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FEBRUARY 2016
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Board Commentary
I am amazed at the accomplishments of the Red Angus breed, greatly in part to the dedicated membership and volunteer leadership. The Red Angus Association of America led the beef industry in the policy of handling genetic defects. - On page 6
Association Commentary
What is the right size for the Red Angus breed? This question might be difficult to answer. However, there are many good reasons to believe the Red Angus breed can grow to become much larger and more influential than it is today - perhaps twice as... - On page 10
Marketing Update
Everyone who applies ear tags to livestock has had problems with tag retention. In this article, I will review the basic tagging techniques you may be aware of and hopefully identify a few new techniques that will help you get closer to that goal of 100 percent retention. - On page 16
Member Services Update
International Identification Letter: The international animal identification letter for 2016 is 'D' - many find this beneficial for tag and identification numbers, i.e. animal ID. How, and even if, the letter is used depends upon the ranch's preferred style. - On page 20
Red Angus Association of America Acquires Interest in Top Dollar Angus
The Red Angus Association of America recently invested in an initial stock offering of Top Dollar Angus, Inc. RAAA President Kim Ford made the announcement at BrainTrust during the Red Angus activities held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in January. - On page 32
Cluck Ranch on the Move with Red Angus
Though a Texas native, Carl Cluck hadn't lived long enough to see a 12-year drought. He’d heard about them. His grandparents on both sides started ranching in the 1920s; Cluck's father followed suit. They weathered their share on the High Plains in the Panhandle of Texas. - On page 38
JRA Update
Junior Red Angus members are encouraged to mark their calendars for the annual Round-Up set for June 29 through July 2. The junior board has turned on their creativity to create an exceptional experience. From leadership and team building to tours and competitive challenges - there is a lot in store for participants. - On page 50
Merry Christmas, from Congress
Congress finally passed the tax-law-extender legislation known as the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 that many people have been waiting for. - On page 64
Decade of Breed Improvement Pays Dividends
This achievement is a result of Red Angus producers employing unmatched selection tools to fulfill their charge of providing commercial producers with reliable, profit-generating herd bulls. - On page 72
Red Angus Marketing Opportunities
For producers who verify their calves as Red Angus, the doors open to a variety of marketing opportunities where buyers, feeders and packers are seeking Red Angus-influenced cattle. - On page 84
VFD - A Moving Target or Part of a Targeted Plan?
Roughly 19 million Americans participate in the sport of archery. That number represented approximately 8 percent of the nation’s population a few short years ago. The sport seems pretty straight-forward. - On page 100
Retained Ownership: Oh, the Pain of it All!
I think I have been talking about retained ownership of calves going on 33 years during my professional career as an Extension educator, specialist and industry representative. And yes, I’ve fed cattle myself, just to make that clear at the beginning.. - On page 116
Member News
The Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) members elected Tom Karr of Pomeroy to the OCA Board of Directors as a Director At-Large in November. The OCA Board of Directors consists of 15 directors, representing 12 districts with three at-large statewide positions. - On page 122
Sale Reports
The top-selling bred heifer was Lot 86, GMRA Venice 447, a Fritz Justice daughter out of a Brown Vacation dam. She sold for $8,750 to Daniel Mims of Pike Road, Alabama. Lot 27, C-T Marigold 4014, a Brown JYJ Redemption daughter out of a Buf Crk Lancer dam, sold for $7,000 to Klompien Red Angus of Manhattan, Montana. - On page 128
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members!
DEALT LAND AND CATTLE BRANDON PECHA DEALT LAND AND CATTLE 3129 SAND CREEK RD ENID, OK 73703. - On page 132
Calendar of Events
2 Twedt Red Angus Sale, McHenry, ND 3 Badlands Genetics Plus, Dickinson, ND 5 TJS Red Angus “Red Truck” Bull Sale, Buffalo, WY 6 Loonan Stock Farm Sale, Corning, IA 6 Wasem Red Angus “Cattlemen’s Choice Sale,” Halliday, ND 7 Frey Angus Ranch,... - On page 140
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ..........................131 5L Red Angus................................49,135 ABS ......................................................11 Accelerated Genetics ..........................13 Adams Angus Ranch..........................127 Andras Stock Farm ............................142 Angelo Cattle Company .....................134 Angus World ......................................138 Arrowsmith Red Angus ........................85 Atkinson Reds ......................................58 Axtell Cattle Co..............................59,136 Bachman Cattle Farms..................67,141 Bar C Red Angus. - On page 142

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