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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 47
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Hereford Highlights

No Hereford 101 Tonight!

The online Hereford 101 scheduled for Nov. 30 is postponed due to inclement weather in Kansas City. Watch for a rescheduled date.

Hereford Champions Selected at North American

KP Real Deal 446 walked out of Freedom Hall a winner at the 2006 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) National Hereford Show on Nov. 16 in Louisville, Ky. The 2-year-old bull, sired by BP Kahlua 38M, is co-owned by Daugherty Cattle Co., Clovis, N.M., and Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, N.M.

Tommy Coley, Birmingham, Iowa, evaluated the Hereford lineup and sorted through 212 heifers and bulls.

Cottonwood Springs Farm, Cedar, Mich., exhibited the champion yearling bull that went on to be named reserve grand champion. CSF 122L Creek 203R ET is sired by Remitall Online 122L.

In 2005 HAWK KO Enuff Faith 0506 won her division at the NAILE; this year she claimed the grand champion female title. Faith is owned by National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) member Karlee Osborne, Sheridan, Ill., and sired by CH Enuff Prophet 2913.

In the reserve spotlight was Purple Cruella 14S ET exhibited by Purple Reign Cattle Co., Toulon, Ill. The BR Moler ET daughter also won the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in October and the junior calf division at the American Royal. This reserve female was one of the reasons Purple Reign Cattle Co. received the premier exhibitor title.

At the conclusion of the show, DeShazer Cattle Co., Hearne, Texas, stepped into the winner’s circle and claimed purple banners for premier breeder as well as best six head and champion get of sire with a group sired by H 8E Embracer 8006.

On Nov. 12, 94 heifers competed for grand and reserve honors in the junior show. Kyle Colyer, Bruneau, Idaho, judged the junior entries. Dylan Evans, Lebo, Kan., received the nod for champion heifer with KJ 2403 Robinette 968R by Allendale Robin Hood. Karey Howes, Taneytown, Md., led BL Velvet Rose by BR DM Channing ET to the reserve title.

For more NAILE results, visit

Order Your North American Photos Today

To view and purchase NAILE photos taken by American Hereford Association (AHA) staff, visit the Hereford Photo Shop Web site. Call Amy Cowan at (816) 842-3757 with questions.

Several Herefords Entered in WCA/WSU Bull Test

One hundred sixty-eight bulls, owned by 55 breeders from three states, were weighed on test Nov. 13-14, 2006, at the Washington State University (WSU) Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Prosser. The 14th annual all-breed test, jointly sponsored by the Washington Cattlemen’s Association and WSU, includes 17 Hereford and 12 polled Hereford bulls. The post-test sale will be March 28, 2007, at the research center. For more information, visit the WSU Prosser Web site.

Interested in Sponsoring the Hereford Hospitality Suite?

Like last year, the AHA will be hosting a Hereford hospitality suite in Denver at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), 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.

Make Your National Western Reservations Soon

If you’re planning to stay at the AHA headquarters hotel at the NWSS, make sure to reserve your rooms soon. The headquarters is the Renaissance Denver Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street. A block of rooms is reserved until Dec. 18. The rate is $84. Call (888) 238-6762 to make your reservations.

Juniors will show their Hereford females on Jan. 11, followed by the carload and pen shows. The Hereford female show and Hereford sale are Jan. 12. Finally, the Hereford bull show is Jan. 13.

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

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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.

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Industry Insight

Calving Season Planning
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

While it may seem early to begin planning for the spring calving season, the benefits of taking stock of calving supply inventories and equipment and finding the time to spend an hour with the herd veterinarian to learn of new protocols are significant. By planning now you may find end-of-year pricing specials and experience less stress in terms of resupplying the calving room. You will also give yourself the benefit of heading into the calving season with knowledge about emerging calfhood disease challenges in your region.

The basic necessities for calving season include:

  • Ear tags
  • Iodine naval dip
  • Appropriate vaccines, syringes and needles
  • Rehydrating solution
  • Frozen colostrum supply (if possible)
  • Calving books for the crew — get your redbooks now from your local Extension specialist
  • Obstetric intervention equipment (hopefully for use only in malpresentations)
  • Written directions to your operation for new veterinarians
  • Posted phone numbers of veterinarians and other appropriate people, as well as standardized protocols, for access by calving crew

Furthermore, it is critical to thoroughly clean calving areas, to have bedding on hand and to adequately train personnel. Spending a few hours now will assure that the facilities, equipment and personnel are ready when the first calf arrives.

National Animal ID — Draft User Guide Says Permanently Voluntary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a Draft User Guide for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and is requesting comments on the document. Of particular interest is the new guide’s focus on a strictly voluntary system, rather than an evolving mandatory system that has been emphasized in the past.

The overview reads, “Participation in NAIS is voluntary at the Federal level. Under our current authorities, USDA could make the NAIS mandatory, but we are choosing not to do so — again, participation in every component of NAIS is voluntary at the Federal level. The NAIS does not need to be mandatory to be effective; we believe the goals of the system can be achieved with a voluntary program. As producers become increasingly aware of the benefits of the NAIS and the level of voluntary participation grows, there will only be less need to make the program mandatory.”

At the NAIS Community Outreach Event in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 31, Chuck Conner, USDA deputy secretary, and Bruce Knight, USDA under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, told of the upcoming guide and the intent for the NAIS to be permanently voluntary.

Conner told event attendees, “Some of you who have worked on the system for a long time feel that we can best achieve our objectives through a mandatory system. But the best system, simply put, is one that will work. That means a system farmers will participate in and support. And that’s a voluntary system.

“Since we’ve had some confusion on this, we need to be as clear as we can be. This is Voluntary with a capital V. Not a currently voluntary, then maybe a mandatory system. This is a permanently voluntary system at the federal level.”

The NAIS Draft User Guide (PDF) replaces all previously published program documents, including the 2005 Draft Strategic Plan and Draft Program Standards and the 2006 Implementation Strategies. The guide provides information on how producers can participate in the voluntary NAIS, how participation would benefit them and how the system is being implemented.

Comments on the guide are being accepted through Jan. 22, 2007. You can submit them by e-mail to Include “NAIS Draft User Guide” in the subject line. You can also mail comments to:

NAIS Program Staff
Attn: NAIS Draft User Guide
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
Unit 200
4700 River Road
Riverdale, MD 20737

The NAIS will continue to evolve as details are addressed through ongoing dialogue with stakeholders.

USDA Revives Efforts to Import Older Canadian Cattle
John Gregerson,

USDA indicated Monday that it has completed a new risk assessment on older Canadian cattle and that it once again is seeking to allow Canadian cattle and beef 30 months of age and older into the U.S. food chain.

The risk assessment was sent last week to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with little fanfare. OMB indicated it received the proposal on Nov. 24.

An earlier initiative to resume imports of older animals derailed when a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in a 4-year-old Canadian animal last July, well after Canada implemented a ban on ruminant-to-ruminant feed — one of the primary vectors of BSE transmission — in 1997. The case cast doubt on the effectiveness of Canada’s cattle feed restrictions.

Canada then reported its eighth case of BSE in August.

Meanwhile, the country remains classified as a minimal risk for introducing BSE into the U.S.

Register Now for Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show

Cattlemen from across the nation will gather in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 31-Feb 3 for the 2007 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show. Early registration is available through Jan. 5 by visiting the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Web site or by calling (303) 694-0305 for a copy of the registration brochure.

The event will be held at the Gaylord Opryland® Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, and is hosted by the NCBA, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the American National CattleWomen, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and Cattle-Fax. The U.S. cattle industry’s largest gathering also includes its largest trade show, featuring more than 250 exhibitors.

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