Valuable Rancher Recordkeeping Tool from NCBA Available for 2019

abstract brown background leather color, vintage grunge backgrouA pocket-sized recordkeeping tool from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association offered to cattle producers for more than 30 years, is now available for 2019. NCBA’s Redbook helps cattle producers effectively and efficiently record their daily production efforts, helping enhance profitability.
The 2019 Redbook has more than 100 pages to record calving activity, herd health, pasture use, cattle inventory, body condition, cattle treatment, AI breeding records and more. It also contains a Producers Guide for Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle, Beef Quality Assurance Best Practices, and proper injection technique information, as well as a calendar and notes section.
“The Redbook has become a vital tool for U.S. cattlemen and women in their efforts to detail actions and practices on farms and ranches,” according to Dan Kniffen, a Pennsylvania beef producer. “It’s a way to document both the daily challenges and the positive steps they’re taking to show continuous improvement on their operations. Furthermore, in this age of electronics, the paper Redbook is cost-effective and always available, regardless of internet service or access to electricity. It’s a time-proven handheld method for record-keeping.”
Redbooks can be purchased for $7.00 each, plus shipping and handling. Customization of the Redbooks is available (for 100 books or more). To order, visit, click on “Producers.”
For more information on the NCBA Redbooks, contact Grace Webb at,
(800) 525-3085.

Meet the Future Monday: the Giffey Brothers of White County, Tennessee

Giffey MFM InstaGrady (15), Gavin (14), Gunnar (10), Gage (8), and Grant (6) Giffey, along with their parents, from White County, Tennessee make up Five Oaks Farm. Their farm name, Five Oaks Farm, comes from Isaiah 61:3 that says, “That they may be called oaks of righteousness, a planting for the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Their goal at Five Oaks Farm is to not only raise great cattle but also great boys who bring glory to God in all they say and do. The Giffey family has had a small herd of commercial cows for years and recently started raising and showing registered cattle two years ago. Read our Q&A with Grady, Gavin, and Gunnar below to gain an appreciation for their take of life on the farm.

Describe your operation.

Grady: I live on a small Red Angus cow/calf operation and I personally have a few Shorthorns.

Gavin: I have a small but high-quality Red Angus herd.

Gunnar: I have one steer that was a bottle calf that I bought from my neighbor.


What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

Grady: All the lessons you learn and coming up with functional plans for the future.

Gavin:  I like building and fixing things.

Gunnar:  All the equipment…like the 4-wheeler to do chores, mowing the yard, and driving the tractor.


Giffey1Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

Grady: My two role models are Wade Matthew and my uncle, Josh Rust.  Wade taught me all about the cattle business and cattle in general.  Uncle Josh knows how to raise a quality herd that I hope to have one like someday.

Gavin:  A multitude of people including my dad who is good at fixing stuff that breaks around here and my mom who just rocks! (she made me put that in here)

Gunnar:  My brother Grady.


What are you most passionate about in your business?

Grady: Raising quality animals for my future herd.

Gavin:  Making money so I can build my herd.

Gunnar:  Selling my steer to get a good heifer to show.


What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young cattle producer?

Grady: Finances to buy the cows I want to build my herd.

Gavin:  Doing my chores because I sometimes tend to procrastinate.

Gunnar:  Chores – the feed is heavy.


Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

Grady: I see myself getting out of vet school, finding a job, and looking for a place to raise my herd.

Gavin:  I hope to be moving my cows to my own farm to continue to make my herd great.

Gunnar:  Maybe having six mama cows that my mom takes care of while I’m in college.


How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

Grady: I will continue to make connections with breeders across the country to learn how they improve their herd so I can apply the same practices to my herd.

Gavin:  I will keep good heifer calves and AI for traits that I am looking for in my animals.

Gunnar:  Selling cows for more money and buying them for less.


How do you intend to leave your footprint on the cattle industry in TN?

Grady: There are lots of things that I am doing or plan to do.  For instance, participating in TCA, raising my own herd of quality Shorthorns, learning from others to understand best practices, and potentially becoming a vet.

Gavin:  I met a nice man named Steve Burnett, who raises Red Angus, that sold me my first two heifers.  I would like to be as kind and helpful to young people when I am older as he was to me.

Gunnar:  I will stomp in the mud after rainy days in my cow pasture.


What could the existing producers do most to help young cattle producers such as yourself?

Grady: I think helping provide resources that we could not afford like land, leasing high-quality cows to show, and letting us borrow or use the equipment.

Gavin:  They could give us knowledge by teaching us.

Gunnar:  Sell good cows for cheaper because kids don’t have much money.  That is how I got my steer.


What is your favorite beef dish?

Grady: A filet grilled medium with mushrooms and onions.

Gavin:  Cheeseburgers

Gunnar:  Burger loaded with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and a fried egg.

NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarships

Ivey3The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

“The CME Beef Industry Scholarship is an investment in the next generation of cattle producers. CME Group is pleased to support the brightest talent of cattlemen and women, while promoting future participation in an industry that is critical to feeding the world,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group Agricultural Products Managing Director. “Our partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and NCBA has spanned nearly three decades, and during that time, we’ve underscored the importance of risk management to the beef industry while contributing to the education of tomorrow’s industry leaders.”

The CME Beef Industry Scholarship was first introduced in 1989. Today, the scholarship recognizes and encourages talented students who will each play an important role in the future of food production in America. Students studying education, communication, production, research or other areas related to the beef industry should consider applying for the scholarship.

Applicants for the 2019-2020 scholarship must submit a one-page letter expressing their career goals related to the beef industry. Students must also write a 750-word essay describing an issue in the beef industry and offering solutions to this problem. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two- or four-year college.

Online applications should be submitted by Nov. 9, 2018 at midnight Central Time. To apply, or learn more about the scholarship, click here. Scholarship winners will be announced during the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La on February 1.

For more information visit

NCBA Contest Seeks Singer for National Anthem at 2019 Cattle Convention in New Orleans

Microphone. Modern Sound System EquipmentIf you’re a singer from the cattle industry who can perform the National Anthem with precision, and if you would like a free trip to the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association would like to hear from you. The organization is conducting its fifth annual National Anthem Contest, sponsored by Norbrook. Any member of NCBA, the American National CattleWomen, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, or their children are eligible to participate in the contest.

This year there is no age limit for entry. The contest winner will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the convention’s Opening General Session Jan. 30, as well as the Cowboy Concert Series Friday Night Event Feb. 1. They will receive roundtrip airfare for two to New Orleans for the convention, a hotel room for four nights, free convention registration for two, plus a pair of boots, pair of jeans and a shirt from Roper or Stetson.

Previous NCBA National Anthem Contest winners are not eligible. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 19, 2018. Top four finalists will be chosen by Oct. 26, 2018, and videos will be posted to the convention website at Voting will be open from Nov. 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2018 (one vote per person per day). The winner will be announced Dec. 5, 2018.

For more information or to enter, visit and hit the “get involved” button.

Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo Returns to Greeneville

N61A0325Beef producers are invited to learn firsthand from University of Tennessee Extension specialists, industry leaders and researchers at the Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo October 11.
Held at the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville, this event meets an important need for Tennessee cattle producers, providing science-backed information for everyday problems. Topics to be covered include hay storage and feeding, pasture renovation, artificial insemination and pregnancy checking. A beef market outlook will be presented from UT agricultural and resource economists.
In addition to educational sessions, a trade show will offer exhibits from numerous agricultural sponsors and various vendors. Experts will discuss hay and forage recommendations and a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) livestock update will round out the day.
Registration is $15 before September 28 and includes lunch. On-site registration is $20, with lunch offered on a first come, first served basis. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The UT AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville is located off U.S. Highway 70 approximately five miles south of Greeneville on East Allens Bridge Road. For more information, contact your local county UT Extension office.
The AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. Both UT Extension and UT AgResearch are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery and service. ​​.

Maximize Farm Profits With Cost Share Program

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Tennessee farmers and producers have the opportunity to expand their operations, increase farm efficiency, and make a positive economic impact in their communities with the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP).

The 2018 TAEP application period has been set for Oct. 1 – 15. The program was established in 2005 to provide cost-share dollars to agricultural producers for the purpose of making long-term investments in Tennessee

farms and communities. Since then, more than $152 million has been invested in more than 51,300 producer projects.

“This program does more than increase farm profits,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Each TAEP dollar generates nearly $4 in local economies. We appreciate the support from Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly as this program continues to strengthen our state’s number one industry.”

Producers can apply for a variety of programs and qualify for up to 50 percent cost share. Producers should use Application A for livestock equipment, genetics, hay storage, livestock solutions, livestock working facility cover, and grain storage.

A separate Application B is available for the Producer Diversification program. That program assists farmers with investments in agritourism, fruits and vegetables, honey bees, horticulture, organics, and value-added products. Producer Diversification applications are competitively evaluated by industry sector. Application C is available for commercial poultry growers.

Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed in mid-December. Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2018 and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline. Participants are encouraged to make purchases and submit reimbursement requests in a timely manner to avoid processing delays.

To ensure accuracy, producers are encouraged to work with their local extension agent or a TDA representative to complete the application. For more information about the program and for an application, visit or call 1-800-342-8206.

Calling Future Cattle Producers: Making the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention Pay Off

Convention InternshipsA fun, rewarding and engaging opportunity awaits college students wanting to attend the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La., Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2019. A team of 18 interns – who are vital to the success of the largest annual meeting in the U.S. beef cattle industry – will gain first-hand experience and be able to interact with leaders of every segment of the cattle and beef industry. They will also be provided with a one-year NCBA student membership.

Eighteen interns will be selected for this opportunity, which is non-paid but provides lodging and meals. They will be assigned to help many different staff members with meetings and events, and should be prepared to handle a wide range of responsibilities, from setting up sessions and distributing handouts, managing the indoor arena, staffing committee meetings to posting on social media. NCBA will strive to provide students time to maximize industry networking.

Students must be able to work Jan. 27 – Feb. 1, 2019 in New Orleans. They must be at least a junior-level college student at an accredited university at the time of application. Preferably they will have a background in, or working knowledge of, the cattle and/or beef industry, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students should be well-versed in all areas of social media.

Interested students must complete a Student Internship Application, and send college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a resume. Deadline for applying is Oct. 10, 2018.

For more information, contact Grace Webb at

Opportunities to Attend the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention

unnamedEven though the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is still a few months away, you can apply now for a variety of opportunities to attend. Showcase your poetry skills, work on your resume, or just earn a way to attend. But hurry, application deadlines are quickly approaching!

Cowboy Poetry Contest – Accepting submissions August 1 – September 14.

Scholarship Opportunities – Apply today, applications open.

Intern Application –  Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show interns are vital to the success of the largest annual meeting in the U.S. beef cattle industry.  Our intern positions provide a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience and to interact with leaders from every segment of the cattle and beef industry.  Selected interns must be available January 27 – February 2, 2019 to attend Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Apply for Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Internship

CamCooper1.JPGCam Cooper’s legacy lives on through Talon Youth Education Learning Program.

Camron Cam Cooper of Talon Ranch (Montana) loved the land and Angus cattle. She believed in educating young people and promoting the future of the beef industry. Cam believed that if she didn’t help young people, she wouldn’t have a legacy, so she set up the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program Endowment Fund in 2009, designed to be a holistic educational experience for students.

Cam’s legacy will live on through this internship program pairing motivated Angus youth with working registered-Angus breeders/ranches to give youth valuable education and work experience during the summer months.

The internship will begin in mid-May and conclude mid-August, with some variation in the starting and ending dates considering the availability of the student and host Angus breeder.

Applications for Angus breeders interested in hosting an intern are available here and are due to the education and events department by September 15, 2018.

College sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent college graduates who do not exceed the age of 25 on date of application, majoring in an agricultural related field of study, will be eligible to apply for this internship position(s). Applicants must be members of either the American Angus Association or the National Junior Angus Association.

Youth wishing to apply click here for an application, due to the education and events department by December 1, 2018.

To learn more about Cam’s story visit for a special I am Angusremembering Cam Cooper.

For more information, please contact the Angus Foundation, or contact the Events Department

National Cattlemen’s Foundation Accepting Applications for W.D. Farr Scholarships

WD FarrThe National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2018-19 school year. Two annual $15,000 grants will be awarded to outstanding graduate students who demonstrate superior achievement in academics and leadership and are committed to beef industry advancement. The awards will allow the students to further their study in fields that benefit the industry.

The scholarship was established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation to honor the successful career of the late W.D. Farr. Farr, a third-generation Coloradan, pioneer rancher, statesman, and banker was known for his extraordinary vision. His dedication to improving agriculture, livestock and water development has resulted in significant changes in farming methods that have influenced the practices of ranchers and farmers throughout the nation.

To apply for the scholarship, graduate students planning to pursue a career in the beef industry should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of applicant’s goals and experience, and statement of belief in the industry, as well as a review of the applicant’s graduate research and three letters of recommendation. Applications close at midnight on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit All applications must be submitted online.