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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 44
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Hereford Highlights

National Hereford Feedout Recognizes Test Winners

National Hereford Feedout winners were recognized at the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 23, for consigning the high-performing cattle to the winter 2006 test.

Overall winners are determined by a formula that takes into consideration the performance and carcass quality of consignments, putting the most emphasis on profit-driving performance traits. Winning the overall award for the winter test (December 2005 start date) were Brad and Dixie Hollenbeck, Brownlee, Neb., first; Oleen Bros., Dwight, Kan., second; and Bud Stolzenberg, Crookston, Neb., third. Winning the youth division was Katherine Krauss, Russell, Kan.

For the rest of the story, visit Hereford.org.


Hereford Exhibitors Honored in Kansas City

Hereford exhibitors were recently rewarded for showcasing their breeding programs at national and regional shows throughout the past year. At the AHA’s Annual Meeting, Hereford show heifer, show bull and premier exhibitor awards were given to exhibitors in each of four U.S. regions.

For a complete listing of the Hereford show point program winners, visit Hereford.org.


$18,250 in Scholarships Awarded to Hereford Youth

National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members Kristi Bishop, Margeaux Firestine, Catie Sims, Emilie Miller, Amy Berry, Cassie Bacon, Ben Barkow and Brandy Valek were awarded scholarships totaling $18,250 at Hereford events in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 21-22. All but Valek were recognized at the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Casino Magic Fundraiser Saturday night. Valek received her award at the American Royal National Hereford Show on Sunday.

For the rest of the story, visit Hereford.org.


Congratulations Able Acres

Able Acres, Wingate, Ind., had the top sale indexing bull in the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) 2006 Summer Test. Polled Hereford bull No. 24 (Reg. No. P42666080) excelled in eight economically important traits used by IBEP for determining sale index, topping the 65 bulls in the 58th IBEP sale, Oct. 21. The bull’s test performance index was 111.3 and his carcass merit ratio was 105.2.

In addition his expected progeny differences (EPDs) for weaning and yearling weight, maternal milk, maternal calving ease and ribeye area, as well as his Certified Hereford Beef Index (CHB$), are in the top 5-15% of all non-parent bulls in the breed.

No. 24 is sired by PR 122L Lad N33. He sold for $2,350.

Able Acres also has five bulls entered in the IBEP 2006 Winter Test, which began Oct. 31. The 59th IBEP Bull Sale and Video Auction will be April 19, 2007, 6 p.m., at the Springville Feeder Auction and selected video sites.

For more information, contact Kern Hendrix at (765) 494-4832 or khendrix@purdue.edu.


Hereford 101: Making Ultrasound Work For You

The next online Hereford 101 will be Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. CST. Patrick Wall, director of communications for The National Centralized Ultrasound Processing (CUP) Lab & Technology Center, will join Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss the importance of ultrasound and how to go about it on the ranch.

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 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.

For more information, contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or jward@hereford.org.


AHA Parentage Verification Reminder

Beginning Dec. 1 every 250th calf born from artificial insemination (AI) or embryo transfer (ET) will be parentage verified. This will happen at the expense of the AHA and will be required before the calf can be registered. For more information, contact Jack Ward at (816) 842-3757.


Place Your Holiday CHB® Orders with Rhett’s Meat Market

Rhett’s Meat Market, Oklahoma City, is happy to be supplying central Oklahoma with Certified Hereford Beef® (CHB). Rhett and his staff are ready to fill your holiday orders. Don’t delay; call (405) 752-2874 to place your order. Be sure to let Rhett know you appreciate his support of the CHB program.


Attention Louisville Exhibitors

There are 353 head of Herefords entered in the North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, Ky. Please let Amy Cowan know how many head you will be exhibiting and any specific stalling requests you have, so that the stalls are already assigned when you arrive at the North American. This will ensure that you have adequate stall space and are stalled with whom you intended. Contact Cowan at (816) 842-3757 or acowan@hereford.org. Thanks for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you in Louisville. The National Hereford Show is Nov. 16. The junior show is Nov. 12.


Enjoy the Reno Sale Offering

All the cattle that will be selling in the Western Nugget sale in Reno, Nev., will be on display right after the female show concludes (approximately 3-4 p.m.) on Friday, Dec. 1. As in the past, a great group of Western Nugget juniors will be serving CHB, a wide array of appetizers and plenty of beverages for potential buyers as they view the sale offering displayed in the showring. This is a fun event sponsored by the juniors and they are rolling out the welcome mat again this year. Be sure to attend.


National Western Deadline, Headquarters

The entry deadline for the National Western Stock Show National Hereford Show is Nov. 15. Juniors will show their Hereford females on Jan. 11. Also on this day will be the carload and pen shows. The Hereford female show and Hereford sale are Jan. 12. Finally, the Hereford bull show is Jan. 13.

The AHA headquarters is the Renaissance Denver Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street. A block of rooms is reserved until Dec. 18. The rate is $84. Call (303) 399-7500 to make your reservations.

For more information, contact Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757 or acowan@hereford.org.


Interested in Sponsoring the Hereford Hospitality Suite?

Like last year, the AHA will be hosting a Hereford hospitality suite at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, where Hereford breeders can congregate to relax and visit. AHA staff is looking for suite sponsors. Anyone interested can contact either Jack Ward or Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757.

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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.

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Industry Insight

Solid Records are the Basis for Sound Decision Making
John Hall, Virginia Tech Department of Animal & Poultry Science

Several of the “Industry Insight” columns in recent weeks have focused on questions producers should be asking or analyses that need to be conducted. During the final weeks of 2006 as we look at those analyses or ponder those questions, we need to consider what records to keep next year to improve our decision-making abilities. Some basic records to keep are listed below:

Inventory records
  • Number of cows, bulls and bred heifers on hand Jan. 1
  • Number of breeding age females exposed to bulls or AI during the breeding season
  • Cows or heifers culled/died and reasons
  • Animal purchases
Breeding records
  • Date breeding season began and ended
  • AI records or bull breeding group records
  • Body condition score (BCS) of cows at beginning and end of breeding season
  • Age and BCS of bulls at beginning and end of breeding season
Calving records
  • Birth dates and dam IDs on all calves
  • Number of calves stillborn, found dead or died within 24 hours
  • BCS of cows at calving
Weaning records
  • Weaning date
  • Number of calves weaned
  • Weaning weights on all calves
  • Average weaning weight of calves
  • Body weight and BCS of cows at weaning or pregnancy exam
Feed and grazing records
  • Date winter feeding began and ended
  • Beginning and ending feed inventory
  • Purchased feed records
  • Date cattle were moved to various pastures and pasture sizes
  • Pasture condition at turnout and end of the grazing season
Health records
  • Animal vaccination and treatment records in accordance with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) standards
Sale and marketing records
  • Calf sale receipts
  • Cow sale receipts
  • Bull sale receipts
  • Marketing methods used

Certainly, this list is not exhaustive and producers can customize their record systems to meet their needs, but keeping the information listed will go a long way in making basic production decisions. From this information, you can calculate many of the key performance measures needed to evaluate your herd and operation, such as calving percentage, calving distribution, cow size and cow productivity. In addition you can get a rough picture of the ability of the current nutritional program to meet cow needs, as well as an idea of if current cow genetics fit the ranch environment. More detailed financial records are needed to assess production costs and profitability.

Whether you keep an IRM Redbook or have everything on your PDA, it is important to have a place to record information with you on the ranch. Most of us don’t remember everything that needs to be recorded by the time we return to the house. An honest evaluation of your record system for the ranch in addition to evaluating cattle performance is essential in making sound decisions.


U.S. Beef Back in South Korea

Ann Bagel Storck, Meatingplace.com, reports that South Korea accepted its first shipment of U.S. beef in nearly three years on Oct. 30. She says the 9-ton shipment is slated to go through thorough inspections before it hits store shelves, likely by mid-November.


Peru, Colombia End Restrictions on Beef Imports

The American Meat Institute reports that the governments of Peru and Colombia have agreed to end restrictions on U.S. beef imports and will now allow the importation of all U.S. beef and beef products — including those derived from animals of all ages — into their countries.


U.S. Beef Producers Carry “We Care” Message to Japanese Consumers

U.S. beef producers Tom and Cindy Beechinor recently traveled to Japan to put a face to U.S. beef products, allowing consumers to connect the food they eat to those who produce it.

The Beechinors gave out U.S. beef samples and talked with consumers at the Kansai Radio Festival, an event sponsored by their state organization, the Washington State Beef Commission (WSBC). They also participated in the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) booth at a New Orleans-style food and music event in Osaka.

Their efforts were part of the USMEF “We Care” campaign to demonstrate the commitment of U.S. producers and industry to delivering a safe, wholesome and delicious product.

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