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OCTOBER 2016
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Board Commentary
As I sit here writing this commentary This brings me to my next question: in late August for the October ARA. - On page 6
Association Commentary
Whether fulltime or part-time, running cows for a living has never been easy. The work load is large and too often profit margins are small. There are good years, like 2014 and 2015, which were record-setting for cow-calf profitability. Most of the time, however, positive margins are not so easily banked. - On page 8
Marketing Update
October finds most of us in the middle of weaning, vaccinating, pregnancy checking and marketing our 2016 calf crop. As we watch the volatility of today’s cattle market, it becomes paramount to MARKET our calves, not just sell them. Red Angus marketing programs are designed to help you do just that. - On page 14
Member Services Update
It is never too early to submit data, especially if a deadline needs to be met in the near future. The process can be started with the minimum data points and additional information can be added later. If weaning weights haven’t been taken, pre-registrations can be accomplished to start the process. - On page 24
Ramm Hits Home Run with Red Angus
Along the Elkhorn River near Atkinson, Nebraska, just 10 miles from where he grew up ranching with his father and brothers, Jim Ramm builds winning teams year in and out. - On page 32
Research Validates Red Angus as Most-Favored Female
Ranchers across the country have long recognized the value of Red Angus females as the foundation of a profitable cowherd. Now, independent research validates those years of cattle production experience with tangible data proving the Red Angus heifer’s worth. - On page 46
RAAA Releases Fall EPDs
Making critical decisions about the future of your breeding program demands the very best tools and up-to-date information available. The Red Angus Association of America has released the 2016 Fall EPDs that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. - On page 58
Ingredients for Improvement
Benjamin Franklin hit the nail on the head; growth and progress have to be on the mind continuously for an impact to be made. - On page 60
Oregon Calves Bring 'Top Dollar' at Superior’s Video Royale Sale
The Skinners sold their calves in early August at the Video Royale Superior Livestock Auction Sale in Winnemucca, Nevada, and employed Top Dollar Angus certification as part of their marketing plan. Bob Skinner relayed that in today’s cattle industry, remaining flexible and willing to try new strategies is imperative. - On page 72
Better Contemporary Groups Make Better Technology Work Even Better
I know the title contains a lot of “betters,” but the statement is true. The old adage about “garbage in, garbage out” is absolutely correct and pertains to genetic improvement in a big way. It is the reason reporting data correctly and equitably is so important. - On page 78
JRA Update
The Canadian Exchange Program is one of the many opportunities available for JRA members to explore agriculture throughout the nation as well as internationally. Every year, the JRA sponsors two members to attend their choice of the Canadian National Junior Showdown or the GOAL Conference. - On page 84
NDSU Research Shedding Light on Cow Pregnancy
The scientists are focusing on nutrient transfer to the embryo and development of the placenta (an organ that connects the developing calf to its mother), and how and when those occur. They’re also studying how disruptions in nutrient supply and placental development may cause embryo loss. - On page 88
Member News
Anna Miller, a third-generation Red Angus producer from Linden, California, was recently selected as the California State Proficiency Winner in Beef Production-Entrepreneurship. She then moved on to compete in the National FFA competition where she was selected as a Gold Award winner. - On page 91
In Memory
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce, of Boissevain; his children Lois (Blair) McRae of Brandon, Manitoba; Shirley Kaufman (BC Derrow) of Mt Sidney, Virginia; Sheila (Kevin) Jensen of Courtland, Kansas; B. - On page 93
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members!
JOSEPH OR EUGENE MACKIE MACKIE FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP 2401 CORNERSTONE BLVD EDINBURG, TX 78539. - On page 94
Calendar of Events
1 Red Legends & Black Diamonds Sale, Cushing, IA 5 Halfmann-Beckton Red Angus Sale, Miles, TX 6 Hornung Red Angus Online Female Sale 8 Fall Cattlemen's Classic, Terrebonne, OR 10 LeDoux Ranch "Future Focus" Online Sale, Agenda, KS 11-13 R.A. - On page 104
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ............................95 5L Red Angus ............................70,71,99 9 MIle Ranch ........................................17 ABS Global......................................12,13 Adams Angus Ranch ..........................110 Andras Stock Farm........................57,106 Angelo Cattle Company .......................98 Angus World ......................................102 Atkinson Reds ......................................92 Axtell Cattle Co ..................................100 Bachman Cattle Farms..................73,105 Bar 4A Cattle Co ..................................63 Bar C Red Angus. - On page 106

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