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ISSUE DATE: 10/10/2011

Good cattle from start to finish

By Jennifer Carrico

Good cows make good calves, which has been the goal of the Aggen family from the start at their Simmental cattle operation, Oak Meadow Farm near Harmony, Minn.

Oak Meadow Farm is owned and operated by Dr. Lynn Aggen and his wife, Barb, along with their son Matt and his wife, Jessica. Son Michael also helps on the farm, and daughter Mary works for Land O'Lakes nearby.

"Our operation really started when I joined 4-H and bought a Simmental heifer for a project," said Matt. "What started out as a 4-H project has built into a family operation."

The farm consists of about 115 Simmental cows. Most of the cows are purebreds, but they have also added Angus into their herd for the SimmAngus females, which are in high demand. While many breeders have bred animals to get only black offspring, he said about 50 percent of their cows are still red.

"Some of our best cattle are the red ones, so it doesn't make much sense to quit breeding for them," said Matt. "Cattle are still sold by the pound and if our cattle perform and produce bulls that people can use that also perform, then we are going to continue to just worry about producing good cattle and not as much about what color they are."


NEWS

Dine Out for Farms week is Oct. 16 to 22
Drought 'very likely' to last through 2012
Farm Aid board sends letter to DOJ, USDA
Farm group supports Farmer-Owned Reserves policy
Groups call for continued commitment to Rural Development
Kan. governor, ranchers travel to Russia, Kazakhstan
Looking at banks and loans
Moran's Cuba bill approved by committee
National Grange welcomes new director
NCBA, PLC seek clarification on Clean Water Act case
October proclaimed Co-op Month in Kansas
OSU Distinguished Alumni Award presented
OSU Distinguished Alumni Award presented
Producers contribute to food drive
Professor creates GPS tour for Cheyenne Bottoms
Reduced-cost energy audits available
Rural Development awards funding for rural hospitals
Senate Committee approves ag appropriations bill
State unveils Kansas Walk of Honor with former Sen. Bob Dole
USDA announces rural electric funding
USDA assisting producers damaged by Hurricane Irene
Winter weather outlook could improve

CROPS

2011 Kansas wheat production down 23%
2011 Oklahoma winter wheat production down 42% from last year
Ag SMARTS program offered in Scottsbluff, Seward
ASA and NCGA host Ag Trade and Biotech Forum
Boy Scouts kick off K-State/KU product sale
Checkoff survey demonstrates soybean quality to overseas customers
Corn stocks lowest since 1996; Sorghum lowest since 1957
County Extension Council members seek candidates
Dusting in wheat
Edamame importer plans to contract with Ark. farmers
Electronic warehouse receipt trial system expands to 36 states
Entomologist wins lifetime achievement award
Extend growing season with high tunnels, quick hoops
Germplasm, irrigation management research helps corn production
Governor expands suspension of motor carrier rules to aid in drought relief
Governor updates Drought Declaration
Grain bin safety critical for ag workers
Grain stocks down from a year ago
Insect discovery could expand pest control possibilities
Iowa corn stocks up
Iowa small grain summary
Iron Deficiency Chlorosis webcast published
Irrigation Expo set for December
Kan. Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy receives $4.8M
K-State agronomy grad student gets national scholarship
Market focus returns to weather, broader economy
Minnesota Sept. 1 grain stocks survey released
Minnesota small grain production down from 2010
Nebraska Sept. 1 grain stock numbers released
New sports turf has roots in the soybean field
New technique may speed wheat breeding process
NMSU to present pesticide applicator workshop
Nutrient tips help maximize wheat production
Oklahoma Wheat Commission to hold special election
Oklahoma wheat stocks down 20% from 2010
Partners in Conservation Tour focuses on Kansas water
Partnership expands support for telling agriculture's story
Partnership to construct reservoirs
Researchers study salt tolerance in chile varieties
RMFU honors Ken Salazar
S.D. wheat production down from last year
San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show to host ag commodity symposium
Scientists wage war on wireworms
Small grain production in Nebraska higher than 2010
Soil factors determine infiltration rates from rainfall
Sorghum industry honors research director
Soybean farmers score big in new football season
Stuttgart rice center gets water management engineer
Surveys define grape, wine industries
Texas Grain Sorghum Board seats open for nominations
Texas wheat production estimated at 49.4 million bushels
U.S. Wheat Assoc. host Japanese milling managers
Using ground covers in organic production
Wyoming winter wheat production decreased from 2010

LIVESTOCK

BCS helps determine which cow is 'just right'
Beef Team member named one of Austin's Fittest
CAB presents seedstock award
Chandler to host cattle conference
Eastern Livestock execs charged with theft
Effective treatment saves time
First qualifying contest for World Livestock Auctioneer Championship held
Gelbvieh adds value when feeding cattle
Good cattle from start to finish
Growing your dairy's future
Hereford sales increase
Hog inventory larger than expected
Hog numbers released
Houston Livestock Show makes $18.8M commitment to education, youth
K-State to host Sheep and Goat Conference
Longhorn Drive to be part of Sunflower Parade
Miles of Smiles to host 'Walk & Whoa Ball' to raise funds
National Belgium Blue Cattle Show held
NCBA 2012 Redbooks available for purchase
New demand index points to profit potential
Online genomics course available
Panhandle Feeders partners with CAB
Pratt Feeders wins CAB award
Promoting beef as what's for dinner
Providing assistance when a cow is in labor
Reaching genetic potential through nutrition and management
Rewards offered for calves stolen in Finney County
September cattle deaths often a mystery
Six strains of non-O157 STECs declared as adulterants
Some discounts lead to profit
Study: Producers get solid return on checkoff investments
Test identifies Red Angus carriers of bone disease
USDA takes steps to fight E. coli, protect food supply
USMEF releases livestock ID/traceability economic assessment
Veterinary students invited to apply for scholarship program
World's widest horned cow crowned champion

EDITOR

In our beef checkoff, results matter most
Out of the mouths of babes
Reader hopes common sense about horse slaughter will prevail
Taking advantage

COLUMNS

Bayer CropScience expands business with a new line of wheat varieties
Corn hybrids available across the U.S. in 2012
Data services allow farmers to manage precision ag data
Finding your own way
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
New Food Day draws applause, skepticism
Taking harvest to the next level
Weed Armageddon?

MARKETS

A warmer and drier fall and spring expected
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry weather allows harvest to progress
Elevated fire risk temporarily ceases corn harvest
Ericson livestock auction report
Fall harvest on pace with average
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade mostly moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay classes selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
One million acres harvested
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Quiet trading session
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Soybean harvest advances rapidly
Soybean harvest in full swing
Springfield livestock auction report
Temperatures cool off to near normal averages
Texas direct feeder cattle sale
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm, dry conditions prevail
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat seeding in full swing
Winter wheat planting progresses
Woodward livestock auction report
Wrapping up spring wheat harvest
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Ecologists may use digital panoramas to track rangeland changes
Pasture directory available
Ranching family conserves open spaces

FAMILY

AgriLife hires 4-H agent
Broccoli Brigade explores new option for small farmers
College students need renter's insurance
Cookies for kids of all ages
CSU studies chronic wasting disease in wildlife
Dunham has charm
Extension to hold cooking workshop
Extension to host tree establishment, care seminar
Find the ideal time to harvest watermelon
Hunting permits are essential for controlling deer population
Hunting permits are essential for controlling deer population
Kansas students invited to enter essay contest
Local Food Connections Workshop set for Nov. 1
Make homemade cleaning products
Master Gardeners earn top state award
Meditation for 10-10-11
Montana FFA Extravaganza is Oct. 14
Ornamentals can produce edible foods
Party perfect plates
Pheasants Forever adds wildlife biologists
Take steps to control household pests
Take steps to improve your credit score
Turfgrass scientist receives national honor
Using cover crops to improve garden soil
Waynoka FFA members show at Woods County Fair

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