Sixteen Gold TPR Breeders Announced
In 2000, the American Hereford Association (AHA) established the Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program to create a more accurate database and increase the value of Hereford genetics. Then in the fall of 2005, the AHA instituted a program to recognize Hereford breeders who measure traits, collect performance data and promptly submit the data at all levels of production (calving ease, weaning weight, yearling weight, scrotal circumference and carcass).
The Gold TPR Breeder list is updated at each genetic analysis, and breeders use the Gold TPR status in advertising. The breeders are also recognized on the AHA Web site when animal searches are run. Below you will find a list of the breeders who qualified for Gold TPR status after the fall genetic analysis. The AHA staff and Board of Directors compliment those breeders who go the extra mile to increase the value of the AHA database.
- JB Ranch, Wayne, Neb.
- Terry Boggess, Lewisburg, W.Va.
- NS Polled Herefords, Mason, Ohio
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
- Innisfail Farm, Madison, Ga.
- E.L. Mobley, Fairdealing, Mo.
- Bay Brook Farm, Dabneys, Va.
- Rex Bradford, St. Marys, Ohio
- Frank Hug & Sons, Scranton, Kan.
- Mill Creek Ranch, Alma, Kan.
- Monahan Cattle Co., Hyannis, Neb.
- Oleen Bros., Dwight, Kan.
- Gino Pedretti, El Nido, Calif.
- Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho
- CA Cattle Ranch, West Plains, Mo.
- Evergreen, Old Town, Fla.
Holden Herefords Donates Foundation Female to HYFA;
Auction Scheduled for Oct. 21
The 2006 Foundation Female auction, for the benefit of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA), will be Oct. 21 at the Westin Crown Center Ballroom in Kansas City, Mo. The Jack Holden family of Holden Herefords, Valier, Mont., has donated the choice of two January heifers from the flush of the Holden matriarch HH Miss Advance 0023K and sired by the maternal trait leader CL 1 Domino 320N.
The sale of the chosen female will directly benefit the HYFA, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated exclusively to scholarship and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle.
Blending the genetics of the top Holden female 0023K with Domino 320N, the heifer choices, registration no. 42674204 and 42674013, are truly foundation stock. 0023K is one of the most complete and powerful females ever produced at Holden’s. She was the high-selling female at $23,000 in Holden’s 2005 Miss Advance Female Pageant, and has produced more than $40,000 in progeny sales. She boasts an average nursing ratio (NR) of 110. 320N pulls his own weight, providing a balanced combination of moderate birth, high maternal and high carcass expected progeny differences (EPDs).
The EPDs for the Foundation Female duo are: birth weight (BW) 3.2; weaning weight (WW) 40; yearling weight (YW) 66; maternal milk (MM) 20; and milk and growth (M&G) 39. These heifers exhibit the phonotypical characteristics and bred-in genetic strength to take any progressive Hereford operation to the next level.
The auction will take place at the HYFA Casino Magic Fundraiser, in conjunction with the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the Westin Crown Center Ballroom, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and casino games at 7 p.m. Join with fellow Hereford breeders to take part in this annual celebration to benefit the future of the Hereford breed.
If you would like more information on the Foundation Female package, or to inquire about how you can further support the HYFA, please contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For tickets to the HYFA Casino Magic Fundraiser, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or email@example.com. Tickets are $50 per person.
AHW Offers BIF Sponsorship;
Deadline Sept. 15
The American Hereford Women (AHW) will grant a Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Sponsorship annually to one AHA member. AHW will reimburse the recipient after receiving receipts for exact expenses involved in the travel, accommodations and registration (not to exceed $800) to attend the Annual BIF Meeting. The 2007 meeting is scheduled for June 6-9 in Ft. Collins, Colo.
The sponsorship is open to AHA members 23-40 years old. Applicants should complete the sponsorship form posted on the AHW Web site. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15.
An AHW committee will review the applications and select the recipient based on the paperwork received. The winner will be announced in October at the AHA Annual Meeting. For more information, contact Marsha Middleswarth, AHW president, at (307) 532-5427, or any AHW director.
Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 15
Applications for the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisconsin Hereford Tour, Sept. 9-10
The 2006 Wisconsin Hereford Tour will kick off on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. with a nine-hole outing on the Indian Head Golf Course, located on the outskirts of Mosinee. The first tour stop is Firshade Farm, Rosholt, where there will be cattle viewing, a judging contest and lunch. At 2:30 p.m. participants will view the cattle at Starr Polled Herefords, Manawa. Then, the group will go to Crosscut Solutions Inc., Manawa, for the remainder of the evening. Guest speakers, dinner and dancing will top off the day’s events.
Sunday’s activities begin at 9:30 a.m. at Pine Cone Acres, Kewaskum, again with cattle viewing and also a guest speaker. Amy Stolee, Purina representative, will talk about the importance of mineral in feed rations. Coffee and rolls will be served.
At 11 a.m. participants will travel to see Huth Cattle Co., Oakfield, where David Trowbridge from Gregory Feedlots Inc. will talk about the value of Hereford and Hereford-influenced cattle in the feedlot. A lunch will end the tour.
For more information, call Ruth Espenscheid at (608) 543-3778.
Montana Big Sky Tour, Sept. 25-26
The Montana Hereford Association (MHA) and Hereford America are joining efforts to present the Montana Big Sky Hereford Tour, Sept. 25-26. The tour will headquarter in Great Falls and cover the area from Valier in the north to Bozeman in the south.
The tour will stop at Paul Hinderager’s, Sand & Bayer Herefords, Fred Ginther’s, John Holden’s Westwind Ranch, and Jack Holden’s Holden Herefords. The second day participants will travel to Dale Venhuizen’s Churchill Cattle Co., Marvin Feddes & Sons, Cooper Hereford Ranch and Ehlke Herefords.
Lunch will be provided on the bus the first day and at Cooper’s Hereford
Ranch the second day. There will be a barbecue at Jack Holden’s on the
first day and at Ehlke Herefords on the second day.
For more information, call Byron Bayers, tour director, at (406) 684-5465 or contact Lorrie Eggen Wacker, MHA secretary, at (406) 895-2670 or email@example.com.
Hereford Steer Sets Record at Indiana State Fair Sale of Champions
Bradyn Ford?s champion Hereford steer set a breed record at the Indiana State Fair Sale of Champions on Aug. 16, bringing $12,500. Ford hails from Otterbein, Ind. His steer stood third over all breeds in the 4-H show that was judged by Chris Mullinix, El Dorado, Kansas. The steer originates from the cow family of Ron Denhart and family, Lafayette, Ind. Matt and Amanda Smith, Pine Village, Ind., raised the steer calf sired by MH Monument 3147. ?The steer gained an incredible 4.5 lb. per day,? Denhart says.
Beck Wins Big in Canada
Cody Beck, Bainbridge, Ind., won champion cow-calf pair and grand champion overall female (pairs and heifers combined in final drive) at the Canadian Junior Hereford Association Bonanza in Brandon, Manitoba, August 5. Beck and partner, Colt Keffer, Crawfordsville, Ind., won the team fitting contest, and Beck also won the individual fitting contest in the intermediate division. Beck was on champion fitting teams at the 2006 Junior National Hereford Expo and at his county fair as well.
What does the National Beef Quality Audit mean to you?
Colorado State University Department of Animal Science
The National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) first conducted in 1991 with the most recent report in 2005 was designed to provide information to cattle producers that would support quality initiatives in the beef industry. The relevance of the NBQA to an individual cattle producer depends on the perspective of the enterprise’s manager. If the perspective is squarely on the short term, then the audits are nothing more than mildly interesting bits of information. However, if management’s vision is to assure a strong competitive position in the domestic and global marketplace, then the audits provide important benchmarks against which a cattle enterprise can be measured.
National data are inconsequential to individual managers unless they have access to comparable data from their own enterprises. Without a regularly scheduled internal audit, a manager is flying blind. Furthermore, the development of quality goals and strategies are initiatives that can be supported via a national educational effort, but nothing meaningful can be accomplished until individual production units have measurable goals and the internal means to gauge progress.
Several quality recommendations are relatively simple to implement: avoid injections in the muscle when possible, and if intramuscular injections are required utilize the injection triangle in the neck in front of the shoulder; move all brands to the shoulder or hip if state brand laws allow; utilize appropriate parasite control measures to protect the value of the hide and enhance animal performance; and initiate conversations with seedstock providers and feedlot partners to better align breeding and calf management programs with marketing goals.
It has been said many times that “what gets measured gets done.” The corollary is “what gets paid for gets done more.” One problem with the NBQA recommendations is that while consistency in tenderness, uniform cut size and enhanced USDA quality grades are in fact appropriate goals, the marketplace provides minimal incentives for tenderness and uniform cut size. Furthermore, while the market clearly differentiates price based on marbling score, gross income is still driven by weight. The increase in Yield Grade 4 and 5s is clearly a challenge in the total supply chain, but the incentives to correct it are clearly overridden by the signal to increase weight. Nonetheless, most indicators about the future suggest that the marketplace will find ways to differentiate value beyond weight. Thus producers are advised to capture carcass data and other post-ranch performance measures as a means to understand where their cattle line up against the national data in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) quality and yield grades as well as carcass non-conformities.
While the NBQA provides a basic foundation, cow-calf managers are advised to develop their own specific quality goals that align with the opportunities and limitations of their own situations, as well as taking into account the goals of their most critical customers. The most important lesson from the NBQA is that the process of developing quality goals, asking difficult questions and answering them with solid data, and reporting the score both within and outside the organization, will be required to meet the needs of an increasingly demanding marketplace.
Program Will Aid Livestock Producers Affected by Drought
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced $780 million in assistance to help farmers and ranchers manage drought and weather-related production challenges during a visit to South Dakota on Aug. 29. This funding includes a new $50 million program for livestock producers.
The Livestock Assistance Grant Program will provide $50 million in Section 32 to states in block grant form. States will distribute the funds to livestock producers in counties that were designated as D3 or D4 on the Drought Monitor anytime between March 7 and Aug. 31, 2006. The grants will help livestock producers restore their purchasing power.
A list of eligibility criteria and eligible counties, as well as other drought-assistance programs, can be found on the USDA Web site.
South Dakota Grazing School, Sept. 12-14
The South Dakota Grazing School, “Managed Grazing: Pathway to Profit,” will be Sept. 12-14 at the CLC Ranch in Oacoma, S.D. The school is designed to provide intensive, hands-on experience for ranchers and range and grassland managers. Many activities will be in the field with some classroom sessions. Cost is $150 per person, including resource materials and meals.
A block of rooms are reserved at the Oasis Inn, (605) 734-6061. For more information, contact Mindy Hubert at 605-394-2236.