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Wyoming Rancher Earns CAB Honors

Dry Fork Land and Cattle earns 2014 CAB® Commercial Commitment to Excellence honors.

As Dee Johnson got familiar with his surroundings, he may have wondered just what he had gotten himself into.

In 1991, the rancher bought nearly 40,000 acres after a foreclosure in northeastern Wyoming. The country was rugged and in great need of a caretaker.

“It wasn’t very damn glamorous, but I had a passion not to fail,” Johnson says. He brought 500 cows up from a family ranch in New Mexico. By day, he tended stock and learned the land. At night he’d return to the sheep-barn-turned-bunkhouse.

On Sept. 19, at its annual conference in Marco Island, Fla., the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand honored the couple’s Dry Fork Land and Cattle with the Commercial Commitment to Excellence Award for their perseverance in reaching lofty goals. Read more.

Casey Jentz

Casey Jentz

Association Perspective

Now is the time to update your genetics.

With the current state of the markets, now is the time to update the genetics of your herd. The cow-calf producer is in a very good position to capitalize on the value of feeder calves. With the current trends of feeder-cattle buyers being willing to pay a premium for calves that are out of a registered-Angus bull, being able to send your old bull to town and replace him with fresh genetics with more growth and carcass quality is economically in your best interest. Read more.

Early-bird dealine: Oct. 1Calling All Cattlemen
to Kansas City

The first-ever Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show appeals to everyone involved in producing quality beef.

No matter how you make your living in the cattle business, there’s a place for you at the 2014 Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show. The event, scheduled Nov. 4-6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo., is a meeting place for everyone with an interest in quality beef production.

The $25 early-bird registration fee, applicable until Oct. 1, grants access to Angus University, a comprehensive all-day educational event; and nationally known entertainers, including cowboy comedian Baxter Black, country legend John Michael Montgomery and an Eagles tribute band. Plus, all attendees will be given a chance to win a brand-new Yamaha Viking VI. Read more.

Beef Checkoff Announces Game Plan

Beef checkoff sets FY2015 plan of work.

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year (FY) 2015, if this week’s recommendation of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee is approved by USDA, following review by the full Beef Board.

In action concluding its Sept. 16-17 meeting in Denver, the Operating Committee — including 10 members of the Beef Board and 10 members of the Federation of State Beef Councils — approved checkoff funding for a total of 18 “Authorization Requests,” or proposals for checkoff funding, in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2014. The committee also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions. Read more.

Improving Immunity, Health & Well-Being
in Production Environments

Researcher looks at animal response variation and how to manage the differences.

Not all creatures respond in the same way to stress. It depends on the particular challenge. It depends on the environment. It depends on the type of animal involved, and it depends on the individual. According to USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Jeff Carroll, response variation exists between and within breeds of cattle, but also among animals of the same herd. Variation between animals can result in different impacts to individual health and productivity.

“We want to know more about the variations, why they occur and how to manage them,” said Carroll, in a presentation to the 4th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare hosted July 16-18 in Ames, Iowa. Read more.

What’s Inside …

In this September edition of the Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA, you'll find valuable articles devoted to the management, marketing, and health and nutrition of your beef enterprise. Select from the tabs at the top of the page to access this month's entire offering by category. A few select features include:

News Briefs …

The American Angus Association and its subsidiaries generate a wealth of information to keep members and affiliates informed of what's happening within the industry as well as with the programs and services they offer. Click here for easy access to the newsrooms of the American Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Journal Daily archive recently made available in the API Virtual Library.

Working Together for Safety in Agriculture

Farm Safety WeekA secure, healthy food supply is everyone’s business, and so is the safety of farmers and farm workers.

The U.S.-based International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) urges consumers and everyone involved in agriculture to recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 21-27) and promote awareness of safety solutions year round.

“This year’s safety week theme, ‘Safety counts: Protecting what matters,’ is best served by all of us working together to build a safer and healthier agricultural workplace,” said ISASH President Risto Rautiainen, director, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, University of Nebraska–Omaha. Read more.

Your Health


Health Outreach

Preventive screening saves lives at Wisconsin Farm Tech Days.

Two significant threats to the farm population’s well-being — skin cancer and tractor rollovers — were addressed by the National Farm Medicine Center during its largest outreach event of the year Aug. 12-14 at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

An estimated 12 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, were detected among 607 people screened, and 70 individuals enrolled in the Wisconsin Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Rebate Program.

Twenty-four physicians, allied providers and staff from the Marshfield Clinic Dermatology Department, along with 10 Farm Center scientists and staff, volunteered for the three-day event near Stevens Point. Read more.


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