Thursday, June 30, 2011

North American Jr. Red Angus Show Results

North American Junior Red Angus Show
June22-25, 2011 - Stillwater, OK
Tracy Tomascik, Amarillo, TX judged the Futurity Show and Showmanship
Ernie Wallace, Stotts City, Mo, judged the Steer, Bred and Owned Bull and Female Show and the Owned Female Show. There were 170 entries by 55 exhibitors.

Champion Futurity Female, Cody Cornell, IN
Res Champion Futurity Female, Hunter Lanier, KS
Champion Steer, Cooper Kabela, IA
Res Champion Steer Ty Montgomery, KS
Champion Bred and Owned Bull, Samantha McGuire, KS
Res Champion Bred and Owned Bull, Wesley Walker, TX
Champion Bred and Owned and Owned Female, Calli Bayer, WI
Res Champion Bred and Owned, Tim Johnson, IA
Res Champion Owned Female, John Nelson, OK

Novice Showmanship:
Champion Carter Batterson, IA
Res Champion Chloe Tolar, TX

Junior Showmanship:
Champion Cody Cornell, IN
Res Champion, Wesley Walker, TX

Intermediate Showman:
Champion Calli Bayer, WI
Res Champion Jake Tonsgaard, TX

Senior Showman:
Champion Ty Bayer, WI
Res Champion Zach Greiman, IA


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

National Western Stock Show picks Aurora for proposed relocation

From the Denver Post
The National Western Stock Show has selected a site in the city of Aurora for the proposed relocation of the stock show complex.
The decision is a reversal from the stock show's previous plan, which was to move the complex to a site within the city of Denver near Denver International Airport.
Stock show representatives said they will partner with a proposed $824 million Gaylord Entertainment hotel and conference center in seeking up to $300 million in subsidies and tax credits from Aurora and Colorado.


Historic Drought Causes $3 Billion Loss In Texas

(CBS News) 
CRAWFORD, Texas - It looks like harvest time in Texas, but for fourth-generation farmer Bert Gohlke it's actually a financial disaster.
"It hurts, it hurts bad, it hurts real bad," Gohlke tells CBS News correspondent Don Teague.
This could have been a great year for Gohlke - corn prices are near record highs. But instead of harvesting his 1,500 acres of corn, Gohlke is chopping it up into a feed called silage - the only salvageable use for a crop destroyed by drought.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Show Results - Maine Anjou Junior Nationals

Maine - Anjou She's A Lady Futurity
Grand Champion Maine-Anjou - John Heaton, IL
Reserve Grand Champion Maine-Anjou -  Sam Grauer , OH

Grand Champion Maintainer  - Mason Walker, AR
Res. Grand Champion Maintainer - Bailey Core, IA

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Quality Counts Requirements For Texas Major Shows

Starting in 2012, Quality Counts verification will be required for all youth exhibiting livestock (market and/or breeding) at major livestock shows in Texas (including the Ft. Worth Livestock Show, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Star of Texas Fair in Austin, San Angelo Livestock Show, Sandhills Stock Show in Odessa, State Fair of Texas in Dallas, and Heart O' Texas Fair in Waco). The verification process will require junior exhibitors to pass an online test that measures their knowledge on quality assurance and character education content items.

The Quality Counts Program has now been in existence statewide for six years. Over this time it has reached an average of 30,000 youth per year through the 4-H and FFA Programs. The program outcomes clearly demonstrate youth being more knowledgeable of best management practices associated with livestock projects. More importantly, the program's impact has demonstrated positive changes in personal character attributes as well as adoption of livestock best management practices.

Starting in May, youth are able to go online to take the test and become verified. A verification number will need to be provided at the time of making an official entry into a Texas major livestock show. Thus, youth will need to have completed and passed the test before the major livestock show's entry deadline. A passing score has been determined to be 80%.

Youth educators and the major livestock shows in Texas believe strongly in Quality Counts. Collectively, they are confident that this significant step of requiring youth to be "Quality Counts Verified," starting in 2012, will strengthen and enhance the youth livestock program in Texas.

For more information, please contact your County Extension Agent or Agriculture Science Teacher. To learn more about Quality Counts including the verification process, please visit:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Baby Huncovsky is here!

The newest member of has been hired.
Baby Huncovsky is here!
Cannon Lee Huncovsky born June 22 at 5:39 pm
6 lbs 10 oz - 19 inches
and one proud big sister!


Mushrush Red Angus of Strong City, Kan., was named the 2011 Seedstock Producer of the Year at the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) research symposium and annual meeting held in Bozeman, Mont., June 1-4.

Mushrush Red Angus is a family-owned and managed operation that was started in the early 1950s by Robert and Oma Lou Mushrush who ran their commercial cow-calf herd in the heart of the Kansas Flint Hills. The Mushrush family manages 8,000 acres of native tallgrass prairie.

Son Joe and his wife Connie joined in 1980 and began adding registered Red Angus cows to the operation as well as stocker cattle. In 1990, they added a feedlot giving them involvement in all segments of the cattle industry and a unique perspective into their commercial customers' needs.

Most recently, Joe and Connie's son, Daniel, and his wife Christine, joined the family ranch. Joe and Connie's other children, Casey, Cole, Laura, Chris and Maddy are also involved in the ranch or in another aspect of agriculture. Granddaughter Sadie is the fourth generation.

Their diversified cattle operation utilizes Red Angus genetics in each aspect. They run 500 registered Red Angus cows, calving half in the spring and the other half in the fall. They market approximately 150 bulls each year in their production sale and through private treaty sales. Their target customers are commercial producers.

Mushrushes purchase 400 to 500 head of commercial heifers each year from their commercial customers to develop, breed and resell as bred females.

They purchase Mushrush-sired steers from their customers to stock their 1,000-head feedlot as well as bulls and females that do not meet their breeding quality requirements. They also graze some cattle as stockers on pasture until they are ready to enter the feedlot.

Mushrushes enroll their feeder cattle in Red Angus' Yellow Tag Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) and encourage their customers to do the same. The FCCP qualifies the cattle for increased grid values. They market all their feedlot cattle at U.S. Premium Beef and collect full carcass data.

Joe Mushrush is the current president of the Red Angus Association of America and the family holds active memberships in the Kansas Red Angus Association and Kansas Junior Red Angus Association. They have also received the prestigious Red Angus GridMaster award for breeding and owning cattle that meet and exceed strict carcass quality specifications.

Mushrush Red Angus was nominated by the Kansas Livestock Association.

Ideal Of The Cowboy Lives On In Kansas

Ideal Of The Cowboy Lives On In Kansas
The Wichita Eagle; By Beccy Tanner
Perhaps, after nearly a century and a half, the Old West has become a state of mind.

Sure, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado all have their mountains.

Texas has its big cities and big-name ranches.

But, Kansas gave the Old West everything iconic that westerners hold dear:

The boot. The hat. The cowgirl.

The Marlboro Man, Matt Dillon, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill.

Billy the Kid. Lee jeans. Sheplers. And songs. 

But, while the evolution of the West began from Kansas, it seldom draws the recognition of other states.

To read the entire article, link here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Meet the 2.6 Million Dollar Man

Meet the 2.6 Million Dollar Man
(Do your research folks . . . )

Many of you, after looking at the evidence, agree with us that there’s a lot of room for improvement at the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS shares shockingly little of its donors’ money with pet shelters. It’s really more concerned with its own animal rights agenda.
HSUS doesn’t have many defenses for these facts. Instead of engaging in open discussion, they just attack their critics. HSUS calls critics defenders of animal abuse. And a favorite tactic of CEO Wayne Pacelle is to act as if opponents are just hacks of “industry”—essentially implying they’re only motivated by money. (The word “industry” turns up 466 times on Pacelle’s blog.)


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Taylor Glover Dressed to kill on Fathers Day!

Taylor Glover, daughter of Dustin Glover, is sportin her pink MCF hat this Fathers Day. Go ahead and try to get it, she will fight you for it if you try to taker it from her!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Texas Wildfires: 'Pray For Rain'

Texas Wildfires: 'Pray For Rain'
By Burt Rutherford, BEEF Senior Editor

The stories coming out of the charred remains of Texas’ massive wildfires are heart rendering – homes destroyed, lives turned upside down, livestock lost and injured. And it appears no relief is in sight.

The situation in parts of West Texas have become so severe that officials in Tom Green County, with San Angelo as its county seat, have asked constituents to seek divine help by issuing a proclamation this week encouraging people to pray for rain. “We certainly need it,” says County Judge Mike Brown. 


North American Jr. Red Angus Show - June 22-25 • Stillwater, OK

North American Jr. Red Angus Show

June 22-25 • Paye Co. Expo Center • Stillwater, OK
Entries Due May 15th, 2011
Visit our web site for entry forms and information
Join the North American Junior Red Angus Show on Facebook
Contact: Cheryl Johnson 712.490.2956 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Alfalfa In Need Of Nutrients

Sulfur and potassium deficiencies could lower alfalfa yields

Alfalfa growers seeing light-green, stunted and spindly patches – or entire anemic-looking alfalfa fields – may want to apply sulfur this spring.
It could increase yields by up to 1 ton per acre per cutting, according to Iowa State University (ISU) research.
Or it may not, says Carrie Laboski, the University of Wisconsin soil scientist who recently analyzed alfalfa plant samples from around her state.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ethanol Byproduct Feeding Program Cuts Input Costs

By Burt Rutherford, BEEF Senior Editor  
With corn prices high and getting higher, feedyard managers are looking to feed cattle to an acceptable quality end point the most efficient way possible. According to Dan Shike, University of Illinois animal scientist, initiating marbling early with corn, then finishing on co-products, may be something to consider.

Red Angus association announces new communications director

Jennifer Noble of Mitchell, Neb., joined the Red Angus Association of America team in June as communications director. She will work closely with Red Angus affiliates, individual members and Red Angus marketing programs.

"We are excited to have Jennifer join the Red Angus team," said RAAA CEO Greg Comstock. "She brings over a decade of experience marketing genetics to the commercial beef industry, which provides great insights as our members and affiliate association ramp up their own commercial marketing efforts."

Noble’s initial charge will be is to strengthen the relationships between Red Angus state affiliates and the national office. She will assist affiliates in setting up Red Angus feeder calf sales, educate members on growing their state associations and help them utilize co-op advertising opportunities and national staff resources.

In order to accomplish these goals, Noble will attend tours, state association meetings and other relative events to strengthen affiliate programs, increase exposure of the Red Angus breed and educate producers about genetic and marketing opportunities available through RAAA.

Noble grew up on her parents’ seedstock operation, Altenburg Simmental and Super Baldies, in Fort Collins, Colo., raising purebred Simmental and SimAngus that included Red Angus-influenced cattle. She attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo. She was a member of both the junior and senior livestock judging teams.

The past 11 years, Noble was a representative for ABS Global and a partner in an artificial insemination and herd-management business.

“My background in the seedstock industry combined with my exposure to the commercial sector through my A.I. business has given me a great desire to see the commercial producer thrive,” said Noble. “The core policies of RAAA also represent what I believe in, so this is an easy fit for me.”
Red Angus Association of America
RAAA’s core policies discourage artificial practices in purebred cattle production. The members instead place their faith in objective tests to identify scientifically proven factors of economic importance and heritability for more efficient beef production. RAAA also has a long-standing policy to support planned crossbreeding and the use of heterosis, all the while providing the best service to commercial Red Angus producers.

Noble has two daughters, Laramie (13) and Terye Paige (10), and in her free time is a professional barrel racer.

“I really enjoy good livestock,” said Noble, “whether it’s good cattle or good horses.”

She may be contacted at (970) 270-4019 or via e-mail at

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Monday, June 13, 2011

K-State Beef Conference Planned for Aug. 16 in Manhattan

The 2011 K-State Beef Conference is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 16, with a full lineup of speakers who will address "Managing in a Transitioning Industry."
"The beef industry has encountered so many changes recently," said Larry Hollis, veterinarian with K-State Research and Extension. "Volatile beef and cattle prices, new research findings, and high fuel and other input costs mean producers are always looking for ways to keep up with the most recent information, so they can run their businesses as efficiently as possible. Our goal with the K-State Beef Conference is to address the most relevant topics every year."
The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. and includes both refreshments and lunch. If unable to travel to Manhattan, beef producers and others interested in participating can attend via webcasts, hosted by Butler County Community College, Pratt County Fairgrounds and the Wakeeney Public Library.
On K-State's Manhattan campus, this year's conference will be in a different location than in years past — 123 Weber Hall.
Presentation topics and presenters at the conference will include:
The New Reality: Volatility Factors and the Cattle Cycle — K-State ag economist Glynn Tonsor;
Ranch Management in Volatile Times — Justin Waggoner, K-State animal scientist;
Does High Input Always Mean High Output? — Bob Weaber, K-State animal scientist;
Adapting to Change at the Ranch Level — Virgil Huseman, Ellsworth stockman;
Anthelmintic Resistance in Beef Cattle — Joe Dedrickson for Merial;
Implant strategies for forage-based programs — Chris Reinhardt, K-State animal scientist;
Sell Cows, Build Herds, or Get Out? — Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State ag economist; and
Emerging Social Ethics for Animals and the Beef Industry — Bernie Rollin, Colorado State University.
Sponsors for the 2011 K-State Beef Conference are animal health company Merial, as well as K-State Research and Extension.
The fee to attend is $60 per person or $100 for two or more from the same operation. More information, including how to register for the webcasts or for in-person attendance, is available on the web or by phone (785-532-1280).
— Release by K-State.

Use Caution if Feeding Wheat Hay to Livestock

Use Caution if Feeding Wheat Hay to Livestock
With wheat fields struggling amid drought conditions through parts of the High Plains, some producers may be considering cutting and baling their crops for hay. If so, a Kansas State University (K-State) veterinarian says, "the sooner, the better."
"The beards (awns) on bearded wheat can cause oral problems in cattle if the heads are fully developed and mature," said Larry Hollis, veterinarian with K-State Research and Extension.
A lot will depend on how hungry the cattle are when fed the hay, Hollis said. If other feed is available, they likely will pick around the heads to avoid being injured inside the mouth by the beards.
"But, if wheat hay is the primary diet component, producers will probably see some cows that don't look full, because their mouths have become too sore for them to continue eating readily, even though adequate hay is available. It's also possible cows will salivate or have swollen tongues or faces," he said.
If signs such as salivating are present, the inside of the cow's mouth should be checked for beards that may need to be removed. A shot of long-acting antibiotic may also be needed to help control secondary infection.
One additional approach to help prevent problems, he said, would be to grind the wheat hay in order to break up the beards before feeding.
— Release by K-State.

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Friday, June 10, 2011



Bids Close June 12th • 6:00 pm
View Sale Offering and More Information at
Check the blog for updated bids VIEW BLOG HERE
Or Contact By Phone
Raymond Gonnet 780-288-3255 or Kolby Heaven 780-778-1435

DUI - Cuba Kansas Style

During a routine patrol, a Republic County cop parked down the street from Two Doors Down.

After last call, the officer observed a man leaving the bar. The gentleman was so intoxicated that he could barely walk. He then stumbled around the street for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car, which he fell into.

He sat there for a few minutes and then threw a hook and line out the window and seemed to be trying to catch a fish. A number of other patrons paid no attention to  this crazy drunk as they left the bar and drove off.

Finally the drunk started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine, dry Kansas summer night) flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn, and switched on the headlights.

He then pulled in the hook and line and moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the  other patron vehicles left. At last, the Main Street was empty; he pulled out of the parking spot and started to drive slowly down the road.

The officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, and promptly pulled the man over. He performed a breathalyzer test on the gentleman who cooperated fully, and to his amazement the breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed any  alcohol at all! 

Dumbfounded, the officer said, 'I'll have to ask you to accompany me to Belleville.
This breathalyzer equipment must be broken."
"I doubt it," said the truly proud Bohunk,
"Tonight I'm the designated decoy."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Heat Wave x Heat Wave Bull For Sale from Austin Cattle Co.

Heat Wave x Heat Wave bull - Cow Changer/Showsteer sire - 4 sale 

From Austin Cattle Company - Tony Austin

View Austin Cattle Web Site Here 

So often the very best ones do not surface or show themselves until the baby bloom or promotional pic period has since past. I would like to see this one standing next to some of the more popular yearling sires at stud. I bet he would be a barn favorite. For sale 1st come 1st serve. $10k


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Selling as a Package - RHS AUGUSTA PRIDE, Her Calf & Embryos

Along with her ET Heifer Calf by Bloodstone & 2 Embryos
Selling by Private Treaty - For More Information Please Contact
Jack Linstrom 785-806-4194 or Roy Shideler 913-757-3186

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Watch the live chat with Brad Hook tonight at 8

Watch the live chat with Brad Hook of BS Broadcasting tonight at 8:00 pm (CST) on FATSTEER.COM


Drovers CattleNetwork - Ordering bulls and baler parts from a cell phone? - Latest News - Editorial, Grain & Cattle Markets, Current Stories

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Heat Stress Alert For Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa

Most of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, along with Eastern Nebraska and most of Iowa are under either a “Danger” or “Emergency” category Heat Stress Alert for Monday and Tuesday this week.


Buck Cattle Company June Online Auction - Now Online

June 6-7th • Breeders' World Online Sales

Lot 1: Embryos, RSCC Roxbury 707L
Lot 2: Embryos, Star Fancy Maid 185R15
Lot 3: Embryos, GCC Miss Whiskey 57R




  With forecasters predicting above-normal temperatures, ranchers and feeders should take precautions to protect livestock from heat stress. Surveys have shown the most effective practices include providing adequate shade, spraying with water, careful monitoring and proper feeding and watering. Spraying cattle duplicates the cooling effect of evaporating sweat. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

FATSTEER.COM Pic of the Week - June 6th 2011

June 6th, 2011
Power & Balance from Lucky Strike Show Cattle
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Friday, June 3, 2011



Bids Close June 5th by 5:00 pm (MST) • Casper, WY
Selling 25 Head of Show Steer & Heifer Prospects
Calves Sired By Slick 50, Bo Jo, Eye Candy, Manchild, Chore Boy
Walks Alone, Hired Man, Alias, All Aboard

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Excellent Quality Power & Balance Semen is Ready to Ship

Monopoly x Nutt n Butt Business x Take Charge • BW: 90lbs • BD: 3/23/10
SEMEN $25 - Order Through SEK Genetics, Genex or Owners
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Owned by Jerrod Arthur, Tyler Atwood, Todd Caldwell & Mark Sneed
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cattle Trader Center - Packer margins improve, feedyard closeouts remain in red - Industry Headlines

Cattle Trader Center - Packer margins improve, feedyard closeouts remain in red - Industry Headlines

Champion Angus Steer 1941

News From The Road: Shike Cattle

News From The Road: Shike Cattle: "Sale Gross: $92,400"

Executive Sires: RARE AND VALUABLE semen available on The Great SUL...

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Cates Farms Sale Results

Cates Farms Online Sale Results

Gross $29,400 on 17 lots
$1,729.41 / lot Avg
$576.47 / egg Avg

News From The Road: Complete Golf Outing Info will be posted this afte...

News From The Road: Complete Golf Outing Info will be posted this afte...

This Saturday - Kris Black Cream of the Crop Sale

10th Annual
Kris Black's Cream of the Crop Sale
Saturday, June 4th at the Ranch • Crawford, OK

Selling 500 Head of Fall Bred Heifers, Fall Bred Cows & Donor Prospects
Spring Pairs with A.I. Calves, Herd Bull & A.I. Sire Prospect

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