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Page 2 Golden Valley News October 5, 2017 Beef Talk By Kris Ringwall Ellef Fran DENVER Ellef Franklin Farstveet, 83, died Sept. 20, 2017, in Denver of congestive heart failure. Graveside military services were held on Oct. 3, at Fort Logan Na- tional Cemetery in Denver at staging area A at 11 a.m. with military Honor Guard salute as well as a bagpipe tribute. Other arrangement details can be found at: www.mem.com. Ellef was born April 13, 1934, in Beach to Elsie (Geyer) and Knute K. Farstveet, a twin in a family of 10. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He graduated from Beach High School in 1953 and attended college in Fargo. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany with the Military Police. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he worked in law enforce- ment in Glendive, Mont., and was later employed in the oil fields in Louisiana and Wyoming. In 1964, he married Bonnie Gayle Murphy in New Orleans. Two sons were born, Troy Ellef and Knute Matthew. Ellef worked for over seven years in Nigeria and was named an hon- orary chief to a Nigerian tribe. Later he taught petroleum business in Den- ver. After his retirement, he enjoyed coming back to Beach each summer to tend his CRP trees near Wibaux, Mont., taking the moniker Tree Farmer for his many varieties of c hokecherry trees. He was a longtime and faithful member of the American klin Farstveet Legion in Aurora, Colo. Ellef is survived by his three sons, Troy (Sherie) and step-grandsons Dylan, Dustin and Brian of Brighton, Colo.; Knute Matthew of Aurora, C olo4 and Mark Yates of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; b~, his brothers: Alvin (Marge) , and Gary (Marge) of Beach; Rex (Myrna) of Dickinson; and Craig of Winnemucca, Nev.; by his sister, Sharon Dietz of Beach; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ellef was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie~ his parents; his twin brother Knute Jr.; his brother Keith and Keith's wife, Myrna; his sisters, Eleanore Ward and Marjorie Mosser. Condolences may be sent to the family at 18917 E. Mercer Drive, Aurora, Colo. 80013. II e of cattle so Ten years (as of November) have i passed since the Dickinson Re- search Extension Center summa- rized research on tagging calves for improved market traceability, and the subject remains relevant today. - In the last decade, trading beef tional.(and international)discussion was, and still is, a complex pattern about age and source verification of pathways that involves many heightened that uncertainty. The sit- steps. Although selling cattle has uations, names and places have been fairly simple throughout his- ' changed, but the uncertainty re- tory, more recent desires continue to ' mains, at least regarding age and evolve processes that are not as, source verification and potential straightforward as a simple hand- trace-back of cattle that are sold. shake. Essentially, two products still re- History changed the rules. There main: the "calf" and then the associ- was no vote. There was no input. ated "data." Both products have There was a simple acknowledg- value, an important point to under- ment that business as usual was not stand. to be. A few more questions were Today's producers market a calf and the data about that calf, but the asked, but in the end, life went on. Producers are seeking an unen- concept of marketing the data still is cumbered environment that allows struggling in the pens and alleyways buyers from around the world to bid of the cattle business. Calves are on their calves. The current envi- sold in one direction, but data go in ronment seeks to maximize business both directions, thus the concept of options for producers. Producers trace-back. seek the flexibility to market their The challenge remains. The free stock that effectively capture value marketplace determines calf value, for them and enhance that value to but the value of the information as- all links within the beef industry, sociated with the calf has not been During this decade, we saw many determined. marketing options: sale barn auc- One point has become very clear: tions, video auctions, internet auc- The information contains the keys to tions, direct sales, alliances, branded unlock the doors needed to enter the programs and other alternative mar- more complex marketplace, domes- keting arrangements, all considered tically and internationally. beneficial and essential by beef pro- While the keys may open the ducers for the identification and doors, one big question has resulted: capture of product value. Is this a burden or an opportunity? Ten years ago, more uncertainty The data become knowledge and in- surrounded calf marketing. The na- formation, both powerful market tools. So, while we answer the ques- tion, care and caution must be exer- cised, particularly as data ownership, transfer and access are exposed. As the Dickinson Research Ex- tension Center expanded the effort of understanding the concepts and challenges of cattle movement, the CalfAID project (a local program for age and source verification) emerged. It's an exciting and inter- esting project that brought many participants to the table. As time went on, additional mar- keting incentives or value-added programs were developed, inclusive of regulatory standards, with the un- derstanding that the marketplace would determine the validity of the pened? May/ge. Optimistically, yes, but I would challenge commercial cattle produc- ers to quickly name five new mar- keting opportunities in the last decade. Why? Again, opportunities are there, but for every move for- ward, new obstacles and new barri- ers seem to hinder the opportunity. Unresolved questions still remain on all sides of the fence. These unanswered questions are real and inhibit participation in new market- ing opportunities. Movement of cattle is a delicate Calf backgr0unding workshops set Pinkeye infecting some North D kota cattle With drought, lack of hay and of gain. volatile market prices, North Dakota "With the drought, the cost of North Dakota State University an- fly numbers; environment conditions ness of the affected eye." cattle producers are faced with dif- forage is quite high," he adds. ficult choices. "That's contrary to the grain prices, One option is to add value to the which are fairly low." calves by feeding them in North John Dhuyvetter, area Extension Dakota instead of selling them. To livestock systems specialist at the address this issue, the North Dakota NDSU North Central Research Ex- State University Extension Service tension Center near Minot, notes, is holding a series of local seminars "Rations with higher inclusions of on feeding and backgrounding grain or coproducts result in higher calves and cow feed management, average daily gain and improved "Backgrounding calves is a mar- feed conversion. This might make gin business," says Karl Hoppe, area cattle-feeding budgets profitable. It's Extension livestock systems spe- time to figure your costs." cialist at the NDSU Carrington Re- The dates, times and locations for search Extension Center. "When the area meetings include: cost of gain is lower than the value - Oct. 10 - 2 p.m., Medora, of the gain, feeding calves works. Chateau DeMores Interpretive Cen- However, feed costs are so variable ter in North Dakota. 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