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Board Commentary
I've heard it stated that, "Ranchers are first grass farmers." Cattle make highquality protein from the acres and acres of forage that grows on acres and acres of land in this great nation of ours. - On page 6
Association Commentary
What can we expect next? We already have EPDs, ERTs, selection indices and genomic tests for defects, parentage and MBVs. I believe the next advances will be to increase the amount and the accuracy of genomic information. Instead of 80K chips, the chips will have densities of 150K, 800K or more. - On page 10
Marketing Update
The Choice+ Grid, offered by Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. for Red Angus cattle enrolled in the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP), is entering its second year. The grid financially rewards cattle that grade well in terms of quality grade and, for those cattle that are exceptionally good, the premiums can be pretty lucrative. - On page 14
Member Services Bulletin
Spring Inactivation, Females Missing a 2014 record Spring Inactivation’s will take place at the end of May. If any member has cows on inventory that haven’t complied with THR it is time to catch up and report information for females that are missing a 2014 calf record or reason code. - On page 16
Red Angus Play a Major Role in Sustainability of Wyoming Ranch
There is not an industry that can drive one to his knees faster than agriculture. Dependency on man-made markets and constantly living at the mercy of natural elements, guarantee that discouraging days are bound to take place. - On page 30
Importance of Pregnancy Detection
Beef cows need to become pregnant, deliver healthy calves and wean productive calves in order for producers to make their operation economically profitable. However, every year beef females fail to become pregnant for numerous reasons including anestrous, prepuberty, disease, sub-optimal management and unknown reasons. - On page 40
A Commitment to Sustainability
America’s cattle ranchers have a vested interest in sustainable environmental practices. After all, the industry thrives on multigenerational family farms, meaning land stewardship and best practices for green farming go hand-in-hand with managing a successful and long-term family business. - On page 44
Farm Facts
Grazing animals on land not suitable for producing crops more than doubles the land area that can be used to produce food. If 1955 technology were used to produce the amount of beef raised today, 165 million more acres of land would be needed – that’s about the size of Texas!. - On page 46
Sale Reports
Loonan Stock Farm 40th Annual Production Sale February 7, 2015 70 Red Angus Bulls $5,296 21 Red Simmental Bulls $5,076 12 Red Sim-Angus Bulls $4,133 7 Reg. Purebred Red Angus Hfrs $2,971 40 Reg. - On page 51
Red Angus Essential to Scholarship Winners' Futures
The love for cattle and horses runs deep in my family’s heritage and I hope to carry on the sixth generation to be in the Texas ranching business at the R.A. Brown Ranch. - On page 62
Your Input Could Win You an iPad Air!
The survey only takes a few minutes to complete! Every JRA member that provides his or her input by June 1 will be entered in a drawing where one member will win an Apple iPad Air and four will win $10 credit to their RAAA account.. - On page 63
Member News
He worked for the Indiana Beef Cattle Association for 12 years before returning to the family farm full-time last year. Today, he manages the family’s Red Angus operation along with the herd of Red Poll that was started by his grandfather in 1941.. - On page 64
Symposium Targets Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle
The 2015 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Symposium (ARSBC) will be hosted by the University of California, Davis, Department of Animal Science on Aug. 17 and 18 in Davis, Calif. Cowcalf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, students and extension personnel are encouraged to attend. - On page 67
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members!
Area 3 – Rocky Mountain Director – Kevin Miller FORBES FAMILY RANCH LLC WALDO E. FORBES JR PO BOX 7116 SHERIDAN, WY 82801. - On page 68
Sales & Events
June 9-12 2015 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting, Biloxi, MS 10-11 Superior Corn Belt Classic XVII Video Auction 15-20 NAJRAE, Grand Island, NE 22-27 JRA Round-Up, Bismarck, ND. - On page 76
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ............................67 5L Red Angus ......................................71 ABS ......................................................11 Accelerated Genetics ..........................13 Andras Stock Farm ..............................78 Angelo Cattle Company .......................70 Angus World ........................................74 Atkinson Reds ......................................65 Axtell Cattle Co ....................................72 Bachman Cattle Farms ........................77 Bar C Red Angus..................................67 Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus .........72 Basel Red Angus. - On page 78

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