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Page 6 Billings County Pioneer June 27, 2013, Lil' Hoopsters A Lil' Hoopsters Basketball Camp was held recently in Beach. Shown are the participants. Beach varsity boys and girls basketball players were the coaches for the camp for kids in grades kindergarten to four. Campers received T-shirts, a basketball, and snacks provided by the following sponsors: First State Bank, West Plains Inc., Bucs Booster Club and Midstate Communications. (Courtesy Photos) ! Legion To the editor: An article in a recent edition of another area publication addressed a serious problem confronting veterans service organizations throughout the United States and extending to the local level. As the article explains, veterans groups are faced with ongoing de- clines in membership. Harvey Peter- son, adjutant of our local Legion post and past commander of the North Dakota American Legion, points out, our post is experiencing an erosion of members as World War II and Ko- rean War veterans pass away. They represented major conflicts and cor- respondingly large membership sources for the Legion and the Veter- ans of Foreign Wars. Iraq and Afghanistan were and are more limited in scope with conse- quently fewer veterans. Furthermore because of societal changes, eligible veterans are less inclined to join, a trend that extends to fraternal groups as well. Not so,long ago, Golva had an active VFW post. It fell victim to these factors and is now defunct. Our t local post is at a critical juncture. Membership is over 100 but is virtu- ally in free fall. Only a handful of members are active to the extent of attending meetings and carrying on the myriad serviCes the post provides to the community. Below are listed some of post activities: (There are more.) Funding for scholarships, Boy Scouts, Little League baseball; dona- tions to the park board, fire depart- ment, Golden Valley Manor, Wibaux County Nursing Home, post-prom graduation, Luther League, Spirit of the West. Also emergency funding for veterans. The post provides funeral honor guards for deceased veterans. It con- ducts local activities of a patriotic na- ture including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and the annual orator- ical contest at the high school. The bottom line here is that the status quo cannot continue. More members and potential members must step up to the plate and help out. Otherwise, the post will be forced to curtail or discontinue some ical jun rei of the activities listed above thaU have characterized the Legion since; it's inception. A scant handful can'L do it all. One bright spot is the Le-~ glen Auxiliary, whose members have ! always cooperated with pertinent and appropriate Legion functions. Without being dramatic, this is a, call to arms for present and potential! members to attend meetings, make. your voice herad and participate., Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the sec-~ end Thursday of each month. With military dispatch they rarely last, more than an hour, sometime less. If you are eligible, we need to see you, there. On another not entirely unre-, lated note, attendance at the Memo- rial Day program was as good in recent years but still less than stellar., As we all know, the day is designated l as a holiday to honor those who have made its observance possible. All of, our veterans, living and dead are due that recognition. If you were not at, the program, ask yourself, should I have been? Dick Kukowski Beach Tuberculosis identified in Texas-origin beef cow BISMARCK - Laboratory testing Goehring and Melvin Leland, presi- of the state's livestock industry. has identified tuberculosis in a beef dent of the State Board of Animal The State Health Department is cow in south central North Dakota. Health (BOAH), emphasized that the being kept informed of the matter. "The National Veterinary Services incident poses no immediate health Keller said the animal was identi- Laboratory in Ames, IA, has reported risk to the general public, since the fled as a result of a trace-out investi- that initial tests of the animal were cow has been removed from the herd gation in Texas. An investigation is positive for TB," Dr. Susan Keller, and destroyed, ongoing in North Dakota. state veterinarian, said in a June 12 They said the North Dakota De-North Dakota has been recognized prepared statement. "Results of addi- partment of Agriculture and the as "TB-free" by USDA since 1976. tional testing should be available in BOAH will work with USDA-APHISThe state's last reported case of six to eight weeks." Veterinary Services to complete all bovine tuberculosis in a herd was in Agriculture Commissioner Doug necessary testing to ensure the safety 1999. Good marketing essential to capture available dollars Do not let big numbers fool you. With good marketing skills, heavy calves will capture more value. If there is one concept cow-calf producers have total control over, it is how they market their calves. ! Do not assume a good, solid hand- shake and slap on the back means top dollar was achieved in marketing this year's calves. Public auction barns and other competitive markets certainly will do their best to get the best value for the calves presented. Howeveri producers need to do their part as well. Some good street sense and a feel for the market are important. A challenge with today's cow-calf operation is that the market price tends to be three digits. For those who have marketed cattle for years, most of those years have been two-digit num- bers. However, don't let the three-digit prices relax your marketing savvy be- cause expenses also are escalating. Producers need every penny they can squeeze out of the market. Interestingly, common thoughts are not always the correct thoughts. Through the years, one should add up the number of times producers can be quoted as saying: "It's not the weight of the calf that counts, it's the price per hundredweight." That is a true state- ment. However, the statement often is used to justify untruths because the best of both worlds would be more weight and a higher price. Before all the market data fall upon me and crush me, one must acknowl- edge that market slides are real. As the market weight goes up, the price per hundredweight goes down, so we have the common impression that price is more important than weight In reality, marketing skills are more important than weight or price. Sitting in a conversation a few weeks ago, the central question focused on price and weight. Upon returning home, I did a little review of the North Dakota Farm Beef Talk By Kris Ringwall Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service Management Program, along with FINB1N (www.finbin.umn.edu/) from the Center for Farm Financial Man- agement at the University of Min- nesota. These programs provide enterprise analysis for many agricul- tural operations, including the beef COW. Upon further review of the gross margin, by using the average price per hundredweight of calves sold and the average weight of calves sold by North Dakota producers with more than 50 cows in the herd, some troths started to emerge based on real data. If one was to separate the beef en- terprise analysis for each producer based on net return per cow from FIN- BIN by selecting the upper 40 percent and lower 40 percent of producers, one sees a different trend than is assumed by most producers. Those producers who sold heavier calves got more money per pound of calf. Looking back at the cow-calf en- terprises for 2012 back to 2008, those producers who had higher net returns sold an average of 600-pound calves (554 in 2012, 617 in 2011, 615 in 2010, 607 in 2009 and 607 in 2008) for an average of $123.54 per hun- dredweight ($158.27 in 2012, $141.70 in 2011, $116.69 in 2010, $96.35 in 2009 and $104.70 in 2008). Those producers who had lower net returns sold an average of 575-pound calves (576 in 2012, 608 in 2011,523 in 2010, 599 in 2009 and 570 in 2008) for an average of $119.09 per hun- dredweight ($150.26 in 2012, $140.80 in 2011, $118.80 in 2010, $91.92 in 2009 and $93.65 in 2008). The bottom line: Those producers who had heavier calves marketed those calves at a higher price per hun- dredweight, on average, than those producers with lighter calves. This seems contrary to all that we ar~ taught. However,the harsh reality is that simply marketing calves based on price slides is not good enough In- volve good, competitive markets and push buyers to add a couple more bids and the end result will be a larger check For this set of producers, better marketing skills added more money to their gross margin, thus more money to work with. The herds in the upper 40 percent of net return per cow had a five-year average gross margin of $642 per cow. The lower 40 percent net return per cow producers had a five-year average gross margin of $538. That is more than $100 in addi- tional money. Producers who had a higher net re- turn sold heavier calves for more money per pound than those produc- ers that had lower net returns. In stark contrast to popular thought, lighter- weight calves did not bring more dol- lars per hundredweight of calf, and the additional weight on each calf at a higher value actually accentuated the positive impacts of the good market- ing of heavier calves. The value of marketing is huge. Looking at factors to determine poten- tial increases in gross margins, mar- keting is going to be the key. Value is worth seeking and, if found, the mar- ket will reward value. May you find all your ear tags. Midwest agriculture leaders meet in Medora MEDORA - The top state agricul- ture officials from 12 midwestern states got a close look at North Dakota's two leading industries during their annual meeting last week in Medora. The schedule included panel dis- cussions on agriculture and water and on North Dakota's oil and gas indus+ try, said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring,ipresi, dent of the Midwestem Association of State Departments of Agriculture and host of the event. The field trips in- cluded grain and livestock production facilities and an oil production field. Goehring said Michael Scuse, the newly-appointed U.S. acting deputy secretary of agriculture, addressed the group. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart. MASDA is comprised of the agri- culture commissioners, secretaries and directors of 12 states: North Other speakers included the current Dakota,. IHinois, Ind!ana, Iowa~, president and vice'president 0f tile lqa:- tional Association 0f Siate Depavt Ohio/.So th Dak6ta ments of Agrictilture: North Carolina and Wisconsin. Norwegian Church Choir to perform in Medora MEDORA - The Skjeberg Church Choir will be performing for guests in Medora, June 26 and 27. The Skje- berg Church Choir is a mixed choir associated with churches in Skjeberg, Norway. The 40-member choir sings Christian songs from the Norwegian and Swedish tradition This will be the choir's second trip to North Dakota in the past five years. The choir originally visited North Dakota in 2008 to commemo- rate the 125th anniversary of the Skjeberg Church in Drayton. The choir will again perform at the Dray- ton church's 130th anniversary cele- bration. Originally built by Norwegian immigrants in 1883, the Correction Regarding the list of Southwest District Court cases closed in Golden Valley County and published in the May 23 editions, the list covered the time period of March 1 to April 30. The heading on the list was inadver- tently changed as the newspaper page was created. Basement and Crawl Space F: Est'! ~ates / Problems Solved / Leaky basements made dry Thousan~l/s of SatisfiedDrain tile & baseboard systems Custom/e/rs Buckling walls corrected , Transf/~rable Warranty Foundation repair & wall crack repair Licepfsed-lnsured Egress window installation I Locally Owned and Family Operated I MN License #20542636 A ND License #38488 I Basement Water Controlled Serving Southwestern North Dakota and Southeastern Montana I Providing Service Since 1967 800-348-6247 I .................. " . .VVVV, ,~f, .$ 1111~. ~ r Y D. a $ e nt.(~, n t c ..1~... 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They named in honor of their home church will perform on Thursday, June 27, in Norway, which is now 917 years on the Chuckwagon patio in down- old. town Medora at 4 p.laX." Following their performance in The choir'S visit to Medora and Drayton, the choir will travel from Drayton is part of a three-state, 12- North Dakota's northeast corner to day tour with additional perform- the southwest corner to perform in ances in Bismarck; Yellowstone, Medora. The choir performed 30 Wyo.; Cody, Wyo.; Big Horn, Wyo.; minutes before the start of the Rapid City, S.D.; and Sioux Falls, Medora Musical on June 26, in the S.D. HOW TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS We welcome letters to the editor concerning issues of area interest or regarding stories and editorials that have been published. Letters should be limited to 400 words. Guest columns or opinion-editorials longer in length are also welcome. 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