Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 25
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Hereford Highlights

AHA Launches Spanish Search Tools

The American Hereford Association (AHA) has posted a Spanish version of its animal and member search tools on the Hereford.org site. Spanish-speaking Hereford customers can now search the site for registered animals and their owners’ contact information, and also access interactive pedigrees, expected progeny differences (EPDs), production summaries, sale information, etc., in the Spanish language. The AHA has incorporated several features to let customers know of animals that are for sale, have semen available or have received various awards from the AHA. To view the Spanish site, click on the “En Español” link under the main menu at Hereford.org.


2006 JNHE Draws Record Entries

The numbers are in for this year’s Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). A record setting 1,550 entries have been entered, up from last year’s 1,308. Six hundred thirty juniors are registered to participate in the many events that will take place at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., July 15-22.


What’s New at CHB

The Spring 2006 Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC newsletter is available on the CHB Web site. Included in the newsletter is a look at new retailers, new staff, new recipe cards and new point of sale materials, plus more.


Delegate Ballots Forthcoming

All active members will begin to receive ballots for the purpose of electing state delegates for representation at the AHA Annual Meeting in October. The ballots are scheduled to be mailed the last week in June. You will be asked to select a specific number of names from your ballot according to the number of delegates allocated to your state. These delegates will be asked to vote for three new AHA board members in the election at the Annual Meeting.

Each state is allocated one delegate for every 750 registrations. If a state has more than 375 but less than 750 registrations it will be allocated a delegate. Each state will also be allocated a delegate for the first 25 active members and an additional delegate for each 100 active members thereafter.

An active member is a Hereford breeder with a paid membership who registered a calf in the 2005 calendar year.

The following states will not receive ballots since the number of nominees equals the number of delegates allocated and, therefore, the nominees are automatically elected by acclamation:

North Dakota - 4 delegates elected by acclamation (DEBA)
Kentucky - 3 DEBA
Alabama - 2 DEBA
New Mexico - 2 DEBA
Southern Atlantic Region (Fla. & Ga.) - 4 DEBA
Western Range (Nev. & Utah) - 3 DEBA
Michigan - 2 DEBA
South Carolina - 2 DEBA

The following states will not receive ballots since there are not enough nominees to fill the allocated quota. The AHA asks the leadership in these states to assist with assembling delegates to attend the Annual Meeting.

South Dakota - 4 of 6 delegates nominated
Montana - 3 of 5 delegates nominated
Louisiana - 1 of 2 delegates nominated
Upper Atlantic (Md., N.J., Del.) - 0 of 2 delegates nominated
Arizona - 0 of 1 delegate nominated


Check Online for Gold TPR Information

The AHA offers a Gold TPR award to recognize breeders who have collected and promptly submitted performance data beyond what is required by the Whole Herd Total Performance Reporting (TPR) system. For information on how to qualify for this award, visit Hereford.org. Questions? Call Jack Ward at (816) 842-3757.


Fall 2006 EPD Update

The genetic analysis for the Fall 2006 EPD run is currently underway. The AHA expects to release the updated EPDs in mid- to late July. New parameters, correlations and age of dam adjustments will be instituted in the new run.


CHB Informational Session Planned During
Superior Video Royale Sale

CHB LLC and the AHA will be hosting a CHB and Hereford Verified Informational Session in conjunction with the Superior Livestock Video Auction in Winnemucca, Nev., Aug. 2 from 1-4 p.m. The Video Royale XIV Sale will run July 31 through Aug. 4, and the AHA will be a co-sponsor of the BBQ dinner on Aug. 3. In addition to the informational session there will be a CHB/AHA booth in the trade show area at the video auction. Jim Williams and Rob Ames with CHB LLC along with Mark Holt, AHA's western field representative will be on hand to visit with producers in attendance at the sale. All Hereford seedstock and commercial producers are invited to attend to learn more about the growing branded beef program and how Hereford Verified is helping to meet the supply demands.


Make Sure to Get Registered for PRIDE

This year’s PRIDE (Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel) Convention is at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, on Aug. 3-6. Early registration is due July 1. Juniors and advisors pay $175 up to this date, and $200 thereafter. The fee covers lodging and meals (dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday).

To register, download the PRIDE registration form (PDF). For more information, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or cstephens@hereford.org, or visit the National Junior Hereford Association Web site.


Junior July 1 Deadlines

  • PRIDE Convention registration
  • National Illustrated Speech Contest applications (as soon as possible would be appreciated)
  • State Voting Delegate names (as soon as possible would be appreciated)
  • Peewee Speech Contest applications
  • Promotional Poster Contest entries (if unable to attend JNHE)
  • National Scrapbook Contest entries (if unable to attend JNHE)
  • Golden Bull Achievement Award applications
  • Future Cattleman Scholarship applications
Market Update
Downloads:

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

Use Annual Forages to Fill in the Gaps
Greg Lardy
North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

By now you are midway through your summer grazing program in most parts of the country. If you have tillable acres, there is still time to make use of annual forages in your grazing plan. In cases of drought, you can use these versatile forages to make up for lost production in your native or seeded pastures.

Annual forages can be broken down into cool and warm season species. Depending on growing conditions, soil types and objectives, either category of forage may be acceptable in your grazing or forage production program.

Cool season species include crops such as oats, barley, wheat, rye, triticale and other small grains. These crops respond well to cooler growing conditions. They can be used for grazing or hay production. Almost all of these forages will accumulate nitrate under stress conditions. Therefore, caution should be exercised if you have drought stressed small grains.

Warm season annual forages include pearl and foxtail millets, sudan grass, sorghum-sudan hybrids and corn. As the category name implies, warm season forages typically are better suited for warmer weather. Prussic acid poisoning can be a problem with sudan grass and some sorghum-sudan hybrids. Some of these forages are better suited for mechanical harvesting (corn silage) as opposed to grazing.

Check with your local Extension office or agronomy center for recommendations on which annual forages are best suited for your area, soil type and growing conditions. Finding the ideal annual for your system has the potential to complement existing forage resources, fill in the gaps in forage production and improve productivity in your grazing operation.


U.S. Reaches Beef Trade Agreement with Japan

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced that Japan has agreed to expeditiously resume beef trade when U.S. plant audits are complete. The Japanese audit teams are scheduled to finish their work in the U.S. by July 21.

“Ultimately, it is our goal to complete the Japanese audits with all plants that have met U.S. requirements to export beef to Japan being approved to do so at the same time,” Johanns says. “I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of Japan recognizing the U.S. food safety inspection system as a single, effective system and acting accordingly in resuming trade.”

Johanns continues, “When that occurs, my expectation is that minor noncompliance issues will not disrupt our entire trading relationship. Instead, Japan has agreed to notify us of such issues and discuss the appropriate course, such as the rejection of individual shipments, if appropriate.”

To read Johann’s full statement regarding the agreement, visit the USDA Web site.


Purdue Develops Web Log for Cattle Industry

Cattle producers can stay abreast of industry trends and pick up management advice through a Web resource produced by specialists in Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences.

The Beef Blog is a news and information resource for beef producers. “The blog contains Extension-oriented beef production information from Purdue and sister institutions across the country, as well as pertinent national and international beef industry news,” says Ron Lemenager, Purdue beef specialist.

The Beef Blog is unlike many blogs in that it more closely resembles a news service than a personal journal. But like most blogs, The Beef Blog is updated regularly and allows readers to post comments, says Phil Reid, Purdue beef distance learning coordinator.

Visit The Beef Blog Web site to explore the blog.


Receiving Dates Set for Washington Bull Test

Plans for the 14th Washington Cattlemen’s Association/Washington State University All Breed Bull Test & Sale have begun. The receiving dates for the bulls at the Prosser, Wash., location are Oct. 20 and 21. All bulls must weigh a minimum of 600 lb. when delivered.

In response to advisory and consignor recommendations, some changes are being made to the test. The level of roughage will be increased, and the concentrate level will be decreased to 20%. The test ration goal remains at a 3-3.5 lb. gain average. Largely due to improved animal genetics, some of the bulls will exceed this goal.

For more information and entry forms, contact Sharon Taff at (509) 786-9220. Bulls will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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