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3 tips to make your replacement heifer program more successful

“Heifer calves retained in 2014 and 2015 came at the highest cost of development in history with some estimates at more than $2,2001 invested through preg-check,” says N.T. Cosby, Ph.D. and cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “With cattle markets projected to decline over the next few years, it’s especially important for you to recoup value on replacement heifers.”2

Here are three tips for your replacement heifer program:

1. Select older heifers

“We need to be identifying fertile, easy-fleshing females that will get bred early the first time and every time after,” says Cosby. “The ideal replacement would remain in the herd for at least seven to eight years as a profitable cow.”

Older heifers are typically from cows that calved early in the breeding season, which can imply that those heifers are more fertile. Like their dams, older heifers have a better chance of being bred early.

“A challenge can arise if you don’t have complete calving records. Without them, we often tend to select heifers that are bigger, not necessarily older. That results in a set of replacement heifers that will be larger in mature size than desired,” Cosby cautions.

If large heifers are selected consistently as replacements, you may end up with a set of cows that are too big for their environment. Also, larger cows can require more supplemental feed to breed back promptly and raise their calves.

2. Target 55 to 65 percent mature weight for breeding

“Once you have selected heifers for development, the next target is to reach 55 to 56 percent of their mature weight at breeding time,” says Cosby. “Depending on management, environment and selection pressure applied, heifers may fall on the low or high end of the range, but anywhere in the range is desirable for first breeding at 14 or 15 months of age.”

You may sacrifice conception rates and longevity of your herd if heifers are lower than 55 percent of mature weight at breeding.

“To fall within the desired weight range heifers will need to grow at a rate of 1.25 to 1.5 pounds per day from the time of weaning until first breeding,” says Cosby. “A high-energy feed that uses intake control properties can work with your forages to provide a predictable intake that delivers targeted gains. We also recommend having a quality mineral available at all times.”

3. Take reproductive tract scores

To identify highly fertile females, Cosby recommends working with a veterinarian to score reproductive tracts 45 days before breeding.

“Before you invest more resources into a heifer, it can be helpful to score reproductive tracts and set hard criteria for culling,” says Cosby. “Heifers that score below 3 on the 1 (immature or infertile) to 5 (cycling) scoring scale could be culled as potential replacements before first breeding. Heifers that score a 4 or 5 are ideal.”

Research has demonstrated that reproductive tract scoring is an effective method for evaluating heifers that reach puberty early. When scored between 12 and 14 months of age, heifers with low reproductive scores (1 and 2) have shown poor reproductive performance.3

Reproductive tract scoring can also identify freemartins that may have slipped through the cracks.

The period between heifer selection and getting a heifer rebred after her first calf is crucial. It’s a time frame that can make or break a replacement female, resulting in either a huge economic loss or a productive, profitable cow.

“Selecting older heifers and applying selection pressure for fertility in the first year can pay dividends for the next several years,” concludes Cosby. “Developing fertile, early calving heifers is a goal that will deliver value in a cow herd during any economic situation.”

The Purina® All Seasons Cattle Nutrition Program is designed to support more heifers bred in the first 60 days post-calving. Talk to your local Purina representative to learn more, or visit ProofPays.com to start your feeding trial. 

 

[1] Hughes, H. (2016.) 2015 year-end cattle industry analysis. BEEFMagazine.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016 from: http://beefmagazine.com/blog/2015-year-end-cattle-industry-analysis.

2 CattleFax. 2016. 2016 Industry Outlook. Pages 1-8. Presented at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Convention, San Diego, Calif. CattleFax, Centennial, Colo.

3 Hall, J. (2005.) Reproductive evaluation of heifers. Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle proceedings, p. 279-283. Retrieved June 21, 2016 from: http://beefrepro.unl.edu/proceedings/2005lexington/21_uk_reproeval_hall.pdf.

 

Material on BEEF Briefing Room comes directly from company news releases. Source: Purina Animal Nutrition

 

Remain vigilant to mycotoxin threats

Mycotoxins in grain are a constant concern for cattle producers, and especially now, at harvest time, as massive quantities of corn and other feedgrains flow from the field to the elevator.

The U.S. is expecting a large corn crop, projected as high as 15.09 billion bushels, and the 2016 wheat crop yields have been at or near record levels in several wheat classes. However, Alltech mycotoxin expert Dr. Max Hawkins has a warning: Quantity should not distract producers from being vigilant regarding quality and the potential for mycotoxin risk.

Hawkins noted the spring wheat harvest across the northern Great Plains experienced wet weather, which led to increased crop stress and Fusarium head blight. Likewise, much of the U.S. Corn Belt experienced above average temperatures and moisture through August, creating the right environment for mold and subsequent mycotoxin issues.

Alltech recently collected more than 100 TMR samples from the U.S. and analyzed them through the ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 accredited Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analytical services laboratory, using LCMS/ MS technology to determine mycotoxin presence and growth through the storage months. The 37+ analysis tests for over 37 individual mycotoxins in a given sample and shows the risk that mycotoxins in stored crops can pose to herd health and performance.

Of the samples, nearly 18 percent contained 6–7 mycotoxins, 42 percent had 4–5 mycotoxins, 35 percent had 2–3 mycotoxins, and less than 2 percent had either one mycotoxin or none. Of the mycotoxins present, type B trichothecenes and fusaric acid were most prevalent in 83 percent and 92 percent of the samples respectively.

The toxicity of Fusaric Acid is significantly enhanced when feed is co-contaminated with type B trichothecene or DON. Together, the mycotoxins present in the sample group have a REQ, or risk equivalent quantity, of 187 for beef cattle and 211 for dairy cows. For the dairy cows, this level of risk could represent a 0.5-liter loss in milk production per cow per day.

Symptoms in a herd dealing with type B trichothecenes and fusaric acid might include:

* Anorexia

* Depression

* Diarrheaand other digestive disorders

* Udder edema

* Enlarged mammary glands

* Feed refusal

* Increased somatic cell count

* Increased mortality

* Infertility

* Hemorrhaging

* Lameness

* Lethargy

* Liver damage

* Malformation of the embryo

* Poor antioxidant status

* Reduced milk production, feed efficiency, feed intake, growth, immunity, reproductive performance and rumen function

* Skin lesions

* Stillbirths

* Vomiting

“The inventory of the 2015 crop is almost fed, and we look forward to the 2016 crop,” said Hawkins. “However, even with a huge crop awaiting, quantity does not indicate quality. Producers should be proactive in investigating and identifying potential issues that can impact herd performance and health.”

Derek Wawack, a member of the Alltech Mycotoxin Management team in Wisconsin, noted that he has been fielding an increasing number of calls, emails and texts about fungal infections.

“Within just the last couple weeks, these fungal infections have really started to show as the summer has progressed,” said Wawack. “Stress from dry to overly-wet conditions, then cooler weather, has allowed these molds to begin growing on the ears.”

Wawack recommends carrying out a 37+ analysis early, even on fresh crop, if possible, and monitoring throughout feed out to stay ahead of any major problems.

“Years where we have seen high levels of both Fusarium and Penicillium in the field have typically led to high mycotoxin levels in storage,” continued Wawack.

“The results have been drastic production losses, loose manure, edema, bloat, conception problems, abortions, bloodshot eyes, bleeding from the ears and nasal passages and even high mortality rates, along with false positive antibiotic tests within milk from the Penicillium mold.”

Further information on managing the threat from mycotoxins can be found at www.knowmycotoxins.com/mycotoxins/managing-threat.

 

Material on BEEF Briefing Room comes directly from company news releases. Source: Alltech          

 

Put silage safety first

“People who regularly work around silage bunkers or piles can tend to become complacent when it comes to the routine, day-to-day common-sense safety basics,” says Bob Charley, Ph.D., Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “The moment we stop paying full attention to our surroundings and take safety for granted, is the moment we put ourselves and our employees at serious risk from hazards like avalanches or cave-offs.”

To that end, Lallemand Animal Nutrition challenges producers to put safety first and educate their teams about the importance of safe silage practices. To help producers, the company has created a “Basics of Silage Safety” video to provide a quick refresher on safety basics for themselves and their employees. 

The goal of the Basics of Silage Safety video is to make producers aware of the ever-present dangers when working around silage storage structures, and re-enforce good practices to reduce risks on their operations. When working around silage, it’s important to always be extra vigilant and aware of all the potential risks and how to minimize them.

“We’ve developed this video, along with our other safety resources, with the leading industry experts to ensure knowledge is paid Forward and to help producers improve their safety practices,” Dr. Charley says. “These resources exemplify Lallemand’s commitment to helping move our customers and partners Forward with safety at the forefront, without compromising increased productivity.”

All of the safety resources offered by Lallemand Animal Nutrition were created in conjunction with leading silage safety experts Keith Bolsen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University, and Ruthie Bolsen.

People are the greatest resources on any operation, and the safety of farm employees and visitors is everyone’s greatest priority. Awareness of potential dangers is the first step to reducing unnecessary injuries or deaths around silage bunkers or piles.

This educational video is part of Lallemand Forward, which encompasses solutions specifically developed to enhance capabilities, knowledge and production practices.

This video, along with Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s other safety resources, including a Silage Safety Handbook and a break-room key points poster are available in English and Spanish and are free for producers. All materials can be requested at www.qualitysilgae.com or by contacting lannamarketing@lallemand.com  The video can also be found on YouTube

Material on BEEF Briefing Room comes directly from company news releases. Source: Lallemand Animal Nutrition

 

Are ranchers spitting into the wind on wind energy issues?

Cattle and wind energy
<p>Cattle share the range with energy development. Getty Images/Justin Sullivan</p>

Just as with water, energy development in the West has become, in some camps at least, a controversial and divisive issue as ranchers, energy developers, sportsmen, conservationists and environmentalists all look at the changing West through their own set of lenses.

Among those energy development issues that has come to the fore in the last decade or so is wind energy. Drive through the Texas Panhandle at night, my recently-departed home for many decades, and the blinking red lights of a multitude of wind turbines dot the landscape in an eerie scene that raises questions from the uninitiated.

Into this challenging and divisive landscape dives the Sandhills Task Force, a group of ranchers, conservation agencies and others who are dedicated to preserving the ranching tradition of the region as well as the wildlife and vegetative diversity of this truly unique part of Nebraska and the West. Nebraska ranks among the top states for potential wind resources and each year brings additional requests for development of wind farms throughout the state, the group says in a recently-published white paper.

The white paper is a result of a request by Gov. Pete Ricketts for input into whether or not to form a working group to address wind energy and other issues facing the ranching economy in the state. In the white paper, the Sandhills Task Force identifies inappropriate placement of energy development as one of the most urgent threats facing the region. Additional priority threats are land fragmentation and invasive species. “If these threats are not addressed soon, the Sandhills could be irreparably altered,” according to the white paper.

Indeed, those are priorities throughout the West. And just like water, ranching interests must be at the table as these issues are cussed, discussed and ultimately, hopefully, solved. Fortunately, there are several resources available to help people throughout the West develop a roadmap to accomplish the task.

One model is what has been done in the Kansas Flinthills to address wind energy development. The Wind and Prairie Task Force has developed principles, tools and guidelines that local entities can use as they address wind energy development and other environmental issues.

In addition, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has established a Nebraska Wind Energy and Wildlife Project that can provide useful information.

These are just two examples of numerous efforts being made throughout the West. Those efforts must continue. Nebraskans should encourage Gov. Ricketts to establish a working group for his state, as should ranchers in other states encourage local and state politicians to do the same.

The unique culture, diversity and quality of the West demands no less.

 

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Is economics really our primary motivator?

The other day I got in a lively discussion with one of my co-workers about farm and ranch decision making.

He made the statement that almost all decisions are made on economics or what made the most money for the operation. I argued that practically none are made on economics but more likely to be made more on social pressures or advertisements or what was hot at the time.

This got me to thinking on how I make decisions on my operation and what I see with other operations.

My home state of Missouri is second only to Texas in beef cow numbers. The average herd size is 34 cows. How many of these producers have a shed-full of hay equipment to harvest hay for these cows? Most in our area have a cutter, rake, tedder, baler and at least two tractors. They also need a hay trailer, and of course a nice truck with hay unroller to make all this feeding comfortable during the cold weather. Even if we buy used equipment, I am thinking it's about $100,000 worth of equipment. I have not added in fuel or upkeep. How much profit would that take from 34 cows, or 100 for that matter?

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14 ways to sabotage your sales, retail career

Sales managers scratch their heads. “Right from the start, I was so sure Carl would be a top performer. I would have put money on it. But before I knew it, he crashed and burned.” 

It’s an old story, one that often ends with the same words, “I wasn’t cut out for sales.” Maybe. But probably not. Poor training, inadequate support, and unrealistic expectations can each play a role. 

Even so, what causes potentially good salespeople to fail has little or nothing to do with poor sales skills. The real harm is self-inflicted. Salespeople sabotage themselves. And here’s how they wreck their sales careers:

1. Tell a customer they will take care of something and then don’t do it. Why worry about it? It’s nothing an “I’m sorry,” a little schmoozing, a bouquet of flowers, or a gift card can’t correct. Anyway, it wasn’t that important. That’s not how customers see it. Their actions reveal the truth of who they are.

2. See themselves as special. The “salesperson’s disease” is catching and it’s transmitted by rubbing shoulders with other salespeople. The major symptom is the belief that they’re the reason for the company’s success so that gives them permission to break the rules, and to look down on everyone else. Oh, yes, the disease is fatal.

3. Puff up their record. No salesperson needs to take a course in “The Fine Art of Amplification.” Whether it’s with customers, each other or the boss, exaggeration comes naturally for too many salespeople. And, then, they come to believe their own baloney.

4. Avoid asking for help. Many salespeople see themselves as operating on their own, beholden to no one, and totally responsible for their destiny. And that includes asking for help, which they view as a sign of weakness and something they can’t live with—even when it costs them customers.

5. Criticize but don’t contribute. You know these salespeople, they’re quick to tell you what’s wrong in every part of the company: why revenues are down, what’s wrong with the product line, or who in management should be dumped. Yet, when asked to contribute their ideas or make suggestions, they have nothing to say. Such behavior pushes them out the door.

6. Do enough to get by. They’re guided by some preset internal gauge that sets strict limits, letting them go only so far before banging on the brakes. These are outliers to be sure. They’re ignored when there’s a crisis or unexpected crunch. In a word, they’re superfluous to the company’s success.

7. Ignore deadlines. It started out early in life. Their school projects were always late and they always arrived with an attached excuse. Now their reports are predictably late, along with customer proposals, along with just about everything else, even expense reports. It’s as if deadlines were made for others, not for them. And they can’t figure out why the boss has it in for them.

8. Always make sure they look good. Whether it’s customers, associates, or the boss, their goal is to make sure that, at all cost, they come out looking good. They avoid taking responsibility (a sign of weakness) at all cost. Although they don’t see it, their behavior is so transparent no one trusts anything they say or do.

9. Sell what they want to sell. Salespeople always have favorite customers, but many also have pet products. They’re not complex, don’t cause problems, and they’re easy to sell. Some come with a robust commission. Whether or not they’re a good fit for customers is not the issue.

10. Cut corners. Shrinking the job to reduce work is a disease that infects may sales careers. “Forget it. It’s just means extra work,” “I don’t have time to do that,” or “Frankly, that’s crazy. Who comes up with such stupid ideas?” Every salesperson heard such words whispered in sales meetings or seen eyes roll. Selling success comes from enhancing the process, not cutting it down to your own size.

11. Think that they’ve got it made. From all indications, they’ve worked hard, done a good job, and enjoyed the rewards. As they see it, they’ve paid their dues. Now it’s time to cut them some slack so they can set their own pace. It’s time for a little preferential treatment like getting some of the better leads. If that’s what’s going through their mind, they’re on your way—out, not up.

12. Lay on the jargon. They believe using all the right words impresses customers and wins them over. So they get the jargon down pat and stay on top of the latest corporate speak. Yes, customers want to be impressed, but not with jargon. What they want is a salesperson who takes time to understand them by asking good questions and who makes sure they’re comfortable with their buying decision. That’s impressive.

13. Decide who will buy and who won’t. They may be smart, savvy, and have lots of experience. They’ve come face-to-face with just about every type of customer and they think they know who will buy and who won’t. All they need is a couple of seconds. It’s as if they have a sixth sense about customers. Some salespeople have it and some don’t.

It sounds so good, it’s almost convincing. But it’s just plain nonsense, an exercise in self-deception. In selling it’s what the customer thinks that counts, not what’s floating around in a salesperson head.

14. Believing that customers love them. It’s The Great Sales Con Game. It’s easy for salespeople to think customers love them: “You are the best.” “I don’t know what we’d do without you.” “We’re so lucky you came along.” It’s enough to make the ego do somersaults. It’s feel good stuff, but here’s the question that counts: Do your customers respect you?

When you think about it, it isn’t easy to sabotage a sales career. Yet, if you put your mind to the task, you can do it.

John Graham of GrahamComm is a marketing and sales strategy consultant and business writer. He is the creator of “Magnet Marketing,” and publishes a free monthly eBulletin, “No Nonsense Marketing & Sales Ideas.” Contact him at jgraham@grahamcomm.com, 617-774-9759

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5 questions a heifer should answer before she becomes a “keeper”

5 questions a heifer should answer before she becomes a “keeper”

Weaning season is here, and as calves are gathered, worked and weighed, ranchers will soon determine which ones are sorted into the keep pen and which ones are culled.

If you’re planning to keep replacement heifers, there are several considerations for choosing the ones that will ultimately go on to be productive cows that are docile, breed back, milk well, and have the longevity to stick around for a decade or more.

In a recent Ohio State University Beef Cattle Letter, Roy Burris, University of Kentucky Beef Extension professor, listed things a heifer needs to prove before she can stay in the herd.

Here are five questions a heifer should answer before she becomes a “keeper:”

1. Does she look the part?


Burris writes, “At weaning, sell all obvious culls – like poor doers, extremely rough hair coats, disposition problem, etc.”

2. Is she calm and quiet?

“Every time you put the calves through the chute, or move them around, take off anything that acts up,” advises Burris. “They’ll just disturb the other calves and can generate some periodic ‘cash flow.’ Be critical and be generous with the ‘trailermycin.’ Disposition is very important – you don’t necessarily have to assign a chute score or measure exit speed but the way that they behave ‘under pressure’ is a great predictor of their future – administer trailermycin as needed. Those that do make it through this step are good candidates for breeding.”

3. Does she convert feed to pounds well?

Burris says, “Develop calves on a normal plane of nutrition – you don’t have to fatten them. Breeders should, in my opinion, put some ‘selection pressure’ on heifers so that we can eliminate problems early in the production cycle instead of passing them on.”

4. Is she cycling at a year?

“Do a reproductive workup at a year of age and prior to breeding (of course),” he says. “Cull those heifers that aren’t cycling, have abnormal reproductive tracts or don’t have sufficient pelvic area to have a normal-size calf. They can be then sold as feeder calves.”

5. Is she bred within my calving window?

“We do one round of timed AI followed by a short ‘clean-up’ period,” explains Burris. “Pregnancy diagnosis is done as soon as possible so that open heifers can be removed and sold while they are heavy feeder calves.”

Then ask the bonus question after she’s weaned her first calf, says Burris.

“Heifer selection is a continual process,” he writes. “The final evaluation won’t be until they wean their first calf. They need to meet these criteria: wean a good calf, maintain good body condition, and breed back early in the breeding season.”

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.

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Want better feedlot performance? Precondition your calves

It’s a long and sometimes hard and winding road for a calf once it’s weaned and loaded on a truck. And that can potentially mean a health wreck is barreling down the road as well.

Before calves arrive at the feedlot, they can make a number of stops along the way — from the ranch of origin, to the stocker or backgrounder operation and then to the finishing facility. A proven way for feeding operations to reduce illness and increase sustainability is by choosing calves with an immune system capable of handling infectious challenges they could encounter along the way.

“We care for these animals, and in the spirit of being true stewards and good stockmen, we naturally look for information that can help us improve overall herd health and operational outcomes,” said Elizabeth Fraser, DVM, Beef Technical Services at Zoetis. “Selecting well-managed calves that have been well fed and received vaccines at the ranch consistently result in better health and productivity in the feedyard.”

Buying calves that were preconditioned ahead of stressors like shipment and commingling helps ward off potential health risks, such as bovine respiratory disease (BRD). BRD accounts for annual feedlot losses of $1 billion due to loss of production, increased labor expenses, pharmaceutical costs and death.1,2

Purchasing cattle enrolled in a third-party verified preconditioning program like SelectVAC® from Zoetis provides additional insight into the cattle being purchased and improves transparency. SelectVAC details how the cattle were managed, products administered and the timing of product administration.

“Each feedyard has its own arrival protocols,” said Dr. Fraser. “Having verified information detailing previous vaccination and herd management information can help feedlots make important initial processing decisions.”

Preconditioning results in better health and feedlot performance by reducing feedlot morbidity and mortality, and lowering treatment costs. Calves enrolled in SelectVAC demonstrated better performance than other preconditioning programs in a commercial feedlot study and were more than four times less likely to get sick or die than calves with an unverified health history.3

Performance improvements seen in preconditioned cattle included higher average daily gains, improved feed conversion and lower cost of gain. These differences increased the value of preconditioned calves for feedlot managers by $5.25/cwt.4

“If you have animals facing the challenges of shipment and commingling, their potential for success is enhanced by being armed with a properly stimulated immune system,” said Dr. Fraser. “Actively sourcing preconditioned cattle will increase their potential to remain healthy and productive, which is definitely an added value for buyers.”

To learn more about the SelectVAC program, please visit SelectVAC.com. For more information about preconditioning, visit with your animal health adviser or Zoetis representative.

 

1 Brodersen BW. Bovine respiratory syncytial virus. Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract 2010;26(2):323-333.

2 Griffin D, Chengappa MM, Kuszak J, McVey DS. Bacterial pathogens of the bovine respiratory disease complex. Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract 2010;26(2):381-394.

3 Seeger JT, Grotelueschen DM, Stokka GL, et al. Comparison of the feedlot health, nutritional performance, carcass characteristics, and economic value of unweaned beef calves with an unknown health history and of weaned beef calves receiving various herd-of-origin health protocols. Bov Pract. 2008;42(1):1-13.

4   Lalman D, Smith R. Effects of Preconditioning on Health, Performance, and Prices of Weaned Calves. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Fact Sheet ANSI-3529, April 2001.

 

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Red Angus receive Grid Master distinction

During the National Red Angus Convention, Harold Bertz, RAAA commercial marketing programs coordinator, announced the recipients of the 2016 Grid Master Awards. “This year we are pleased to have 1,365 head of Red Angus cattle in 18 loads that qualified as Grid Master Award winners,” Bertz said. “These are the kind of cattle that exemplify the quality and performance that Red Angus cattle offer every day in the marketplace.”

The Grid Master Award, presented by the Red Angus Association of America, recognizes excellence in commercial cattle and the cattle feeding industry. Those firms – who have successfully combined superior Red Angus genetics, feeding management skills and precise marketing to achieve success with the harvest of a superior beef carcass –earn the award.  

To be named a Grid Master, the entry must be Red Angus-sired or Red Angus-influenced cattle enrolled in the RAAA’s Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) and must achieve a specified level of carcass excellence. Both conventionally and naturally fed cattle are eligible.

 Conventionally fed Red Angus cattle must be marketed in lots of at least 30 head, reach a minimum of 85 percent Choice and Prime, not exceed 5 percent Yield Grade 4s and a mark a minimum Grid Score of 100.

 Naturally fed Red Angus cattle must also be marketed in lots of at least 30 head, achieve 90 percent Choice and Prime, not exceed 10 percent Yield Grade 4s and reach a minimum Grid Score of 100. Of the total head qualifying, 950 head were in an all-natural program.

 Firms receiving Grid Master honors include the following:

 Conventionally Fed Division

·      Anderson Land and Cattle, Oberlin, Kansas, home fed.

·      Kniebel Cattle Co., White City, Kansas, home fed.

·      Schuler-Olsen Ranches, Inc., Bridgeport, Nebraska, home fed.

·      Meyer Family Farms, Brunswick, Missouri, fed at Tiffany Cattle Co., Herington, Kansas.

·      Prairie Dog Creek Cattle, Dresden, Kansas, earned Grid Master honors on two loads, home fed.

 

Naturally Fed Division

 ·      John and Mary Ann McDowell, Greenfield, Missouri, qualified three loads of Grid Master calves, fed at Farleigh Feedyard at Scott City, Kansas.

·      Christensen Brothers, Weldona, Colorado, qualified three loads of Grid Masters, home fed.

·      Roberts L7 Ranch, LLC, Ingomar, Montana, earned Grid Master distinction on two loads of calves fed at Timmerman Feeding Co, Yuma, Colorado.

·      Otley Brothers, Inc., Diamond Oregon, fed at Beef Northwest/Lorenzen Ranch, Boardman, Oregon.

·      Rossi Ranches, Paulina, Oregon, fed at Beef Northwest/Lorenzen Ranch, Boardman, Oregon.

·      Harris Ranch, Drewsey, Oregon, and fed at Lorenzen Ranch, Madras, Oregon.

·      Spreutels Red Angus, Koshkonong, Missouri, home fed.

For those who would like additional information on the Grid Master Award program, or learn about the Red Angus-specific marketing grids and the FCCP program, please contact Harold Bertz at harold@redangus.org or call (816) 661-2289.

 

 

Farm Progress America - September 20 2016