Whole Herd TPR™ Deadline
Nov. 1 is the deadline for submitting Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) data to the American Hereford Association (AHA) for inclusion in the genetic analysis and resulting expected progeny differences (EPDs), which will be released in early 2007.
Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Sale – Oct. 30
The Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program Sale is Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. CST at the Tennessee Livestock Producers’ Barn in Thompson Station, Tenn. Selling will be 750 head of home-raised Hereford Verified and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) eligible calves.
The calves are age, source and health protocol verified via producer affidavits. Ninety percent are steers. Ninety percent are Herefords, with the other 10% being black or red baldies. They all have Allflex electronic identification (EID) tags with matching visual tags.
The calves will be graded, weighed and penned within 75-100-lb. weight breaks.
Cattle have been consigned from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
For more information, contact John Woolfolk at (731) 225-2620 or Darrell Ailshie at (931) 212-8512.
New Hereford Leadership
Jack Evans, Winona, Miss., was announced as the new president of the AHA at the AHA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 23. His goals for the Association include taking CHB® to the next level, gaining more Hereford market share and making the Association as efficient as possible. Evans is manager of EE Ranches Inc.’s Mississippi division in Winona.
Hank DeShazer, Hearne, Texas, will team with Evans as the AHA vice president. DeShazer owns DeShazer Cattle Co. in Hearne.
Also at the Annual Meeting, state delegates elected three new Board members. Congratulations to Marshall Ernst, Windsor, Colo.; Bob Harrell Jr., Baker City, Ore.; and Denny Hoffman, McArthur, Calif. For more information on these new directors, see the October Hereford World.
The AHA staff wishes to thank the retiring Board members for their service to the breed and the membership. Those individuals are Jack Holden, Valier, Mont., 2005-06 president; Wayne Mrnak, Bowman, N.D., director and 2005-06 CHB LLC president; and Dale Spencer, Brewster, Neb., director.
Look for a detailed section about the Annual Meeting and related events in the December Hereford World. News releases are also being posted in the “Announcements” section at Hereford.org.
Hereford Hall of Fame, Hall of Merit Inductees Recognized
Bob Schafer, Mahnomen, Minn., and Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., were inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Oct. 23 at the AHA Annual Meeting. The Hall of Fame honor recognizes Hereford breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed.
Also honored were Hereford Hall of Merit inductees, the late Guy Shull, Elgin, Okla., and Michael “Mike” MacNeil, Miles City, Mont. Hall of Merit recipients aren’t necessarily Hereford breeders, but have in their own ways greatly influenced the Hereford breed and cattle industry.
For more information, see “Hereford Friends Recognized with Hall of Fame, Merit Honors” in the “Announcements” section at Hereford.org.
American Royal Winners
Congratulations to the following American Royal National Hereford Show winners.
- Champion Heifer: BR Gabrielle 5082 owned by Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas
- Reserve Champion Heifer: BR Carol Channing 5020 ET owned by Kirbie Day, Waxahachie,Texas
- Champion Bull: GKB Uptown B613 ET owned by Gary and Kathy Buchholz, Bardwell,Texas
- Reserve Champion Bull: GKB MCC 146 Keystone B538 owned by Gary and Kathy Buchholz and Mason McClintock, Ft. McKavett, Texas
- Junior Show Champion Heifer: BR Carol Channing 5020 ET shown by Kirbie Day
- Junior Show Reserve Champion Heifer: DCC 8006 Lady 5267 ET shown by Shawn Gilmore, Floresville,Texas
- Premier Breeder: Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn.
- Premier Exhibitor: Four L Hereford Farm
- Best Six Head: Four L Hereford Farm
- Champion Get of Sire: Four L Hereford Farm
To view complete results of the American Royal National Hereford Show visit Hereford.org. The “Shows” menu on the left includes “National Show Results.” Also see “Buchholz and Barber Exhibit American Royal Hereford Champions” in the “Announcements” section at Hereford.org.
Anderson To Join CHB LLC Staff
CHB LLC is pleased to announce a new hire. Shonda Anderson will be joining the CHB LLC staff in November, assuming the role of account manager.
Anderson is a native and current resident of Durango, Colo., where she first became interested in animal agriculture through 4-H programs and home-raised livestock. In 2005 she earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University (CSU), where she double majored in agriculture and resource economics and agricultural education. Since her graduation, Anderson has served as a legislative assistant for Colorado Rep. Mark Larson, and she is presently the campaign manager for Ellen Roberts, who seeks to replace term-limited Larson in November.
Anderson has a remarkable range of experience. She has interned with or worked for the National Western Stock Show, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Colorado 4-H and the CSU meat laboratory. In addition Anderson student taught in an agricultural education program in eastern Colorado and has studied in Mexico and New Zealand.
Anderson enjoys skiing, horseback riding and elk hunting with her family. The CHB LLC staff is tremendously excited about the enthusiasm, creativity and variety of skills Anderson will bring to the team.
Attention Hereford Exhibitors
Entries for the 2006 Western Nugget Hereford Show are due Oct. 31. The show will take place at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2. The fee is $50 per entry. Checks should be made payable to “Western Nugget Hereford Show” and entries mailed to Sue Hoffman, show secretary, Western Nugget Hereford Show, 1405 Crown Dr., Reno, NV 89503.
Download 2006 Western Nugget Hereford Show entry form (PDF)
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)
Help David Stand 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.
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
For more information, contact:
3301 S. 505 Rd.
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Shellie Collins, (580) 471-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Thompson, (918) 541-3005 or email@example.com
Kade Thompson, (918) 541-5874
Is Staff Training Part of Your Strategic Initiatives?
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science
Let there be no doubt we are immersed in the information age, where the proliferation of information has reached historic highs while the access to information on a global scale is nearly instantaneous. This environment creates the need for organizations to spend more time developing and implementing effective training programs to empower their people to make best use of new technology and information. However, a serious evaluation of agricultural enterprises leads me to believe that our industry has a poorly developed approach to training and continuing education.
Human resource research points out that while salary and economic benefits are important components of an employment package, they are not sufficient for keeping people engaged. Humans need opportunities for learning, professional development and new skill training to feel fulfilled. This need is true for people at every level of an organization — owners, managers, experienced employees and novice employees. Nonetheless, attention to training is lacking in many agricultural production businesses.
Training and education needs and opportunities span the spectrum from equipment operation, animal handling and other operational processes to business philosophy, regulatory compliance and other broad-based topic areas. Development of a strategic training initiative involves several steps — assessing human talents and skills available to the ranch, developing a need assessment of critical areas in which training is required, formalizing an approach to bridging the gap and providing a forum for people to have input into the plan.
Suggested topic areas for training include:
- Animal handling
- Cattle processing protocols based on Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines
- Equipment operation and maintenance procedures
- Public relations skills in dealing with visitors and neighbors
- Information collection and utilization for improvement of the business
- Farm safety
Topics should be tailored to needs of the particular business and its people. Furthermore, educational efforts will only be successful if time and resources are allocated on a consistent basis. Assistance in developing a training program can be obtained from the Extension service, state and national cattle producer organizations, a local chamber of commerce, or a host of other sources. Ignorance is the enemy of innovation and long-term profitability. A strategic educational initiative that meets the needs of both the organization and the people involved will yield fewer losses to quality defects, and a more stable and unified work force.
USDA Releases 2005 U.S. Animal Health Report
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the 2005 U.S. Animal Health Report (PDF), a national overview of domestic animal health in the U.S.
The report addresses the many components of the U.S. animal health infrastructure, animal population demographics, approaches to foreign animal disease surveillance and new initiatives. As an annual publication, the U.S. Animal Health Report is updated and refined each year. It provides a valuable method to communicate with stakeholders and the public about the status of animal health in the U.S.
Risk Management Sessions in North Carolina – Nov. 29 and 30
The North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association (NCCA) is teaming up with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) to present a risk management workshop, Marketing Your Way to Profitability. The sessions will be held on Nov. 29 at the George Upton Livestock Arena in Clinton, N.C., and on Nov. 30 at the Iredell County Ag Center in Statesville, N.C.
The workshop features hands-on training for using futures and options, and information on how these marketing tools can assist an operation. CME staff will present a beginning-level course that includes instruction on the mechanics of futures with hedging, and the basics of forward pricing with options.
Registration is required. Meals and breaks will be provided with your registration fee. For the two-day event, the registration fee is $15 for members of the NCCA, NCBA or any of its state affiliates. Non-member registration is $35. For more information on the sessions and to register, contact Bundy Plyler, NCCA, at (919) 552-9111 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Renee Lloyd, NCBA, at (303) 850-3373 or email@example.com.