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Ag Notebooke: Candy for cattle?

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Patent issued for beneficial animal ‘candy’

A U.S. patent has been granted to a Kansas State University-developed “candy” that stimulates the growth, health and reproductive functions of cattle, bulls and other livestock.

Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry, discovered a specific combination of molasses, oilseeds and oilseed extracts that when heated and evaporated, formed a substance that improves absorption of specific omega-3 fatty acids.

“It’s a free-choice type of supplement in a block form ­— sort of like a big, 250-pound piece of fancy for livestock,” Drouillard said. “It’s put in the pasture and the animals consume it whenever they want. The product’s physical characteristics restrict the animals to consuming less than a pound each day, making it a convenient and cost effective way to deliver essential nutrients.”

The substance contains desirable fats that elevate levels of specific omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream. The increases in omega-3 fatty acids can stimulate growth, improve immunity and enhance reproduction function and overall fertility in livestock that consume the supplement.

New Generation Feeds, a South Dakota-based company, has retained exclusive rights to the patented technology for use in its SmartLic brand of livestock supplements.

The process is used in making the company’s HorsLic supplement for equines and FlaxLic supplement for beef and dairy cattle.

— Kansas State University new release

Largest endowment in FFA history to impact thousands

A new endowment that has been established with the National FFA Foundation will allow thousands of future FFA members to attend the organization’s largest leadership development conference — free of charge.

Once active, the Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund Endowment could provide about $1,500 each for 110 eligible FFA members from throughout the country to attend the annual Washington Leadership Conference each year. The scholarship will be awarded to the National FFA Organization to cover the cost of each recipient to attend the conference and provide a stipend to cover travel, meals, lodging and other conference-related expenses.

Glenn Stith of Ankeny, Iowa, who grew up on a family farm in Kentucky and was an FFA member in high school, was vice president of U.S. Branded Business for Seeds, Biotech Traits and Chemistry and Global Lead of Seminis Vegetable Seeds at Monsanto for 35 years. After retiring in 2010, he was named senior associate at Context Network, a business management and strategy consulting firm providing services to global agriculture, biotechnology and food companies.

Stith and wife Maggie, a senior regional director at the National FFA Foundation, announced their gift today at the 2013 Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

— National FFA Foundation news release

‘Biggest little rodeo’ rolling around

Recognized as “the Biggest Little Rodeo in the West,” the tiny town of Grover, Colo., will swell to several thousand June 15 and 16 when the PRCA-sanctioned Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo is held.

Still run in the authentic, old time way, this is its 90th year.

The early rodeo had stock furnished by Earl Anderson, whose ranch was northwest of Grover. That is where the name, “Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo” came from.

This year’s events start with a rodeo parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, then action starts with the first rodeo performance at 1:30 p.m.

Anytime hunger strikes there is a food booth manned by the local Grover Guys and Gals 4-H club.

Money they raise covers activities for the club and provides graduating seniors with scholarships.

Following the Saturday performance, the Grover Chapter of the FFA puts on a feed, which helps raise money.

Rounding out the evening is an old-time rodeo dance, free of charge, with live music, held at the community building on the rodeo grounds. Anyone and everyone is welcome whether they can dance or not.

Things get going early Sunday with a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Grover fire station sponsored by the Pawnee Fire Protection District, with money raised going to help get equipment for the volunteer fire department.

After, breakfast you can worship in “Cowboy Church” at the rodeo grounds at 11 a.m.

More action gets underway with the second rodeo performance at 1:30 p.m.

— Judy Rush, Grover, Colo.

53rd Woodchoopers Jamboree & Rodeo in Wyoming set for this weekend

The 53rd Annual Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo is scheduled in Encampment, Wyo., on June 15 and June 16 at the Lions Club Arena as they celebrate the valley’s timber and tie-cutting heritage.

In addition, at 1:30 p.m. each day, rodeo action will recognize the ranching influence in the valley.

A parade will start the festivities at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

The parade will follow the traditional route, starting in Encampment and proceeding through Riverside. No advance registration is required, but participants should meet at 8:30 a.m. for float judging.

Mary and Gary Jacobsen will serve as the 2013 Grand Marshalls for the parade. A new tradition for area youth is being initiated in 2013 with Kyle Wessell serving as the first Jamboree Ambassador. The position of Jamboree Ambassador will be open to both young ladies and young men each year. The person chosen will receive a scholarship toward their future schooling.

The Ambassador will help promote the Jamboree in various ways at the local level such as speaking on the radio station, appearing in the parade, and participating in woodchopping events.

For a whirlwind of action during Father’s Day weekend come to the 2013 Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo. For more information go to the web site at

— Ella Marie Hayes, Encampment, Wyo. ❖