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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 9
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Hereford Highlights

Hereford AI Use Increases by 17%

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is proud to report a one-year 17% increase in the use of artificial insemination (AI) across the breed. “The possibilities for genetic improvement are unlimited with the use of AI,” says Jack Ward, AHA chief operating officer and director of breed improvement. “I’m pleased to see a significant increase in AI use by our breeders, and I encourage all cattlemen to consider AI for the advancement of the industry.”

The Hereford AI Book is one tool the AHA has implemented in recent years to make the AI sire selection process easier. This year’s book includes expected progeny differences (EPDs) and pedigrees on 137 Hereford sires available for AI use, semen and certificate prices, owner contact information, and some sire pictures, as well as a general listing of 262 additional AI sires. This reference proved to be extremely popular in 2005 and 2006; the 2007 version is now available March 1. To request a copy, contact AHA staff at (816) 842-3757. Hereford World subscribers receive a copy with the March issue.

A feature new this year to the Hereford AI Book is the designation of “Non-Certificate AI Sires.” Calves from these sires can be registered without the purchase of an AI certificate. The AHA started the Non-Certificate AI Sire Program in April 2006. Sixteen bulls were enrolled in the program as of mid-February 2007, and Ward predicts there will be a large increase in this number as new bulls enter the market this spring.

By eliminating certificate costs on sires entered in the program, AI use within the breed is expected to increase even more, stimulating further genetic progress. If you have a bull you’d like to nominate into the program, contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or jward@hereford.org. There is a one-time $250 enrollment fee.

To find bulls enrolled in the non-certificate program that may not be advertised in the Hereford AI Book, visit EPD Inquiry under “Searches” on the left side of Hereford.org. Then search for bulls by calving year and “Select if” a Non-Certificate AI Sire.


Jensens Exhibit Supreme Champion Bull

Congratulations to Kevin and Kirk Jensen and families, Courtland, Kan., for exhibiting the supreme champion bull over all breeds at the 16th Annual Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney, Feb. 20-25. KJ 068J Manhattan 262S earned supreme honors competing against 12 other breed champions and also was the high-selling bull of the event. J-6 Inc., Gibbon, Neb., purchased ½ interest in the bull for $8,500.

Manhattan is sired by BR Moler ET and was the lead-off bull in Jensens’ reserve grand champion pen at the 2007 National Western Stock Show. He also was the polled spring calf champion bull at the 2007 Southwestern Livestock Exposition in Ft. Worth, Texas.


Kreth Sale Rescheduled

The 42nd Kreth Hereford and Angus Production Sale scheduled for Feb. 24 was postponed because of poor weather. The sale will be March 8 at the farm in Mt. Vernon, S.D. For more information, call Darwin Kreth at (605) 236-5769 or Barclay Kreth at (605) 236-5775.


Hall of Fame, Merit Nominations Due May 1

Nominations for the Hereford Heritage Hall of Fame and Hereford Hall of Merit are due May 1.

The Hall of Fame honor recognizes Hereford breeders who’ve dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed.

Hall of Merit recipients aren’t necessarily Hereford breeders, but have in their own ways greatly influenced the Hereford breed and cattle industry.

For information on how to nominate deserving individuals for the 2007 induction at the AHA Annual Meeting in October, see Page 88 of the March Hereford World or contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757.


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 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 jward@hereford.org.


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 toe@hereford.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 at (701) 232-4353 or toe@hereford.org.

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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

Managing Winter’s Effects
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

The winter of 2007 has been a strong reminder of the challenges of managing cattle in cold climates. Under these conditions, keep foremost in mind the safety and welfare of people, body condition of cattle, and the best combination of feed ingredients to meet the nutritional requirements of the cow herd.

  1. Make sure that people are supported and that they have an opportunity to release the stress of the winter in healthy ways. Good communication is essential during stressful winter conditions so that everyone in the organization, including the boss, is supported emotionally, gets sufficient rest and is operating equipment in a safe manner.
  2. If possible, sorting cattle into groups based on age and body condition is a useful strategy to better allocate limited feed resources to the highest priority animals. Cows entering the calving season in declining body condition will have a greater likelihood of delivering weak calves, providing lower quality colostrum and rebreeding late in the season.
  3. Developing effective cattle rations is difficult under these circumstances so this is probably a good time to seek the help of experienced ruminant nutritionists through the Extension service or private consulting firms. Feed analysis will provide valuable information to assure that the ration ingredients are optimized to their full potential. Assuring that sufficient mineral and vitamin supplementation is provided is especially important when environmental stress is high.

Winter conditions stress both people and cattle. Seeking good information as well as the support of family and neighbors is an essential task of leadership during these trying times.


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