Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 42
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DeShazer Cattle Co.
Hereford Highlights

Welcome to Kansas City!

The American Hereford Association (AHA) Board and staff would like to welcome everyone coming to Kansas City for the Annual Meeting on Monday, Oct. 23. A lot of good things have happened in the breed during the last fiscal year; we’re excited to share. We’re also looking forward to getting your feedback to further strengthen the Association in the future.

The Annual Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Westin Crown Center. The Annual Report will be presented and distributed to the membership, along with other reports on activities within the Association, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI), Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC and the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA).

This year’s Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit recipients will be recognized, as well as national show point winners.

Also, three new AHA Board members will be announced. Running for the Board are Mark Cooper, Willow Creek, Mont.; Marshall Ernst, Windsor, Colo.; Bob Harrell Jr., Baker City, Ore.; Denny Hoffman, McArthur, Calif.; Steve Lorenzen, Chrisman, Ill.; and Ken Stephens, Valentine, Neb.

For more information about the Annual Meeting and related weekend activities, see the “Announcements” at Hereford.org. The American Royal junior Hereford show and National Hereford Show will begin at the American Royal facilities Sunday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m.


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 shellie.collins@hotmail.com
Katie Thompson, (918) 541-3005 or kthompson@mn-e.com
Kade Thompson, (918) 541-5874


CHB® in American Royal BBQ Contest

CHB® briskets were part of the American Royal BBQ contest on Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Mo. Local group, Smokin Mother Ruckers BBQ & Catering, used Hereford beef briskets. They competed in both invitational and open events. Look for a story in the next CHB LLC newsletter.


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 expected progeny differences (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 LiveAuctions.tv, 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 jward@hereford.org.


Impressive Offering at 2006 Ladies of the Royal Sale

The 2006 Ladies of the Royal sale is 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 about this lot, download the Cooper Hereford Ranch advertisement (PDF, 170KB).

For more information on any of the lots or animals in the sale, visit Herfnet.com or call Joe Rickabaugh at (816) 218-2280 or (785) 633-3188. To request a printed catalog, e-mail Rickabaugh at jrick@hereford.org or Michelle Clogston at mclogston@hereford.org.


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.


Attention Junior Hereford Exhibitors

Entries for the 2006 Western Nugget Junior Hereford Show are due 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)


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 in). 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.

Largent & Sons
Market Update
Downloads:

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

Preparing for the Winter Feeding Period
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences

Before you know it, winter will be here. It always comes earlier than you expect, and in many cases, earlier than you’ve prepared for it. For this week’s column, I’ll focus on a few items to consider and to prepare for in relation to your cattle operation during the upcoming winter months.

For spring-calving cow herds, now is the time to consider weaning this year’s calf crop. This will give your cow herd time to recover body condition and weight lost during lactation. It may also reduce the need for supplementation on dormant pastures and crop residues.

Evaluate cow condition and segregate thin cows into a separate management group for the upcoming fall grazing and winter feeding periods. Strategically supplementing only the cows that need it will save you money. This will also improve production efficiency during calving next spring when a greater proportion of live calves are born from cows in proper body condition.

Take inventory of your feed supplies to determine if you have adequate resources for the upcoming winter feeding period. If supplies look tight, evaluate alternatives such as feeding coproducts, grazing crop residues or culling additional cows.

If you rely on automatic waterers, wells and/or tanks as a water source, take the time to do seasonal maintenance now. If you wait until later, you may find yourself thawing out and working on a waterer on a morning when the temperature has plummeted. Be sure to check the floats, lines coming into the fountain and any heating elements you are using to be sure they are in good working order.

Making preparations now for the upcoming winter feeding period will pay dividends later.

Cattle Supply: Fourth Quarter Will Be Key in Herd Expansion
Pete Hisey, Meatingplace.com

James Mintert, agricultural economics expert at Kansas State University Research and Extension, said that recent trends have clouded the picture of the U.S. cattle herd, and that fourth-quarter statistics will be key to interpreting the picture.

Beef processors are counting on an expanding herd to rein in high prices and provide a larger number of younger cattle to meet demand in Japan, where prices are high, but only beef from animals 20 months or younger is allowed.

A huge bump in cattle sent to slaughter in the late summer has clouded a picture of a rapidly expanding herd stimulated by high prices for cattle and calves, Mintert said. “This year’s beef and dairy cow slaughter combined total has been 10.5% higher than a year ago,” he noted. “The big rise in beef cow slaughter has stimulated speculation that the U.S. has shifted from herd expansion to herd liquidation. But is this really the case?”

He points to a jump in steer slaughter, but a decline in heifer slaughter as indicative that farmers are culling their herds of steers, perhaps due to drought conditions, while holding back heifers to rebuild the herd next year.

“So far this year, the ratio of female to steer slaughter is 0.833, suggesting that producers are still trying to expand their herds despite drought and poor pasture conditions,” Mintert said. “Fourth quarter cow and heifer slaughter will ultimately determine what happens.”


Applications Accepted for 2007 Beef Industry Vision Award

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is accepting applications for the 2007 Beef Industry Vision Award through Nov. 30.

The Vision Award recognizes individuals in the cattle industry for innovative strategies that have enhanced not only their business, but the industry as a whole. Applications are evaluated on the basis of effective use of technology, production cost, ingenuity of implementation, innovative marketing, effect on the industry and optimum resource management.

Up to seven regional finalists will be selected from the applications received, and one recipient will be named the national Vision Award winner.

The national winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and two registrations for the 2007 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville, Jan.31-Feb. 3. The national winner will be recognized and receive his or her award at the convention. Each regional winner will receive a $1,000 award and two complimentary convention registrations.

For more information, visit the NCBA Web site.

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