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Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 10
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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 (AHA) Records Department before the $2 surcharge goes into effect on March 15.


Something to Smile About

Hereford breeders have something to smile about in 2006. January and February Hereford sale averages were up $339 on 36.25 more head than last year. Bull sales averaged $308 more on 139.75 more bulls, with several sales up more than $500. On 65 fewer females, the average was up by $283. The AHA congratulates those breeders who’ve had a prosperous beginning in the New Year, and wish the best of luck to those with sales yet to come. May the averages continue to climb!


2006 Hereford AI Book

Back by popular demand, the 2006 Hereford AI Book has been produced and distributed with the March issue of Hereford World. If you wish to receive a copy of the AI book, please call the AHA at (816) 842-3757 or send an e-mail to hworld@hereford.org. This genetic reference book is filled with powerful genetic opportunities for this year's spring breeding season. One of the AHA's most important strategic objectives from the 2005 Strategic Plan is to continue to promote AI (artificial insemination) within the breed. The AI book is one step in this direction. Evaluate these bulls and find a sire that will move your program to the next level.


Perry Debter Named “Personality of the Year”

Perry Debter, Debter Hereford Farm, Horton, Ala., was named the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) Personality of the Year by the Alabama Cattleman. According to the magazine, Perry served as the 60th president of the ACA this past year, where he addressed several key issues affecting the cattle industry nationally as well as in the state of Alabama. Perry’s father, Glynn, was the ACA president in 1991. The Association has 12,000 members. Perry is a partner and herdsman for Debter Hereford Farm. The family hosted their 33rd annual bull sale this past fall.


Woolfolks Win Excellence in Agriculture Award,
New Dodge Pickup

Scott and Cher Woolfolk, Hereford breeders from Jackson, Tenn., have been named the 2006 recipients of the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award. The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers not only for their successful agricultural operations, but also for the innovative conservation programs that have been implemented on their farms and ranches. Scott and Cher manage Woolfolk Farms, and Scott serves as a director of the Tennessee Polled Hereford Association. As winners, the couple received a new 2006 Dodge Mega Cab 4x4 pickup truck plus free registration from the American Farm Bureau Federation to the 2006 Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference.


Don’t Miss Your Chance to be Included in the Handbook

All state and regional Hereford associations, women’s associations and junior associations wishing to be included in the July Hereford World Herd Reference Edition should fill out the form received in early February and submit it to Christy Benigno by FAX – (816) 842-6931, e-mail – cbenigno@hereford.org or mail – P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101. Click here to download the form in PDF format.


Vermeer and Gallagher Team Up:
Offer Hereford Producers Exclusive Package

An incentive program designed to help AHA members track cattle performance, using a free Gallagher Weigh System, is now available for a limited time from Vermeer Manufacturing.

The special Hereford Performance Package offered by Vermeer consists of a free new Gallagher SmartScale 500 with Heavy-Duty Manual Squeeze Chute Loadbars — approximately $2,500 in value — with the purchase of any new Vermeer M-Series Baler. This offer is available until April 30, 2006.

Vermeer markets three different sized M-Series Baler models that qualify producers for the special incentive. The 605M (72"D x 61"W), 604M (72"D x 47"W) and 504M (62"D x 47"W) produce round hay packages ranging anywhere from 1,300-2,400 lb., depending on bale size and moisture content.

For more information visit www.vermeerag.com or contact your local dealer.


Hereford Bull High Seller at Calgary Bull Sale;
Hereford Average Also Highest

The Calgary Bull Sale held March 1-3 at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alta., featured more than 300 head of bulls selling for almost $1,161,000 with an average of $3,733, up slightly from last year’s figures. The Hereford bull, BP Panda 122P, consigned by Bar Pipe Farms in Okotoks, Alta., was the high-selling bull. He sold to Lyle and Sandy Stevenson of Bar SG Ranches, Olds, Alta., and Adams Hirsche Herefords of High River, Alta., for $21,500.

The grand champion Hereford bull was BM 76M Sandman Lad 3P consigned by Stauffer Farms Ltd., Eckville, Alta. He sold to Byemoor Colony in Byemoor, Alta., for $6,000.

One hundred eighty-three Hereford bulls sold for an average of $3,789. One hundred Angus bulls and 28 Charolais bulls averaged $3,724 and $3,400, respectively.
Industry Insight

Bull Selection Criteria
Tom Field
Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

As bull buying season progresses and as selection of artificial insemination (AI) sires moves to the forefront of the calendar, it is important to establish or revisit breeding goals and objectives as a means to assure that the use of objective criteria is at the core of the decision making process. The following table provides a framework for developing objective selection criteria:

Goals/Traits Examples of Criteria My Program's Criteria
Early fertility/calve by 24 months of age Dams of all sires meet criteria, SC EPD > +0.5  
Moderate birth weights/high % of unassisted births BW EPD < +1.0
CE and MCE EPD
> +4 and +1
 
Extended cow longevity Dams of sires with five or more calves or out of a cow that had five or more offspring  
Moderate mature size Frame size of < 6.2  
Moderate milk production Milk EPD < +18  
Rapid post-weaning growth YW EPD > +60  
No. Yield Grade 4 or 5 REA EPD > +0.1 and
Fat EPD < 0
 
60% Choice or better IMF EPD > 0  
Excellent functionality Pigmented eyes and udders, sound feet and legs  
Gentle disposition Approachable, manageable flight zones  

While the example criteria are not a perfect solution for every program, they do provide a starting point to begin to develop the criteria appropriate for a given enterprise. Equally as important is to then gather the meaningful data that allows producers to track the performance of their cattle through time from these economically valuable traits. Information that verifies performance is an invaluable marketing tool for cow-calf producers. Additional information on developing criteria can be accessed via the Extension Service, seedstock providers or the AHA.

Adapted from Beef Production and Management Decisions (4th Edition), R.E. Taylor and T.G. Field, 2002, Prentice-Hall.


Malaysia Opens Market to U.S. Beef Products;
Also Talking Free Trade

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced on March 7 that Malaysia will resume imports of U.S. beef and beef products.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. will be able to export boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age. U.S. and Malaysian authorities are working to finalize the remaining documentation details so that shipments can begin in the near future.

Just one day after the beef announcement, Johanns issued the following statement to make known the launch of free trade agreement talks with Malaysia.

"I'm pleased that Malaysia and the United States will be negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement that has the potential to enhance market access for U.S. agricultural exports.

"Malaysia, our fourth largest agricultural market in Southeast Asia, purchased $390 million of our fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, wheat, soybeans and other products last year. A free trade agreement will generate additional export opportunities for our farmers and ranchers, strengthen our economic ties, encourage development and improve access to Malaysian consumers seeking high quality U.S. products."


$63 Million Available for Producers Hit by Hurricanes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $63 million in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds to assist agricultural producers hit by hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico region in 2005.

Producers in counties that were declared presidential or secretarial disaster areas due to the hurricanes of 2005 are eligible and may receive up to 100% cost-share to remove debris, and to restore fences and conservation structures.

For additional information and to apply for ECP assistance, eligible producers should visit their local Farm Service Agency office.


NCBA Policy Summary Report

The NCBA Policy Summary Report from the 2006 Cattle Industry Convention details more than 75 policy renewals, resolutions and amendments for 2006 that were passed by NCBA members attending the convention. The report is available to download in PDF format at hill.beef.org/2006potentialpolicy.

Full NCBA membership has the opportunity to confirm or reverse each policy through a mail-in ballot process. The postmark deadline is March 21. Once the mail-in ballots have been collected and counted, the updated NCBA 2006 Policy Book will be available online at hill.beef.org. Look for this final publication the first week of April.


BIF Early Registration Deadline Approaching

This year’s Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held in Choctaw, Miss., at the Pearl River Resort on April 18-21. Early registration discounts are available until March 15 and daily or full conference options are posted in the event brochure under the “Registration Information” menu at msucares.com/livestock/beef/bif2006.html. A schedule of events and topics are also listed. For more information, contact Jane Parish at (662) 325-7466 or Blair McKinley at (662) 325-3691.


Ohio Beef Heifer Development Short Course:
Two Options to Attend

If you’d like to learn more about beef heifer development, you have two options in March to attend the 2006 Ohio Beef Heifer Development Short Course. You can either attend on March 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center in Lancaster or on March 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Co. Training & Employment Center in Hillsboro. On March 25, both groups are invited to attend a hands-on field day at the Ohio State University branch beef facility in Jackson, beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, download the PDF at fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/HeifDev.pdf.


Cattlemen’s Day Summaries Online

The March issue of Beef Tips produced by Kansas State University, features summaries from Cattlemen’s Day held at the University on March 3. To view this issue and others, visit www.asi.ksu.edu/beeftips.

Market Update
Downloads:

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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