10, 2018.
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
9/20/2017

When most think of the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., they think of weathered wooden green chairs, historic brick livestock buildings, cool mountain air and the view of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. The NWSS is a fixture on most stockmen’s calendars, taking place each January...

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The Angus Report: Montana and Western States Wildfire Update
Katy Holdener
The Angus Report
9/15/2017

The American Angus Association's thoughts are with those effected by the wildfires stretching over Montana and other western states. Much of Montana has been in drought conditions this summer, and without any rain in the forecast, the fires have continued to grow. Angus Regional Manager, Kurt Kangas,...

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Register for the 2017 Angus Convention
Katy Holdener
American Angus Association
9/13/2017

The premier event features opportunities for people from all industry sectors to engage in networking, education and a expansive trade show. If you haven’t registered yet for the Convention, you can still take advantage of the affordable $125 registration fee through September 30. This is...

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New Angus Genomic Test Announced
Allen Moczygemba
American Angus Association
8/14/2017

I’m excited to announce that on November 4th, the American Angus Association will be introducing a new genomic test, AngusGS™. AngusGS will be a high density 50K test designed by the team of geneticists at Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) with testing conducted by Neogen. The new genomic test is...

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Profitable and Possible
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/21/2017

Some think a dramatic increase in Prime grading beef spells oversupply. When will packers have enough? “I can tell you, we haven’t reached that point today,” says Steve Williams, head of procurement for JBS USA. “I don’t see a time in my lifetime when Prime’s not a big premium. I just don’t see it.”...

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Made in the Shade
Justin Sexton
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/19/2017

It’s been an interesting year for climate, as we could tell halfway through the spring. A parade of wind storms, fires, blizzards and floods moved swiftly by, leaving every cattle farm and ranch to cope with those and the peculiarities of an early or late spring, with too little or too much moisture....

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Don’t Blame the Calves
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/17/2017

Things aren’t always what they seem. It’s no secret, marbling in harvested fed cattle declines from late February to early May each year (See Chart). That coincides with a seasonal switch from yearlings to calf-feds in the harvest mix, which often gets the blame. Yet, recent data from the University...

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Rise Above the Cycle
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/14/2017

Is this a good time to expand your cow herd, now that the U.S. beef cattle industry is deep into a fourth year of its rebuilding phase? The consensus has a short answer: no. They say we’ve already added more than enough cows to produce the volume of beef consumers can afford to buy. Adding to your herd...

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Making Pasture Improvements Can Increase Digestibility, Enhance Gains
BioZyme Inc.
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/14/2017

It’s time to start thinking about turning your cattle out to summer grass. Regardless if you own or rent your pasture, it is important to make sure you are getting the most efficient use of your resources. The first thing to consider is the stocking rate for the specific area where you live. Stocking...

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Good Interruptions
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/14/2017

There was no divine calling, no enduring photos of a toddler baking in his memaw’s kitchen, chef hat atop his head. For Eric Zizka, the ascent to culinary captain was messy, jotted with football injuries and car crashes, dreams stolen and abandoned plans. “You don’t realize it until now,” he says, “but...

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Using birth weights earlier for genetic evaluation
Kelli Retallick
Angus Journal
7/12/2017

This summer, updates to the weekly Angus genetic evaluation will be incorporated. Birth weights submitted after this date will be incorporated into the Angus genetic evaluation upon completion of the calving season as issued by individual members. This allows earlier assessment of calving ease and birth...

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Beef Talk
Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/12/2017

Did you know you can save more than 25% of available forage by weaning calves early? The current dryness affecting the land has caused all livestock producers to review options. For some in a drought situation, the only real solution is rain. Producers need to take charge whether the season is dry or...

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Better Beef Leads Value Gain
Steve Suther, CAB
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/12/2017

When cattle gain or lose $150 in per-head value in a week, it’s easy to lose sight of what lifts that value trend over the years. A University of Missouri (MU) study of 2003-2016 boxed-beef cutout values isolates the contribution of branded and Prime sales. The work by MU economist Scott Brown builds...

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Switch from Fescue to Alfalfa
Linda Geist, University of Missouri
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/12/2017

“Good hay doesn’t have to come over the state line,” said University of Missouri (MU) Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. Plenty of good hay grows in Missouri’s Ozark region. Cole spoke at the recent MU Extension Alfalfa Tour hosted at the Ash Grove farm of Rick and Justin Williams in Greene County....

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Association Perspective
Jeff Mafi
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/10/2017

Beef trade negotiations between the United States and China finalized June 12 after a 14-year absence. Here are a few of the aspects of the agreement according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. China will accept U.S. fresh, chilled and frozen products, including bone-in, boneless and ground...

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Time for Prime, Part Two
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/10/2017

"I don’t see a time in my lifetime when Prime’s not a big premium. I just don’t see it.” Steve Williams, head of procurement for JBS USA, can say that with some confidence. He’s been on the cattle-buying side of the equation for enough years to identify a strong market signal. When he sits across a desk...

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The Cattlemen’s Black Book
JD Rosman
Angus Media
7/10/2017

For years, Angus producers from across the country have kept herd records using the pocket-sized Beef Record Services (BRS)/AngusSource® black books. Stacks of the books, some dating back more than 30 years, contain handwritten information about the producer’s cattle, memories of where their operations...

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Don’t Miss the Action at the 2017 NJAS
Morgan Marley
Angus Media
7/10/2017

Angus juniors and their families are gathering in Des Moines, Iowa, this week for the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Activities begin Monday, July 10, and will continue through Saturday, July 15. The six-day event is full of cattle shows, showmanship competitions...

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2017 Meat Production Estimates Trimmed
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/7/2017

U.S. meat production is growing more slowly than previously expected. Many analysts have trimmed their estimates and USDA, in the latest monthly estimates, reduced forecasts for 2017 beef, pork and poultry production from earlier levels. Total red meat and poultry production is expected to total near...

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A Look at the Economics of Parasite Control
Zoetis
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/7/2017

When cattle prices are lower and every input cost is scrutinized, it’s tempting to drop parasite control from the health program to save a little money. However, studies have shown a true economic benefit to controlling parasites. “Parasite burdens in grazing cattle can decrease efficiency due to decreased...

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Strip Grazing Fencing Techniques
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
7/7/2017

For good utilization of turnips or other brassicas, or some of the new cocktail mixes of forage species, it works best if you use portable electric fencing to move the cattle across the field in small strips, according to Tom Larson, who farmed for many years in Nebraska. Larson used polywire, and it...

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Interns Arrive at Angus
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
7/7/2017

The American Angus Association welcomes four interns to Saint Joseph, Mo., for the summer: Haley Ercoli, Morgan Marley, Mayzie Purviance and Taylor Wilkins. These four young women have packed up and moved to Saint Joseph in hopes of broadening their horizons, furthering their education and obtaining...

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Cozzitorto to Lead Angus Productions Inc.
Jena McRell
Angus Media
7/6/2017

An accomplished business executive and collaborative leader, Rick Cozzitorto takes 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 industry-leading...

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Beaches and Beef
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
7/6/2017

Pick any beach on the main Hawaiian Islands on any given Sunday and you’ll likely see tents popped up and lawn chairs dotting the coastline; fishing poles, Frisbees and flip-flops; bikinis, barbecues and beef. “The family gathering, whether you’re blood family or not, is much more frequent in their culture...

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Long-term advantages of high-health herds
Bob Larson, Kansas State University
Angus Journal
7/6/2017

Although it would be impossible to prevent all instances of disease or injury in a beef herd, high-health herds benefit from having few animals that require veterinary care and carry those advantages through the life of each animal and into the next generations. It is easy to identify the short-term...

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Want to Take it Inside?
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
7/6/2017

"Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above …” Those words, first penned by Montana poet Robert Fletcher, were put to music by songwriter Cole Porter back in 1934. The lyrics of Don’t Fence Me In express a longing for pastoral surroundings, presumably somewhere out in cow country. Today,...

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Not just another day
Allen Moczygemba
Angus Journal
7/6/2017

At the time, the day of April 12, 1967, seemed like just another Wednesday. Granted, it was a tumultuous time for our nation. The Vietnam War was building in intensity and, in fact, in two days (April 14) U.S. planes would bomb Haiphong, Vietnam, for the first time. Opposition was beginning to grow toward...

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Fancy Feasts for Pets
Dan Green
Angus Talk
7/1/2017

Along America's Angus Trails watches the hide and offal market for beef byproducts, because 8-25% of the total value of each carcass comes this way, depending on all the variable market factors, at any given time. Pet food for dogs and cats has always been a market for the beef industry, mostly coming...

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Staying Power
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
6/28/2017

A cow needs to remain in production long enough to generate revenue to offset the costs of her development and maintenance, explained Scott Speidel, assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University (CSU). Speidel explained the significance of stayability and random regression in the...

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Genetics of Reproduction Project and MateSel
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/28/2017

Many cow-calf producers would be surprised at the number of failed pregnancies that occur after a beef cow or heifer is bred. According to University of California-Davis geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam, natural service or artificial insemination (AI) results in successful fertilization about 90% of the...

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Angus Moves to Single Step July 7
Jena McRell
Angus Media
6/27/2017

Driven by the rise of genomic technology and uptake by the nation’s Angus breeders, the American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) announce monumental changes to the breed’s weekly genetic evaluation. Beginning Friday, July 7, the organization will become the first major U.S. beef breed...

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Starting from Scratch
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
6/26/2017

Kevin and Lydia Yon of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, didn’t have much when they started their journey in the cattle business. After many years of hard work and perseverance, their story of “not much” turned into the classic American dream. Both majoring in animal science at Clemson University, the Yons...

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Know Your Consumer
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
6/26/2017

Fifth-generation rancher Amanda Radke had a strong message for young farmers and ranchers at the 2017 Young Producers’ Symposium hosted May 31 prior to and in conjunction with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium in Athens, Ga. The blogger, agricultural journalist and millennial mom from South...

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Economic Benefits of Synchronized Artificial Insemination
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/26/2017

The disciplined application of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) can have a lasting economic advantage. University of Tennessee Reproductive Physiologist Justin Rhinehart thinks these complementary technologies would be more widely used if commercial cow-calf producers understood...

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Local Genetic Adaption Project
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/26/2017

“We know that antagonisms between genetics and the environment [exist]. Now, we’re going hunting for them,” said University of Missouri geneticist Jared Decker in a presentation delivered during the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention May 31-June 3 in Athens, Ga. Decker...

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A Big Missed Steak
Dan Green
Angus Talk
6/24/2017

Along America's Angus Trails, follows beef's ever-more-clever vegan would-be competitors closely — if nothing else to keep the red meat industry on it's toes, ready to pounce if faux beef ever really gets tasty enough to be a threat to the real thing in the marketplace. There is today, an ever-growing,...

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The Promise of Genomics
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/23/2017

They promised a doubling of the accuracy of prediction for genetic merit. Looking back, it’s easy to see that some early advocates of genomics were somewhat overzealous in promoting a still underdeveloped technology. Yet after getting off to a slow start, the science has advanced remarkably, and many...

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Investing in the Future: Heifer Development for Longevity
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
6/23/2017

Although the principles for sourcing replacements hasn’t changed for many years, new technologies, improvements in genetics, and the ever-changing market have affected the way producers select and develop replacement heifers. Justin Rhinehart, associate professor and extension beef cattle specialist...

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Adopting Technology
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Media
6/21/2017

The beef industry’s greatest challenge and greatest opportunity are actually one and the same, said the University of Missouri’s Dave Patterson at the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Symposium hosted May 31 as part of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium in Athens, Ga., May...

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Evaluation the Mmmmm
Troy Smith
Angus Media
6/21/2017

Flavor, tenderness, juiciness, appearance, aroma and freshness — all are attributes that contribute to beef consumers’ beef-eating satisfaction. Yet, when tenderness is constant, it is flavor, or “taste,” that is the primary beef demand driver, according to Bridget Wasser, senior director of meat science...

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Year-round Grazing Using Standing Corn for Winter Feed
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/21/2017

Research at Utah State University (USU) a few years ago looked into a year-round grazing system. Randy Wiedmeier, now a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, spent 25 years at USU working on range and forage projects. One project focused on using field corn to provide winter grazing...

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Beef Cattle Climate Adaptability
Mayzie Purviance
Angus Media
6/21/2017

It is predicted that by 2100, the average temperature in the United States will be raised by 2º-6º C (3.6°-10.8° F), and the number of days with a temperature above 32º C (90° F) is expected to increase, shared Raluca Mateescu, a quantitative geneticist for the University of Florida. In other words,...

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Mundhenke Beef Named BIF Commercial Producer of the Year
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented John and Gina Mundhenke of Mundhenke Beef near Lewis, Kansas, the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year Award June 1 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. This national award is presented annually to a producer...

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Hermel Presented Continuing Service Award
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Shauna Hermel, St. Joseph, Missouri, a BIF Continuing Service Award June 2 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization. This includes...

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Yons Presented Continuing Service Award
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Kevin and Lydia Yon, Ridge Spring, South Carolina, a BIF Continuing Service Award June 2 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization....

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Lemmon Presented BIF Pioneer Award
Angie Stump Denton
BIF Communications Coordinator
6/20/2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) recognized Harvey Lemmon posthumously with a BIF Pioneer Award June 1 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Athens, Georgia. The award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle, honoring...

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Angus Media Hires General Manager
Jena McRell
Angus Media
6/19/2017

Angus Media, the communications arm of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo., welcomes a new general manager to its team of professionals. Missouri native Sara Reardon brings more than a decade of experience in livestock marketing, strategy and project management to her role on the industry-leading...

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Tips to Reduce and Handle Heat Stress in Livestock
BioZyme Inc.
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/19/2017

Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat. Heat stress is almost inevitable, but some management practices can be implemented to help animals better cope with rising temperatures. All mammals regulate...

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Watch Out for Sneezeweed
Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/19/2017

One plant currently flowering across different parts of Texas is poisonous and should be of concern to ranchers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Small-headed sneezeweed, which falls in the sunflower family, is a native, warm-season annual that grows statewide except for the...

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Start Now
Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/19/2017

Only one to two months ago the spring-calving cows were calving, the temperatures were colder and the calving pastures were covered with muck and manure. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow-calf operators how calving is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting...

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Trends in Grass-fed Beef
Dan Green
Angus Talk
6/17/2017

I used the secret steak seasoning mix of the late Angus breeder and sale manager Jim Baldridge of North Platte, Neb., as a dry rub over the meat for 24 hours in the frig. I brought it out for a couple hours to get it up to room temperature, got my old time iron skillet smoking hot on the stove, seared...

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Warm Up for 2017 National Junior Angus Show
Morgan Marley
Angus Media
6/16/2017

The sound of laughter and cattle mooing will fill the air signaling the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The nation’s largest youth beef cattle competition is a place where everyone on the Angus team will come together, and where the future leaders of the Angus breed will showcase their cattle...

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Make Treatment Plans a Priority
Donald Stotts, Oklahoma State University
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/16/2017

It is “calf-working time” in Oklahoma, which should serve as a valuable reminder for producers to get with their veterinarians to review, revise or — if one does not exist — develop a treatment protocol plan for their specific cattle operations. Some may consider a treatment protocol plan as being something...

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Spring Blizzard Strikes Heartland
Paige Nelson
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/16/2017

On April 29-30, 2017, an unexpected spring snowstorm plastered parts of eastern New Mexico and Colorado, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and western Kansas and Nebraska with 12 inches (in.) to 24 in. or more of snow and 60 mph wind gusts. While this region of cattle country is no stranger to harsh...

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Irrigated Pasture Management
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/16/2017

With well-planned intensive management, irrigated pasture can often be more productive than the same ground used for haying. Some ranchers are looking at a change from haying to grazing irrigated fields. Randy Wiedmeier, University of Missouri (MU) Extension livestock specialist, spent 25 years at Utah...

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Making the Jump
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/14/2017

As spring approaches, so does calving for most beef cattle producers. Spring also begins the most critical part of the journey for the replacement heifer in becoming a cow. A spring-calving replacement heifer with a target mature weight of 1,200 pounds (lb.) is likely weighing about 950 lb. entering...

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Building a Brand
Radale Tiner
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/14/2017

We have all heard the phrase “building a brand.” What does this truly mean? Does it mean an actual character that is branded onto your animals? Does it mean a slogan or logo that you have created? Does it represent the quality of product that people automatically think of when they hear your name? I...

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Bale-grazing Progressing in Second Year
Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
6/14/2017

When Adair County, Ky., farmer Fred Thomas started a bale-grazing demonstration project two years ago with the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, he was looking for a way to improve the health of his cattle and his pastures. As the project moves along, Thomas continues...

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Ohio Family Recognized for Historic Angus Herd
Morgan Marley
Angus Media
6/14/2017

James Rentz of Creek Side Farm in Coldwater, Ohio, is well known in the industry for his 65 years of dedication raising high-quality Angus cattle and making monumental impacts within the breed and its Association. The American Angus Association is proud to recognize Rentz as a recipient of the Historic...

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Spinning Off Stress
Dan Green
Angus Talk
6/10/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is ever sensitive to the travails of ranching and the stressful toll it can take on the ol' bod. This spring, so far, has seemedworse than usual, depending on where you operate, with weather episodes of drought, flooding, tornado damage, wild temperature swings and delayed...

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No Nonsense in the Rockies
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/26/2017

"If you have good heifers, you have good bulls.” Terry Walter settles back into his chair. It’s not to add effect to the statement; his shift allows time for others to catch on to what the Colorado rancher knows to be true. Good cattle come from good cattle, and there’s no sense denying the importance...

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Finding Balance
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Journal
5/24/2017

Neal and Amanda Sorenson are fifth- generation ranchers, raising registered Angus seedstock near Spotted Horse, Wyo. “In 1884 my great-great-grandparents homesteaded on the confluence of Clear Creek and the Powder River,” says Neal. “For a while they ran a stage stop. Then they sold that homestead and...

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Working with the BLM
Paige Nelson
Angus Journal
5/24/2017

"By a show of hands, how many of you hate the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) or the Forest Service?” asked John Reese, a BLM range conservationist from Kanab, Utah. Reese addressed a group of young ranchers at the Idaho Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference Jan. 27, 2017. A few...

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Ranch Environment and Beef Demand
Justin Sexten
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/24/2017

You’ve heard about it often enough: Match the cow to your environment. The articles and presentations say optimize the use of land, labor and forage resources; monitor success by measuring pounds of beef per acre. That sounds simple enough, but individuals vary their interpretations. Those who love to...

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That much better?
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/22/2017

Cattle genetics have made big improvements since the American Angus Association released its beef value ($B) index in 2004. Often called “dollar beef,” it was one of the first tools to combine expected progeny differences (EPDs) for feedyard and carcass traits with economic measures. At the time, the...

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Time for Prime
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/22/2017

It’s easy to say Prime-grading beef is “just a happy accident” if you don’t produce it. Cattlemen like Gerry Shinn of Jackson, Mo.; Berry Bortz of Preston, Kan.; or Troy Hadrick of Faulkton, S.D., wouldn’t call it that. “I told people from the very start that we need Prime, Yield Grade (YG) 3s,” says...

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A Case for Composting
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
5/22/2017

Usually, farm and ranch kids learn early about the circle of life. When you’re raised around livestock, there can be many opportunities to witness births of animals and deaths. Kids learn that despite good husbandry practices, some newborn calves don’t survive, and cattle of all ages can and do die from...

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Man’s Best Friend
Dan Green
Angus Talk
5/20/2017

Today, Along America's Angus Trails is thinking back fondly of the plethora of ranch dogs that have enriched his life. Robbie, Smokie, Myrt, Carmel. Thor. I'll bet most of the listening audience could cite similar cherished memories of their beloved ranch dogs over the years. Whether well trained...

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Adaptive Management
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
5/19/2017

According to conventional wisdom, managers of grazing lands should err on the side of conservatism. Many also find comfort in applying some kind of formula for determining stocking rate. Range Scientist Justin Derner thinks that’s why so many managers stock their ranges and pastures according to what...

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The Right Sort
Laura Nelson
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/19/2017

Wade Massar is not even a little sheepish about his vices: good horses, time in the saddle and time in the sorting pens. “My wife says sometimes I just like to sort for the sake of something to do — ‘you just sort to sort,’ ” the Circle, Mont., cattleman laughs. “We do everything on horseback, and that...

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Set Out for Texas Angus Country
Jena McRell
Angus Media
5/19/2017

As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s certainly the hope for the National Angus Tour set for Nov. 3, just prior to the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. The National Angus Tour is an annual favorite for American Angus Association members, allowing them to travel the countryside,...

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Are we there yet?
Miranda Reiman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/19/2017

We were bringing a little preschool friend out to our house for the afternoon. She was a town kid and about every three miles, she’d ask, “Are we ALMOST there?” Turns out 12 miles is a really long way when there’s the anticipation of a playdate. But I get it. I like that sense of accomplishment when...

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Angus Value Discovery
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/17/2017

While cattle genetics keep improving, no national carcass challenge has tracked that since 2012 — until now. The Angus Value Discovery Contest began this spring as a means of carcass data collection and friendly competition for commercial Angus producers, nominated by their seedstock or genetics providers....

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Foot structure is quite heritable
Stephen Miller
Angus Journal
5/17/2017

As a step toward developing tools to enable breeders to sustain and improve foot structure in Angus cattle, the Association launched two traits for producers to score in February 2015. Since that time 7,133 records have been received in yearling cattle and 2,942 at later ages, representing 9,888 unique...

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Tempered by Fire
Shauna Rose Hermel
Angus Journal
5/17/2017

Watching a video documenting the devastation of the fires that broke out March 6, Mark Gardiner winces at the frames showing dead cattle lined up for burial. It isn’t just a movie. It’s all too real. Those cows, the ground they grazed and the people they bring together are the passion, not to mention...

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It Takes a Village
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Journal
5/17/2017

“It’s just been put on hold,” Melanie Hink candidly says of her flower shop on Main Street. The Ashland, Kan., native certainly isn’t without work, though. She may have 30 years in the floral design business, but she has nearly as many invested in Ashland’s Christian Church Camp — and right now, it’s...

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Rural America Rises
Jena McRell
The Angus Report
5/17/2017

Gardiner Angus Ranch Recounts Wildfire Up from the ashes of the March 6 wildfires come inspired stories of strength and hope. Mark and Eva Gardiner, Gardiner Angus Ranch near Ashland, Kan., share what they’ve experienced and how rural neighbors, near and far, have contributed to recovery efforts. Overcoming...

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Elevating Technology
Dan Green
Angus Talk
5/13/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is remembering his childhood elevator rides, particularly in the original unenclosed car at Denver's Livestock Exchange Building. It went up and down all of four floors, very slowly and haltingly. It had no walls, so you could see the cables pulling it, how they were...

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Your Best Management
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
5/10/2017

Rosie Knold, assistant department head and associate professor of animal science at SDSU, was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: What topics are covered in the Best Management Practices for...

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Talking Markets
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
5/8/2017

Craig Van Dyke, senior risk manager at Top Third Ag Marketing, was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: It’s kind of two separate worlds, production and finance, and farmers and ranchers have...

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4 Keys for Effective Probiotic Use
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/8/2017

The benefits of probiotics keep adding up for livestock producers. Research shows that including probiotics in rations can improve producers’ return on investment through better feed efficiency, increased production or even more robust immune responses.1 “With benefits like these, feeding a probiotic...

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Efforts to Promote Beef Nutrition and Health Benefits Reviewed
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/8/2017

Efforts to continue communicating the health and nutrition attributes of beef to consumers, key opinion leaders and health professionals were discussed by beef industry leaders during February’s Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. One existing effort is the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative...

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Managing Herd Security, BVD
Troy Smith
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/8/2017

“Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) is one of the most manageable pathogens affecting cattle producers,” stated Mississippi State University veterinarian David Smith, adding that anyone who wants to avoid BVD in their herd can. “So, if BVD is a manageable disease, why aren’t more producers managing it?” Smith...

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Spotting a Nothingburger
Dan Green
Angus Talk
5/6/2017

Along America's Angus Trails notes the increasing use of the beef-centric term "nothingburger" to describe gauzy Inside-the-Beltway initiatives or policy proposals in Washington. To a non-word-nerd, you'd assume that they were talking about so-called burgers made out of poultry, tofu or hip new...

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Up, and to the right
Steve Suther
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/5/2017

More beef on the market meant lower prices in 2016, fueling greater demand from consumers largely recovered from the 2008 recession. That buying response was strongest for premium beef, which also saw the most supply increase. Demand studies from Kansas State University (K-State) and the University of...

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Beef Sustainability Metrics Taking Shape
Kindra Gordon
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/5/2017

As the topic of sustainability continues to be discussed within the agricultural industry, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) is moving forward with developing metrics to assess sustainable practices within each sector of the beef value chain. Ben Weinheimer, vice president of the Texas...

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Vaccinating Calves
Heather Smith Thomas
Other
5/5/2017

Colostrum provides newborn calves temporary immunity from disease via maternal antibodies. After a few weeks, calves must start building their own immunities. Vaccinating calves at the proper time can help. Vaccinating too soon, however, may not stimulate immune response. If the calf still has maternal...

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Farm Bankruptcies Could Rise
Alayna DeMartini, Ohio State University
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/5/2017

Declining farm income and farmland values likely will lead to an increase in the number of farmers who are delinquent on their loans and eventually a rise in farm bankruptcies, predicted a pair of Ohio State University agricultural economists. While the current farm bankruptcy rate is low, at two per...

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Pregnancy Protocol
Doug Medlock
Angus Talk
5/3/2017

Dr. Kevin Hill serves in Merck Animal Health’s technical service division and was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: When is the ideal time for cattle producers to conduct pregnancy checks?...

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Tips for Working with the BLM and Forest Service
Paige Nelson
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/3/2017

In today’s advocate-centric ag community, the phrase, “If we don’t tell our story, who will?” is one social media post away from becoming cliché. John Reese, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) range conservationist, says that philosophy rings true for BLM and Forest Service personnel. Reese addressed...

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Terms of his own
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
5/3/2017

“You’re done.” It was no use pleading or cursing. The funny guy’s audition was shot, and with it went the dream of dimly lit comedy clubs full of cigars and uncontrollable belly laughs. Michael Midgley hung up the phone, dropped his head and went back to his mark on the prep line at Chili’s. After all,...

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Angus Juniors ‘Raise the Bar’ in Ames, Iowa
Jena McRell
Angus Media
5/3/2017

Angus juniors have the opportunity to travel the country with the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and learn from knowledgeable experts in the beef cattle business. Most recently, NJAA members met April 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa, to participate in a Raising the Bar conference. “Not only is Iowa...

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Auxiliary Hosts Second Annual Fundraiser
American Angus Auxiliary
Angus Media
5/1/2017

The American Angus Auxiliary is proud to present the second-annual Full Circle Online Auction, a national Angus consignment sale. The Full Circle Online Auction is a web-based consignment market that offers Angus breeders, families and allied industry the opportunity to both sell and buy, while making...

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Supplementing Body Condition Score
Shelby Mettlen
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/1/2017

“The single hardest time to raise body condition score (BCS) in cows is right after calving,” Ted Perry told his audience at a Learning Lounge session inside the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3. Perry, lead nutritionist for Purina’s Beef Technical Solutions...

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Spring Clean-up for Pastures
Kurt Kangas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/1/2017

Spring is finally starting in the Northwest. Calving season is winding down, and cows and bulls are looking forward to spending quality time together on greener pastures. Without a doubt, springtime on a ranch is an extremely busy time of year. Calving, branding, breeding, fencing, seeding ... the list...

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In the Cattle Markets
Josh Maples, Mississippi State University
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
5/1/2017

It was reported in mid-April that China has agreed to allow beef imports from the United States for the first time since 2003. This announcement follows a very similar announcement made in September of 2016, though no actual trade has occurred yet. Gaining access to the most populated country in the...

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Milk Wars
Dan Green
Angus Talk
4/29/2017

Along America's Angus Trails is thinking good thoughts today about the cattle industry's cousins in the cow-keeping business, the dairy industry. Aside from having always being glad that he never had to be chained to milking cows twice a day, seven days a week, year around, I have always greatly...

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Expanding cows or herds
Justin Sexten
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/28/2017

As the cow herd expands, market prices contract from their record highs and focus more attention on adding value. How to do that commonly comes down to adding what the market values in health and weaning practices from effective vaccinations to bunk breaking. This month, let’s consider ways to capitalize...

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Anaplasmosis: What Cattlemen Need to Know
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
4/28/2017

Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM and director of production animal field investigations at Kansas State University, was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Q: What is anaplasmosis? A: Anaplasmosis is a disease that affects the red blood cells of cattle, and it's...

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Big Leagues, Extra Innings
Hannah Johlman
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/28/2017

Braden Schaal had always dreamed of playing professional baseball. From Little League to high school and college ball, the right-handed pitcher knew if he was going to be the best, he had to work hard. So he did, perfecting his pitches for nearly 15 years. Making it in the majors is a once-in-a-lifetime...

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Stuck in the Middle
Troy Smith
Angus Journal
4/28/2017

It’s a sad story. It’s the true tale of a 68-year- old farmer who was concerned about the transition of management and ownership of his family’s operation. The story stems from an actual conversation between this man, whom we’ll call “Joe,” and University of Nebraska Department of Agricultural Economics...

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Millennials: Pulling Back the Curtain
Doug Medlock
Angus Media
4/26/2017

Ashley Collins, director of college relations with Agriculture Future of America (AFA), was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio, Channel 147. Tune in at 10 a.m. CDT each Saturday morning on SiriusXM Radio. Q: Who is considered a Millennial? A: There's a couple...

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Clostridial Infections in Calves
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Journal
4/26/2017

Clostridial infections are bad news and almost always fatal. The good news is that most can be prevented by vaccination. The not-so-good news is that there are a few that cause gut infections in calves for which there are no vaccines. Several serious livestock diseases are caused by this group of anaerobic...

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The lobster tail of meats
Laura Conaway
Certified Angus Beef LLC
4/26/2017

The growing beef supply won’t automatically find more room in the meat case, but it can earn its way with differentiated quality. “We can’t be as efficient in production as pork and poultry so therefore we’re not going to be as cheap,” said Sam Hands, managing partner of Triangle H, Garden City, Kan....

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Winning with the Angus Team
JD Rosman
Angus Media
4/26/2017

Come win with the Angus team at this year’s National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) July 9-15 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members and their families will take part in the most competitive national junior livestock show in the country. Participants...

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