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Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 8
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Hereford Highlights

Hereford Bull at the Top of Test

A bull consigned by Bruce and Joyce Leach, Lindon, Colo., has recorded (77-day report) an average daily gain (ADG) of 4.79 lb. in the 32nd Annual Southeast Colorado Bull Test. This son of STAR Geronimo 335K is ahead of 45 other consignments in ADG.

Final weights will be taken on March 13 and 14. The sale will be held at noon on April 11 at the Winter Livestock Commission Company in La Junta, Colo. All bulls will have passed a breeding soundness exam and tested negative as persistently infected bovine viral diarrhea carriers. They will also come with ultrasound data.

For more information, visit or call (719) 438-5321.

Holdens on America’s Heartland

Holden Herefords, Jack and Tresha Holden, Valier, Mont., was featured on America’s Heartland, a weekly public television series that celebrates U.S. agriculture. A summary of the feature can be found at

Hereford Junior Chosen for Academic All-State Program

National Junior Hereford Association member, Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., was selected as one of 16 members of the inaugural class of the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) – Chesapeake Energy Academic All-State Program. The Program is designed to provide leadership opportunities and internship possibilities to the top 16 OYE scholarship applicants. Applicants are exhibitors of cattle, sheep, swine or goats.

Gebhart will receive a $5,000 scholarship. She also will be recognized at the OYE Grand Champion Selection and presented with an All-State leather jacket during the Oklahoma State FFA Convention.

The 16 students chosen for this honor will assist with promoting the OYE and its scholarship program. Students will be involved in public speaking and public relations opportunities and the Advanced College 101 Program. They will also have the unique opportunity to closely experience Oklahoma’s Legislative Process and will have their registration fees covered for attendance at the Agriculture Future of America Leadership Conference held in Kansas City, Mo.

Huffhines to Speak at WCA/WSU Bull Test Forum

Craig Huffhines, American Hereford Association executive vice president, will be the featured speaker at the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA)/Washington State University (WSU) All Breed Bull Test Social Hour and Breeders’ Forum on March 21. The event will be held at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Prosser, Wash.

Huffhines’ presentation “Proof Will Matter More and More” will cover source verification and the value of documented bulls. Consignors, buyers and other interested individuals are welcome to attend. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Huffhines’ presentation at 7 p.m.

Sale day activities will begin at 10 a.m. on March 22 with the Trade Show. WCA Allied Industry members have organized the Trade Show and will host a lunch at 11:30 a.m.

The bull sale starts at 12:30 p.m., selling the top 123 bulls of the 163 bulls on test. Complete test data, including 120-day test gain and ultrasound carcass information, will be available online at or by contacting Jean Smith at (509) 735-3551. For more information about the tested bull sale or the Social Hour and Breeders’ Forum, contact Art Linton at (509) 786-9268.

Hall of Fame and Merit Nominations Due May 1

Nominations for the Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit are due May 1.

The Hall of Fame recognizes those breeders or Hereford ranch managers who have had a dynamic influence on the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed for at least 20 years.

The Hall of Merit honor is bestowed on those influencers within the beef industry and the Hereford breed, be it businessmen, communicators, educators, research scientists, public affairs or policy makers, or those impacting Hereford youth in America. These contributors must have also been involved in the beef cattle business for a minimum of 20 years.

All nominations must be in the form of a letter with detailed biographical information on the individual nominee, plus at least three other supporting letters.

One letter must be from a state Hereford or polled Hereford association, while the other two letters should be from Hereford breeders.

Send your nominations to the American Hereford Association, Attn.: Hall of Fame or Hall of Merit, P.O. Box 014509, Kansas City, MO 64101. Questions can be directed to Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757.

Hereford 101 in the Comfort of Your Home, March 2

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is webcasting Hereford 101 using the Web site on March 2, 7 p.m. Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, and Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, will cover the state of the AHA and basic performance issues. A question and answer session will follow. Details on how to submit questions will be provided during the Webinar.

In order to view the video, your computer needs to have a broadband connection to the Internet. Dial up Internet will allow you to participate, but will only facilitate the audio portion of the Webinar.

If you go to, you will see an item in the calendar (list of sales) for Hereford 101. Click on it and you will be prompted to enter a user name and password. If you haven't previously set up an account you can do so via the Web site. It only takes a minute or two; just click on the appropriate link. It is strongly suggested that you set up an account before the night of the Webinar as many participants are expected.

Important Whole Herd TPR Deadline

Make sure to have all whole herd inventories submitted to the AHA Records Department before the $2 surcharge goes into effect on March 15.

Attention State Junior Associations

The AHA Youth Activities Department needs each state junior association’s current officer information complete with addresses and telephone numbers. You may also want to include e-mail addresses for your officers and advisors if available. We are working on mailings for important summer activities and have received very few updated lists so far this year. Even if you think we have your most updated lists please send them anyway. You can e-mail your officer and advisor information to Chris Stephens, AHA director of youth activities, at

Summer Regional and State Preview Shows

Summer will come quickly, and the AHA Youth Department needs to hear from you. The deadline is March 1 for state field day and complete regional show information to be received by AHA Youth Activities. For those who are in the process of planning these summer events, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or to ensure that the proper information is submitted. This is essential to get your event the best possible coverage and to guarantee that information is passed along to all Hereford youth.

Industry Insight

National Cattlemen’s Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health Launch Educational Web Site

The Cattle Learning Center, established in 2005 by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) and Pfizer Animal Health, now includes additional educational tools for producers to use at home.

The Web site,, serves as a web-learning facility. Its updates and improvements include educational tools such as self-paced teaching modules that allow the user to work step-by-step through timely topics such as beef reproduction. The modules provide detailed illustrations, quizzes, videos and interactive calculators.

For educators, other materials to host learning sessions are available, such as:

  • Teaching kits with easy-to-use PowerPoints
  • Learning guides
  • Other educational materials and templates

You can register online now for the March 20 How to Get Cows Pregnant interactivecourse.

The Web site is just one of the initiatives enveloped in the Cattle Learning Center. It is the first Web-based program to emerge from Pfizer’s $3 million grant to the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, unveiled at the 2004 Cattle Industry Annual Convention.

Veal Shipment Investigation, USDA Report Available

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced on Feb. 17 the results of an investigation of the ineligible shipment of veal that was sent to Japan last month. He also released a comprehensive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report that details the findings of the investigation and actions taken by the USDA. The report, which totals 475 pages, establishes several facts surrounding the ineligible shipment. For more information or to view the report, visit

Proposed Bills Would Amend the Packers and Stockyards Act

According to the American Meat Institute, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has introduced legislation to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act. Among other provisions, the proposed bill would establish an Office of the Special Counsel within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would investigate and prosecute violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act. The Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration currently implements and enforces the Packers and Stockyards Act and its amendments.

Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) has also proposed to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act. His charge is to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed or control livestock intended for slaughter.

NCBA Says U.S. Beef is a High Priority on Trade Agenda

Two committees with jurisdiction over trade policy in the U.S. Congress, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways & Means Committee, held hearings last week to publicly discuss U.S. trade policies and strategies for 2006.

“It’s clear from comments made in hearings this week that increased export opportunities for U.S. beef is a high priority right now for Congress and the Bush Administration,” says Mike John, Missouri cattle producer and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president.

To view participant remarks about trade within the beef industry, visit

Missouri Forage Conference Scheduled for Feb. 28

The 22nd Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference will be held Feb. 28 at theUniversity Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Mo. Key speakers and breakout sessions will cover issues related to forage-based enterprises. The conference fee is $35. For more information, visit

K-State Cattlemen’s Day Approaching

Kansas State University will host its 93rd Annual Cattlemen’s Day on March 3 in Manhattan, Kan. The program will feature an animal identification symposium, breakout sessions, a trade show, educational exhibits and a beef unit open house. For program and registration details, visit
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. To view this information, visit

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