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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 33
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Barber Ranch
Hereford Highlights

Kansas Polled Hereford Tour Set for Aug. 26-27

Cattle producers are invited to attend the 2006 Kansas Polled Hereford Tour, Aug 26-27, in northeast Kansas. The first tour stop will be Schumaker Herefords near Wetmore at 9 a.m. on Aug 26. The tour will proceed to Gartens Polled Herefords, Effingham. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the Kanwaka Township Community Building west of Lawrence. The lunch is sponsored by Ag Choice/MFA Feed. At 1:30 the tour will head south to Silver Lining Herefords near Louisburg.

After viewing the cattle, participants will then head toward Lawrence for the evening. At 5:30 p.m. the 2006 Kansas Polled Hereford Association (KPHA) Annual Meeting and Banquet will feature a Certified Hereford Beef® dinner. The meeting will include election of directors, auctioning of directory ads and special speakers. This will replace the December meeting typically held during the Kansas Beef Expo.

Sunday morning will begin with a stop at Schu-Lar Polled Herefords near Lecompton. The tour will wrap up at Malone Hereford Farm, Emporia.

For questions about the tour and hotel reservations, or to make a banquet reservation, contact Kim Schmidt, KPHA secretary/treasurer, at or (785) 363-7557. For more information about the KPHA visit the KPHA Web site.

Keystone Entry Deadline – Aug. 31

The entry deadline for the Keystone International Livestock Exposition National Hereford Show is Aug. 31. Herefords will show in Harrisburg, Pa., on Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. Gene Steiner, Mason, Ohio, is the judge. For more information, visit the Keystone International Web site or call (717) 787-2905.

American Royal Entry Deadline – Sept. 1

The entry deadline for the American Royal National Hereford Show is Sept. 1. Exhibitors may download premium books and entry forms on the American Royal Web site. The show will be Oct. 22, beginning at 8 a.m. with junior heifers and the open show to follow. Tyler Cates, Modoc, Ind., will judge the open show. For more information, call (816) 569-4019 or e-mail

Hereford Leadership Convention a Hit

Junior Hereford members gained life skills and in-depth industry knowledge during the 2006 Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention, Aug. 3-6, in College Station, Texas. Eighty-five enthusiastic junior members, parents and advisors from 16 states gathered from as far away as Montana and Virginia for three days of educational workshops, tours, and industry and inspirational speakers. Texas A&M University hosted this year’s convention. Animal science Associate Professor Chris Skaggs and his staff helped facilitate the event. Junior members participated in leadership training and hands-on workshops. They also went to DeShazer Cattle Co. for a tour, dinner and entertainment by the Eli Young Band. Another highlight of the event was when the world-renowned speaker Rick Rigsby led a powerful discussion on family and values.

Congrats Junior Award Winners

Two prestigious awards were given at the 2006 PRIDE Convention. The Future Cattleman Scholarship went to Michael Coley, Castalian Springs, Tenn., and Meghan Schatte, Giddings, Texas. Selection of winners is based on juniors’ individual accomplishments, as well as leadership, herd management and breeding goals. Coley and Schatte received $750 scholarships from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and American Hereford Women (AHW).

Coley and Schatte also received the Golden Bull Achievement Award, as did Ashley Middleswarth, Torrington, Wyo., and Maddee Moore, Cove, Oregon. This award recognizes juniors who have excelled in activities offered through the junior program. Each recipient received a bronze Hereford bull and a $750 scholarship from the HYFA and AHW.

Get Your JNHE Pictures at the Hereford Photo Shop

To view and purchase Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) photos taken by American Hereford Assocation (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.

DeShazer Cattle Co.
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.

DeShazer Cattle Co.
Industry Insight

Reasons for Vaccine Failure
Tom Hill
Oregon State University Department of Animal Sciences

Vaccines help prevent infectious disease, but protection is never 100% even under ideal circumstances. Vaccine failure or compromised immunity will occur for the following reasons:

  1. Exposure to warm temperature and or sunlight during shipping/storage or chuteside.
  2. Animal ability to produce antibodies from the vaccine is ineffective due to animal stress, health or nutritional status.
  3. Calf is vaccinated too young such that maternal antibodies from its dam’s colostrum interfere with the immune response.
  4. Syringes have traces of disinfectant, antibiotic or other contaminants.
  5. Improper needle size and/or injection site.
  6. Treating a vaccinated animal within five to 10 days of vaccination with antibiotic may affect the live brucellosis vaccine. Also, if an animal becomes sick during this time, disease protection may be compromised due to added stress and challenges to the animal’s immune system.
  7. Tainted vaccine from dirty needles during mixing or filling of syringes.
  8. Overloading the animal’s immune system with three or more vaccines for gram negative-based pathogens. Gram negative diseases include brucellosis, leptospirosis, pasteurellas, pinkeye and vibriosis.
  9. Allowing mixed vaccines to stand too long before use.
  10. Improper timing between initial vaccination and booster.
  11. Improper labeling of syringes so that vaccines are mixed or used incorrectly chuteside.
  12. Injecting vaccine through dirty or wet hair/hide increases the risk of injection site infection.

Fall is the time of year when many calves are vaccinated and preconditioned. Consult your veterinarian to determine the most effective and realistic vaccination/preconditioning program. Use proper cattle and vaccine management protocols to ensure the highest level of protection possible. Keep accurate records of vaccination products including lot number, dates and animal identification to monitor overall health status and vaccine effectiveness. Follow Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines to ensure product wholesomeness and value.

New Insurance Tools for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage

Two new risk management tools for pasture, rangeland and forage will be available beginning with the 2007 crop year.

The new insurance products, the Rainfall index insurance program and the Vegetation index insurance program, are offered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) and are available through approved insurance providers. These programs will provide livestock producers the ability to purchase insurance protection for losses of forage produced for grazing or harvested for hay.

Producers are not required to insure all their acres, but rather may elect to insure only those acres that are important to their grazing program or hay operation. Further, producers are not required to insure the acreage for the entire crop year. The crop year is divided into intervals and producers may elect to insure their acreage for only those intervals where risk is greatest.

Both of these products will be available for sale from crop insurance agents beginning in late August 2006. The sales closing date is Nov. 30, 2006. More detailed information about these programs is available on the RMA Web site.

Guatemala Opens to All Beef and Beef Products

The American Meat Institute (AMI) reports that Guatemala has dropped all bone-related restrictions for beef and beef products imported from the U.S. These products derived from cattle born and raised in the U.S. are now eligible for export.

In addition, the Dominican Republic reopened partial beef trade with the U.S. Beef and beef products (including veal) derived from cattle less than 30 months of age produced under an approved Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Export Verification (EV) Less Than 30 (LT30) months of age program are eligible for export.

Japan OKs 35th U.S. Plant for Beef Exports
John Gregerson

After passing inspection by Japanese authorities last week, a 35th U.S. processing plant has been given the green light to export beef to Tokyo.

The plant, located in California, is a Brawley Beef facility. Brawley was purchased by Kansas City, Mo.-based National Beef Packing Co. earlier this year.

Japanese authorities also signed off on an American Foods Group plant in Green Bay, Wis. The plant previously was given permission to export to Japan provided the U.S. government supervised its operations.

Cattle Reproduction Conferences Coming Up in Missouri, South Dakota

For the latest research in beef cattle reproduction, attend the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle conference, Aug. 30-31. Producers and experts will gather at the Stoney Creek Inn in St. Joseph, Mo., to share research and experience in order to improve the understanding of reproductive processes and technology. For more information, visit the University of Missouri - Columbia Web site.

On Oct. 3-4, a similar conference will be hosted at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City, S.D. For more information, visit the South Dakota State University Web site.

Farm Progress Show – Aug. 29-31

The 53rd annual Farm Progress Show is scheduled for Aug. 29-31 at the Amana Colonies facility near Amana, Iowa. This, the nation’s leading outdoor farm show, showcases state-of-the-art information and technology in the form of agricultural equipment, products and services. For more information, visit the Farm Progress Show Web site.

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