Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 1
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Hereford Highlights

100th National Western Stock Show — Denver, Colo.

Hereford Schedule:

Monday, Jan. 9
  • Noon to 3 p.m. — Process Yard cattle
  • 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Process Hill Cattle, Pepsi Arena in the Yards
Tuesday, Jan. 10
  • 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Process Hill cattle, Pepsi Arena in the Yards
Wednesday, Jan. 11
  • 6 p.m. — Hereford Herdsman Party, Pepsi Arena in the Yards
Thursday, Jan. 12
  • 8 a.m. — Junior Hereford Show, Stadium Arena on the Hill
  • Noon — Hereford Pen and Carload Show, Livestock Center Arena in the Yards
  • 5:30 p.m. — National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) annual meeting, Renaissance Hotel
  • 6:30 p.m. — Hereford Reception, Renaissance Hotel, Ballroom AB
Friday, Jan. 13
  • 8 a.m. — National Hereford Female Show, Stadium Arena on the Hill
  • 6 p.m. — Mile High Nights Sale, Beef Palace Auction Arena on the Hill
Saturday, Jan. 14
  • 8:30 a.m. — National Hereford Bull Show, Stadium Arena on the Hill

Hereford Perks at the National Western

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is hosting a Hereford Hospitality Suite at the 100th National Western. All Hereford breeders and commercial guests are welcome to visit the Suite, located on the second floor of the Livestock Exchange Building in the Yards. Stop by to warm up and enjoy refreshments.

Also, make certain to visit the pen of long-time National Western participant, Mills Ranch Herefords, at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC will be serving a Certified Hereford Beef® beef tip and noodle meal.

Then, after tie-outs (6:30) Wednesday evening, gather with Hereford friends from at the Herdsman Social in Pepsi Arena (in the Yards), where Star Lake Cattle Ranch and Coyote Ridge Ranch will host dinner.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, attend the AHA's special social and cocktail party at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. Again at 6:30 p.m., it will be a fun-filled evening of fellowship.

Mile High Nights National Hereford Sale:

Registration Deadline for Internet Bidding, Jan 10

The Mile High Nights National Hereford Sale at the National Western will be Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. (MST). The auction can be viewed live on the Internet at, and online viewers may bid from this site.

To register to bid over the Internet or for more information, contact Brad Fahrmeier at (816) 392-9241 or Persons wishing to register to bid via the Internet must do so by Jan. 10.

The Mile High Nights sale catalog can be found in the December issue of Hereford World. If you would like to receive a copy, contact Joe Rickabaugh at (816) 218-2280 or send an e-mail request to

Note: The contact number for Lot 18 in the Mile High Nights Sale is (865) 235-8883. It was incorrectly printed in the sale book.

Can’t Make It? We’ll Be Online

As much as we’d all like to be there for the centennial celebration, some of us won’t be able to make it to the National Western this year. If you’re one of these folks, visit for coverage of the Hereford shows.

Official AHA Show Vests for Sale in Denver

Wear your Hereford pride at the 100th National Western Stock Show. We will be selling official AHA show-day vests for all exhibitors showing on the Hill and in the Yards. Vests will be available for $24 at the check in tables and also in the AHA booth on the hill. We appreciate your support and hope to see lots of red vests in the showring.

Spring 2006 EPDs Available on the Web

The Spring 2006 Hereford EPDs are now available on the Web. Visit and click on “EPD Inquiry” for more information.

Cattle Industry Convention Approaching – Visit the Hereford Trade Show Booth

The 2006 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held in Denver Feb. 1-4. Those attending the Convention are encouraged to stop by the American Hereford Association and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC booth, No. 714, to learn more about Hereford Verified, CHB growth and other exciting trends in the Hereford business. You’ll find this Hereford information just across from the John Deere booth.

The Trade Show opens with a Wild, Wild West Welcome Reception on the evening of the first and continues through the third. Over 250 exhibitors are expected – the cattle industry’s largest showcase of cutting-edge products and services.

Other activities include: Cattlemen's College®; Cattle Fax Outlook Seminar; Opening General Session featuring guest speaker Dr. Barry Asmus, management and marketing expert; committee meetings on NCBA policy issues and programs funded by the Beef Checkoff Program; and Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association board of directors meetings.

For more information, visit

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Industry Insight

Timely Tips: Prepare for Spring Calving
Dr. Greg Lardy
North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

Separate heifers and thin cows from mature cows. Heifers and thin cows need more management and a more nutrient-dense diet. It’s more economical and effective to get them in separate pens and manage them according to their needs.

In addition to assessing cow condition, producers need to look at calving facilities to make certain they’re in good repair. Correct any obvious problems with pens and structures. Then take a second look to correct any problems that might pose risks for cows, calves and handlers. Facilities that are in good repair and convenient will make calving easier for both livestock and producers.

Similarly, take an inventory and inspect calving equipment such as calf pullers and OB chains. Purchase replacements or make any necessary repairs before calving season. If a problem is going to occur, it’s likely to be at the most inopportune moment. Preventive maintenance helps avoid those moments.

Hong Kong Partially Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef Imports

Hong Kong has partially lifted its two-year ban on U.S. beef imports. The U.S. can now export boneless beef from cattle less than 30 months of age to Hong Kong under the Beef Export Verification Program (detailed in Japanese Export article). Hong Kong was the fifth largest destination for U.S. beef products and beef variety meats prior to the ban.

NCBA Answers Producer Questions about Japanese Export Requirements

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has issued a document to answer producer questions regarding eligibility for beef exportation to Japan. Under the negotiated agreement finalized in October of 2004, all U.S. beef exports to Japan must be sent under the Beef Export Verification (BEV) Program. The BEV defines specific criteria that packers must follow to be able to export beef to Japan. Further, those supplying beef must be certified under a separate program known as Quality System Assessment (QSA).

For U.S. cattle producers interested in making their end products eligible for export to Japan, it is important to understand the mechanics of the BEV Program for Japan as well as the QSA requirements for all components of the beef supply chain, including producers, feedlots, slaughterers, fabricators and U.S. companies.

To access information about these requirements, and to view the rest of the NCBA question and answer document, visit

Free Program for Cattle Feeders, Jan. 12

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Feeder Council will host an educational seminar, “Beyond the Bunk: Advice for the Cattle-Feeding Professional,” beginning at 10 a.m., Jan. 12, at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck, N.D. There is no cost to attend and registration will be taken on site. For more information, call Scott Ressler, NDSA Environmental Services director and Feeder Council secretary, at (701) 223-2522.

Calving Clinic Scheduled for Jan. 21

The University of Missouri-Columbia will host a calving clinic on Jan. 21 at the Forage Systems Research Center in Linneus, Mo. The program will run from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. and cover information regarding calving problems, brood cow nutrition and getting cows re-bred. For more information, contact Tamie at the Forage Systems Research Center at (660) 895-5121 or Jan at the Sullivan County Extension office at (660) 265-4541.

Nutrition Conference in Salt Lake City, Jan. 24-25

The 8th Intermountain Nutrition Conference, sponsored by the Utah State University College of Agriculture and associated units, has been scheduled for January 24-25 at the Red Lion Hotelin Salt Lake City. The Conference mission is to provide current information on nutrition and nutrition-related management issues pertinent to the dairy and beef industries in the Intermountain West. For more information, contact Tilak Dhiman at (435) 797-2145.

Market Update

Timely Tips: Prepare for Spring Calving
Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain
University of Missouri-Columbia

Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To access this information, visit

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