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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 46
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Hereford Highlights

No News Next Week

There will be no Hereford eNews next week due to the holiday. The American Hereford Association (AHA) staff wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving. We hope that you and your families have a lot to be thankful for this year!


Hereford.org
Plays Past Hereford 101

The past Webinar titled “Hereford 101: So You Think You Know EPDs” is available for viewing for a short period of time at Hereford.org. Dan Moser, Kansas State University associate professor, and Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, discuss why expected progeny differences (EPDs) are more important than actual individual performance.


Kohlbeck Named AHW Woman of the Year

Kathy Storey Kohlbeck, Bozeman, Mont., has been named the 2006 American Hereford Women (AHW) Woman of the Year.

Kathy is a third-generation Hereford breeder. Her grandparents — Wilbur and Hilda Storey — started in the registered Hereford business in 1935, making Storey Hereford Ranch one of the oldest Hereford operations in Montana.

Actively involved in the Hereford business her entire life, Kathy is a true promoter of Herefords and Hereford youth. In 1996 she was elected to the AHW board of directors. While on the board she served in numerous officer positions, including Feedbox editor, historian, parliamentarian, director and president-elect. In 2001 she served on the transition Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) board. From 1999-2002 she chaired the strategic planning committee, which was a joint AHW/National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) committee. Kathy is also a past president of the Montana Hereford Auxiliary.

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


Hereford Bull Supreme Over All Breeds

CS GV Rock 22P ET, grand and senior champion bull at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) National Hereford Show, was selected from 13 breed winners as the supreme champion bull. Congratulations to the owners: Stockdale Hereford Farm, Dayton, Pa.; CSR Polled Hereford Farm, Alapaha, Ga.; and Grandview Plantation, Como, Miss.


Mench Exhibits Grand Champion Carcass Steer

Morgan Mench, Shirley, Ind., exhibited the grand champion carcass steer over all breeds at the Indiana State Fair. The 1,395-lb. Hereford steer had a carcass weight of 864 lb., a 13.3 square inch ribeye, .3 inch of backfat, was a Yield Grade 2.75 and graded Prime. The steer was also reserve champion at the Indiana Hereford Preview Show. Congratulations, Morgan!


Reminder: New Online Registry Features

The following information was in Hereford eNews a few weeks ago. The AHA staff would again like to remind everyone of the new online registry features. These features make it easier to keep track of artificial insemination (AI) certificates and their use when registering calves.

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 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 is 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 questions, don’t hesitate to call any of the folks in the AHA customer service department at (816) 842-3757.


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.


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 Certified Hereford Beef® (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.


AHA Parentage Verification Reminder

Beginning Dec. 1 every 250th calf born from 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.

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Market Update
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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

Make the Most of Cull Cow Marketing
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

Cull cow marketing is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of the cow-calf business. Whether you operate a seedstock or commercial cow-calf operation, effective cull cow marketing can add dollars to your bottom line. Depending on the relationship between calf and cull cow prices as well as culling rates, cull cows and bulls comprise 15-30% of the revenue in a cow-calf operation. In this week’s column, I’ll offer some pointers on effectively marketing your cull cows.

Make effective culling decisions

Cows are culled for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons include pregnancy status (being open), soundness problems such as lameness, and age. To make effective culling decisions, monitor your cow herd frequently and look for cows that appear to be losing condition or in poor health. These cows should be culled before they go further downhill or lose more weight.

In some cases, cows that are thin due to lack of energy in the diet may regain weight rapidly when fed a higher-quality diet. These cows are good candidates for a short period of feeding prior to marketing.

Cull cows should be pregnancy tested prior to sale. In some cases, marketing a cow as a bred cow at a later date may present a profit opportunity. In research conducted at South Dakota State University, 23% of cull cows purchased at sale barns for feeding were diagnosed as more than five months pregnant.

Take advantage of market seasonality

Cull cow markets are seasonal in nature. In the Northern Plains, cull cow prices are typically lowest in the fall when cows come off pasture, and then they rise through the spring. Seasonal price indexes typically peak in March and April. Marketing cull cows at that time is one way to improve overall profitability and revenue from cull cows.

By making the right culling decisions and taking advantage of market seasonality, you’ll have the opportunity to improve profitability of your ranching operation. Good luck with your fall marketing plans.


Lambert Explains Status of Beef Trade with South Korea

“South Korea has responded to our request for clarification of their beef trade restrictions,” reported Chuck Lambert, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deputy under secretary of marketing and regulatory programs, last week.

He continued, “It is a positive step forward that South Korean leaders have agreed to remove silver skin from their list of prohibited items and have agreed that cartilage, breast-bone and bone chips would not be considered specified risk material. However, I am very disappointed that they have been unwilling to establish commercial tolerance levels for bone chips and cartilage. Tolerance levels have been established with many other trading partners.”

Lambert is continuing discussions with South Korea in hopes of resolving these issues.


Japan Confirms Another BSE Case
Pete Hisey, Meatingplace.com

Japanese officials on Monday (Nov. 13) confirmed the country’s 30th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

The animal was a 5-year-old dairy cow from a ranch on the island of Hokkaido. The carcass will be incinerated to ensure that it doesn’t enter the human or animal food supply.


Mid-South Stocker Conference, Feb. 13-14

The Mid-South Stocker Conference is scheduled for Feb. 13-14, 2007, at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Ky. Planning the event are representatives of the Kentucky and Tennessee Cooperative Extension services and allied industries in the Mid-South region. For program and registration information, contact Jim Neel at (865) 974-7294 or jneel@utk.edu; John Bartee at (931) 648-5725 or jbartee1@utk.edu; or John Johns at (859) 257-2853 or jtjohns@uky.edu.

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