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 Hereford.org. 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 Hereford.org. 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
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 Hereford.org 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.