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January, 2014
Greetings Beefalo Breeders
 Message from the
President—page 1
 Tidbits & Advertising— page 2
 Ky Beefalo Show
Pages 3-6
> Bovine Trichomoniasis—Page 7
The 2014 Kentucky Beefalo show is in the history books and a great
show it was. A special thanks goes out to Kyle Skidmore for being show
chairman and bringing 1/3 of the animals, including a calf born the night
before the show. The quality of our animals gets better every year.
The one year amnesty program for hybrid females passed and the procedure to follow is being written as you read this. When finished, the
procedure will be published in the Corral.
The next general membership meeting will be in Sedalia, MO at the Missouri State Fair on August 15, 2014. The show will be on the 165h. We
will vote for three board positions as the three-year term is up for Eric
Sockwell, Andrew Hammer, and Rick Garrison. The nominations for
these positions should be sent to Vice President, Mike Henry (contact
information on the last page of the Corral). If you want to serve or
know anyone who should, now is the time. This is also the time to present the Jim Burnett award of appreciation of dedication to the promotion of the Beefalo breed and for being involved and taking an active
role in the organization. Contact any board member with your nomination and we will take it from there.
I have some very sad news to report. Jeff Hogan, a member of ABA and
MABA passed away suddenly the weekend before the Louisville show.
He was only 53 years old. He was a personal friend of the Fowler family
and excellent promoter of Beefalo. The ABA extends our deepest sympathy to Jeanne and family. Jeff and Jeanne Hogan were selected as the
2014 Lincoln County farm family at the Missouri State Fair by the county
extension council and the local Farm Bureau and received their award
on Farm Family Day, August 12. He will be missed.
John Fowler
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Urine Depot, Anyone?
Reprint from Grazing the Net
A Vermont organization has the first permitted, community-scale urine recycling program. What’s that, you ask? The Rich Earth Institute boasts 175 volunteers that collect
their urine in 5-gallon jugs and drop it off at a “urine depot”. From there, it is transported to a farm where it is pasteurized before being spread on fields. This fertilization
scheme is called “peecycling”, and the Vermont farmers using it to grow forage for cows
say that they expect to collect 6,000 gallons this summer. Summer internship, anyone?
Lucien—can you shed any light on this new practice?
Although she was not present to receive it, a plaque has been awarded to
Evelyn Garrett from the Ky. Beef Expo for all of her efforts over the years.
Beefalo Northwest Association
Your source for beefalo
Breeding Stock—Frozen Semen—Meat
Visit us on the Web at:
Or call: 360-828-8764
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Candid Shots from Kentucky Beefalo Show
Larry and Charlie—Charlie helped show cattle years ago along with his 2 brothers.
Dale Klenke (left), Charlie (center), and Larry Hacker—working hard catching up!
Kentucky Beefalo Show Results
B1—1st—Skid’s Spotted Faith - Lewis Skidmore
2nd—LNH Anika—Larry & Nelda Hacker
3rd—LNH Amanda—Larry & Nelda Hacker
B2—1st—LNH Lady Alice—Larry & Nelda Hacker
B3— 1st—KSBC Goldie—Kyle Skidmore
Junior Heifer - Champion—LNH Alice, Reserve Champion—Skid’s Spotted Faith
B4—1st—KSBC Coco—Kyle Skidmore
B5—1st—KSBC Vadilia—Kyle Skidmore
B6—1st—MCC Ariel—Cora Miller
2nd—FPF No Ne—Steve Harris
3rd—GMMB 221Z Zelda—Bret & Debbie Green
Intermediate Heifer—Champion—MCC Ariel, Reserve Champion—KSBC Vadilia
B7—1st—Skid’s Katie—Kyle Skidmore
B8—1st—KSBC Beauty 229—Kyle Skidmore
Senior Female—Champion—Skid’s Katie, Reserve Champion– KSBC Beauty 229
Grand Champion Female—MCC Ariel, Reserve Champion Female—Skid’s Katie
B9—1st—Circle Z 016A—Vernon Zelch
2nd—MCC Radioactive—Sydney Miller
3rd—FBF AJ—John & Karen Fowler
B10—1st—KSBC T-Bone—Kyle Skidmore
2nd—KSBC Avalanche II—Kyle Skidmore
Junior Bull—Champion—KSBC T-Bone, Reserve Champion—Circle Z 016A
B11—1st—Skid’s Fred—Lewis Skidmore
2nd—KMKB Lucky Seven 574Z—Eric Sockwell
B12—1st—KSBC Caveman—Kyle Skidmore
2nd—Circle Z 008W Beaux—Lee Horstman
Senior Bull—Champion—KSBC Caveman, Reserve Champion—Skid’s Fred
Grand Champion Bull—KSBC Caveman, Reserve Grand Champion—Skid’s Fred
Kentucky Sale Prices
16 Females averaged $1531.25 each—range $750—$3000
15 Males averaged $1750 each—range $700—$9700
31 total animals averaged $1637.10 each
Showmanship Awards
Peewee Class—Tie with Cora Miller (age 6) and Sydney Miller (age 4)
Junior Class—Alex Skidmore
Kyle and Alex Skidmore with Skid’s Katie and her newborn calf.
Penny grooming Lee
Horstman’s bull
Vernon Zelch offers his
bull a drink.
Miller’s Grand Champion Female with Peewee Showman winner Cora at the lead.
Bovine Trichamoniasis
Buyers of bulls at the Kentucky Beefalo sale found out quickly that the USDA and Kentucky
are serious about “Trich”. Every bull carried out of the sale ring was required to be virgin or
have a negative Trich test. Trich is a venereal disease caused by the protozoan Tritrichomomas foetus. Infected bulls are nearly always asymptomatic carriers. Infections in cows and
heifers can result in repeat breeding, irregular estrus intervals, abortion, pyometra (pus filled
uterus), or infertility.
Females become infected during natural service by infected bulls. Infected cattle usually appear and act normal without any outward signs of infection. The first indication of an infected herd will be when cows are examined for pregnancy and too many cows are open, or
there is a strung out calving season, or a reduced calf crop. Infertility due to embryonic
death is the most economically damaging consequence and occurs in a large percentage of
infected cows. The majority of cows will “clear” the infection a 3-4 month period of sexual
rest. These cows will rebreed and carry a calf to term. A small percentage (<1%) will fail to
clear the organism and will be a source of infection to bulls from one season to the next.
Bulls get the infection from the cows and while younger bulls may clear the infection, older
ones (>5 yrs.) tend to become chronically infected.
There is no effective FDA approved treatment. The recommendations are to test all bulls entering the herd especially leased or borrowed bulls. Maintain good fences to prevent introduction of neighboring bulls. Pregnancy test females early to detect embryonic loss and cull
open females.
Tennessee requires all breeding bulls entering the state to have a negative Trich test or be
certified virgin. Any bull found to be infected must be sent to slaughter. It is likely that your
state has similar rules, so be aware when buying, selling and transporting bulls.
Excerpts from Tennessee Cattle Business February 2014
The Beefalo Corral
American Beefalo Assn. Inc.
568 Grant Highway
Lebanon, TN 37090
Mission Statement: American Beefalo Association has as its primary objective the registration, improvement, and promotion of the
Beefalo breed.
2016 Election
2014 Election
2015 Election
Kyle Skidmore
Andrew Hammer
Jim Zagelow
3681 Cedar Grove Rd
8358 Manchester Ave.
5260 Evans Rd.
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Wapato, WA 98951
Mike Henry—VP
(502) 641-7878
(330) 933-6717
[email protected]
Andrew Hammer—Secretary
[email protected]
[email protected]
Bret Green—Treasurer
John Fowler
Eric Sockwell
Mike Henry
12467 Patrick Rd.
461 VZ Dr. 3817
1110 Ragon Hollow Lane
LaMonte, MO 65337
Wills Point, TX 75169
Midway, TN 37809
(660) 347-5680
(214) 621-1774
423 470-0223
(660) 473-3135
[email protected]
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[email protected]
Rick Garrison
David McCoy
615 443-0823
Bret Green
P O Box 268
20082 Jones Rd.
9824 E. YZ Ave
Dayton, WY 82836
LaMonte, MO 65337
Vicksburg, MI 49097
(307) 751-5743
(660) 347-5448
(269) 296-7814
[email protected]
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John Fowler—President
Corral Editor
Maggie Klenke
[email protected]