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Board Commentary
As I sit to write this, Independence Day is only a few days away; as you read this, Independence Day will be past. Just when the last notes of "God Bless America" are drifting off and the smoke bomb trails are fading on the driveway, I'm going to ask that, as a nation, we recognize and celebrate this freedom and independence all year. - On page 6
Association Commentary
When we survey the beef industry landscape, it’s obvious that many different types of commercial breeding programs are utilized by U.S. cow-calf producers. Breeding systems vary greatly from operation to operation, and location to location. And with good reason. - On page 8
Marketing Update
Created in 1994, the beef industry’s original USDA-verified, genetic, source and age program, the Feeder Calf Certification Program started identifying Red Angus-sired calves. - On page 14
Red Angus Offers Versatility from Fertility to Finish
Learning is a lifelong process and Bob Yackley, Yackley Ranches, of Onida, South Dakota, will be the first to tell you that he learned firsthand that Red Angus cattle add value if sold on a grid formula.. - On page 24
Choice+ Grid Versus Selling in the Meat
The Choice+ Grid works so well because it pays for quality and has general allowances for "out" cattle, but any good grid has to have a good base price, otherwise known as "par." The par price for the Choice+ grid is the "5-Area Weighted Average" as quoted by the USDA on a weekly basis. - On page 28
JRA Update
As 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt once said, “I strongly object to hardness of heart, but I object quite as much to the softness of head, and if our people are awake to the all-importance of the training of the future generation, scant will be our need of feeling nervous as to this country’s future. - On page 34
Member Services Update
The Annual Membership and Spring Herd Assessment billing have been sent. Note that those with eight animals or less on inventory will be billed their full THR assessment. Others that have more than eight animals on inventory have the option to pay in five monthly installments. - On page 38
Red Reform: Turning a Black Herd RED
Ranchers across the country are reforming their cowherd, observing the value of Red Angus genetics and electing to convert their blackhided cowherds to red. This is more than just a color choice – it is a cognizant effort to create useful females, improve heat and insect tolerance, enhance convenience traits and strengthen marketability. - On page 44
EPD Exploration, Explanations and Expectations
With the release of the fall National Cattle Evaluation run, it’s a good time to refresh our knowledge of genetic selection tools and the science that reinforces their value. - On page 52
National Cattle Evaluation EPDs Versus Interim EPDs
During discussions regarding EPDs, two terms commonly used to describe EPDs are ‘Interim’ and ‘NCE.’ In general, these terms define the process used to calculate EPDs. Both processes result in reliable EPDs, however, it is important to understand the differences. - On page 56
2016 RAAA Board of Directors Candidates
Bob Morton of Three Forks, Montana, is seeking election to the position of President of the Red Angus Association of America. He and his wife, Julie, own and operate Green Mountain Red Angus in southwest Montana along with their two sons, Tom and Jim.. - On page 58
Convention to Spotlight Excellence and Progress
“Oklahoma, where the Red Angus Roam” is the theme for the 2016 National Red Angus Convention planned for Sept. 7 – 9, 2016, in Oklahoma City. With the spotlight on excellence and capturing additional dollars in the marketplace, Red Angus cattle raisers will not want to miss this information-packed, three-day event. - On page 62
Proposed Changes to Bylaws Reflect Breed Growth
These are exciting times in the Red Angus Association of America. Our breed of cattle is enjoying unprecedented (and well-deserved!) popularity, and we are growing and maturing as a breed association.. - On page 62
Schedule of Events
President’s Message, State of the Association ........................................ Ballrooms A & B. - On page 64
BIF Honors Red Angus Stakeholders
The Beef Improvement Federation hosted its annual meeting and symposium in mid-June in Manhattan, Kansas. During the event, the organization honored industry leaders including two Red Angus stakeholders. More than 500 beef producers, academia and industry representatives attended the organization's 48th annual convention. - On page 75
Sale Report
The high-selling yearling bull was Lot 5, 3SCC Dictate C74, a son of 3SCC Dominor W338 out of a Beckton Julian GG B571 daughter, that sold for $27,000 to Koester Red Angus of Steele, North Dakota, and Leland Red Angus of Sidney, Montana.. - On page 77
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members!
WALKER FAMILY TRADITION LLC MICHAEL J WALKER 5726 OAKMOSS TRAIL SPRING, TX 77379. - On page 78
Calendar of Events
9 Silveira Bros. Bull Sale, Firebaugh, CA 6-7 RAAA Board of Directors' Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK 7 RAAA Cattlemen's Seminar and Ladies' Seminar, Oklahoma City, OK 8-9 National Red Angus Convention, Oklahoma City, OK 17 UTI/MMI, Emporia, KS 18 Rhodes Red Angus Fall Female Fiesta, Emporia, KS 30 Jeffries Red Angus Bull & Female Sale, Checotah, OK. - On page 88
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ............................79 5L Red Angus ......................................83 9 MIle Ranch ........................................45 ABS ......................................................11 Accelerated Genetics ..........................13 Adams Angus Ranch............................77 Andras Stock Farm ..............................90 Angelo Cattle Company .......................82 Angus World ........................................86 Atkinson Reds ......................................76 Axtell Cattle Co ....................................84 Bachman Cattle Farms ........................89 Bar C Red Angus..................................79 Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus . - On page 90

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