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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 34
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Hereford Highlights

Iowa Hereford Tour Set for Sept. 9

The Iowa Hereford Breeders Association’s (IHBA) annual tour is set for Sept. 9 in South Central Iowa. Cattle from seven herds will be viewed during the day, and the association’s annual meeting will be conducted during lunch at St. Augustine’s church hall in Milo.

The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Amos Hereford Farm, 16795 130th Ave., Indianola, followed by a dutch-treat lunch at 11:30 a.m., served by the Warren County Cattlemen at St. Augustine’s church hall, Milo.

During the association’s annual meeting, the late Delbert and Adeline Ohnemus of Milo will be inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame and four new directors will be elected to the IHBA board. The guest speaker will be Joe Rickabaugh, American Hereford Association (AHA) director of field management and seedstock marketing.

At 1:30 p.m., the group will visit Ohnemus Farms, 21392 G58 Hwy., Milo, where cattle will also be on display from the herds of Grant Seuferer and Craig Wright, both of Milo.

The tour will conclude at Stream Cattle Co., 51590 State Hwy. 14, Chariton, where visitors will also view cattle from Tex R.O. Polled Herefords, Lacona, and Willy Black, Chariton. This final stop is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. and will begin with a pasture tour, followed by a visit to Streams’ showbarn and refreshments poolside.

The public is invited to attend all or part of the tour. Door prizes will be awarded at each stop. To ensure an accurate meal count, those planning to attend the lunch should call Rande Seuferer, (515) 971-5135; or Craig Amos, (515) 238-9852; by Sept. 2.

For more information, contact Becky Simpson, IHBA secretary, (515) 833-2991.

Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 15

Applications for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Memorial scholarships are due Sept. 15. Four $1,250 scholarships and two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) to assist in financing their college education. These scholarships are made possible to NJHA members by Bill and Jo Ellard, EE Ranches Inc.; Bob and Dolores Call, CBY Polled Herefords; Foundation Female Donors; and through contributions to the HYFA.

The Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship applications are also due Sept. 15. Two $1,000 scholarships are available to NJHA members.

For more information, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or

Support the HYFA; Buy Your Casino Night Tickets Early!

Tickets are now available for the HYFA Casino Night Fundraiser, Oct. 21, at the Westin Crown Center Ballroom, Kansas City, Mo. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., with heavy hors d’ oeuvres and casino games beginning at 7 p.m.

This fun evening event is planned around the sale of the Premier Foundation Female Package and other unique auction items.

For more information or tickets, please contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757. Reply by Oct. 6 to ensure your casino night reservation, as tickets will not be sold at the door. Ticket price is $50 per person.

All proceeds go to the HYFA, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated exclusively to scholarship and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle. For more information, visit the HYFA Web site.

Sire Test at Amana Farms Begins

The National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) test at Amana Farms near Williamsburg, Iowa, has begun. Eleven bulls from seven breeders in five states have been delivered to turn out with 300 head of heifers. Amana Farms AI-bred 200 heifers with Hereford semen last year, and the operators have been pleased with the results they’ve seen so far. For more information, contact Jack Ward at (816) 842-3757 or

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Oct. 23

The 2006 American Hereford Association Annual Meeting will be at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., at 9 a.m. on Oct. 23. You can make reservations at:

Westin Crown Center Hotel
1 E. Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 474-4400 or (888) 627-8538
Rate: $113/night

Cutoff date is Sept. 30. All reservations must be made on or before this date. Ask for the “Hereford Association” room block when making reservations. The purpose of this meeting is to elect new directors, hear special reports and conduct Association business.

The complete schedule and meeting information will be included in the October issue of Hereford World.

Ned & Jan Ward Polled Herefords
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.

Barber Ranch
Industry Insight

Understanding Nitrate Poisoning
Greg Lardy
North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

Nitrate poisoning is a topic that comes up often during a drought. Many crops, particularly small grains such as oats, barley and wheat, as well as corn and a number of weeds are known nitrate accumulators. When the plant is stressed by lack of moisture, nitrates accumulate as the plant roots continue to take up soil nutrients, but the plant fails to convert the nitrate into plant proteins. This causes nitrate levels to build up in the plant.

In a ruminant animal (such as cattle or sheep), nitrates are fermented in the rumen to nitrite and eventually to ammonia. The rate limiting step in this series of reactions is the conversion of nitrite to ammonia. Unfortunately for the animal, it is the nitrite that is actually toxic. Nitrite is absorbed from the rumen into the bloodstream where it binds with hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the blood protein that transports oxygen to the tissues. Once nitrite has bound with hemoglobin, it forms methemoglobin, a compound that is unable to transport oxygen. When an animal experiences nitrate poisoning, it actually suffocates due to the limited amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues.

Rapid pulse, heavy breathing, blue mucous membranes and dark chocolate colored blood are symptoms of nitrate poisoning.

The risk of nitrate poisoning can be minimized by testing suspect forages for nitrate prior to feeding, blending high nitrate feeds with feeds containing little or no nitrate, and providing nitrate-free water. Nitrate accumulations are typically greater in the lower third of the plant. Consequently, animals should not be forced to graze or consume the entire plant if high nitrate levels are present. Harvesting the forage crop as silage can also reduce the nitrate content by approximately 30% once the silage has undergone fermentation. More information about nitrate poisoning is available on the NDSU Extension Service Web site.

Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook Online

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) has released its August issue of the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook. This newsletter provides current intelligence and forecasts the effects of changing conditions in the U.S. livestock, dairy and poultry sectors. Visit the USDA Web site to view this and other outlook issues.

BSE Confirmed in Alberta

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed on Aug. 23 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in a mature beef cow from Alberta. The animal’s carcass didn’t enter the human food or animal feed systems.

The cow was estimated to be 8-10 years of age. Thus, it’s expected that exposure to the BSE agent occurred either before the feed ban’s introduction or during early implementation.

A CFIA investigation is underway to locate the positive animal’s birth farm, verify the animal’s age, and help identify herdmates of interest and potential sources of contaminated feed.

Wyoming Horse Diagnosed with Vesicular Stomatitis

According to Pete Hisey,, a horse on a farm near Casper, Wyo., was diagnosed with vesicular stomatitis last week.

“The disease causes painful blistering in the tissues in and around the mouth, as well as around hooves, causing animals to refuse to eat or drink, as well as to exhibit signs of lameness,” Hisey says. “It affects cattle, horses and swine primarily, although sheep and goats can contract the virus. In some mild cases, symptoms will not be apparent, but animals will eat and drink far less than usual.”

The premises have been quarantined, and the affected horse isolated.

“The last case found was in late 2005, and the most recent widespread outbreak was in 1995,” Hisey says.

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