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President’s February Message

#opengatesopenminds Already the second month of 2021, the year we celebrate 500 years of Cattle in Florida. My hope is that the articles from Buck Island Ranch have been inspiring, educational, straight-forward and have #opengatesopenminds. We know the opening gates part is a little harder in these odd times we are living in today. Speaking of...
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President’s January Message

#opengatesopenminds Welcome to 2021, a New Year, and a year for celebration for the cattle industry. 2021, as you know, marks 500 years of cattle being present on our peninsular Florida. Thank you, to our Lord for providing Ponce De Leon and Spain the means and winds to bring cattle to the shores of Florida...
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Sweetheart’s January Message

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and festive holiday season.As we ring in the new year I know it’s that time when we get started on that list of resolutions (some of us might use the same list as last year!) I thought I might share a few of mine with...
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Sally Kempfer

Sweetheart’s December Message

Tis the season!I am so very excited that we are entering the time of Christmas cheer and fa la la. It is so important that we stick together and remember the reason for the season! This month, I want to challenge ourselves to make this a time of giving.“Honor thy father and thy mother” (Exo...
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President’s December Message

2020 is almost a wrap. What a year and what an experience—blessed to live through the mess. Which brings me to say, I hope all had a great Thanksgiving, and to remember the true reason for the upcoming Christmas Season—For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall...
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President’s November Message

It is hard to believe November is upon us, marking my5th President’s message. I pray daily as your President that we are making a difference and perhaps bringing to you a different perspective and outlook on the subjects we write about #opengatesopenminds . I am extremely grateful to my Archbold colleagues, Dr. H. Swain, Dr. B. Boughton, and...
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Sally Kempfer

Sweetheart’s November Message

Happy Fall Y’all! I am so very excited to be entering the time of cooler weather and college football rivalries! November marks the start of my favorite time of the year. Starting off the month, is my family’s annual bull sale. I cannot wait to take a break from school to help the family out and...
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Cattle and Carcass Training Centers (CCTCs), USDA AMS Livestock and Poultry Program

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER In cooperation with the three established Cattle and Carcass Training Centers (CCTCs), USDA AMS Livestock and Poultry Program will present a series of educational webinars this fall, for cattle producers and other professionals involved in the reporting, delivery, and grading of feeder cattle, live cattle, and carcasses in the U.S. Two in-person...
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October 2020 President’s Letter

#opengatesopenminds Folks, I struggled a bit in writing this month’s message and I was not sure why? Then it hit me, as President you find yourself in the cross arrows of trying to bring a balance to many different walks of life, attitudes, and opinions. You then find it impossible to make everyone happy, so...
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September 2020 President’s Letter

#opengatesopenminds As your President, I am not granted much time to ponder long, even in our current circumstances. In my life “no idle time” has always been a good thing. Moving forward let’s focus on the good news in our lives rather than dwelling on perceived and known negatives that seem to have engulfed our...
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