Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 29
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Hereford Highlights

Watch the Junior National Hereford Expo Online

Real-time coverage of the 2006 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) cattle shows is available online this year at To view the coverage, you must first set up a simple user account. If you haven’t done so already, visit the site before it’s time to watch your junior member show!

You can either go to the American Hereford Association (AHA) Web site and from there be directed to, or go directly to the site. There, you’ll find a link for the JNHE. You’ll be prompted to enter the user name and password you establish in the account setup process. There is no charge to use this service. Enjoy!

For class placings and pictures, look under the "Shows" menu on the AHA Web site.

Congratulations Showmen!

Blake Bloomberg, Berwick, Ill., won the senior showmanship competition on July 19 at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Louisville, Ky. Ninety-seven seniors in 10 heats vied for the championship honors.

Other finalists included Travis Pierce, Baraboo, Wis., reserve champion; Drew Stollard, Bethany, Ill., third; Randa Owen, Fort Payne, Ala., fourth; Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla, fifth; Cody Herman, Continental, Ohio, sixth; Mark Sims, Elgin, Okla., seventh; Bobbie Kerslake, Bend, Ore., eighth; Dylan Evans, Lebo, Kan., ninth; and Erick Schmidt, Gonzales, Texas, tenth.

The top 10 seniors not only had to prove themselves in the showring and under the fire of questions, but also at the fitting chute. Judges Tom Hawk, Earlville, Ill., and Cody Helms, Taylor, Neb., evaluated the showmen as they prepared their cattle for the final showmanship round.

Intermediate, junior and peewee showmanship competitions were also held on July 19. Hawk and Helms judged the intermediate showmanship and Cody Lowderman, Macomb, Ill., judged the junior and peewee divisions.

Ryan Velisek, Frederick, Md., was selected as the top intermediate showman in the largest showmanship division consisting of 164 contestants. Brady Jensen, Courtland, Kan., won reserve champion. On the junior side of the arena, Lowderman named Jake Bloomberg, Berwick, Ill., champion showman and Brooke Jensen, Courtland, Kan., reserve champion. Last but not least, the peewee showmanship belt buckles went to champion Jody Miller, Thorntown, Ind., and reserve champion Austin Matheny, Mayslick, Ky.

Cattlemen Invited to Attend CHB Info Session

Certified Hereford Beef (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.

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 Hereford supply demands. Jim Williams and Rob Ames with CHB along with Mark Holt, AHA's western field representative, will be available to answer producer questions.

The session will be held at the Red Lion Hotel. If you can’t make it, be sure to stop by the AHA/CHB booth at The Winnemucca Convention Center, where the “Video Royale XIV” Superior Livestock Auction will take place July 31-Aug. 4.

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

Members of U.S. Senate Say Manure is Not a Superfund Material

Bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate are rallying in support of legislation confirming Congress never intended for America’s farmers and ranchers to be subject to 1980s Superfund laws established to address extreme toxic waste sites.

The Senate legislation reaffirms that the original Superfund laws, titled Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, do not apply to natural animal waste on farms and ranches.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is applauding action from lead Senate co-sponsors of the legislation Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), as well as 21 other Senate co-sponsors.

Visit the NCBA Web site for more information.

NCBA Passes Interim Policy Updates, Resolutions

NCBA members addressed current policy priorities at the 2006 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Reno last week, passing new resolutions and directives to make amendments to the 2006 Policy Agenda.

The official NCBA Policy Book is a detailed, almost 200-page compilation of policy priorities on more than 50 cattle industry issues.

This summer, 11 interim resolutions, directives and recommendations were approved by the NCBA Board of Directors. Along with new edits to policies, NCBA members analyzed the overall state of the industry in one-on-one discussions with top government representatives, trade officials and other industry leaders.

“Right now, priority issues include the 2007 Farm Bill, environmental policy issues, the Death Tax and ongoing international trade issues,” says NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Jay Truitt.

To view the additions made to NCBA policy this summer that will serve as interim policy until reviewed and voted on by NCBA members at the 2007 Cattle Industry Convention, visit the NCBA Web site.

Beef End-Users Share Insight on U.S. Beef

Pete Hisey,, reports the results of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) 2005 National Beef Audit, which asked end-users (exporters, retailers and foodservice distributors) to name the greatest improvements in U.S. beef since the last such audit, in 2000, as well as improvements they would like to see in the future and greatest present defects.

According to NCBA, the three improvements cited most often were microbiological safety, cattle genetics and higher quality beef, and fewer injection lesions. When asked what single improvement would make exporting beef easier, exporters answered, "source and age verification" followed by "more marbling."

Asked what major shortcoming affects the U.S. beef industry most, respondents overwhelmingly said "lack of uniformity/consistency in quality." They broke that answer down into four aspects: marbling, tenderness, palatability and inconsistency among and within quality grades.

Other defects included excess fat, cuts being too large for foodservice use, lesions, food safety and lack of traceability.

Seven U.S. Cattle Operations Win Environmental Award

The members of the 2006 National Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) selection committee announce this year’s seven regional award winners, hailing from diverse family cattle operations from across the U.S.

  • Region I:  Blight Family Farms in Albion, Mich.
  • Region II:  Hayston Farms in Mansfield, Ga.
  • Region III:  Clan Farms in Atlantic, Iowa
  • Region IV:  San Pedro Ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas
  • Region V:  Thaler Land & Livestock in LaGrange, Wyo.
  • Region VI:  Diablo Trust Ranches in Coconino County, Ariz.
  • Region VII:  Brown’s Gelbvieh Ranch in Bismarck, N.D.

“These families have successfully conducted stewardship practices that can serve as exemplary models for all cattle producers,” the ESAP selection committee states. “They are actively working to protect and improve the environment and have proven that environmental stewardship and good business can go hand-in-hand. Everyone can learn something from these folks and what they do every day.”

The 2006 national winner will be selected from one of the seven ESAP regional winners and revealed at the 2007 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn., next February.

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, Aug. 7-9

The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled for Aug. 7-9 at the Texas A&M University campus. “It’s shaping up to be one of the largest short courses ever,” says Jason Cleere, Texas Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.

This year’s short course educational sessions have valuable information for the most novice rancher, as well as the most experienced cattleman, Cleere says.

Participants can select from more than 60 hours of beef cattle instructional training through seminars, workshops and demonstrations taught by more than 50 speakers.

Traditionally, the Wednesday morning sessions provide hands-on demonstrations for participants. This year there are several live animal demonstrations that participants can choose from.

Short course registration is $120 per participant (if registered by July 31), and includes admission to the conference, a copy of the short course proceedings (a 300-page publication), trade show admittance, tickets to the special Aggie prime rib dinner, additional meals and refreshment breaks.

There will also be opportunities to obtain five pesticide continuing education units and numerous Beef Quality Assurance credits.

Producers interested in attending may obtain additional information or register on the Texas A&M Department of Animal Science Web site or by contacting Cleere’s office at (979) 845-6931.

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