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News Update

August 24, 2016

Angus Convention
Announces Grand Prize

The list of reasons to attend the Angus Convention this November is a lengthy one.

Thousands of Angus breeders, commercial cattlemen and others are expected to attend the event scheduled for Nov. 5-7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. From world-class education, inspiring keynote speakers, a packed trade show and plenty of entertainment, there’s much excitement surrounding the American Angus Association’s premier event.

If that wasn’t enough — one lucky convention attendee on Monday, Nov. 7, will win a complete livestock management system. Priefert Manufacturing and Tru-Test scales are partnering to provide the Angus Convention’s grand prize giveaway, says Becky Weishaar, director of Creative Media for Angus Media.

The system, worth $26,700, will include the Priefert Rough Stock Open Corral System for 35 head, with sweep; Priefert 35-foot adjustable alley; Priefert Model S04 Squeeze Chute; and Tru-Test XR5000 Indicator, HD1010 Load Bars, scale mounting brackets and XRS2 eID Stick Reader.

With registration, all individuals will be entered for a chance to get their hands on this outstanding prize package. Participants are encouraged to register before Aug. 31 to receive the best registration price: $75 per person.

For more information, please view the full Angus news release online.

Eric Whitley Joins Protect The Harvest Board of Directors

Protect The Harvest, a national pro-agriculture coalition founded by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. CEO Forrest Lucas, is expanding its board of directors with the addition of long-time social and political activist Eric Whitley.

Whitley is president and principal of Downforcemarketing LLC, a manufacturing, marketing and consulting firm working with Fortune 500 companies around the world. Based out of his home in northern Utah, he is also director of business improvement at, a manufacturing software provider that drives data-focused businesses. A keen social services activist, Whitley was originally a Protect The Harvest volunteer and now joins the board of directors.

“We are very pleased to welcome Eric Whitley to our board of directors,” says Brian Klippenstein, executive director of Protect The Harvest. “His marketing expertise will help counter the marketing programs under way by anti-agriculture activists. Eric loves spending his time fighting for American families, especially the poor, by ensuring we continue to have the most plentiful, safest and affordable food supply ever known in history — all provided by American farmers and ranchers.”

BioZyme Hires Guy Rusche as
South Dakota Area Sales Manager

BioZyme Inc., manufacturers of proprietary, natural supplements for a variety of livestock, recently hired Guy Rusche of Garretson, S.D., as a BioZyme area sales manager for its supplement division.

In this position, Rusche is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting BioZyme’s dealer network in South Dakota. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart™, VitaCharge® and Vitalize®.

Prior to BioZyme, Rusche worked as a beef specialist for Summit Livestock Facilities in Remington, Ind. He has more than 20 years of experience in the livestock industry and a bachelor of science degree in animal science from South Dakota State University.

“Guy is a native of South Dakota who is very knowledgeable of the cattle industry and has the desire to provide excellent service to BioZyme’s customers. He will be a great asset to the cattlemen in South Dakota,” said Mike Wadle, BioZyme director of national sales — north.

Rusche also owns a herd of registered-Corriente cattle and is a member of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, American Quarter Horse Association and the North American Corriente Association.

For more information, please view the full BioZyme news release online.

Cody Sankey Joins Genex Beef Team

Genex Cooperative Inc. announces Cody Sankey of Economy, Ind., as the cooperative’s new beef sire procurement manager.

“We are pleased to welcome Cody to the Genex beef team,” states Brad Johnson, Genex director of beef genetics, “We believe his past experiences will serve him well in this role, as he’s gained a great combination of cow sense and science-based knowledge.”

Sankey is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s in ruminant nutrition. During his time at Oklahoma State, he also competed on a national champion livestock judging team.

After college, Sankey managed the Michigan State University Beef Cattle Center for eight years and coached the university’s livestock judging team. Most recently, he worked for a livestock nutrition and animal microbiology company based in Indiana. He also serves on the Indiana Beef Cattle Association board of directors and is the second vice president of the Indiana Angus Association.

Sankey is a fifth-generation cattleman. He hails from Sankey’s 6N Ranch in Council Grove, Kan., the second longest running registered-Angus herd in the United States

For more information, please view the full Genex news release online.

Veterinary Feed Directive Dinner Meeting
set for Sept. 27 in Uniontown

Changes to the law on Jan. 1, 2017, will require that certain types of medicated livestock feeds can only be purchased with a valid veterinary feed directive (VFD) from a licensed veterinarian. The changes also require that the producer and a veterinarian have a veterinary-client-patient relationship.

Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension will host a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Uniontown High School in Uniontown, Kan., to provide information for livestock producers about changes in the law that will affect their ability to use certain types of medicated livestock feeds.

The meeting, sponsored by Union State Bank and hosted by the Southwind Extension District and Bourbon County and Allen County Kansas Livestock Association, will feature K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek. After dinner, Hanzlicek will explain what is currently known about the VFD and what livestock producers need to do to continue to feed certain types of medicated feeds.

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



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