Whole Herd TPR Deadline – March 1
Make sure to have all whole herd inventories submitted to the American Hereford Association (AHA) records department before the $2 surcharge goes into effect on March 1.
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 are included in the January Hereford World on Page 85. You can also contact Jack Ward for copies at (816) 842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hereford 101: Expert Advice on AI and Synchronization
The next Hereford 101 is scheduled for March 22 at 7 p.m. Dave Patterson, state Extension beef reproduction specialist at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will join Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss the importance of artificial insemination (AI). Included will be information on synchronization practices that can enhance AI results.
Look to future Hereford eNews issues and Hereford.org for participation information, or contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or email@example.com.
National Hereford Feedout Winners Announced
Phillip Moon and Lisa Sparrow of Charing Cross Ranch, Harrison, Ark., won the overall award for the spring 2006 National Hereford Feedout (February 2006 start date). The second place award went to Ray Allaman of Junction City, Kan.
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. The spring test included 63 head.
The steers on test had an average daily gain (ADG) of 4.06 lb./day. The Kansas yard average for the same period was 3.5 lb./day. The steers gained while converting on 5.15 lb. of feed (dry matter), compared to the Kansas yard average of 5.87. “The Herefords were 13% better on feed conversion and then they topped it all off with an average cost of gain (COG) of $44.97/hundredweight (cwt.),” says Tom Granzow, Kansas Hereford Association (KHA) secretary-manager. “The Kansas yard average at that time was $53.06/cwt., a 15% advantage to the Herefords.”
Category winners were as follows:
- ADG – Allaman, 4.78 lb./day
- COG – Charing Cross Ranch, $34.45/cwt.
- Dry matter conversion – Charing Cross Ranch, 4.05 lb. feed/lb. gain
- Ribeye area/cwt. (REA/cwt.) – Deewall Family Herefords, Coldwater, Kan., 1.13 square inch/cwt
- Marbling – Oleen Bros., Dwight, Kan., 4.98 average marbling score
- Fat thickness – Douthit Herefords, St. Francis, Kan., .47 inch
- Yield Grade (YG) – Deewall Family Herefords, 2.99
The National Hereford Feedout, formerly the Genetic Outreach Program (GOP), allows producers from across the country to consign whiteface cattle to be fed out at Royal Beef Feedyard in Scott City, Kan. The KHA organizes the program in such a way that Hereford and Hereford-English cross pens can be entered in the test with just a minimum of five head.
The cattle are tagged and individually weighed, and ultrasound data is collected. Then at harvest they are individually weighed again, and final carcass information is gathered. The feed efficiency of each steer is calculated based on a Cornell University formula that breaks down pen stats into individual feed efficiency figures by accounting for maintenance and growth requirements of different sized animals.
Each participant gets a graph analysis of his or her cattle ranked in comparison to the others in COG, as well as other performance and carcass data measures. For producers who consign sire groups, this service provides for genetic selection and rapid herd progress.
For more information and to find out how you can participate in future tests (winter, spring or summer), contact Granzow at (785) 466-2247, (785) 466-6790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennessee Polled Hereford Association Sale – March 10
The Tennessee Polled Hereford Association will host its 62nd annual sale March 10, in conjunction with the Tennessee Beef Agribition. The sale starts at 11 a.m., preceded by a show of the sale cattle at 8:30 a.m. These events will take place at the Tennessee Livestock Center on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Tennessee Hereford breeders have consigned 49 lots to the sale — 14 bulls, 34 females and one embryo package.
Also selling at the beginning of the sale will be five semen packages, each consisting of five straws. The sale of these packages will benefit the 2007 Southeastern Regional Junior Hereford Show. Thanks to the following semen donors:
- Sandhill Farms, Haviland, Kan.
- Reed Farms, Green Ridge, Mo.
- Journagan Ranch, Mountain Grove, Mo.
- Rocking F Polled Herefords, Fayette, Mo.
- Willis Polled Herefords, Emory, Texas
- Double H Farms, Canton, Texas
- Stewart Polled Herefords, Cumby, Texas
- Dogwood Farm, LaCenter, Ky.
For more information, contact Glenda Rickman, sale manager, at (731) 687-3483 or email@example.com. The sale catalog is posted at the TPHA Web site and at Herfnet.com. It will also be posted at DVAuction.com, where the sale will be broadcast live. Visit the site to register and apply for bidding. For details, contact Greg Reynolds at (270) 227-2313.
Announcing the First Idaho Junior Hereford Classic Show
The first Idaho Junior Hereford Classic Show is planned for March 31, in conjunction with the Idaho Foundation Hereford Sale. Both the junior show and sale will take place at the Canyon County Fairgrounds in Caldwell, Idaho.
Juniors can receive the early bird entry fee of $20 if entries are postmarked by March 15. After that, entries are $30 per head and will be accepted up to 9 a.m. on show day.
All heifers purchased in the Idaho Foundation Hereford Sale and transferred to a junior at the clerk’s desk are automatically entered in the show at no charge to the consignor or buyer. The show, which immediately follows the noon sale, is scheduled to begin about 2 p.m. (MST).
Awards will be presented for champion and reserve female, champion and reserve bred-and-owned, top-placing sale heifers, and showmanship. Juniors are encouraged to bring their own heifers to show or to buy one from the sale and lead her out!
For additional information and entries, contact Scott and Kim Holt at (208) 459-2013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Associations – Contact Info Needed!
The AHA youth activities department needs current officer information for all state junior associations with complete addresses and telephone numbers. You may also want to include e-mail addresses for your officers and advisors if available. We are working on mailings for important summer activities and have received very few updated lists so far this year. Complete and mail the form linked below or e-mail the information to Chris Stephens at email@example.com.
Officers and Directors Form (Word)
Summer and Regional Junior Shows Fast Approaching
Summer and regional junior show information must be submitted to the AHA by March 1. For those in the process of planning these events, please complete and mail the form linked below or e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show Information Form (Word)
Applications will be accepted for the Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC internship until 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 email@example.com, or visit Herefordbeef.org.
CHB LLC Internship Deadline – March 1
Are You Prepared for Calving?
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department
With calving season already underway on some operations and set to start shortly on many others, the time for last-minute calving preparations is at hand. Here are some pointers to help make calving run smoothly.
If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to prepare for the increased workload by checking calving equipment and facilities.
- Take the time to do a walk-through and inspection of your calving facilities.
- Is calf-working equipment (calf pullers, obstetric chains, etc.) in good working condition? Are there items you meant to repair last summer but forgot about or neglected to fix? Fix them now, before you need to use them.
- Are the calving pens ready for the demands of calving season? Do you have adequate bedding supplies ready to protect mothers and newborn calves from cold temperatures and snow? Extra bedding and protection from the elements (especially cold, wet conditions) will help to ensure the survival of more calves in severe winter weather.
Invariably, cows and calves will require treatment for sickness or injury during this time. It is best to be prepared ahead of time.
- Do you have a supply of replacement colostrum available for situations when a cow may not produce enough? Ideally, you should use colostrum from cows in your own herd when you need to provide supplemental colostrum to newborns. Store supplemental colostrum in Ziploc® freezer bags or Serving Savers®. These storage devices will make storing and thawing easier and ensure that calves receive good-quality colostrum.
- Do you have the pharmaceutical and veterinary supplies you might need during calving? If you don’t have sutures, needles, syringes and other supplies, purchase them now. It can be difficult to find a place to buy them in the middle of the night. Organize and store these supplies so they are easy to access when needed.
- If you have hired labor assisting you during calving or if you have asked a neighbor to fill in for a few hours while you are gone, take the time to show them where all necessary equipment and supplies are located. In addition, be sure to give them the phone number of your local veterinarian in case a calving-related emergency occurs.
Cow nutrition plays a big role in calf health. If calving is still a few weeks away, take time to do a thorough evaluation of your nutrition program.
- Are the cows in good body condition or are they thin? If they are thin, boost the energy level in their diet.
- Have the cows received adequate levels of fat-soluble vitamins, especially vitamin A? Vitamin A deficiencies have been linked to increased stillbirths, abortions and retained placentas. If cows have been fed low-quality roughage through the winter, providing supplemental vitamin A prior to calving may be warranted.
- Heifers and young cows have greater nutrient requirements than the mature cow herd. If possible, manage the young females separately from the older, mature cows.
I hope these pointers will help you prepare for the upcoming calving season. Best of luck with this year’s calf crop.