Hereford Rebate Available for National Grass-Fed Beef Conference
Conference organizers are offering $20 rebates to individuals who register for the National Grass-Fed Beef Conference as a result of seeing this Hereford eNews announcement. The conference is Feb. 28-March 2 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Hereford breeders are invited to the conference to learn about the latest technology for grass-fed beef production from producers and experts around the world. Some items to be discussed are:
- Customers: Who are they and where do we find them?
- Consistency of meat products
- The business and economics of grass-fed production
- Wintering programs
- Product labeling
- Forage systems for finishing beef cattle
- Genetics and management for carcass quality
Registration materials and the conference agenda are available at the conference Web site, or by contacting John Comerford at (814) 863-3661 or email@example.com.
To qualify for the $20 rebate, indicate on the registration form that you learned about the conference from the American Hereford Association (AHA). The AHA will receive all rebates and distribute them to registrants.
Calling for Young Hereford Sires
The deadline to nominate sires for the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) is March 1. The NRSP tests young Hereford sires at cooperator cattle herds throughout the U.S., gaining proof on the bulls and data for the breed. Additional information and a nomination form is included in the January Hereford World on Page 85. You can also contact Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, for copies at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Junior Hereford Organizations
Please submit state field day, officers’ and advisors’ information forms to the AHA youth activities department by March 1. All forms are included in the state advisor packets. Copies can also be obtained by contacting Chris Stephens, AHA director of youth activities, at (816) 842-3757 or email@example.com.
The Whiteface Available for Download
The Whiteface is a newsletter produced by the AHA with a focus on the commercial cattle business and the role of Herefords in this sector. Archived issues are available for download at Hereford.org. These newsletters would make excellent reading materials at Hereford sales this spring, especially the February 2007 issue, which is full of “Hereford Testimonials.” If you would like high-resolution files for high-quality printing, please contact Teresa Oe, AHA communication coordinator, at (701) 232-4353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The “Hereford Testimonials” are also included in February’s Hereford World.
Hereford Resources Online
State Hereford associations and individual breeders can now download the AHA’s national ad and radio script at HerefordResource.com. The AHA communication team encourages members to use these materials to help present a uniform Hereford message to the industry.
Also at this site are instructions for ordering “The Power of Black. Only Better.” posters. AHA staff is asking for breeders’ help in distributing these posters to sale barns and other appropriate locations.
As new resources become available, they will be posted to this site and announced at Hereford.org and in Hereford eNews.
For more information, contact Teresa Oe, AHA communication coordinator, at (701) 232-4353 or email@example.com.
Ft. Worth Winners
Congratulations to the following National Hereford Show winners at the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo:
- Horned Champion Heifer: H Lady Wildfire 5080 owned by Scott & Tracy Downing Cattle Co., Madras, Ore.; Hoffman Herefords, McArthur, Calif.; and Hi View Ranch, Cleburne,Texas
- Horned Reserve Champion Heifer: BR Gabrielle 5082 owned by Rylee Barber, Channing, Texas
- Polled Champion Heifer: MCS 59N Romance 14R owned by Mark and Catie Sims, Elgin, Okla.
- Polled Reserve Champion Heifer: C Miss Moler 6090 owned by Michelle Malson, Parma, Idaho
- Horned Champion Bull: SLDK Poseidon R09 ET owned by Sladek Farms, Iowa City, Iowa; Bert and Beverly Wall, Plainview, Texas; and Poseidon Syndicate, Iowa City, Iowa
- Horned Reserve Champion Bull: H Top Hat 604 ET owned by Hoffman Herefords
- Polled Champion Bull: STAR Bright Future 533P ET owned by Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla.; CMR/Grandview, Senatobia, Miss.; and Selca Farms, Kansas City, Mo.
- Polled Reserve Champion Bull: SR CG Hard Rock 5073 owned by Carl and Charles Gray, Edmond, Okla., and Sellman Ranch, Crawford, Neb.
- Horned Premier Breeder: Four L Hereford Farm, Atwood, Tenn.
- Horned Premier Exhibitor: Four L Hereford Farm
- Horned Best Six Head: Four L Hereford Farm
- Horned Get of Sire: Hoffman Herefords (group by BR DM Channing ET)
- Polled Premier Breeder: Star Lake Cattle Ranch
- Polled Premier Exhibitor: Star Lake Cattle Ranch
- Polled Best Six Head: Star Lake Cattle Ranch
- Polled Get of Sire: Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas (group by BR DM Channing ET)
Apply Now for Hereford Internships
The AHA youth activities department, Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC are again offering summer internships.
The youth activities internship is for a college student interested in assisting with planning and execution of junior shows and leadership events. For more information, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Hereford.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.
HPI and AHA offer a communications internship for a college junior or senior who is pursuing a degree in agricultural journalism or agricultural communications. The intern works with the Hereford World editorial staff and the AHA communication team. For more information, contact Angie Stump Denton, Hereford World editor, at (785) 363-7263 or email@example.com, or visit Hereford.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.
The CHB LLC internship application deadline is March 1. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and enrolled in a two-year or four-year college. The intern’s primary responsibility is to help account managers with the sales and marketing of CHB®. For more information, contact Connie Couch at (816) 842-3758 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Herefordbeef.org.
Hereford 101: Grazing Strategies and Gallagher
The next Hereford 101 is scheduled for Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. A Gallagher Animal Management Systems representative will join Jack Ward to discuss grazing strategies. The Webinar will also feature information about Gallagher products including fence, scales and scaleheads for data collection.
Look to future Hereford eNews issues and Hereford.org for participation information, or contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or email@example.com.
Adjusting to Weather and Risk
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science
With the extreme weather conditions of the past 60 days in much of the U.S., many producers find themselves short of feed and managing cow herds that have been nutritionally stressed. Furthermore, many producers also have found themselves short of feed and dealing with a feedstuffs market that is at its peak compared to the last several decades. As such, the next several months may force producers to make the choice between buying feed and selective destocking.
The choice depends on a producer’s situation relative to cash flow, short-term debt and level of risk tolerance. The seasonal peak for market cow prices occurs in late January to February and offers an opportunity for producers that choose to selectively destock to better align the cow herd with available feed. Following is a list of logical candidates for market:
- Cows diagnosed to calve toward the end of the season
- Old cows that are beginning to lose condition
- Females that have had productive failures in the past such as late breed-up, weaning lighter than average calves, requiring assistance at calving or disposition problems
- Daughters of cows that have been below average performers
Having cows in a rising body condition entering into the calving season is important from the perspective of improving rebreeding rates and also assuring that the quality of colostrum is maintained to assure adequate transfer of immunoglobulins to calves. By reducing the number of cows, producers are better able to meet nutritional needs of the cow herd by allowing limited resources to be allocated to the most productive cows. At the same time, sorting the remaining cows into groups based on body condition score provides producers an opportunity to efficiently utilize feed resources by feeding the highest quality feed to younger cows or those in poorer body condition while meeting the needs of better conditioned females with lower quality roughages.
It is critical to compare feed inventories and cow herd numbers soon to assure the best alternatives from which to choose. If the process is delayed, alternatives may become limited and deficit feed conditions may be compounded.