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Hereford Highlights | Industry Insight | Market Update Volume 3, Issue 15
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Hereford Highlights

Watch for Delegate Nomination Postcards

The American Hereford Association (AHA) will be mailing delegate nomination postcards to all “active members” on April 21. To nominate a state delegate to the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, Oct. 23, replies must be postmarked by May 31.


Hall of Fame, Merit Nominations due May 1

Nominations for the Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit are due May 1.

The Hall of Fame recognizes those breeders or Hereford ranch managers who have had a dynamic influence on the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed for at least 20 years.

The Hall of Merit honor is bestowed on those influencers within the beef industry and the Hereford breed, be it businessmen, communicators, educators, research scientists, public affairs or policy makers, or those affecting Hereford youth in America. These contributors must have also been involved in the beef cattle business for a minimum of 20 years.

All nominations must be in the form of a letter with detailed biographical information on the individual nominee, plus at least three other supporting letters.

One letter must be from a state Hereford or polled Hereford association, while the other two letters should be from Hereford breeders.

Send your nominations to the American Hereford Association, Attn.: Hall of Fame or Hall of Merit, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101. Questions can be directed to Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757.


Juniors, Get Those Applications in before It’s Too Late

The John Wayne Memorial Scholarship, Junior Golden Bull Award and Prospect Award applications are due May 1. Several other applications are due in June and July. Visit the National Junior Hereford Association Web site for more information and contact your state advisor for applications.


Mark Your Calendars for May Online Hereford 101

The next online Hereford 101 will be May 18 at 7 p.m. CDT. Dan Moser, Kansas State University animal scientist, will join Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss the age of dam adjustments, parameters and correlations. Make plans to log on to LiveAuctions.tv for this informative webcast.


Relief Fund for Hereford Breeders Affected by Fires

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, hosted a special Texas Hereford sale. The Michael Perez family, owners of C&M Herefords, Nara Visa, N.M., donated for auction one of their top Hereford heifers bred to an Angus bull and set to calve in May. The Perez family requested that 100% of the proceeds go to the THA Foundation for the relief fund.

For questions regarding the relief fund 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.


Certified Hereford Beef LLC Shares Recipe:
Bang Bang Beef

This flavorful steak dish features a thick Asian marinade of peanut butter, black bean sauce and fresh ginger. Serve the steak, sliced on the diagonal, with steamed white rice and snow peas. Serves four.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lb. Certified Hereford Beef® flank steak
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon black bean sauce from a jar (available in the Asian section of the grocery store)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • Green onions, sliced on the diagonal, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Place the flank steak on a large plate. In a bowl, whisk together the oil, peanut butter, black bean sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar and brown sugar. Brush or spread the mixture on both sides of the flank steak. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  2. Prepare a medium-hot fire in your grill. When the grill is hot, grill the flank steak for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare or to your desired doneness. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes. To serve, slice against the grain of the meat on the diagonal and at a 45-degree angle, into slices about one-quarter inch thick. Serve with steamed rice and snow peas, garnished with green onion.
Industry Insight

China Agrees to Conditional Market Opening

The 17th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting was held on April 11 in Washington, D.C. One of the topics at hand was the resumption of trade in U.S. beef. The Chinese government agreed conditionally to reopen the Chinese market to U.S. beef, subject to the finalization of a protocol by technical experts. The two sides agreed to quickly conduct such negotiations.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Minister Li Changjiang of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to improve bilateral cooperation on animal and plant health, and food safety. Under this MOU the two countries will exchange information on food regulations and standards, inspection and quarantine procedures, and other issues such as pests and disease, harmful residues, and food certification.


AMI Excited about Negotiations with Peru

The American Meat Institute (AMI) is praising the U.S. trade representative in negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Peru.

According to AMI, the FTA signed April 12 by the U.S. and Peru creates important new opportunities for U.S. beef and pork producers. U.S. red meat exports to Peru are restricted by high duties. The FTA will establish immediate tariff reductions on all beef and pork products. Upon implementation of the agreement, which still must be approved by Congress, some products will receive unlimited duty free access. Tariffs on most other items will be phased out within five years.

In addition to the favorable market access provisions within the agreement, significant sanitary and technical issues were also resolved. Peru will recognize the U.S. meat inspection system as equivalent to its own. Beef exports to Peru, for some products, will begin immediately. Other items will be eligible following the outcome of a risk assessment.


NAIS Implementation Plan Online:
Standards for Database Integration Also Available

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has released an implementation plan that outlines timelines and benchmarks for the establishment of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), along with a plan for the initial integration of private and state animal tracking databases with NAIS.

The implementation plan continues to set an aggressive timeline for ensuring full implementation of the NAIS by 2009. It establishes benchmarks for incrementally accomplishing the remaining implementation goals to enable the NAIS to be operational by 2007, and to achieve full producer participation by 2009.

USDA also released the general technical standards for animal tracking databases that will enable integration of private systems with the NAIS. Private database owners are invited to submit applications for system evaluation to USDA and offer feedback as the final technical requirements are established. USDA will then enter into cooperative agreements with owners of databases that meet the standards.

The application for system evaluation and a draft cooperative agreement are available on the USDA NAIS Web site. Additional information regarding the NAIS implementation plan can be found at this site as well.


In Texas, Proposed Premises Regulations on Hold

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will not address proposed regulations for premises registration at the upcoming May 4 TAHC meeting in Austin. Bob Hillman, Texas' state veterinarian and TAHC executive director, says the proposed premises registration regulations have been placed on hold, and will not be considered by commissioners until the winter or spring of 2007.

Hillman adds that the TAHC will continue to promote voluntary, free registration of sites (premises) where livestock and fowl are held, handled or managed. As of April 4, more than 10,000 premises were registered in Texas. Premises registration is the foundation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). For more information, visit the TAHC Web site.


Revised Notice for Export Verification Programs

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released Notice 19-06, “Revised Notice for Certifying Beef Products Under Export Verification (EV) Programs.” The Notice provides FSIS personnel with revised instructions for carrying out FSIS’s certification process for meat products exported under EV programs.

New regulations will require personnel to verify that the applicant provides a signed document from the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) confirming that each requirement has been met by the establishment or establishments that produced the product. An AMS confirmation letter is not required for products being exported to Mexico or Canada.

To read the entire notice, visit the USDA FSIS Web site.


National Beef Ambassadors Visit Nation’s Capital

Four of the beef industry’s top youth leaders received a rare opportunity to view the inner workings of the federal government and their effect on the beef industry. Thanks to a donation from an anonymous supporter, National Beef Ambassadors Amanda Nolz of South Dakota, Peter Sharpe of Minnesota, Josh McCubbins of Kentucky and Angelle Johnson of Louisiana were able to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 2006 Spring Conference on Capitol Hill. The conference was held March 27-31.


Three Kilgore Bull Tests Scheduled

The Kilgore College Bull Evaluation Center in Overton, Texas, will host three bull tests this year:

  • Test No. 1: June 17 - Sept. 30, 2006 for bulls born Aug. 1, 2005 - Oct. 31, 2005
  • Test No. 2: Sept. 16 - Dec. 30, 2006 for bulls born Nov. 1, 2005 - Jan. 31, 2006
  • Test No. 3: Dec. 16 - March 31, 2007 for bulls born Feb. 1, 2006 - April 30, 2006

For more information or to view the entry form, visit the Kilgore College Web site.


BIF Coverage Online

The 2006 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium kicks off April 18. If you cannot attend, online coverage is available at the BIF Conference Web site. Coverage includes 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.

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 the University of Missouri AgEBB Web site.

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