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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 40
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Hereford Highlights

Oct. 6 – Last Day to Order Casino Night Tickets

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 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 For tickets to the HYFA Casino Magic Fundraiser, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or Tickets are $50 per person and need to be purchased by Oct. 6 to ensure a casino night reservation, as they will not be sold at the door.

Help Fund the 2007 JNHE!

The 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) will be July 7-14, 2007, at the National Western Stock Show grounds in Denver. There are several opportunities to help fund this outstanding activity for Hereford families.

At the Ladies of the Royal sale on Oct. 20, a flush on 8184H of Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., will be sold for the benefit of the JNHE. For more information about this lot, see “Impressive Offering at 2006 Ladies of the Royal Sale” below or download the Cooper Hereford Ranch advertisement (PDF, 170KB). Many thanks to the Cooper family for donating the flush on this tremendous female.

If you are not able to attend the sale, you can make bidding arrangements with Joe Rickabaugh,(785) 633-3188, or Chris Stephens, (816) 842-3757, before noon on Oct. 19. On the day of the sale, contact Larry Peebles, (970) 872-2149; Jim Mickelson, (707) 481-3440; Marshall Ernst, (970) 381-6316; or Barbara Ernst, (970) 381-5829.

At the HYFA Casino Magic Fundraiser after the sale, one full week’s lodging at the JNHE headquarters hotel will be sold via silent auction. Also in the silent auction is a custom leather toilet seat specially crafted by Custom Leather Designs of Colorado. A Hereford hide and conchos cover the wood — a truly unique and fun item not to be missed!

Again, for information on any of these items or to place a bid, contact Stephens or Rickabaugh by Oct. 19 at noon. On sale day, call Marshall or Barbara Ernst, Peebles, or Mickelson. Remember that these purchases are tax deductible.

Impressive Offering at 2006 Ladies of the Royal Sale

The 2006 Ladies of the Royal sale is slated for Saturday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in the American Royal Auction Center, Kansas City, Mo. The sale will feature 15 show heifer/brood cow prospects, 10 Hereford prospect steers, two embryo packages, one confirmed pregnancy and a flush.

This sale annually offers some of the top show heifers that consistently compete with success on the regional and national level. The champion Hereford female at the Illinois preview show this year was purchased as a lady of the Royal. The champion Hereford steer at the Wisconsin State Fair two years ago came from this sale as well.

Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., has donated a flush on 8184H. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to the 2007 JNHE in Denver. The buyer will be guaranteed six embryos, and any embryos in excess will also become the property of the buyer.

This female has produced herd sires for Churchill Cattle Co., Montana; Loehr Hereford Farm, Illinois; Four L Hereford Farm, Tennessee; Robert Pfluger, Texas; and one of her sons has been retained in the Cooper bull battery. In Cooper’s last female sale she produced a daughter that commanded $16,000 from Churchill, Loehr and Four L. For more information, download the Cooper Hereford Ranch advertisement (PDF, 170KB).

For more information on the lots or animals in the sale, view the sale catalog or call Joe Rickabaugh at (816) 218-2280 or (785) 633-3188. To request a printed catalog, e-mail Rickabaugh at or Michelle Clogston at

CHB LLC Helps Raise Money for March of Dimes

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC won second place for most money raised for March of Dimes at the 24th March of Dimes NC Chili Championship & Rubber Duck Regatta in Clemmons, N.C., on Sept. 23. CHB LLC and National Beef Packing Co. LLC representatives brought in more than $800 in donations for ribeye sandwiches. Attendance at the event surpassed 5,000 people, and more than $135,000 was made for March of Dimes.

Running for the Board – Steve Lorenzen

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 Steve Lorenzen, Chrisman, Ill.

Steve was born, raised and resides on a rural Chrisman, Ill., farm. He graduated from Scottland High School in 1970 and received an associate’s degree in agriculture from Danville Area Community College in 1972.

He helped road show cattle for Ellis Farms, Natures Acres, Myrtlewood Farms and Glenkirk Farms. He then returned to the family farm and joined Lorenzen Farms partnership. Lorenzen Farms is a diversified grain and livestock farm that maintains a herd of 220 brood cows, including 125 Herefords, 50 Angus and the remaining black baldies.

The Lorenzens have feedlots in which they feed their own calves to market; the remaining calves are sold as seedstock and show animals. They row crop about 5,100 acres of food-grade corn, seed corn, seed beans and wheat. Their sow herd consists of 200 purebred Yorkshires from which they produce seedstock, show pigs and market hogs. Steve is responsible for general bookkeeping and accounting, overseeing the cattle operation, and during his vacation time he gets to operate a tractor and combine.

Steve has been involved most of his life in various board and leadership roles. He served on the Chrisman School Board for 21 years and as board president for 14 years. Steve and his wife were 4-H leaders for 33 years. He also served as a township director for the Farm Bureau board. Steve has been actively involved in Grace Lutheran Congregation and has served as congregation president, elder and trustee. He’s a member of the Illinois Polled Hereford Association and served as a director multiple years.

“I have much to learn about the operations of the American Hereford Association,” Steve says. “What I can offer the board is years of board experience and the willingness to absorb as much information as I possibly can to become a good director. I come from a very conservative background both in my living and farming practices. My family farm partnership consists of six families that raised 19 children on the family farm operation. We’ve been through the good times and the bad, but one thing’s for sure, one couldn’t have chosen a better atmosphere to rear a family than the diversified grain and livestock farm that we’ve been blessed with.”

Steve and his wife, Vicki, have three children — Stephanie, Sunny and Robert Dewain — and three grandsons.

Hereford 101: So You Think You Know EPDs

The next online Hereford 101 will be Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. CDT. Dan Moser, Kansas State University associate professor, will join Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss why EPDs are more important than actual individual performance.

Participants will be encouraged to submit questions, either by calling in or through the online “chat.”

In order to view the video, your computer needs to have a broadband connection to the Internet. Dial up Internet will allow you to participate, but will only facilitate the audio portion of the Webinar.

If you go to, you will see an item in the calendar (list of auctions) for Hereford 101. Click on it and you will be prompted to enter a user name and password. If you haven’t previously set up an account you can do so via the Web site. It only takes a minute or two; just click on the “Hereford 101” item, and then on “Create a New User.” It is strongly suggested that you set up an account before the night of the Webinar.

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

Michigan State University
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.

Huth Polled Herefords
Industry Insight

USDA to Change Cattle Price Reporting

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting feeder cattle prices reported on a delivered basis with a freight adjustment. The delivered basis transactions will be included with those already being collected and reported on a free on board (F.O.B.) basis, and will be eligible for inclusion in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Feeder Cattle Index™ (Index).

This reporting change comes in response to concerns expressed by NCBA members regarding the low volume of animals that were being used for calculation of the Index. USDA limitations on the types of cattle sales eligible for inclusion in its reports were identified as a major contributing factor to this situation.

“This alteration will enhance the transparency and effectiveness of the Index by allowing producers who receive feeder cattle on a ‘delivered’ basis to convert the price paid to a F.O.B. price by subtracting out the transport costs they incurred,” says Jason Jordan, NCBA manager of legislative affairs.

The Index serves as a risk management tool for producers and is based on feeder cattle prices collected and reported from a 12-state region by the USDA.  The accuracy of the Index depends upon a sufficient number of animals being included in the calculation. However, in recent years it had become clear that the current reporting parameters limited the volume of reportable sales such that the validity of the Index was in question, especially during fall months.

For more information, visit the NCBA Web site.

Texas Cattle TB-Free

Texas ranchers achieved a four-year-old objective on Oct. 3, when USDA announced in the Federal Register that the state had regained cattle tuberculosis (TB)-free status. This valuable status was lost in 2002 after two TB-infected cattle herds were detected in Texas. Since September 2003 more than 335,000 cows in Texas’ 818 dairies, and nearly 129,000 beef cattle in 2,014 of the state’s seedstock or purebred herds have been tested for cattle TB. This extensive testing was conducted to ensure that all TB infection had been detected and eliminated, and that effective disease surveillance had been implemented.

All Breeds Cattle Tour, Oct. 13-14

Seventeen Hereford, Angus, Red Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Lowline, Salers and Simmental breeders will showcase their top animals during the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) All Breeds Cattle Tour. The tour is Oct. 13-14 in the area surrounding Bismarck and Mandan, N.D. Registration and bus transportation are free. For more information, visit the NDSA Web site.

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