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News Update

August 2, 2016

Applied Reproductive Strategies
in Beef Cattle

The early registration and hotel reservation deadline for the 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Workshop to be hosted Sept. 7-8 in Des Moines, Iowa, is quickly approaching.

After Aug. 8, professional and student registration fees will increase to $250 and $150 respectively, and the guaranteed room block with the Embassy Suites will no longer be honored. Online registration and a link to print a form for mailing are on the conference website. Telephone registration is not accepted, and registration is not complete without payment.

Visit for more information and coverage from the Angus Media team throughout the event. Host site organizer Iowa State University cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said the workshop is a must-attend event for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, students and extension personnel.

For more information, view the Iowa Beef Center release online.

USDA Announces Reopening of Brazilian Market

The USDA has reached agreement with Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply to allow access for U.S. beef and beef products to the Brazilian market for the first time since 2003. Brazil’s action reflects the United States’ negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and aligns Brazil’s regulations to the OIE’s scientific international animal health guidelines.

“After many years of diligently working to regain access to the Brazilian market, the United States welcomes the news that Brazil has removed all barriers to U.S. beef and beef product exports,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We are pleased that Brazil, a major agricultural producing and trading country, has aligned with science-based international standards, and we encourage other nations to do the same. Since last year alone, USDA has eliminated BSE-related restrictions in 16 countries, regaining market access for U.S. beef and pumping hundreds-of-millions of dollars into the American economy.”

For more information, view the USDA release online.

Beef’s ‘Dream Team’

Just as raising a child “takes a village,” the same can be said about raising healthy, profitable calves that bring the highest returns — and it all starts at the beginning.

“The newest research says fetal programming, developmental programming, epigenetics, whatever we want to call that, the nutrition of the dam when that calf’s in utero starts the clock,” said Mark Hilton, retired Purdue DVM, Elanco Animal Health consultant.

That’s where the “dream team” comes into play, to ensure when a calf is born it can get up and get a full belly of colostrum as quickly as possible.

“So, when I talk to producers, I tell them to get with a nutritionist, get with your veterinarian, have a nutrition plan, have a health plan,” Hilton said.

Today, it’s easier to access specialists in each field, so farmers and ranchers have a great depth of information to draw from. Watch more in this video news release.

Auxiliary to Host Fundraiser

The Auxiliary is excited to present a new fundraiser, the Full Circle Online Auction, a national Angus consignment sale hosted by Sept. 28-29.

The Auxiliary is currently seeking a wide variety of items with a fair-market value in excess of $100. Auction categories include live animals, embryo and semen packages, Angus memorabilia and collectibles, home décor, cattle equipment, and other useful items.

Consignors will receive 50% of the gross revenue their lots generate (or they can donate 100% to the Auxiliary), and will be on the online site through August and September. Consignments may be accepted until mid-August. If you are interested in being a consignor, contact Cortney Hill-Dukehart Cates at, Jena Wagner at, or Shally Rogen at

Check out the lots currently online and show your support of the Auxiliary.

K-State’s Risk and Profit Conference

Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) 2016 Risk and Profit Conference will take place Aug. 18-19 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan. The days will be packed with breakout sessions and talks from many keynote speakers. There are seven breakout sessions throughout the conference and 20 topics led by agricultural economics faculty and graduate students.

William Tierney Jr., the chief economist for AgResource Co., will present “A Long-term View on the Current Price Situation.” Tierney is a former K-State agricultural economics professor and has more than 35 years of experience as an agricultural economist.

Lee and Margaret Scheufler of Sterling, Kan., will lead the general session, “A Conversation with a Kansas Producer.” Lee is a K-State agronomy graduate and Margaret is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Kansas. They operate a no-till farm.

John Floros, dean of the K-State College of Agriculture, will address, “Agriculture at K-State: Driving the State and the University Forward.”

For more information, visit the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events.


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