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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 41
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Hereford Highlights

Help David Stand Auction and Fund-Raiser

David Faust, long-time friend of the Hereford industry from Bryan, Texas, has developed pressure sores due to his paralysis. This new affliction makes it necessary for him to have a special type of wheelchair. The chair will elevate David to a standing position, allowing his body to heal and minimizing the risk of further infections.

The needed chair is a “LifeStand.” It can be viewed at the LifeStand Web site and is the LS manual standing model. The cost is $11,000. Donations of any size would be greatly appreciated. If funds are received in addition to the price of the chair, they will be used to set up a scholarship in David’s name.

Friends of Faust will also be selling the following items via silent auction in the barns at the American Royal, Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 20-22:

  • Five straws and two certificates of KP Real Deal 446, owned by C and M Herefords and Daughtery Ranch.
  • A framed “The Color of Money” print by Amanda Raithel.
  • Three straws and one certificate of GH Rambo 279, owned by Four L Hereford Farm, Perks Ranch, Spencer Herefords, Dean Thompson, and C and M Herefords.
  • This bull sold for $270,000 in Adams Hirsche Herefords sale and semen packages are just now being released!
  • Five embryo placement package with TK Land & Cattle.
  • Handcrafted Native American jewelry.
  • Kansas City Chiefs football tickets.

It is our hope that you will join the Friends of Faust in helping to raise funds to purchase this life-changing chair. David is a loving father of two young men, Harrison and Nathan, and an honored friend. He has been involved in the cattle industry all of his life and has touched many people’s lives. Please help us change his life for the better.

Donations payable to:
Friends of Faust
3301 S. 505 Rd.
Miami, OK 74354
For more information, contact:
Shellie Collins, (580) 471-1400 or
Katie Thompson, (918) 541-3005 or
Kade Thompson, (918) 541-5874

Hereford Is Largest Breed Show at 50th Keystone International

The National Hereford Show was the largest breed show at the 2006 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 6. The 50th anniversary of KILE started the 2006 national Hereford show season in a big way with 169 head from 21 states, up 33 head from 2005. Gene Steiner, Mason, Ohio, judged the event.

Prior to the show on the evening of Oct. 5 was a social, dinner and marketing discussion at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. “Marketing Hereford Cattle in the 21st Century” was the topic of the panel discussion, which was attended by more than 160 breeders. Steiner; Jerry Huth, Oakfield, Wis.; and Paul Bennett, Red House, Va., shared information about their marketing and breeding programs. Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, served as the moderator.

Stockdale Hereford Farm, Dayton, Pa.; CSR Polled Hereford Farm, Alapaha, Ga.; and Grandview Plantation, Como, Miss., teamed up to claim the bronze bull trophy with their grand and senior champion bull, CS GV Rock 22P ET.

Purple Reign Cattle Co., Toulon, Ill., exhibited the grand and junior calf champion heifer, Purple Cruella 14S ET.

Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn., is no stranger to the winner’s circle at the KILE and this year took home purple banners for premier breeder and exhibitor, as well as best six head and get of sire. In addition Four L Goldstrike 5185R was slapped reserve grand champion bull.

National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) member Karey Howes, Taneytown, Md., exhibited the reserve grand champion female. BL Velvet Rose won the intermediate division before claiming the reserve overall honors.

To view complete results of the KILE National Hereford Show visit The “Shows” menu on the left includes “National Show Results.”

Thanks to all of the Hereford breeders from the Northeast who helped in making the show and panel discussion a success.

Breeders Invited to Watch Hereford 101 at AHA Office

Since many of you will be in Kansas City for the Annual Meeting on Oct. 23, the AHA would like to invite you to come by the office to watch the next online Hereford 101, titled “So You Think You Know EPDs.” The Webinar is 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.

Those in town who don’t have computer access but would like to participate will gather in the AHA library to watch the Webinar and ask questions. Please note that due to construction, 16th Street is closed from Broadway to the office. Visitors will have to take Baltimore to 16th Street to get to the office.

Those who can’t make it to Kansas City for the Annual Meeting, American Royal and other weekend events are encouraged to participate in the Webinar from home.

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.

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

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

Check Out the Hereford 101 Web Page

If you missed the last Hereford 101 about marketing feeder cattle, be sure to visit The “Hereford 101” page plays the past Webinar. This particular Webinar will only be online for a short period of time, so get out there and check it out!

Attention Junior Hereford Exhibitors

Entries for the 2006 Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show are due by Oct. 31. The show will take place at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev., Thursday, Nov. 30. The fee for junior cattle is $35 per entry. Please add a $10 late fee per entry if mailed after Oct. 31. Checks should be made payable to “Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show” and entries mailed to Lawrence Goss, P.O. Box 8770, Reno, NV 89507.

Download 2006 Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show entry form (PDF, 88KB)

Whole Herd TPR™ Deadline

Nov. 1 is the deadline for submitting Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) data to the AHA for inclusion in the genetic analysis and resulting EPDs, which will be released in early 2007.

New Online Registry Features

The AHA has been working on a few new online registry features that will make it easier to keep track of artificial insemination (AI) certificates and their use when registering calves.

A few months ago the AHA added an AI certificate inventory for online registry users, which allows you to view how many AI certificates are available for your use for specific sires. To find the AI certificate inventory available for your use, click on your AHA member number after you have logged into your AHA Internet account (found in the upper right corner of the intro screen, once logged on). Below your AHA account details, you will see an item titled “AI certificates available for use.” Click on the link telling you how many sires have certificates available to view, which sires and how many AI certificates are available for each.

We are just finishing up another feature that uses this AI certificate inventory to let you know if you need to request additional AI certificates when registering your calf crop. When you are using the online registry to register calves, the number of calves out of AI sires are kept track of and if your batch contains more calves by sires than you have available AI certificates for, then once you have submitted the batch of registrations, the batch summary tells you how many additional AI certificates you need to request and also provides contact details for the sire owners. This should make it easier for you to contact a sire owner to have the AI certificates released to you.

Another feature that is now available will be of use to sire owners who regularly market semen and need to release AI certificates to their customers. When using the online registry you are able to create a new type of batch for requesting AI certificates for your customers. All you have to do is create a batch selecting the AI certificate as the type of batch to create. Once you have made the batch you can go in and enter the sire registration number, number of AI certificates you wish to release and the account number of the AHA member you are releasing them to. Then submit the batch.

If you have any questions regarding these new features or any of the features of the online registry system, be sure to stop by the breeders’ forum at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City on Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. There will be a few computers set up outside the meeting room and staff to answer any questions you might have. Look forward to seeing you there.

If you can’t make it to the breeders’ forum and have questions, don’t hesitate to call any of the folks in the AHA customer service department at (816) 842-3757.

Running for the Board – Ken Stephens

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. One by one the candidates have been featured in Hereford eNews. This week, the AHA would like you to meet the final candidate, Ken Stephens.

Ken and his wife, Marilyn, own and operate the KEG Hereford Ranch, Valentine, Neb. The ranch includes 150 cows and 2,700 acres just three miles from the South Dakota border.

The purebred herd consists of 70 registered Herefords, both horned and polled. The ranch is in the hard grass country, just north of the famous Nebraska Sandhills.

The focus at the KEG Hereford Ranch is to produce cows that can perform under harsh conditions and still produce steers that work in the feedlot and on the rail. Their cows are wintered on less than National Research Council (NRC) requirements to ensure that feed efficiency is bred in. All open cows are sold if they cannot breed back with less feed.

Ken utilizes the National Reference Sire Program and the National Hereford Feedout (previously known as the GOP) to test their genetics in the feedlot and on the rail. Ultrasound measurements are taken on all bulls and replacement heifers. Each cow is weighed annually to compute a pounds weaned percentage of the cow’s body weight.

KEG cattle are moderately framed with cows averaging 1,170 lb. and herd bulls ranging from 2,000-2,200 lb. mature weight. Bulls are sold as yearlings by private treaty in late March and April and are never fed more than 10 lb. of grain per day. Ken has also started some DNA testing to help identify added tenderness and marbling.

Ken says the future of the Hereford breed lies in performance. “The breed will regain market share as we prove to the nation’s cattlemen that the efficiency of the whiteface is an economic necessity in their operations,” he says.

Ken is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with an animal science degree. He started his Hereford herd in his teens and came up through the junior ranks, ending his junior career as president of the Nebraska Junior Hereford Association.

Ken has served on the Nebraska Hereford Association board, is vice president of the Sandhills Cattle Association and serves on the steering committee for the National Hereford Feedout. Ken is also an accredited rural appraiser as designated by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and has been appointed by the governor to the Greenbelt Advisory Board, which oversees the special-use valuation procedures in Nebraska.

Marilyn is a teacher in the Valentine Elementary School. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Annual Meeting, Foundation Female, Ladies of the Royal Details Online

For information on the AHA Annual Meeting, Foundation Female auction and the Ladies of the Royal sale, see the “Announcements” on the home page.

Help Fund the 2007 JNHE!

The 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) will be July 7-14 at the National Western Complex 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 of 8184H, owned by Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., will be sold for the benefit of the JNHE. For more information about this lot, 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) 381-5820.

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.

DeShazer Cattle Co.
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

Small Changes Affect Big Picture
Tom Hill, Oregon State University Department of Animal Sciences

Following are the relative effects of a 10% change in different production phases of the beef cattle industry. Values are given based on a herd size of 100 head.

Change In Production Gross Dollars
Per 100 Head Total Per Head for 100 Head Per Pound Per Calf Weaned
10% improvement in conception to weaning (88% to 98%) $6,300 63.00 12.6 cents
10% increase in weaning weight from 500 to 550 lb. 5,500 55.00 11 cents
10% increase in feedlot average daily gain (ADG) during a 120-day feeding period 4,300 43.00 8.6 cents
10% level for cattle to grade Prime (0% to 10% Prime) 2,160 21.60 4.3 cents
10% reduced cow culling rate, resulting in a heifer replacement ratio of 18% versus 20% 2,000 20.00 4 cents
10% reduction in the length of calving season from 60 days to 54 days 1,500 15.00 3 cents
10% improvement in feedlot feed efficiency (8.0 to 7.2:1 during a 120-day feeding period) 670 6.70 1.3 cents
10% change in cattle grading Choice rather than Select (60% Choice to 70% Choice) 640 6.40 1.2 cents
10% change in cattle grading YG2 versus YG3 240 2.40 .05 cents
10% change in interest rate from 7.5% to 8.25% to carry a cow with cash costs of $500 per year -3,750 -37.50 -7.5 cents
10% increase in cow weight relative to winter feed costs (120 lb. increase in body weight = 3 lb. more feed per day) for a 5 month feeding period:      
$80/ton hay -1,800 -18.00 -3.6 cents
$100/ton hay -2,250 -22.50 -4.5 cents
$120/ton hay -2,700 -27.00 -5.4 cents

This data set reaffirms the importance of fertility and growth relative to gross income. If mature cow size is to increase, then weaning weight and fertility cannot be compromised and, in fact, must improve in order to offset additional feed costs.

FDA Issues New Record Requirements For Cattle Materials

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has reported that manufacturers and processors of human food and cosmetics that are manufactured from, processed with or otherwise contain material from cattle must establish and maintain records to demonstrate that the product is not manufactured from, processed with or does not otherwise contain prohibited cattle material. This requirement is a result of an interim final rule issued Oct. 11 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The rule is effective on Jan. 9, 2007. For more information, see the Federal Register document.

USDA Awards $1.1 Million For Invasive Pest Research

Universities in Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Texas and Washington will receive $1.1 million to study the economic implications of preventing, controlling or eradicating invasive pests and diseases.

“The control of invasive plant pests and foreign animal diseases is a major priority in protecting our environment and agricultural sector,” says Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. “This research will help identify effective strategies for preventing the introduction of invasive species and managing their presence.”

For a list of subjects the studies will examine, visit the USDA Web site.

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