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 firstname.lastname@example.org.