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News Update

July 27, 2017

Angus Foundation Golf Tournament
Has Record Number of Participants

The Angus Foundation sponsored its 17th annual golf tournament July 11, 2017, at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk, Iowa. This year’s tournament boasted a record 91 participants and raised more than $20,000 in gross proceeds for education, youth and research. The golf tournament was hosted in conjunction with the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Des Moines, Iowa.

“We never cease to be amazed by the enthusiasm Angus breeders show for the Angus Foundation golf tournament,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “While it’s only a friendly game of golf for the participants, the lasting impact of this fundraiser is felt for years to come.”

This year’s golf tournament winners include:

Flight A: Gordy Clark, Saint Joseph, Mo.; Justin Johnson, Paola, Kan.; Cody Jensen, Saint Joseph, Mo.; and Greg Connell, Eugene, Mo.

Flight B: Blair Carney, Adair, Iowa; David Wiederstein, West Des Moines, Iowa; Edward Wiederstein, West Des Moines, Iowa; and Ryan Wiederstein, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Flight C: Matt Avila, Visalia, Calif.; Ron Colburn, Visalia, Calif.; Rooter Gray, Buffalo, Ky.; and Logan Boyd, May’s Lick, Ky.

Read the full Angus news release online, and watch for full coverage of the NJAS in the September Angus Journal.

Showdown 2017 Results

Canadian Junior Angus is pleased to announce the winners from Showdown 2017 in Lloydminster, Sask., Canada. Most awards were presented at the banquet on Saturday, July 22.

The winners of each of the 14 competitions juniors were able to enter, as well as the grand aggregate awards and the Spirit of Youth Award, can be viewed as individual press releases at Showdown Press Releases.

Canadian Junior Angus is a group of Angus enthusiasts under the age of 21. Showdown began in 2000 as way for juniors from across the nation to gather in one location to exhibit their Angus cattle in conformation divisions. It rotates to provinces throughout the country every July. This year a record 158 participants and more than 200 head of cattle took part in Lloydminster.

Many different activities and contests have been added through the years, with 16 competitions now available, including print marketing, sales talk, judging, team judging, team grooming, photography, literature, art, scrapbooking, graphic design, farm sign, public speaking, Angus cook-off, best herdsman, showmanship and conformation as the current competitions.

Feeding Quality Forums Set for Late August

The cattle feeding industry keeps moving forward, so it’s a good thing feeders have ready access to educational opportunities.

Web searches and online resources are fine, but the hundreds of managers and partners who attend the Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) each year have an advantage. They say nothing else beats the Great Plains’ premier seminar, where industry experts share their insights and answer questions.

It’s been going on since 2007, this gathering from far and wide to learn about the industry in two locations. This year, the FQF will meet Aug. 29 in La Vista, Neb., and Aug. 31 in Garden City, Kan.

“Every year I am amazed when we get back the surveys at the end with comments that this was the best single-day meeting producers have attended all year,” says Jill Dunkel, editor for cosponsor Feedlot Magazine and a coordinator for the event.

The topics change from year to year to stay timely and relevant. For 2017, those include market insight with Dan Basse of AgResource Co., value-added programs with Doug Stanton of IMI Global, price discovery with Ed Greiman of Superior Livestock Auction, genetic value differences of feeder cattle with Justin Sexten of Certified Angus Beef LLC, and relating feed intake to cattle performance with Richard Zinn of the University of California-Davis.

Read this CAB news release online.

S.D. Stockgrowers Remind Landowners
of Need for Prairie Dog Control Measures

S.D. Stockgrowers Association would like to remind producers and landowners that it is the responsibility of each landowner to manage prairie dogs in such a way that does not allow the rodents to move onto neighboring property. This includes private landowners and government agencies.

“The prairie dogs have been moving a lot this year, and we’ve seen dog towns expanding across a lot of the drought areas this year. It’s really damaging a lot of grasslands across the state,” said Stockgrowers President Bill Kluck. “We want to remind landowners to take prairie dog control seriously and also help to hold Forest Service and BLM accountable for managing their lands by reporting encroachment.”

Prairie dogs are considered a pest in South Dakota and prairie dog towns can severely decrease grass production and land values as the rodents dig up large areas of prairie, and over population can lead to spread of diseases such as plague.

“We know managing prairie dogs add extra work in a year when the drought already has many of our ranch families stretched to the max, but it’s also a hardship to the neighboring landowner when someone isn’t taking care of prairie dog problems,” said Kluck.

For more information, view the news release online.

Howard County Farm Tour, Aug. 3 Visits Sites
along Missouri River

The 2017 Howard County Farm Tour Aug. 3 will show water issues in the Missouri River bottom. Tour stops include Franklin Island Conservation Area and nearby Hammes Farms, corn and soybean producers. Local beef producers will cook burgers for the evening meal.

Participants will gather at the courthouse square in Fayette to leave at 6 p.m. sharp, say organizers. Or they can meet at 6:15 at the first stop, Franklin Island. That stop is 2 miles east of New Franklin off Highway 40.

Tour sponsors are University of Missouri Extension in Howard County, the Howard County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the local cattlemen’s association.

Carpooling is encouraged. Tours include some walking, so dress appropriately for hot weather.

At Franklin Island, wildlife biologist Steven Noll with the Missouri Department of Conservation will lead tours. He’ll show levee management and an artificial wetland. There are sunflower and pollinator plot demonstrations. Plus, there’s bottomland hardwood tree planting.

The second stop is Hammes Farms, where manager Troy McDonald will show the farm’s irrigation systems.

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



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