Livestock Briefs: Two- day livestock judging camp

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Livestock judging camp held in May

The Judging Experience will be hosting a two-day livestock judging camp May 20-21 at the Trempealeau County Fairgrounds in Galesville. The camp is designed for 4-H and FFA members interested in livestock judging and is open to all experience levels.

During the camp, professional livestock judges will work with participants to improve their livestock evaluation skills and oral communication abilities and better their understanding and knowledge in livestock selection.

The cost to attend is $200 per participant and the registration deadline is Friday, May 12.

Additional information and registration is available online at or by contacting Curtis Doubet at 303-681-7086 or


Missouri Cattlemen's Association holds steak fry

The 14 annual Cattlemen's Steak Fry will be held Saturday, June 10 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia, MO, in the agricultural building. Social hour starts at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $35 per person. Payment is due by June 3. Tickets at the door are $40. Tickets include steak dinner and beverages.

The steak fry benefits the Missouri Cattlemen's Association political action committee.

For more information or to register visit


White House takes first step to reining in the Antiquities Act

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applaud the executive order signed April that calls for a review of designations made under the Antiquities Act by previous presidents. 

Dave Eliason, PLC president, said while the Act was intended to preserve Native American artifacts and areas of historical importance, presidents have instead used the Act to bypass Congress and local communities to place heavy restrictions on massive swaths of land. Most recently, President Obama boasted of using the Antiquities Act more than any previous president - locking up 256 million acres of land and water in 30 separate designations. 

“Western communities have been calling on Congress for years to address the continued abuse of the Antiquities Act," said Eliason. "Elevating millions of acres to monument status without local input or economic analysis results in unrecoverable losses to the local communities.”

In 1996, southern Utah faced a devastating reality when President Clinton designated 1.9 million acres as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Livestock grazing was drastically reduced from 106,000 AUMs. Now there are only 35,000 AUMs in use.


Beef producers gather for Keep Calve Healthy meeting

Beef cattle producers gathered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, recently for a Keep Calves Healthy meeting sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim (BI). Producers had the opportunity to hear from industry experts on important issues and the latest ways to keep their calves healthy and improve herd performance.

One of the hottest topics facing the industry today is antibiotic stewardship.

Dr. Mike Apley, DVM, PhD, Kansas State University discussed the important role antibiotics will play in the future of protecting cattle health. Basing decisions on the best scientific research was the key takeaway from Dr. Bob Smith, DVM, MS, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dr. John Davidson, DVM, DABVP, senior professional services veterinarian with BI, reviewed ways producers can maximize health and performance of their herds to help build profit, specifically through preventive medicine.

Early in a calf’s life is a critical time for disease prevention and takes careful planning and management. Keep Calves Healthy is a philosophy that embodies the goal of every cattle producer - if you keep your calves healthy, you’re setting your operation up for success from the start.


American Angus Auxiliary holds online auction

The American Angus Auxiliary will hold its second-annual Full Circle Online Auction, a national Angus consignment sale from Sept. 27 - 28, hosted by

The Full Circle Online Auction is a web-based consignment market that offers Angus breeders, families and allied industry the opportunity to both sell and buy, while making a substantial contribution to help ensure the sustainability of the Auxiliary’s ongoing support of the Angus breed and its youth.

Proceeds will support the Auxiliary’s mission, including breed promotion, beef education, and youth development through programs, awards and scholarships.

The Auxiliary is seeking a wide variety of items with a fair market value in excess of $100. Auction categories include Angus memorabilia/collectibles, games/toys, vacation packages, home décor, cattle services, embryo/semen packages and other useful items. Consignments received by June 1 will receive 90 days of advertising including an ad in the Angus Journal.

Consignors can donate 100 percent to the Auxiliary or can choose to receive 50 percent of the gross revenue their lots generate, as well as recognition in the sale promotion to be launched at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) and on the online site throughout July, August and September.