Monday, August 29, 2011


Thursday, September 8th - Bids Close at 6:00 PM
* Located only 35 Minutes From Nebraska State Fair *
Kearney, Nebraska

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Drought, high demand makes hay hard to find

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A scorching drought in the southern Plains has caused hay prices to soar, benefiting farmers to the north but forcing many ranchers to make a difficult choice between paying high prices or selling their cattle.

Ranchers in much of Texas, Oklahoma and even Kansas are having to pay inflated prices for hay and then shell out even more to have it trucked hundreds of miles from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska or South Dakota. Their only other options are to reduce the size of their herds or move cattle to rented pastures in another state.


Friday, August 26, 2011


SEPTEMBER 3rd & 4th | At the Farm, LaCygne, KS
Heifer Show, Showmansip Clinic & Female Auction

Females that get you more bang for your buck!
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Kurt or Paula Schwarz
660-424-3422 or 913-529-9599

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wisconsin State Fair - Grand Champion Steer Drive on MLC TV

Wisconsin State Fair - Grand Champion Steer Drive on MLC TV Sponsored by Carrousel Farms


by: Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications

Mississippi State --
Mississippi could join Texas, Oklahoma and other southeastern states in widespread shortages of hay and forages if dry conditions continue.
Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing systems specialist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said Mississippi cattle producers are seeing about 50 percent losses of pasture and hay production.
“The southwestern part of the state is very dry. Spotty showers have provided some relief, but much more rain is needed statewide,” Lemus said.
Drought conditions can cause more challenges than just shortages in grass and hay.
“Plants accumulate more nitrogen when drought-stressed, and that can cause nitrate poisoning in cattle,” he said. “If producers are spraying pastures during droughts, herbicides will not be as effective, since most them need moisture to move into the root systems. Extending the grazing restriction might be a good idea if herbicides have been applied during the drought conditions. Also, some weeds could be more toxic during stressed conditions.”
Lemus said when rains help green up pastures, producers should delay returning cattle to allow time for the grass to recover.
Bruce Roberts runs a cow/calf operation in Pearl River County. He said the early summer drought hurt water supplies in ponds before impacting grass.
Eventually, his pastures became too short, too.
“It was really ugly by the end of June, but it's looking much better now. I had to feed some ryegrass hay around the first of July before we got a good rain that got the grass growing again. The cattle are in good shape because of the mineral program they have been on,” Roberts said.
Still, Roberts predicts a “mad rush” to get hay for this winter.
“I had put up 600 bales early in the summer, then had to feed 90 of them. We will need a total of 1,100 to get us through the winter,” he said.
Jane Parish, Extension beef cattle specialist, said producers are experiencing high feed prices at a time when grass is in short supply. Many producers are lowering their stocking rates to compensate for grass and hay shortages.
Another strategy is to wean sooner than normal to give cattle time to recondition before the next pregnancy.
“Fortunately, cattle prices are still relatively good. A lot of the heifers that would normally be held for replacements are going to feedlots instead,” she said. “The long-term forecast looks good for prices if producers can hold out. The national herd is small, so prices could become even stronger.”
Flooding along the Mississippi River caused problems for a handful of cattle producers this year.
“If ponds were flooded by the river, producers have to worry about possible chemical contamination,” Parish said. “Old batteries, arsenic and lead are some potential problems as well as a lot of bacteria that grow in wet conditions. We worry about some cattle diseases transferring through contaminated water even during normal conditions.”
Parish said most Mississippi cattle producers are in much better shape than those in Texas and Oklahoma.

Friday, August 19, 2011


(TOPEKA) – Erbes Farms will host the final 2011 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day August 29. The farming and feeder cattle operation, located south of La Crosse in central Rush County, is owned and operated by Lawrence Erbes. Erbes purchases calves in the fall and winter through local auction markets and backgrounds the cattle at his farm’s headquarters. The cattle then are finished at a commercial feedyard in Western Kansas before being marketed through U.S. Premium Beef.
CattleFax Analyst Lance Zimmerman will start the event with a presentation on the trends and implications of higher market prices. Agriculture, and specifically the beef industry, is facing challenges with a new price structure for cattle, grazing land, hay, corn and other inputs. Zimmerman will discuss potential opportunities this scenario may present and provide an outlook for supplies, price trends and profit opportunities.
As production costs continue to increase, producers need strategies to cut costs and become more efficient. K-State Cow-Calf Specialist Robert Weaber will share information on the implications of cow size, lactation and other production factors for gaining efficiencies.
Another educational session will focus on using grain by-products in a cow-calf or stocker program. Wet distillers’ grains and other by-products may reduce costs for supplementing a cowherd or feeding young cattle in a backgrounding program, but storing and handling these feedstuffs presents challenges for farmers and ranchers. K-State Beef Systems Specialist Justin Waggoner will highlight new research indicating grass-based or small confinement operations may be able to take advantage of lower summer prices for wet distillers’ grains by storing it until feed is needed during the winter months.
Garden City cattleman Sam Hands and his family own and operate a commercial cowherd and custom feeding business. He will discuss how performance data is used when selecting genetics for his cowherd. In addition, Hands will explain how selecting for an efficient and profitable beef cow may also impact the feeding performance and carcass value of offspring.
The La Crosse field day will begin with registration at 3:30 p.m. and conclude with a free beef dinner at 7:00 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend.
Erbes Farms is located one-half mile south of the La Crosse city limits on the east side of Highway 183. Directional signs will be posted.
La Crosse also is home to the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, Post Rock Museum, Nekoma Bank Museum and Rush County Historical Museum. These four attractions are contiguous and located off Highway 183 on the south side of La Crosse. Field day attendees are encouraged to visit these museums prior to the event.
Bayer Animal Health and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas are sponsoring the field day. For more information, go to or call the KLA office at (785) 273-5115.
          KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of independent beef producers at the state and national levels. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011


All new online bidding format for 2011! Easy as 1-2-3! Register to bid, view the calves
in person at Club Calf Paradise or online by video, and bid any time.
Photos and Videos coming later this week!
Crawford County Iowa is Club Calf Paradise!

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Juli & Brad Nelson • 712-269-6275 • Denison, Iowa

2011 Iowa State Fair Market Steer Results

Thank you Matt Lautner TV for the results
Please visit for complete video coverage of the Iowa State Fair
Grand Champion Market Steer - Champion Division II Steer
Shown by Madisyn Jorgensen
Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer - Reserve Division II Steer
Shown by Gracie Russell

3rd Overall Market Steer - Champion Charolais
Shown by Brooke Kuesel
4th Overall Market Steer - Champion Division I Steer
Shown by Bailey Core

5th Overall Market Steer - Champion Maine-Anjou Steer
Shown by Gracie Russell

Iowa State Fair Champion Market Steer Video from Matt Lautner Cattle TV

Seminar Assists Producers With Drought Management

Sept. 1 drought seminar will help farmers and ranchers effectively manage their resources through the ongoing drought.
Noble Foundation releas

Five Oklahoma and Texas organizations will collaborate on an event to help farmers and ranchers effectively manage their resources through the ongoing drought.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Fannin County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Fannin County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Fannin County and Grayson County AgriLife Extension Service and Bois d’ Arc Cowboy Church will host the Agricultural Management During Drought Seminar from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Bois d’ Arc Cowboy Church, located at 3375 South Highway 121, Bonham, Texas.

“This drought is shaping up to be a once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager. “We want our producers to have quality information on as many topics as possible so they can make informed decisions and successfully make it through this drought.”

The seminar will begin with a free lunch (provided by Fannin County SWCD), followed by presentations by the Fannin County NRCS district conservationist and Noble Foundation agricultural consultants.

  • Dan Childs, Noble Foundation economic consultant, will review the tax consequences of livestock sales during drought.
  • Chuck Coffey, Noble Foundation pasture and range consultant, will discuss fall management options for stressed pastures, specifically looking at the current drought cycle, reserve herd days, over-seeding and pasture recovery.
  • Randy Moore, NRCS district conservationist, will review the potential of renovating ponds during this drought period.
  • Steven Smith, Noble Foundation wildlife and fisheries consultant, will discuss how drought will affect wildlife food supply, especially the impact on white-tailed deer.
  • Job Springer, Noble Foundation economic consultant, will preview the upcoming market outlook, including a look at producers’ inevitable decision to either winter cows or sell their herd, as well as the potential for repurchasing cattle in the spring.
  • Clay Wright, Noble Foundation livestock consultant, will describe drought management steps for cow-calf producers, including tips for culling, feeding alternatives and maintaining body condition scores and water considerations.
The Agricultural Management During Drought Seminar, is offered at no cost, but advanced registration is requested. To register, please call Fannin County Natural Resources Conservation Service at 903.583.9513 ext. 3.

Consider Pregnancy Checking Cattle Early

Culling nonpregnant cows before winter feeding can result in significant savings
NDSU Ag Communications

Although winter feed costs represent 60 to 70 percent of the expense of maintaining a beef cow, less than 20 percent of U.S. beef producers perform a pregnancy check in their herds.
“Producers can realize significant savings by identifying and culling nonpregnant females prior to winter feeding,” says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
Historical cull-cow markets reach a low point in November, which coincides with the time most producers would wean calves and pregnancy check cows. Based on the average cull-cow market price for 2005 to 2010, the price difference between selling in August or November is roughly $8 per hundredweight, which equates to a difference of $108 when selling a 1,350-pound cow.
“Producers who are able to perform pregnancy exams and subsequently cull open cows during the next several months may realize substantial financial benefits, compared with marketing cull cows in November,” Dahlen says.

However, not all producers have breeding seasons, facilities and the labor force to do pregnancy exams during the late summer. Herds with defined breeding seasons are best suited to take advantage of early pregnancy exams, according to Dahlen.
If bulls are run continuously with a cow herd or are being pulled from the pasture the same day as the pregnancy exam, producers have no way to determine the cows’ true pregnancy status. Cows that become pregnant early in the breeding season will be identified easily in these instances, whereas cows that appear to be “open” actually may have been bred recently. These recently bred cows may be carrying an early pregnancy that is too young to feel via rectal palpation or visualize with ultrasound.

When to pregnancy check
To accurately and efficiently conduct pregnancy exams on large groups of cows, the exams should be performed from 26 to 30 days after the last possible breeding if using ultrasound for pregnancy diagnosis. If using rectal palpation, pregnancy exams should be conducted 35 to 40 days after the cows are bred.
For example, herds calving in mid to late January would have a bull turnout or artificial insemination date around April 15. If the producer is using a 45-day breeding season, this herd would be ready to pregnancy check with ultrasound around June 29 and with palpation per rectum on July 9. However, a herd that calves toward the end of April (July turnout) and has an 85-day breeding season will not be ready to pregnancy check until the first or second week in November.
Thus, producers with herds that calve in January through March or even late April and have a short breeding season can take advantage of early pregnancy checking to market cull cows prior to the historic market downturn of November.
“Following these guidelines, with proficient expertise, pregnancy detection should be very close to 100 percent accurate,” Dahlen says. “All cows that are nonpregnant should be identified at the time of the exam.”
However, a small portion of cows determined to be pregnant during an early pregnancy exam will have fetal loss naturally prior to calving (the majority of this loss occurs by 60 days post-breeding). This fetal loss occurs whether or not producers choose to perform early pregnancy checking.
Dahlen also has this advice:
  • In herds with thin cows, limited pasture or limited forage, removing open cows early may allow the remaining pregnant cows more access to feed resources.
  • Sufficient labor to gather and work cattle and good handling facilities make pregnancy determination less stressful on both the cattle and the people working them.
  • As with all activity involving cattle during summer months, be mindful of weather conditions and avoid working cattle in extreme heat.
“Some producers can take advantage of market conditions to capitalize on the benefits of early pregnancy detection,” he says. “Others, however, will have to decide whether to pregnancy check in November or wait until spring to market open cows.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Don't Miss Live State Fair Coverage

August 16 & 17 - Iowa State Fair Coverage
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Club Calves For Sale from Shaver Cattle Co.

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SETH - 785-819-3414 or RICK - 785-452-0507

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ohio fair's champion livestock sale sets 6 records

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Organizers say the auction of champion livestock and exhibits on the Ohio State Fair's final day raised a new high of $236,000 for the fair's youth program and set records in six categories.
The list for Sunday's Sale of Champions at the fair included chickens, lambs and beef, as well as a block of Swiss cheese that represented six dairy champions. It was sold to Kroger Co. for $15,500.
That was among six all-time high prices set Sunday. The grand champion market beef went for $85,000, and the reserve beef champion sold for $40,000. The sale also set new record prices for the grand champions among meat chickens, market goats and market turkeys.
The market goat, turkey and dairy categories were new additions.

New Junior Hereford Board Members, Officers Elected

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The election of four new junior Hereford members to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors was made, along with announcement of the new officer team at the 12th annual VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July 15 in Kansas City, Mo.

The officer team for 2011-2012 is chairman – Matt Woolfolk, Columbia, Tenn.; vice chairman – Austin Buzanowski, Pompeys Pillar, Mont.; communications chair – Jaime Hanson, Comfrey, Minn.; membership chair – Kevin Ernst, Windsor, Colo.; leadership chair – Tamar Adcock, Assumption, Ill.; and fundraising chair – Mallorie Phelps, Grandview, Texas. Also serving on the board are directors Hunter Grayson, Watkinsville, Ga., and Andrew Albin, Newman Ill.

Krissi McCurdy, Chatsworth, Ga.; Shelby Rogers, Hamilton, Texas; Keysto Stotz, Skiatook, Okla.; and Courtney Tribble, Puyallup, Wa., received their maroon jackets as new NJHA directors during the awards ceremony July 15. Two delegates from each state junior Hereford association voted for the individuals they wanted to represent the membership. The four retiring junior board members announced the results and passed their jackets onto the new leadership.

Krissi McCurdy is the 18-year-old daughter of Donald and Kay McCurdy, Chatsworth, Ga. This fall she will be a freshman at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, Kan., majoring in education and will be a member of the livestock judging team. She was very active in her high school FFA chapter and local 4-H club. Additionally, McCurdy was her graduating class salutatorian. In the Georgia Junior Hereford Association, McCurdy is currently the president and has served as the secretary. She has been a NJHA member for 15 years and has participated in 11 JNHEs. She was a voting delegate for two years and was named outstanding state junior in 2010.

Shelby Rogers is the 17-year-old daughter of Keith and Cindy Rogers, Hamilton, Texas. This fall she will be a senior at Hamilton High School and plans to pursue a career in agriculture journalism. Rogers has been a member of the Texas Junior Polled Hereford Association for 11 years where she is currently the president and has served as first vice president, second vice president and director. She has attended 10 JNHEs and six Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Conventions. Aside from being competitive in the showring, Rogers is the owner of 55 registered Hereford cows and two Dams of Distinction.

Keysto Stotz is the 18-year-old son of Max and Karen Stotz, Skiatook, Okla. This fall Stotz will be a freshman at the University of Tulsa majoring in music and pre-law. He is very active in his church and with the Tulsa Youth Symphony. Additionally, Stotz served as the vice president and treasurer of his FFA chapter and the president, vice president and secretary of his 4-H club. In the Junior Hereford Association of Oklahoma, he is currently serving as president and has been a member for 10 years. In addition to being competitive in the showring, Stotz has participated in numerous JNHE contests, was a prospect award winner and has attended three PRIDE conventions.

Courtney Tribble, Puyallup, Wash., is the 20-year-old daughter of Rick Tribble and Denise Jagielo. Tribble is a junior at Pierce College, Puyallup, Wash., majoring in agricultural business management. She has been very active in her 4-H club where she served as president, treasurer and was a Northwest Junior Livestock Show 4-H representative for two years. She also volunteers for her church and local food bank. During her 13 years in the Washington State Junior Hereford Association, Tribble has served as the president, treasurer, historian and director. Some of her accomplishments in the showring include several division champions in Denver and Reno.

The 2011 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Red Event Catalog Now Online

The Red Event catalog is now online. Check out the outstanding set of females that is being offered for sale on September 4th in LaCygne, KS. JK Cattle Company, Three Fires Cattle and Brylor Ranch have put together a tremendous set of Red Angus Females for sale. If you are looking for a Red Angus Female for a Show Heifer, Donor, or Foundation Female this is the sale to be at.
To request a print catalog please contact
JK Cattle - Kurt or Paula Schwarz at 660-424-3422 or 913-757-2162.
Or Huncovsky Marketing at 785.259.4122.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Entries Due Today for the Belleville Nationals!

Don't Forget - Entries for the Belleville Nationals at the NCK Free Fair are due today!
$1500 in Cash to the Champions of the Open Class Show.


“As uncomfortable as we are during the heat of the day, it is important to remember cattle generally do not handle heat as well as humans,” according to Rick Machen, professor and Texas AgriLife Extension specialist. Heat stress is a function of temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and solar radiation.

The core body temperature of cattle does not peak until two hours after the peak in ambient temperature, which often comes at 5 p.m. or later. Cattle need at least six hours to dissipate the heat accumulated during the day. Consequently, nighttime cooling is essential for managing heat stress. Warm humid nights with no breeze following a +100° days pose a real challenge for cattle.


Blue-Green Algae Becomes Deadly as Temperatures Rise

This year it's beginning to seem as though there's a bovine grim reaper around every pasture gate. There are worries over high nitrate levels in dryland corn, heat stress in feedlots, a lack of forages, and now the infamous blue-green algae.

To safeguard cattle, or any other livestock, from the extreme danger posed by algal blooms this year, water them from well maintained, on-farm vessels. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
In many parts of the country algae blooms are fairly common, often occurring as the weather changes. With this year's extreme conditions, the phenomenon is spreading to parts of the country where cattlemen aren't as familiar with the deadly toxins these organisms can produce. The danger grows as the weather changes back to more moderate norms.


Monday, August 1, 2011


2010 John Deere 568 Baler - Purchased New By Us
Only 1610 Bales Through The Machine - Net Wrap or Twine - Small Tires
Extra Sharp Baler In Great Condition
Asking $30,000 - or Trade for Wheat, Corn or Cattle
2004 John Deere Hydra Swing Mower/Conditioner
In Great Condition - Asking $12,000 - or Trade for Wheat, Corn or Cattle
Like New • Well Maintained

Call for details!

Voboril Land & Cattle - Overland Park, KS
Kenny Voboril - 913.664.8171 or 913.239.9491
Luke Kierscht - 913.972.0389 - Ranch Manage


Many donor type females are in this set of Maine and Sim influenced major club calf producers, ages two years and up. They are priced to sell with a rare chance to obtain a great set of producers in volume.

These powerful cows could be held over and easily moved into a spring program. Included in this set are several marketable and important donor type females. There is a wealth of maternal value in these cows. They would make powerful steer producers or a solid foundation for any operation. Sound, good uddered and functional!
They sell with A.I. service to Heat Wave, Troubadour, Wide Open, Chopper, Black Label (Irish Whiskey), Grizzly and BK Unlimited Power. This set of cows has generated many tops sellers. Every fall cow will sell from this operation. Nothing is held back in an effort to become all spring-calving herd.
Calving on this set of cows begins in late August.

The cattle are easy to look at and are located just off of I-80 in the SE corner of Wyoming.
DUELLO CATTLE CO. - Dr. Dave Duello
1526 State Hwy 215 - Pine Bluffs, Wyoming 82082
307-220-3645 Cell | Text - EMAIL - Mike Shelit 307-640-4590

K-State economists discuss beef demand

K-State economists discuss beef demand