fall 2003 newsletter
 

 
  
IOWA BEEF EXPO ENTRIES DUE December 15, 2003
Contact: Brian Worden
1541 Hwy. 69, Belmond, IA 50421
641-444-3672 or 515-571-2218 for entry packet

BULLSEYE VIEW FROM OUR PRESIDENT DARWIN LUING
        A lot has happened since our last newsletter as evidenced by all the information and photos throughout the newsletter.
        This time of year becomes busy for all of us again with weaning of calves and getting them ready to sell. Along with this, the crops are already ready to come out of the field, so here we are with double duty again. A note about the Maintainer bulls, I believe, is in order. As most of you know, we had a Maintainer bull show at the State Fair and now the Board has voted to also add a Maintainer bull sale to the Expo. It will be in the same format as the State Fair with the same rules. In other words, they must be registered Maintainer bulls out of a registered Maine-Anjou bull or registered Maintainer Bull.
        I urge all of you who can, to support as many members as you can at their sales so that this support is evident to the rest of the cattle industry to advance our breed and our breeders.
        Remember that the entries for Expo will be coming up soon. Start thinking about what you will consign and get them registered. We need those papers to get EPD information. We also would like pictures for the sale catalog. The deadline for entry has been moved back to December 15, 2003, to help those who seem to have trouble making the December 1 deadline, but we will be strictly adhering to this deadline and any entry that comes in postmarked after that date or without money for the entry fees will be sent back with no exceptions. Registration packets will be in the mail soon and if you do not get one and would like one, please contact sale manager, Brian Worden, at 1541 Hwy. 69, Belmond, Iowa 50421, phone 641-444-3672.
                                                                                              Have a great year,
                                                                                              Darwin F. Luing, President


FEATURE BREEDER - LUING MAINES
        A few miles Southeast of Collins, Iowa is home to LUING MAINES. A small herd of Maine-Anjou cattle owned and operated by Darwin and Janet Luing. Darwin, a former insurance agent and Janet, a recently retired grade school teacher, are familiar faces in the Iowa Maine-Anjou Association.
        Darwin is the current president of the Iowa Maine-Anjou Association and 2002 National Maine Man of the Year recipient.
        The Luing herd started in 1988 with the purchase of two bred Maine-Anjou females and a heifer from Flying Dutchman Ranch, Sid and Norma DeHaan, Pella, IA. Today they have 30 purebred and maintainer bred females. The most significant addition to their herd has been the purchase of “Delana” from the Ferris Ranch dispersal. Through extensive embryo work, the Luing Maines have raised many offspring from this female.
        Darwin merchandises most of his cattle through the “Focus on the Female Sale” held each year at Story City, IA where he co-hosts along with Blueprint Cattle Co. and Golightly Cattle. They also consign bulls to the Denver Stock Show and the Iowa Beef Expo. Darwin and Janet are always willing to work with the youth. Getting young people started with a Maine-Anjou heifer or steer is very important to them. They are proud sponsors of the Iowa and the National Junior Maine-Anjou program.
        At most shows you will find Darwin and Janet’s two girls Korrin and Tonya helping. They are both grown and have their own families. Don’t get grandpa started on those cute grandkids...you will soon find out that he doesn’t like them at all! HA. It won’t be long and they will be in the show ring helping grandpa on a regular basis!
        Darwin and Janet welcome you to their home at any time. Give a holler first as they seem to constantly be on the move!


2003 Iowa State Fair
The Iowa Maine Anjou Open Show Was 1 in a Million!
click on any photo for larger image


GRAND CHAMPION
MAINE-ANJOU FEMALE
Salton Cattle Co., Ayrshire, IA

GRAND CHAMPION MAINTAINER FEMALE
Wayne & Barb Ohlrichs, Norfolk, NE

GRAND CHAMPION BULL
Scharff Farms &
DeRouchey Cattle Co.

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BULL
K&A Farms,
Blakesburg, IA

Judge Ernie Wallace of Missouri commented
“How strong & deep a set of Maine-Anjou cattle there were at the Iowa State Fair.”


CHAMPION MAINTAINER BULL
Brunscheen &
Blue Print Cattle Co.

CHAMPION MAINTAINER COW/CALF
Landon Worden,
Belmond, IA

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION
HIGH % FEMALE
K&A Farm, Blakesburg, IA

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION MAINTAINER FEMALE
Sara Hunter, Goodell, IA
  

CHAMPION SR. HEIFER CALF
Dietrick Farms & Salton Cattle Co., Ayrshire, IA

CHAMPION SUMMER HEIFER
Dietrick Farms & Salton Cattle Co., Ayrshire, IA

CHAMPION SPRING YEARLING HEIFER
Core Farms,
Pleasantville, IA

CHAMPION IOWA FEMALE
Amy Sampson,
Nevada, IA
  

Princess - Amy Sampson, Daughter of Doug & Diana Sampson
Queen - Ashley Kitzman, Daughter of Bill & Melinda Kitzman

Some of the Iowa Junior Maine-Anjou members attended our annual junior meeting held each year at the Iowa State Fair. Good group of kids with some awesome cattle.

2003 Iowa State Fair FFA & 4-H Show
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CHAMPION HIGH % MAINE-ANJOU
Morgan Core

RESERVE CHAMPION HIGH % MAINE-ANJOU
Linzey Worden

CHAMPION MAINTAINER HEIFER
Sara Hunter

RESERVE CHAMPION
MAINTAINER HEIFER
Lane Worden
  

CHAMPION HIGH % HEIFER
Lindsey Core

RESERVE CHAMPION HIGH % HEIFER
Brittney Friest

CHAMPION MAINTAINER HEIFER
Sara Feiges
  

RESERVE CHAMPION
MAINTAINER HEIFER
Luke Schroeder

CHAMPION STEER
Joe Manning

RESERVE CHAMPION STEER
Ryan Habeger

IOWA MAINE-ANJOU FALL TOUR


Mark Brede

        On a warm and sunny Saturday the 6th of September, the Iowa Association held their fall tour.
        We met at the fairgrounds and headed out from there to our first stop which was Kelly Cattle Co., located at Dallas Center. Ben and Denise Kelly operate this herd which consists of 200 head of maintainer and commercial females from which they merchandise club calves through a private treaty pasture sale and an Elite Female Sale held the day after Thanksgiving. An impressive set of steers and heifers were observed.


Ben Kelly

        We then traveled 20 miles west to our next stop on the tour, Rocking B Cattle Co. owned by Mark Brede of Panora, IA. Originally from Wisconsin, he moved to Iowa several years ago. He started out by traveling on the road for Patterson Supply Co. He now works during the day at Lancaster Outlet Store (a division of Dee Zee Mfg.). The Rocking B herd consists of approximately 20 maintainer through purebred Maine cows and heifers. Mark also does some embryo transfers on his top females. The female who is the foundation to his herd is Rocking B Miss “JoJo”. She has done a super job for Mark, she is the dam of Final Answer.


Phil & Jan Moore

        A delicious meal was then served by Mark and his crew. After lunch Jolene Grunhaupt of Sandhills Ultra Sounding gave us an informative presentation on ultra sounding cattle and how the information is beneficial for the commercial and the purebred cattleman.
        The third stop on the tour brought us to a pasture just west of DeSoto, Moores Show Cattle, operated by Phil and Jan Moore & Mark and Marnie Moore of Earlham. The Moores run Maine-Cross Chi Cross females. They merchandise their calves as club calves and by taking bulls to the Iowa Beef Expo Chi and Maine sales.
        To round out the evening we headed back to the Dallas Co. Fairgrounds located at Adel, where we enjoyed good visits and a delicious steak meal. Gene and his crew from “Country Cookin” never disappoint us, as they always have good eats!

        Thanks to everyone who attended - we had a great day!


Jolene Grunhaupt


SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
        Iowa Maine-Anjou gave out three scholarships to 2003 high school seniors. The two Iowa scholarships were awarded to Lindsey Core, Pleasantville and Linzey Worden, Belmond. Both of the girls have been showing Maine-
Anjou cattle since they were able to hold a show stick and show. They have both been very involved with the Iowa & National Associations. They are both attending Iowa State University, Lindsey Core majoring in ag business and Linzey Worden majoring in pre vet/animal science.
        The National Maine-Anjou scholarship was awarded to Clay Walser, Minnesota Lake, MN. Clay has also been showing as long as we can all remember. He has been a very active member of the Iowa Junior Maine-Anjou Association. Clay is attending South Dakota State University majoring in animal science.


BUILDING OUR FUTURE WITH IOWA JUNIOR MAINES
Dear Iowa Juniors,
        Summer is over and we find ourselves back in school and myself at my first year of college at Iowa State University.
        In June, 20 kids and their families made the long trip to Springfield, Ohio to participate in the 2003 National Junior
Show. We had a fun filled week with class winners and contest winners along with seeing many old and making new friends. Fall is upon us and the leaves have turned. Spring calves are weaned and many of you are getting ready for sales. It’s an exciting time of the year when we get to search out that heifer or steer, for the 2004 show season. Be sure to support our breeders in the upcoming sales - I know they appreciate your attendance and purchasing.
        Our next meeting will be held at the Focus on the Female Sale, Story City, IA on December 7. Remember... we run the food stand. If you would like to help or bring something call the Sampson’s at 515-382-4198.
        We will meet then again during the Iowa Beef Expo. We will meet during the banquet on February 11. Remember... current Iowa Junior members meals are FREE. Please plan to attend! The Iowa State Fair provided to be 1 in a million not only in Great Cattle, but in numbers of people attending. It was awesome to see the depth of quality in the Open Show, FFA & 4-H Show along with the number of people watching.
        Hope everyone had a safe harvest. We will look forward to seeing you at some of the upcoming sales.
                                                  See ya down the road...
                                                  Linzey Worden


Iowa Juniors make the trip to Springfield, Ohio


Iowa Junior Board Members
Back Row L-R: Morgan Core, Brandon Swanson, Linzey Worden
Middle Row L-R: Lane Worden, Todd Sampson, Jason Salton
Front: Lindsey Core


Girls...
Would you like to represent the Iowa Maine-Anjou Association as a Queen or Princess?
Queen candidates must be between the ages of 14-20.
Princess candidates must be between the ages of 10-13.
Application letter will be mailed the 2nd week of January.
For more information call Diana Sampson at 515-382-4198, or write to 63329 210th St., Nevada, IA 50201


 


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