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Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 4
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Hereford Highlights

Gold TPR Breeders Announced

Established in 2005, the Gold TPR (Total Performance Records) Breeder recognition is presented to progressive Hereford breeders who have measured traits, collected and promptly submitted performance data at all levels of production, including calving, weaning weight, yearling weight, scrotal circumference and carcass. The following Hereford breeders have been named Spring 2006 Gold TPR Breeders:

Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock, Neb.
Carters Polled Herefords, Rocklake, N.D.
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss.
Bar JZ Polled Herefords, Holabird, S.D.
Hill-Vue Farm, Blairsville, Ga.
Frederickson Hereford Farm, Starbuck, Minn.
Jim & Carla Bellis, Aurora, Mo.
Diamond L Farms, Letart, W. Va.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, Va.
E.L. Mobley, Fairdealing, Mo.
Joe Brockman, Lawrence, Neb.
Blueberry Hill Farms Inc., Norfolk, Neb.
S.E. Lawrence Polled Herefords, Kendallville, Ind.
Olson Hereford Ranch, Argusville, N.D.
David Post, Seminole, Okla.
Brannan & Reinhardt, Otis, Kan.
Bookcliff Herefords, Russell, Kan.
Quentin & Gayle Cook, Vale, Ore.
Courtney Herefords, Alzada, Mont.
Dvorak Herefords, Lake Andes, S.D.
Ehlke Herefords, Townsend, Mont.
Friedt Herefords, Mott, N.D.
Gustafson Herefords, Junction City, Kan.
Holden Herefords, Valier, Mont.
Indian Mound Ranch, Canadian, Texas
K&B Herefords, Onida, S.D.
Oleen Cattle Co., Falun, Kan.
Gino Pedretti, El Nido, Calif.
Perman Herefords, Streeter, N.D.
Lester Schafer, Buffalo Lake, Minn.
Sellman Ranch, Crawford, Neb.
Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho
Spencer Herefords Inc., Brewster, Neb.
Richard & Shirley Thomas, Gold Creek, Mont.
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
Wild Rose Ranch, Red Bluff, Calif.
Reba Hurst, Nevada, Mo.
Frenzen Polled Herefords, Fullerton, Neb.


Three Hereford Juniors Win Beef Industry Scholarships

Roxane Gebhart, Cassie Bacon and Stacia Berry, National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members, have been awarded $1,500 beef industry scholarships. The scholarships are given annually to outstanding students pursuing beef-related careers.

Gebhart is the daughter of Richard and Susan Gebhart from Claremore, Okla. She is active in Claremore High School FFA, the National Honors Society and the Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen’s Association. Gebhart was the recipient of a Junior Golden Bull award in 2005. She is the current Oklahoma Polled Hereford Queen and exhibits Hereford cattle at junior and open shows.

Bacon is the daughter of Craig and Debbie Bacon from Prairie Grove, Ark. Her Hereford activities include serving as NJHA reporter and Arkansas Junior Hereford Association president. She has participated in the Junior National Hereford Expo for 13 years and exhibited cattle throughout the country. Bacon was also recently named the 2006 National Polled Hereford Queen.

Berry is the daughter of Jay and Janice Berry from Cheyenne, Wyo. Her Hereford accomplishments include being a recipient of the John Wayne Memorial scholarship, as well as the Junior Golden Bull and Golden Bull awards. She has served as the Wyoming Hereford Queen, Wyoming Junior Hereford Association president, National FFA secretary and Wyoming State FFA president.

Scholarship applicants wrote a 750-word essay identifying key issues confronting the beef industry and suggesting possible ways of dealing with those issues. Twenty winners were selected to receive scholarships, provided by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.


Congrats to McDonald and Sims

Gary McDonald of United Livestock Brokers, Franktown, Colo., and auctioneer Eddie Sims of National Cattle Services Inc., Elgin, Okla., have been inducted into the Livestock Marketeers "Hall of Fame." McDonald is a former American Hereford Association fieldman and Sims is a Hereford breeder.

Livestock Marketeers is an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders. McDonald and Sims were honored at the fraternity’s annual banquet, held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Jan. 14.


Fort Worth Online

The Fort Worth National Hereford Show will be held at the Will Rogers Complex on Jan. 30 in conjunction with the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Click here to view show results when they become available.

The Show follows the Cowtown Hereford Select Female Sale held on Jan. 29. Click here for the sale listing.


Get Your National Western Limited Edition Print

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) is offering a limited-edition print featuring the 100th anniversary of the National Western Stock Show. The prints are available for $25 and will be mailed upon order. Only 50 prints remain. To order your copy, contact Chris Stephens, HYFA director, at (816) 842-3757 or cstephens@hereford.org. Checks should be mailed to Stephens’ attention at the American Hereford Association, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101.

Industry Insight

Taiwan Reopens Market to U.S. Beef

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced on Jan. 25 that Taiwan will resume trade of U.S. boneless beef from animals less than 30 months of age. In 2003, the U.S. exported more than $76 million worth of beef to Taiwan, with boneless beef products accounting for $56 million. Taiwan's market is now open to more than 90% of total U.S. ruminant and ruminant products.


Steps of Action to Resume Trade with Japan

When the news arrived on Jan. 20 that a U.S. shipment of veal containing vertebral column had been delivered to Japan, the newly opened border closed again. The exported vertebral column was not a specified risk material as defined by U.S. regulation or international beef trade guidelines due to its young age. Nevertheless, the U.S. violated Japan’s terms of trade, which call for no vertebral column. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced several steps of action to correct the wrongdoing and to ensure compliance with trade regulations in the future. These steps and additional information regarding the shipment can be found at www.usda.gov.


NCBA Statement Regarding BSE Case Detected in Canada
Terry Stokes, chief executive officer
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Jan. 23, 2006

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an approximately six-year-old, crossbred cow born and raised in Alberta. No part of the animal entered the human food or animal feed systems.

“The bottom line for our consumers – in the United States and around the world – remains the same: U.S. beef is safe. The world’s leading scientists, medical professionals and government officials agree that BSE is not a public or animal health risk in the United States.

“While this is unfortunate news, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) does not expect this case to affect the beef trade status between the United States and Canada or other countries. We believe the United States should continue to engage in trade that is consistent with the international standards outlined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and we expect countries that trade with us to do the same.”

To view the rest of the statement, visit http://www.beefusa.org/NEWSNCBAStatementonAlbertaBSECase24764.aspx.


BSE Case Investigated in Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is investigating the country’s 22nd bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case. According to the American Meat Institute, press reports indicate that the cow was born in September 2000, before Japan’s 2001 feed control rules took effect. For more information, visit www.meatami.com.


NCBA to Establish Coalition to Strengthen Beef Checkoff

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has announced that it will establish a coalition, including other industry organizations, to provide recommendations for strengthening the Beef Checkoff Program.

NCBA’s officers decided to take this action at the requests of several state beef councils and affiliate organizations. “While administered by USDA, the Beef Checkoff Program was created at the request of beef producers,” says Jim McAdams, NCBA president. “And beef producers should play the key role in enhancing it for the future. Court cases are behind us. We invite others to join us and our state partners at the table to build it together.”


Comment Period for Texas Premises Identification Proposal Ends Feb. 6 

Comments on the proposed regulations for Texas’ premises and animal identification program are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 6.

The proposal is a result of the Texas Animal Health Commission’s (TAHC) charge to develop and implement an animal identification system consistent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS). As the NAIS is phased in, the TAHC’s program also will evolve. TAHC commissioners have proposed regulations at this time for premises identification only.

Comments on the proposal should be submitted to comments@tahc.state.tx.us, faxed to (512) 719-0721 or mailed to: Delores Holubec, TAHC, Box 12966, Austin, TX 78711-2966.  For more information, visit www.tahc.state.tx.us/animal_id/index.shtml.


Saskatchewan Beef Symposium – Early Registration Due Feb. 1

The Saskatchewan Beef Symposium is scheduled for Feb. 8-9 at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon. The event is designed to help participants increase production efficiency, explore alternative markets, improve land stewardship and produce better beef at a lower cost. Early registration is due by Feb. 1. The cost is $90 (Canadian) and $110 after the first. Students pay $60. For more information, visit http://www.extension.usask.ca/.

Market Update

Cattle Outlook
Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain
University of Missouri-Columbia

Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. Click here to view this information.

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