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LANCASTER, WI

WPA to publish “Buy Wisconsin First” directory

The Wisconsin Pork Association invites pork producers across the state to participate in the “2017 Buy Wisconsin First” Directory. In partnership with The Midwest Herdsman, the directory will be included in the Swine Roll Call issue and online at both www.wppa.org and www.themidwestherdsman.com.

The directory will feature Wisconsin breeding stock and show pig producers. The interest in youth pig projects continues to grow across the state, and the directory will be a valuable resource to youth looking for their project animals. The printed directory will be mailed to youth exhibitors, parents, and industry allies throughout the state. Additional copies will also be available to 4-H, FFA, and other youth organizations.

Wisconsin Pork Association and The Midwest Herdsman are excited to offer the directory as an all-inclusive advertising opportunity. For one rate, advertisers will receive space in the “2017 Buy Wisconsin First” Directory printed in the Roll Call issue and inclusion in the online Directory on both the WPA and Midwest Herdsman websites. Please note advertisers must pay their 2017 WPA membership dues to be included in the Directory.

Copy deadline is Feb. 6, 2017. For more details on advertising visit www.wppa.org/buy-wisconsin-first-directory/ or contact the Wisconsin Pork Association at 1-800-822-7675 or The Midwest Herdsman at 608-723-6770.

BISMARK, ND

Storms plague Dakotas ranchers, cattle deaths light

Four major storms in a month's span with record snow are causing hardships for ranchers in the Dakotas, though their livestock appear to have made it through in decent shape.

Livestock deaths appear to be minimal, according to rancher groups. And the latest Agriculture Department reports estimate animal losses to be mostly "average" to "light." That's due largely to the lead time ahead of the storms, officials said.

"These storms are hard on the livestock, but Mother Nature has prepared them much better with their natural thicker fur and fat layers," said Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. "Ranchers have also had time to bring animals home to more protected areas."

That wasn't the case in 2013, when a strong October blizzard struck the western Dakotas and caught forecasters and ranchers by surprise. Many cattle were still in summer pastures and didn't yet have their protective winter coats.

Rapid City, in western South Dakota, has 25 percent more snow than its long-term average, according to the National Weather Service. The city also saw record snowfall on Christmas Day and on Monday.

Western North Dakota also has received heavy snow. Bismarck has about 4½ feet, the most ever recorded at this point of winter.

More snow means more work for ranchers to protect and feed livestock, more stress on equipment and less time for other things like family activities.

OSAGE BEACH, MO

Hurst crowned 2017 Missouri Beef Queen

Macey Hurst, of Jefferson City, MO, was crowned the 2017 Missouri Beef Queen during the 49th Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Hurst represented the Missouri State University Cattlemen's Association and is the daughter of Staci Hurst and Tom Hurst. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Winning first runner-up was Kendra Elder, representing the Southeast Missouri Cattlemen. Elder received a $500 scholarship. The second runner-up was Victoria Lock, representing the Carroll County Cattlemen, who received a $250 scholarship.

Other contestants vying for the title included Samantha Schnake, representing the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen; Lydia Placht, representing the Franklin County Cattlemen; Lexi Perriguey, representing the Pettis County Cattlemen; Sierra Teegarden, representing the Jasper County Cattlemen; Casey Bahrenburg, representing the Benton County Cattlemen; and Allison Fix, representing the Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen.

The nine contestants presented a speech on a consumer-related topic in the beef industry and interviewed with a panel of three judges. The competition was held January 7, 2017. The Missouri Beef Queen will be responsible for representing the Missouri beef industry at livestock shows, conferences and events throughout the year.

The 49th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show was held Jan. 6-8 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

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