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Table of Contents F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2 • V O L.

6 President’s Message 8 North Florida Research

12 Ona Report… 23 Cooking Beef … With Ashley

15 Florida Agriculture by the Numbers by Commissioner Adam Putnam

19 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet Tickets Go On Sale February 14

20 Congratulations Rebecca and Grant Handley

21 Prescribed Fire Techniques for Wildlfe: A Training for Private Landowners

22 2nd Annual Lee County Cattlemen’s Qualifying Ranch Rodeo

22 Polk County Allied Trade Show & Ranch Rodeo

24 2012 Florida Bull Test Sale Held at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna

25 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces Sarah Childs as 2011 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

27 SCCA 2nd Annual Junior Ranch Rodeo

29 Your 2011 Check-off Dollars

26 UF Veterinary Medicine 41 Florida CattleWomen 57 Junior Florida Cattlemen’s 58 Sweetheart Diary

30 FCW Scholarship Award Recipient Nika Grigsby

31 Your Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation At Work

32 Successful Biological Control of Tropical Soda Apple in Florida

37 Florida Cattle Producers Join National Beef Industry in Recognizing Key Safety Accomplishments at 10th Anniversary of Safety Summit

40 2012 FCA Bull Auction Donors 42 2012 Convention Sponsors 43 Agricultural Tax Planning Tax Time

44 Secretary Vilsack Announces Cattlemen’s Beef Board Appointments

46 Harley Zoeckler 2011-2012 JFCA Ex-Officio

47 Junior Florida Cattlemen Association Fundraiser

48 Lack of Traceability System in U.S. Is A Homegrown Trade Barrier

52 “Just Ask” Campaign O F F I C I A L P U B L I C A T I O N

Florida Angus Association Don Bailey, President, Clermont

Florida Association of Livestock Markets Carl McKettrick, President, Arcadia

Florida Beef Council Roger Butler, Chairman, Lorida

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Florida Braford Association Michael L. Adams, President, Ft. Pierce

Florida Brahman Association Larry Barthle, President, San Antonio Florida Cattlemen’s Association Jim Strickland, President, Myakka City Florida CattleWomen’s Association Wendy Petteway, President, Zolfo Springs

Florida hereford Association, Inc. Raymond H. Hodges, Jr. (Ray), President, Old Town

Florida Limousin Association Susan Wilson, President, Fellsmere

Florida Santa Gertrudis Association Hilda Edenfield, President, Altha

Florida Senepol Association Ralph Rodgers, Orlando

Florida Red Angus Association Bob Flinn, President, McAlpin

Florida Simmental Association Terri Sharp, President, Plant City


ChAIRMAN: Tommy harper Lynn Barthle Tom Bryant Matt Tavrides Ricky Telg Sean Sexton

Ex-OFFICIO MEMBERS: Don Quincey Jim handley MEMBER: LPC

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The Florida Cattleman and Livestock Journal (ISSN 0015-3958) is published monthly by the Florida Cattleman’s Association, 800 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Subscriptions through membership only. Periodicals Postage paid at Kissimmee, FL 34744 and additional entry offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Florida Cattleman and Livestock Journal, P.O. Box 421403, Kissimmee, Florida 34742-1403. Rate card mailed on request. Closing date 1st of preceding month. In circulation 25th of preceding month. Member Agricultural Publishers Association, American Agricultural Editor’s Association, Florida Magazine Association, and Livestock Publications Council.

THE FLORIDA CATTLEMAN / MARCH 2012 / 5 7 6, N O. 5 Departments ____________________________

72 Florida Cattle Auctions 76 Now It’s History 78 Calendar 82 Index to Advertisers

News / Features __________________________

56 Florida Cattlemen’s Association 2012 Legislative Issues

60 AgriLabs Announces 2012 NCBA Scholarship Program

60 Letter To The Editor

62 Give The Gift of Conservation To Support Wetlands and Waterfowl Habitat

63 Welcome New and Former FCA Members

63 Raising Money For A School Trip The ‘Old Fashioned Way’

64 Letter To The Editor

66 2011-2012 Florida Beef Consumer Representative Robbie Dry

68 Florida Cracker Ranching Exhibit At South Florida Fair

70 Registered and Commercial Cattleman from 3 Counties and 13 States Purchase Cattle At GENETRUST at Chimney Rock Sale

77 Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation Donations & Memorials

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