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Sep 26, 2016 (Mon)

MTRAA Fall 2016 Newsletter

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I’m having a hard time trying to figure out where the last year went! I can’t believe that, as of NILE, I will have held the position of MTRAA president for a year. I am honored and proud to have been able to represent such a great organization!

The past year has been full of exciting things for MTRAA. We have seen the addition of a second bill board and the creation of a wonderful new website. I would like to thank all the members of the board and general membership that have worked so hard over the last year to make these progressive changes for MTRAA – it is truly a team effort!

As I think about where the Red Angus breed is headed, I can’t help but be proud of the role that Montana breeders play in the national landscape of the breed. We have one of the most active affiliates in the nation, in terms of membership and breed promotion. We have 3 MTRAA members that sit on the national board. We have several members that serve on national committees.

When looking at the RAAA year in review, published in the September ARA, the Montana rankings are impressive:

  • Montana is #1 in the number of REGISTRATIONS by state.
  • Montana is #4 in the number of TRANSFERS by state.
  • Montana is #7 in the number of MEMBERS by state.
  • Montana is #9 in the number of JUNIOR MEMBERS by state.
  • There are 2 Montana breeders listed in the Top Ten RAAA Members by Cow Inventory
  • There are 3 Montana breeders listed in the Top Ten RAAA Members by Registrations

MTRAA members – be proud of your contribution to the breed and the upward trend of the breed’s popularity! We, as ranchers, tend to be humble and wonder if, as individuals, we can make a difference. The statistics listed above show we can. The prominence of Montana in the world of Red Angus lies in the outstanding group of breeders that call Montana home!

Julie Morton

Sep 26, 2016 (Mon)

Spring 2016 Minutes


Montana Red Angus Spring Meeting

April 6, 2016

The Spring Meeting of the Montana Red Anus Association was called to order at 10am, at the Little Metra in Columbus, MT by President Julie Morton.

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The Minutes from the fall meeting were presented and a signup sheet was passed around for roll call. Jim Fazier moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approved them, seconded by Donna Laubach. Motion Passed.

The Treasurers report was also presented. Mark Jansma made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report Francis Koenig seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Julie introduced Shelby from the Nile.

Nile Report ~ Shelby updated us on the changes of the Nile

~ Jr Show will be moved back to Saturday starting 10am

~ Barn will be open at 8am on Wednesday

~ The Jr Show will be first and then followed by the regular open show on Saturday

~ Futurity will be at 6pm on Friday

~ Entry deadlines have changed to September 7th and late entries will be excepted until September 15th

~ The Nile will also be raffling off a truck this year and the money will go to support kids around Montana.

Committee Reports:

Promotion and Advertising ~ Karen has been working on the different grants for MTRAA. We currently have Sale Barn Sign, Montana Stock Growers Symposium, Billboards and Miles City Sale. We are looking into getting another billboard. Karen asked the members if there is any MTRA members with highway frontage. Julie explained we are thinking about building our own signs to lower the cost. Mark Jansma mentioned his brother in-law would have some information about building signs and also maybe locations available. Mark will be getting ahold of him and report back at the next meeting with cost and regulations for building billboards. Julie also mentioned that the National Association may not give us grant money every year to cover all the billboards. So if we had our own we wouldn’t lose them.

Membership ~ Larisa reported we have 82 current members.

Marketing ~ Francis said we had a great turnout at the MSGA Symposium in December. We got in a speaker that really brought great information for the commercial breeders. Ryan Clark gave a great talk about his commercial operation he is running. Bruce Reported on the Miles City Sale. We had 6 consigners this year. Bruce mentioned that it is a struggle getting people to commit to a sale. He has had a few calls needing red replacement heifers since the sale. Julie asked Bruce if we wanted to do it again this year. It comes down to is it worth the money we spend? Bruce mentioned that Miles City Stockyards has changed ownership and they may change things with the sale. We will go ahead and apply for the grant. If it goes through we can use it. Francis suggested maybe doing a video sale. Bob mentioned that the next national association advertising push is The Red Angus Female is the most sought after female right now. This could change things for this year’s Miles City Sale.

Juniors ~ Veronica sent the new website link to the Jr Members and they really liked the ease of using it for the different forms and functions. Veronica mentioned we will be saying goodbye to 4 Jr members after the Nile this year. Veronica mentioned there will not be a Sullivan Stock Show Clinic this year. They are planning on getting it here for 2017 though. There will be 3 Jr’s going to the Round Up in Virginia this year. Chris is getting everything lined up for them to go. We currently have 40 Jr members.

Nile Reports:

Nile Show ~ Veronica is looking for volunteers for the show committee. All the are ordered and we are working on getting them embroidered now.

Nile Sale ~ Francis mentioned the complaints about the noise and talked to Shelby about getting the speakers moved. Also doing sound checks with Kyle before the sale so we don’t scare any cattle this year.

Futurity ~ Julie said we have a set time at 6pm on Thursday. Shelby said they have moved a few things around in the schedule this year so hopefully we won’t be so late starting this year. All forms are on the website and also will be sending out with Red Cow Relocators at their Ranch visits.

Banquet ~ Larisa said it will be more expensive this year due to the Bighorn Resort raising their prices this year. We will need to raise the price of the tickets to cover the cost. We will be looking into other places to hold the banquet next year.

Tailgate ~ Larisa asked the members if they would like another tailgate party after the futurity this year. All of the members present thought it was a great turn out last year. Ron really thinks we need to have something to get everyone together. Jodee asked Karen to get the Red Angus cookies again this year. So we will be planning another Tailgate Party after the futurity at Nile this year. Jodee also volunteered to take care of getting supplies for the Sale lunch this year.

Barn Superintendent ~ Bruce and Tena will be in charge again this year. Mark Jansma will be working along side them to learn the ropes and take over next year. Shelby will be doing the stalling for us.

National Report:

Tom Brinks is our new CEO. New strategic plan has been released. It will be directing the association for the next 5 years. There has been several changes in the staff at RAAA lately. Tom also hired 3 new temporary employees to get caught up on all the data entry and whatever else needs done in the office. The national office staff continues to find errors in the data base. We currently have 4 programmers working on fixing the errors as they find them. By the end of May or June we should down to 1 programmer. The staff has set a goal of 1500 jobs to get done in April. Tom has promised them a Blake Steak at the end of the month if they complete their goal. Bob brought to attention that ALL natural service bulls have to have DNA on file at the office this year. FCCP had a 30% increase this year. Over 81,000 tags sold as of now. The EPD’s are being re ranked right now, so it should be done by fall. MSU currently have 250 black cows for their test herd. They will all be bred red angus this year, they will be the new RAAA test herd. RAAA is looking for semen donations, 50 units per bull minimum. They are looking for any bulls, proven or unproven. RAAA will be putting together a large amount of semen for MSU to pick form. MSU will be given the registration numbers and pick which ones they want. They will be breeding in 2 weeks. RAAA and MSU have signed a 15 year contract for this herd. MSU is also looking into having a registered herd. So they are looking for embryos to get it started.

New Business:

Tour ~ Got ahold of all the breeders in the Bozeman area to see what they wanted to do for the tour this year. There was nobody interested in putting on a tour. Julie suggested maybe doing a Summer BBQ. Jodee Jansma thinks it is really important to get together in person and just socialize. Ron really liked the idea of having an informal get together sometime in the summer. Julie asked if we wanted to put it out to more people than just our members? The membership thought it was be good to also invite commercial breeders. Julie will revisit with the Bozeman region and see if they would be interested in doing a BBQ. If they decide not to do anything the board will look into doing it. Also do we still need 7 regions if we don’t do the tour? Ron thought we should go through and redo the regions since we have lost and gained members in different areas.

Website ~ We have gotten a bunch of updates from members and Todd has been really quick about getting those done. We also have a new email for the secretary. Thought this would be helpful for the MTRA updates as well as the secretary. The responses we have gotten from the website have been very positive. Chris Pierce asked about the Sale Reports on the website. Larisa said that it will be up to the members to get their sale reports to the secretary to put on there. Julie asked if there were any concerns about releasing the website? The members all agreed that they really liked it and we should release it. Julie also brought to attention we have 2 domain names. They are and Which would the members like to release it under? This was discussed at the board meeting and the board suggested Chris Pierce moved that we release our website under Esther seconded it, motion. Motion passed.

Photos for Display ~ We are needing new photos for the MTRA display. Larisa suggested we do a Photo Contest and vote on the pictures at the Nile. That way we can have the picture printed for the display before the MSGA Symposium. Veronica suggested we have a September 1, 2016 deadline to get pictures in to the secretary. Jodee moved that we do the Photo Contest and put the info on the website right away. Ron seconded it, motion passed.

Calendar ~ Do we want to do a calendar this year? Ron mentioned how much they enjoyed the calendar. Esther does not want to lay it out this year though. Lacey Sutherlin said she would get together some quotes to get it done. Julie is going to talk to Todd Stewart about getting a map put together for the back. Bob moved that we go ahead and auction off the pages today for the calendar. Mark seconded it, motion passed.

Calendar months sold as listed below:

January ~ Milk Creek Red ~ $500

February ~ Sutherlin Red Angus ~ $900

March ~ Klompien Red Angus ~ $900

April ~ Rock Creek Red Angus ~ $500

May ~ Koenig Ranch Reds ~ $500

June ~ Christensen Red Angus ~ $300

July ~ Green Mountain Red Angus ~ $500

August ~ Jansma Red Angus ~ $300

September ~ Lost Creek Red Angus ~ $400

October ~ Montana Red Angus Nile Ad

November ~ Big Sky Elite ~ $600

December ~ Fischer Red Angus ~ $500

Ron Fischer moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Jim Frazier. Meeting Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted

Larisa Oldenburger, MTRAA Secretary Treasurer

Aug 09, 2016 (Tue)

2016 Montana Red Angus Field Day


We are excited to announce the 2016 MTRAA Field Day is happening on September 24, 2016 at MSU's Animal Science Building in Bozeman, MT.

MSU has a home football game on the same day — so be sure to make your hotel reservations in advance.

Visit the event page for details: 2016 Red Angus Field Day

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Jun 14, 2016 (Tue)

2016 National Red Angus Convention


It's time to register for the National Red Angus Convention! This year the convention will be held in Oklahoma City, at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel, September 7-9, 2016. Click here to be redirected to the RAAA Convention registration page!

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Jun 14, 2016 (Tue)

MTRAA May 2016 Newsletter


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Summer is on the way!

I hope this finds everyone recovering from Bull Sale Season and getting ready for summer! There have been many exciting things happening for MTRAA.

The new website is now up and functional. In the last month, since it has been available to the public, we have received an averageof 54 visits per day, with our busiest day seeing 188 visitors!

Karen has been working very hard at finding a new bill board for MTRAA. At the April meeting we decided to move forward with trying to locate any breeders that have highway frontage property that would be willing to let us erect a bill board for MTRAA. If any of you have property that fits that description, and are interested in working with MTRAA, please contact any of the officers. In the meantime, the affiliate grants were due May 1st, so we did proceed with contracting for the bill board near Lavina. Look for that bill board to be up sometime this summer! We would like to paint the highways of Montana RED!

NILE is coming up sooner than you think! NILE nominations need to be in by June 1st. Red Cow Relocators will be contacting everyone consigning to NILE once nominations are in. You can find NILE nomination forms, futurity forms, and semen donation forms on the MTRAA website. Just hover over the Event Calendar tab and you will see a NILE tab that you can click on. This is where you will find all of the forms, a NILE schedule, and information about securing rooms at the Bighorn Resort.

Have a great and productive summer and remember to stop and appreciate the beautiful view of great Red Angus cattle grazing on green pastures!

Jun 14, 2016 (Tue)

2017 MTRAA Calendar: Deadlines and Specs


Tracey Koester with Cow Camp Promotions was awarded the bid to produce the 2017 MTRAA Calendar. For those of you that purchased a month on the calendar, please review the spec sheet and get your artwork to Tracey by the designated date. If you need assistance, please talk to Tracey about her design services. For those of you that would like to list your sale date, please contact the MTRAA Secretary at


  • Ad Copy - due Monday, August 1, 2016
  • Camera-Ready Artwork - due Friday, September 1, 2016
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Jun 06, 2016 (Mon)

New MTRAA Billboard Is Up!


If you are driving down Highway 12, look for it on the South edge of Lavina. It is a double panel, so it is visible no matter which direction you are heading!

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May 01, 2016 (Sun)

2017 NILE Merit Heifer Applications


This year the NILE will select 25 recipients for the Merit Heifer Program and match them up with donors from across the region. Applications are being accepted now.

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The NILE Merit Heifer program is a "live animal" scholarship that strives to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business by awarding heifer calves to participants chosen based on merit, future goals, and ability to care for the animal. Any youth ages 12-16, who are a 4-H or FFA member, may apply. Applicants are not limited to Montana residents.

During the program duration, participants are responsible for raising the heifer, arranging for her to be bred, completing the record keeping procedure and bringing the animal back one year later as a bred replacement heifer for exhibit at the NILE Stock Show in October.

"This program would not be possible without the generous support of our donor ranchers and we are very grateful to them," commented Bill Pelton, Merit Heifer Chairman.

The NILE Merit Heifer Selection Committee is requests:

  • filled out application
  • character references
  • written essay
  • a 3-5 minute YouTube video.

The video should include, but is not limited to: an introduction, facility tour, current 4-H/FFA projects, goals and objectives for the Merit Heifer, and the video must be voiced by the applicant. An example YouTube video can be seen here.

Applications and YouTube video must be received no later than 5 p.m. June 30, 2016. An application is available online at or by calling the NILE office. In addition to applications from eligible kids, the NILE is also accepting information from ranches wishing to donate a heifer calf.

For more information regarding the NILE Merit Heifer Program, please email Shelby at or call the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495


Apr 18, 2016 (Mon)

Koenig Ranch Reds 2016 Sale Book Available


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Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Koenig Ranch 7th Annual Production Sale!

Thank you for your support and interest. Our Registered Red Angus herd has now been 19 years in the making. Range raised, naturally matured on the tough range conditions of the Missouri Breaks, using only natural minerals and supplement when needed. It takes the right kind to thrive. We bring the best to you fit, fertile and ready for breeding. For more information, please call one of us or the stockyards.

Francis & Arley Koenig

Apr 01, 2016 (Fri)

Red Angus Association Announces Plans for MSU to Convert Red Bluff Research Cattle Herd to Red Angus


We are excited to share that Tom Brink, CEO of Red Angus Association of America, announced Montana State University's intent to convert the school's Red Bluff Research Cattle Herd to Red Angus.

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RE: Historic Opportunity; MSU herd to use Red Angus

Dear Montana Red Angus Member:

The Red Angus Association is excited to share the intent of Montana State University to convert their Red Bluff Research Cattle Herd to Red Angus! This significant conversion presents several opportunities for Montana Red Angus members, and the Red Angus Association stands ready to assist in this momentous effort.

The initial discussions regarding this possibility began in 2013, with Dr. Jennifer Thomson expressing interest in researching reproductive efficiency in beef cattle. As you know, Red Angus is a natural fit for such research due to the powerful combination of inherent maternal strengths and industry leading reproductive genetic predictions. Thanks to Dr. Thomson’s interest in the research area and effort, Montana State University has initiated a long-term research study evaluating reproductive efficiency, and in particular longevity. In facilitating her research, Montana State University has granted Dr. Thomson the approval to transition the herd to Red Angus.

Animals raised at the Red Bluff ranch are extensively measured, with numerous data-points collected from birth to weaning. Additionally, the possibility exists for feed intake and carcass data to be collected on a percentage of the steer calves. Montana State University will provide all collected data to the Red Angus Association, which will be added to the Red Angus database and used in EPD calculations.

This is where this historic transition could be of notable interest to Montana Red Angus members as there will be the opportunity to acquire valuable data from the Red Bluff Research Herd. All 250 females in the Red Bluff Research Herd are artificially inseminated. Members have the opportunity to contribute to the Red Bluff Research Herd through the donation of semen. Benefits of contributing to this effort include acquiring valuable data, showcasing genetics of your operation at Montana State University, and strengthening the relationship between Montana State University and Montana Red Angus members.

Members who would like to contribute to this effort through the donation of semen on registered Red Angus bulls should contact Larry Keenan at RAAA () by April 7th. Semen must be collected to meet Certified Semen Service minimum requirements. Additionally, it is requested that the donation includes a minimum of 50 straws of semen is per sire.

The Red Angus Association is excited about this opportunity and trust that Montana Red Angus members will join us in this effort.

Tom Brink

Red Bluff Research Ranch

Red Bluff Ranch is located near Norris in Madison County, Montana, along the west side of the Madison River. The operation comprises 13,750 acres of land, 10,000 deeded and 3,750 leased. Most of this land is rangeland, with limited hay meadows along the valley bottoms. Elevations range from 4,600 feet to 6,200 feet above the Madison River canyon. The ranch occupies most of the once thriving late 19th-early 20th century gold mining community in the Hot Springs Mining District which was second only in gold production to Alder Gulch. At its peak of activity, there may have been a population of approximately 3,000. The ranch nearly surrounds the town of Norris. The founder of Norris, Alexander Norris may have owned much or all of the Red Bluff Ranch at one time. The Red Bluff Research Ranch (previously known as the Rowe Brothers Ranch) was purchased for $164,000 ($16.83 per acre). The total acreage was 9,746. Two U. S. Forest Service Grazing Permits (Muddy Greek, Cache Creek) in the Gallatin National Forest came with the Rowe property. Some small additional land exchanges and purchases have taken place over the last 45 years. The grazing permits were returned to the Forest Service in 1976. A new lambing facility and mixing barn at the ranch was constructed in about 1990. This made lambing much easier. There are currently about 170 head of cattle and 900 head of sheep maintained on a year round basis at the research ranch. These livestock along with the range areas are used for both teaching and research.

Mar 31, 2016 (Thu)

Generous supporters donate $25,550 to support Red Angus youth leadership programs


Denton, Texas – Honoring the legacy of long-time Red Angus breeder Sal Forbes while supporting the future leaders in the beef industry, the Sal Forbes Legacy Foundation Female sale netted $25,550 for the benefit of the Junior Red Angus Association.

Funds raised from this pick-of-the-2015 heifer crop, a special project of the Red Angus Foundation, Inc., will provide leadership training and industry enrichment for the next generation of Red Angus breeders. SRS Red Angus and Bledsoe Ranch purchased the female during an online event hosted by DVAuction.

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Members of the Junior Red Angus Board accept the donation during the BrainTrust conference held during the National Western Stock Show.

Jaclyn Ketchum, president of the Junior Red Angus Association, noted that the effort was humbling for the junior board. “The impact the Sal Forbes Legacy Heifer will have is priceless,” said Ketchum. “The generosity and uniqueness of this donation is a huge financial impact for the National Junior Red Angus Association. The employees of Beckton Red Angus are a great example of how this breed functions as a family and the many great people who make up this breed. Their willingness to put this Legacy Heifer donation forward to the National Junior Red Angus Association is a memorable tribute to Sal Forbes and her love for the juniors.”

Kim Heller, advisor to the JRA said that she was extremely pleased with the project.

“It is a strong testament to the Red Angus breeders who are willing to provide such incredible financial support to the next generation of beef industry leaders,” said Heller. “Red Angus has a bright future in the coming years because we are willing to invest in our young people today. We want to thank everyone who participated in the auction. I am excited about the high-quality programming that these funds will make possible for our Red Angus youth.”

Pictured from the left are Madelyn Mushrush, Genna VanWye, Kacey Koester, David Stavely of SRS Red Angus, Wil Bledsoe of Bledsoe Ranch, Cam Forbes of Beckton Red Angus, Jim Bledsoe of Bledsoe Ranch, Joseph Groce, Anna Miller and Jaclyn Ketchum.

Mar 22, 2016 (Tue)

Sutherlin Farms Made the News


Kevin Maki with KECI Reporter visited Sutherlin Farms Red Angus sale on March 4th, 2016.

Besides doing a great job covering the sale, he included a couple interviews.

At around 35 seconds in, look for Lacey Sutherlin. Right after her interview, you'll see David and Joani Gurr from Vernal, Utah. They're working on building up their herd using a few of Sutherlin's bulls.

Please let Kevin Maki and NBC Montana know that we appreciate their coverage. It means a lot to us.

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