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One thing my dad always said was, “It takes a great cow to produce great bulls!” And he couldn’t have been more right! Luckily, whether you are a commercial producer or a registered breeder, you have chosen Red Angus to take your cowherd forward and Red Angus is very well known for great females. - On page 6
Association Commentary
For 2015-born animals – the most recent year with complete data available – 36 percent of all registered calves were the result of AI or ET. That’s up more than 10 percentage points from the early part of the decade. Among those born in 2017, it is a good bet that at least 40 percent of all registered Red. - On page 8
Marketing Update
Spring is the busiest time of the year for many ranching operations. Between wrapping up spring calving season, attending bull sales, prepping for branding and planning for breeding season, there doesn’t seem to be much time for anything else! But... - On page 14
Member Services Update
International identification Letter The international animal identification letter for 2017 is ‘E.’ 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 22
Patsy Krause joins Red Angus Foundation, Inc.
Working to grow the base of financial, research and educational support for the Red Angus breed has long been the charge of the Red Angus Foundation, Inc. RAFI, a 501(c)(3) organization, was started in 2010. - On page 26
JRA Update
South Dakota and Iowa have some great stops in store for Round-Up participants! From South Dakota State University’s Animal Science Department, to Trans Ova, to the Opportunities Farm, JRA members will be exposed to multiple areas of the beef... - On page 30
Heller's Service Marked with Creative Leadership
Heller recently announced that she would be leaving her post at the Red Angus Association of America to pursue a career opportunity with less travel, affording her more time at home with her young family. - On page 32
Turkey Track Livestock Tightens Breeding Season, Increases Profitability
“More consistent calf crops translate into more consistent yearlings, which in turn puts more value in our cattle on sale day,” said Tiffany Hampson with Turkey Track Livestock. - On page 42
Muscle Characterization in Yearling Red Angus Heifers
Muscle matters in beef business. Red meat is what producers and feeders sell to consumers. Red meat yields are an important price determinant on all industry grids. Light-muscled cattle often meet with substantial discounts for Yield Grade 4 and Yield Grade 5 carcasses. - On page 56
$How to Achieve Top Dollar
For over 100 years, our nation’s beef production system has been commodity-based. You take your “commodity” (your cattle) to the local auction barn, sell private treaty to the local feed yard or, more recently, take a video of them and broadcast to the entire nation. - On page 62
Member News
Leo was born on July 5, 1932, on the campus of Ferrum Training Institute, now Ferrum College, where his father served as Farm Manager for many years. After graduating from Ferrum College in 1951, he worked at the Angle Silk Mill before founding Leo Scott Cabinets, Inc. - On page 67
Sale Reports
Shaw Cattle Co. Bull Sale February 15, 2017 • Caldwell, Idaho 381 Bulls Total $4,351 133 Herefords $4,711 213 Black Angus $4,051 35 Red Angus $4,809 The top-selling Red Angus bull was Lot 427, selling to Mark Mackenzie of Oregon for $8,100. He also purchased Lot 413 for $8,000. - On page 68
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members!
DIETRICH RANCH & CATTLE CO. DIETRICH OR ANNETTA SCHMIDT 297 DAKOTA DR GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81507. - On page 72
Calendar of Events
1 “The Andras Kind” Red Angus Bull Sale, Manchester, IL 1 SERAA Grasstime Auction, Cullman, AL 1 Spear J Red Angus, Jordan, MT 1 St. Joe Land & Cattle Co. “Load & Go” Sale, Gainesville, TX 3 Presser Red Angus, Turtle Lake, ND 3 Thomas Ranch Fall-Born Online Sale 4 Blairs. - On page 80
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ............................71 5L Red Angus..................................51,75 9 MIle Ranch ........................................15 ABS Global ..........................................11 Accelerated Genetics ..........................13 Adams Angus Ranch............................69 Andras Stock Farm ..............................82 Angelo Cattle Company .......................74 Angus World ........................................78 Atkinson Reds ......................................70 Axtell Cattle Co ....................................76 Bachman Cattle Farms ........................81 Bar C Red Angus. - On page 82

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