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2018 American Salers Association Annual Banquet and Awards

The American Salers Association (ASA) held their Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Monday, January 15 in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.

Each year the American Salers Foundation provides scholarships to a member of the American Salers Junior Association to further their education. This year, there were eight outstanding applicants with the following three being awarded scholarships:

Melanie Parke, Drummond, Mont., was the recipient of the Bud Christensen Memorial Scholarship. Melanie is a student at Brigham Young University of Idaho pursuing a degree in Animal Science.

Justin Doubet, Parker, Colo., received the Tim Smith Memorial Scholarship. Justin is a senior at Chaparral High School and is planning to attend North Eastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. this coming fall.

Matthew Price, Mountain View, Mo., was awarded an ASA Foundation Scholarship. Matthew is a senior at Liberty High School and is planning to pursue a degree in general agriculture at the University of Missouri or Missouri State University.

Valerie Barnett, Wellington, Mo., received the second ASA Foundation Scholarship which will help her pursue a degree in Elementary Education in the fall at Northwest Missouri State University.

Following the announcement of the scholarship winners, the ASA recognized Salers producers who have gone above and beyond the ordinary in collecting and reporting performance data inputs. The American Salers congratulates the following Performance Breeders of the Year:

2017 Performance Breeder of the Year

10-15 Head

  1. Diamond J Farms, Eubank, Ky.
  2. Weyer Ranch Salers, Miles City, Mont.
  3. Neben Ranch, Lexington, Neb.
  4. K Bar K Cattle Company, Litchfield, Minn.
  5. Ken Bates III, Yakima, Wa.

Greater than 50 Head

  1. Elm Creek Ranch, Hebron, N.D.
  2. White Woman Creek Salers, Leoti, Kan.
  3. West Hills Ranch, Fairview, Wyo.
  4. Rowell Cattle Company, Ninnekah, Okla.
  5. Williams Polled Salers, Lincoln, Kan.
  6. Panther Country Salers, Leigh, Neb.
  7. Skinner Ranch, Hall, Mont.
  8. MJB Ranch, Lodge Grass, Mont.
  9. Big Sky Salers, Angela, Mont.
  10. Parke Ranch, Drummond, Mont. and MacDonald Ranches, Bismarck, N.D. (tie)

The banquet wrapped up with 2017 Commercial Producer of the Year being announced. This award is presented each year to a Salers commercial customer who goes above and beyond in the beef cattle business. This year’s recipient was the Plasek Family of David City, Neb.

James Plasek and his wife Gail, along with their grandson, Brandon Fletcher, tend to 150-200 Salers influenced cows, along with crops consisting of mostly dryland corn, some irrigated corn and soybeans.

James started using Salers cattle in the mid-1990’s. Plasek states, “I was using some other breeds and was having a bad calving experience, so I started using Salers. And am I ever grateful I found them.” Salers cattle have been a great addition to their program.

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2018 NWSS National Salers & Optimizer Pen Heifer & Bull Show

2018 NWSS National Salers & Optimizer Pen Heifer & Bull Show

This year’s show kicked-off on Monday afternoon with the Pen Heifer and Bull Show followed by the Salers Tailgate Party in the Yards. Panther Country Salers were the gracious hosts of the Tailgate Party. This was a great opportunity for Salers breeders and enthusiasts to gather and enjoy a time of fellowship.

The National Salers & Optimizer Pen Heifer and Bull Show was held Monday morning. The three judge panel consisted of Jack Oattes, Urbana, Ill.; Laura Campbell, Wyarno, Wyo.; and Chan Phillips, Maysville, Ky. The Grand Champion Pen of Salers Heifers was awarded to M&M Stock Farm of Earling, Iowa. Their pen consisted of one March 2017 heifer and two April 2107 heifers, sired by M&M Rebel and M&M Preston. The pen had an average weight of 618 pounds, with an average WDA of 2.08 pounds and average REA/CWT of 1.41. Average EPDs were: CED: -0.06; BW +2.6; WW: +47; YW: +84; MM: +19; CEM: +0; REA: 8.70; %IMF 3.13; Fat: 0.14.

In the Optimizer Pen Bull Show, GG&T Cattle Company of Quinter, Kan. had the Grand Champion Pen consisting of three January 2017 bulls. The pen’s average weight was 1,373 pounds, with a WDA of 3.68 pounds and average REA/CWT of 1.27. Average EPDs were: CED: +1.3; BW: +0.1; WW: +62; YW: +112; MM: +23; CEM: +0.9; Scrotal: 39; REA: 17.4; %IMF: 4.45; Fat: 0.32.

Reserve Champion Optimizer Pen of Bulls was awarded to Key Ranch of Velva, N.D. Their pen consisted of three February 2017 bulls with an average weight of 1,185 pounds and average WDA of 3.5 pounds and average REA/CWT of 1.33. Average EPDs were: CED: -0.2; BW: +1.7; WW: +50; YW: +100; MM: +17; CEM: +0; Scrotal: 33; REA: 15.41; %IMF: 3.1; Fat: 0.26.

GG&T Cattle Company was also awarded the Grand Champion Pen of Salers Bulls, with a pen of three January 2017 bulls. Their average weight was 1,232 pounds with an average WDA of 3.3 pounds and average REA/CWT of 1.27. Average EPDs were: CED: +0.4; BW: +1.9; WW: +64; YW: +109; MM: +23; CEM: +0.8; Scrotal: 39; REA: 15.6; %IMF: 3.73; Fat: 0.32.

The Reserve Champion Pen of Salers Bulls went to T Bone Cattle Company of Osceola, Iowa with a pen consisting of three February 2017 bulls. The pen had an average weight of 948 pounds and an average WDA of 2.8 pounds and average REA/CWT of 1.28. Average EPDs were: CED: -0.4; BW: +2.6; WW: +51; YW: +92; MM: +20; CEM: +0.1; Scrotal: 35; REA: 12.1; %IMF: 2.99; Fat: 0.19.

Complete results of the 2017 NWSS Salers & Optimizer Show can be viewed by visiting www.salersusa.org/shows.

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2018 NWSS National Salers & Optimizer Sale & Show

2018 NWSS National Salers & Optimizer Sale & Show

Celebrating their 43rd year, the American Salers Association had three days full of events at the 2018 National Western Stock Show, January 15-17.

The 43rd Annual National Salers Sale was held on Tuesday, January 16 in the Beef Palace Auction Arena. The sale grossed $86,350. Seven bulls averaged $6,410; eight females averaged $4,467; one embryo package was $1,900; one flush was $4,000; and one semen package was $4,000.

Top bull was Lot 4 – TTG Easton 529E, a 2/12/17 son of MAC Wyndham 54W. Consigned by Taylor Goering of McPherson, Kan. and Triple C Farms of Jamestown, Tenn., sold to Fox Grape Farm of Riney River, Va. for $11,500.

The top selling female was Lot 12 – RAO Miss Eva 19E, a 2/28/17 daughter of WHR Zach 48Z. Consigned by RAO Salers of Williston, N.D., sold to K-4 Cattle Co. of Hereford, Tx. for $12,000.

The National Salers & Optimizer Junior Show was held on Wednesday, January 17, immediately followed by the National Salers & Optimizer Open Show. Ben Cooley of Sterling, Colo. judged the Junior Show.

The Grand Champion Salers Junior Heifer went to Christian Hirsch of Thayer, Mo. with JCGC Eliza 765E, a 3/8/17 heifer sired by DJF Whiskey River 9006W.  Taylor Goering of McPherson, Kan. was awarded Reserve Champion Salers Junior Heifer JCGC Deva 629D, a 2/2/16 heifer sired by JCGC XL 029X.

In the Junior Optimizer Show, Landon Liebhart of Maryville, Mo. won Grand Champion Optimizer Junior Heifer with DJF Destry 636D, a 2/10/16 heifer sired by DJF Borderline 815A. Reserve Champion Optimizer Junior Heifer was awarded to Kaylie Rian McKay of Emporia, Kan. with KM Stella’s Poppy 10D, a 2/2/16 heifer sired by CD Millenium H8011.

The Open Show began with the Optimizer Heifer Show judged by Kevin, Jensen of Courtland, Kan. Once again, Landon Liebhart won Grand Champion Optimizer Junior Heifer with DJF Destry 636D. Reserve Champion Optimizer Junior Heifer was awarded to Kaylie Rian McKay with KM Stella’s Poppy 10D.

Next in the ring were the Optimizer Bulls. The Grand Champion Optimizer Bull was M&M Doctor Bull, a 3/28/17 bull sired by M&M Rebel, owned by M&M Stock Farm of Earling, Iowa. DJF El Dorado 64E was named Reserve Champion Optimizer Bull. El Dorado is a 1/1/17 sired by DJF Borderline 815A, owned by Silver Spur Salers of Maryville, Mo.

The National Salers Heifer Show consisted of nine classes prior to the champion drive. Taylor Goering received the slap for Grand Champion with JCGC Deva 629D, earlier named Reserve Champion Salers Junior Heifer.  Reserve Grand Champion Salers Heifer went to Morgan Street of Cave City, Ark. with MLS Dinomite 601D, a 2/11/16 heifer sired by SCC Y Not 170Y.

The judge evaluated seven classes of bulls before picking STP LMB Dr Jones as the Grand Champion Salers Bull. He’s a 1/25/17 bull sired by STP Indiana Jones owned by White Oak Salers of Fremont, Iowa. The Reserve Champion Salers Bull went to TTG Easton 529E owned by Taylor Goering and Triple C Farms of Jamestown, Tenn. Easton is a 2/12/17 bull sired by MAC Wyndham 54W.

The Premier Breeder was awarded to Silver Spur Salers. Premier Exhibitor was awarded to Taylor Goering.

The ASA Herdsman of the Year was awarded to Maze Farms of Goreville, Ill.

Complete results of the 2018 NWSS Salers & Optimizer Show can be viewed by visiting www.salersusa.org/shows.

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Brush up your BCS skills

Brush up your BCS skills

Go beyond body condition score basics with these 10 tips.

 Shoreview, Minn. – Whether you’ve scored thousands of cows or just a handful, here are some quick tips to help boost your body condition score (BCS) skills. Some tips may be refreshers whileothers may be new to you. Regardless, all will help you become a better herd manager.

“Body condition scoring can tell you quite a bit about your herd, and the results can be used to make important management decisions,” says N.T. Cosby, Ph.D. and cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Because the data captured is so vital, it’s good practice to recalibrate your scoring skills.”

Here are 10 tips to brush up your BCS skills:

  1. Calculate the percentage of each BCS in your herd. For example, 23 cows in a 115-cow herd with a 5 BCS equals 20 percent of the herd. However, do most cows fall between 4.5 and 6 BCS, or are the majority between 3.5 and 7? Both situations result in roughly the same average score (5 BCS), but they tell different stories of herd performance.
  2. Score on a regular basis. There are three key times to collect scores: 60 days before calving, at calving/pre-breeding, and at weaning. It’s most important to score 60 days before calving because the condition in which a cow calves impacts how quickly she will return to estrus.
  3. Get another perspective. If you see your cows every day, it’s difficult to notice if they’re losing weight, so have someone else look at your cows occasionally. It’s also helpful to have multiple people scoring to cross-check. Keep a BCS scoring guide handy to recalibrate.
  4. Write scores down. Written records help identify trends, especially in groups with a consistent BCS. A simple chart on a notebook page can work well. Down the left column list the possible scores (1 to 9), including half scores. As you evaluate the herd, put an X in the row corresponding to the animal’s BCS. This format makes it easy to quickly tally across the row and calculate the percentage of the herd at each score.
  5. Capture a representative sample. Aim to score 60 to 65 percent of cows for a holistic picture of the herd. Larger range or challenging environments may prove difficult to achieve this percentage. In those situations, use known cattle patterns to your advantage. For instance, score at the time of day you know cattle visit a water source or when you might expect them behind a wind break.
  6. Don’t forget to include the date and conditions. Date your scoresheet and make note of the weather conditions on the day you scored. You’re more inclined to score higher on a bright, sunny day than on a cloudy, overcast day. These notes can provide additional insights as you compare datasets.
  7. Focus on young and old cows. Young cows and older cows serve as a good barometer for the herd. They’re often the first to show visual change with any environmental, management or nutritional challenges. Keeping close tabs on these early indicator groups and making necessary adjustments can help avoid a whole-herd impact.
  8. Pictures can’t tell the full story. Taking pictures of cows on your cell phone can be a handy way to monitor BCS, but beware of shadows that can make it difficult to accurately score. You’ll be able to tell a BCS 4 from a 6, but it’s harder to distinguish a BCS 5 from a 5.5. It’s particularly challenging to tell differences in photos on mostly black cattle.
  9. Maximize your time spent observing. While in the pasture, observe other management factors. Do you need additional fly control? Are mineral feeders full? Should you move a feeder to move cattle into an underused pasture area?
  10. Act on the data. Forage quality and quantity change as seasons change, but body condition should remain steady. If you’re seeing a shift toward a lower BCS or suspect a shift could happen soon, it’s time to look at supplement options. A protein supplement with intake control properties can provide energy to complement your forage and maintain cow body condition through all seasons.

“These tips are good reminders and can help you recalibrate your scoring skills,” says Cosby. “However, step one is to make time to score on a regular basis. Scoring provides you with data to help you make critical herd management decisions, like adding a supplement before scores slip or slip further.”

Purina® Accuration® Hi-Fat Block is a self-fed, high-fat protein supplement for cattle consuming inadequate or low-quality forage. The supplement delivers 10 percent fat to provide additional energy and balance forage nutrient deficiencies. Learn more at purinamills.com/cattle.

 

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

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Carcass Excellence – Rowell Cattle Company

Rowell Cattle Get It Done!

For the last two years Rowell Cattle Company of Ninnekah, Oklahoma has been collecting carcass data on their Optimizer steers and heifers and are seeing tremendous results. The cattle Rowell sent out were out of Optimizer cows and a mix of Salers and Hereford bulls. Born in February and March, the steers and heifers were shipped out in the middle of December and harvested in May. The steers were on feed for 154 days while the heifers finished in 176 days and both groups. “I really want these cattle to marble well without having any 4 and 5 yield grades. And they did just that,” said Rowell. The steers gained 3.4 a day with a tremendous feed conversion of 5.8. The heifers gained right under 3 pounds a day and killed tremendous. Right at half the heifer load had over a 15.5 square inch ribeye while still grading choice! “These cattle hit it out of the ball park,” said Rowell! The cost of gain on the steers was 68 cents a pound while the heifers were 72 cents a pound. Multiple steers and heifers hit the CAB mark. In addition, Rowell Cattle Company has been scanning just about everything in production on the place in Ninnekah the last couple of years. “It is all about the numbers, that is where it’s at,” Rowell said. “My goal is to be able to identify all the cattle that have the ability to gain, but still grade really well. That is what I am striving to get,” said Rowell.

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Colmore Farms “Focused On the Future” Online Heifer Sale Results

Colmore Farms • October 10, 2017
Online Sale

14 Heifers averaged $3,082

There were bidders from eight states and cattle sold to five states including: Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri.

Top Selling Heifers

Lot 1 – JCGC Eliza 765E
A 3/8/17, black, purebred heifer sired by DJF Whiskey River 9006W out of a Legend’s Reward cow. Sold to Brittany and Christian Hirsch of Thayer, Mo. for $7,300.

Lot 4 – JCGC Elise 795E
A 2/17/17, black, purebred heifer sired by JCGC XL 029X out of a DJF Whiskey River 9006W cow. Sold to Brittany and Christian Hirsch for $6,500.

Lot 7 – JCGC Elna 751E
A 2/1/17, black, purebred heifer sired by DJF Whiskey River 9006W out of a HUBB Old Dakota 41L sow. Sold to Dalton Reynolds of Huntsville, Mo. for $3,750

Lot 2 – JCGC Elvira 715E
A 1/9/17, black, purebred heifer sired by JCGC XL 029X out of a ETC Old Casino 520R cow. Sold to Tracy Mitchell of Corinth, Miss.

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Carcass Excellence – GG&T Ranch

Premiums to be Had Feeding Salers & Optimizer Cattle!

The GG&T Ranch of Quinter, Kansas understand the importance of carcass traits when raising beef cattle. Gary Werth said, “They are awfully good premiums to be made if a guy is willing to feed for it.” Typically, the Werth family has fed out and harvested approximately 100 head a year and have seen tremendous results. Any cull bulls are cut at weaning and put in the feeder pen. These cattle have been a mix of Salers, Optimizer, and Angus. “We have seen 40% of our cattle grading prime while the rest have hit choice with multiple steers making CAB,” said Werth. These Salers and Optimizer cattle are doing so well that this year they are targeting 200 head to feed out and harvest. The Werth’s have also started feeding out any cull and open cows. “These Salers cattle do an excellent job. We feed a high energy diet with free choice hay, pushing them to a live weight between 1250 and 1400 pounds. We have found these cattle can handle the extra weight while still having a lower numerical yield grade,” Werth said. The Werth family says they have always paid attention to carcass data, but as of late are giving it extra emphasis. Werth said, “With Salers cattle a guy gets the maternal side anyway, so why not!”

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2017 National Salers Tour

We are very excited to have the 2017 National Salers Tour here in the central part of Virginia. Although we are few in breeder numbers, we are big in Salers Cattle in our state.

We have a great itinerary for you to see some quality Salers cattle and to view a few of the many historical sites near our farms. Virginia is just chock full of history that was part of the bedrock in the founding of this great nation. The state of Virginia has embraced more than half of the battlefield tragedies during the Civil War and has a small town who gave many human sacrifices during WWII. And even through all of that, this state still provided the country’s leadership with eight United States Presidents born within its border.

We hope you come to our part of the world to enjoy the many historical facets within the state of Virginia that some just read about. A special feature of this tour will be a very well know historian of this area. He will be narrating the many aspects of our historical country-side as we ride the bus from one site to the next. You will be entertained and learn much as we go down the road.

We are saddened, however, that you may be here for only a short time and only get a taste of our history and Salers Cattle. Perhaps you can extend your stay and see much more but, if not, then we hope you leave with a smile on your face and a spot in your heart for our Southern Hospitality.

The Slusher and Brockman Families

For a full schedule, hotel information and registration form, visit – http://salersusa.org/national-tour/.

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ASJA Junior National Guest Speaker

Can you guess who our entertainment speaker for opening ceremonies will be this year? She’s traveled 35,000 miles across the United States and Canada to be a voice for both rodeo and agriculture. Her degree comes from Mississippi State University. Her heart beats for her family’s cattle ranch. Her faith is in God above. In December she will compete for Miss Rodeo America at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, hoping to be the third Miss Rodeo America to hail from the great state of Mississippi. You guessed it, Miss Rodeo Mississippi, Emma Jumper! Emma will be speaking about the hardships and joys of life on the cattle ranch and motivating us to recognize that the week we get to spend together is so much more than “just a cattle show.”

As a Junior Board we are working very hard to have as many people as possible at this event. We hope that you all will be able to attend. This year is shaping up to be the biggest yet. We have over twenty new members and cannot wait to share what Salers cattle and our Junior National is all about!

Don’t forget that registration is online only and is live now! Early registration closes May 15th. The 2017 Salers Jr. Nationals will be held in Corinth Mississippi June 26th– 30th. The Futurity is July 1st!  As you read above, we have many new, exciting things planned for this year. You don’t want to miss it! To stay up to date, make sure to join us on Facebook at American Salers Junior Association.

Are you interested in hosting Jr. Nationals for 2018? Please contact any of the ASJA board and we will be glad to get you a host state packet with all of the information needed to place a bid for the upcoming year’s Jr. National.

Big things are coming! – Sierra Jacobi, ASJA Reporter

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RAO Salers Sale Report

April 10, 2017
Williston, N.D.
Auctioneer: Kirby Krebsbach

29 Bulls Averaged $3,098
16 Heifers Averaged $1,575

Lot 17 – RAO Derrick 636D. A 2/25/16, black, polled, purebred bull. Sired by GGT P BK Summit 48A, out of an NJF Feists Galaxy 06N dam. Sold to Lee Stenson of Crosby, N.D. for $7,000.

Lot 22 – RAO Dudley 08D. A 2/11/17, red, polled, purebred bull. Sired by PW Believe 12B, out of an NJF Silversmith 45S dam. Sold to Dustin Mortenson of Williston, N.D. for $6,750.

Lot 19 – RAO Dover 648D. A 2/28/17, black, polled, purebred bull. Sired by GGT P BK Summit 48A, out of an NJF Top Level 39X dam. Sold to Hugh Minot of S.D. for $5,250.

Lot 6 – RAO Divide 51D. A 3/1/17, black, polled, purebred bull. Sired by MAC Richland 21K, out of an SRS Outback 0809X dam. Sold to Crohn Ranch of Dagmar, Mont. for $5,000.

Lot 56 – RAO Daphne 673D. A 3/10/16, red, polled, purebred heifer. Sired by PW Believe 12B, out of a Big Sky Cruiser 33W dam. Sold to Dustin Mortenson for $1,950.

Lot 57 – RAO Dory 680D. A 3/23/16, red, polled, purebred heifer. Sired by PW Believe 12B, out of a MAC Union 60U dam. Sold to Dustin Mortenson for $1,950.

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