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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 13
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Hereford Highlights

AHA Board Meeting Will Be in California April 16-17

The American Hereford Association (AHA) Board will have its spring meeting in Coalinga, Calif., April 16-17. The Board authorized a research project with Harris Ranch Beef Co., Lacey Livestock and California State University (CSU), Chico to investigate the effect of heterosis when Hereford bulls are mated to black cows in a harsh western range environment.

Steers from the first calf crop produced from the Lacey Livestock Angus-based cow herd are currently on feed at Harris Ranch’s feedyard facility and are projected to be harvested in May. These Hereford-sired black baldie calves will be directly compared to Angus-sired calves from the same contemporary group and measured for feedlot gain, feed efficiency and carcass quality attributes.

The heifer mates of these steers have been retained and CSU, Chico will follow them through their second calf crop to compare maternal efficiency of the baldies versus the straight blacks. The AHA Board is eager to see the steers on feed and discuss this project with Harris Ranch management while conducting Association business at the spring meeting.

Do You Have Someone in Mind for the AHA Board?

The AHA nominating committee’s responsibility is to identify six candidates to run for the three Board positions that are selected during the AHA Annual Meeting in October. To make a recommendation, contact one of the following committee members:

  • Dale Venhuizen, chairman, Manhattan, Mont., (406) 284-6421
  • Tommy Mead, Midville, Ga., (706) 554-6107
  • Jim Gillooly, Washington, Ind., (812) 254-2852
  • Jim Mickelson, Santa Rosa, Calif., (707) 527-5948
  • Vern Rausch, Hoven, S.D., (605) 948-2375

Rosson Exhibits Supreme Champion Heifer

Jacqueline Rosson, Hillsboro, Texas, exhibited the supreme champion heifer March 18 at the 2007 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Seventeen breeds and 1,791 entries vied for this honor. The heifer, GKB 146 Breeze B533, was first named champion Hereford in the Junior Breeding Beef Heifer Show and then supreme over all breeds.

Other honors Breeze has received include: champion horned Hereford heifer in the junior show at the Southwestern Livestock Exposition, champion Hereford heifer in the combined junior show at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and reserve supreme champion over all breeds at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

Jacqueline is a member of the Texas Hereford Association and the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA). Congratulations!

Reserve Your JNHE Program Ad Now!

Reservations are now being taken for advertising space in the 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) Commemorative Program. This program will be distributed to all junior exhibitors, parents and guests at this year’s JNHE scheduled for July 7-14 in Denver, Colo.

Nine western states are co-hosting this year’s event. They include: Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, California, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Various program advertising options are available:
  • Full-page four-color, $800
  • One-half-page four-color, $600
  • One-quarter-page four-color, $300
  • Full-page black and white, $500
  • One-half-page black and white, $400
  • One-quarter-page black and white, $200
  • Business card black and white (3.7” x 2.5”), $75
To reserve your ad space or for questions, contact:
Katie Colyer at (208) 599-2962, or
Ken Tracy at (208) 531-4278 or (208) 431-6301.

Don’t delay! Reservations and ad materials are due April 25!

Four Corners Bull Test Results Announced

Dan and Karen Craig, Phippsburg, Colo., consigned the high-performing Hereford sire group to the 2007 Four Corners Beef Cattle Improvement Association High Altitude Bull Test. Three sons of Allen 37H Home Run 1 averaged a 109 test ratio.

One of the sons, DK Home Run 616, was the high-performing Hereford, with a 116 test ratio, 4.11 average daily gain (ADG), 3.30 weight per day of age (WDA) and 1,160-lb. final weight.

For more information visit the Four Corners Web site. The sale is April 7 at the test site in Hesperus, Colo.

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Market Update

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

Leadership and Management
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

Leadership and management are somewhat different, yet their interrelation must be understood and implemented to assure continuing success. Management is the process of taking an organization along an established route as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Leadership, on the other hand, is the process of moving an organization into uncharted waters by effectively understanding and implementing change. The following table illustrates the differences between leadership and management.

Leadership Management
Creates new paradigm/vision Works within the paradigm/vision
Works on the system Works within the system
Leads people Manages things
Focuses on effectiveness Focuses on efficiency
Does the right thing Does things right
Works strategically Works tactically

Leadership and management identify the need to create and implement paradigms. A paradigm is the map of the mind’s perceptions, how a person sees the world or a particular situation. One person may have a paradigm that the current beef industry is self-destructing, while another person has a paradigm that the current beef industry has numerous opportunities to be highly successful.

The manager of a beef cattle operation may be an owner-operator with minimal additional labor or someone in charge of a complex organizational structure involving multiple employees. An effective manager, whether involved in a one-person operation or a large, complex one, needs to:

  • Develop a written mission statement; identify and implement short-, intermediate- and long-range goals as part of a written management plan.
  • Set priorities and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Know what needs to be done and at what point in time.
  • Keep abreast of current knowledge related to the enterprise and the beef industry.
  • Know how to use time effectively.
  • Be self-motivated.
  • Practice self-management so that others can learn from a good role model.
  • Communicate responsibilities effectively to all employees and encourage a team approach.
  • Attend to the physical, emotional and financial needs of oneself and those involved in the operation (employees and family).
  • Motivate employees to perform at optimal capacity.
  • Conduct honest business dealings.
  • Remove or reduce high risks affecting profit.
  • Provide a management information system that gives timely and accurate feedback on decisions.
  • Be profit-oriented.


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