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News Update

December 16, 2016

Angus Leaders: Apply for Young Cattlemen’s Conference

2017 will be the 16th year that the Angus Foundation will sponsor a young Angus leader to attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The application deadline is Jan. 9, 2017, and the application can be found on the Angus Foundation website.

The YCC offers young leaders a unique opportunity to experience all aspects of the beef industry firsthand. Attendees participate in a nationwide tour of the beef production chain from the ranch to the packing plant, through marketing and regulatory affairs, and ending at consumer foodservice.

The Angus Foundation’s sponsorship covers travel costs and registration fees for one attendee. Applicants must be between 25-50 years old and must also be an NCBA member.

To read more, view the Angus news release online.

Angus Foundation Raises $36,000 in Las Vegas

Generous Angus Foundation supporters raised more than $36,000 for Angus youth, education and research efforts at the Angus Finals Sale Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Christmastime is about giving, and the Angus Foundation supporters were giving with abundant generosity at this event,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “These funds will give Angus Foundation youth, education and research efforts a jump-start as 2017 begins.”

The Angus Foundation was invited to participate in the auction by the Angus Hall of Fame and Angus Live. The Angus Foundation offered five exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences at auction.

Kiawah Island — Four day, three-night stay for two in a garden view room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf resort, Kiawah Island, S.C. Package includes two rounds of golf per person with a golf cart at either Turtle Point or The Ocean Club golf courses, both of which are PGA tournament courses. Don Ravellette, of Ravellette Cattle, Philip, S.D., purchased this package for $3,500.

Read more in the Angus news release online.

Angus Family Recognized as Historic Angus Herd

Cattleman W.E. Doyle got his start raising Angus cattle a little differently than most.

In 1964, he was involved in a bad car accident, and during a two-month recovery, he started reading books on beef cattle. Through his research, he decided to purchase an Angus heifer. That one decision has led to a now 50-year tradition for Doyle and his family.

Recognizing their dedication to the Angus breed, the American Angus Association is proud to name the family’s operation as a Historic Angus Herd. This award is presented to Angus breeders and immediate families who have been in continuous production of registered Angus cattle for 50 years or more.

W.E. Doyle purchased the herd’s foundation female from Willard Eiler in late 1964. That year, he attended the Chicago International to look over the best Angus stock in the United States. It was the year that the famous Ankonian President was the champion bull, and Doyle was hooked on raising Angus genetics.

Continue reading in the Angus news release online.

Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook

The expected slower pace of cattle placements in late 2016 will slow beef production increases in the first half of 2017. However, supplies of slaughter-ready cattle are expected to support a 3% increase in beef production in the first half of 2017. Cattle prices in the first half of 2017 are expected to be more than 18% below the first half 2016. Retail beef prices continue to trend lower in the fourth quarter of this year.

With expected strength in domestic demand, higher exports of nonfat dry milk and lactose, and lower milk production compared to last month’s forecasts, milk price forecasts have been raised. The all-milk price forecast for the fourth quarter of 2016 is $17.05-$17.25 per hundredweight (cwt.), an increase from $16.80-$17.10 forecast last month. The 2017 forecast is $16.85-$17.65 per cwt., an increase from $16.30-$17.20.

Lower fourth-quarter hog prices, forecast at $35-$36 per cwt, reflect heavy supplies of hogs with weekly slaughter numbers record-high. Data for pork prices, cold stocks and loads suggest that pork demand is steady-to-higher. Pork exports were solid in October, at 9.1% above a year ago.

For more information, view the USDA ERS report online.

Quality Beef, Quality People

Having done beef cattle meetings in every major state for that industry, I am struck by the quality people that raise cattle in this great country. They can best be described as simply “salt-of-the-earth folks.”

Pick just about any of these adjectives and you’ll describe most cow-calf producers: hardworking, honest, caring, respectful, faithful, humble. Yeah, yeah, I hear the retort, “You have not met my neighbor,” but they must be the exception. If there is an industry with better people, I’ve not met them.

Beef cattle farmers and ranchers truly care about their animals, even risking their lives to save calves in the midst of a nasty blizzard or prairie fire. Also concerned about the wellbeing of the environment that provides feed for their stock, they are the legitimate environmentalists of the world.

Continue reading in the Angus Media news article online.



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