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2008 Colorado Farm Show Exhibitors and Booth Numbers

Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 163 1031 Exchange Specialists E 65 A Dbl R Well Services E 115 A-M Valve Co, LLC. E 123-124 ABC Seamless E 55-56 ABI Irrigation E 25-29 Abilene Machine Inc. FEA E Ackerman Distributing 4-H 230 Ag Journal EC 580-582 Agland, Incorporated FEA 344-345 Agri King E 144 Agri-Enterprises E 121-122 Agri-Inject EC 613-614 AgSolutions, LLC FEA 366 AgXplore International EC 587 All Truck Sales EC 571 Allison Transmissions E 9 American Nat’l Insurance Co. EC 530 American Pride Co-op EC 594 Anderson Alfalfa Co E 138 Archer Petroleum E 70 Area Diesel Service, Inc. E 37-38 Arkansas Valley Seed 4-H B A Terrific Mechanic, Inc. FEA A & C B & G Equipment, Inc. EC 513 Bank of Colorado 4-H 216 Banner Health-North Colorado Medical Center 4-H 214-215 B-A-R Distribution Co. Inc. FEA G2 Beaver Valley Supply FEA 319-320 Bekaert Corporation E 109 Betaseed, Inc. E 77-79 Big R of Greeley EC 467-468 Bill’s Volume Sales West FEA 367-368 Blu-Jet by Thurston Mfg. Co. FEA 331-333 Bobcat of the Rockies 354-356 Bobcat of the Rockies EC 547-549, Brothers Equipment, Inc. 573-575 Brothers Equipment, Inc. 4-H 206 Buckboard Bean, Inc. E 105-107 Buckeye Welding Supply FEA G 1 Burrows Enterprises & Fisher Pumps, Inc FEA 337-339 Bush Hog FEA 322 Bushel 300, Inc. E 97 Cache Valley Select Sires FEA 327-330 Carson Trailer 357-360 Carson Trailer EC 568-569 Centennial Ag Supply FEA 376-377 Central City Scale, Inc. EC 596 Central Colo. Water Conservancy EC 566-567 Central, Inc. Booth No. Exhibitor Name EC 495-497, 521-523 Champion Dodge FEA 371-372 Clarks Ag Supply E 76 Cleanfix Reversible Fans OS Cochran Farm Supply 4-H 221 Collins Communications 4-H 232 Colorado 4-H Foundation E 42 Colorado Bean Company EC 532 Colorado Beef Council E 5 Colo. Conservation Tillage Assoc. EC 620 Colorado Corn E 66-67 Colorado Dairy Service, LLC 4-H 208 Colorado Department of Ag E 101 Colo. Division of Water Resources 4-H 218-220, 225-227 Colorado Division of Wildlife EC 562-563 Colorado East Bank & Trust EC 589-591 Colorado Equipment E 14-16 Colorado Equipment E 88-89 Colorado Farm Bureau E 1 Colorado FFA Foundation E 2 Colorado Foundation For Ag E 64 Colorado Hay & Forage Assoc. FEA 303 CHFA E 127 Colorado Land Investments E 90 Colorado Seed Growers Assoc. E 94 Colorado Soy, LLC E 8 Colo. Wheat Admin Committee E 133 Colorado Young Farmers EC 621 Cox Oil Co. 4H 222 Crop Quest, Inc. EC 583 Crossroads Insurance Agency E 135-136 Crow Valley Panels E 33 Crows Hybrid Corn Co. E 71 Custom Marketing Co., Inc. E 142 D & D Commodities Ltd E 10-12 Dairy Specialists E 63 Dairyland Laboratories E 72-74 Dixon ZTR Mowers E 128 Diversity D, Inc. 4-H C-D Double “O” Farms E 22 DTN E 160-162 Eastern Colo. Seeds/BarenbrugUSA 4-H 224 Ecoquest Independent Dlr. EC 593 Edward Jones Investments EC 2 Ehrlich Toyota E 57 Empire Irrigation, Inc. E 154 Energy Panel Structures EC 510 Evans Excavating 4-H 231 Fairbanks Equipment FEA 343 Farm Credit Leasing FEA 323 Farm Plus Financial EC 592 Farm Works Software Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 13 Farmco/High Plains Livestock EC 553 Fastline Publications E 137 Feldt Sales EC 616 Fence Post E 6 First FarmBank FEA 340 Flat Iron Steel EC 550-551,576-577 Flat River Agri, Inc EC 615 Flood & Peterson Insurance EC 558-559 Fontanelle Hybrids E 103-104 Frontier Glove Co. EC E G&M Implement, Inc. EC 607 Garnsey & Wheeler Ford E 145-150 Garnsey & Wheeler Ford EC 557 Garst Seed Co. E 155-158 General Air FEA 334 Genesis Soil Rite Calcium/ Midstates Consulting E 68 Genex Cooperative FEA 361-363 GFC EC 552 Giant Rubber Water Tanks FEA 301-302 Golden Harvest/JC Robinson Seed Company 4-H 210-211 Grand Valley Hybrids E 115 Great Plains Meters FEA B1 Great Plains Mfg., Inc. OS Great West Trailer & Truck Sales E 111 Greeley Independence Stampede EC 608 Guaranty Bank and Trust FEA 309-310 H2O Power Equipment Inc E 53 Hagie Mfg. Company FEA L 1 Harsh International, Inc. EC 595, E 17 High Plains Journal E 143 Hill Petroleum EC 512 Hilleshog/Syngenta Seed EC 556 Hitchcock, Inc. E 117 Hotsy Equip of No. Colo. 4-H 234 Hydropedes E 151-153 Hydroscreen EC 579 Interstate Energy Inc. 4-H 223 J&T Country Feeds FEA B2 JJ Equipment/Brillion/Rhino EC D John Deere E 130 Johnstown Clothing& Embroidery 4-H A Kaput Products-Ridarodent FEA 335-336, 351-352 KD Loaders FEA B1 KP Sales and Marketing Inc EC 619 Kreps Wiedeman E 164 KSIR Radio EC 555 Kugler Company EC 3 Kuhn-Knight Mfg. EC 525-526 Larson Metal Inc. EC 528-529 Lawson Products Inc EC 586 Lefever Building Systems 4-H 203 Legacy Land Trust E 125-126 Lewton Ag Services/Nitro Sprayers E 93 LG Seeds Booth No. Exhibitor Name FEA 311 Loveland Distribution FEA L2 Luther Equipment FEA D MacDon, Inc. E 86-87 Magnum Manufacturing/ Woodys Pivot Service FEA 369-370 Maize Corp/Kearney Equip EC 508 Maxey Companies, Inc. EC 564 Mel Brown Farm Supply EC 578 Metrogro EC 599-602 MHC Kenworth E 32 Mid West Truck Parts EC 537 Midwest Seed Genetics 4-H 233 Miracle Ear FEA 373 Moly Mfg, Inc./Silencer EC 534-536 Monosem E 112-113 Monsanto FEA 315-316 Moreta Company, Inc. E 84 Morgan CC-Agri & Bus Mgmt. FEA 307-308 Mortec Industries, Inc. EC 527 Morton Buildings, Inc. EC 539 Mountain Plains Farm Credit EC 531 NAPA Parts E 95 Nat’l. Farmers Union Insurance E 75 Nations Pipe & Steel E 54 Navigator E 59 NC+ Hybrids E 92 Neb. College of Technical Ag E 129 Netafim USA EC 617-618 New Frontier Bank EC 511 NK Brand Seed of Syngenta E 102 No-Bull Enterprises E 7 Northeastern Jr. College FEA 317 Northern Colo. Driveline Service EC 506-507 No. Colo. Water Conservancy EC 478-480, 492-494 Orthman Mfg. EC 517-518, 543-544 Outback Guidance 4-H 201 Paradise Landscaping FEA 326 Paul’s Custom Grinding Svc. E 30-31 Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. 4-H 205 P-Diamond Irrigation Sales, Svc. E 91 Petersen Mfg Co. Inc EC 498 PGS Hybrids, Inc. FEA 306 Pickett Equipment E 118-120 Pioneer, A Dupont Co. E 21 Pivots Plus 4-H 223 Pletcher Enterprises E 99-100 Poudre Valley Co-Op Seed Div. FEA 324-225 Poudre Valley Co-Op/ Hutchison Western FEA 336 Poudre Valley REA EC 561 Poulsen Ace Hardware FEA G3 Power Equipment Co. 4-H Prairie Dog Man E 52 Producer’s Choice Seed/PGI FEA 318 Pure Ag Products Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 43-45 Quality Well & Pump EC 588 Rabo AgriFinance EC 502-503 Ranch-Way Feeds 4-H 207 Red Wing Shoes E 39 Regent Broadcasting K99 (KUAD-FM) E 18-19 Reinke Manufacturing EC 524 Reliance Industrial Products E 49 Reliv, International EC 603-605 Renewable Fiber FEA B2 Rhino-Brillion EC 471-473, 485-487 RHS/Bestway E 98 Ritchey Mfg E 41 Robinson Hay Company EC 584-585 Rky. Mtn. Cleaning Systems EC 538 Rky. Mtn. Water Environ Assoc. FEA 313 Rodenator EC 572 Rodman & Company, Inc. EC 554 Roggen Farmers Elevator Assn. EC C Ron’s Equipment Co. Inc. 4-H 212 Rural Community Ins. Svcs. EC 514-516, 540-542 Schaben Industries 4-H 209 Schaeffer Oil & Grease Co. EC 469-471, 483-484 Schlagel Mfg. E 96 Schmidt’s Bakery & Deli E 46 Schroeder’s Tire E 159 SFR HiTech Lubricants E 80-81 Sharp Bros. Seed EC 499-501 Shield Ag Equipment FEA 312 Shur-Co E 47 Silveus Insurance Group E 34-36 Simplot Soilbuilders 4-H 204 Soil Savers E 62 Soybest EC 607, E 145-150 Spradley-Barr OS Stampede Steel FEA 314 Starco Mfg EC 570 Stewart & Stevenson FEA 375 Stinger Ltd. EC 509 Stockton Roofing E 131 Strategic Financial Mgmt. EC 519-520, 545-546 Sutherland Lumber Co. EC 505 Synthetic Resources, Inc. FEA 346-350 T&B Welding & Trailers, LLC EC 597 Tarps Unlimited EC 481-482 Tidenberg Welding & Repair EC 565 Tire Pro FEA 304-305 Tool & Anchor Supply E 134 Toro Micro-Irrigation EC 504 TractorHouse EC 1 Transwest Trailers Booth No. Exhibitor Name FEA 378-380 Triple C, Inc. Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 69 Triumph Seed FEA 364-365 Tru Blu, LLC E 82-83 Twin Peaks Powersports EC 598 U.S.D.A. Colo. Ag Statistics E 85 USDA Farm Service Agency E 50-51 USDA National Appeals Div. E 114 UNI Design E 139-141 Valley Irrigation of Greeley EC 560 Vander Wal Dairy S & S E 3-4 Viaero Wireless EC B Wagner Ag/Wagner Rents E 23-24 Walco Animal Health E 110 Warren Analytical Laboratory FEA 342 Water Colorado, LLC E 60-61 WDPA/ Northern Colo. Dairyettes FEA G4 & G5 Weiss Master Mfg. 4-H 217 Weld County Drug Task Force E 48 Weld County Fair EC 606 Weld County Garage 4-H 202 Weld County Public Works Dept/Weed & Pest 4-H 228 Weld County Sheriff’s Office E 108 West Greeley Conservation District E 132 West Plains Grain EC 609-610 Western Irrigation EC 611-612 Western Material Handling E 20 Whatwire Broadband EC A Wickham Tractor Co./Krone E 40 Wild West Motorsport E 58 Wilson Trailer Sales 4-H 229 Wingfoot Commercial Tire systems EC 533 WW Auctions & Real Estate EC 474-477, 488-491 Wylie Sprayers FEA 374 Xpect Solutions, Inc. Legend e exhibition building fea farm equipment area 4-H 4-h building ec event center os outside

2008 Colorado Farm Show Exhibitors and Booth Numbers

Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 163 1031 Exchange Specialists E 65 A Dbl R Well Services E 115 A-M Valve Co, LLC. E 123-124 ABC Seamless E 55-56 ABI Irrigation E 25-29 Abilene Machine Inc. FEA E Ackerman Distributing 4-H 230 Ag Journal EC 580-582 Agland, Incorporated FEA 344-345 Agri King E 144 Agri-Enterprises E 121-122 Agri-Inject EC 613-614 AgSolutions, LLC FEA 366 AgXplore International EC 587 All Truck Sales EC 571 Allison Transmissions E 9 American Nat’l Insurance Co. EC 530 American Pride Co-op EC 594 Anderson Alfalfa Co E 138 Archer Petroleum E 70 Area Diesel Service, Inc. E 37-38 Arkansas Valley Seed 4-H B A Terrific Mechanic, Inc. FEA A & C B & G Equipment, Inc. EC 513 Bank of Colorado 4-H 216 Banner Health-North Colorado Medical Center 4-H 214-215 B-A-R Distribution Co. Inc. FEA G2 Beaver Valley Supply FEA 319-320 Bekaert Corporation E 109 Betaseed, Inc. E 77-79 Big R of Greeley EC 467-468 Bill’s Volume Sales West FEA 367-368 Blu-Jet by Thurston Mfg. Co. FEA 331-333 Bobcat of the Rockies 354-356 Bobcat of the Rockies EC 547-549, Brothers Equipment, Inc. 573-575 Brothers Equipment, Inc. 4-H 206 Buckboard Bean, Inc. E 105-107 Buckeye Welding Supply FEA G 1 Burrows Enterprises & Fisher Pumps, Inc FEA 337-339 Bush Hog FEA 322 Bushel 300, Inc. E 97 Cache Valley Select Sires FEA 327-330 Carson Trailer 357-360 Carson Trailer EC 568-569 Centennial Ag Supply FEA 376-377 Central City Scale, Inc. EC 596 Central Colo. Water Conservancy EC 566-567 Central, Inc. Booth No. Exhibitor Name EC 495-497, 521-523 Champion Dodge FEA 371-372 Clarks Ag Supply E 76 Cleanfix Reversible Fans OS Cochran Farm Supply 4-H 221 Collins Communications 4-H 232 Colorado 4-H Foundation E 42 Colorado Bean Company EC 532 Colorado Beef Council E 5 Colo. Conservation Tillage Assoc. EC 620 Colorado Corn E 66-67 Colorado Dairy Service, LLC 4-H 208 Colorado Department of Ag E 101 Colo. Division of Water Resources 4-H 218-220, 225-227 Colorado Division of Wildlife EC 562-563 Colorado East Bank & Trust EC 589-591 Colorado Equipment E 14-16 Colorado Equipment E 88-89 Colorado Farm Bureau E 1 Colorado FFA Foundation E 2 Colorado Foundation For Ag E 64 Colorado Hay & Forage Assoc. FEA 303 CHFA E 127 Colorado Land Investments E 90 Colorado Seed Growers Assoc. E 94 Colorado Soy, LLC E 8 Colo. Wheat Admin Committee E 133 Colorado Young Farmers EC 621 Cox Oil Co. 4H 222 Crop Quest, Inc. EC 583 Crossroads Insurance Agency E 135-136 Crow Valley Panels E 33 Crows Hybrid Corn Co. E 71 Custom Marketing Co., Inc. E 142 D & D Commodities Ltd E 10-12 Dairy Specialists E 63 Dairyland Laboratories E 72-74 Dixon ZTR Mowers E 128 Diversity D, Inc. 4-H C-D Double “O” Farms E 22 DTN E 160-162 Eastern Colo. Seeds/BarenbrugUSA 4-H 224 Ecoquest Independent Dlr. EC 593 Edward Jones Investments EC 2 Ehrlich Toyota E 57 Empire Irrigation, Inc. E 154 Energy Panel Structures EC 510 Evans Excavating 4-H 231 Fairbanks Equipment FEA 343 Farm Credit Leasing FEA 323 Farm Plus Financial EC 592 Farm Works Software Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 13 Farmco/High Plains Livestock EC 553 Fastline Publications E 137 Feldt Sales EC 616 Fence Post E 6 First FarmBank FEA 340 Flat Iron Steel EC 550-551,576-577 Flat River Agri, Inc EC 615 Flood & Peterson Insurance EC 558-559 Fontanelle Hybrids E 103-104 Frontier Glove Co. EC E G&M Implement, Inc. EC 607 Garnsey & Wheeler Ford E 145-150 Garnsey & Wheeler Ford EC 557 Garst Seed Co. E 155-158 General Air FEA 334 Genesis Soil Rite Calcium/ Midstates Consulting E 68 Genex Cooperative FEA 361-363 GFC EC 552 Giant Rubber Water Tanks FEA 301-302 Golden Harvest/JC Robinson Seed Company 4-H 210-211 Grand Valley Hybrids E 115 Great Plains Meters FEA B1 Great Plains Mfg., Inc. OS Great West Trailer & Truck Sales E 111 Greeley Independence Stampede EC 608 Guaranty Bank and Trust FEA 309-310 H2O Power Equipment Inc E 53 Hagie Mfg. Company FEA L 1 Harsh International, Inc. EC 595, E 17 High Plains Journal E 143 Hill Petroleum EC 512 Hilleshog/Syngenta Seed EC 556 Hitchcock, Inc. E 117 Hotsy Equip of No. Colo. 4-H 234 Hydropedes E 151-153 Hydroscreen EC 579 Interstate Energy Inc. 4-H 223 J&T Country Feeds FEA B2 JJ Equipment/Brillion/Rhino EC D John Deere E 130 Johnstown Clothing& Embroidery 4-H A Kaput Products-Ridarodent FEA 335-336, 351-352 KD Loaders FEA B1 KP Sales and Marketing Inc EC 619 Kreps Wiedeman E 164 KSIR Radio EC 555 Kugler Company EC 3 Kuhn-Knight Mfg. EC 525-526 Larson Metal Inc. EC 528-529 Lawson Products Inc EC 586 Lefever Building Systems 4-H 203 Legacy Land Trust E 125-126 Lewton Ag Services/Nitro Sprayers E 93 LG Seeds Booth No. Exhibitor Name FEA 311 Loveland Distribution FEA L2 Luther Equipment FEA D MacDon, Inc. E 86-87 Magnum Manufacturing/ Woodys Pivot Service FEA 369-370 Maize Corp/Kearney Equip EC 508 Maxey Companies, Inc. EC 564 Mel Brown Farm Supply EC 578 Metrogro EC 599-602 MHC Kenworth E 32 Mid West Truck Parts EC 537 Midwest Seed Genetics 4-H 233 Miracle Ear FEA 373 Moly Mfg, Inc./Silencer EC 534-536 Monosem E 112-113 Monsanto FEA 315-316 Moreta Company, Inc. E 84 Morgan CC-Agri & Bus Mgmt. FEA 307-308 Mortec Industries, Inc. EC 527 Morton Buildings, Inc. EC 539 Mountain Plains Farm Credit EC 531 NAPA Parts E 95 Nat’l. Farmers Union Insurance E 75 Nations Pipe & Steel E 54 Navigator E 59 NC+ Hybrids E 92 Neb. College of Technical Ag E 129 Netafim USA EC 617-618 New Frontier Bank EC 511 NK Brand Seed of Syngenta E 102 No-Bull Enterprises E 7 Northeastern Jr. College FEA 317 Northern Colo. Driveline Service EC 506-507 No. Colo. Water Conservancy EC 478-480, 492-494 Orthman Mfg. EC 517-518, 543-544 Outback Guidance 4-H 201 Paradise Landscaping FEA 326 Paul’s Custom Grinding Svc. E 30-31 Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. 4-H 205 P-Diamond Irrigation Sales, Svc. E 91 Petersen Mfg Co. Inc EC 498 PGS Hybrids, Inc. FEA 306 Pickett Equipment E 118-120 Pioneer, A Dupont Co. E 21 Pivots Plus 4-H 223 Pletcher Enterprises E 99-100 Poudre Valley Co-Op Seed Div. FEA 324-225 Poudre Valley Co-Op/ Hutchison Western FEA 336 Poudre Valley REA EC 561 Poulsen Ace Hardware FEA G3 Power Equipment Co. 4-H Prairie Dog Man E 52 Producer’s Choice Seed/PGI FEA 318 Pure Ag Products Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 43-45 Quality Well & Pump EC 588 Rabo AgriFinance EC 502-503 Ranch-Way Feeds 4-H 207 Red Wing Shoes E 39 Regent Broadcasting K99 (KUAD-FM) E 18-19 Reinke Manufacturing EC 524 Reliance Industrial Products E 49 Reliv, International EC 603-605 Renewable Fiber FEA B2 Rhino-Brillion EC 471-473, 485-487 RHS/Bestway E 98 Ritchey Mfg E 41 Robinson Hay Company EC 584-585 Rky. Mtn. Cleaning Systems EC 538 Rky. Mtn. Water Environ Assoc. FEA 313 Rodenator EC 572 Rodman & Company, Inc. EC 554 Roggen Farmers Elevator Assn. EC C Ron’s Equipment Co. Inc. 4-H 212 Rural Community Ins. Svcs. EC 514-516, 540-542 Schaben Industries 4-H 209 Schaeffer Oil & Grease Co. EC 469-471, 483-484 Schlagel Mfg. E 96 Schmidt’s Bakery & Deli E 46 Schroeder’s Tire E 159 SFR HiTech Lubricants E 80-81 Sharp Bros. Seed EC 499-501 Shield Ag Equipment FEA 312 Shur-Co E 47 Silveus Insurance Group E 34-36 Simplot Soilbuilders 4-H 204 Soil Savers E 62 Soybest EC 607, E 145-150 Spradley-Barr OS Stampede Steel FEA 314 Starco Mfg EC 570 Stewart & Stevenson FEA 375 Stinger Ltd. EC 509 Stockton Roofing E 131 Strategic Financial Mgmt. EC 519-520, 545-546 Sutherland Lumber Co. EC 505 Synthetic Resources, Inc. FEA 346-350 T&B Welding & Trailers, LLC EC 597 Tarps Unlimited EC 481-482 Tidenberg Welding & Repair EC 565 Tire Pro FEA 304-305 Tool & Anchor Supply E 134 Toro Micro-Irrigation EC 504 TractorHouse EC 1 Transwest Trailers Booth No. Exhibitor Name FEA 378-380 Triple C, Inc. Booth No. Exhibitor Name E 69 Triumph Seed FEA 364-365 Tru Blu, LLC E 82-83 Twin Peaks Powersports EC 598 U.S.D.A. Colo. Ag Statistics E 85 USDA Farm Service Agency E 50-51 USDA National Appeals Div. E 114 UNI Design E 139-141 Valley Irrigation of Greeley EC 560 Vander Wal Dairy S & S E 3-4 Viaero Wireless EC B Wagner Ag/Wagner Rents E 23-24 Walco Animal Health E 110 Warren Analytical Laboratory FEA 342 Water Colorado, LLC E 60-61 WDPA/ Northern Colo. Dairyettes FEA G4 & G5 Weiss Master Mfg. 4-H 217 Weld County Drug Task Force E 48 Weld County Fair EC 606 Weld County Garage 4-H 202 Weld County Public Works Dept/Weed & Pest 4-H 228 Weld County Sheriff’s Office E 108 West Greeley Conservation District E 132 West Plains Grain EC 609-610 Western Irrigation EC 611-612 Western Material Handling E 20 Whatwire Broadband EC A Wickham Tractor Co./Krone E 40 Wild West Motorsport E 58 Wilson Trailer Sales 4-H 229 Wingfoot Commercial Tire systems EC 533 WW Auctions & Real Estate EC 474-477, 488-491 Wylie Sprayers FEA 374 Xpect Solutions, Inc. Legend e exhibition building fea farm equipment area 4-H 4-h building ec event center os outside

Near-record corn crop will help cow-calf producers this year

Close to 3,500 calves moved through the sale ring at Herreid Livestock Auction (HLA) on October 30, and cow-calf producers are in a good spot this year as they sell their calf crop, says J.R. Scott, HLA Field Rep. "While everyone would love to see prices at the same levels as 2014, folks are still optimistic about the fact that this will be the second-highest year on record for calves," said Scott. A quick snapshot of current prices at press time, Scott says 400 pound steers are bringing $260-275/cwt; 500 pound steers are $220-240/cwt; and 600 pound steers are $205-220, respectively. "We are just getting started on our fall calf run at the sale barn, and our peak will be in November and December," he said. "Things are pretty good for the cow-calf guy right now, so it's going to be a pretty exciting fall run." One factor that is playing into the decision of the cow-calf operator of how long to hold his weaned calves is corn, and the overall abundance of grain that's at his disposal now that the 2015 corn harvest is winding down. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), "Corn production is forecast at 13.6 billion bushels, down 4 percent from last year's record production and down less than 1 percent from the August forecast. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 167.5 bushels per acre, down 1.3 bushels from the August forecast and down 3.5 bushels from 2014. If realized, this will be the second highest yield and third largest production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.1 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but down 2 percent from 2014." So what does this abundant harvested corn crop mean for both farmers and ranchers? Matthew Diersen, South Dakota State University Extension risk/ business management specialist, offers his thoughts on a record corn crop and how it might relate to beef producers. "If we look at South Dakota, the state had slightly fewer acres of corn this year than last year but still maintained super high yields to get to a level comparable to the last three years," said Diersen. "The number of bushels harvested is phenomenal throughout the entire state of South Dakota, which means we have a large number of potential buyers with easy access to corn as feed from across the state. Anybody with a backgrounding yard or feedlot also has a ready available supply of corn, which could translate to higher bids for feeder calves at auction. It's good news all around." For farmers selling corn, Diersen said the current prices are higher this year than last year at this time. "Even with a higher level of production and high yields, the price is up from last year, so the corn farmer is going to be better off in 2015," said Diersen. "However, higher corn prices might result in a little bit lower calf prices, but we need to look at more than just the price of corn when we're looking at the feedlot costs." Looking at other feedstuffs, Diersen said hay is plentiful and the price is generally lower now compared to prices from the fall of 2014. "The lower hay price will more than offset the price of corn this year, which is expected to be higher in March than it will be in December, and higher in May than it will be in March," said Diersen. "In addition to hay, corn stalks and distillers are also easily accessible this time of year, which will also be good for beef producers. With the abundance of feed available, you have the incentive to do some feeding where maybe in other years, you wouldn't. There isn't unusual profits to be had by feeding calves, but all indications show there will be plenty of demand for buyers in the region." "With the high yields farmers in the area had in this year's corn harvest, there's definitely a lot of feed sitting around," added Scott. "There's also plenty of hay and silage available, so this will definitely add to the demand of calves this fall and get bidders in the seats." A look at the futures market shows December corn prices at $3.80/bushel and July 2016 is just under $4/bushel, said Diersen. "There's carry in the futures market," he said. "Feeders will need to push the pencil a little bit to figure out how much feed they'll need and if it makes sense for the feeder to store it or someone else to store it for now. If you're going to need feed, and you're not struggling for cash, there's probably enough carry to justify laying some in verses waiting to buy corn later. Of course, the price could change, so that's a consideration." "We are seeing more cow-calf producers who typically sell off the cow background their weaned calves for awhile to try to get some value out of the available corn," added Scott. "It makes more sense to add dollars by putting the corn in the feed bunk verses hauling it to town to the elevator." Diersen said 2016 is looking to be positive for cow-calf producers, and even though some are disappointed that 2015 is shaping up to reach the record high prices of 2014, producers will still see profits in 2015 and 2016. "Don't forget we are in a cattle cycle, so you wouldn't expect prices next year to be higher than this year," he said. "However, there is little to suggest that the price has to go back down to levels from five years ago. Based on longer run costs, things should still be profitable for cow-calf producers in 2016, which should encourage expansion." While expansion levels aren't high enough to impact the market yet, Diersen said the trend of retaining heifers continues to grow, so there will be fewer heifers in the feedlot once again this year. Yet, despite expansion, beef production levels are trending upward. "Many cow-calf producers I've visited with have plans to feed more replacement heifers and cull cows longer with the feedstuffs they have from this year's harvest," said Scott. "It all goes back to the basics of how to market your grain or silage a little smarter." According to USDA's Economic Research Service, "2015 beef production will reach about 23.8 billion pounds. Higher cattle slaughter levels, in conjunction with heavy carcass weights, are expected to increase beef production in 2016. USDA's current forecast for total beef production next year is nearly 25.0 billion pounds, up 5 percent relative to 2015." With harvest winding down, cattle feeders can take advantage of the bumper crop by accessing the abundance of local corn and feedstuffs currently available. With corn to feed, cow-calf producers can also add value by backgrounding calves longer and can feel confident knowing there will be bidders in the stands wanting to fill their yards with feeder cattle

Field peas are a developing feed source for cattle

There is a developing feed source for the cattle industry here in our region with the introduction of field peas as an alternative feed source for the livestock industry. The production of field peas across our region has come about as producers look for alternative crops to transition back to winter wheat in their crop rotations. The addition of field peas has proven to be a sound agronomic practice in crop rotations which benefits the winter wheat production. As producers we are attempting to make field peas a long term part of our crop rotations. Many producers are raising field peas in the area. The challenge for producers is developing a reliable market for the field peas. We need the livestock industry’s support as we continue to build this marketplace. The timing of the development of this alternative feed source has coincided with the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center’s research on feeding field peas to cattle on their research farm. Karla Jenkins, UNL livestock feed researcher, recently presented a summary of the research she and her fellow researchers at UNL have found when including field peas in many different livestock feed rations. This research along with other research done in North Dakota has proven the field peas are a good alternative feed source in the livestock industry. Karla’s research using a 25% field pea 75% dried distillers grain cube showed an average daily gain in yearling heifers of 1.47 lbs./day. She also fed yearling heifers in this trial dried distillers grain in a bunk which showed an average daily gain of 1.4 lbs./day. In this same trial she also fed dried distillers grain on the ground which showed an average daily gain of 1.15 lbs./day. The field pea-dried distillers grain cubes proved to be of high quality leading to higher average daily gains in the yearling heifers. They provide the convenience of being able to feed the cubes on the ground as opposed to in a bunk. There is also less waste when feeding these cubes as opposed to feeding dried distillers grain on the ground. We have a local feed mill that made these cubes for the trial and would be willing to produce more of these cubes as the need arises. Please contact me if you would be interested in trying some of these field pea-distillers grain cubes on your farm or ranch. Karla and her team of researchers also conducted trials at the research feedlot including field peas in finishing rations as a replacement for wet distillers grain and corn. They included field peas up to 20% of the dry matter intake in these rations. The conclusion of these trials showed field peas can be included in finishing rations with no negative effects. As the price of corn remains high the field peas can provide an alternative feed source to replace the high valued corn or wet distillers’ grain in these rations. The carcasses from these cattle were processed and the steaks were sent to a trained test panel at UNL for taste testing. The steaks from the cattle fed rations including field peas were compared to steaks from cattle fed corn based rations. The steaks from the field pea fed cattle proved to have better flavor and were more tender. The steaks were also mechanically tested using the Warner-Bratzler shear force test and the field pea steaks did show less force needed to tear the meat, indicating a more tender meat. Karla pointed out research done in North Dakota that tested field peas in receiving rations. The field peas were included as 17% of the dry matter portion of the ration. The research indicated higher average daily gain in the cattle fed this receiving ration and higher dry matter intake. Several local feedlots have also included field peas in their receiving rations and have reported similar results. Research from North Dakota shows creep feed rations with peas replacing from 33%-67% of the wheat middlings showed increased performance with the calves. The studies also show high palatability of the field peas in these rations. I would encourage everyone in the livestock feeding industry to consider field peas as part of their livestock feed source. Field peas have proven to be a good feed source for protein and energy and should be a good fit in any ration for feeding cattle. Field pea producers and our local livestock industry need to work together to make field peas a stable crop in this region. To view the UNL Panhandle research and Extension center research on including field peas in cattle rations go to the website http://www.beef.unl.edu. For information on research including field peas in livestock rations in North Dakota go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu. Also feel free to contact Karla Jenkins at (308) 632-1245 for any questions pertaining to field peas in cattle rations. If you would like to include field peas in your livestock rations contact me at (308) 760-5259 and I can put you in contact with producers growing field peas in your area.

New Zealand farmers get a first-hand look at Weld lamb operation

EATON – Ivan Pawson stood outside the pen of lambs at Harper Livestock east of here Friday morning, trying to figure the breeding of the lambs in the pens. “They are nothing like the ones at home,” he said. But then Pawson is from Palmerston North, which he explained is on the north island of New Zealand. He was among a group of New Zealand dairy and sheep farmers who toured the Hirsch Dairy north of Severance and stopped at Harper Livestock, the largest lamb feeder in Weld County, which added a smaller cattle feedlot to its operation in 2006. Steve LeValley, a sheep specialist at Colorado State University, and Bill Angell, director and livestock agent with the Weld office of CSU Extension, accompanied the group of about 25 from New Zealand who are touring north-central Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota farming operations. They will end their 14-day tour at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, before returning home. LeValley said it’s the second tour of Weld operations he’s accompanied in the past couple of weeks, the first being a group of cattle and sheep producers from the United Kingdom. Pawson, semi-retired, said his farming operation, which includes a few horses, some cattle and sheep, is “more of a lifestyle hobby.” But he said the operation at Harper Livestock, which has a one-time capacity of 65,000 head of lambs and which markets 220,000-230,000 head annually, is nothing like that back home. “In New Zealand, our sheep roam the paddocks. We breed sheep in the high country, then bring the lambs down to the low country to fatten them up before sending them to market,” Pawson said. “We don’t get lambs this big.” Mike Harper is the third-generation family member involved in Harper Livestock and president of the Colorado Wool Growers. He said those lambs in the feedlot are all range-bred lambs. Most come to the feedlot in September and October and are fed at the lot 30-80 days, depending on their weight when they arrive. They come in at 90-110 pounds and go to slaughter at 150-160 pounds. But, he said, there are fewer and fewer sheep farmers involved in the industry, making it more difficult each year “to gather the inventory” needed at the feedlot. “Our lambs go to the JBS plant in Greeley or to Superior in Denver. We are fortunate in that we have two plants. Most lamb feeders don’t have that kind of opportunity,” Harper told the group. The lambs come from ranches in Wyoming and Idaho. They, like the cattle at the lot, are fed a corn-based ration, unlike the cattle and lambs in New Zealand which are all grass fed. Cattle at the 3,500-head feedlot, which is at the west end of the lamb feeding operation, start on a feed ration that is 20 percent corn-based. That is increased to between 70 percent and 80 percent over a 120-day feeding program. They are also fed hay, corn silage that Harper grows, and a wet distiller grain that Harper gets from Front Range Energy, an ethanol company near Windsor. The corn, which is flaked as a feed supply, is brought in from eastern Colorado and western Nebraska, he said. Robert Oliver, who runs an agricultural tour company in Iowa, coordinated the New Zealand visit. The focus of the trip, he said, was educational, as well as to experience the culture of American agriculture.

New Zealand farmers get a first-hand look at Weld lamb operation

EATON – Ivan Pawson stood outside the pen of lambs at Harper Livestock east of here Friday morning, trying to figure the breeding of the lambs in the pens. “They are nothing like the ones at home,” he said. But then Pawson is from Palmerston North, which he explained is on the north island of New Zealand. He was among a group of New Zealand dairy and sheep farmers who toured the Hirsch Dairy north of Severance and stopped at Harper Livestock, the largest lamb feeder in Weld County, which added a smaller cattle feedlot to its operation in 2006. Steve LeValley, a sheep specialist at Colorado State University, and Bill Angell, director and livestock agent with the Weld office of CSU Extension, accompanied the group of about 25 from New Zealand who are touring north-central Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota farming operations. They will end their 14-day tour at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, before returning home. LeValley said it’s the second tour of Weld operations he’s accompanied in the past couple of weeks, the first being a group of cattle and sheep producers from the United Kingdom. Pawson, semi-retired, said his farming operation, which includes a few horses, some cattle and sheep, is “more of a lifestyle hobby.” But he said the operation at Harper Livestock, which has a one-time capacity of 65,000 head of lambs and which markets 220,000-230,000 head annually, is nothing like that back home. “In New Zealand, our sheep roam the paddocks. We breed sheep in the high country, then bring the lambs down to the low country to fatten them up before sending them to market,” Pawson said. “We don’t get lambs this big.” Mike Harper is the third-generation family member involved in Harper Livestock and president of the Colorado Wool Growers. He said those lambs in the feedlot are all range-bred lambs. Most come to the feedlot in September and October and are fed at the lot 30-80 days, depending on their weight when they arrive. They come in at 90-110 pounds and go to slaughter at 150-160 pounds. But, he said, there are fewer and fewer sheep farmers involved in the industry, making it more difficult each year “to gather the inventory” needed at the feedlot. “Our lambs go to the JBS plant in Greeley or to Superior in Denver. We are fortunate in that we have two plants. Most lamb feeders don’t have that kind of opportunity,” Harper told the group. The lambs come from ranches in Wyoming and Idaho. They, like the cattle at the lot, are fed a corn-based ration, unlike the cattle and lambs in New Zealand which are all grass fed. Cattle at the 3,500-head feedlot, which is at the west end of the lamb feeding operation, start on a feed ration that is 20 percent corn-based. That is increased to between 70 percent and 80 percent over a 120-day feeding program. They are also fed hay, corn silage that Harper grows, and a wet distiller grain that Harper gets from Front Range Energy, an ethanol company near Windsor. The corn, which is flaked as a feed supply, is brought in from eastern Colorado and western Nebraska, he said. Robert Oliver, who runs an agricultural tour company in Iowa, coordinated the New Zealand visit. The focus of the trip, he said, was educational, as well as to experience the culture of American agriculture.

New manual covers feeding distillers grains to cattle on forage

LINCOLN, Neb. – Research shows forage-fed cattle often perform better when corn products like distillers grains are made available, especially during the winter months. To assist cattle producers in assessing the opportunity of feeding corn co-products produced by ethanol plants and other milling processes, the Nebraska Corn Board and University of Nebraska have published “Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle.” The manual, the latest in a series published by the two, includes current research, feeding recommendations and more. “Beef calves from weaning until going into a feedlot, beef cows and developing heifers are often on pasture or fed a forage-based diet,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, director of research for the Nebraska Corn Board. “Research shows feed ingredients like distillers grains or gluten feed provide a boost in protein and energy that benefit cattle in these feeding situations.” Authors for the publication include Aaron Stalker, Rick Rasby, Galen Erickson, Crystal Buckner and Terry Klopfenstein of the University of Nebraska. Much of the research cited in the manual was conducted in Nebraska by the authors and funded in part by the Nebraska corn checkoff. Stalker said the manual explains corn processing methods and the resulting products like distillers grains and gluten feed and then covers what is known about feeding those products to cattle on forage-based diets. “The ethanol industry in Nebraska produces an excellent supply of distillers grains, and research demonstrates distinct benefits of offering it to cattle on forage,” he said. “In many cases, distillers grains or other corn co-products provide an opportunity for cattle producers to improve both livestock performance and economics.” In addition to an analysis of the processing feeding methods, “Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle” includes a short reference guide on storing corn co-products. “This publication is designed to help cattle producers become better informed about different opportunities to feed distillers grains and other corn co-products,” Stalker said. “While livestock nutritionists and other cattle feeding experts will find the manual helpful, it was written specifically with producers in mind. They will be able to take the information in the report and directly apply it on the ranch.” “Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle” is a 24-page printed and electronic publication. It is available at http://www.nebraskacorn.org/internally-linked-pages/corn-co-product-manuals/ or by requesting a printed copy from the Nebraska Corn Board. This latest corn co-products manual continues the Nebraska Corn Board’s series of publications geared towards assisting livestock producers in feeding distillers grains. “Utilization of Corn Co-Products in the Dairy Industry” and “Storage of Wet Corn Co-Products” publications came out in 2008, and the third edition of “Utilization of Corn Co-Products in the Beef Industry” will be coming out yet this year and includes significant additions since it was last published in August 2007. All are available at http://www.NebraskaCorn.org.

Wyoming Angus Tour Spotlights Goshen County Ranches

The Wyoming Angus Association has 69 member ranches across the state and was formed to promote the Angus ranches and Angus genetics in the state of Wyoming. The Tour is one of the highlights of the year for the membership and each year a different area of Wyoming is featured. This year the Wyoming Angus Tour featured eight Angus cattle operations and one Certified Angus Beef (CAB) feedlot in Goshen County. Goshen County is in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It shares its eastern border with Nebraska and to the west are the bluffs that mark the western edge of the Short Grass Prairie. Torrington, Wyo., is the largest city and agriculture is the primary industry. Although Goshen County has a reasonable amount of natural water, it is susceptible to drought and much farming and some pastures are under irrigation. The rolling prairie hills and mild winters are well suited to cattle production. In 2004, the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce reported the annual production of cattle and calves to be 200,000. The Angus cattle operations in the Tour ranged from small to large. All raised registered pure bred Angus. Some turned bulls out with their cows, some bred by Artificial Insemination (AI), and some did both. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a two-day affair which started at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch near Torrington, Wyo. About 60 people let some one else do the driving in the air conditioned comfort of a school bus and a line of trucks followed the bus. The first stop was a little west of La Grange, Wyo., at the G-Wing Angus Ranch of Curtis and Cheryl Grandstaff. The Grandstaffs have rented their 1,600 acres, which runs up onto the bluffs, for 11 years. The G-Wing Ranch is family operated and runs 70 head of mother cows. Like all smart cattlemen, Curtis Grandstaff protects their most precious resources, which are grass and water. As Grandstaff puts it, “Eleven years ago, the drought was in here until the last two or three years. We could probably run 110 cow-calf pairs here during normal rainfall. The rain has been good for the last couple of years and the pastures are recovering, but we will probably hold at this level for a while.” Grandstaff artificially inseminates (AI) his pure bred registered cows. He takes the bull calves to his feed lot in La Grange to background them and backgrounds the heifers on the ranch. He sells about 25 bulls a year for seed stock. David Oedekoven from Sheridan, Wyo., and current Vice President of the Wyoming Angus Association expanded the ‘seed stock’ concept, “Seed stock are pure bred registered cattle. Grandstaff will keep some of his heifer crop, but some of them he will sell to other folks who raise registered cattle. The bulls will typically go to commercial owners who need a quality bull to put in their cow-calf operation that sells calves in the fall.” The next stop on the Tour was Ken Hass Angus of La Grange. Hass Angus is a medium size seed stock producer. Hass says, “Our objectives are to raise bulls based on economically important traits that provide the most profitability for our customers. Our cows should calve unassisted, raise a big calf at weaning, feed efficient, and produce excellent carcass traits to insure a satisfying eating experience.” Hass does no farming and does rotational grazing on dry and irrigated pastures. He has his own sale barn and feed lot. He backgrounds on site with a growth ration that consists of ground millet hay, corn silage, wet beet pulp, corn, oats, liquid supplement, Natur’s Way, and Amaferm. Hass Angus sells about 300 bulls a year by private treaty and an annual production sale on the ranch. The sale is held in January each year. This year was the 29th annual sale and Hass Angus offered 140 pure bred registered Angus yearlings and two year old bulls for sale. After lunch, the Wyoming Angus Association Tour hit the road again with a stop at Guest Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch, Hass G-H Ranch, and then back to the Booth family’s Cherry Creek Ranch. The Booth Ranch is large, very high tech, diversified, and family operated. Shawn Booth has been working on the genetics of his cattle since the 1960s. He uses embryo transfer and recipient cows. Through modern technology and herd management Shawn breeds his cattle in the fall instead of the spring so that the cattle side of the business does not interfere with the farming side. The Cherry Creek Ranch farm business consists of 2,000 acres, which will bring to market 12-15 tons of hay, 50,000 bushels of field corn, a couple of hundred acres of pinto beans, and a small acreage of sugar beets. “Breeding for spring calves is the same time as planting season” Shawn says, “When you are trying to AI 400 mother cows, and plant 2,000 acres, and there is only three of you, one of the jobs is not going to go very well.” Dinner was at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch and consisted of some excellent examples of the carcass genetics that Shawn Booth has been working so hard to perfect since the 1960s. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a big success. It showcased the diversity of Angus production in Goshen County and gave ranchers a chance for some well deserved fellowship. “The Tour is our chance to showcase what we offer as far as Angus genetics, and it helps the Angus breeders in Wyoming market their cattle.” Shawn Booth said, “Some of the best Angus genetics in the country are right here in Wyoming. They are outstanding cattle raised by outstanding people.” The Wyoming Angus Association has 69 member ranches across the state and was formed to promote the Angus ranches and Angus genetics in the state of Wyoming. The Tour is one of the highlights of the year for the membership and each year a different area of Wyoming is featured. This year the Wyoming Angus Tour featured eight Angus cattle operations and one Certified Angus Beef (CAB) feedlot in Goshen County. Goshen County is in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It shares its eastern border with Nebraska and to the west are the bluffs that mark the western edge of the Short Grass Prairie. Torrington, Wyo., is the largest city and agriculture is the primary industry. Although Goshen County has a reasonable amount of natural water, it is susceptible to drought and much farming and some pastures are under irrigation. The rolling prairie hills and mild winters are well suited to cattle production. In 2004, the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce reported the annual production of cattle and calves to be 200,000. The Angus cattle operations in the Tour ranged from small to large. All raised registered pure bred Angus. Some turned bulls out with their cows, some bred by Artificial Insemination (AI), and some did both. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a two-day affair which started at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch near Torrington, Wyo. About 60 people let some one else do the driving in the air conditioned comfort of a school bus and a line of trucks followed the bus. The first stop was a little west of La Grange, Wyo., at the G-Wing Angus Ranch of Curtis and Cheryl Grandstaff. The Grandstaffs have rented their 1,600 acres, which runs up onto the bluffs, for 11 years. The G-Wing Ranch is family operated and runs 70 head of mother cows. Like all smart cattlemen, Curtis Grandstaff protects their most precious resources, which are grass and water. As Grandstaff puts it, “Eleven years ago, the drought was in here until the last two or three years. We could probably run 110 cow-calf pairs here during normal rainfall. The rain has been good for the last couple of years and the pastures are recovering, but we will probably hold at this level for a while.” Grandstaff artificially inseminates (AI) his pure bred registered cows. He takes the bull calves to his feed lot in La Grange to background them and backgrounds the heifers on the ranch. He sells about 25 bulls a year for seed stock. David Oedekoven from Sheridan, Wyo., and current Vice President of the Wyoming Angus Association expanded the ‘seed stock’ concept, “Seed stock are pure bred registered cattle. Grandstaff will keep some of his heifer crop, but some of them he will sell to other folks who raise registered cattle. The bulls will typically go to commercial owners who need a quality bull to put in their cow-calf operation that sells calves in the fall.” The next stop on the Tour was Ken Hass Angus of La Grange. Hass Angus is a medium size seed stock producer. Hass says, “Our objectives are to raise bulls based on economically important traits that provide the most profitability for our customers. Our cows should calve unassisted, raise a big calf at weaning, feed efficient, and produce excellent carcass traits to insure a satisfying eating experience.” Hass does no farming and does rotational grazing on dry and irrigated pastures. He has his own sale barn and feed lot. He backgrounds on site with a growth ration that consists of ground millet hay, corn silage, wet beet pulp, corn, oats, liquid supplement, Natur’s Way, and Amaferm. Hass Angus sells about 300 bulls a year by private treaty and an annual production sale on the ranch. The sale is held in January each year. This year was the 29th annual sale and Hass Angus offered 140 pure bred registered Angus yearlings and two year old bulls for sale. After lunch, the Wyoming Angus Association Tour hit the road again with a stop at Guest Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch, Hass G-H Ranch, and then back to the Booth family’s Cherry Creek Ranch. The Booth Ranch is large, very high tech, diversified, and family operated. Shawn Booth has been working on the genetics of his cattle since the 1960s. He uses embryo transfer and recipient cows. Through modern technology and herd management Shawn breeds his cattle in the fall instead of the spring so that the cattle side of the business does not interfere with the farming side. The Cherry Creek Ranch farm business consists of 2,000 acres, which will bring to market 12-15 tons of hay, 50,000 bushels of field corn, a couple of hundred acres of pinto beans, and a small acreage of sugar beets. “Breeding for spring calves is the same time as planting season” Shawn says, “When you are trying to AI 400 mother cows, and plant 2,000 acres, and there is only three of you, one of the jobs is not going to go very well.” Dinner was at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch and consisted of some excellent examples of the carcass genetics that Shawn Booth has been working so hard to perfect since the 1960s. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a big success. It showcased the diversity of Angus production in Goshen County and gave ranchers a chance for some well deserved fellowship. “The Tour is our chance to showcase what we offer as far as Angus genetics, and it helps the Angus breeders in Wyoming market their cattle.” Shawn Booth said, “Some of the best Angus genetics in the country are right here in Wyoming. They are outstanding cattle raised by outstanding people.” The Wyoming Angus Association has 69 member ranches across the state and was formed to promote the Angus ranches and Angus genetics in the state of Wyoming. The Tour is one of the highlights of the year for the membership and each year a different area of Wyoming is featured. This year the Wyoming Angus Tour featured eight Angus cattle operations and one Certified Angus Beef (CAB) feedlot in Goshen County. Goshen County is in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It shares its eastern border with Nebraska and to the west are the bluffs that mark the western edge of the Short Grass Prairie. Torrington, Wyo., is the largest city and agriculture is the primary industry. Although Goshen County has a reasonable amount of natural water, it is susceptible to drought and much farming and some pastures are under irrigation. The rolling prairie hills and mild winters are well suited to cattle production. In 2004, the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce reported the annual production of cattle and calves to be 200,000. The Angus cattle operations in the Tour ranged from small to large. All raised registered pure bred Angus. Some turned bulls out with their cows, some bred by Artificial Insemination (AI), and some did both. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a two-day affair which started at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch near Torrington, Wyo. About 60 people let some one else do the driving in the air conditioned comfort of a school bus and a line of trucks followed the bus. The first stop was a little west of La Grange, Wyo., at the G-Wing Angus Ranch of Curtis and Cheryl Grandstaff. The Grandstaffs have rented their 1,600 acres, which runs up onto the bluffs, for 11 years. The G-Wing Ranch is family operated and runs 70 head of mother cows. Like all smart cattlemen, Curtis Grandstaff protects their most precious resources, which are grass and water. As Grandstaff puts it, “Eleven years ago, the drought was in here until the last two or three years. We could probably run 110 cow-calf pairs here during normal rainfall. The rain has been good for the last couple of years and the pastures are recovering, but we will probably hold at this level for a while.” Grandstaff artificially inseminates (AI) his pure bred registered cows. He takes the bull calves to his feed lot in La Grange to background them and backgrounds the heifers on the ranch. He sells about 25 bulls a year for seed stock. David Oedekoven from Sheridan, Wyo., and current Vice President of the Wyoming Angus Association expanded the ‘seed stock’ concept, “Seed stock are pure bred registered cattle. Grandstaff will keep some of his heifer crop, but some of them he will sell to other folks who raise registered cattle. The bulls will typically go to commercial owners who need a quality bull to put in their cow-calf operation that sells calves in the fall.” The next stop on the Tour was Ken Hass Angus of La Grange. Hass Angus is a medium size seed stock producer. Hass says, “Our objectives are to raise bulls based on economically important traits that provide the most profitability for our customers. Our cows should calve unassisted, raise a big calf at weaning, feed efficient, and produce excellent carcass traits to insure a satisfying eating experience.” Hass does no farming and does rotational grazing on dry and irrigated pastures. He has his own sale barn and feed lot. He backgrounds on site with a growth ration that consists of ground millet hay, corn silage, wet beet pulp, corn, oats, liquid supplement, Natur’s Way, and Amaferm. Hass Angus sells about 300 bulls a year by private treaty and an annual production sale on the ranch. The sale is held in January each year. This year was the 29th annual sale and Hass Angus offered 140 pure bred registered Angus yearlings and two year old bulls for sale. After lunch, the Wyoming Angus Association Tour hit the road again with a stop at Guest Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch, Hass G-H Ranch, and then back to the Booth family’s Cherry Creek Ranch. The Booth Ranch is large, very high tech, diversified, and family operated. Shawn Booth has been working on the genetics of his cattle since the 1960s. He uses embryo transfer and recipient cows. Through modern technology and herd management Shawn breeds his cattle in the fall instead of the spring so that the cattle side of the business does not interfere with the farming side. The Cherry Creek Ranch farm business consists of 2,000 acres, which will bring to market 12-15 tons of hay, 50,000 bushels of field corn, a couple of hundred acres of pinto beans, and a small acreage of sugar beets. “Breeding for spring calves is the same time as planting season” Shawn says, “When you are trying to AI 400 mother cows, and plant 2,000 acres, and there is only three of you, one of the jobs is not going to go very well.” Dinner was at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch and consisted of some excellent examples of the carcass genetics that Shawn Booth has been working so hard to perfect since the 1960s. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a big success. It showcased the diversity of Angus production in Goshen County and gave ranchers a chance for some well deserved fellowship. “The Tour is our chance to showcase what we offer as far as Angus genetics, and it helps the Angus breeders in Wyoming market their cattle.” Shawn Booth said, “Some of the best Angus genetics in the country are right here in Wyoming. They are outstanding cattle raised by outstanding people.” The Wyoming Angus Association has 69 member ranches across the state and was formed to promote the Angus ranches and Angus genetics in the state of Wyoming. The Tour is one of the highlights of the year for the membership and each year a different area of Wyoming is featured. This year the Wyoming Angus Tour featured eight Angus cattle operations and one Certified Angus Beef (CAB) feedlot in Goshen County. Goshen County is in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It shares its eastern border with Nebraska and to the west are the bluffs that mark the western edge of the Short Grass Prairie. Torrington, Wyo., is the largest city and agriculture is the primary industry. Although Goshen County has a reasonable amount of natural water, it is susceptible to drought and much farming and some pastures are under irrigation. The rolling prairie hills and mild winters are well suited to cattle production. In 2004, the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce reported the annual production of cattle and calves to be 200,000. The Angus cattle operations in the Tour ranged from small to large. All raised registered pure bred Angus. Some turned bulls out with their cows, some bred by Artificial Insemination (AI), and some did both. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a two-day affair which started at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch near Torrington, Wyo. About 60 people let some one else do the driving in the air conditioned comfort of a school bus and a line of trucks followed the bus. The first stop was a little west of La Grange, Wyo., at the G-Wing Angus Ranch of Curtis and Cheryl Grandstaff. The Grandstaffs have rented their 1,600 acres, which runs up onto the bluffs, for 11 years. The G-Wing Ranch is family operated and runs 70 head of mother cows. Like all smart cattlemen, Curtis Grandstaff protects their most precious resources, which are grass and water. As Grandstaff puts it, “Eleven years ago, the drought was in here until the last two or three years. We could probably run 110 cow-calf pairs here during normal rainfall. The rain has been good for the last couple of years and the pastures are recovering, but we will probably hold at this level for a while.” Grandstaff artificially inseminates (AI) his pure bred registered cows. He takes the bull calves to his feed lot in La Grange to background them and backgrounds the heifers on the ranch. He sells about 25 bulls a year for seed stock. David Oedekoven from Sheridan, Wyo., and current Vice President of the Wyoming Angus Association expanded the ‘seed stock’ concept, “Seed stock are pure bred registered cattle. Grandstaff will keep some of his heifer crop, but some of them he will sell to other folks who raise registered cattle. The bulls will typically go to commercial owners who need a quality bull to put in their cow-calf operation that sells calves in the fall.” The next stop on the Tour was Ken Hass Angus of La Grange. Hass Angus is a medium size seed stock producer. Hass says, “Our objectives are to raise bulls based on economically important traits that provide the most profitability for our customers. Our cows should calve unassisted, raise a big calf at weaning, feed efficient, and produce excellent carcass traits to insure a satisfying eating experience.” Hass does no farming and does rotational grazing on dry and irrigated pastures. He has his own sale barn and feed lot. He backgrounds on site with a growth ration that consists of ground millet hay, corn silage, wet beet pulp, corn, oats, liquid supplement, Natur’s Way, and Amaferm. Hass Angus sells about 300 bulls a year by private treaty and an annual production sale on the ranch. The sale is held in January each year. This year was the 29th annual sale and Hass Angus offered 140 pure bred registered Angus yearlings and two year old bulls for sale. After lunch, the Wyoming Angus Association Tour hit the road again with a stop at Guest Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch, Hass G-H Ranch, and then back to the Booth family’s Cherry Creek Ranch. The Booth Ranch is large, very high tech, diversified, and family operated. Shawn Booth has been working on the genetics of his cattle since the 1960s. He uses embryo transfer and recipient cows. Through modern technology and herd management Shawn breeds his cattle in the fall instead of the spring so that the cattle side of the business does not interfere with the farming side. The Cherry Creek Ranch farm business consists of 2,000 acres, which will bring to market 12-15 tons of hay, 50,000 bushels of field corn, a couple of hundred acres of pinto beans, and a small acreage of sugar beets. “Breeding for spring calves is the same time as planting season” Shawn says, “When you are trying to AI 400 mother cows, and plant 2,000 acres, and there is only three of you, one of the jobs is not going to go very well.” Dinner was at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch and consisted of some excellent examples of the carcass genetics that Shawn Booth has been working so hard to perfect since the 1960s. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a big success. It showcased the diversity of Angus production in Goshen County and gave ranchers a chance for some well deserved fellowship. “The Tour is our chance to showcase what we offer as far as Angus genetics, and it helps the Angus breeders in Wyoming market their cattle.” Shawn Booth said, “Some of the best Angus genetics in the country are right here in Wyoming. They are outstanding cattle raised by outstanding people.” The Wyoming Angus Association has 69 member ranches across the state and was formed to promote the Angus ranches and Angus genetics in the state of Wyoming. The Tour is one of the highlights of the year for the membership and each year a different area of Wyoming is featured. This year the Wyoming Angus Tour featured eight Angus cattle operations and one Certified Angus Beef (CAB) feedlot in Goshen County. Goshen County is in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It shares its eastern border with Nebraska and to the west are the bluffs that mark the western edge of the Short Grass Prairie. Torrington, Wyo., is the largest city and agriculture is the primary industry. Although Goshen County has a reasonable amount of natural water, it is susceptible to drought and much farming and some pastures are under irrigation. The rolling prairie hills and mild winters are well suited to cattle production. In 2004, the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce reported the annual production of cattle and calves to be 200,000. The Angus cattle operations in the Tour ranged from small to large. All raised registered pure bred Angus. Some turned bulls out with their cows, some bred by Artificial Insemination (AI), and some did both. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a two-day affair which started at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch near Torrington, Wyo. About 60 people let some one else do the driving in the air conditioned comfort of a school bus and a line of trucks followed the bus. The first stop was a little west of La Grange, Wyo., at the G-Wing Angus Ranch of Curtis and Cheryl Grandstaff. The Grandstaffs have rented their 1,600 acres, which runs up onto the bluffs, for 11 years. The G-Wing Ranch is family operated and runs 70 head of mother cows. Like all smart cattlemen, Curtis Grandstaff protects their most precious resources, which are grass and water. As Grandstaff puts it, “Eleven years ago, the drought was in here until the last two or three years. We could probably run 110 cow-calf pairs here during normal rainfall. The rain has been good for the last couple of years and the pastures are recovering, but we will probably hold at this level for a while.” Grandstaff artificially inseminates (AI) his pure bred registered cows. He takes the bull calves to his feed lot in La Grange to background them and backgrounds the heifers on the ranch. He sells about 25 bulls a year for seed stock. David Oedekoven from Sheridan, Wyo., and current Vice President of the Wyoming Angus Association expanded the ‘seed stock’ concept, “Seed stock are pure bred registered cattle. Grandstaff will keep some of his heifer crop, but some of them he will sell to other folks who raise registered cattle. The bulls will typically go to commercial owners who need a quality bull to put in their cow-calf operation that sells calves in the fall.” The next stop on the Tour was Ken Hass Angus of La Grange. Hass Angus is a medium size seed stock producer. Hass says, “Our objectives are to raise bulls based on economically important traits that provide the most profitability for our customers. Our cows should calve unassisted, raise a big calf at weaning, feed efficient, and produce excellent carcass traits to insure a satisfying eating experience.” Hass does no farming and does rotational grazing on dry and irrigated pastures. He has his own sale barn and feed lot. He backgrounds on site with a growth ration that consists of ground millet hay, corn silage, wet beet pulp, corn, oats, liquid supplement, Natur’s Way, and Amaferm. Hass Angus sells about 300 bulls a year by private treaty and an annual production sale on the ranch. The sale is held in January each year. This year was the 29th annual sale and Hass Angus offered 140 pure bred registered Angus yearlings and two year old bulls for sale. After lunch, the Wyoming Angus Association Tour hit the road again with a stop at Guest Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch, Hass G-H Ranch, and then back to the Booth family’s Cherry Creek Ranch. The Booth Ranch is large, very high tech, diversified, and family operated. Shawn Booth has been working on the genetics of his cattle since the 1960s. He uses embryo transfer and recipient cows. Through modern technology and herd management Shawn breeds his cattle in the fall instead of the spring so that the cattle side of the business does not interfere with the farming side. The Cherry Creek Ranch farm business consists of 2,000 acres, which will bring to market 12-15 tons of hay, 50,000 bushels of field corn, a couple of hundred acres of pinto beans, and a small acreage of sugar beets. “Breeding for spring calves is the same time as planting season” Shawn says, “When you are trying to AI 400 mother cows, and plant 2,000 acres, and there is only three of you, one of the jobs is not going to go very well.” Dinner was at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch and consisted of some excellent examples of the carcass genetics that Shawn Booth has been working so hard to perfect since the 1960s. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a big success. It showcased the diversity of Angus production in Goshen County and gave ranchers a chance for some well deserved fellowship. “The Tour is our chance to showcase what we offer as far as Angus genetics, and it helps the Angus breeders in Wyoming market their cattle.” Shawn Booth said, “Some of the best Angus genetics in the country are right here in Wyoming. They are outstanding cattle raised by outstanding people.” The Wyoming Angus Association has 69 member ranches across the state and was formed to promote the Angus ranches and Angus genetics in the state of Wyoming. The Tour is one of the highlights of the year for the membership and each year a different area of Wyoming is featured. This year the Wyoming Angus Tour featured eight Angus cattle operations and one Certified Angus Beef (CAB) feedlot in Goshen County. Goshen County is in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It shares its eastern border with Nebraska and to the west are the bluffs that mark the western edge of the Short Grass Prairie. Torrington, Wyo., is the largest city and agriculture is the primary industry. Although Goshen County has a reasonable amount of natural water, it is susceptible to drought and much farming and some pastures are under irrigation. The rolling prairie hills and mild winters are well suited to cattle production. In 2004, the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce reported the annual production of cattle and calves to be 200,000. The Angus cattle operations in the Tour ranged from small to large. All raised registered pure bred Angus. Some turned bulls out with their cows, some bred by Artificial Insemination (AI), and some did both. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a two-day affair which started at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch near Torrington, Wyo. About 60 people let some one else do the driving in the air conditioned comfort of a school bus and a line of trucks followed the bus. The first stop was a little west of La Grange, Wyo., at the G-Wing Angus Ranch of Curtis and Cheryl Grandstaff. The Grandstaffs have rented their 1,600 acres, which runs up onto the bluffs, for 11 years. The G-Wing Ranch is family operated and runs 70 head of mother cows. Like all smart cattlemen, Curtis Grandstaff protects their most precious resources, which are grass and water. As Grandstaff puts it, “Eleven years ago, the drought was in here until the last two or three years. We could probably run 110 cow-calf pairs here during normal rainfall. The rain has been good for the last couple of years and the pastures are recovering, but we will probably hold at this level for a while.” Grandstaff artificially inseminates (AI) his pure bred registered cows. He takes the bull calves to his feed lot in La Grange to background them and backgrounds the heifers on the ranch. He sells about 25 bulls a year for seed stock. David Oedekoven from Sheridan, Wyo., and current Vice President of the Wyoming Angus Association expanded the ‘seed stock’ concept, “Seed stock are pure bred registered cattle. Grandstaff will keep some of his heifer crop, but some of them he will sell to other folks who raise registered cattle. The bulls will typically go to commercial owners who need a quality bull to put in their cow-calf operation that sells calves in the fall.” The next stop on the Tour was Ken Hass Angus of La Grange. Hass Angus is a medium size seed stock producer. Hass says, “Our objectives are to raise bulls based on economically important traits that provide the most profitability for our customers. Our cows should calve unassisted, raise a big calf at weaning, feed efficient, and produce excellent carcass traits to insure a satisfying eating experience.” Hass does no farming and does rotational grazing on dry and irrigated pastures. He has his own sale barn and feed lot. He backgrounds on site with a growth ration that consists of ground millet hay, corn silage, wet beet pulp, corn, oats, liquid supplement, Natur’s Way, and Amaferm. Hass Angus sells about 300 bulls a year by private treaty and an annual production sale on the ranch. The sale is held in January each year. This year was the 29th annual sale and Hass Angus offered 140 pure bred registered Angus yearlings and two year old bulls for sale. After lunch, the Wyoming Angus Association Tour hit the road again with a stop at Guest Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch, Hass G-H Ranch, and then back to the Booth family’s Cherry Creek Ranch. The Booth Ranch is large, very high tech, diversified, and family operated. Shawn Booth has been working on the genetics of his cattle since the 1960s. He uses embryo transfer and recipient cows. Through modern technology and herd management Shawn breeds his cattle in the fall instead of the spring so that the cattle side of the business does not interfere with the farming side. The Cherry Creek Ranch farm business consists of 2,000 acres, which will bring to market 12-15 tons of hay, 50,000 bushels of field corn, a couple of hundred acres of pinto beans, and a small acreage of sugar beets. “Breeding for spring calves is the same time as planting season” Shawn says, “When you are trying to AI 400 mother cows, and plant 2,000 acres, and there is only three of you, one of the jobs is not going to go very well.” Dinner was at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch and consisted of some excellent examples of the carcass genetics that Shawn Booth has been working so hard to perfect since the 1960s. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a big success. It showcased the diversity of Angus production in Goshen County and gave ranchers a chance for some well deserved fellowship. “The Tour is our chance to showcase what we offer as far as Angus genetics, and it helps the Angus breeders in Wyoming market their cattle.” Shawn Booth said, “Some of the best Angus genetics in the country are right here in Wyoming. They are outstanding cattle raised by outstanding people.” The Wyoming Angus Association has 69 member ranches across the state and was formed to promote the Angus ranches and Angus genetics in the state of Wyoming. The Tour is one of the highlights of the year for the membership and each year a different area of Wyoming is featured. This year the Wyoming Angus Tour featured eight Angus cattle operations and one Certified Angus Beef (CAB) feedlot in Goshen County. Goshen County is in the southeast corner of Wyoming. It shares its eastern border with Nebraska and to the west are the bluffs that mark the western edge of the Short Grass Prairie. Torrington, Wyo., is the largest city and agriculture is the primary industry. Although Goshen County has a reasonable amount of natural water, it is susceptible to drought and much farming and some pastures are under irrigation. The rolling prairie hills and mild winters are well suited to cattle production. In 2004, the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce reported the annual production of cattle and calves to be 200,000. The Angus cattle operations in the Tour ranged from small to large. All raised registered pure bred Angus. Some turned bulls out with their cows, some bred by Artificial Insemination (AI), and some did both. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a two-day affair which started at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch near Torrington, Wyo. About 60 people let some one else do the driving in the air conditioned comfort of a school bus and a line of trucks followed the bus. The first stop was a little west of La Grange, Wyo., at the G-Wing Angus Ranch of Curtis and Cheryl Grandstaff. The Grandstaffs have rented their 1,600 acres, which runs up onto the bluffs, for 11 years. The G-Wing Ranch is family operated and runs 70 head of mother cows. Like all smart cattlemen, Curtis Grandstaff protects their most precious resources, which are grass and water. As Grandstaff puts it, “Eleven years ago, the drought was in here until the last two or three years. We could probably run 110 cow-calf pairs here during normal rainfall. The rain has been good for the last couple of years and the pastures are recovering, but we will probably hold at this level for a while.” Grandstaff artificially inseminates (AI) his pure bred registered cows. He takes the bull calves to his feed lot in La Grange to background them and backgrounds the heifers on the ranch. He sells about 25 bulls a year for seed stock. David Oedekoven from Sheridan, Wyo., and current Vice President of the Wyoming Angus Association expanded the ‘seed stock’ concept, “Seed stock are pure bred registered cattle. Grandstaff will keep some of his heifer crop, but some of them he will sell to other folks who raise registered cattle. The bulls will typically go to commercial owners who need a quality bull to put in their cow-calf operation that sells calves in the fall.” The next stop on the Tour was Ken Hass Angus of La Grange. Hass Angus is a medium size seed stock producer. Hass says, “Our objectives are to raise bulls based on economically important traits that provide the most profitability for our customers. Our cows should calve unassisted, raise a big calf at weaning, feed efficient, and produce excellent carcass traits to insure a satisfying eating experience.” Hass does no farming and does rotational grazing on dry and irrigated pastures. He has his own sale barn and feed lot. He backgrounds on site with a growth ration that consists of ground millet hay, corn silage, wet beet pulp, corn, oats, liquid supplement, Natur’s Way, and Amaferm. Hass Angus sells about 300 bulls a year by private treaty and an annual production sale on the ranch. The sale is held in January each year. This year was the 29th annual sale and Hass Angus offered 140 pure bred registered Angus yearlings and two year old bulls for sale. After lunch, the Wyoming Angus Association Tour hit the road again with a stop at Guest Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch, Hass G-H Ranch, and then back to the Booth family’s Cherry Creek Ranch. The Booth Ranch is large, very high tech, diversified, and family operated. Shawn Booth has been working on the genetics of his cattle since the 1960s. He uses embryo transfer and recipient cows. Through modern technology and herd management Shawn breeds his cattle in the fall instead of the spring so that the cattle side of the business does not interfere with the farming side. The Cherry Creek Ranch farm business consists of 2,000 acres, which will bring to market 12-15 tons of hay, 50,000 bushels of field corn, a couple of hundred acres of pinto beans, and a small acreage of sugar beets. “Breeding for spring calves is the same time as planting season” Shawn says, “When you are trying to AI 400 mother cows, and plant 2,000 acres, and there is only three of you, one of the jobs is not going to go very well.” Dinner was at the Booth Cherry Creek Ranch and consisted of some excellent examples of the carcass genetics that Shawn Booth has been working so hard to perfect since the 1960s. The Wyoming Angus Tour was a big success. It showcased the diversity of Angus production in Goshen County and gave ranchers a chance for some well deserved fellowship. “The Tour is our chance to showcase what we offer as far as Angus genetics, and it helps the Angus breeders in Wyoming market their cattle.” Shawn Booth said, “Some of the best Angus genetics in the country are right here in Wyoming. They are outstanding cattle raised by outstanding people.”

Beware of the Horn Fly

With summer fast approaching, ranchers need to start thinking about fly control. Studies have shown the presence of flies feeding on cattle during the summer can cause an average of 4 percent reduction in weaning weights. Mostly, this is due to a decrease in milk production because cows spend time trying to rid themselves of flies, rather than grazing. According to David Boxler, extension educator with the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb., one of the most common flies feeding on cattle during the summer is the horn fly. “During the cool part of the day, you will find horn flies on top of the cattle. As the temperature warms up outside, they will move down toward the sides and belly of the animal to stay cooler. Only the female flies leave the animal, when they deposit their eggs in a fresh pile of manure.” Horn flies are gray in color with some markings on the thorax, and a broad “sword like” proboscis. They have a piercing sucking mouth partly because they are a blood feeder. They will feed themselves 20-30 times a day. Boxler says the fly was named the horn fly because they will also feed around the horns. “As the temperature warms up, the flies need to digest their food, and heat can be fatal to them, so they move underneath the animal to seek protection.” Boxler says producers should consider evaluating their fly control program in early morning when flies are feeding on top of the cattle. If a fly control program is working correctly, Boxler says the animal should have no more than 200 horn flies present. Without any fly control, bulls can have as many as 10,000 horn flies, which is significantly more than either cows or steers. Boxler says bulls attract more of the pests because of their testosterone levels, and their thick necks prevent them from fighting flies. Depending upon how long a single season lasts, Boxler says up to 10 generations of horn flies may be produced. Flies can also migrate at least three miles a day, and even further if there is wind, which can make them hard to control. With summer fast approaching, ranchers need to start thinking about fly control. Studies have shown the presence of flies feeding on cattle during the summer can cause an average of 4 percent reduction in weaning weights. Mostly, this is due to a decrease in milk production because cows spend time trying to rid themselves of flies, rather than grazing. According to David Boxler, extension educator with the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb., one of the most common flies feeding on cattle during the summer is the horn fly. “During the cool part of the day, you will find horn flies on top of the cattle. As the temperature warms up outside, they will move down toward the sides and belly of the animal to stay cooler. Only the female flies leave the animal, when they deposit their eggs in a fresh pile of manure.” Horn flies are gray in color with some markings on the thorax, and a broad “sword like” proboscis. They have a piercing sucking mouth partly because they are a blood feeder. They will feed themselves 20-30 times a day. Boxler says the fly was named the horn fly because they will also feed around the horns. “As the temperature warms up, the flies need to digest their food, and heat can be fatal to them, so they move underneath the animal to seek protection.” Boxler says producers should consider evaluating their fly control program in early morning when flies are feeding on top of the cattle. If a fly control program is working correctly, Boxler says the animal should have no more than 200 horn flies present. Without any fly control, bulls can have as many as 10,000 horn flies, which is significantly more than either cows or steers. Boxler says bulls attract more of the pests because of their testosterone levels, and their thick necks prevent them from fighting flies. Depending upon how long a single season lasts, Boxler says up to 10 generations of horn flies may be produced. Flies can also migrate at least three miles a day, and even further if there is wind, which can make them hard to control. With summer fast approaching, ranchers need to start thinking about fly control. Studies have shown the presence of flies feeding on cattle during the summer can cause an average of 4 percent reduction in weaning weights. Mostly, this is due to a decrease in milk production because cows spend time trying to rid themselves of flies, rather than grazing. According to David Boxler, extension educator with the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb., one of the most common flies feeding on cattle during the summer is the horn fly. “During the cool part of the day, you will find horn flies on top of the cattle. As the temperature warms up outside, they will move down toward the sides and belly of the animal to stay cooler. Only the female flies leave the animal, when they deposit their eggs in a fresh pile of manure.” Horn flies are gray in color with some markings on the thorax, and a broad “sword like” proboscis. They have a piercing sucking mouth partly because they are a blood feeder. They will feed themselves 20-30 times a day. Boxler says the fly was named the horn fly because they will also feed around the horns. “As the temperature warms up, the flies need to digest their food, and heat can be fatal to them, so they move underneath the animal to seek protection.” Boxler says producers should consider evaluating their fly control program in early morning when flies are feeding on top of the cattle. If a fly control program is working correctly, Boxler says the animal should have no more than 200 horn flies present. Without any fly control, bulls can have as many as 10,000 horn flies, which is significantly more than either cows or steers. Boxler says bulls attract more of the pests because of their testosterone levels, and their thick necks prevent them from fighting flies. Depending upon how long a single season lasts, Boxler says up to 10 generations of horn flies may be produced. Flies can also migrate at least three miles a day, and even further if there is wind, which can make them hard to control. With summer fast approaching, ranchers need to start thinking about fly control. Studies have shown the presence of flies feeding on cattle during the summer can cause an average of 4 percent reduction in weaning weights. Mostly, this is due to a decrease in milk production because cows spend time trying to rid themselves of flies, rather than grazing. According to David Boxler, extension educator with the University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb., one of the most common flies feeding on cattle during the summer is the horn fly. “During the cool part of the day, you will find horn flies on top of the cattle. As the temperature warms up outside, they will move down toward the sides and belly of the animal to stay cooler. Only the female flies leave the animal, when they deposit their eggs in a fresh pile of manure.” Horn flies are gray in color with some markings on the thorax, and a broad “sword like” proboscis. They have a piercing sucking mouth partly because they are a blood feeder. They will feed themselves 20-30 times a day. Boxler says the fly was named the horn fly because they will also feed around the horns. “As the temperature warms up, the flies need to digest their food, and heat can be fatal to them, so they move underneath the animal to seek protection.” Boxler says producers should consider evaluating their fly control program in early morning when flies are feeding on top of the cattle. If a fly control program is working correctly, Boxler says the animal should have no more than 200 horn flies present. Without any fly control, bulls can have as many as 10,000 horn flies, which is significantly more than either cows or steers. Boxler says bulls attract more of the pests because of their testosterone levels, and their thick necks prevent them from fighting flies. Depending upon how long a single season lasts, Boxler says up to 10 generations of horn flies may be produced. Flies can also migrate at least three miles a day, and even further if there is wind, which can make them hard to control.

Beef Basics II Course offered to producers

LINCOLN, Neb. – A home study course aimed at providing important information for beef producers has been updated to include the latest research available, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. Beef Basics II recently was unveiled, focusing on breeding for profitability, said Steve Pritchard, extension educator in Boone and Nance counties who chairs the program. The seven-lesson course is designed to help producers with topics on reproduction, herd health and genetic improvement using the most current university research, Pritchard said. The Beef Basics program started in 1993 as a way to help beef producers, feed consultants and veterinarians wanting to learn more about beef production. Since then, more than 5,800 people from Nebraska and more than 40 other states and a few other countries have used the course to further their education. “The course was started to fill a need to provide educational information on different segments of the beef industry,” Pritchard said. Many beef producers and others find it difficult to attend educational seminars, Pritchard said. The Beef Basics course allows them to learn in their own home and work at their own pace. Courses can be taken in any order and the number of lessons in a course range from four to 15. Extension educators grade quizzes associated with each lesson and return them with comments to the students. “These cold and wintery nights would be an excellent time to brush up on beef cattle management skills,” Pritchard said. Thirty-seven percent of those responding to a survey taken of producers who took the course in the last four years indicated that the information learned from the courses has resulted in a gain of about $11 per head. Earnings averaged $6,843 per operation. Reported savings from the survey respondents on 10,570 head of cattle was $116,650 per year. Participants surveyed indicated they had made management changes to their operation based on what they had learned from the home study courses. One past participant indicated saving $12 per head by following the mineral nutrition recommendations in the course. Another producer reported “using corn co-products with more confidence and efficiency” after completing the course. In addition to the Beef Basics II course, extension also offers Beef Basics VII, which focuses on using corn co-products in the beef cow herd through the introduction of corn milling byproducts. Beef Basics II costs $60 while Beef Basics VII costs $40. To enroll, go to http://beefbasics.unl.edu. Call Pritchard at (402) 395-2158 for more information.