from September 19

REPORT PROVIDES UPDATE ON TRICHOMONIASIS, FERAL HOG CONTROL

     Kansas animal health officials reported during a recent Kansas Animal Health Board meeting that 11 positive cases of trichomoniasis have been detected in Kansas thus far in 2014. Twenty-two cases were reported for the 2013 calendar year and 17 cases were confirmed in 2012. Herds with a positive diagnosis during the first eight months of 2014 are located in Crawford, Decatur, Gove, Jackson, Kiowa, Lane, Nemaha, Osborne, Rawlins, Rooks, Scott, Sheridan and Thomas counties.
     The Animal Health Division of the Kansas Department of Agriculture also reported significant progress has been made in recent years to reduce feral swine populations in Kansas. In cooperation with USDA’s Wildlife Services, 152 feral hogs have been removed in Bourbon and Chautauqua counties this year, with 351 taken on the Cowley County and Kay County, OK, border.

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from September 18

FITNESS PROFESSIONALS EXPOSED TO BEEF CONVENIENCE, NUTRITION

     Beef convenience and nutrition were emphasized during sessions for influential fitness professionals at last month’s IDEA World Fitness Convention in Anaheim, CA. The checkoff-funded activities expanded beef’s visibility and presented learning opportunities at the largest fitness event in the country. More than 14,000 fitness professionals from across the country were in attendance. Many of these individuals consult with one of the beef industry’s key target audiences, older millennial parents.
     NCBA Executive Chef Dave Zino answered questions about making beef easy, nutritious and delicious for the clients of fitness experts. He focused on portion sizes and cooking techniques. Members of the audience were provided educational materials to reference and share with clients.
     Fitness industry leaders were later invited to an exclusive educational reception and beef dinner where they heard from registered dietitian Leslie Schilling. She listed myths and realities associated with beef nutrition. Checkoff-funded researcher Heather Leidy shared the latest on protein science with those at the dinner.
     The hashtag #KnowYourBeef was used during both the cooking demonstration and reception so information could be shared on social media sites. More than 17,000 impressions were generated on Instagram, while 70,000 Twitter impressions were tracked using the hashtag.

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from September 17

YOUTH FROM ACROSS THE STATE HEADED TO WICHITA FOR KJLS

     Kansas youth have entered 1,733 livestock projects in the Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). A total of 760 4-H and FFA members from 90 counties plan to bring 126 market steers, 308 breeding heifers, 332 market hogs, 131 breeding gilts, 275 market lambs, 220 breeding ewes, 236 meat goats and 105 commercial doe kids to the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita September 19-22.      The grand and reserve steers, hogs, lambs and goats will sell at the show’s final event, the KJLS Auction of Champions. Supporters and members of the public are welcome and encouraged to support exhibitors by bidding during the live auction.
     Prior to the premium sale, KJLS will present a number of scholarships to exhibitors who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA. Nearly $350,000 has been presented to KJLS exhibitors since the program’s inception in 1993. The scholarship program is funded primarily through private contributions and income generated by the Beefeaters Barbecue, held at 5:30 p.m. September 22. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Betsy Anderson at (316) 706-9750.
     The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) will sponsor a club calf show and sale September 20 during KJLS. Sale proceeds will go toward KLF Youth in Agriculture scholarships.
     KLA is one of three major KJLS sponsors, with the others being Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita. Hundreds of volunteers from across the state also help organize and put on the show. 

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from September 16

BQA WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED

     The Kansas Beef Council and the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University are partnering to host advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions throughout Kansas in October. These checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers and veterinarians with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safety. The training sessions will be led by K-State veterinarians Dan Thomson and Dave Rethorst and K-State Extension Feedlot Specialist Chris Reinhardt, all with BCI.
     Attendees will receive Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and information relevant to the cow-calf, stocker and feedlot segments; animal husbandry best management practices; and downed animal care and humane euthanasia training. In addition, stockmanship principles and low-stress cattle-handling techniques will be studied. All who attend will earn BQA certification valid for three years.
     The workshops are scheduled for October 1 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie; October 2 at JC Livestock Sales in Junction City; October 7 at Ft. Scott Livestock; and October 9 at Overbrook Livestock Commission Company. All workshops begin at 6:00 p.m. The Tonganoxie event is co-hosted by the Leavenworth County Beef Improvement Association and the Ft. Scott event is co-hosted by the Linn and Bourbon counties Farm Bureau groups.
     Each workshop is free of charge and includes a complimentary meal. Pre-registration one week or more prior to the event is requested by calling the Beef Cattle Institute at (785) 532-4844 or emailing kjoliver@vet.ksu.edu. Walk-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed a meal.

from September 15

BRAND SEARCH NOW CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED ONLINE

     The Animal Health Division of the Kansas Department of Agriculture recently announced the Kansas registered brands directory is available online. Users can search brands by code, letters, symbols and/or numbers, location on the animal, brand owner’s name and county.
     This search is available by clicking here.  

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from September 12

RAHMEIER PAIR WINS SUPER COW-CALF SHOW

     A pair owned by Kent Rahmeier of Sylvan Grove won the Kansas State Fair Super Cow-Calf Show September 10 in Hutchinson. The reserve grand champion pair was exhibited by G3 Cattle of Uniontown. Nearly 20 cow-calf pairs in pasture condition took part in the show.
     Third place was a cow and calf owned by Gerald Hiiter of Sylvan Grove. Amy Hiiter, also of Sylvan Grove, owned the fourth place entry. Rounding out the top five was a cow-calf pair entered by Emily Carney from Sylvan Grove.
     Entries consisting of one cow and her natural steer or heifer calf were evaluated using a two-judge system. Rankings were based on a phenotypic score combined with an index score accounting for age and performance data. 
Sponsors for the show included ABS-Sandra Utter-Levering, Reno County Farm Bureau, Valley Vet Supply, Central City Scale and Blattner Livestock Equipment.  

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from September 11


RANCHERS APPLYING FOR LFP PAYMENTS SHOULD ACT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30

     Livestock producers who have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 are encouraged to sign up for USDA’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) by September 30. Those who have not secured assistance by that date will experience a 7.3% reduction in LFP payments as mandated in the Budget Control Act, approved by Congress in 2011.
     Producers seeking LFP support who have scheduled appointments with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before October 1, even if the actual appointment is after that date, will not see reductions in the amount of disaster relief they receive. As an alternative to visiting or contacting the county FSA office, producers can place their names on the list before September 30 by clicking
here.

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from September 10

HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO INVALIDATE EPA’S WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

     The U.S. House approved a bill yesterday that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing, implementing, adopting or enforcing the proposed rule on waters of the United States. NCBA applauded bipartisan passage of the bill, which faces a much more uncertain fate in the U.S. Senate.
     Under current regulation, states have primary responsibility for regulating waters within their borders. Twice, the U.S. Supreme Court has reaffirmed this authority. The proposed EPA rule would strip states of this power and shift the balance to greater federal jurisdiction over nearly every water structure in the country, including ditches and ponds.
     NCBA Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald said the House bill also would invalidate the interpretive rule, which was published alongside the waters of the U.S. proposal. The interpretive rule would narrow the scope of what is considered normal farming and ranching practices.
     “Practices such as building a fence or grazing cattle have previously never needed a permit,” said McDonald. “However, without approval of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, producers could face up to $37,500 in fines per day.”
     McDonald said that is far from congressional intent and puts farmers and ranchers livelihoods in jeopardy.

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from September 9

KEITH NAMED RECRUITER OF THE MONTH

     Brian Keith from Allen earned KLA Recruiter of the Month by signing up the most new members during August. He will receive a $50 gift card for his efforts to strengthen the association. Keith is the ninth of 12 monthly winners in the contest, all of whom will be entered in a grand prize drawing at the KLA Convention in Wichita.
     As part of the Top Hand contest, sponsored exclusively by John Deere, KLA members receive a set of leather coasters for signing up their first recruit of the year. Those enlisting three new members also receive a Buck knife and getting five new members earns a set of steak knives. Those enrolling 10 also receive a complimentary convention registration and 15 gets the member a pair of boots. A rifle is awarded to anyone signing up 20 and the top recruiter of the year also receives a 20X felt hat from Greeley Hat Works, provided they get at least 25.
     With just 90 days left in the competition, members are encouraged to ramp up their efforts and set their sights on the prize package of their choosing. Membership applications and brochures are available by contacting Letty at letty@kla.org or (785) 273-5115. Recruits also can join by clicking here.

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from September 8

WORKSHOP PROVIDES DIETETIC INTERNS WITH PRACTICAL BEEF KNOWLEDGE

     The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) hosted workshops last week for students enrolled in dietetic internship programs at the University of Kansas (KU) Medical Center in Kansas City and Kansas State University in Manhattan. These checkoff-funded sessions are designed to provide accurate information and practical experience with beef to aspiring professionals who will reach thousands of consumers with dietary advice.
     Future dietitians learned about beef nutrition from KBC Director of Nutrition Audrey Monroe, RD, LD. They heard firsthand how cattle are raised from Wamego rancher and KBC Chair Barb Downey. NCBA Senior Executive Director of Communications Daren Williams presented tips to student dietitians about responding to media questions and conducting on-air cooking demonstrations. Students practiced these skills through mock interviews about the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet study, and through cooking demonstrations, where they learned to grill top sirloin steaks and discuss on camera how to build a healthy diet with beef using the government’s MyPlate model.
     Katelynne Burghardt, a dietetic intern at KU Medical Center, said the event provided new perspective on issues like beef sustainability and the passion ranchers have for their animals.
     “For Barb to come in to talk to us about what it is she does as a cattle raiser, how she can use byproducts, potential waste from other companies, showed us another side,” said Burghardt. “I love to see that and as future dietitians, we can really promote that information we learned today.” 

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