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January 16, 2012

Briarwood Buys Foundation Pair

Curtis and Ann Long of Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, Mo., bid $65,000 Jan. 11 to purchase the 2012 Angus Foundation Heifer Package during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. Eddie and Connie Sydenstricker, owners of Sydenstricker Genetics of Mexico, Mo., donated SydGen Buena 9511 and her heifer calf, SydGen Foundation Buena, to headline the package. Omega Farms of Williamston, Mich., was the contending bidder.

This is the second year in a row that Briarwood Angus Farms has purchased the Angus Foundation Heifer Package. Last year, the Longs purchased the package for $50,000. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Angus Foundation’s education, youth and research endeavors. More than $1.5 million has been raised from this Angus Foundation fundraising activity since its inception in 1980.

The heifer calf carried a special incentive for purchase. At the 2011 Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event in Louisville, Ky., Angus registration No. 17 million was purchased for $10,000 by David and Mary Ann McMahon, of Belle Point Ranch, Lavaca, Ark. McMahon generously donated the elite registration number to the heifer calf.

SydGen Buena 9511 sold bred to SydGen Googol, the $25,000 top-selling bull of the 2011 SydGen production sale. The maternal brother to the popular docility leader SydGen CC&7 is sired by one of the breed’s top $B sires, DAAR Infinity 313.

In addition to the cow-calf pair, Briarwood Angus Farms will receive 30 days of free insurance from American Live Stock Insurance Co., Geneva, Ill.; free transportation to the buyer’s ranch provided by Lathrop Livestock Transportation, Dundee, Ill.; and an Advanced Reproductive Technology Package from Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa.

MU Sets Three Show-Me-Select Meetings in Northwest Missouri

Cow-calf producers in northwest Missouri can join in developing and keeping or selling Show-Me-Select heifers this fall if they sign up this winter. Three regional meetings are set for Jan. 26-27, says David Patterson, University of Missouri (MU) Extension beef specialist.

At noon, Jan. 26, Jim Humphrey plans a meeting at the Clasbey Center on North Banyon Street, Savannah, Mo. A beef lunch will be served. RSVP to the Andrew County MU Extension Center at 816-324-3147.

At 7 p.m., Jan. 26, Amie Schleicher, Rockport, Mo., will be hostess in Maryville, Mo., at the Nodaway County Administration Center first-floor meeting room. Call Schleicher at 660-744-6231.

Friday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m., Shawn Deering will host a meeting at the Daviess County Library, 306 W. Grand, Gallatin, Mo. Call Deering at 660-726-5610 in Albany, Mo.

Protocols for producing calving-ease heifers with high-quality genetics will be explained at each meeting. Heifer calves that were weaned in the fall of 2011 are eligible for enrollment for fall 2012 sales.

“Short supply and high demand bodes well for beef prices the next few years,” said Scott Brown, MU Extension beef economist. “The cow herd is shrinking and there will be need for replacement heifers.” He will give the outlook at the meetings.

Sales are a small, highly visible part of the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program, but most heifers from the yearlong educational program go back into the home farm herds, Patterson said. “Producers learn that cows from superior heifers stay in the herd longer, producing more calves. That adds value by cutting replacement costs.”

The program includes total management of health and nutrition in addition to genetics. Local veterinarians work with producers in herd health, prebreeding and pregnancy exams. The meetings will explain requirements for the program.

API Posts Coverage of the 2011 Range Beef Cow Symposium

Practical beef production knowledge was the name of the game at the 22nd Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS), in Mitchell, Neb., Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Nearly 600 participants traveled to the biennial event, which has a reputation for providing an excellent educational program. This year’s program was no exception.

Angus Productions Inc. (API) was on hand to provide online coverage of this year’s event at Post-event coverage is available in the site newsroom. There you will find coverage of the following presentations:

Proceedings from the event are available for $22 and can be ordered online at

The Range Beef Cow Symposium is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service and animal science departments of the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska. Its location rotates among those four states.

Range Beef Cow Symposium XXIII will be Dec. 1-3, 2013, in Rapid City, S.D. API’s will feature hotel and registration information and the symposium schedule when they become available.

Angus Supporters Contribute $48,000
at ‘Night on the Mountain’ Event

Angus supporters bid Jan. 11 on seven exclusive packages, an elite heifer pregnancy and a raffle to generate nearly $48,000 in gross proceeds for the Angus Foundation’s education, youth and research efforts and for the 2012 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).

“Angus Night on the Mountain,” a fundraising event to benefit the Angus Foundation and 2012 NJAS, was hosted and underwritten by Tom and Lois Ames at their Spruce Mountain Ranch at Larkspur, Colo. The event was hosted in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver.

Package donors and buyers included Trans Ova Genetics; Bovance; Soo Line Cattle Co.; Ames Construction and the Terry Stade Family of Terry Stade Farms Inc., Minn.; Sen. Percy and Donna Malone of Malone Supreme Angus, Ark.; Bill Davis, Sidney, Mont.; Leo McDonnell, Columbus, Mont.; Bob and Lisa Norton of Biozyme Inc., Mo.; Dixon Land and Cattle, Okla.; Spruce Mountain Ranch; Sam Johnson, Ohio; Buford Ranch, Texas; Kathy and Scott Ledbetter and Linda and Frank Smith of Lone Oaks Farm, Tenn.; KiamichiLink Ranch, Okla.; Buford Ranch, Texas; Express UU Bar Ranch LLC, N.M.; Cotter Travel Associates, Mo.; Stillwater Angus, N.Y.

Gary Taylor, Tenn., had the $11,500 winning bid on an elite heifer pregnancy package to support the 2012 NJAS, set for July 15-21 in Louisville, Ky. Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, Kan., donated the elite heifer pregnancy from the multitrait feature of the Gardiner Angus 2-year-olds, New Design 1779, sired by the popular ABS roster member Daybreak. The donor dam of this pregnancy blends the multitrait leading sire, New Design 5050 with the featured donor in the Southern Cattle Co. program, Objective 1067.

A silver cuff bracelet donated by Gist Silversmiths, Placerville, Calif., was raffled during the event and raised nearly $2,000 for the Angus Foundation. Jessica Sawyer, Bassett, Neb., won the Angus bracelet.

Assisting the Angus Foundation in event management was Larry Cotton and his team at Cotton & Associates. Larry and Ryan Cotton served as event co-emcees. Steve Dorran was the auctioneer for the evening, and he was assisted by ringmen Terry Cotton, Matt Printz, Alan Sears, Jim Gies, Justin Stelzer and Delvin Heldermon.


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