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NEXT ISSUE ADVERTISING DEADLINE ISSUE: DEADLINE: Summer 2018 April 23, 2018 The Ledger is recognized by the American Aberdeen Association as the official breed publication for Aberdeen cattle; however, management, editing and financial responsibilities are vested in BluePrint Media LLC. We reserve the right to edit or refuse any copy or advertising material submitted for publication. BluePrint Media LLC hereby expressly limits its liability resulting from any and all misprints, errors and/or inaccuracies in advertisements or editorial content. The opinions and views expressed in all editorial material are those of the writer or the person interviewed and not necessarily those of American Aberdeen Association. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: American Aberdeen Association, 19590 East Main Street, Suite 104, Parker, CO 80138. THE LEDGER The official publication of the American Aberdeen Association is published quarterly and mailed to AAA members and interested parties. MAGAZINE STAFF Publisher Blueprint Media P.O. Box 427, Timnath, CO 80547 email: Managing Editor JESSIE TOPP-BECKER (701) 307-0772 Editor LISA BARD • (970) 498-9306 • fax: (970) 493-8930 National Account Sales Manager DEAN PIKE • (303) 810-7605 Creative Director KATHIE BEDOLLI • (540) 752-6143 • fax: (540) 752-5856 Administration/Accounting LESLIE MCKIBBEN (970) 556-9296 Materials Coordinator MEGAN SAJBEL Copy Editor LARISA WILLRETT


ON THE COVER An Aberdeen heifer on display prior to the National Aberdeen Sale at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy Cate Callantine Doubet.

FEATURES BIF to Celebrate 50 Years

The 2018 Annual Beef Improvement Federation Convention is scheduled for June 20-23 in Loveland, Colo. Make plans to attend. 2018 National Western Stock Show Results 10



Find out who exhibited the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Aberdeens at the NWSS.

Vaccination Effects on Reproduction


The types of vaccines you use can affect your herd’s reproductive health.


Annual Meeting Report

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Highlights from the annual meeting and banquet during NWSS in Denver, Colo. Meet the Rancher: Bluebonnet Beef

Read about the Price family and how they got their start selling retail beef in central Texas.

AJAA Heifer Raffle & Auction See who took home the donated heifer and learn the results of the AJAA auction. 28


DEPARTMENTS 7 President’s Column 7 AAA New Members 8 Regional Association News 10 Logistics

15 Sale Reports 25 Junior Corral 25 Aberdeen Events 25 Ad Index


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AMERICAN ABERDEEN ASSOCIATION 19590 East Main Street, Suite 104 Parker, CO 80138 • (303) 840-4343 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President JANIS BLACK • 2J Livestock PO Box 50693 • Casper, WY 82605-0693 (307) 234-0331 • (307) 262-1279 Vice President GARY GILBERT • Gilbert Aberdeen Angus 3986 Lindahl Rd. • Hermantown, MN 55810 (218) 348-7877 Secretary ROB FANNING • Fanning Cattle Co. 877 Oakland Lane • Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (309) 373-2996 Director WADE COFFEY • 7C Aberdeen Cattle Co. 4001 W Glencoe Rd. • Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 880-6908 Director NEIL EFFERTZ • Effertz EZ Ranch 18350 Hwy 1804 N.• Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 471-0153 Director DARWIN ENGELKES • Pine Hurst Farm 16927 H Ave. • Wellsburg, IA 50680 (319) 415-0540 Director DAVID SHOCKEY • Muddy Creek Ranch 101 Muddy Creek Rd. • Wilsall, MT 59086 (406) 600-7179


I hope this finds all of you well! I want to welcome the new members of the Ameri can Aberdeen Association (AAA) Board of Directors – Neil Effertz, Gary Gilbert and Rob Fanning. I am looking forward to working with them in the coming year. The Breeder Services Committee has formed a sub-committee to work with the AAA office on find ing ways to make things run more efficiently. The of fice will be converting to new software March 1, and af ter that transition we will begin working on this. We have also formed a sub-committee to make “how-to” videos. We will

begin working on these in the near future. These videos will cover everything from how to tattoo your animal to how to fill out a registration paper. We are also working on having some member boot camps or field days to demonstrate how to do these same things. We hope these will be helpful for our members. I look forward to working for and with all of you this year, and I hope we can bring everyone together to work toward the common goal of promoting our cattle. Please be kind to one another. TL


Junior Members (13) Jozlyn Lee, Mount Pleasant, Iowa Samantha Parmer, New Virgina, Iowa Gigi Olson, Mount Pleasant, Iowa Allyson Taylor, Hayden, Idaho Hill Camden, Neoga, Ill. Ryan Reeverts, Byron, Ill. Macinzey Maas, Cambridge, Minn. Marissa Fortney, Missoula, Mont. Dakota Fortney, Missoula, Mont. Jake Lakemam, Northwood, N.H. Ruth Lakemam, Northwood, N.H. Hailey Hamilton, Groesbeck, Texas Miranda Morgan, Morgan, Utah Active Members (44) Inch Genetics, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland The Getaway Ranch Living Trust, Show Low, Ariz. Ron Bogue, Bushnell, Fla. Velida Furness, Wesley Chapel, Fla. Hancock Cattle Co., Geneva, Fla. Henry J Farms, Boston, Ga. Charles Allen, Evans, Ga. Circle G Farm, Hopkinton, Iowa Rolling Hills Acreage, Orange City, Iowa TK Farms, New Hartford, Iowa Queen Ester Acres, Mount Pleasant, Iowa Montgomery Cattle Company, Nampa, Idaho Crawford Farms, Dixon, Ill. Yant Farm, Sheridan, Ind. Michael and Jessi Hayre, Hardinsburg, Ind.

Red Roof Ranch, Lawrence, Kan. Abel Farms, La Grange, Ky.

I M Happy Farm LLC, Leesville, La. Hidden Marsh Farm, Jackson, Mich. Homestead Farms LLC, Ottawa Lake, Mich. Jan and Jolene Zuidema, Blomkest, Minn. Mattix Cattle Company, Frenchtown, Mont. Creekside Livestock, Missoula, Mont. Ohlde Livestock, Clarkson, Neb. JL Cattle Company, Schuyler, Neb. Drain Cattle Company, Stratton, Neb. Ronald Bulach, Hamilton, Ohio Double B Cross Livestock, Guymon, Okla. LL Mini Belted Dreams, Pryor, Okla. Cowley Show Cattle, Morrison, Okla. Sullins Ranch, Maud, Okla. Matthew R. Miller, Montgomery, Texas Cedar Bayou Ranch Inc., Baytown, Texas Mill Creek Lowlines, New Ulm, Texas Barton’s Dry Bottom Creek Ranch, Mathis, Texas Ronald Finn, San Antonio, Texas Justin and Jerrica Gregory, Belton, Texas Randy and Gayle Everitt, Pilot Point, Texas Halliedew Anderson, Chehalis, Wash. Jeske Ranch, Spangle, Wash. Driftin G Farms, Port Angeles, Wash. Barbour Farms, Hallstead, Pa. Stev Mars Acres, Ickesburg, Pa. Gerran Freeman, Groves, Texas

AAA Representative  DEAN PIKE

Need assistance in purchasing Aberdeen cattle, marketing your program or herd management? Contact Dean Pike: (303) 810-7605

For information about registering animals or membership, contact the AAA Office: 19590 East Main Street, Suite 104 Parker, CO 80138 • (303) 840-4343

The American Aberdeen Association is a not-for-profit corporation of North Dakota dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Aberdeen cattle . The International Year Code for 2018 is: F

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Eastern Aberdeen Association BY DUSTIN BENDER, SECRETARY

Eagles kept working through all their obstacles this season and “moving forward.”  I think that is symbolic of our plight here in the Aber deen breed and what we need to do – keep moving for ward, keep working, keep getting better. Whether it is our AAA Board of Directors, regional associations or, more im portant, ourselves as breeders, we can look back and dwell in the moment or we can move forward. We can help each other and all gain as individuals; it’s a proven theory. That is what we in the Midwest are determined to do – get better at every level and move forward together as teammates in our own Super Bowl – the success of the Aberdeen breed. Our directory has distributed more than 450 copies to every individual breeder registered in our Midwest foot print or to the general public as they were put out at the Iowa State Fair, World Beef Expo, American Royal and Iowa Beef Expo. This has allowed us to get exposure and spread our message to people in our region about what Aberdeen cattle can do. It’s the most effective advertising and exposure your operation can get for the money.  We will be doing this again and will be releasing the directory on May 1 to distribute it in time for the summer breeding season. In mid-March we will let you know how to advertise. If you are inside our region or operate outside of the Midwest and would like to advertise in the Midwest regional directory, please contact Chance at thebrandlive . We are also in the process of redoing our website to make it a more professional and customer-friendly experi ence. We will promote it on Facebook when it is finished. Finally, we established a goal this year to begin build ing a network so our MAA members can get their animals to a feeder to feed them out and then process them for sale in a retail market. This is something we feel can be a valuable benefit to our members, which will hopefully trig ger a greater interest in our breeding animals among the commercial cattlemen in our region. To start we need to collect data from our members. Like someone once told me, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” The statement is really accurate; without data we would be foolish to ap proach the feeder and retail end. Be on the lookout for us this spring as we gather data from our members. If you are interested in joining the MAA, please contact Chance at and come be a part of the MAA’s 2018 calving season and this year’s new beginning! Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association BY BILL CABANISS, PRESIDENT Spring is close by. Hopefully everyone has had some fall calves and is anticipating new spring arrivals. I thought I might talk about a subject that seems to be confusing many of our new members – registering cattle. Unless other arrangements are made, when you purchase a reg istered animal, the seller will generally transfer the owner ship to the purchaser. This eliminates the purchaser from having to do anything other than furnish the seller with the name and address he/she wants shown as the animal’s new owner. Problems generally arise when it comes to registering previously unregistered animals such as calf-at side and calves born following the purchase of a cow. The first thing to do is to go to the Registering Cattle

The National American Aberdeen Show and Sale, as well as the annual meeting during the National Western Stock Show have come and gone, and the Eastern Region was lucky to have one of its members elected to the American Aberdeen Association (AAA) Board of Directors. I would like to thank all of the out-going Board members and wel come all the new Board members. If you’re not aware, Rob Fanning of Kentucky was elected to the AAA Board. Rob and his wife, Heather, have been active in the breed as well as the Eastern Region for many years. We are happy to have a voice from our region on the national Board. Whether you calve in the spring or fall, one of the most important features on your farm should be a pad of paper and a pen – yes, the forgotten art of record keeping. We commit things to memory only to try to remember them two weeks or a month later. Why do we do this to our selves? We are setting ourselves up for failure. Birth dates, birth weights, calving scores, how long it took to nurse, weaning dates, weaning weights, hip heights, docility, ud der scores, scrotal circumferences – each of these num bers and dates are things we will need for our future. The next step is just as important, and I am as guilty as the next person. I diligently take notes all the time, but without organization, these notes end up in a pile. I was talking with a friend and he asked when we were starting to calve. I said thankfully, with the cold and windy weath er, not for another three weeks. The next morning I walked out to a baby calf looking at me through the gate. Her ears were frozen more than half way down and she had a dry nose and cold mouth. With some time in the house, she is doing well now. But this was a situation that could have been prevented. Sure enough, after digging out the notes, she was born right on the AI breeding date. The bottom line is find a record-keeping method that is easy and works for your operation, and be diligent. It’s always better to use records to make educated decisions than to run your operation on guts and guesses. Visit for more updates! And join the conversation with us on The Official Eastern Aber deen Association (EAA) group on Facebook. Spring is in the air and, for many, calving season is un derway. It’s the resetting and starting-over point for a lot of us as our herd starts creating the next generation, a new beginning! Members of the Midwest Aberdeen Associa tion (MAA) are doing the same and, just like during calving season, there is reason for excitement and hope. The excitement to continue to build on the success that was created from last year and hope that some of the things that didn’t work very well get better. I didn’t have a dog in the super bowl fight, but I enjoyed the game and really en joyed Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce’s comments. I encourage you to watch it, if you haven’t, by searching Jason Kelce on Google. His comments were very inspira tional and were about starting off working at something, for him, as an un-recruited football walk-on at the Univer sity of Cincinnati. At every step he worked hard, and the Midwest Aberdeen Association BY TODD BOHLMEYER, BOARD MEMBER


4. You will need the tattoo number of your animal. Instructions for tattoo requirements are available on the Registering Cattle page. 5. The easiest and quickest way to send in your regis tration to AAA is to use the online form on the Registering Cattle page. Be sure to fill out the form completely or it may drop into a black hole, never to be seen again! Don’t miss the areas where you upload the Geneseek DNA re port and type in the barcode of the animal you are regis tering. Once you have completed your form, be sure that you receive an email report from the AAA. That is the only proof you have that you completed the registration form. Also, be sure to pay with your credit card after you submit the registration. If you have any questions, give me a call at (512) 627-5443. Registering percentage cattle is usually much easier. You will still need AI certificates or Natural Service State ments if you do not own the bull, but most of the time DNA is not required. Western Aberdeen Breeders Association BY DAVID SHOCKEY, VICE PRESIDENT The Western Aberdeen Breeders Association (WABA) is preparing for a busy spring and summer. April 5, 2018, is the Midland Bull Test Sale for Aberdeen bulls. Forty-two Aberdeen bulls have been on an efficiency feed test and will be ultra-sounded and undergo a bull soundness evalu ation before the sale. These bulls will just need cows to start contributing to your herd. Updates can be found at .

page on the American Aberdeen Association website,, and review the instructions. If you want to register a previously unregistered full blood, you will need the following items to do so. 1. A DNA report from Geneseek. This requires that ei ther a blood sample or tail hair sample from your fullblood be sent to them for verification of the sire and dam. If the animal is fewer than six months old, a blood sample is required. Anything older will require a tail hair sample. The address and phone numbers are listed on the Register ing Cattle page. You will need to order a DNA sample kit and then submit it to Geneseek. The barcode on the DNA sample kit is important; it is the permanent record of your animal at Geneseek. There’s no point in sending anything to AAA until this is report is in your possession. I recom mend that you have the report sent to you by email. That will make it much easier to submit to AAA. It may take a month to get the form back from Geneseek. 2. If you do not own the sire of the animal you need to register, you will need a Natural Service Statement from the sire’s owner or an AI certificate for that bull. The owner may require that you pay a fee for those statements or certificates. If you purchased a registered bred cow, and the sire of your new calf was owned by the seller, he should have indicated that on the registration paper when the bred cow was transferred to you. In that case, you will not need any additional forms. 3. If you are registering an embryo calf, you will need to have what is called an “embryo recovery certificate.” Whoever sold you the calf or the embryo should furnish that for you.

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LOGIST ICS  NE I L EFFERTZ A Bright Future for Aberdeen Cattle W hat an informative week in Denver at the National American Aberdeen Show and Sale! Tonya Perez with AgTown Technologies gave a wonderful presentation about the new promotional

While describing his final drive in the female division, Budler said he learned some new terms when coming to America, such as “freaky-fronted, cool, llama-necked heifer.” He said you won’t hear him say those words when describing Aberdeen females because we need to feed 7.5 billion people in this world and freaky-fronted heifers will not help us do that; Aberdeen heifers will help us feed the world. “These are real cattle, they’re beautiful but they’re real,” he said. His comments were accurate, and he made positive remarks as he evaluated every animal in the show. It was refreshing that each animal got a thorough evaluation, whether it placed first or last. The National Aberdeen Sale saw renewed interest among non-Aberdeen commercial breeders who paid $6,750 and $4,100 for Aberdeen Plus and Moderator® bulls, and $5,000 for a fullblood bull. There has been a serious uptick in commercial interest in Aberdeen F1 Moderator females for use in commercial beef herds from North Dakota to Texas. This is going to spell excellent demand for quality, breeding-age Aberdeen bulls that are coming two year olds, ready to service full size, non-Aber deen heifers. A commercial producer told me he sold his late-spring born calves sired by a Moderator bull the last week of De cember at the sale barn weighing more than 670 pounds; these calves brought him more than $960 per head – all with zero assisted births, lots of vigor and no death loss. He bought two more Moderator bulls this spring. Stay positive, share the good news and promote more pounds of beef per acre. Go Aberdeen! TL BIF TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS For 50

materials and videos that have been produced for the American Aberdeen Association; these are available on our website to all breeders. What spectacu lar stuff! I would encourage you to go to the website, watch and share the videos, and print and distribute the brochures. Spread the good word! Eric DeVuyst, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, gave an outstanding presentation at the Annual Meeting that illustrated the overwhelm ing efficiencies of a smaller beef cow versus a larger framed, heavier, more modern American beef cow. When you do the math, the dollars are heavily

weighted in favor of the 300-pound-lighter F1 Aberdeen cross cows, especially when you calculate dollars per acre. If you watched the National Aberdeen Show and lis tened intently to the comments of our judge, PJ Budler from Fort Worth, Texas, you had to be pleasantly surprised how obviously and sincerely impressed he was with our Aberdeen cattle. He commented multiple times about how these cattle, with their outstanding conformation, body composition, muscling and structural soundness, can posi tively contribute to more efficient global beef production. The steer feed-out program is gearing up to start in Fort Lupton, Colo. Aberdeen-influenced steers have been arriving and going through a warm-up period. The steers and heifers will be fed and sold on the grid to evaluate Aberdeen’s true worth in a feedlot situation. Look for updates on our website, www.westernaberdeenbreedersas The Kootenai Classic is a junior livestock show held in Cour d’Alene, Idaho, June 15-17, 2018. This show has grown every year and will include pigs and sheep this year. The show also has Aber deen-influenced steer classes. Many young exhibi tors come together in a great environment and build lasting relationships. WABA is excited to see how much this show has grown over the years and is proud to be one of the foundation members. The Aberdeen breed has many different direc tions in which these cattle are being marketed. It is a very diverse breed with an even more diverse set of owners. WABA is committed to promoting this breed to anyone and in every way possible. If you don’t agree with how someone is promoting our breed, always remember, they may be right. TL REGIONAL NEWS Continued from page 9

years the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has hosted an annual research tion to facilitate discussion and provide educa tion on current issues facing the beef indus symposium and conven

try, with a focus on beef cattle genetics. The 2018 convention will celebrate this anniversary at the base of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. With a motto of “Improving the beef industry through perfor mance evaluation,” the convention is always a time where cutting edge research and genetic advancements are discussed, explored and presented. The 2018 Annual Beef Improvement Federation Convention will be held June 20-23 and is hosted by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences. For more infor mation and registration links, visit TL


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Grand Champion Fullblood Bull NSC Big Country 50D, shown by Canterbury Hybrid Genetics, Petersburg, Ill., and 4D Grain and Livestock, Pontiac, Ill.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Bull UF Game Day 07E, shown by University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio

Grand Champion Fullblood Female and Supreme Champion Fullblood LEK Dee Dee, shown by Ava Kyllo, Blooming Prairie, Minn., and JC Ranch, Malvern, Ark.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Female ILC Mustang Sally, shown by Idaho Livestock, Hayden, Idaho

Grand Champion Fullblood Cow-Calf Pair MRG Vespar 54B, shown by Cassie Wells, Dodge City, Kan.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Cow-Calf Pair ILC Mabelline, shown by Idaho Livestock, Hayden, Idaho

Grand Champion Percentage Bull High Point Aviator 19D, shown by High Point

Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Bull TCS Mr. Jack 1D, shown by Tummons Cattle Co., Gallatin, Mo.

Grand Champion Percentage Pen of Three Bulls Shown by Chain Ranch, Canton, Okla.

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Grand Champion Percentage Pen of Three Heifers Shown by Tummons Cattle Co., Gallatin, Mo.

Grand Champion Percentage Heifer and Supreme Champion Percentage Exhibit TCS Erica PC 15D, shown by Tummons Cattle Co., Gallatin, Mo.

Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Heifer JCR Miranda 708E, shown by JC Ranch, Malvern, Ark.

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Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Pen of Three Heifers Shown by Effertz EZ Ranch, Bismarck, N.D.

Grand Champion Junior Fullblood Heifer EZ Hottie’s Girl 46D, shown by Dalton Bayne, Wenona, Ill.

Reserve Grand Champion Junior Fullblood Heifer LEK Dee Dee, shown by Ava Kyllo, Blooming Prairie, Minn.

Grand Champion Junior Percentage Heifer DCS Emma 5E, shown by Brittany Morgan, Morgan, Utah

Reserve Grand Champion Junior Percentage Heifer CRL Ms. Rip Rewind E5183, shown by Newt Hutchinson, Canton, Okla.

Grand Champion Fullblood Prospect Steer JWJ Ryder, shown by Clay Wilking, Isanti, Minn.

Grand Champion Percentage Prospect Steer JRS Eddy, shown by Jaysie Shoenfeld, Oakley, Kan.

Reserve Champion Percentage Prospect Steer MAR Mr. Bombshell E10, shown by Maddie Marshall, Hazelton, Kan.

Grand Champion Market Steer WWW Domino 5D, shown by Cassie Wells, Dodge City, Kan.


Grand Champion Senior Showman Laramie Coffey, Stillwater, Okla. Reserve Champion Senior Showman Danielle Henning, Atchinson, Kan. Grand Champion Intermediate Showman Dalton Bane, Wenona, Ill.

Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman Newt Hutchinson, Canton, Okla. Grand Champion Junior Showman Brayden Robinson, Garden City, Kan. Reserve Champion Junior Showman Sierra Skor, Williston, N.D.

Reserve Champion Market Steer JDN Aikman 8D, shown by Wyatt Coffey, Stillwater, Okla.



National Aberdeen Sale
 Jan. 18, 2018  Denver, Colo.

N Ranch, Stillwater, Okla., and was sold to Complex Live stock and Trinity Cattle, Elizabeth, Colo., for $6,750. The high-selling lot, Lot 33, No Creek Emperor, a son of RF Imperial out of a Jackaroo daughter. He was consigned by No Creek Livestock, Loudonville, Ohio, and was sold to Newley Hutchison, Canton, Okla., for $5,000. TL Midwest Aberdeen

SALE AVERAGES 60 Lots 26 Fullblood Females 26 Percentage Females

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Power and Balance Sale
 Feb. 11, 2018  Des Moines, Iowa

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Embryos $4,600 The 2018 National Aberdeen Sale was held Jan. 18, 2018, in Denver, Colo. The sale manager was Auction Effertz, Ltd. and the auctioneer was Neil Effertz. The sale featured a particularly strong offering of bulls, and com mercial cattlemen were in the seats to buy them. The high-selling lot, Lot 1, was EZ Hottie’s Girl, a May Fullblood daughter of Bonanza’s Boxcar out of a Fairlawn Rebel daughter, bred to MCR Making Money. She was con signed by Dalton Bane, Wenona, Ill., and was sold to Kim Whittington, Metamora, Ill., for $22,000. The high-selling lot, Lot 5, UF Miss Sparkle Me 19A 22D, a March Fullblood daughter of U of F Mayhem out of a daughter of Yes I Sparkle, the 2008 National Cham pion. She was consigned by the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, and was sold to Lucille and Heather Lippert, Portland, Maine, for $5,250. The high-selling lot, Lot 31, Bar N Rancher, a January yearling son of the Fullblood MRG Peter, out of a registered Angus daughter of OCC Legend. He was consigned by Bar

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1 Steer $500 The Midwest Aberdeen Power and Balance Sale at the 2018 Iowa Beef Expo took place Feb. 11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The auctioneer was Jeff Canterbury and the sale manager was Kristen Evans. Buyers were from eight different states, along with online buyers nationwide. The high-selling female, Lot 3, HYB Fancy, was consigned by Canterbury Hybrid Genetics (Colin Evans), Shermann, Ill., and was sold to Rachel Duffy, Pontiac, Ill., for $7,500. The high-selling bull, Lot 11, KTM Targaryeon, was consigned by Birth Right Genetics and sold to Community Center Foundation, Palos Park, Ill., for $2,100. We would like to thank the Midwest Aberdeen Association for their help with the sale and all the buyers and sellers. TL 13 Semen $196

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they fed them Alfalfa hay, grass hay, apple cider vinegar and microbial supplement. The calves were clean and bloomy. The Beau Jangles bloodline contributed the extra gain, stretchy look and big tops that the buyers want. Charlie and Letty maintain 25 percent more Moderator females than the neighbor can with his big 1,500-1,600-pound cows on the same acres. Since Charlie’s calves generated the same dollars per head as the neighbor’s calves, Charlie’s Modera

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Vaccination Effects on Reproduction Some animals respond extremely well and some respond poorly, but most respond somewhere in between. The goal of your vaccination program shouldn’t be to ensure every animal is immune to disease, but instead to stimulate im munity in a majority of the animals to ensure that a wide spread outbreak doesn’t occur. Modified-Live or Killed Vaccines? It’s likely that while making plans for your vaccination

A s a cow-calf producer, you’ve invested in the best genetics you can get, studied pedigrees, analyzed expected progeny differences (EPDs), built market ing programs and much, much more. Those top-of the-line pedigrees and trait-leading EPDs are of little value without calves on the ground to turn a profit. Reproductive performance of your cowherd is critical. There are numerous factors that affect reproductive ef ficiency, including heifer development, nutrition, cow body condition and bull fertility. George Perry, Ph.D., Extension beef reproductive management specialist in the Depart ment of Animal Science at South Dakota State University (SDSU), explained one very important detail about repro ductive management during the 2017 Range Beef Cow Symposium. “The things you do well do not compensate for the mistakes you make. Instead, the mistakes you make cancel out all of the things you do well.” The effects of your vaccination program can often be hard to see, which makes it more imperative to ensure that vaccinations aren’t the reproductive management mistake undoing all of your hard work. Infectious Diseases Affecting Reproduction There are a host of different diseases, including bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), trichomoniasis, leptospirosis and vibriosis, that can affect reproduction. BVD and IBR are two viruses that impact reproductive performance by decreasing conception rates and causing embryonic loss. BVD is widespread throughout cattle herds in the United States and the world. BVD is spread through body fluids, in cluding saliva, respiratory secretions and manure. The virus doesn’t linger in the environment, but it can survive long enough to be transferred with infected equipment, needles and palpation sleeves. Signs of BVD depend on the stage of gestation when the cow is infected. “Infection during mid-gestation may result in the forma tion of persistently infected calves, which occurs as a result of infection during a period of fetal development, roughly between 40 and 120 days of gestation,” Perry explained. “Persistently infected calves have incorporated the virus into their own body and will shed high levels of the virus throughout their lifetime. Later infections may result in con genital defects, late-term abortions or the birth of congeni tally infected calves, which are weaker and more prone to illness than normal calves.” IBR, sometimes called red nose, is a herpes virus (in the same family as viruses causing cold sores in people). It is typically dormant in nerve clusters in the throat area or low er spine, and re-activated during times of stress. Animals previously exposed to IBR could potentially shed the virus to susceptible animals. IBR is transmitted in nasal secre tions from infected animals, and affects both the respira tory and reproductive tracts. Reproductively, IBR typically results in infertility or early embryonic death, and is one of the most frequently diagnosed viral causes of late-term BY HANNAH WINE, FREELANCE WRITER

protocol, you have asked yourself if you should use a killed or a modified-live vaccine. There is plenty of information to support the use of either type of vaccine. It seems to be a never-ending debate as to which way to go. Modified-live virus (MLV) vaccines trigger the one system of the immune system, cell-mediated immunity, by infect ing the host cells with a live virus. Modified-live vaccines are known for a longer-lasting immune response with fewer doses. Whereas killed vaccines, more formally known as inactivated virus vaccines (IVV), stimulate the other system of the immune system, antibody-mediated immunity. Killed vaccines require more frequent boostering, but are often recognized for being safer for use on pregnant females. For many years, research around modified-live versus killed vaccines has focused on the timing of the injections to develop the best immunity and the resulting reproduc tive effects based on immunity. Recently, research by Perry, Russell Daly, DVM, and Christopher Chase, DVM, from the SDSU Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, has uncovered that the vaccine type administered around breeding season plays an instrumental role in conception rates. Take a likely situation. You buy a group of heifers, and you don’t know their vaccination history and need to get the vaccinations taken care of before breeding. With naïve heifers (meaning they have never been vaccinated) or heifers or cows with an unknown vaccination history, a modified-live vaccination will affect the first cycle as well as extended cycles. The SDSU study found that 10 percent of naïve heifers vaccinated 36 and 6 days prior to artificial insemination (AI) with a killed vaccine (Vira Shield™ 6+VL5 HB) experienced abnormal estrous cycles compared to 38 percent of naïve heifers vaccinated 8 days prior to AI with a modified-live vaccine (Bovi-Shield Gold ® FP ® 5). Perry ad vises against using modified-live vaccines in naïve females around breeding season. When vaccinating females that have been on a modified live vaccine protocol their entire lives, the SDSU study found that killed vaccines have the greatest impact on pregnancy success. In a group of cows that had been given modified-live vaccines as calves, cows that received a killed vaccine 30 days prior to breeding had a 46.5 percent AI conception rate compared to cows that received a modified live vaccine 30 days prior to breeding at a 40 percent AI conception rate and a control group that received saline injections at a 43.3 percent AI conception rate. “Our studies show that AI conception rates are better with killed vaccines than modified-live vaccines,” Perry said. “We went on to analyze the impact of exposing these females to IBR and BVD following their vaccinations. In the females vaccinated with modified-live vaccines, 13 percent aborted and 17 percent of their calves or fetuses had IBR and/or BVD. In the females vaccinated with killed vaccines,

abortions (fifth to ninth month of gestation). Controlling IBR and BVD in Your Herd

Vaccinating all of the cattle in your herd doesn’t mean that every animal will become immune to potential diseas es. An animal’s immunity response to the vaccine will vary.


5 percent aborted and none of their calves or fetuses had IBR or BVD. Of the females that received saline injections and were then exposed to the IBR/BVD challenge, 73 percent aborted, and IBR and BVD were detected in 100 percent of the calves or fetuses. You have solid fetal protection if you switch to a killed vaccine.” Setting Your Cattle Up for Success To ensure you have the immune system covered on your replacement animals, Perry recommends that you give a modified-live vaccination around weaning time to activate that side of the immune system. Then move to using killed vaccines in your replacement females to activate the other side of the immune system, ensuring the best possible reproductive scenario. After all, the more females you get bred early in the breeding season, the heavier and heartier your calves are at weaning and the higher your profit. “Modified-live vaccines are needed to set up animals; we need that side of the animal’s immune system primed. But, when moving to the reproductive herd, modified-live vac cines can have adverse effects,” Perry explained. “There’s mounting evidence of the adverse effects of modified-live vaccines occurring. In our research study of 19 herds and 3,000 animals, we have seen a 5- to 8-percent difference in conception rates between modified-live and killed vaccines given on label.” Pre-breeding vaccination programs should be carefully considered when it comes to the proper product and vacci nation timing. It’s best to work directly with your veterinar ian to develop a plan that works for your herd, keeping in mind that your vet will know the level of disease exposure of your herd. TL


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The 2018 meeting of the American Aberdeen Association (AAA) was once again held during the National Western Stock Show. Aberdeen breed ers from across the United States came to participate in the National Show and Sale and enjoy two evenings with fellow breeders. The annual banquet was a time to celebrate and recognize significant contributions to the Aberdeen breed with the Distinguished Service Award and the Premier Breeder Award. The juniors then took center stage for the American Ju nior Aberdeen Association (AJAA) auction, which garnered money for the junior program. Friday night’s Breeder Reception and Annual Meeting featured a presen tation from Eric DeVuyst, Ph.D., professor and Neustadt Chair in Agricul ture Economics at Oklahoma State University, regarding the comparative advantages of the Aberdeen breed. In addition, the 2018 AAA Board was introduced to the members. TL

AAA President Janis Black (right) congratulates Heather Fanning (left) for receiving the AAA Distinguished Service Award.

AJAA President Laramie Coffey gives the AJAA annual report during the Annual Meeting Friday night.

Eric DeVuyst, Ph.D., Oklahoma State Uni versity, gives a presentation prior to the AAA Annual Meeting.

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The 2018 AAA Board of Directors includes Darwin Engelkes, Rob Fanning, Neil Effertz, Janis Black, Gary Gilbert, Wade Coffey and David Shockey.

Idaho Livestock was the recipient of the 2017 AAA Herdsman of the Year Award. David Shockey (left) presents belt buckles to Diana and Jay Lillefloren, Idaho Livestock managers. Not pictured is John Tomlinson, Idaho Livestock owner.

Janis Black presents retiring board member Rick Dodd with a belt buckle in recognition of his contributions to the American Aberdeen Association Board.


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