Livestock briefs: NE ag director visits China

Wisconsin State Farmer


NE Department of Ag director visits China

Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach was in Beijing and Shanghai June 29 - 30, to celebrate the arrival of Nebraska beef into China for the first time in 14 years. 

“We are working to ensure that Nebraska beef will be well represented in the Chinese marketplace,” said Governor Ricketts. “Nebraska is home to 4 of the 6 eligible suppliers that are currently approved to ship beef to China. Nebraska stands to benefit greatly by capturing a share of China’s beef import market which was estimated to be $2.5 billion in 2016.” 

While in Beijing, Ibach participated in a variety of promotional events along with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, staff from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), representatives from approved Nebraska plants and the leadership from the U.S. beef community. 

During the trip, Ibach will also be meeting with key Chinese importers of beef along with representatives of businesses and establishments that have expressed interest in learning more about Nebraska beef products and the story of the Nebraska beef at several events organized by USDA and USMEF. 


Registration open for 2017 Angus Convention

Registration opened Saturday, July 1, for the 2017 Angus Convention, which will take place Nov. 4 - 6 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Visit the convention website,, to register and make hotel reservations for the three-day event. 

During the Angus Convention, Angus breeders and commercial cattlemen are invited to learn from world-class speakers and educational seminars, network at the trade show and enjoy social events and entertainment with fellow cattle producers from across the country. 

Go online to to access a convention schedule, trade show map and more information on travel arrangements to Fort Worth. 

Delegates elected to represent their state during the Association’s Annual Convention may attend the Association business meetings for free; however, participation in convention education, meals, entertainment and trade show requires a full convention registration.

If you register prior to July 31, the cost is $75 per person. Any registrations made after that date will be at an increased price. 

For more information, visit and 


Angus juniors give to Ronald McDonald House

Each year at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), junior members have the opportunity to give back to the community through a charity project. This year’s chosen organization, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), provides a home environment and resources to support families who have children in the hospital.

Juniors are asked to donate pop tabs during check-in at the NJAS. The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) has launched a competition between state associations to see which state can donate the most items for this deserving organization. The state that donates the most pop tabs will win a “cool” treat. 

RMHC provides children and their families the vital care and resources they need while being treated by leading hospitals. Families across the globe can gain access to houses, family rooms, mobile care, grants and scholarships through the charity.

RMHC is a public charity funded through donations from individuals, business donors, fundraisers and churches. The most common donation is pop tabs.

Juniors, state associations and individuals looking to donate to RMHC should bring their pop tabs to the show office at the NJAS in Des Moines, Iowa.

For additional information contact Caitlyn Brandt at Additional donations can be made online at


LEAD Conference: Navigating North Carolina

The Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference is set to take place Aug. 3-6 in Raleigh, N.C.. The 2017 event is themed “Navigating North Carolina” and is designed for National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members 14 to 21 years of age.

Junior Angus members will travel from across the nation to experience local agriculture and to partake in leadership workshops coordinated by the National Junior Angus Board (NJAB). NJAB Leadership Director Tim Mardesen says LEAD is an opportunity to network with fellow juniors and engage with industry leaders.

Angus juniors will have the opportunity to hear from professionals covering a wide variety of topics including marketing, genomics and professional development.

Tours during this year’s LEAD conference will give attendees a look at agriculture along the east coast. 

In addition, junior members will participate in numerous breakout sessions regarding agricultural careers and also visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Conference space is limited and registration is $275, which includes your hotel. Starting this year, no parents or state advisors will be allowed to register for the conference. All chaperones will be American Angus Association employees.

Sign up online at


Flat Andy journeys to Des Moines with NJAA members

With the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) right around the corner, Flat Andy needs help from National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members to find his way to the show, which takes place July 9 through July 15 in Des Moines, Iowa.

As NJAA members prepare for and make their way to the show, they are encouraged to capture the process by snapping photos along their journey with Flat Andy and sharing them with the NJAA’s social media accounts.

Members who submit photos of Flat Andy will have an opportunity to win prizes. Third place will receive an Angus gift pack and second place will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The first-place Flat Andy photo will receive the grand price of a UE Boom wireless speaker that is both waterproof and shockproof.

Keep up with Flat Andy’s NJAS adventures by following the NJAA Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts, which will also give juniors the opportunity to see more NJAS publicity.

Photos of Flat Andy can be submitted in one of the following ways:

Email photos to JD Rosman, Angus Media communications specialist, at or text photos to 509-641-2121.

Tweet photos to @JrAngusAssoc with the hashtags #FlatAndy and #NJAS17 in the caption.

Share photos on Instagram and tag @JrAngusAssoc with the hashtags #FlatAndy and #NJAS17 in the caption.

When submitting photos, be sure to include your name and where the photo was taken in the caption. Download a copy of Flat Andy today to print, cut out and decorate.