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News Update

June 23, 2016

Angus Juniors Stampede
Grand Island, Nebraska

Angus youth and their families travel hundreds, and even thousands, of miles to the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) each year to showcase progress within the Angus breed. The 2016 NJAS takes place July 3-9 at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Neb. All members of the media are invited to attend, and the 2016 NJAS media kit is now available online.

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) is the largest association of its kind, and provides its junior members the opportunity to learn responsibility, work ethic and determination. These youth are the next generation of quality beef producers, and this is their week to shine.

The NJAS is a six-day event that includes one of the largest junior cattle shows in the nation, as well as educational competitions, career development events and much more. The premier event involves Angus youth and their families, and this year, more than 820 NJAA members are expected to travel from across the country for the show.

Read more in the Angus news release online.

BIF Annual Meeting & Research Symposium

More than 600 beef industry producers, leading geneticists and allied industry professionals were in Manhattan, Kan., last week for the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. Themed “Progress on the Prairie,” the event was hosted by the Kansas State University (K-State) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) June 14-17.

The annual forum brings together members of the industry and research community to discuss issues related to the genetic improvement of beef cattle. Convention attendees learn about technologies and management practices that can enhance the profitability of beef cattle production.

Attendees included 615 seedstock and commercial beef producers, academic and extension professionals and allied industry participants from 38 states, including 34 attendees from four foreign countries, including Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Canada.

For more information, view the K-State news release online.

To read BIF articles from the Angus Media team, visit the newsroom at

It’s All About Timing

With ever-changing cattle markets, producers have many options when it comes to marketing their calves: when to sell, who to sell to, and whether or not to precondition. American Angus Association Regional Manager Kurt Kangas suggests producers stay consistent by building relationships with buyers and finding ways to add value to their cattle.

“These buyers know where your calves are selling. You don’t want to make those buyers chase those calves around trying to find which video sale or which time of the year you’re putting your calves on,” Kangas says.

One way to add consistent value to your calves, Kangas suggests, is to ensure the calves have received their vaccination shots prior to delivery.

Learn more on this week’s The Angus Report online. You can also watch the program at 1:30 p.m. CST Saturday and 7:30 a.m. CST each Monday morning on RFD-TV.

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing
on Wild Horse and Burro Program

The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands hosted a hearing June 22 on the challenges and potential solutions for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Wild Horse and Burro Program.

For more than 40 years, the BLM’s Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act has raised concerns from public lands ranchers and local communities over the welfare of the animals being managed and the natural resources they rely on. Nevada State Veterinarian and fourth generation cattleman J.J. Goicoechea testified on behalf of the Public Lands Council (PLC), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Nevada Cattlemen’s Association that the very animals and resources the BLM is charged with managing are suffering irreparably.

“Today, horse populations are so out of control that all other resources on the landscape suffer,” said Goicoechea. “The latest land use areas and allotments to come under attention are within what is now being called the Antelope Complex in northeast Nevada where the wild horse and burro population is anywhere from 574% to 2,083% higher than the Appropriate Management Level.”

For more information, view the NCBA news release online.

Meetings to Discuss Missouri Farm Financial Stress

Financial issues and stresses in farm country will be discussed in seven meetings across Missouri in July.

“The meetings will gather information rather than tell economic outlooks,” says Scott Brown, University of Missouri (MU) economist.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture and MU Extension join in talks with agricultural stakeholders. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and farm organization members are urged to attend the free meetings, Brown says.

The sessions will be July 7-14 from the Bootheel to the northwestern corner of the state. Meeting towns are, in order, Mexico, Rock Port, Excelsior Springs, Springfield, Sikeston, Saint Peters and Kirksville.

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



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