Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 37
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Hereford Highlights

Dollars Show Hereford Demand; AHA Releases Year-End Report

Prices paid for both Hereford bulls and females increased dramatically during the 2005-06 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year (Sept. 1-Aug. 31), pointing to the growing demand for Hereford efficiency in conversion, hardiness, fertility, longevity and disposition.

In sales reported in Hereford World, the AHA’s official publication, the average bull price increased 8.4% from $2,894 last year to $3,137 this year, while the female average grew by a remarkable 25.4% from $2,362 to $2,962. Combined, the bulls and females brought $412 more per head on 2,895 more animals.

To read the rest of this news release regarding the page AHA fiscal year, visit This and other news releases are located in the “Announcements” section.

Holden and Ward Travel to Uruguay

Jack Holden, AHA president, and Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, were in Uruguay the week of Sept. 10, taking care of Hereford business.

Holden and Ward first visited a bull test station, owned by the Uruguay Hereford Society. At the station, the Society tests bulls for breeders and then sells the top performers. “The test is impressive, because they get very high gains on grass alone,” Ward says. Holden and Ward spoke about the bulls they viewed, and shared their ideas as to what’s important when selecting sires. The event was well attended by breeders.

Ward also served as judge for the Prado Hereford show. “The quality of cattle was outstanding, and the crowd and participation were excellent,” Ward says.

He continues, “American genetics are found throughout the country. Jack and I both were interviewed extensively about our thoughts on the cattle in Uruguay.”

Holden and Ward also met with Hereford leaders from Uruguay and Canada to discuss progress of the Pan-American Evaluation, a consistent Hereford genetic analysis in development between North and South American associations.

“The Pan-American Evaluation has support from all participating countries, and we are working out the details with a hopeful rollout date during the 2007 fall analysis,” Ward says.

The AHA’s ultimate goal is to help facilitate a global Hereford evaluation. The Pan-American Evaluation is an important step in this direction.

Exhibitors Please Take Note

As the national show season is quickly approaching, the AHA would like Hereford exhibitors to take note of a few items. To make the check-in process and the entire show program run more efficiently and accurately, the show committee has implemented a rule that will be in effect at all national shows this fall. The rule reads as follows:

All Hereford animals must be officially recorded (registered) thirty (30) days prior to show date to be eligible to show at a National Hereford Show. Entries with registrations “Pending” or “Applied for” will be ineligible to show.

Starting this fall there will be more divisions in the heifer and bull shows. This will make the divisions more uniform in size, especially in the late summer, early summer, spring, and junior yearling heifer and bull classes. There will be seven heifer divisions and six bull divisions.

One other change in the show rules and classifications is that the get-of-sire may be comprised of animals from one or more owners and the get will not be figured in the premier exhibitor calculations. For a complete listing of national show rules, refer to the “Hereford Handbook” in the July 2006 Hereford World or visit We appreciate your help in getting all the cattle registered 30 days prior to show.

For more information, contact Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757.

Attention Junior Showmen

Juniors planning to show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) need to pay close attention to Rule No. 3 located on Page 192 of the premium book. The rule states that all entries must be registered or recorded with their respective breed organizations. Entries must be in the sole name of the 4-H, FFA or junior breed association member. Animals registered in partnership, farm, family, chapter or club name will not be eligible for the junior show. With this rule in place for 2006, all sibling co-owned heifers need to be registered in the exhibitor name only, prior to the Oct. 1 entry deadline for the North American. Thanks for your prompt attention to this matter, as this is a rule that will be enforced by NAILE management.

For more information, contact Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757.

Social, Dinner and Seminar Planned for Keystone

The Pennsylvania Poll-ettes will be hosting a social at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5 in conjunction with the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) National Hereford Show at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Following the social will be a barbecue, starting at 6:45 p.m. The highlight of the evening will be a “Marketing Hereford Cattle in the 21st Century” discussion panel consisting of Gene Steiner, NS Polled Herefords, Ohio; Jerry Huth, Huth Polled Herefords, Wisconsin; and Paul Bennett, Knoll Crest Farm, Virginia. Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, will be the moderator for the discussion. Plan to come early for the show on Oct. 6 to join the Pennsylvania Hereford Association for an evening filled with Hereford activities.

Deadline for Annual Meeting Hotel Reservations – Sept. 30

The 2006 AHA 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

The hotel cutoff date is Sept. 30. All reservations must be made on or before this date. Ask for the “Hereford Association” room block.

The purpose of this meeting is to elect new directors, hear special reports and conduct Association business.

See the “Announcements” section at for a detailed news release about the meeting and other related events. Additional information and the complete schedule will be included in the October issue of Hereford World.

Running for the Board – Bob Harrell Jr.

At the AHA Annual Meeting on Oct. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., six candidates will vie for three positions on the AHA Board of Directors. Each candidate will be featured one week in Hereford eNews. This week, the AHA would like you to meet Bob Harrell Jr., Baker City, Ore.

Harrell Hereford Ranch, located in eastern Oregon, is a second-generation operation that was established in 1970 by Bob Harrell Jr.’s parents, Bob and Edna Harrell. Harrell Hereford Ranch is a family run operation, consisting of Bob Jr.; his wife, Becky; daughter, Lexie; and his mother, Edna; as well as his sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Wannie Mackenzie, who are also involved and partners in the Harrell’s Quarter Horse operation.

The ranch consists of 300 registered cows, 400 commercial cows, an 800-head feedlot and 20 Quarter Horse broodmares. The cow herd is managed on 11,000 acres of irrigated meadow and native range ground, with the help of four employees. The Harrells will be hosting their 28th Annual Production Sale next spring, offering more than 100 bulls, 40 females and 25 Quarter Horses.

Bob Jr. is a 1983 graduate of Kansas State University (K-State) with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and was a member of the 1981-82 K-State livestock judging team. He has judged the Denver Carload Show, the Fort Worth Stock Show, the Western Nugget National Hereford Show and Sale, and the National Junior Hereford Expo twice, along with the National Hereford Show in Denmark.

Besides judging, he has also had exposure as an exhibitor in the showring, coming up through the ranks of the American Junior Hereford Association. The Harrells exhibited the 1984 reserve grand champion bull in Denver and have shown several carloads in the Yards.

Bob Jr. has served as a director and as an officer in the Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho Hereford Association (OWNI) and is past president of the Baker County Livestock Association. He served on the 2005 AHA Strategic Planning Committee and on a past AHA nominating committee. Locally he has served on the Baker County Fairgrounds strategic task force and is a director of Smith Ditch Improvement Co.

He is serving his third year as marketing team leader for Country Natural Beef (CNB), a rancher-owned, beef-marketing cooperative that will market more than 50,000 head in 2006. Bob Jr. says that CNB is the only cooperative that links cow-calf ranchers directly with consumers, and whose business is based on long-term relationships with feeders, packers, truckers and retail partners. This has allowed CNB to vertically integrate from the grass roots producer up.

The Harrell breeding philosophy has been driven by the hard, cold economics of the commercial beef industry. Their business is raising “rancher herd bulls”; breeding predictable genetics that build cow herds; and siring problem-free, efficient, performance cattle that produce more carcass value.

Bob Jr. says that CNB has been a tremendous proving ground for their Hereford genetics. The data returned has been objective, economically valuable and has documented that Hereford and Hereford-crosses excel.

C&M 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.

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Industry Insight

Principles of Protein Supplementation
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

As the fall and winter months approach, many native range pastures become mature and crude protein content of forage falls below the cow’s nutrient requirements. Protein supplementation may be necessary to maintain cow body condition going into the winter months.

Typically, rumen degradable protein is the type of protein needed by the cow under these conditions. Rumen degradable protein is protein utilized by rumen microorganisms. When a deficiency of rumen degradable protein exists, the bacterial population does a poor job of fermenting the fiber in grasses and, as a consequence, energy supply for the animal is reduced.

In most cases, some natural protein is needed for the bacterial population to use dormant native range or other low-quality forages effectively. This natural protein can be supplied with many different supplements. Oilseed meals, crop processing byproducts, alfalfa hay, distillers grains and many commercial protein supplements are all effective at supplying needed nutrients.

To calculate how much supplement is needed, you’ll need to know the protein level in the forage and the cow’s nutrient requirements. Looking up nutrient requirements in a table is the easy part. Assessing protein level in the forage is more difficult. You may want to contact Extension personnel in your area for more information on protein levels in specific pasture types. As a general rule, you will probably need to supply about 0.33-0.50 lb. of crude protein daily.

Protein supplements can be fed daily or they can be fed as infrequently as once a week and still be effective at supplying nutrients to the microbial population and maintaining animal performance. The cow’s ability to recycle urea through the blood and saliva to the rumen makes this possible.

Be sure to take into account the cost of delivery when you assess your supplementation program this fall. With increased fuel and labor costs, self-fed supplements and supplements that can be fed less often may be more economical.

USDA Extends Emergency Grazing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the window for emergency livestock grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for farmers and ranchers who are affected by drought in 30 states. The traditional deadline for emergency grazing on CRP acres is Sept. 30.

The 30 eligible states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

State Farm Service Agency committees and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service state technical committees must agree on the need for the emergency grazing extensions before they are finalized.

The extensions vary according to state. Dates and more information can be found on the USDA Web site.

Beef Industry Scholarships Due Oct. 10

Applications are being accepted for the 2007 Beef Industry Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). All entries must be postmarked by Oct. 10.

Twenty scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to young people pursuing careers in the beef industry. Graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled at a two-year or four-year college for the 2006-07 academic school year are encouraged to apply.

A full description of the scholarship program and submission requirements can be found on the NCF Web site.

In addition to a scholarship, the first-place winner will receive airfare and lodging to attend the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2007.

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