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Board Commentary
As cattle producers, it is time to start thinking about buying new bulls for the upcoming breeding season. With record high prices being seen at bull sales in the last couple of years, many producers opted to keep that older bull “for just one more season. - On page 6
Association Commentary
The Red Angus Association of America is heading into 2017 in a significantly better position compared to when 2016 began. We battled a sizable registration backlog most of last year, but that is behind us now. RAAA is officially caught up. - On page 8
Marketing Update
The area in west central Missouri where I live is predominantly a row crop area. My brother and my nephew farm together and I consider them progressive producers that constantly strive to increase yields, marketing efforts and profits. Many of the seminars and meetings I see advertised by agronomy companies focus on managing the most-limiting factor. - On page 14
Scaling the Summit - BrainTrust Focuses on Ranch-Gate Profitability
The longstanding tradition continues to provide a forum for cattlemen to consider innovative opportunities as the Red Angus Association of America's annual BrainTrust event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The workshop will begin at 1:30 p. - On page 18
Achieving Herd Success Through Red Angus' Herd Improvement Initiative
The attraction of western traditions, respect for a solid day of work, and a love for cattle and land has lured many great folks into the cattle business. These characteristics lead many ranch owners to be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the ranch. - On page 22
JRA Update
Be sure to mark your calendar for June 28 through July 1, 2017, for Round-Up! This year, Round-Up will base out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and we will explore the beef industry in South Dakota and Iowa as we dive into cutting-edge technology in the field of agriculture! Don’t miss this great opportunity! Look for more information to follow!. - On page 30
Red Angus 2016 National Open and Junior Show
The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) hosted the 2016 National Junior and Open Red Angus Show in mid-November in Louisville, Kentucky. Jeff Bedwell of Isabella, Oklahoma, judged the Junior Show, and Kyle Colyer of Bruneau, Idaho, judged the Open Show. - On page 38
Member Services Update
The objective of THR is to collect reproductive and performance data on all animals within the herd without controlling which animals should be reported. The purpose is to report either a calving record or a reason code as to why the female did not produce a calf for each year the registered female is listed as active. - On page 46
Genetic Selection Process Vital to Sustainability Goals
Sustainable beef is more than just a term or buzz words for Beatty Canyon Ranch, home of cattle producers Steve and Joy Wooten and their daughter Arin, son-in-law Brady Burnham and family of Kim, Colorado. - On page 54
2016 Photo Contest Winners
Thanks to all who participated in our 2016 National Photo Contest! The competition was fierce as we received so many outstanding submissions. And while not every entry can win, don’t be surprised to see the other images in upcoming magazines as covers and edtorial images, and national promotions as well. - On page 70
Breed Synergy Generates Profit Advantage for Cattle Raisers
State and national leaders from the Gelbvieh, Simmental and Red Angus breeds invited cattle producers and industry personnel to Mandan, North Dakota, to share insight from three of the partners of International Genetic Solutions. - On page 86
Breed Synergy Generates Profit Advantage for Cattle Raisers
“Data is the gasoline that fuels the engine of more reliable genetic predictions,” continued Shafer. IGS partners focus on improved profitability for commercial ranchers by pooling research to integrate technology and education, serving as responsible stewards of information resources. - On page 88
Sire Selection - An Investment in Your Future
Time Spent Evaluating Your Operation's Genetic Improvement Do you spend enough time evaluating and planning genetic selections for the coming breeding season? Each commercial producer should stop and think about this question. - On page 102
Show Reports
Several young South Carolina cattle producers have been promoting Red Angus cattle all over the state of South Carolina during the summer and fall of 2016. Recently, these Red Angus enthusiasts met at the 2016 South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, South Carolina, for the final contest of the 2016 show season. - On page 125
Member News
Parker Lawrence Lorenzen Sam and Jenna Lorenzen of Bend, Oregon, welcomed their son Parker Lawrence to their family on Nov. 10, 2016. Parker weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces, and measured 21.25 inches long. Congratulations!. - On page 127
Calendar of Events
7 Red Angus BrainTrust, Denver, CO 7 Reds On The Rocks, Denver, CO 7 Western Heritage Red Angus Sale, Denver, CO 8 J6 Mile High Online Sale, Denver, CO 8 Mile High Classic Sale, Denver, CO 8 NWSS Red Angus Pen Show, Denver, CO 9 NWSS Red Angus Open Show, Denver, CO. - On page 136
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ..........................127 5L Red Angus................................69,131 9 MIle Ranch ........................................17 ABS Global ..........................................11 Accelerated Genetics ..........................13 Adams Angus Ranch..........................125 Andras Stock Farm ............................138 Angelo Cattle Company .....................130 Angus World ......................................134 Arrowsmith Red Angus ......................120 Atkinson Reds ....................................124 Axtell Cattle Co..............................64,132 Bachman Cattle Farms . - On page 138

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