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ISSUE DATE: 11/04/2013

Next generation shows commitment to family farm

By Jennifer Carrico

Commitment is important when it comes to farming and raising cattle. Commitment is just what Bryce Schmidt is doing at his family’s farm near Maryville, Mo., and learning how to let the land take care of the cows and the cows take care of the land.

Bryce is the fourth generation to raise Angus cattle at the northwest Missouri farm. While his dad, Steve, went the commercial route when raising cattle, Bryce hopes to move back to a registered Angus operation like his grandfather, J.R., used to do.

“I’ve been back here for about a year after attending college and I’d really like to take over where my grandpa left off and start raising and selling registered Angus seedstock again someday,” Bryce said.

The family has about 200 spring-calving females and 25 fall calvers. The spring group consists of about 140 cows and 60 bred heifers.

At birth, calves are tagged and their naval is treated. Male calves are castrated at that time. In May, prior to breeding, both cows and calves are vaccinated. Calves are given vaccinations against black leg and pinkeye and are fly tagged. Cows were given a Scourguard vaccine prior to calving and then are given a round of pre-breeding vaccines in May, according to recommendations from their veterinarian. The herd is wormed twice per year with two different kinds of wormer.


NEWS

Ag leaders embrace 'culture of safety' at 2013 summit
Agriculture secretary announces electric system improvements in 23 states
Clarification
Every second counts
Expect bright fall colors in Kansas
Farm bill conference begins
Farmers urged to comment on proposed federal fruit, vegetable growing regulations
Former agriculture secretaries deliver joint lecture
Governor calls for 50-year vision for Kansas water
Kansas company earns national award for land reclamation
NetWork Kansas launches Minority and Women Business Multiplier Loan Fund
Obama signs Kansas disaster declaration
Recall tied to Kansas plant prompts federal tracking
Report highlights USDA efforts to expand agroforestry practices
Spiders are not all bad
USDA issues CRP rental payments, direct payments and ACRE payments

CROPS

Agriculture foundation to hold annual meeting Nov. 14
AgriLife Extension, Compost Coalition brew up 'earthy' community initiative
Arkansas soybean producer reaches 104.83 bushels per acre
Canola plantings have steadily risen in Southern Plains
Colorado Water Conservation Board makes $40M available to help flood victims
Crop geneticists receive World Food Prize
EQIP Application Time Line
Export Exchange confirmed for Seattle in 2014
Fact sheet offers guidance on soil sampling
Fall a great time to control rosette-forming weeds
'Focus on Corn' webcast addresses aflatoxin management
Gifts create modern ag commodities trade room at UNL
Great pumpkin and watermelon contest weighs in big with Arkansas produce
History in the making: U.S. sorghum unloads in China port
Kansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Commissions host tour stops for import buyers
Kansas State University working to improve hybrid wheat
Landlord, tenant lease workshop set for Nov. 6
Local experts help growers become more seed savvy
Master Marketer Program to be offered beginning in January
New trap on tap for better beetle control
OKFB leaders continue grassroots policy development process
Oklahoma Farm Bureau hosts sweet potato pick to benefit hungry Oklahomans
Over 2,000 take professional Certified Crop Advisor test
Quickly connect with Kansas Soybean online, on the go
Researchers identify resistance mechanism waterhemp uses to thwart herbicides
Retired ag lender reflects on privilege of serving farmers
Specialty crop block grant awarded
Study challenges soil testing for potassium and the fertilizer value of potash
USDA announces availability of funding to develop advanced biofuels projects
Wheat Genetics Resource Center moves to Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
Wheat variety plot planted
World Food Prize winner mentored Iowa State agronomy professor

LIVESTOCK

Animal Agriculture Alliance: Meatless Monday campaign dishonest about number of participating organi
Beef Cattle Economics series concludes Nov. 5
BIF to host genetic prediction workshop
Cargill's Lockney feedlot closing due to drought
Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference set Jan. 14 in Wichita Falls
Checkoff changes marketing direction in fiscal year 2014
Fall bull soundness clinics find 9.8% of bulls are not satisfactory breeders
Farm Aid issues emergency grants to farmers, ranchers in Colorado and South Dakota
Free BQA training session planned in Winfield
ICON prepares for 8th annual convention
Judd Ranch has successful judging contest
Kansas Junior Beef Producer Day Dec. 7
Missing cattle found in Garvin County
Missouri lawmaker convicted in escape of cattle
Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium to be held in November
New checkoff focus on Millennials subject of KLA Convention program
Next generation shows commitment to family farm
Official animal ID necessary for interstate exhibition
Sending spayed heifers to the feedlot
The prairie is a difficult place to call home
There's room to grow dairies in Kansas
U.S. beef tripe ads roll into Peru
Western producers encouraged to document blizzard losses

EDITOR

Changing seasons
Down to 2 words
Grappling over trade
Reader comments on Ken Root's 'What people put in their front yards'

COLUMNS

Beef, dairy operators can help ensure proper employee guidance
Big rigs deserve your patience
Cattle market staying strong
Chicken conquers the world
Deworming strategy includes objective advice
Election season is open early this time
The farm bill: Common ground or continued controversy?

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales summary
Dodge City feeder cattle auction report
Dry weather allows for harvest progress Missouri
Dry weather helps corn, soybean harvest Nebrasa
Dry weather helps harvest continue Colorado
Ericson livestock auction report
Excellent harvest weather across state Kansas
Fall planting nearly complete Oklahoma
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Harvest advances rapidly minnesota
Hay trade slow
Joplin livestock auction report
Most row crops in fair to good condition Arkansas
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Remaining row crops yet to be harvested South Dakota
Salina livestock auction report
Some trading slow
Soybeans see modest gains
Tulsa feeder cattle sales report
Wheat fields in good condition Texas

RANGE

NGLC, UNL Extension to host road show
UW, CSU team for allied battle against cheatgrass

FAMILY

Consider safety issues when hunting
Fast fix dinners
Follow these tips for keeping bats out of homes
Horticulture Industries Show set for Jan 10, 2014
Meditation
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers reminders for pheasant hunters
Overspending
Participation in special youth pheasant hunts up sharply
Preparing pumpkins for fall cooking
Researchers search for what makes a tasty tomato
Routine medical care important for pets
Sedona offers very traditional features
Take a fresh look at nature with Project FeederWatch
Top 4-H members, volunteers recognized at District I Gold Star Banquet

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