Livestock briefs: WI represented in Beef Leaders Institute

Wisconsin State Farmer


Angus Foundation Silent Auction raises more than $12,500 

The Angus Foundation raised more than $12,500 on 125 items during the annual silent auction during the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) on July 9 -15 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Proceeds from these items help fund support for Angus education, youth and research initiatives.  

“The silent auction always brings out the best in Angus enthusiasts,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “All of the donated items auctioned off during the event are very special in some way or another, and proceeds from the silent auction are unrestricted in their use, so the Angus Foundation can put those funds toward the education, youth and research efforts that need the most support.”  

Tim and Elizabeth Harsh, Radnor, Ohio, purchased the top-selling item for $550, which was a custom graphite portrait donated by the Wisconsin Junior Angus Association.  

The second-highest selling honor, at $500, went to a Kansas State University football autographed by head coach Bill Snyder donated by the Kansas Junior Angus Association, purchased by Hite du Boize Cattle Co., Valley Center, Kan. 

There were two items that tied for the third-highest selling title at $400 each. Hoover Angus Farm, Ellston, Iowa, bought an oak mirror with cattle designs, donated by Houks Angus, Blakesburg, Iowa. A Penny & James 1955 dispersal sale book, donated by the American Angus Association, was purchased by Kurt and Arlene Schaff, Kansas City, Mo.  


Iowa Couple Named NJAA 2017 Advisors of the Year  

Finding new ways to connect with Iowa juniors is why Chris and Dixie McCormick, Pleasantville, Iowa, were nominated for the Advisors of the Year award through the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). 

The McCormicks were recognized for their leadership, inclusion and encouragement at the National Junior Angus Show in Des Moines, Iowa.  


Exhibitors asked to monitor animal health before State Fair 

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is asking livestock exhibitors to monitor the health of their animals as the Illinois State Fair approaches. 

State officials say owners should observe the health of their herds before bringing any animals to fairs. They should contact veterinarians if any animal shows symptoms of an illness. State officials say the monitoring is necessary to prevent the spread of illness or disease among animals. 

State agriculture experts suggest having strict biosecurity measures and washing hands before and after working with animals. 

Dr. Mark Ernst is state veterinarian for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. He says the department puts a high priority on making sure animals "are healthy before, during and after" fairs. 

The Illinois State Fair runs from Aug. 10 to 20. 


Wisconsin represented in 2017 Beef Leaders Institute 

Two Wisconsin Angus breeders, Brad Johnson and Chad Stevenson, joined an elite group of American Angus Association members by attending the 10th annual Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) June 19-23. This year’s class consisted of nearly 20 individuals from all areas of the country. 

Brad Johnson, Shawano, WI, noted the importance of events like BLI for continuing education off the farm. 

“It’s important for anyone to continue their education, regardless of their field,” Johnson said. “I think it’s important for young people to start with that mindset early on and continue that throughout their life.” 

The five-day event, funded by the Angus Foundation, began in Saint Joseph, Mo., at the Association headquarters. Participants interacted with staff and learned how each department works to serve its nearly 25,000 members. 

Chad Stevenson, Arlington, WI, said seeing the industry in a big-picture format allowed him to understand how everything and everyone works together within the industry. 

 “The networking, meeting other people, talking to other producers from across the country and learning the challenges they have versus the challenges I face is presented by attending BLI,” Stevenson said. “Seeing the industry broad spectrum puts it in a different perspective, like going to the Association and correlating it to what I do at home and how I can be more efficient.” 


Munson Angus Farm Honored for outstanding environmental stewardship 

Munson Angus Farm, in Junction City, Kan., was selected as one of six regional honorees of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award, announced during the 2017 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting July 13, 2017, recognizes outstanding stewardship and conservation efforts of beef cattle operations.

This year’s regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be announced during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., in February 2018.

“Cattlemen and women everywhere understand that the land, air and water resources in their care are the cornerstone of their success and they are only stewards of those resources for a short time,” said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden. “Each of us understands the importance of improving those resources and leaving them better for future generations. This year’s nominees are outstanding examples of what is possible for the beef industry. Chuck and Deanna Munson serve as an inspiration for producers everywhere to continue improving their stewardship practices now and in the future.” 
Munson Angus Farm is located in the Flint Hills region of the Tallgrass Prairie, where the family has been in operation for nearly 150 years. The family raises cattle, operates a small feedlot and runs a cropping operation. 

Over the years, the Munsons have worked with state and local agencies to improve the health of the land. The family has implemented a rotational grazing system to protect their valuable grass resources. On the crop side, the Munsons switched from conventional tillage to a no-till system to reduce erosion and improve soil health.

Today, the ranch is operated by Chuck and Deanna Munson, and their two children David and Michelle play an active role in the operation.