Hereford eNews
Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 17
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Hereford Highlights

AHA Telephone Service Announcement

At 2:30 p.m. May 4, the American Hereford Association (AHA) office in Kansas City, Mo., will be switching telephone service providers. At this time calls to the office may be disrupted. The switch is anticipated to take 30 minutes or less; everything should be back to normal by 3 p.m.

For Your Communication Needs

Teresa Oe’s last day as AHA communication coordinator and Hereford World assistant editor is April 27. For your immediate communication needs contact Angie Stump Denton, Hereford World editor, at (785) 363-7263 or

If you have questions about or suggestions for Hereford eNews, you can either contact Denton directly or e-mail

Want to Sell Your Hereford-Influenced Feeder Calves for a Premium?

If so, The Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale may be just the outlet for you.

This steer and heifer calf sale is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Carthage Livestock Sale Barn, Carthage, Ill. To create a strong appeal to feedlot buyers and encourage premium prices, certain sale criteria have been established:

  • Calves must be at least 50% Hereford, age and source verified, preconditioned, castrated, dehorned, weaned and bunk broke.
  • Calves must be tagged with Hereford Verified ear tags.
  • Calves must be preconditioned under the MERIAL® SUREHEALTH™ program.
  • No implants are allowed.
  • Calves will be sorted into load-size lots by weight, type and sex.

The last day to register is Oct. 15. For registration details, step-by-step participation instructions, costs and other pertinent information, view the registration packet and sale brochure.

Don’t miss this opportunity, whether you have one or 100 head to sell. Feedlot buyers demand large numbers of uniform, preconditioned, verified cattle. The goal is to have 1,000-plus head of quality Hereford-influenced calves to offer.

If your calves sell to a Hereford Verified participating feedlot, you’re eligible to receive data back from the feedlot to the rail!

For more information, contact a member of the sale committee:
Brent Lowderman, Illinois, (309) 221-9621
Rusty Miller, Indiana, (765) 482-4386
Brent Behrends, Illinois, (217) 482-5046
Tom Heidt, Wisconsin, (608) 574-2309
Mark Stephens, Illinois, (217) 825-9913
Jerry Huth, Wisconsin, (920) 583-3223
John Meents, AHA, (419) 306-7480
Jim Williams, Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC, (308) 222-0170

The Greater Midwest Certified Hereford Feeder Calf Sale is endorsed by the Buckeye Hereford Association, Indiana Hereford Association, Illinois Polled Hereford Association, Illinois Hereford Association and Wisconsin Polled Hereford Association.

Calling All Hereford Young Guns

Hereford producers ages 22-45: mark your calendars for the third Hereford Young Guns Conference, Aug. 22-24. The event will be at Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel and Casino.

The program will feature dynamic speakers who are beef industry leaders. Topics will range from efficiency to ethanol and how the Hereford breed is measuring up in research projects across the nation.

Some speakers at the first Young Guns conference will be back on the program in 2007. They will recap highlights of the first conference and talk about what the breed has accomplished in terms of regaining market share and breed direction since 2001. Plan to be in Kansas City in August; don’t miss out on this fun and educational Hereford event.

A tentative schedule of events is included in the May/June Hereford World.

Registration will open in June. Look for a registration form in the July Hereford World or register online after June 1 at

Hotel information:
Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel and Casino
For reservations call (816) 472-7777
Room rate: $89 per night (ask for the American Hereford Association room block)

Thank you to the PTP Alliance, Purina Mills, Gallagher Animal Management Systems and Vermeer Manufacturing for sponsoring the 2007 Hereford Young Guns Conference!

Ohnemus Farms Inc. Honored With ICA Environmental Stewardship Award
Adapted from a release provided by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

Ohnemus Farms Inc. has received the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Environmental Stewardship Award for 2007. Duane and Mary Jo Ohnemus, Milo, Iowa, own and operate a family farm that includes a Hereford and Angus purebred cow herd; a small feedlot; and crops of corn, soybeans and hay.

Duane and Mary Jo have three sons: Vance, 9; Mason, 8; and Nolan, 6. They are the fifth and sixth generations of the Ohnemus family to farm and conserve the natural resources of the operation. In 1889, Duane’s great-great-grandfather, Paulus Greubel, settled in Warren County on 40 acres to farm and milk cows.

The Ohnemus family members are longtime land stewards. Many miles of tiling and terraces have been installed to control erosion and save precious soil and water. The family maintains protective cover on the land at all times. Their cattle rotationally graze permanent pastures. Crop fields are minimum-tilled or no-tilled to preserve crop residues. The Ohnemus family has also built or maintained 11 ponds on their land to control erosion and provide ample watering sources for their cow herd.

Duane served until recently as chairman of the Whitebreast Creek Watershed Project, a four-county effort by participating landowners and government agencies to control sediment by establishing sustainable conservation practices. He has led by example, conserving the watersheds of the two small creeks that flow through his farm by installing control structures and maintaining permanent grass cover. With USDA-NRCS (U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service) Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQUIP) funds, Ohnemus also built a pond for erosion control and a rotational grazing paddock system that included a below-dam watering hub.

The ICA Environmental Stewardship Award Program was started in 1993. Each year an Iowa cattle producer is recognized for taking exceptional care of natural resources and for leadership efforts.

Hereford Junior Enjoys Success at State Show

Randa Owen, Ft. Payne, Ala., exhibited the grand champion steer at the 2007 Alabama Junior Beef Expo in Montgomery last month. Her Hereford-cross steer won the middleweight division before taking the overall prize. Owen was also named supreme champion showman and showed the champion Hereford heifer. Congratulations!

AHA Seeks Director of Communications

The AHA is looking for an experienced communication professional to join the AHA team as director of communications. Candidates should have a strong work ethic; a team mentality; more than five years of experience at a magazine, breed, corporate or university communications department or similar work experience; and a strong beef industry background. The position will work both with AHA and CHB LLC communications.

Responsibilities may include:
  • writing (news releases, Hereford and CHB® promotional articles, The Whiteface newsletter articles, CHB newsletter articles, AHA Annual Report, monthly Hereford World column);
  • research, compile, write and edit Hereford eNews;
  • media relations (work with national, state and regional publications filling editorial requests and pitching story ideas; media coordination for special events);
  • national advertising (work with advertising agency to develop national ad campaign and media buy);
  • travel to Hereford and industry events;
  • oversee the Association’s advertising/promotion budget;
  • development of member education tools and breed promotion materials;
  • Web site coordination (post news releases and oversee Web site content); and
  • fill breeder and state and regional association requests for ads and communication needs.

Interested individuals can send their résumé, writing samples and list of references to Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, P.O. Box 014059, Kansas City, MO 64101 or

Watch for Delegate Nomination Postcards

Delegate nomination postcards have been mailed to all active AHA members. To nominate a state delegate to the AHA Annual Meeting, Oct. 22, your reply must be postmarked by May 31. If you are an active member and don’t receive a postcard soon, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or

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
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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.

Industry Insight

Plan Weaning Early
Tom Field, Colorado State University Department of Animal Science

Weaning time seems like a distant event for spring-calving herds. However, developing a weaning plan now is an important consideration, particularly if you have concerns about drought, limited feed availability in the late summer and fall months, or lower than normal body condition scores in the cow herd as a result of winter stress.

Early weaning is a viable alternative. Greg Lardy and Russ Danielson of North Dakota State University point to the following advantages and disadvantages of early weaning programs:

  • Advantages – improved body condition of cows, enhanced calf performance, higher pregnancy scores, increased forage availability
  • Disadvantages – more intensive management, increased cash costs earlier in the life of the calf crop

The appropriate weaning strategy may vary across age groups within the cow herd. For example, early weaning of first- and second-calf heifers may have particularly high appeal in terms of increasing body condition of cattle most likely to have reproductive rate adversely affected by limited feed, prolonged lactation or other stressors.

Several important elements to a successful early weaning strategy include ration formulation for calves, assuring that calves can be weaned onto pasture or pens with minimal dust, and having stockpiled forage available for cows. While most early weaning programs are in response to drought, these strategies may well fit into management protocols in regard to improved grass management and marketing decisions.

Planning now will help you make better choices as forage conditions change throughout the grazing season. Information on early weaning strategies is widely available both on the Internet and from local Extension specialists.


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