Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 13
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Hereford Highlights

Online Hereford 101 to Feature New AI Program

Two weeks ago, the American Hereford Association (AHA) announced in Hereford eNews the Non-Certificate AI (artificial insemination) Sire Program. Beginning April 1 bull owners will be able to enter any AI sire in the program, and the sire’s calves (born after Dec. 1) will be eligible for registry without an AI certificate.

The AHA Board and staff developed this program in an effort to encourage genetic improvement through the use of proven AI sires. Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, and Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, will explain the program in further detail during the next online Hereford 101 on April 6. AHA Board members will also be available for questions.

The webcast will begin at 7 p.m. CST at 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 webcast.

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 webcast as many participants are expected.

For more information, contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or

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: or mail: P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101. Download the Handbook form in PDF format.

EE Ranches Nominated for Prestigious Award

The AHA and Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association have nominated EE Ranches Inc., Winona, Miss., for the 2006 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Outstanding Seedstock Producer Award. EE is owned by Bill and Jo Ellard, and the Mississippi ranch is managed by Jack and Cheryl Evans. In operation for 23 years, the ranch is home to 106 Hereford, 160 Angus and 103 commercial cows.

EE relies heavily on artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET). A high percentage of herd sires are raised on the farm and today’s herds are the result of linebred predictability with emphasis on stacking great cow families.

The ranch sells 40-50 Hereford bulls and 50-60 Angus bulls private treaty each year and markets a high percentage of these bulls through a branded beef program.

Approximately one-half to two-thirds of the entire bull crop is usually sold by weaning to repeat customers.

Annually, EE consistently receives feedback from customers about feedlot and carcass performance on approximately 800 calves out of EE bulls. Getting to know each customer’s herd is considered paramount in making sure that the right product is provided to each buyer.

The winner of the 2006 BIF Outstanding Seedstock Producer Award will be announced at the BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium in Choctaw, Miss., April 18-21. Congratulations and good luck EE Ranches.

Herefords Post Highest Gain in Colorado Bull Test

Polled Hereford bulls consigned by Lindon, Colo., breeders, Bruce and Joyce Leach and Roderick Polled Herefords, topped the Southeast Colorado Bull Test in average daily gain (ADG) this year. As a group, the registered Hereford consignments had the highest ADG at 4.38 lb., followed closely by the commercial polled Herefords at 4.34 lb. The registered group also had the highest weight per day of age at 3.35 lb. Other breeds on test included Angus, Brangus, Saler, Irish Black and Braunvieh.

The 32nd Annual Southeast Colorado Bull Test sale will be held at noon, April 11, at the Winter Livestock Commission Co. in La Junta. For more information, visit the Kiowa County Extension Web site.

Note: Sale Date Change

The Lowell Fisher Production Sale slated for March 21 in Atkinson, Neb., has been rescheduled for April 4 due to a large snow storm.

Industry Insight

Understanding Ethanol Byproducts
Greg Lardy
NDSU Animal and Range Sciences Department

The ethanol industry is growing rapidly as demand for renewable fuels increases. This trend is especially noticeable in the northern and western areas of the Corn Belt (Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota). Consequently, availability of byproducts from ethanol production is increasing as well.

In general, most grain or oilseed processing is intended to extract either starch or oil. In ethanol production, the goal is to turn corn starch into fuel grade alcohol (ethanol). Knowing what the processor wants to extract is the first step in understanding what the resulting byproduct should consist of from a nutritional standpoint. In most cases, processors are extracting starch or oil and the remaining materials (generally fiber, protein and minerals) are usually more concentrated in the byproduct than they are in the original grain or oilseed.

Distiller’s grains are byproducts of the corn dry milling industry. As the name implies, corn is dry milled or hammer milled prior to the addition of water. The proper name for this byproduct in the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) handbook is corn distiller’s dried grains plus solubles, but in most cases, it is simply referred to as dried distiller’s grains or distiller’s grains. Corn is by far the most common cereal grain feedstock used in ethanol production. It is important to note that plants that use wheat, barley or other cereal grains will produce different byproducts.

In the ethanol production process, corn is ground, mixed with yeast and enzymes, and the resulting fermentation process produces ethanol from the corn starch. The mixture is distilled to remove the ethanol. The remaining mixture is centrifuged to separate the mash from the solubles. Some of the moisture in the remaining liquid byproduct is removed by heating to create condensed distiller’s solubles. This is added back to the mash to produce distiller’s grains plus solubles. This product can then be marketed as a wet byproduct (wet distiller’s grain plus solubles — generally referred to as wet distiller’s grains) or it can be dried to produce dried distiller’s grains plus solubles. This byproduct contains unfermented corn proteins, corn oil, spent yeast cells, fermentation byproducts and some soluble proteins that result from the fermentation process.

Dried distiller’s grains can be difficult to pellet due to fat content. Distiller’s grains also contain high levels of phosphorus and sulfur. When fed to cattle, high sulfur levels can cause polioencephalomalacia (commonly called ‘polio’) and high phosphorus levels can pose manure management challenges. Nevertheless, distiller’s grains can be incorporated into a wide variety of beef cattle diets. For more information, download the Ethanol Coproduct Fact Sheet PDF.

Cattlemen on Capitol Hill

More than 400 cattle producers from across the country have been in Washington, D.C., this week for the cattle industry’s 2006 Spring Legislative Conference on Capitol Hill, March 27-31.

Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) are meeting with members of Congress and key agency officials on a host of cattle industry priority issues including: tax reform, property rights, environmental law, food safety regulations and animal health issues.

“This is our most important meeting of the year dealing with policy issues,” says Mike John, Missouri cattleman and NCBA president. “It’s important for our nation’s ranchers to participate in the political process and communicate to our policymakers about what’s important to them. These officials value our feedback and we appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to connect with the cattlemen from their home states.”

Farm Bill Forum Summaries Available Online

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has completed a summary of the public comments submitted verbally and in writing during USDA's Farm Bill Forum listening tour. The summaries will serve as a basis for USDA policy review and analysis in preparation for the 2007 farm bill.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says that the next step for USDA in preparing for the 2007 farm bill is to glean from these summary documents a number of themes that warrant further analysis. The analysis of each theme will be led by USDA Chief Economist Keith Collins.

The summary papers announced March 29 are available on the USDA Web site.

$8.1 Million Designated for Texas Wildfire Recovery

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced on March 24 that producers in 16 Texas counties affected by wildfires will be eligible to receive $8.134 million in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds.

The 16 eligible Texas counties are: Carson, Collingsworth, Cooke, Donley, Gray, Hartley, Hemphill, Hood, Hutchinson, Oldham, Parker, Potter, Roberts, Somervell, Tom Green and Wheeler.

Earlier this month, Texas received $2 million in ECP funds for wildfires that burned from late December through early January. Oklahoma also received $1.6 million for wildfire recovery.

ECP provides funding for producers to remove debris from farmland, restore fences and conservation structures, provide water for livestock, and grade and shape farmland damaged by natural disasters. Eligible producers receive cost-share assistance of up to 75% of the cost of approved practices, as determined by Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. More information on ECP wildfire assistance is available at local Texas FSA offices and on the USDA, FSA Disaster Assistance Web site.

U.S. Beef Celebrated in Taiwan

Guests enjoyed an array of international cuisines at a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reception in Taipei, Taiwan, on March 24. Dishes varied in flavor and aroma, but had one welcome element among them: U.S. beef.

The reception, sponsored by the Texas Beef Council, was held outside in the gardens of the Agora Garden Hotel inTaipei.More than 150 guests from the Taiwan food industry attended.

The versatility of U.S. beef was highlighted in Texas-style dishes, along with Chinese hot pot, Taiwanese stir-fry and Japanese barbecue.“We wanted to remind the industry of the variety of ways to prepare U.S. beef using different cuts and cooking methods,” says Davis Wu, USMEF Taiwan director. “The ribeyes prepared Texas-style provided an original taste of U.S. beef, while the other regional preparations demonstrated how popular local dishes can be enhanced by U.S. beef.”

Shipments of U.S. beef started arriving in Taiwan about a month ago. They were the first since June, when Taiwan banned U.S. beef after the announcement of a second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

U.S. beef is now becoming widely available in Taiwan retail stores. Costco’s flagship Neihu store in Taipei, one of the top single sales outlets for U.S. beef in all of Asia, has fully restocked its beef cases with a wide variety of U.S. beef including steak cuts, top blade muscle, rib finger, heel muscle and boneless short ribs.

BSE Cases Declining Worldwide

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases are declining worldwide, according to a report released March 24 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The American Meat Institute outlines the following report highlights:

  • The rate of reported cases has dropped 50% each year over the past three years.
  • In 2005, 474 animals died of BSE around the world, compared with 878 in 2004 and 1,646 in 2003, compared with several tens of thousands in 1992 according to data collected by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE).

For more information, visit the AMI Web site.

Creekstone Sues USDA over BSE Testing

Creekstone Farms® Premium Beef LLC has sued USDA for refusing to allow the company to voluntarily test cattle for BSE at its Arkansas City, Kan., facility.

Creekstone is challenging USDA’s claim that it has the legal authority to control access to and the use of the “test kits” needed to perform BSE testing.

AMIF Testifies Against Proposed Chicago Ban

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) has testified in Chicago on a proposed city ordinance to ban the sale of meat packaged with minute amounts of carbon monoxide.

At a March 23 hearing, Vice President of Scientific Affairs Randy Huffman said, “The innovative technology that has been unfairly maligned in the media and now in the halls of the Chicago City Council is a technology that allows meat processors to use minute amounts of carbon monoxide in low-oxygen (LOW-OX-CO) modified atmosphere packaging. The use of LOW-OX-CO packaging provides a multitude of benefits to industry, retailers and consumers, and is another important packaging option in the evolution of the retail meat case of the 21st century.”

To read Huffman’s complete testimony, download the AMIF Chicago Ban Testimony PDF.

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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