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THE LEDGER Association News | Features | Events & Shows WINTER 2017

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ON THE COVER Aberdeen breeders evaluate the herd of Moderator cattle at North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Center during the inaugural World Cattlemen’s Cow Efficiency Congress in Dickinson, N.D. Photo courtesy Tonya Perez, AgTown Technologies.

FEATURES 2018 AAA Annual Meeting and NWSS Show Information


Find out details about the annual meet ing and show schedule for the National Western Stock Show, Jan. 16-21, 2018, Denver, Colo.


Aberdeen Show Results

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Eastern States Exposition

American Royal

Northern International Livestock Exposition North American International Livestock Exposition

Northwest Aberdeen Classic


Tulsa State Fair

DEPARTMENTS 6 President’s Column 7 AAA New Members 7 Aberdeen Events 7 Aberdeen Registry 8 Regional Association News University researchers highlight cowherd efficiency and ranch profitability during inaugural Congress. Show Results Policy Update The AAA Board of Directors recently voted to update the show results policy for publication in The Ledger. 24 Cow Efficiency Congress Unveils Profitability Research 18


10 Junior Corral 10 Aberdeen Sale Reports

12 Logistics 30 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 WADE COFFEY • 7C Lowline Cattle Co. 4001 W Glencoe Rd. • Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 880-6908 DARWIN ENGELKES • Pine Hurst Farm 16927 H Ave. • Wellsbury, Iowa 50680 (319) 415-0540 Director RICK DODD • Topline Aberdeen Cattle Co. 11821 Wagner Rd. • Monroe, WA 98272 (206) 459-3778 DAVID SHOCKEY • Muddy Creek Ranch 101 Muddy Creek Rd. • Wilsall, MT 59086 (406) 600-7179 Director CRAIG WALKER • W Diamond Livestock Co. 1601 Springfield Rd. • Roswell, N.M. 88201 (575) 626-7444 Director LARRY WATKINS • Flying J&L Ranch 444 LCR 632 • Groesbeck, Texas 76642 (254) 747-1179 Secretary/Treasurer Director


I hope this finds each of you well. It is hard to believe that another year is almost over. My, how time flies. I hope all of you will be able to attend the National Aberdeen Show, Sale and Meeting during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., January 16-20, 2018. The National Sale and AAA banquet is Thurs day, Jan. 18, and the National Show starts Friday, Jan. 19, with our annual meeting that evening. We have speakers planned for each evening, and the juniors are planning to have their annual auction at the banquet. I look forward to seeing each of you in the future, and I wish

you a very happy holiday season! TL

Join Aberdeen breeders from across the country for the 2018 National Aberdeen events at the National Western Stock Show, Denver, Colo. The three-day event will host dynamic shows, educational meetings and great cattle, speakers and friends. National Western Stock Show National aberdeen Events

Tuesday, Jan. 16 8 a.m. All Aberdeen cattle in place Wednesday, Jan. 17 1 p.m.

National Aberdeen Junior Showmanship – Stockyards Arena

2:30 p.m. National Aberdeen Junior Show – Stockyards Arena Thursday, Jan. 18 10 a.m.

National Aberdeen People’s Choice Show – Stockyards Arena National Aberdeen Sale – Livestock Center Auction Arena Annual AAA Banquet – Embassy Suites Hotel Tickets for this buffet-style meal are available on the AAA website. The AAJA Auction will follow.

1 p.m. 7 p.m.

AAA Representative  DEAN PIKE

Friday, Jan. 19 8 a.m.

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

Market Steer and Market Heifer Show – Stockyards Arena National Aberdeen Female Show – Stockyards Arena

9 a.m. 6 p.m.

Aberdeen Breeder’s Reception and AAA Annual Meeting – Embassy Suites Hotel

Saturday, Jan. 20 8:30 a.m. National Aberdeen Female and Bull Pen Show – Stockyards Arena 9:30 a.m. National Aberdeen Bull Show – Stockyards Arena 5 p.m. Begin Release from NWSS Sunday, Jan. 21 Noon All Aberdeen cattle off NWSS grounds

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

NWSS Host Hotel THE EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL – STAPLETON 303-375-0400 • 4444 North Havana St., Denver, CO 80239

$131 plus tax/ night until the group is sold out or until Jan. 1, 2018. Ask for the American aberdeen association group rate .

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 2017 is: E



Junior Members (6) Wyatt Chamblin, Peyton, Colo. Brant Morris, New Virginia, Iowa Tyanne Tellefson, Priest River, Idaho Emma Bush, Tunica, La. Hannah Tremaine, Oconomowoc, Wis. Roy Runge Brown, Benard, Texas Active Members (40) Jones Cattle Company, Gurdon, Ark. New Breed Farms, Benton, Ark. Shiners Gold Star Ranch, Cucamonga, Calif. Pine Hurst Farm South, New Virginia, Iowa West Oak Farms, New Virginia, Iowa Iowa Falls – Alden FFA, Iowa Falls, Iowa University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho J & M Farms, Bement, Ill.

Dusty Road Angus, LaGrange, Ind. Fliptrlids Mini Farm, Salisbury, Ind. Brad and Michelle Lovins, Columbus, Ind. Twisted Double C Farm, Bonner Springs, Kan. Newton Valley Farm, Bardstown, Ky. R&R Cattle Enterprises LLC., Keithville, La. Lowline Angus Acres, Thurmont, Md. Long Valley Ranch, Stover, Mo. Just Rais’n Kids Ranch, Kalispell, Mont. Soapstone Farm, Canterbury, N.H. Mahaffy Farms, Greenwich, N.Y. Bair Farm, Chillicothe, Ohio Heritage Lane Farm, Salem, Ohio Joshua and Wendy Dodson, McLoud, Okla.

Kelley Station, Wexford, Pa. Josh Isacco, Butler, Pa. Cove Springs Cattle Company, Bedford, Pa. Rocking Z Ranch, West Point, Texas Sunset Farm, Burleson, Texas Craine Cattle Company, Granbury, Texas Susan D Harms, Spring, Texas 4E Cattle Ranch, Dublin, Texas Boosy Creek Cattle Co., Liberty Hill, Texas

Double S Ranch, Santa Fe, Texas Kelly’s Critter Creek, Silsbee, Texas Satterfield Lowlines, Hooks, Texas SVL Farm, Bedford, Va. Blue Barn Farm, Colville, Wa. Tango Romeo Acres, Glidden, Wis. White Oak Acres, Birch River, W.V.

Pack Cattle Company, Bend, Ore. Bar RC Farms, Redmond, Ore.



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National Western Stock Show, Denver, Colo. For a full schedule see page 6.

MONTH August


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Aberdeen Answer Sale, Ames, Iowa




Midwest Aberdeen Power and Balance Sale, Des Moines, Iowa Houston Livestock Show Aberdeen Show, Houston, Texas


The Ledger Subscription Program

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All AAA members receive The Ledger as part of their membership. However, non members may want to receive the magazine, or a member may want to give a subscrip tion to a non-member, which is why Ledger subscriptions are now available! A subscription to The Led ger would make a great holi day gift or appreciation gift to bull and female buyers! Subscriptions to the

Midland Bull Test Aberdeen Bull Sale, Columbus, Mont.

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Effertz EZ Focus on Efficiency Aberdeen Sale & Breeder Seminar, Bismarck, N.D.


AJAA Junior Nationals Show and Competitions, Ames, Iowa

To place an ad in The Ledger, contact Sales Representative: DEAN PIKE (303) 810-7605 •

quarterly magazine can be purchased for $20 for each subscription, or 5 or more subscriptions for $17 each. To subscribe, simply go to tions to fill out the purchase form. All subscriptions will be billed upon receipt of the form. TL

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Eastern Aberdeen Association BY DUSTIN BENDER, SECRETARY

assisting with our show and junior committees; and assist ing and coordinating farm, field or junior education events in the region. In an effort for you to get to know Chance a little better, he has provided a short bio below. Chance owns and operates The Brand, a professional livestock marketing service that specializes in graphic design and cattle photography/videography. The Brand also publishes a regional quarterly magazine by the same name. A second-generation beef producer, Chance serves as the manager of Wishing Well Simmentals, his family’s SimGenetics-based program. The farm’s roots trace back to the early 1980s when Chance’s mom bred her first Simmental heifer. Now located near Hortonville, Wis., Wishing Well focuses on proven cow families to produce and market quality breeding animals. Additionally, Chance is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, a past administrative coordinator for the World Beef Expo and has served on numerous industry-focused committees. He is also a for mer field director for the American Simmental Associa tion and continues to contribute to its Progress Through Performance program. Chance is looking forward to serving the members and breeders of the Midwest Aberdeen Association. The Midwest Aberdeen Association-sponsored sale at the Iowa Beef Expo will be Feb. 11 at the Iowa State Fair grounds. If you have an interest in consigning, please con tact Kristen or Jeff Canterbury at (217) 341-3738. Look for this exciting lineup of outstanding breeding stock and show steers for your 2018 show season. If you’re looking for a great animal for Junior Nationals this summer, get it here! We want to thank Jami Wilking and Darwin Engelkes for their time on the Board. The job is thankless and taxing, and Jami and Darwin were very hard-working and dedi cated Board members. New to the Board this year are Eric Kyllo and Doug Schmit. These two are exceptional cattle breeders, and we are very excited to see what they can bring to you, our Midwest members. Northeast Association BY REBECCA MILLER, BOARD MEMBER The Northeast Association has been busy with shows this summer and fall. Our two largest shows, the Fryeburg Fair and Big E, were well attended. We were pleased to have a nice group of exhibitors who exemplify what show manship is truly about – helping others. All of our han dlers, fitters and “pitcrew” were always in the aisles with a brush, holding an animal or touching up a stray hair. The cattle looked professional and were a great representation of this phenomenal breed. The Northeast also had enthusi astic members who traveled all the way from Maine to the NAILE and did us proud. Following the first day of the Big E show, the Northeast region held its annual meeting. All of the general mem bership was invited to attend. Prospective members were welcome to attend as well, without voting privileges. The meeting was well attended, with many members sharing new ideas.

As I write this, it’s the week after Thanksgiving and it’s sunny and 62 degrees here in Ohio – not the normal late fall/early winter we are used to. But I’m sure the normal, cool and wet conditions will be upon us shortly. Cattle markets seem steady and, so far, there is not as much “pressure” as I expected due to all of the wildfires we had in the country this year. Pressure on cattle prices, hay prices and general daily-use items seem to be controlled. Thank you to everyone who came, showed, watched, sponsored or wished good luck and safe travels to all of us who travelled to the North American International Live stock Exposition (NAILE). I thought it was a great show. There were almost 20 juniors showing animals, almost triple that if you count the students from the University of Findlay. We had more than 75 head entered from 33 dif ferent owners representing 12 states from Maine to South Dakota. We gave awards for juniors, showmanship, group awards, supreme exhibit, as well as our normal purple and gold banners. If you missed seeing the award winners, they can be found on Facebook and should be on our website soon. Even though our numbers weren’t as high as we would like, the fact that our junior participation almost doubled from last year; that we had more than 30 owners exhibit cattle; that we had many of the best animals from multiple regions exhibited; and were still able to have families walk away, shaking hands, wishing safe travels and congratulat ing each other is our greatest reward as a Board. Are there things we could make better? Yes, there always are. But putting on the show requires good plan ning and help from many people. Thank you to all those involved. We are always looking for people within the region who would love to help with our Board. Please send us a mes sage if you are interested. Some other very exciting news for our region is that we now have membership from every single state we repre sent! This is a huge goal as it wasn’t until August/Septem ber when four new states were added to our territory. We continue to work on methods to support the operations represented throughout our territory. It takes an active membership to help with that. Thank you! Visit for more updates. And join the conversation on The Official Eastern Aberdeen As sociation (EAA) group on Facebook. We are excited to announce that Chance Ujazdowski has accepted a part-time position as Midwest Aberdeen Association executive director. We had many people inter ested in the position, including many of our own regional members. As a Board, we decided we wanted someone in this position who was very familiar with cattle and the cattle industry, but who was not involved in the Aberdeen breed or owned Aberdeen cattle. We felt it was too big of a conflict of interest. Some of Chance’s duties will include membership on boarding, welcoming, billing and communication; website content development and maintenance; supervising and Midwest Aberdeen Association BY TODD BOHLMEYER, BOARD MEMBER

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1/2 page horizontal The Ledger CHAMPION AT 9,000 FEET | Dayspring Farm · Bob and Roxy Lane · Olathe, Colo. calves weighed in at 618 lbs ., and heifer calves at 584 lbs . Bob and Roxy claim these calves are like peas in a pod and their best ever for quality and design. The calves’ weaning weight average is a minimum of 50 lbs. higher than any other Aberdeen sire used. Not having weights from past calf crops, this increase estimate is very conservative and could be double that number. Steer calves will be retained for their natural grass-fed beef program, but the Lanes may be convinced to sell a package of heifers. GMC BIGMAC C990Y is a son of GMC Beau Jangles Y482 (co-owned with WDiamond) and a three-quarter brother to GMC Rifleman B9900 (co owned with Triple S) . Big Mac never skipped a beat from South Dakota to Dayspring summer pastures at up to 9,000 feet, well above their beautiful lavender fields. Bar N Ranch Winter 2017

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Dayspring introduced Big Mac to their impressive 1,000 lb. average Aberdeen Modera tor and fullblood herd. At 14 months of age, Big Mac settled every female, producing birth weights of 55-65 lbs. , unassisted. These April calves hit the slopes running. They came off the mountain and were weaned at 6-7 months old. Steer

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Northwest Aberdeen Spectacular Sale Sept. 23, 2017  Emmett, Idaho

for $9,500. The high-selling lot, Lot 13, KBW Lirita, was consigned by JC Ranch Cattle, Malvern, Ark., and was sold to Sandford Ranches, Greenwood, Texas, for $8,000. The high-selling lot, Lot 47, TCM Lady, was consigned by Bar N Ranch, Stillwater, Okla., and was sold to Sandford Ranch es, Greenwood, Texas, for $6,000. The high-selling lot, Lot 18, KBW Zila, was consigned by JC Ranch Cattle, Malvern, Ark., and was sold to Bar N Ranch, Stillwater, Okla., for $4,240. The high-selling lot, Lot 15, Pecan Creek One Down 44Z, was consigned by Pecan Creek Farm, Taylor, Texas, and was sold to Bar N Ranch, Stillwater, Okla., for $3,900. The high-selling lot, Lot 33, Bar N Juanada C220, was consigned by Bar N Ranch, Stillwater, Okla., and was sold to Jeff Schelkopf, Sutton, Neb., for $3,900. TL

SALE AVERAGES 24 Fullblood Females

$2,669 $1,892

24 Moderator and Purebred Females

5 Fullblood Bulls $2,430 The Northwest Aberdeen Spectacular Sale was held at 7 Rivers Livestock in Emmett, Idaho. Bruce and Greta Ankeny of Ankeny Acres, Nampa, Idaho, hosted a pre-sale dinner at their ranch on Friday night, followed by a cattle tour. The sale featured very active online bidding, as well as a nice crowd in the seats. Cattle sold to Texas, Okla homa, Washington, North Dakota, Utah, Alberta, Oregon, South Dakota, Idaho and California. The auctioneer was Neil Effertz, and the sale manager was Auction Effertz, Ltd. The high-selling lot, Lot 1, AA Sheba 155C and her red fullblood heifer calf sired by AA RB Encore, was consigned by Ankeny Acres, Nampa, Idaho, and sold to Whining Dog Ranch, Cedar City, Utah, for $4,500. The high-selling lot, Lot 17, SPR Red Bonnie 4D, a red fullblood son of Lazy G Red Label, was consigned by Spreading H Ranch, Spangle, Wash., and sold to Whining Dog Ranch, Cedar City, Utah, for $4,000. The high-selling lot, Lot 8, a Red Angus X Red Poll cow with her red halfblood bull calf at side sired by Vitulus Red Baron, was consigned by Ankeny Acres, Nampa, Idaho, and sold to Allen Sieverkropp, Ephrata, Wash., for $3,800. The high-selling lot, Lot 14, HSR Jacks Cowboy Diva, a bred halfblood cow sired by EZ Captain Jack, was consigned by Y4 Ranch, Hines, Ore., and sold to Shetler Cattle Co., Dickinson, N.D., for $3,600. The high-selling lot, Lot 48, AS Red Boy, a red fullblood bull sired by Lazy G Red Zone, was consigned by S Four Farms, Ephrata, Wash., and sold to Ankeny Acres, Nampa, Idaho, for $3,500. TL Peak Efficiency Female Sale Sept. 30, 2017  Perkins, Okla. SALE AVERAGES Sale with embryos and semen $2,393 Sale without embryos and semen $2,491 Fullblood Females $2,600 Registered Angus Females $3,900 Moderator, Moderator Plus and Aberdeen Plus Females $2,072 The Peak Efficiency Female Sale took place Sept. 30, 2017, in Perkins, Okla. The high-selling lot, Lot 47A, the calf of TCM Lady, was consigned by Bar N Rach, Stillwater, Okla., and was sold to JC Ranch Cattle, Malvern, Ark.,

Aberdeen Supreme Sale Nov. 5, 2017  Gallatin, Mo.

SALE AVERAGES 44 Fullblood Females $3,378 55 Percentage Females $1,522 6 Bulls $1,517 5 Embryo Packages $1,620 2 Semen Packages $2,601

The 2017 Aberdeen Supreme Sale took place at the Da viess County Livestock Market in Gallatin, Mo., and featured the dispersal of two herds – Cold Spring Farm, Belchertown Mass., and Bailey Ritter Farm, Holt, Mo. The sale began with a delicious lunch served by Julie Tummons and Jamie Bev erlin. The offering was diverse and high quality with some thing for everyone. Twenty-two consignors represented 10 states, and buyers came from 14 states. Internet bidding was very active. The auctioneer was Neil Effertz and the sales manager was Auction Effertz, Ltd., Bismarck N.D. The high-selling lot, Lot 1, a fullblood cow and heifer calf, Bar J Frosty 9W32 2Z26, the 2014 National Cham pion Female, and her Zapoteca heifer calf, was consigned by Cold Spring Farm, Belchertown, Mass., and sold to the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, for $9,500. The high-selling lot, Lot 21, a fullblood heifer, TBJ Destiny 36D, a September yearling daughter of MEE Preeminent, was consigned by Deep Creek Seedstock, Mitchell, Neb., and sold to Lucy Ellen Lippert, Portland, Maine, for $7,000. The high-selling lot, Lot 42, Pine Hurst Hot Pants, a Novem ber yearling daughter of Doll House Talk, was consigned by Pine Hurst Farm, Wellsburg, Iowa, and sold to Michelle Mullins, Unionville, Va., for $6,500. The high-selling lot, Lot 113, six straws of Jackaroo semen, was consigned by Tummons Cattle, Gallatin Mo., and sold to Kathleen Smith, Goochland, Va., for $4,200. TL

JUNIOR CORRAL  LARAMIE COFFEY, AJAA PRESIDENT I hope everyone had a great fall. The American Junior Aberdeen Association (AJAA) Board of Direc tors is very excited about our upcoming events. We are planning on having the AJAA Junior National Show and Competition June 19-23, 2018, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. We are eager to see everyone and have an awesome event. The National Western Stock Show in Denver Colo., is coming up. We are proud to announce that JC Ranch has donated a half-blood heifer for the AJAA raffle. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100, and can be purchased online at . The winner will be drawn at the National Aber deen Sale Jan. 18. The winner does not need to be present. I hope to see everyone in Denver and thank you for all your support. We are enthusiastic about what’s in store. TL


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MAN MUST MEASURE is the title of a book by Jan Bonsma, a South African professor whose livestock selection demonstrations were legendary. Many consider Bonsma the greatest animal scientist of his time. He is remembered and admired for his almost uncanny powers of observation and his demonstration of the value of scientifically based measurement in livestock production. If you don’t know where you are standing, how will you know which direction to take your first step to get where it is you want to go? There have been countless discussions about the pros and cons of statistical selection tools and their common use in modern-day beef cattle selection. Some think we can’t possibly select good cattle without them, while oth ers contend that true stockmen can select based on close visual observation and critical culling procedures. Re gardless of your opinion of expected progeny differences (EPDs), Bonsma said it best when he titled his book Man Must Measure.

Sherry Doubet, AAA executive vice president, is work ing on a tool that can help our breeders evaluate calving interval. “I have asked ABRI if we can begin printing age of first calf and calving interval on female registration pa pers,” she says. “This would be a good start in helping our producers measure fertility.” This would be a great tool for all breeders, both large and small. We already have the ability to record all birth weights, weaning and yearling performance data on every calf each year, which is very useful information to record, even if you don’t plan on registering the calf. If you don’t know where you are standing, how will you know which direction to take your first step to get where it is you want to go? If you don’t have a scale big enough to take weaning or yearling weights on your calves, what can you do? There are several companies that make tape measures that correlate girth measurement to body weight. This method is especially reliable for making in-herd compari sons if all the cattle are measured for body weight with the same method. This website discusses the methods used and recommendations for improved accuracy: http:// beef.htm. It shows a heart girth measurement of 42 inches at 236 pounds; 45 inches at 288 pounds; 50 inches at 390 pounds; 55 inches at 509 pounds; 60 inches at 647 pounds; 65 inches at 802 pounds; 70 inches at 975 pounds; 75 inches at 1,167 pounds; 80 inches at 1,374 pounds; 85 inches at 1,601 pounds; and 89.5 inches at 1,821 pounds. There has been some discussion about adopting a whole-herd reporting system to register and record per formance data on all Aberdeen cattle. Some breeds have adopted this system with mixed results and mixed reviews from affected breeders. The system requires that you pay a yearly fee to enroll each of your active registered cows for which you are entitled to register and transfer one calf per year. There are various rules regarding fees to “re-enroll” a cow once she has been removed from your active inven tory. This system has been promoted by some breeders to do what our association is already set up to do without the whole-herd enrollment requirement. If you are able to attend our annual meeting during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., there should be some good information available to you about what the association can do within our current system to help you measure the reproductive and physical perfor mance of your Aberdeen cattle. It’s affordable and very doable if we just do it! Another important topic – marketing. A friend once said selling is the only thing that contrib utes to profit; all else contributes to cost! We are approached several times a year by breeders interested in consigning older, mature bulls to a sale.

Photo courtesy Ryan Collins

The American Aberdeen Association (AAA) has the ca pability of recording calving and performance information on each of your cows’ offspring every year (whether you register them or not) for a mere $2 per head. This informa tion is incredibly valuable to you for in-herd comparisons to help you make selection, breeding and culling decisions. The key words in that sentence are in-herd comparisons, because the most common error most breeds and breed ers make is using this data to compare their cattle to cattle raised in other herds with entirely different environ mental and management conditions. This is a dangerous use of data that can lead to false assumptions regarding the comparisons of your breeding stock to others. Using this information to compare cows within your herd is very useful and will most likely lead to breeding better cattle. Where do you start? First, reproduction is the most important economic trait. How do you measure it? One of the best tools is calving interval, which is easy; you don’t even need a scale to measure it.

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ABERDEEN  SHOW RESULTS Eastern States Exposition SEPT. 27, 2017  SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

Grand Champion Fullblood Female RF Daytona, shown by Riverwood Farms, Powell, Ohio

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Female RF Destiny, shown by Riverwood Farms, Powell, Ohio

Grand Champion Fullblood Bull JPC Stalwart, shown by C22 Purple Cows, Southampton, Mass.


Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Female SJD Chevelle, shown by Windy Hill Farm, Bethlehem, Conn. Grand Champion Percentage Bull JPC Tradin Paint, shown by C22 Purple Cows, Southampton, Mass.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Bull B&Bs Red Jack Diamond, shown by B&B Lowlines, Morgantown, Pa.

Grand Champion Percentage Female 16ADH2362 Wilma, shown by Stonewall Farm, Watertown, Conn.

REGIONAL NEWS Continued from page 8

The Northeast Board members hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and that all cattle have a New Year filled with healthy calves and plentiful feed. Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association BY BILL CABANISS, PRESIDENT We had a very successful inaugural Peak Efficiency Fe male Sale at the end of September. Results from the sale can be found on page 10. I want to thank Kenny Hinds and his family for the tremendous amount of work they put into this project. Many lessons were learned from this initial experience that should help us put on a better sale next year. As most of you are considering your spring breeding program, I would like to emphasize the need for a good vaccination program for your animals. I have been hearing about cases of bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) popping up in some herds. There is a possibility that some calves may be persistently infected (PI) with BVD. This can occur in any herd of any size. Although there is a vaccination for BVD, it is not 100-percent effective. If you are not familiar with BVD and the problems it can cause in your herd, I would suggest you do some re search to bring yourself up to speed. A pregnant cow that becomes infected with BVD will usually abort her fetus.

We were pleased to be joined by Janis Black, American Aberdeen Association (AAA) president, who was gracious enough to take time to share in our meeting. She also was able to enlighten us as to the thought process behind the new association and the name change. All Northeast members are passionate about their breed and were quick to share opinions on how the new rebranding would best fit into our geography. We thank Janis again for sharing her time at the meeting and the Big E show. The meeting also afforded us a chance to welcome new officers and renew those returning to the Board of Directors. Bill Kauffman was kind enough to take on the role of presi dent once again. He brings wisdom and a keen eye to this position, and we look forward to his continued leadership. Melissa Donaldson once again graciously assumes the positions of both secretary and treasurer. She has become very familiar with these roles, and her responsibility and attention to detail are much appreciated. Likewise, Chriss Payne will also return as a Board member this year. We are pleased that she was willing to lend us a hand with the breed and its direction, as well as an expert eye. New Board members include Adrienne Card, Dawn Ma rie Sarafin, Maggie Flahive and Rebecca Miller. These new members bring a diverse set of skills to the Board and are involved in many different facets of the cattle industry.

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Supreme Champion and Grand Champion Fullblood Female EZ Hottie’s Girl 46D, shown by Dalton Bane, Wenona, Ill.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Female TCS Be Patience 22D, shown by Tummons Cattle Co., Gallatin, Mo.

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

Grand Champion Percentage Female TCS Erica PC 15D, shown by Tummons Cattle Co., Gallatin, Mo.

Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Female HSR Jacks Tenille 20D, shown by Heaven Sent Ranch, Fayetteville, Ark.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Bull WWW Doogie 11D, shown by Cassie D. Wells, Dodge City, Kan.

REGIONAL NEWS Continued from page 14

erdeen Plus steers and Moderator/Aberdeen Plus heifers. We are trying to put together prizes for winners in each division. We will background the calves first to get them lined out to be put in the feedlot. Calves will be ultrasounded and all data points collected. They will then be fed and marketed, either live or on the grid, based on informa tion collected during the test. We haven’t set age limits because we are waiting to see how much interest we get. We believe this is an excellent opportunity to help show these cattle off. If you want to participate but can’t make it to Denver, call one of the WABA Board members and we will try to work out something to get your cattle there. The WABA members are also participating in the Mid land Bull Test in Columbus, Mont. This test is the largest performance test in the country. Forty-two Aberdeen bulls will be on the GrowSafe system to measure feed efficiency and performance. Bulls will be sold the first week of April – a great opportunity to purchase proven bulls. Visit our website for more information. WABA has just completed a very successful fall show season and is sending a great lineup to the NWSS in Den ver. Look for our breeders in Denver for all your quality seedstock needs. WABA is leading the way in marketing Aberdeen to the commercial cattlemen. Join us and be a part of this great association. TL

However, some will birth a live calf. The cow will get over the infection, but the immune system of the calf will not recognize the virus as an infection, and the calf will drop live virus everywhere it goes for as long as it lives. These calves usually perform poorly, but some survive to enter the breeding herd. This year I have decided to test all my calves to see if they may have contracted BVD in utero. I have already checked my adults. Eliminating PI animals from the breed ing herd is important for health and production reasons. My congratulations to the winners at the Tulsa State Fair. The results of that show can be found on page 32. Thanks to Wade Coffey for working with the show each year. Western Aberdeen Breeders Association BY DAVID SHOCKEY, PRESIDENT The year is winding down but the Western Aberdeen Breeders Association (WABA) is just getting started. Start ing in January, WABA will be putting on a feeder-calf test for both steers and heifers. Anyone coming to the National Western Stock Show can also bring their cattle to put in the test to help prove their genetics and show the world what the Aberdeen breed can do as it relates to quality beef production. We will be running four different divi sions – Fullblood steers, Fullblood heifers, Moderator/Ab


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C owherd efficiency and ranch profitability were the focus of the World Cattlemen’s Cow Ef ficiency Congress in Dickinson, N.D., Sept. 1-3, hosted by the North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Dickinson Research Center and the American Aberdeen Association (AAA). More than 100 attendees from 13 states and Canada gathered to hear from leading university research ers who have studied the keys to profitability in the cattle industry and producers who have implemented the research in their own herds. “It was exciting to see data sup porting the added value of mod erately framed cattle from NDSU research,” said Janis Black, American Aberdeen Association president. “As an Aberdeen breeder, I have known this, but to have backup from research is so important for the advancement of our breed into the mainstream cattle market.” Researchers and economists from North Dakota State University and Oklahoma State University (OSU) presented their findings, including a discussion centered on cow efficiency and economics, as well as valuable data on cow genetics and economic efficiency, all of which could be ap plied to any type of operation. The Dickinson Research Center was the ideal location to host the inaugu ral event. They have been studying Moderator females for years under the direction of Kris Ringwall, PhD., NDSU Extension beef specialist, who leads research at the facility. He presented results on cow size as it relates to herd and feedlot performance. “Managing cow size is a function of profit and sustainability,” Ringwall said. “We are coming out of a drought year and we see our cows in this area coming out in sustained condition.” and it is complicated because of the interactions with the environment, genetics and so on, but keeping good records is the place to begin,” Lalman said. “If producers can collect good records from a reproductive stand Cow Efficiency Congress Unveils Profitability Research Continued on page 20  NDSU researchers have been studying Moderator females for 15 years. Kris Ringwall, Ph.D., shares their findings on cow size, as it relates to herd and feedlot performance, with Congress attendees. Ringwall emphasized that as cows get larger, their nutritional needs in crease, too, and it becomes harder to keep enough feed in front of them to maintain their condition. That is why focusing on smaller-framed, efficient cattle while still maintaining perfor mance and minimizing calving difficul ty has been key in NDSU’s research. “Our current efforts are look ing at land-based beef production, which means beef performance by acre versus per head,” Ringwall said. “Because the animals are smaller, you are going to stock more of them and can see a 20- to 30-percent increase per acre output.” The ideal smaller cow size that Ringwall is evaluating is around 1,100 pounds, versus a 1,400-pound cow in most cattle operations. Yet, their progeny are performing just as well in the feedyard. Over the course of four to five years, they’ve evaluated their Aberdeen-influenced steers in a com mercial feedlot, which have all met the current specs for the market. “Our 2015 steer calves had an aver age carcass weight of 891 pounds, which is essentially 80 percent of their mature weight on the rail,” Ring wall said. “We have kept the muscling on these cattle, which is key because that’s our product.” Ringwall encouraged producers to do the math and figure out how to succeed at moderating cow size. “It’s important for Aberdeen breed ers to understand they are a key tool to helping the industry in managing cow size,” he concluded. David Lalman, PhD., OSU professor and Extension beef cattle specialist, continued the efficiency theme by cov ering how to develop a cow herd that fits the producer’s ranch environment. “Cow efficiency is a broad term

More than 100 people from 13 states and Canada attended the first Cow Efficiency Congress in Dickinson, N.D.


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COW EFFICIENCY CONGRESS Continued from page 18

point, such as pregnancy rates and weaning weights, you can benchmark your operation’s performance over time and work to improve on those weaknesses.” Lalman noted that in the southern Great Plains where he does his re search, they have a fairly long grazing season, and their optimal cow weight is in the 1,100- to 1,200-pound range. However, he explains, environ ment is key. “We want to match cows to their environment and the different fac tors that influence that to ensure the cow is highly reproductively efficient,” Lalman said. “That means a cow who is producing a calf every 365 days for at least 12 consecutive years, trouble free, low cost, utilizes your country, gains well in the good years and thrives in the bad years and produces progeny that are acceptable and valu able after they leave the ranch gate. “Rapid change is the norm in the cattle industry now,” Lalman re marked. “The obvious thing we’ve seen at this field day is that you can modify a

“Rapid change is the norm in the cattle industry now.” – DAVID LALMAN

mature cow frame size and weight in one generation,” he said. “For some operations, that would be an advan tage and we are seeing other breeds also modifying to adapt to a given environment. We have the tools to do that now that we didn’t have 20-25 years ago.” The rest of the event covered impacts of cow size and frame on carcass traits; cow nutrition; soil and forage health; how to select efficient cows; and the effects of frame size on efficiency and longevity of beef cows, all from NDSU and OSU researchers. TL

David Lalman, Ph.D., shares that it is impor tant for all cattle producers to match cows to their environment.

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Sired by the 2016 National Sale top seller at $22,000, this DCS Cash son had a BW of 66 lbs., and an actual WW of 562 lbs., on Sept. 2. His damweighed 1,080, meaning she weaned close to 50% of her body weight. This herd bull prospect has grow written all over him. He is as sound as they get, with a tremendous length of body and extension. He would be perfect for someone serious about enhancing their Moderator program to meet the cattle industry needs. Echo is a 50% Aberdeen Moderator! ROW eryn 119E

Sired by DCS Cash, she has the look, style and balance about her that makes you believe the competitive show ring is in her future. With a BW of 48 lbs., she has calving ease built-in that suggests she is a female that will produce the top-end calves that command top-of-the-market demand. Don’t miss out on this special female. Eryn is a 50% Aberdeen Moderator!

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ABERDEEN  SHOW RESULTS Northern International Livestock Expo OCT. 17, 2017  BILLINGS, MT.  JUDGE: KIRK STIERWALT

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Female EZ All That Glitters 7D, shown by Effertz EZ Ranch, Bismarck, N.D.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Bull ILC Cisco Kid, shown by Idaho Livestock, Hayden, Idaho Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Female ILC Sassy Girl, shown by Idaho Livestock, Hayden, Idaho Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Bull FD Rainmaker, shown by 4D Land and Cattle, Athol, Idaho

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

Grand Champion Percentage Female MRG Mary, shown by G Squared Livestock, Calhan, Colo.

Supreme Exhibit and Grand Champion Fullblood Bull ILC Locomotive, shown by Idaho Livestock, Hayden, Idaho

Grand Champion Percentage Bull FD Hamilton, shown by 4D Land and Cattle, Athol, Idaho, and G Squared Livestock, Calhan, Colo.

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Show Results Policy Update The American Aberdeen Association (AAA) Board of Directors recently voted to update the show results policy for The Ledger. In the future, each regional asso ciation will have results from two AAA regionally recognized shows published annually in The Ledger . One of the two results will include photos and the other will be text only. It is up to each region to decide which show results will include photos. As has been the standing policy, regional show results printed in The Ledger will be limited to the following eight grands and reserves:  Fullblood Champion and Reserve Champion Female  Percentage Champion and Reserve Champion Female  Fullblood Champion and Reserve Champion Bull  Percentage Champion and Reserve Champion Bull  If applicable, a Supreme Champion will be included TL These are bulls that have been used in their herd for a few years but are still in good breeding condition. In a consignment auction, these bulls are generally hard to sell and often bring less than they might be worth in the beef. We are reluctant to take these consignments unless the bull has significant notoriety and well-known offspring. My suggestion is, if you have one of these good bulls, lease him to a local cattle producer for use on his commercial heifers and make a deal to get the high-quality calves back for your herd or for you to consign to one of our sales. Your bull’s good genetics can continue to be used to expand the base of our breed, which will eventually increase demand for fullblood bulls. I urge you to attend all of the Aberdeen functions at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. There are many important things to learn, great cattle to see and breeders to meet. I hope to see you there. TL LOGISTICS Continued from page 12

ABERDEEN  SHOW RESULTS North American International Livestock Exposition NOV. 15, 2017  LOUISVILLE, KY.  JUDGE: KYLE SHOUFLER

Grand Champion Fullblood Bull No Creek Emperor 52C, shown by No Creek Lowlines, Loudonville, Ohio

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Bull NSC Big County 50D, shown by Canterbury Hybrid Genetics, Petersburg, Ill.

Supreme Champion Exhibit and Grand Champion Fullblood Female EZ Hottie’s Girl 46D, shown by Dalton Bane, Wenona, Ill.

Reserve Grand Champion Fullblood Female TCS Be Patience 22E, shown by Tummons Cattle Co., Gallatin, Mo.

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

Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Bull PFF Ryder, shown by Lauren Pride, Limington, Maine

Grand Champion Percentage Female TCS Erica PC 15D, shown by Tummons Cattle Co., Gallatin, Mo.

Reserve Grand Champion Percentage Female CRH CC Smoke Show, shown by Lauren Pride, Limington, Maine


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