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Derek Kolbaba takes the buckle at 2017 Clovis Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event

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Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) earned his first PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) victory of the year Thursday night at the Clovis Rodeo Arena.
Kolbaba started the night off with an 87-point ride on Shot Collar in the first round before going on to win the championship round with an 85.5-point ride on Bottle Rocket. Kolbaba is walking away from the night with 80 world points and $10,570.23.
He is currently No. 5 in the PBR world standings.
California native, Aaron Williams (Pismo Beach, California), earned second place after covering Uncle Anthony for 78.5 points in Round 1, and Circuit Breaker for 82 points in the championship round. Williams earned $6,560.83 and 50 points toward the world standings.
Ramon de Lima finished in third place after turning in a 79.5-point ride aboard Hummer’s Gold in Round 1. He is walking away with a $4,082.30 check, and 30 points toward the world standings. Fourth place went to Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itating…

Stormy Wing Claims Second 2017 Season Win in Tacoma

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Stormy Wing (Dalhart, Texas) entered the PBR’s Tacoma Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, having not ridden a bull in two events since his victory at the Ty Murray Invitational on March 17. Wing broke his slump and rode his way to the victory Sunday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.  Wing went 3-for-4 over the weekend, including an 89-point ride on More Big Bucks (Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger/ Clay Struve) to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Wing’s second win in 2017 set a career-high for Built Ford Tough Series event victories in a season for the Texas cowboy. For the finish, Wing took home 605 total world points and $39,130, moving him from No. 14 in the world standings to No. 7. Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) was perfect in Tacoma to finish in second place. Vieira rode both of his bulls on Championship Sunday, starting with an 81.75-point ride on Roll Your Own (Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger) in Round 2, and closing with an 88.75-point trip aboard Crazy Horse (…

Jesse Tillman takes Des Moines Chute Out & Earns spot a Helldorado Days in Vegas

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Earns invitation to BFTS’ Last Cowboy Standing at Las Vegas Helldorado Days
Jesse Tillman captured his first Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) event victory in Des Moines Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.  The event was Tillman’s debut on the Velocity Tour. Tillman was the only rider to go a perfect 2-for-2 on Saturday night for a score a total score of 157.5 points, earning $8,200.  Tillman rode Chest Bump (C Check Bucking Bulls) for 84 points in Round 1 and Slider (Shad Smith/Cervi) for 73.5 points in the championship round. 
With the win, Tillman earned 80 points toward the PBR world standings and an invitation to the Built Ford Tough Series’ Last Cowboy Standing at Helldorado Days in Las Vegas May 12-13.
Ryan Prophet took second place with a total score of 88 points. Bryan Titman earned the third spot after earning 86 points, while Lindomar Lino (84.5)and Brady Oleson (81)rounded out the Top 5.
Prophet earned 50 world standings points,…

Animal Disease Traceability Program public meeting by the USDA

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Who is talking about USA beef and China? 
If one of my previous story's I mention that tracebility is one of the major China hold ups. 

The talks are talking place and now it is time for you get in on the action. The USDA is starting to host public meeting across the US to discus animal disease traceability (ADT) programs. Below you will find the current dates and more to follow. If you want to get your voice heard get registered for the next meeting nearest to you. The topics of discussion will be the current ADT program along with talking about ways to improve the ADT program.
Below are the dates for May 2017 and links for registration and additional information.   ~  Pepper Stewart
May 2: Bloomington, MN, Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport, 7901 34th Avenue SouthMay 4: Denver, CO, Doubletree by Hilton Denver, 3203 Quebec StreetMay 11: Rancho Cordova, CA, Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East DriveMay 24: Billings, MT, Hilton Garden Inn Billings, 2465 Grant Road 

CBR Announces New Game Plan for Bull Team Challenge Franchises

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Billy Jaynes, CEO at Championship Bull Riding announced today two major developments in CBR competition aimed at broadening the CBR’s Bull Team Challenge Competition. The two changes are designed to provide additional options and incentives to the sixty bull team franchise owners.
Bull team expansion is the first phase in Jayne’s new blueprint for the fifteen year old bull riding company headquartered in North Texas. The second opportunity is the addition of a draft option which allows the franchise owner to control and possibly create the team’s own destiny by selecting the bull rider match up.

“Since CBR started over 15 years ago, it has always been committed to creating great bull rides and our bull teams provide us with those quality resources, I believe Stock contractors want to feel like they can control their investment, and though nothing is for sure in this sport, controlling the matchup should help. Here is the exciting news, our first experience with this new …

Built Ford Tough Series star Joao Ricardo Vieira wins Velocity Tour Yakima Classic

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Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil), currently ranked No. 12 in the world standings, earned the win at the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) Yakima Classic Saturday night at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Vieira, a current star on the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), won the event after scoring 87 points aboard GOOD RIDE’S IROC (John Peck/Kaplow Insurance/Viducic Bucking Bulls) in Round 1, before riding Bottle Rocket (Corey & Lange/Flying Diamond Rodeo Co.) for 90 points in the championship round.
Vieira earned 80 points toward the PBR world standings, along with $7,000 in his second Velocity Tour appearance of the season.
Vieira will go head-to-head with past RVT event winners Michael Lane and Skeeter Kingsolver at the BFTS’ Last Cowboy Standing at Helldorado Days in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 12-13.
Fraser Babbington (Gisborne, New Zealand) earned himself a second-place finish after covering Short Bus (Corey & Lange/Flying Diamond Ro…

Helping Texas Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Disaster with STAR Fund

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STAR Fund - Helping Texas Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Disaster

Background  Many of our fellow Texans are in need of a helping hand. Texas Agriculture Farmers, Rancher, producers and agribusiness owners are rebuilding and working towards picking up the pieces after all of these natural disasters. As natural disasters continue to impact Texas farmers and ranchers, the need for donations continues. 
The Fund  The STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund) was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and companies, including Farm Credit, Valero and McCoy’s Building Supply. STAR Fund money may be used to assist farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief. If you’d like to help folks impacted by the wildfire, floods or tornadoes, consider making a donation to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief, or STAR Fund. 

Assistance We are Texans, and when disaster strikes, we rise up…

US Beef And The China Market

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You have all seen the recent ban China placed on Brazilian beef, not anymore. China has recently lifted the ban on Brazil and allowing it back into China. Can the new US president with a business mindset from New York get a handle on the cattle market? Hold on while I check twitter.......

 Meeting's between the US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping could bring good news to cattlemen in the US. During the summit meeting the two discussed issues to resolve the unfair trade deals by China and come to a more agreeable solution and the possibility of a larger beef trade. The traceablity rules was one of the main setback slowing the market trade. Details of the meeting will  emerge in the coming days.

 In 2015 the U.S. Meat Export Federation started working on a system to trace the beef from the ranch to the packing plant strictly to have cattle eligible for shipping to China. Chinese delegates viewed the US tracking system in September of 2016 visiting feed …

Joe Frost wins 2017 CBR Fort Worth and the legend lives on

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Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding presented by South Point Hotel Casino and Spa
Standing in the same place, on the same dirt where the sport of bull riding began, Joe Frost of Randlett, Utah put together three spectacular rides to warrant the win and accept the prestige and prize package as he was declared the champion on the Silver Anniversary of Tuff Hedeman’s infamous Fort Worth Championship Bull Riding.
Tuff Hedeman lined up thirty cowboys from nine states as the celebration played out in grand style with the riders treating the crowd to five 90 point plus rides. In what started as an invitational in 1992, it is now the centerpiece on the Road to Cheyenne professional bull riding tour with a custom trophy buckle that identifies you as part of history, if you are skillful enough to win it.
Frost who left 150 head of momma cows in the middle of calving to travel to Fort Worth, had this to say about his second CBR event win.
“It has not really sunk in yet, I was ju…

TieDown Roper Matt Shiozawa captures fourth RNCFR title

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Matt Shiozawa and his wife have some spending money for their 10-year anniversary trip after his performance this weekend.

The Chubbuck, Idaho, tie-down roper is bringing the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo title back to the Wilderness Circuit after his 7.3-second run in the finals Sunday night. And now, he and wife Ali are headed even further south than Kissimmee.    "My wife and I have our 10-year anniversary coming up next week," Shiozawa said. "Ten years ago we didn't really do anything for a honeymoon because we were just kids trying to make it work. We're going to Playa del Carmen south of Cancun. We can finally do it right, 10 years later." Shiozawa won the four-man finals round at Silver Spurs Arena aboard his 18-year-old bay mare, Alotta. He collected a $7,537 check for that run, and added another $7,949 from his previous runs at the April 6-9 rodeo. "I've ridden Alotta in Las Vegas many times," said Shiozawa, a nine-time…

Michael Lane wins 2017 Velocity Tour Milwaukee Challenge

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Michael Lane (Tazewell, Virginia) snatched his first win of the season at the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) Milwaukee Challenge Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.


Lane won the event after scoring 85.5 points aboard Sneakers (C Check Bucking Bulls) in Round 1, before going on to turn in an 89-point ride on Devils Due (New Frontier Rodeo) in the championship round. It was the 26-year-old’s first Velocity Tour victory, and it earned him 80 points toward the PBR world standings along with $8,200.
Winners of each RVT event in 2017 will be guaranteed at least one opportunity to compete at a PBR Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) regular-season event. Thanks to his victory in Milwaukee, Lane earned an invitation to Last Cowboy Standing at Helldorado Days in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 12-13. This will be Lane’s first time back to the Built Ford Tough Series since competing at last year’s Sacramento Invitational.
Last weekend’s champ…

Trump Opens Up Conservation Land for Fire-Devastated Ranchers

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About 1.6 million acres have been burned, USDA estimates Wildfires have destroyed parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration issued an emergency order that will allow cattle and livestock to graze on Conservation Reserve Program lands after last month’s devastating wildfires.
About 1.6 million acres of grazing land has been destroyed in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas since March 6 when the fires erupted, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. More than 15,000 cattle may have been lost so far, and fires “are still burning in some places,” it said.


Former President Ronald Reagan started the CRP program in 1985 to limit soil erosion and the risk of displacing threatened species. It pays farmers an annual rent to not use land that is set aside for conservation. Steady rains the last few weeks may have improved the quality of the grass just as the lands are opened up to the livestoc…

USDA Claims Confidentiality for 12,000 Pages of Federal Checkoff Spending Records

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OCM Moves Forward in Freedom of Information Case despite USDA’s Attempt to Conceal NCBA’s Abuses of Beef Checkoff Funds

March 31, 2017 was the USDA’s court-ordered deadline to choose transparency or secrecy in a lawsuit over records from an audit initiated in 2011 of the federal Beef Checkoff Program. It chose secrecy. Out of a total of 12,341 pages of financial records from the audit and sought by the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) through the Freedom of Information Act, USDA released less than 175 pages, most of which are already public tax forms. The remaining nearly 12,200 pages of checkoff-related records, however, were completely blacked out—USDA is claiming they are confidential. The bottom line is that USDA is withholding a staggering 98.5% of federal Beef Checkoff Program spending records from the cattle producers who are required to pay into the government program.


The lawsuit is part of OCM’s four-year battle on behalf of cattle producers to force the…

Kingsolver collects his first PBR Velocity Tour win of the year

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Skeeter Kingsolver (McLouth, Kansas) won the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) Birmingham Buck Off Saturday night at Legacy Arena.
Kingsolver­­ won the event after scoring 86.5 points aboard Red Line (Rafter Z Rodeo Co.) in Round 1, and 85.5 points on Outback Pharmacy (Big Rafter Rodeo Co. LLC) in the championship round. It was the 27-year-old’s first Velocity Tour victory since 2015, earning him 80 points toward the PBR world standings along with $7,100.
Winners of each RVT event in 2017 will be guaranteed at least one opportunity to compete at a PBR Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) regular-season event. Thanks to his victory in Birmingham, Kingsolver earned an invitation to Last Cowboy Standing at Helldorado Days, in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 12-13. It will be Kingsolver’s first trip back to the BFTS since 2015.
Another BFTS regular, Nathan Schaper (Grassy Butte, North Dakota), finished in second place, earning 50 points towards the …