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Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 9
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Hereford Highlights

Important Whole Herd TPR Deadline – March 15

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


Yearling Weight and Ultrasound Reminder:
The AHA Needs Weaning Weights First

It is that time of year again when the American Hereford Association (AHA) begins to receive yearling weights and ultrasound data, as last year's calves are getting old enough to have these performance measurements recorded.

It is important for all breeders and bull test managers submitting yearling traits or having their yearlings scanned by technicians to get the calves’ weaning weights submitted before the yearling data. Adjustments for yearling traits are figured on a post-weaning gain basis. Therefore, the AHA has to have the weaning weights processed before calculating adjustments or interim expected progeny differences (EPDs).

A number of breeders and a handful of bull test managers have already encountered turnaround delays due to this matter. To prevent such an inconvenience, please send in your weaning weights ahead of time.


St. Louis Grocery Chain Launches CHB Deli Products

The St. Louis, Mo., based retailer Dierbergs now carries Certified Hereford Beef® deli products. The 21-store chain launched the new line this week. Just like Hereford cattle, Dierbergs Markets has a long, rich tradition. In all of its 152 years, the grocery chain has focused on meeting and adapting to the needs of the customer.


Certified Hereford Beef Now in Idaho Supermarket Chain

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC welcomes Ridley’s Family Markets as a new member of its family of retailers. The 13-store chain began offering CHB® USDA Choice to customers this week. Ridley’s is a family owned and operated business based in Jerome, Idaho.


2005 Dams of Distinction Announced

Each year the American Hereford Association (AHA) recognizes cows that meet the highest standards of cattle production with the Dam of Distinction honor. Females attaining Dam of Distinction status are listed on the AHA Web site, www.hereford.org, with “DOD” after their names in the “EPD Inquiry” section. The 20 breeders with the most Dams of Distinction in 2005 are listed below, as well as the top 20 states. For a complete list of all breeders with Dams of Distinction and more information about program criteria, see the April issue of Hereford World.

Top 20 Breeders

Rank Owner No. of Dams
1 Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D. 52
2 Donald Dubois, Wolsey, S.D. 37
3 Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb. 32
4 Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D. 30
5 Larry & Carol Gildemaster, Virgil, S.D. 28
6 Wiese & Sons, Manning, Iowa 20
7 Tim Shaw Herefords Inc., Cascade, Idaho 18
7 Colin Hoffman, Leola, S.D. 18
9 Jeffrey Boehnke, Kramer, N.D. 17
9 Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb. 17
11 Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock, Neb. 16
11 Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore. 16
13 Livestock & Range Research Station, Miles City, Mont. 15
13 Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho 15
13 Frank Rodgers & Sons, Buhl, Idaho 15
16 Woodcrest Farms, Cresbard, S.D. 14
16 Howard Sweiger & Sons, Weatherby, Mo. 14
16 Nelson Polled Herefords, Plains, Mont. 14
19 The Berry’s, Cheyenne, Wyo. 13
19 Leo & Jean Journagan, Springfield, Mo. 13

Top 20 States

Rank Owner No. of Dams
1 South Dakota 256
2 Nebraska 198
3 Montana 150
4 North Dakota 121
5 Kansas 108
6 Idaho 83
7 Missouri 80
8 Wyoming 76
9 Minnesota 69
10 Texas 68
11 Oregon 59
12 Wisconsin 56
12 Illinois 56
14 Oklahoma 53
15 Iowa 45
16 Washington 37
17 Colorado 29
18 Utah 25
18 Indiana 25
20 Tennessee 23


CattleMax 2006 Updated with AHA Electronic Interface Options

Cattlesoft Inc. announces that additional interface options with the American Hereford Association (AHA) have been added to CattleMax cattle management software.

"CattleMax software is now able to send registrations electronically to the AHA, as well as download updated EPD (expected progeny differences) records. In addition, a copy of your AHA-registered cattle records can be downloaded into CattleMax, including three-generation pedigrees, weights and EPDs," states Penny Miller of Cattlesoft Inc.

According to Cattlesoft Inc., more than 100 Hereford breeders currently use the CattleMax software for their cattle recordkeeping needs. The CattleMax Registered Cattle edition is priced at $345 for the small herd option (limited to 50 active cows) and $495 for the unlimited option. With extensive support resources, including a printable manual and more than 150 articles on their Web site, support is just a click or phone call away. Visit www.cattlemax.com/hereford for more information or to request a free 30-day trial version.


Golf for the Juniors

The Ohio and Kentucky Junior Associations are hosting a golf scramble at Locust Hill Golf Club, Springfield, Ohio, to raise money to host the 2006 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). The golf scramble will be held on May 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A team of four players will cost $300 – this includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, steak dinner and prizes. All proceeds benefit the JNHE. For more information on team and individual registration or hole sponsorships, contact John Founds at (740) 743-3029.
Industry Insight

Remind Your Commercial Customers about the Benefits of Crossbreeding
Greg Lardy
North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

Commercial cattle producers are in the thick of poring over bull sale books this time of year. Don’t let them miss the benefits of a well-planned crossbreeding program as they prepare to make bull purchases. Commercial producers should take advantage of crossbreeding to improve productivity in their cow herds.

Crossbred cows are typically more productive, have greater fertility and produce heavier calves than purebred cows. In addition, traits like longevity and adaptability are enhanced in a well-planned crossbreeding program. Data from the USDA-ARS Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Clay Center, Neb., indicate that crossbred cows are 25% more productive than purebred cows. About two-thirds of this advantage comes from the crossbred cow while one-third comes from the crossbred calf.

Heterosis or hybrid vigor is the term used to describe the increase in productivity when comparing the crossbred offspring to the purebred parents. Traits that improve the most from heterosis are fertility, adaptability and longevity.

Complementary traits in different breeds are another advantage of crossbreeding programs. Crossbreeding can provide a combination of traits in the offspring that is superior to the parents. In the data from MARC, Hereford-Angus cross cows are moderate in frame size, milk production and growth rate, making them well suited for a variety of production systems across the country.

Many commercial producers have become disenchanted with crossbreeding over the years. However, crossbreeding systems do not need to be complex to accomplish desired objectives. A simple two-breed rotational cross or a terminal sire program in which crossbred replacement females are purchased can simplify the systems and reduce the number of breeding pastures needed. A two-breed rotational cross will offer 67% of the maximum heterosis possible, while the terminal sire system will offer 100% of the maximum heterosis possible.

Take the time to work with potential commercial customers this spring to emphasize the benefits of a well-designed crossbreeding program.


Statement by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns:
Free Trade Agreement with Colombia
February 27, 2006

"I applaud the hard work of the U.S. and Colombian negotiators who today concluded free trade agreement negotiations between the U.S. and Colombia that will open new export opportunities for our farmers and ranchers.

"Colombia is our second largest agricultural market in Latin America, currently accounting for $677 million in sales of wheat, coarse grains, cotton and soybeans, among many others. As many products from Colombia already enter the U.S. duty-free under the Andean Trade Preference Act, this agreement will help to level the playing field for our producers by eliminating tariffs and non-tariff barriers for U.S. agricultural products.

"Under this agreement, U.S. farm exports to Colombia that will receive immediate duty-free treatment include beef, cotton, wheat, soybeans, soybean meal, apples, pears, peaches, cherries and many processed food products. In addition, many farm products will benefit from improved market access like pork, corn, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products.

"Opening the Colombian market and increasing our two-way trade will strengthen our economic ties and also promote increased stability that will benefit all the nations of the Western Hemisphere. I look forward to working with Ambassador Portman and Congress to secure passage of this landmark agreement."


School for Successful Ranching – Register by March 15

The 12th Annual School for Successful Ranching will be held March 25-26, in conjunction with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s (TSCRA’s) 129th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

The School opens with a day of demonstrations and discussions covering topics such as weaning techniques, cow psychology, cattle handling on horseback and coral work. A panel evaluation of numerous types and classes of cattle will conclude the day’s educational activities.

On the second day, the program will move to a classroom setting where 12 different presentations will be offered. Participants may specialize by choosing one particular track and attend three classes pertaining to that track or select three individual presentations from different tracks.

The registration fee of $100 is due by March 15. Members of the TSCRA pay only $60. For more information, visit www.texascattleraisers.org/06school_con/schoolSuccessful2006.htm.
Market Update
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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 agebb.missouri.edu/mkt/bull2c.htm.

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