Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 23
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Hereford Highlights

Hereford Provides Recording Services
for American Breeds Group
As released by the American Hereford Association on June 2, 2006

Five American Breed associations including the American Brahman Breeders Association, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, Beefmaster Breeders United, the American Red Brangus Association and United Braford Breeders have entered into a service agreement with the American Beef Records Association (ABRA), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Hereford Association (AHA). ABRA will provide registry and performance recording services to the five associations’ respective memberships. These associations have been working together for the past two years to take advantage of mutually beneficial opportunities.

The AHA Board of Directors saw an arrangement with the American Breeds group as a long-range opportunity to bring more economies of scale and organizational synergies to each of the businesses involved, according to Jack Holden, AHA president. “We welcome the opportunity to provide service to these American Breeds and look forward to future opportunities together.”

Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, adds that ABRA is able to provide service to these American Breeds as well as other associations due to its talented technical staff and experience using the international livestock registry system (ILR) of the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) in Armidale, Australia.

ABRI began providing information solutions to the seedstock industry in Australia and New Zealand in the early 1970s and today handles more than 98% of the seedstock beef cattle registry in these two countries. The ILR system is the market leader in North America, where 16 different organizations utilize its advanced features. Worldwide, more than 80 associations use the system.

In November 2005 AHA invited the five breeds to attend a demonstration on the ILR2 system, the next generation of ILR. Attendees could immediately see its management advantages. With just one computer system servicing all five breeds, each association could focus its resources on breed improvement and marketing, rather than software programming and data flow.

ILR2 has been in development by an ABRI programming team for more than four years, according to Stacy Sanders, AHA’s director of information technology and ABRA’s general manager. “The estimated cost is $2 million, which is a burden that none of our organizations could bear alone. This cost is shared through licensing across many organizations operating around the world, similar to the way many other software companies license software globally. We are able to access very advanced technology for a small fraction of the cost of overall development.”

By third quarter 2007, ABRA will provide the five breeds with customized services through use of the ILR2 system. The system will take into account each of the association’s unique rules and guidelines. Each association will retain full responsibility for maintaining their individual breed functions and organization.

“In today’s highly cost competitive beef industry, we felt it was time to leverage our respective databases, memberships and service requirements into one service providing entity, giving us more service power in one large group as opposed to individual groups,” says Wendell Schronk of Beefmaster Breeders United. “By being together we can meet periodically as organization executives and staff, and tackle hard hitting issues, as well as provide our respective memberships the best services available in a cost competitive manner.”

Industry Loses Nebraska Cattleman

Jack McCaffery of North Platte, Neb., a nationally known cattle feeder, passed away June 1, 2006. Jack grew up feeding cattle on his family’s farm, raised purebred Herefords and then managed feedlots in several locations throughout the country. He and his son Dean built North Platte Feeders in 1989. North Platte Feeders hosted several Genetic Outreach Program (National Hereford Feedout) feedouts and field days. Jack’s presence in the industry will be sorely missed.

Former Junior Board Member Serves as Beef Program Specialist

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) announced in May that Bill Doig accepted the position of Beef Program Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at OSU. Doig is a former National Junior Polled Hereford Council board member. The AHA would like to wish him well in his new endeavor. Doig will spend a majority of his time in the field working directly with Ohio’s beef producers, but will also maintain offices at OSU and OCA.

Hereford Interns on a Roll

The Hereford World and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC interns are in-office and already rolling on summer projects.

Melissa Leander, Hiawatha, Kan., is the Hereford World summer intern. Leander recently finished her sophomore year at Kansas State University. She is pursuing a dual degree in agricultural communications and journalism and animal science.

Leander co-owns and manages Wooden Cross Ranch, where she raises American Quarter Horses.

Moriah Jennings, Fredonia, Texas, joined CHB LLC as a communications intern. Jennings completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M in animal science and will graduate in December 2006 with a master’s degree in agricultural education and communications from Texas Tech.

Jennings has served as an officer in the American Southdown Breeders’ Association and shows with her family in Fredonia.

Wade Perks, Rockford, Ill., is the CHB LLC marketing intern. This fall he will pursue a certificate in ranch management at Texas Christian University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in animal science in May 2006.

Perks has served on the National Junior Hereford Association(NJHA) board of directors since 2003 and was president in 2004-2005. He raises Hereford cattle with his family on the Perks Ranch near Rockford.

Scholarship Application due June 15

Juniors, the Ed Bible Memorial Scholarship application is due June 15. Visit the National Junior Hereford Association Web site to obtain a copy of the criteria and application. If you have questions, contact Chris Stephens, AHA director of youth activities, at (816) 842-3757 or

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.

Industry Insight

Preventing Pinkeye
John B. Hall
Virginia Tech Department of Animal & Poultry Science

Warm spring and summer days will bring plentiful forage this year, but along with the benefits of summer come pinkeye. Pinkeye can be a problem for producers in all breeds, lowering the value of feeder calves and often limiting sight in affected cows. Resulting losses in the beef industry may be $150 million per year by some estimates. Research in Kentucky showed that calves with pinkeye weighed 36-40 lb. less than their unaffected cohorts. Pinkeye can be difficult to treat, because cows and calves are often summered in remote pastures. Therefore, prevention is the key to minimizing its negative effects.

Pinkeye prevention focuses on three main areas: reducing eye irritation, controlling face flies and providing proper nutrition. Another possible area is vaccinating. A full pinkeye prevention program requires management of all three (or four) areas.

Reducing irritation

The principal eye irritants on beef operations are seed heads, grass stems and weeds in pastures. Weedy or overgrown pastures force cattle to push their heads deep into forage to select the more desirable growth. Seed heads and stems can cause physical abrasion to the eye, resulting in an opportunity for bacterial infection. Brush can also cause eye damage that may lead to pinkeye.

If pastures are mowed or clipped, they should be clipped low enough so cut stems are four inches or less in height. Simply removing the seed heads and leaving the stems may increase eye irritation. A combination of proper grazing management and clipping of pastures or making hay will decrease cattle eye injuries.

Another source of eye irritation for cattle is dust. Most cow-calf operations are pasture based so dust is a minor problem. Principal areas that may need dust control are working facilities and areas around waterers. Working cattle in the early morning when humidity is high helps reduce dust. Weaning fall-born calves on grass rather than in a drylot also reduces dust irritation in eyes of young cattle.

Fly control

The key management strategy for preventing pinkeye is fly control. Fly tags are effective for horn flies, but less effective for face flies. In addition to fly tags, producers may want to use dust bags or face bullets. Bags and bullets can be located near salt feeders, but care should be taken not to accidentally contaminate the mineral source with the fly control product. Sprays are also an effective control method, but require more labor and frequent application. Because face flies are not bloodsucking flies, they are not easily killed by systemic or pour-on type fly control products.

Fly control products should be rotated annually, and products in fly tags and dust bags should be different. Care should be taken not to “double dose” animals with organophosphate-based fly control products. In general, if an organophosphate is used in a dust bag, then pyrethrins or other non-organophosphate ear tags should be used.


Proper nutrition results in good immune function, which is important to disease prevention. Good forage management will ensure cows and calves receive adequate energy and protein to maintain animal health as well as produce heavy weaning weights.

Trace minerals are the nutrients most likely to be deficient in cows and calves grazing spring and summer pastures. Depending on the location, selenium (Se) and/or copper (Cu) may be deficient in summer grazed pasture. Although these minerals will not prevent pinkeye, they are important minerals involved in immune function. Improved immune function helps cattle fight all infections including pinkeye.


Although several pinkeye vaccines are available, none of the vaccines provide complete protection. Producer satisfaction with vaccination programs is highly variable. Vaccination programs appear to be of most benefit in herds that have a high incidence of pinkeye. Producers should consult their veterinarians when considering a pinkeye vaccination program.


When cattle get pinkeye despite a prevention program, antibiotic treatment is necessary. Systemic oxytetracycline or penicillin administered into the third eyelid are effective treatments. Producers should contact their veterinarians for the most current treatment recommendations.

Remember, a good prevention program is more cost effective and considerably less labor than a treatment program.

TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course Scheduled for Aug. 7-9

The 52nd Annual TAMU (Texas A&M University) Beef Cattle Short Course will be held Aug. 7-9 at the TAMU University Center and Rudder Tower in College Station, Texas.

One of the most popular features of the Beef Cattle Short Course is the “Cattleman’s College,” where participants can choose from workshops about a variety of different subjects.

Live animal handling programs will feature demonstrations on chuteside calf working, cattle behavior, penning, sorting and selection.

During the key general session, industry experts will discuss weather patterns, and rising energy costs, and also provide a market outlook.

Registration is $120 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the proceedings, trade show admittance, tickets to a special prime rib dinner, five additional meals and refreshments.

Producers may register online on the TAMU Animal Science Web site or by contacting conference coordinator Jason Cleere at (979) 845-6931.

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