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Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 12
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Hereford Highlights

Wildfires Affect Texas, Oklahoma

The American Hereford Association (AHA) extends its sympathies to the Texas and Oklahoma producers who have lost cattle and suffered tremendous losses in grasslands and facilities.

Wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma have consumed more than 1 million acres, according to Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and the Livestock Marketing Association of Texas (LMA) have established the Cattlemen's Disaster Relief Fund. The fund, established at the Amarillo Area Foundation, will assist cattlemen affected by wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, as well as similar disasters in other areas of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

To make a donation, send a tax-deductible check made out to “Cattlemen's Disaster Relief Fund" to 5501 I-40 West, Amarillo, TX 79106. For information on hay donations, contact Burt Rutherford at TCFA at (806) 358-3681.

Able Acres Consigns High-Indexing Hereford Bulls

Two sons of AA PRF Wideload (No. 162 and 159) were the high-indexing Hereford bulls in the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) 2005 Winter Test. The bulls are owned by the Lawrence Duncan family of Able Acres, Wingate, Ind. Able Acres has consigned a total of 132 bulls to the IBEP in the past 29 years, the most of any Hereford breeder.

Eleven Hereford bulls vied for the top position this winter, with No. 162 coming out in the lead. He posted a 117.7 performance index, while his half-brother posted a 113.8. The performance index combines average daily gain on test and weight per day of age, weighted 60-40 respectively.

For performance data on these and other bulls that came off test on March 20, visit the IBEP Web site. Sale eligibility will be posted after breeding soundness exams and ultrasound measurements are recorded. The 57th IBEP Bull Sale will be held on April 13, 6 p.m., at the Springville Feeder Auction. Alternative video sites are listed on the Web site.

Let your fingers do the walking...Through the Hereford Register

The second edition of the Hereford Register will be published as a special section in the July 2006 Hereford World. This “yellow pages” of Hereford breeders throughout the U.S. and Canada will include basic listings of July 2006 advertisers with a quarter page or larger ad and July 2006 seedstock advertisers.

Hereford Register listings will include name, address, phone, e-mail and Web site. Listings can be purchased for $50 if not a July advertiser meeting previous specifications. Listings will be organized by state then alphabetical by ranch or farm name. Seedstock advertisements will be added at the end of the section, available for $350 per inch per year. The section will be printed on special paper and bound in the July 2006 Hereford World. Reprints will be printed and available upon request.

For more information, contact your field representative, Joe Rickabaugh or Kelly Hale at (816) 842-3757.

Here’s your sign

Deadlines for the July Hereford World are fast approaching. The 2006 July issue will center on the “Signs” theme. It will contain the Hereford Handbook, Hereford Register, signs from an industry, breed and producer standpoint along with the “Who’s Who” of Hereford breeders. Early bird deadline is April 17 and the final deadline is May 12 for this year’s issue. Read this sign and call your field representative, Joe Rickabaugh or Kelly Hale at (816) 842-3757.

Industry Insight

CRP Actions to Reduce Oklahoma and Texas Wildfire Effects

Agricultural producers in Oklahoma and Texas counties currently affected by wildfires can remove cattle on dry grass and move cattle to Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage, without facing charges for grazing value or the baled value of removed forage.

Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns announced this action on March 21 in an effort to assist producers who need to immediately relocate livestock from burned pastures, as well as to help lower the risk of additional wildfires.

The six affected Oklahoma counties are: Washita, Canadian, Jefferson, Custer, Cleveland and Osage. The 27 Texas counties are: Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher and Wheeler.

For more information, visit the USDA Web site.

USDA Team Will Press for Open Market

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) technical team will meet with Japanese government officials on March 28-29 to answer questions and press for the reopening of the Japanese market to U.S. beef.

"The United States is eager to provide any additional clarification Japan may request so we can resume beef exports to Japan as quickly as possible," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says. "I believe our report is thorough and actions address the unique circumstances surrounding this ineligible shipment. Now my hope is that we can take the next steps toward resumption of normal trade."

Japan reopened its market to U.S. beef on Dec. 11, 2005, but halted U.S. beef imports on Jan. 20, 2006, after receiving a shipment of U.S. beef that posed no food safety risk but did not meet the specifications of the U.S. export agreement with Japan.

Japan Confirms First Beef Cow BSE Case

According to Pete Hisey,, Japanese officials have confirmed that a 14-year-old beef cow from the prefecture of Nagasaki was infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Twenty-three earlier cases involved only dairy cows. Japan implemented a ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban in 2001 and conducts BSE tests on all cattle slaughtered for meat.

Cattle Learning Center Features Series on Reproduction

Thanks to an educational grant from Pfizer Animal Health, the Cattle Learning Center is ready to launch a Web-based educational series on cattle reproduction. The Web site features a self-paced, interactive learning module that allows users to move step by step through the course. The site includes illustrations, quizzes, video clips and interactive calculators.

The curriculum for the Cattle Learning Center was developed by an experienced team of producers, veterinarians and university specialists. Cattlemen can access the course on the Cattle Learning Center Web site or obtain more information by calling the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at 1-866-BEEF-USA. For producers who don’t have sufficient bandwidth to operate the course online, a CD version is also available.

The Cattle Learning Center grant from Pfizer Animal Health is administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, which promotes the future of the beef industry through research and education projects.

Support Voiced for Interior Secretary Nominee

NCBA and the Public Lands Council (PLC) have voiced their support for President Bush’s nomination of Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne as the new Department of Interior Secretary.

“We are confident that Gov. Kempthorne will carry on Secretary Gale Norton’s legacy in the Department of Interior by engaging and balancing all interests to come to positive solutions on resource issues,” says Jay Truitt, NCBA vice president of government affairs. “Gov. Kempthorne has been a strong leader for wildlife and ranchers’ interests. He understands western issues, and we have complete confidence in his ability to manage the nation’s public lands.”

Jeff Eisenberg adds,“Gov. Kempthorne understands that U.S. ranchers, who depend on the land and its resources for their livelihood, are actively working to protect and improve the environment every day and have done so for generations.” Eisenberg is the NCBA director of federal lands and PLC executive director.

Gray Wolf Proposal Favored by Cattlemen

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed to remove the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes region from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. This proposal, announced March 16, would allow state and local cooperation to manage the gray wolf population in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ohio.

Cattlemen in affected areas have welcomed the news, as wolves not only prey on livestock, but also carry diseases such as neosporosis, a parasitic disease that causes abortions and neurological damage in cattle. Wisconsin cattle producers reported 68 verified wolf complaints in 2005 compared to only two in 1995.

After official notice, the proposal will be subject to a 90-day comment period. In addition, FWS will conduct a series of public hearings in Michigan and Wisconsin to hear from local citizens, officials and stakeholders on the issue. Visit the FWS Web site for more information.

BIF Coverage Online

If you cannot attend the 2006 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium, online coverage will be available on the BIF Conference Web site. Coverage will include a detailed schedule, past award winners and archived presentations, as well as synopses of presentations at this year’s conference, audios of the sessions and PowerPoint® presentations as they become available.

The conference will be held April 18-21 at the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, Miss. Among the scheduled activities are an ultrasound symposium and presentations on meeting retail and consumer targets. On Friday, producers can participate in a tour of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State, EE Ranches of Winona, Gaddis Farms of Bolton, and the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. For more information, visit the Mississippi State University CARES Web site.

NIAA Annual Meeting Scheduled for April 3-6

“Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning: Applying a Full-Court Press for Animal Agriculture” is the theme for the 2006 Annual Meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA).

Scheduled for April 3-6 at The Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Ky., this convention will include producers, veterinarians, business executives, scientists, academicians, state and federal regulatory officials, and other stakeholders in the agriculture industry.

For registration and schedule information, visit the Animal Agriculture Web site or call (270) 782-9798.

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 the University of Missouri AgEBB Web site.

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