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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 12
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Hereford Highlights

Berg and Rhodus Selected as Inaugural CHB Ambassadors

Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC welcomes Mary Ann Berg, Dalton, Ohio, and Anna Rhodus, Greenwood, Mo., to the CHB® marketing team as 2007 CHB ambassadors. These women will assist CHB LLC staff at promotional events throughout the year as volunteer spokespersons for CHB product and the breed behind the brand.

This is the first year of the CHB Ambassador Program, which is coordinated by CHB LLC, the National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) and the American Hereford Women (AHW). The purpose is to help interested individuals learn about and participate in CHB marketing.

After successfully completing an application process, interview and presentation, Berg and Rhodus were selected by program coordinators as this year’s ambassadors. Jared Long, CHB LLC account manager, explains their responsibilities: “The ambassadors will be involved in a wide array of promotional and educational activities involving CHB, such as product demo and sampling, women’s food show appearances, and various charitable events that CHB LLC participates in each year.”

He continues, “We are extremely excited to have Mary Ann and Anna serve as our inaugural ambassadors. These two ladies have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge of not only the beef industry as a whole, but more importantly, the Hereford breed and what it all entails as both are directly involved in Hereford cattle production.”

To learn about the ambassadors’ backgrounds and CHB-related goals, visit Hereford.org.


CHB LLC Launches Consumer Web Site

CHB LLC staff is proud to announce the launch of a consumer-based Web site, HerefordBeef.net. The Web site is geared toward the everyday consumer, but also contains useful information for CHB retail and foodservice customers.

HerefordBeef.net provides a fresh look at CHB LLC’s already familiar, quality product. The Web site not only showcases exciting new recipes and the latest nutritional and healthy living information, but also smart shopping techniques for families and information on the CHB community in the agricultural world. Most importantly, it also has a complete list of CHB retail supermarkets, retail distributors and foodservice distributors by state. Along with contact information, there are direct links to these CHB providers’ Web sites.

Note: HerefordBeef.net (consumer site) should be used to find recipes, nutritional information about CHB and places where you can buy the product. HerefordBeef.org (producer site) should be used to learn about marketing opportunities through the CHB program and Hereford Verified. This site is also linked to Herfnet.com and contains direct contact information for CHB LLC staff.


2006 Dams of Distinction Announced

Each year the American Hereford Association (AHA) recognizes cows that meet the highest standards of cattle production with the Dam of Distinction honor. Females attaining Dam of Distinction status are recognized with “DOD” after their names in EPD Inquiry results at Hereford.org.

The 20 breeders with the most Dams of Distinction in 2006 are listed below, as well as the top 20 states. For a complete list of all breeders with Dams of Distinction and information about program criteria, look to the April issue of Hereford World or visit Hereford.org.

Top 20 Breeders

Rank Owner No. of Dams
1 Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D. 69
2 Donald Dubois, Wolsey, S.D. 40
3 Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D. 30
4 Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb. 25
4 Larry & Carol Gildemaster, Virgil, S.D. 25
6 Leo & Jean Journagan, Springfield, Mo. 22
7 Livestock & Range Research Station, Miles City, Mont. 21
8 Van Newkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb. 20
9 Imig Herefords, Lakeside, Neb. 19
10 Tim Shaw Herefords Inc., Cascade, Idaho 18
10 Harrell Hereford Ranch, Baker City, Ore. 18
12 Wiese & Sons, Manning, Iowa 17
12 Frank Rodgers & Sons, Buhl, Idaho 17
14 Alfred Schutte & Sons, Guide Rock, Neb. 16
14 Kreth Herefords, Mt. Vernon, S.D. 16
16 Jeffrey Boehnke, Kramer, N.D. 15
16 Alexander Mih, Indianapolis, Ind. 15
16 O.D. Perkes, Afton, Wyo. 15
16 Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell, Idaho 15
20 Colin Hoffman, Leola, S.D. 14
20 Gilbert & Marlys Myers, Hamilton, Colo. 14

Top 20 States

Rank State No. of Dams
1 South Dakota 302
2 Nebraska 240
3 Montana 158
4 North Dakota 105
5 Kansas 96
6 Missouri 82
7 Idaho 81
7 Wyoming 81
9 Minnesota 76
10 Texas 72
11 Illinois 64
12 Oregon 61
13 Wisconsin 60
14 Oklahoma 54
15 Iowa 44
16 Colorado 37
17 Washington 31
18 Indiana 28
19 Tennessee 26
20 Georgia 25


Hereford Young Guns Save the Date

Back by popular demand, the third Hereford Young Guns conference will be Aug. 22-24 in Kansas City. The event will be at Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel and Casino. The program will take an in-depth look at the beef industry, addressing issues such as increasing ethanol production and its effect on cattle operations, efficiency in the feedlot and cow herd, and how the AHA is proving Hereford genetics through ongoing research projects across the nation. Marketing will also be a topic of discussion; participants will learn from folks outside of the Hereford breed who are making the most of marketing. Stay tuned for more details and plan to convene in Kansas City this summer for a fun and educational event.


Jensen Bros. Receives Top Hereford Sire Group Award

Three Allendale Robin Hood sons were the high-indexing Hereford bulls in Kansas Bull Test (KBT) No. 66, earning Jensen Bros., Courtland, Kan., the top Hereford sire group award. These bulls will be offered with four other Hereford bulls during the KBT sale at 11:30 a.m., April 4, at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Beloit, Kan.

The top-indexing son, Lot 588, recorded a 114 index, 4.6 average daily gain (ADG) and 3.7 weight per day of age (WDA). His final weight was 1,386 lb. Actual ribeye area (REA) was 12.2, and actual intramuscular fat (IMF%) was 3.18. This bull will lead off the Hereford offering on April 4.

The second high-indexing son, Lot 587, indexed 108, with a 4.1 ADG and 3.7 WDA. His final weight was 1,335 lb. Actual REA was 12.8, and actual IMF% was 2.93.

Lot 586 completed the sire group and was the third high-indexing Hereford bull at 107. His final weight was 1,349 lb., and he posted a 4.3 ADG and 3.5 WDA. Actual REA was 11.9, and actual IMF% was 3.4. He had the highest weaning weight ratio of all the Hereford bulls at 119.

For more information, visit the KBT Web site.


Research Team Needs Your Help

George Kenyon, Lamar University assistant professor of operations management, has requested AHA members help with an academic research project related to Internet and information technology usage in the beef industry. To assist Kenyon and fellow researchers, complete the short survey posted at Hereford.org (Word). For more information, contact Kenyon at (409) 880-8388.


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.


Join Fellow Hereford Enthusiasts at the JNHE — July 7-14

The “Western States Hereford Breeders” along with various state junior Hereford associations invite you to attend the 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), “A Hereford Celebration.” This year’s junior extravaganza is July 7-14 at the National Western Complex.

Rooms at the JNHE headquarters hotels — Renaissance Denver Hotel and Doubletree Hotel Denver — are sold out. Other room blocks have been reserved at the Courtyard Denver Stapleton (across the street from the Renaissance), (303) 333-3303, and the Radisson Hotel Denver Stapleton Plaza (next door to the Renaissance), (303) 321-3500. There are a limited number of hotel rooms in the area, so it is recommended that you make your reservation soon. The reservation cutoff date is June 1. Ask for the Junior National Hereford Expo rate.

View JNHE schedule of events (PDF, 759KB)

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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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Biodiesel Byproducts as Feedstuffs for Beef Cattle
Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department

With all of the recent interest in ethanol production, the biodiesel industry has been somewhat overlooked. However, this industry is also poised for rapid growth; and some of the byproducts of the biodiesel industry may prove to be valuable alternative sources of protein for beef cattle producers.

The first step in producing biodiesel is to extract the oil from crops such as soybeans, sunflowers, canola and other oilseeds. In commercial operations this is accomplished through a combination of expeller and hexane extraction. Once the oil has been extracted, biodiesel is produced through a process referred to as base catalyzed transesterification. This process separates the glycerol backbone from the triglyceride and converts the fatty acids to methyl esters. Glycerol is a byproduct that has historically been used in the cosmetics industry, but limited research has evaluated its usefulness as a feedstuff. More research in this area will likely be conducted as supplies of glycerol increase and it becomes more cost competitive.

Some companies are marketing on-farm biodiesel production units. These small-scale units typically utilize a screw press and do not use a hexane extraction procedure. This leaves more oil in the meal, which increases its energy content for use in animal feeds.

The residual meals from biodiesel production are useful as protein supplements. Soybean meal is typically used in the swine and poultry industries, due to its superior digestibility and amino acid profile. Sunflower meal and canola meal can be successfully used in a wide variety of beef cattle diets including backgrounding and finishing rations and cow supplements.

As more biodiesel production facilities are constructed, more oilseed meals will be available for animal feed. This could reduce protein supplementation costs for your beef cattle operation.

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