Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Calling all Young Beef Leaders

Entering the beef industry in a time of diversity and opportunity is exciting. Global challenges in agriculture are exploding. Whether it be the growth and debate of genetically modified organisms or food safety and animal welfare, young beef industry enthusiasts have the opportunity to make an impact and convey a message.

The industry needs young cattle enthusiast that can grow and thrive in an ever-changing industry and it’s the mission of the Illinois Beef Association (IBA) Young Beef Leaders to shape our industry’s future leaders.

“Young beef enthusiasts are our future, and it is important to expose them to all segments of the business,” said Shelia Stannard, IBA director of industry programs. “We hope this Young Beef Leader Training Program will give more of our producers a big picture perspective of the beef industry while providing leadership development and networking opportunities.”

Through a series of field days designed to expose members to all aspects of the industry, the IBA offers Young Beef Leaders the opportunity to further explore our business, gain essential information and network with fellow IBA members. This program offers participants the opportunity to visit leading agribusinesses and learn from industry experts. Through the development of Beef Checkoff programs, Young Beef Leaders can engage and educate consumers about the nutritious product cattlemen produce and the beef farmer’s commitment to animal care and the environment.

For an individual to participate in the Young Beef Leaders training program, he or she must be an IBA member between the ages of 21-40 and submit an application to the IBA by May 15. The application and a schedule of events can be found on the IBA website, www.illinoisbeef.com.

Monday, April 14, 2014

CattleFax - Weekly Recap

The fed cattle market had not been established for the week as went to press. Boxed beef moved lower again last week as buyer demand in front of Easter remained limited. Anticipate demand to improve after Easter as purchasing will begin for grilling season and spring holidays.

Feeder cattle prices were mainly steady to $3.00 higher for the week while calves were unevenly steady. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $3.00 lower for the week. Summer turn-out is moving into full swing through much of the country, keeping demand stout for cattle eligible for summer grazing programs. Feedlots continue to aggressively seek feeder cattle keeping those prices well supported.

Corn prices declined last week as warmer weather forecasts for the Midwest is expected to keep planting season on track.

Check out today's Chart of the Day. For recent market news and analysis, visit CattleFax.com.

Monday, April 7, 2014

CattleFax Risk Management Seminar - June 18-19

Register today for the June 18-19 Risk Management Seminar. If you haven't already signed up for the seminar, don't wait. This is a great opportunity for those who want to incorporate new ideas in building a risk management plan or in refining their current strategy. Seating is limited, so don't delay. This seminar will fill up quickly.

For more information or to sign up, call 1-800-825-7525 or go to our website.

CattleFax - Weekly Recap

The fed cattle market was $2.00 to $4.00 lower last week. The bulk of the sales in the north are noted at $238 to $241 dressed and $150 on a live basis. In the south, trade occurred at $148 in light volume with some sellers passing that bid. Overall trade volumes were light.

Boxed beef lost ground last week as demand slowed with cold wet weather through much of the country, as well as larger slaughter levels over the past couple of weeks that resulted in more offerings. Lower prices were noted across most of the carcass.

Feeder cattle values were steady to $5.00 higher for the week while calves ranged from $2.00 higher to as much as $5.00 lower with the full decline on light weight calves. Slaughter cows were steady to $5.00 lower.

Corn prices moved higher on the week due to a bullish prospective plantings and ending stocks report issued last Monday by the USDA.

Check out today's Chart of the Day. For recent market news and analysis, visit CattleFax.com.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grilling Up Success

The Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association is made up of cattlemen and cattle industry supporters in Henderson, McDonough and Warren counties. Led by a board of directors, the affiliation is well known in the west central Illinois area for grilling high quality steaks and burgers for private parties, banquets, picnics, open houses, field days, and more. In 2013 alone, the Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association fixed 5,525 ribeyes and 2,360 hamburgers for groups like the McDonough County Employees, Monsanto Learning Center, Avon FFA Chapter, Barn Crawl, Birkey’s Farm Store, Henderson County 4-H and Warren County Fair to name a few.

The money raised from these events and activities goes directly into the Tri-County Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund, which is open to high school seniors in the three counties that plan to major in agriculture or pursue an agriculture career. Over the past several years the affiliate has given six $500 scholarships. The scholarship fund is also supported financially by an auction held each year at the annual banquet. The auction features items such as Cardinals baseball tickets, mineral feeders, semen packages, breeding services and artwork – which banquet guests can bid on to help support the scholarship program. The annual banquet is a great way for cattlemen and industry supporters to gather for an enjoyable evening! For the past several years the banquet has been maximum capacity at the Western Illinois University Grand Ballroom with entertainers such as Baxter Black, Tim Cavanaugh and Drew Hastings. The affiliate would not be where it is today if it weren’t for the support they have received over the years; in 2013, 113 sponsors graciously supporter their cause.

Tri-County Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors
All in all, the quality beef products the Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association provides for different events and activities throughout the year is promotion for the beef industry. The group encourages anyone that has a general desire to promote the beef industry and be involved to contact a board member for more information. Board member contact information is listed on the Affiliate Chapters page at www.illinoisbeef.com.

IJBA Board of Directors Attend YBIC

The Illinois Junior Beef Association (IJBA) Board of Directors attended the 2014 Youth Beef Industry Congress (YBIC), March 27-29 in St. Louis, Mo. The biennial event gathered more than 125 junior members of national beef breed associations and state cattlemen organizations.The 2014 YBIC was offered thanks to the following sponsors: Purina, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Allflex®, GeneSeek and Ranch House Designs. 

“The YBIC conference is a great opportunity for the IJBA Board of Directors to create relationships amongst fellow beef leaders and industry professionals who will help them lead to a better future,” said Jill Johnson, Illinois Beef Association director of communications. “The junior board today will be the beef industry leaders of tomorrow, and we need to prepare them with the adequate knowledge and experience to make them successful.” 

While attending YBIC, IJBA Directors met with GeneSeek representative Gary Felger, toured the Monsanto world headquarters, and visited Purina’s Longview Animal Nutrition Center. They also learned about the importance of beef feed efficiency from Jared Decker, University of Missouri, and Megan Von Emon, Iowa State University. Motivational speaker, Eddie Slowikowski, taught attendees the importance of living each day to its fullest and becoming a confident leader. 

In addition, participants were given time to share ideas about how to improve their respective groups and better serve their memberships. They also discussed current issues facing agriculture and how to be a positive leader in all aspects of their lives. 

Pictured L to R: Tyler Pokojski, Zadok Graff, Marie Lock, Kagney Collins Mary Kline, and Taryn Adcock

IJBA Directors participating in the event were: Marie Lock of Avon, Taryn Adcock of Assumption, Tyler Pokojski of Centralia, Kagney Collins of Flanagan, Zadok Graff of Middletown, and Mary Kline of LeRoy.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 IBA Legislative Day

The annual Legislative Reception hosted jointly by the Illinois Beef Association and the Illinois Pork Producers Association on March 25 met with a booming turnout of cattlemen and legislators alike. In addition to the evening’s reception, beef producers were able to congregate in the State Capitol earlier in the day for face-to-face meetings with their own senators and representatives as well as those legislators holding key leadership positions on committees overseeing agriculture and the environment. Other valuable points of contact included meetings with State Veterinarian Dr. Mark Ernst and Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett, both of whom oversee regulatory programs affecting cattlemen in Illinois.

“Participation in our Legislative Reception and making visits with legislators in the Capitol are two invaluable actions our members can take to help represent the beef industry in Illinois. Plus, the chance to meet with agency heads and regulators in Springfield is another opportunity we’re glad to have our members take advantage of. IBA is a truly a member-led organization so having cattlemen here to speak for our industry is paramount,” said Reid Blossom, IBA executive vice president.

Some of the issues of highest concern for cattlemen during their conversations dealt with potentially harmful legislation like House Bill 5637 sponsored by Representative Naomi Jakobsson of Champaign. If passed, this bill would effectively halt any expansion of the state’s cattle feeding sector. By amending the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) and its definitions, prescribed setbacks, confidentiality, public hearing process, and oversight from the Dept of Ag, this bill would basically outlaw any new feedlots and stop any existing facilities from growing their capacity. Luckily, House Bill 5637 stalled out in the House Ag Committee and is not expected to move any farther in the legislative process this session.

“Bills like this show just how disconnected some environmental activists in the state are. We’re thankful to have friends in the General Assembly like Representative Pat Verschoore, chair of the House Ag & Conservations Committee, who can put the brakes on bad bills like this for the good of cattlemen and all of agriculture,” said IBA President Alan Adams.