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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 6
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Olson Hereford Ranch
Hereford Highlights

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, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss grazing strategies. The Webinar will also feature information about Gallagher products including fence, scales and scaleheads for data collection.

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.


Make Sure You’re in the Hereford Handbook

Hereford Publications Inc. (HPI) has sent letters to state Hereford and women’s association secretaries to request information for the Hereford Handbook in July’s Hereford World. By submitting your association’s leadership and event information, you ensure that Hereford World readers are accurately informed of your state’s activities. If you are the secretary of your association, and did not receive such a letter, please fill out the appropriate form linked below and submit by March 15 via fax, e-mail or mail, using the following contact information:

Fax:
(816) 842-6931, Attn: Christy Benigno
E-mail:
cbenigno@hereford.org
Mailing address:
American Hereford Association
Attn: Christy Benigno
P.O. Box 014059
Kansas City, MO 64101

2007 State Association Directory Form (PDF)
2007 State Women’s Association Directory Form (PDF)


Order Your Stanley Stout Memorial DVD

Stanley Stout, premier auctioneer and avid supporter of the Hereford industry, died suddenly in April 2006. Katie Colyer of Crystal Clear Creations has created a memorial DVD in Stanley’s honor. The DVD is a slideshow of pictures and video clips throughout Stanley’s life, played to music. You can order a copy by e-mailing your name, address and telephone number to Colyer at katie@clearvideos.com or by mailing the information to:

Katie Colyer
Crystal Clear Creations
81058 Colyer Rd.
Bruneau, ID 83604

Donations are accepted and will go toward the development of the Kansas State University (KSU) Stanley E. Stout Livestock Marketing Center. Checks should be made payable to the KSU Foundation–Stanley E. Stout Livestock Marketing Center, and can be mailed along with DVD requests to Colyer.

The center will be located close to the KSU beef barns, and the plan is to include a sale facility as well as classrooms. For more information, contact Joe Rickabaugh, AHA director of field management and seedstock marketing, at (816) 842-3757 or jrick@hereford.org.


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 jxc16@psu.edu.

To qualify for the $20 rebate, indicate on the registration form that you learned about the conference from the AHA. The AHA will receive all rebates and distribute them to registrants.


Apply Now for Hereford Internships

The AHA youth activities department, HPI and 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 cstephens@hereford.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 adenton@hereford.org, or visit Hereford.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

The Certified Hereford Beef (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 ccouch@herefordbeef.org, or visit Herefordbeef.org.

Curtis Polled Herefords
Market Update
Downloads:

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.

Rausch Herefords
Industry Insight

Post-Calving Effects on 2-Year-Old Heifers
Steve Hammack, TAMU Beef Cattle Browsing Newsletter

Oklahoma State University researchers reviewed 53 reports published from 1970 to 2004 on the effect of postcalving nutrition and management in heifers calved first at two years of age. The review indicated that conception rates are similar in both first-calving and older females, but that longer postpartum intervals to first estrus (PPI) and decreased pregnancy rates are common in rebreeding first-time calvers. So, higher nutrition and management are required if acceptable performance is to be realized from rebreeding 2-year-olds.

Early weaning of calves notably decreases PPI and increases pregnancy rate. Dietary energy restriction has the opposite effect on those two responses, regardless of age or parity. Neither dietary fat nor undegraded intake protein supplementation consistently improved reproduction in first calvers. Prebreeding exposure to bulls did decrease PPI and possibly increased first-service conception rates.

The greatest positive effect on reproduction in rebreeding first calvers was realized from managing for adequate body condition at calving (body condition score of 6 or higher) and providing adequate nutrition to minimize loss of condition and body weight after calving. The authors noted that positive effects from good management must be balanced against any corresponding costs.


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