Texas Hereford Association Organizes Relief Fund
March winds kicked up one of the most devastating wildfires in recent Texas memory as thousands of acres were scorched, devastating several stocker and cow-calf operations in the Texas Panhandle. Hereford breeders Bill and Chad Breeding and the Gething family, among other producers, took on the brunt of the fire. They sustained severe losses to their cow herds, faced the destruction of miles of perimeter fence, and continue to suffer losses as cows and calves burned by the fire fail to recover.
Jack Chastain, general manager of the Texas Hereford Association (THA), has organized a relief fund through the THA Foundation to assist those Hereford breeders who were affected with whatever needs they might have. On April 15, W4 Ranch, Morgan, Texas, will be hosting a special Texas Hereford sale. The Michael Perez family, owners of C&M Herefords, Nara Visa, N.M., has donated one of their top Hereford heifers bred to an Angus bull that will calve in May to be auctioned at the sale. The Perez family has requested that 100% of the proceeds go to the THA Foundation for the relief fund.
For questions regarding the relief fund or participating in the special Texas Hereford sale, or if you would like to contribute directly to the relief fund, contact Jack Chastain at the THA headquarters at (817) 831-3161.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for grazing for 60 days, providing feed resource relief. Another way to assist your fellow cattlemen is to call your state senator or congressman and ask for an extension to the time allowed for grazing relief on CRP land in and around the burned areas of the Texas Panhandle.
CHB LLC Board Looks at Retail Challenges
The Certified Hereford Beef LLC (CHB LLC) board of directors met in Sonoma, Calif., last week. CHB LLC board member John Stadler, Cape Coral, Fla., commented on the extreme pressure that the beef market is experiencing at retail. Stadler says that this year has been one of the most challenging of years to market a premium branded beef product due to the high price of beef compared to competing proteins.
CHB LLC has brought on new retail and food service businesses but has its work cut out for it while price disparities remain high. Several retailers around the country have eliminated USDA Choice and certain high-end brands. They’ve downgraded their retail case offering to a lower-priced USDA Select product or replaced it with lower-quality programs to make beef more competitive with pork and poultry. CHB LLC is evaluating strategies to address this economic issue.
Member Committee Works to Reduce Printing and Mailing Costs
Jack Holden, American Hereford Association (AHA) president, appointed a committee to look at ways the AHA might reduce its printing and mailing costs. Serving on the committee were Lavette Teeter (North Carolina), chairman; Fiona Lockhart (Texas); and Terrill Spencer (Nebraska). The committee worked with staff members to accomplish its objectives of reducing printing and mailing costs by focusing on modifications that can be implemented quickly with minimal confusion and without causing major changes to the way AHA handles its routine reporting.
Starting in April, the AHA will be making several modifications to the way it handles reporting and mailing of work that is processed on a daily basis. In an effort to eliminate some of the real and perceived waste in printing and mailing generated by the AHA, breeders can expect to receive fewer mailings. Work-Order Detail/Packing Slips generated during the month that are not accompanied by additional reports, certificates, etc., will be held until the end of the month and mailed with the breeder's monthly statement of account.
The AHA will also minimize use of the large legal-sized envelopes used to mail reports generated on legal-sized paper. For fairly small groups of work that only require a few pages of reports on legal-sized paper, the reports will be mailed in a smaller envelope by simply folding the reports to fit the envelope. Groups of work that require a substantial number of reports on legal-sized paper will continue to be mailed in the larger envelopes.
If you have given your credit card details to the AHA to securely store for use when you submit work via electronic means (Online Registry or HerdMASTER), expect to receive an updated authorization form via traditional mail in the next few weeks. This authorization form will give you a chance to update your credit card information on file with the AHA and also give the AHA authorization to charge your credit card for any registry work processed under your account. This will reduce the chances that work is held for lack of funds and reduce delays in receiving your reports. Additionally, this will reduce the number of mailings the AHA sends out.
Additional changes include modifications to the monthly statements sent to breeders that will more clearly designate charges that are generated by the AHA or Hereford Publications Inc. for advertising services in Hereford World. We will also be reducing how frequently fee schedules are sent out to breeders with their processed work.
Enhanced Internet account users can also expect to start accessing detailed activity of their account charges via the download files area of their AHA Internet account. Look for more details on this in future issues of Hereford eNews.
Do You Have Someone in Mind for the AHA Board?
The AHA nominating committee’s responsibility is to identify six candidates to run for the three Board of Directors positions that are selected during the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in October. To make a recommendation, contact one of the following committee members:
Guy Colyer (chairman), Bruneau, Idaho, (208) 845-2313
Dusty Rhodes, Henrietta, Texas, (940) 934-6301
Bill Ashe, Selmer, Tenn., (731) 632-0723
Ray Ramsey, Greenfield, Ind., (317) 862-7608
Glenn Oleen, Falun, Kan. (785) 668-2368
AHA Board Meets This Week
The AHA Board of Directors will meet in Kansas City, Mo., on April 7-8. Look for a report on the topics of discussion in the May/June issue of Hereford World and upcoming e-News.
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 the Vermeer Web site or contact your local dealer.
Mark Your Calendars for May Online Hereford 101
The next online Hereford 101 will be Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. CST. Dan Moser, Kansas State University, will join Jack Ward as they discuss the age of dam adjustments, parameters and correlations. Make plans to log on to LiveAuctions.tv for this informative webcast in May.