High Numbers, High-Quality Cattle
Despite soaring fuel prices and busy summer schedules, the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), Louisville, Ky., once again attracted a huge crowd and a high-quality showing of Hereford cattle on July 15-22. This, the largest Hereford show in the world, featured more than 600 youth exhibitors from 38 states. The number of entries totaled 1,213, including 38 cow-calf pairs, 60 bred-and-owned bulls, 230 bred-and-owned heifers, 92 steers, 620 owned polled heifers and 173 owned horned heifers. Listed below are the overall winners.
- Champion polled: Mark Sims, Elgin, Okla., with SB 59M Lady 62R
- Reserve champion: Karlee Osborne, Sheridan, Ill., with
Hawk KO Enuff Faith 0506
- Champion horned: Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas, with BR Gabrielle 5082
- Reserve champion horned: Jamie Tummons, Bardwell, Texas, with
GKB Miss Pure Gold B520 ET
- Champion: Kade Patton, Milton, Ind., with Patton Kiwi 502
- Reserve champion: Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev., with BF 24 Karat Gold 44P ET
- Champion: Amanda Brooks, Jonesborough, Tenn., with AB Fargo 6008 5071 ET
- Reserve champion: Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev., with BF Good as Gold 46P ET
- Champion: Erick Schmidt, Gonzales, Texas, with RCR Aurum Mary 02086
- Reserve champion: Travis Pierce, Baraboo, Wis., PHH Precious
- Champion: Ashli Carlson, Syracuse, Ind., with a 1,293-lb. son of
WR Virtual Reality 8430
- Reserve champion: Blake Tucker, North Platte, Neb., with a 1,317-lb. son of Purple Inferno 16N
State Delegates Select New Junior Board Members;
Officers Also Elected
State delegates selected four new directors for the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board at the 2006 JNHE. The winners were announced at the awards banquet on July 20 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.
Those selected to serve a three-year term on the board are Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla.; Roger Morgan, Burwell, Neb.; Sarah Stream, Chariton, Iowa; and Jessica Sloan, West Manchester, Ohio.
Also announced at the awards banquet was the 2005-2006 officer team, chosen by the NJHA board members. This year’s officers are Catie Sims, Elgin, Okla., president; Kara Eschbach, Skiatook, Okla., vice president; Mark Sullivan, Chehalis, Wash., treasurer; Katlyn Howes, Taneytown, Md., secretary; and Nicole Starr, Manawa, Wis., reporter.
Other directors include Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark.; Chance Young, Springville, Tenn.; and Jason Ewing, Fordland, Mo.
A big thanks to those retiring junior board members who’ve worked the past three years to make the NJHA a top-notch youth organization — 2005-06 President Heather Thomas, Gold Creek, Mont., and Vice President Matt McCurdy, Chatsworth, Ga., as well as directors Wade Perks, Rockford, Ill., and Ashley Middleswarth, Torrington, Wyo.
Scholarship Winners Recognized at JNHE
Congratulations to the following individuals who received scholarships and awards at the JNHE!
Ed Bible Memorial Scholarship
- First – Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla.
- Second – Jeffrey Kinnear, Joshua, Texas
- Third – Catie Sims, Elgin, Okla.
- Fourth – Nicole Starr, Manawa, Wis.
- Third grade – Kagney Collins, Flanagan, Ill.
- Fourth grade – Jessica Middleswarth, Torrington, Wyo.
- Fifth grade – Jackson Mead, Concord, Ark.
- Sixth grade – Tyler Rau, Stanley, Iowa
- Seventh grade – Cody Beck, Bainbridge, Ind.
- Eighth grade – Jenna Moser, Philadelphia, Pa.
Junior Golden Bull Award
- Ninth grade – Austin Buzanowski, Pompeys Pillar, Mont.
- 10th grade – Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev.
- 11th grade – Brett Butler, Frost, Texas
- 12th grade – Bobby Mickelson, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Hereford Herdsman Scholarship
- Roger Morgan, Burwell, Neb.
- Kasey Herman, Skiatook, Okla.
- Patrick Morgan, Burwell, Neb. (in memory of Sue Coley, Rockford, Ill.)
- Roxane Gebhart (in memory of Sue Coley, Rockford, Ill.)
John Wayne Memorial Scholarship
- Roger Morgan
- Patrick Morgan
National Junior Merit Award
- First – Cassie Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark.
- Second – Patrick Morgan
- Third – Catie Sims
Poll-ette Founders Scholarship
- Roxane Gebhart
- Patrick Morgan
- Erika Ostgaard, Dayton, Ohio
- Margeaux Firestine, Womelsdorf, Pa.
Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Scholarship
- First – Roger Morgan
- Second – Patrick Morgan
- Third – Robyn Werk, Herman, Minn.
Advisor of the Year
- Sue Rowland, Marysville, Kan.
Get Your JNHE Pictures at the Hereford Photo Shop
To view and purchase JNHE photos taken by American Hereford Association (AHA) and Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) staff, visit the Hereford Photo Shop Web site. Here you’ll find pictures of show and award winners taken at JNHE events throughout the week.
Fall 2006 EPDs – Coming Soon
The AHA expects to release the Fall 2006 EPDs on July 30. New parameters, correlations and age of dam adjustments are instituted. An error occurred during the first run of the genetic analysis, so part of the analysis must be rerun to ensure accurate data. The AHA thanks you for your patience. Look for the results at Hereford.org on or after July 30.
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.
Drought Strategies Never Easy to Implement
North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department
Strategies to deal with drought are hardly ever palatable or easy to implement. With much of the country experiencing below normal precipitation and hot temperatures, many people are either experiencing drought conditions or are on the verge of a drought. Dealing with drought typically involves managing reduced forage production as well as other effects on both cattle and pastures.
Reduced forage production necessitates reducing stocking rates or providing supplemental feeds as a means of replacing forage lost due to the lack of moisture. Reducing stocking rates is usually accomplished by culling, selling yearlings or early weaning. Short- and long-term drought plans should evaluate each of these options.
Providing supplemental feed is another means of dealing with the lack of forage. In some cases supplements may help deal with the lack of forage quality and/or quantity. In others, supplemental feeds may be used strategically by certain groups of animals in most need of additional nutrients. In addition, moving cattle to other feed resources (e.g., drylot feeding or movement to areas not affected by drought) may also be options.
Long term strategies for dealing with drought should include a plan for culling when forage is inadequate, as well as a plan for coping with heat stress, lack of water and other problems associated with drought. Culling decisions are never easy, but proper culling during a drought will improve the rate at which pastures recover once moisture patterns return to normal. Overstocking during a drought generally reduces plant vigor, increases weed infestations and reduces range condition.
Dealing with drought is never easy, but with proper planning, management through a drought will allow for a return to optimal productivity when the rains return.
Reopening Of The Japanese Market To U.S. Beef:
Statement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns
July 27, 2006
“I am pleased that Japan announced today it would resume imports of U.S. beef from cattle 20 months of age and younger. This has been a long process as we’ve confirmed that our system is in full compliance with Japan’s import requirements and provided Japan with clear, scientific data confirming that American beef is extremely safe. It is gratifying to know that these efforts paid-off, as did the patience demonstrated by Congress.
“It is unfortunate that the trade resumption launched last December was cut short in January of this year. Nations need reasonable methods of addressing the inadvertent shipment of products that don’t meet an importing country’s specifications, without disrupting an entire trading relationship. The U.S. has such methods of addressing noncompliant shipments from Japan, as well as our other trading partners, and I am hopeful that going forward Japan will take a similar approach.
“As we look forward, we must also continue to strive to move beef trade with Japan and throughout the world toward science-based international guidelines. Science provides us with clear data upon which to build trading standards. All of us must be mindful of these guidelines and work toward complying with them.
“In 2003, the United States exported $1.4 billion worth of beef and beef products to Japan. I look forward to the day when we resume that level of trade. To that end, I have asked the Japanese government to meet with us this fall to discuss the next steps toward strengthening our beef trading relationship and graduating to standards based in science.”
USDA Announces New BSE Surveillance Program
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon begin transitioning to an ongoing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program that corresponds to the extremely low prevalence of the disease in the U.S.
“It’s time that our surveillance efforts reflect what we now know is a very, very low level of BSE in the United States,” says Johanns. “This ongoing surveillance program will maintain our ability to detect BSE, provide assurance that our interlocking safeguards are successfully preventing BSE, while continuing to exceed science-based international guidelines.”
The ongoing BSE surveillance program will reduce sampling to approximately 40,000 animals each year. Under the program, USDA will continue to collect samples from a variety of sites and from the cattle populations where the disease is most likely to be detected, similar to the enhanced surveillance program procedures.
The new program will provide testing at a level ten times higher than the World Animal Health organization (OIE) recommended level.
For more information, visit the USDA Web site. A complete release is found in the newsroom under “Latest Releases.”
Beef Trade Dispute Helped Kill WTO Negotiations
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns identified beef trade with the European Union as a major issue that contributed to the scuttling of the Doha round portion of the World Trade Organization’s plans for a worldwide trade agreement.
According to Johanns, the EU’s current tariff on high-quality beef is 80%, one of the highest such tariffs in the world, and their best offer was to lower it to a still huge 61%. Further, the EU, which is a net importer of beef, had set an import quota of 160,000 metric tons for the entire world; that amounts to only 2% of the EU’s production, a drop in the bucket. “That is virtually no market access,” said Johanns, speaking to reporters Monday night in Geneva.
The EU compromised somewhat by offering to raise the quota to 800,000 metric tons, but only if there was consumer need for that much. If not, the quota would remain at whatever level above 160,000 metric tons the EU decided was appropriate. “So it truly is a situation where we haven’t been granted market access,” Johanns said.
Among the many issues that could not be resolved, the dispute between the U.S. and the EU over market access was the most intractable. U.S. negotiators had offered to lower farm subsidies to 60% of the present level in the next farm bill, but refused to make further concessions until they heard similar concessions from the EU. Those concessions, almost all in the agricultural sphere, never materialized, and negotiations turned into recriminations on the parts of both the EU and the U.S. until the referee, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy, finally suspended the negotiations.
Johanns added that developing countries, taking a cue from the EU, were also demanding that they be able to protect up to 98% of their agricultural marketplace with tariffs, and held out for the ability under the agreement to “when they would deal with us, how they would deal with us, what products they would deal with us on,” Johanns said. “It is just a devastating proposal in terms of market access.”