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DECEMBER 2016
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Board Commentary
I’ve just become an “empty nester” and the first similarity that I’ve noticed is that neither kids nor calves stay young for very long. That fragile baby calf that struggles today to stand and nurse, will be out on its own a year from now and possibly having its own progeny in two years. - On page 6
Association Commentary
Beef’s Genetic History During the 1980s and 1990s, genetic selection in U.S. beef cattle focused primarily on obtaining MORE of the desired traits. This was especially true when it came to growth and size. We wanted heavier pay weights (a good thing), but for a while the industry let cattle get too big while pursuing growth. - On page 8
RAAA Announcement: Corporate Office Relocating to Denver Area in 2017
After a unanimous vote by its Board of Directors in October, the Red Angus Association of America will relocate its corporate office to the Denver, Colorado, vicinity during the first half of 2017. Plans for the new location are currently being finalized. - On page 12
Marketing Update
My father-in-law always tells us, “Before you take that next step, stop and think about what we have done to get where we are today. All of the hard work, long hours and dedication that has gone into our operation to get us to this point is critical to embrace as me make our next decision. - On page 14
Member Services Update
Many producers are preparing for various deadlines over the next few months. These deadlines could be reporting birth, weaning and yearling data which all impact sale catalog printing dates as well as sale day. Then after sale day, animals should be transferred within 60 days. - On page 20
Zoetis Genomic Testing Now Available Through RAAA
Zoetis and the Red Angus Association of America recently announced a distribution agreement between the two organizations. Red Angus breeders are now able to order the Zoetis HD 50K TM and i50K™ genomic tests, as well as tests for parentage and genetic conditions for seedstock animals directly from the RAAA. - On page 24
JRA Update
The Junior Red Angus Association of America is very excited to start our new project, LiveWiRED – Tracking Red Angus EPDs in Action. Thanks to Penny, a purebred Gelbvieh cow, we have collected over 100 embryos sired by four different Red Angus bulls. Two bulls have sets of EPDs that lie on the high end of a bell curve (upper 25 percent). - On page 30
Miles and Miles of Red Angus Add Profit to Texas Ranch
The renowned Texas swing band, Asleep at the Wheel, sings a song about seeing “miles and miles of Texas” and that phrase could easily describe the view at Bar 7R Ranch. Vast space, picturesque scenes and grassland with Red Angus cattle are found on this north central Texas ranch. - On page 36
Red Angus DNA Scores Align with Carcass Results
Producers frequently ask if DNA scores are truly predictive of phenotypic results. The table below presents a recent example in which Igenity® DNA scores accurately predicted carcass weight, marbling score and overall carcass value in a group of highpercentage Red Angus steers harvested earlier this year. - On page 50
RAFI "Plants Trees" for the Future
Consider the Chinese proverb, “One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” While the Red Angus Foundation, Inc. is not in the business of growing trees, its sole focus is to ensure a solid ‘root structure’ for the Red Angus breed and provide security and ‘shade’ for future generations of stakeholders. - On page 52
The Gardeners and Their Tools
charitable income tax deduction is the avoidance of capital gains tax on the appreciation. Real Estate/Real Property. - On page 52
Fetal Programming Defines Calf's Lifetime Health
Great character is developed during times of adversity. For most producers, the current markets are adverse enough to build plenty of fortitude. With input costs remaining steady and calf prices lower than recent years, cattlemen are re-evaluating the economics of their operation to reduce volatility. - On page 60
Member News
“Cattle Business Weekly” recently announced its 2016 class of the Top 10 Industry Leaders Under the Age of 40. Each year the publication chooses individuals who lead by example through their successes in the agriculture industry. This year, two Red Angus breeders made the cut. - On page 63
Minnesota Beef Expo
The 16th Annual Minnesota Beef Expo, held Oct. 20 – 23, in St. Paul, Minnesota, brought together cattle producers and youth livestock exhibitors to celebrate and promote the beef industry. - On page 66
Welcome to our Newest RAAA Members!
HANGIN F RANCH MATTHEW OR GINA FANTASKEY 838 COTTONWOOD CREEK RD WORLAND, WY 82401. - On page 67
Calendar of Events
2 Hueftle Cattle Co. Holiday Invite Bull & Female Sale, Cozad, NE 3 Osborn Red Angus Bull and Female Sale, Athens, AL 3 Sonstegard Cattle Co. Female Sale, Montevideo, MN 5 Six Mile Ranch Comm. Heifer Sale, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, CA 7 Big Sky Elite Female Sale, Logan, MT 8 Blairs. - On page 76
Advertiser Index
3K Land & Cattle Co ............................67 5L Red Angus ......................................79 9 MIle Ranch ........................................15 ABS Global ..........................................11 Adams Angus Ranch............................65 Andras Stock Farm ..............................78 Angelo Cattle Company .......................70 Angus World ........................................74 Atkinson Reds ......................................64 Axtell Cattle Co ....................................72 Bachman Cattle Farms ........................77 Bar C Red Angus..................................67 Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus . - On page 78

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