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News Update

October 18, 2013

Attend American Angus Auxiliary
Events in Louisville

Celebrate another successful year for the American Angus Auxiliary while attending the 130th American Angus Association Annual Meeting. Events are hosted in conjunction with the 2013 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Nov. 16-19 in Louisville, Ky.

American Angus Auxiliary members are encouraged to attend their Annual Meeting, scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Crowne Plaza. Agenda items include electing new officers and announcing the new team of regional directors.

In addition, the Auxiliary silent auction and Gift Barn will be on display throughout the week in the Crowne Plaza. Stop by to browse through the latest Angus-inspired clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, framing prints and much more.

Begin the week with the Auxiliary breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) South Wing C, Room 104. The breakfast honors outgoing Auxiliary President Cortney Hill-Dukehart Cates, Modoc, Ind., and the 2013 Miss American Angus Esther McCabe, Elk City, Kan.

“We are excited for great fellowship with the leading ladies of the American Angus Auxiliary and several core members of the Association,” Hill-Dukehart Cates says. “This year, attendees will enjoy an Indiana-themed breakfast, and enjoy entertainment by National Junior Angus Association member Taylor Gazda.”

A limited amount of tickets are available, and reservations are strongly advised. To purchase a ticket, contact the Auxiliary program and hospitality chair Michelle Rieff at or 479-936-1685. Tickets will also be available at the Crowne Plaza Angus registration desk.

Auxiliary events continue Sunday, Nov. 17, with a come-and-go reception, 3:30-4:30 p.m., hosted by Hill-Dukehart Cates. Current and potential members are invited to stop by and get to know one another.

For more information, please view the letter here.

Group Applauds Senators’ Action
to Maintain Competitive Livestock Markets

Despite the calamitous distraction of a prolonged government shutdown, eight U.S. Senators joined yesterday in a letter to preserve a competitive marketplace for U.S. livestock and poultry producers.

Led by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the Senators urge Senate agriculture leaders to reject a provision in the House-passed farm bill that undermines the ability of the USDA to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act.

The Senators state that “the House farm bill includes Section 11102, which would greatly limit the authority of the Secretary to address deceptive, fraudulent, retaliatory, and anti-competitive practices by meatpackers in the livestock industry.”

The group of eight contends this provision would harm poultry producers and independent livestock producers by leaving them vulnerable to concentrated market forces.

“We believe regulation should be limited in a marketplace, but we also believe having little to no regulation in place is problematic, especially in our concentrated livestock and poultry industries.

“We strongly urge the Senate to reject the House’s provision in its entirety,” the Senators wrote.

“We are grateful that Senators Tester and Grassley and their six colleagues are willing to stand up to the special interests of the multi-national meatpackers that had successfully convinced leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass this anti-family farmer and rancher provision,” said Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) CEO Bill Bullard.

The other Senators who joined in the letter include Senator Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

Animal Health International Benefit
Raises More than $10,000 for National FFA
and Colorado FFA Foundation; Builds on Earlier $40,000 Gift

Animal Health International Inc. raised more than $ 10,000 to benefit National FFA and the Colorado FFA Foundation, organizations dedicated to the growth, development and support of youth in agriculture.

Animal Health International believes strongly in supporting and investing in youth in agriculture, as well as supporting local initiatives that increase awareness and sustainability of the agriculture and food production industries.

“We support National FFA and the Colorado FFA Foundation because each organization invests time, energy, resources and care into the future of America’s agriculture — the young men and women who will be our agriculture leaders and educators of tomorrow,” said John Adent, president and CEO of Animal Health International. “Many of our employees — and many of our customers and manufacturing partners — belonged to FFA when they were young, and many have children or grandchildren who are involved in FFA. As an organization, and as an industry, we benefit greatly from the values, education, and dedication to agriculture developed by young people though their time with the FFA.”

On Monday, Oct. 14, Animal Health International hosted their inaugural Golf Tournament to Benefit National FFA and the Colorado FFA Foundation at the Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo. For the benefit, several of Animal Health International’s manufacturing partners joined Adent and other members of Animal Health International’s Leadership team; Don Thorn of the Colorado FFA Foundation; Craig Beyrouty, dean of the Colorado State University College of Agriculture Science; current FFA members, and others to learn about the Colorado FFA Foundation followed by golf and a luncheon.

For more information, please view the full release here.

Feed Costs, Advancements and Risk Management Drive Forages Topics at 2013 Missouri Livestock Symposium

Forage production and utilization are key components to profitability in many livestock operations. According to Garry Mathes, chair of the 2013 Missouri Livestock Symposium, “producers have had to deal with these and more this year. As a result, our planning committee wanted to address another locally dry year, the latest developments in forage research and production, and risk management for livestock and feed.”

In order to accomplish these objectives, a full lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers will be on hand to address these topics and answer questions.

There is a full lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers on beef cattle, horses, sheep, meat goats, stock dogs, farm succession, backyard poultry and beekeeping. The Symposium also features a free trade show and two free meals — a beef supper on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and a Governor’s Style Luncheon on Saturday at noon.

The Symposium will run from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec, 6 and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event will take place at the William Matthew Middle School (formerly Kirksville Middle School), 1515 S. Cottage Grove in Kirksville, Mo. No preregistration is needed and there is no cost to attend. Mathes notes if there is a better deal anywhere, he wants to know about it.

Additional details about speakers, topics, lodging, meals, trade show and more, can be found at the Missouri Livestock Symposium website at or call Garry Mathes at 660-341-6625 or the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866. You can also email Zac Erwin at Please put MLS in the subject line.

For more information, please view the Angus Journal’s Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events here.


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