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News Update

May 21, 2018

The Cattlemen’s Black Book

For years, Angus producers from across the country have kept herd records using the pocket-sized Angus black books. Stacks of the books, some dating back more than 30 years, contain handwritten information about the producer’s cattle, memories of where their operations have been and where they are today.

Every detail counts when it comes to managing a profitable herd, and the American Angus Association is now accepting orders for the 2019 edition of the black book.

“Black books can be the most cost-effective herd management system for your operation,” says Ginette Gottswiller, Association director of commercial programs. “They are a popular item with both registered and commercial producers of all sizes.”

The 2019 books are available in any quantity for $3.25 each and can be customized, free of charge, with purchases of 100 or more. Customized orders may include the operation’s logo and contact information foil stamped onto the back cover, while standard orders feature the Association’s logo.

Orders must be placed no later than July 31 and customized orders should be proofed prior to sending in the information.

Read this Angus news release online.

Canadian Angus Auction Market of the Year
Award Presented to The Electronic Auction Market

The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) is pleased to honor The Electronic Auction Market (TEAM) with the Auction Market of the Year Award. This marks the eleventh year the award has been presented by CAA. Senior Director of Business Development British Colombia/Alberta Brian Good and Director of Business Development Saskatchewan/Manitoba Bob Toner presented the award at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada annual conference in Moosomin, Sask.

TEAM was established as a closed network operated by the Calgary Stockyards from 1986 to 2002 and made the transition to the internet in August 2002. They have now marketed more than 4,000,000 head online. TEAM continues to work hard to maintain the efficiency of cattle sales to keep customers satisfied.

TEAM is a family-owned business. Don Danard co-owns the company with his son, Jason. Jason is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Calgary Stockyards and the acting principal of TEAM. Don’s son Bryan is the acting owner of the company and represents the third generation of Danards who buy and sell cattle at Calgary Stockyards Association.

Learn more in the Canadian Angus news release online.

Sudden Flush of Plant Growth has Ticks Flourishing

Almost overnight, we went from the drab, brown tones of winter to lush, green vegetation across much of the Plains. The plants aren’t the only living things that are thriving.

“In my experience this is the earliest we’ve had tick issues,” said Kansas State University (K-State) entomology professor, Raymond Cloyd, who said he fielded more calls and emails about ticks earlier than usual this spring.

While it’s hard to know for sure if there are more ticks than normal, Cloyd, a veteran specialist with K-State Research and Extension, said the cool, rainy weather in parts of Kansas and other states, followed by a quick profusion of plant growth may have boosted the tick population.

Ticks tend to flourish when vegetation flourishes, especially in weeds and unmanaged areas. To minimize the number of ticks on your property, he said it’s best to keep lawns mowed and generally reduce unmanaged areas where weeds can flourish.

“I am not a proponent of blanket (insecticide) sprays in the yard,” Cloyd said.

Other steps he recommends:

Continue reading this K-State news release online.

Start Your Summer at the 2018
Kansas Junior Angus Preview Show

Kansas Junior Angus Association (KJAA) members are planning their annual summer Preview Show. The Preview Show will be June 2-3, 2018, on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kan. For the second year, it will be a Saturday-Sunday event, with contests and annual meeting on Saturday and the show on Sunday. Cattle classes will include bred-and-owned and owned females, cow-calf pairs, bred-and-owned bulls, and registered, commercial and predominately black Angus crossbred steers.

Juniors may also compete in showmanship, sales talk, herdsman’s quiz, public speaking contests and the “editor’s pic” photo contest. Two showmanship representatives to the 2018 National Junior Angus Show contest in Madison, Wis., as well as members of the KJAA team sales NJAS teams will be chosen through contest participation. The two-day event will feature the KJAA annual meeting, officer elections and awards presentations. The Kansas Angus Auxiliary will conduct their summer meeting and award scholarships in conjunction with the Preview Show.

In conjunction with Preview Show, a Sullivan’s Stock Show U fitting and showmanship clinic will be Friday June 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.

See a schedule of events in the full release online.

K-State Ranching Summit Planned for August 15

Registration is now open for the K-State Ranching Summit. This event is designed to equip managers with the skills to address the challenges of ranching in the business climate of today and tomorrow. The theme of this year’s program is Beef 2030 — Pursuing technology, transparency and profitability.

“Market forecasts point to declining revenues for cow-calf producers over the next several years. To ensure profitability, ranch managers will need to make a number of strategic management decisions.” says Bob Weaber, K-State cow-calf extension specialist. “The Ranching Summit was designed from the ground up to bolster the managerial knowledge and skills of beef producers.”

Hosted by the K-State Animal Sciences and Industry Department and K-State Research and Extension, the event will be Wednesday, Aug.15, in Manhattan, Kan., at the K-State Alumni Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program starts at 9 a.m.

While the public’s image of a Kansas cowboy has not changed much during the years, the cowboy’s business has, as have the expectations of the public for the food they consume.

For more information please view the Angus Journal Virtual Library calendar of upcoming events.



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