September 20, 2022 | Vol. 15 : No. 9

Front Page

Rezac Early buy-in

Early Buy-in

2022 BIF Commercial Producers of the Year plan to transition the ranch to the next generation.

In agriculture, most kids help on the ranch or farm while they are growing up, but once they graduate high school, their fit in the operation becomes less clear. For the Rezac family of Onaga, Kan., winners of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) 2022 Commercial Producer of the Year honors, having the next generation come back with a defined role is part of the business plan.

Jeff Mafi

Association Perspective

Ditch the filing cabinet.

For decades, registered Angus bull buyers have received registration certificates of bulls purchased from their seedstock supplier, and still do today. In my travels, I’ve seen many binders and filing cabinets full of such registration papers. Each breeding season, those papers are probably reevaluated to see which bulls best fit various groups of heifers or cows they are about to be exposed to. They may even be pulled to enroll a set of calves into the AngusLinkSM feeder-cattle program to document the genetics that represent the calf crop.

Angus Foundation Awards Young Commercial Cattlemen Scholarships

Scholarship program supports students using Angus genetics in commercial operations.

The Angus Foundation recently awarded the Commercial Cattlemen Scholarship to four outstanding youth in the beef industry. This scholarship is unique from others offered by the Angus Foundation as it aims to support students outside of the seedstock industry. To apply, youth and/or their parents/guardians must use Angus genetics in their breeding program.

September 7, 2022 | Vol. 15 : No. 9

Spending Time to Make Money

Colorado producers take a wide view of industry, raise value-added calves.

Pat and Robin Karney’s banker didn’t mean to jinx them, but it may have felt that way in hindsight.

They were selling their family feed business, had leased some ranches and owned a small one, but they were trying to put together something more complete. A customer had his own ranch up for sale and suggested the family make an offer.

News & Notes

Industry tidbits from around the country.

This installment of “News & Notes” features articles about the most recent addition to the American Angus Association’s regional manager team, Walmart’s investment in Nebraska’s Sustainable Beef LLC, industry activity in the gray wolf lawsuit, funding awarded to 111 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program, and an announcement of the heifer to headline the 2023 Angus Foundation Heifer Package.

Deeply Rooted, Purpose-Driven

Shauna Hermel’s strong ties to production agriculture fuel purpose, earn industry honor.

Just outside of Bethel, Mo., there are 500-plus acres of lush cow country pieced together through many years. Near the Kansas-Missouri border, there’s an office building with an Angus nameplate. Shauna Hermel, editor of the Angus Beef Bulletin® and 25-year Angus team member, knows the road between the two locations well.