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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 4, Issue 19
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Hereford Highlights

JNHE Early Bird Deadline -May 15:
Enter Early and Save $20

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

Junior members can save $20 and submit their cattle entries by the early bird deadline of May 15. The final entry deadline is June 1.

More rooms are now available at the JNHE headquarters hotels — Renaissance Denver Hotel, (303) 399-7500, and Doubletree Hotel Denver, (303) 321-3333. Rooms are also available 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.

For more information about the JNHE, as well as other junior Hereford events this summer, download the summer activities PDF (616 KB).


Monday is Advertising Deadline for July Hereford World

The final deadline for advertising in July’s Hereford World is near. All ad copy information (including photos) has to be in the Kansas City office by May 14.

The third edition of the Hereford Register will be published as a special section in this issue. These “yellow pages” include basic listings of July advertisers with a quarter page or larger ad, as well as July seedstock advertisements. Listings can also be purchased for $50.

The Hereford Register form can be filled out on the Hereford World Web site. Listings are organized by state, then in alphabetical order by ranch or farm name. They include the advertiser’s name, address, phone, e-mail and Web site.

Seedstock advertisements are added at the end of the section, available for $350 per inch per year.

The yellow pages will be printed on special paper and bound in the magazine. Reprints will be available upon request. For more information, contact your field representative, Joe Rickabaugh or Kelly Hale at (816) 842-3757.


Plan To Attend BIF Meeting

The 2007 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 6-9 in Ft. Collins, Colo. Early registration discounts are available through May 15. Visit the BIF Web site for complete schedule and registration information.


Star Lake Cattle Ranch Nominated for BIF Award

The Hereford breed will be well represented at the upcoming BIF Convention in Fort Collins, Colo. The AHA nominated Star Lake Cattle Ranch, Skiatook, Okla., and CK Ranch, Brookville, Kan., for the Outstanding Seedstock and Commercial Producer of the Year awards. This week we are featuring seedstock nominee, Star Lake Cattle Ranch.

For years Star Lake Cattle Ranch has been a source of Hereford genetics for cattlemen throughout the U.S. and from numerous foreign countries. The ranching operation has been in existence since 1978, starting in Millbrook, N.Y., and has been in Oklahoma since 1985. The ranch is owned by father and son, Jim and Randy Blin, and managed by Montie Soules. Encompassing 3,400 acres of native prairie grass in northeastern Oklahoma, the ranch is home to 1,000 head of registered Hereford cattle, including more than 400 mother cows.

The ranch uses the latest technologies available to make its cattle more efficient and add to their value. Ranch staff has used embryo transfer (ET) since 1979, ultrasound to sex pregnancies and artificially inseminated (AI) all yearling heifers with sexed semen to increase the value of those pairs as replacement prospects. This year will mark Star Lake’s 29th annual spring sale. The ranch also markets pairs, show prospects and 18-month-old ranch ready bulls in its annual fall sale.

Star Lake has a strong youth market and has awarded more than $150,000 in cash, credits and prizes during the last 13 years to participants in its Junior Futurity. Star Lake has shown numerous national champion Herefords and Denver carload champions. The ranch utilizes cattle shows like other businesses would use a trade show to display its genetics to the public. Star Lake is proud to be a Hereford breeder, and is constantly striving to breed, produce and offer its customers the best Herefords possible.

The ranch is preparing for its upcoming spring production sale on May 18-19. The ranch will be featured this weekend on the “American Rancher” TV show on RFD TV. Star Lake invites you to tune into the program on Saturday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. CDT and Sunday May 13 at 9 p.m. CDT.

For more information or to download the Star Lake Sale Catalog visit
the Star Lake Web site.

Congratulations to Star Lake Cattle Ranch. Next week’s Hereford eNews will feature CK Ranch and its commercial Hereford operation.


Delegate Nominations Due May 31

All active AHA members should have received their delegate nomination postcards in the mail. 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, contact Mary Ellen Hummel at (816) 842-3757 or mhummel@hereford.org.


NOP Launches Web Site

The National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) invites you to view its new Web site, www.poll-ettes.com. The Web site includes information on NOP programs and activities.

Future plans for the site include adding information on the Gammon Barn preservation, NOP history, complete contest rules for NOP youth programs and activities, and other information of interest to our members. Members or state associations who have content suggestions should contact Susan Gebhart at segebhart@hotmail.com.
DeShazer Cattle Co.
Market Update
Downloads:

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.

Beckley's Herefords, J&L Cattle Services and Jibben 
Polled Herefords
Industry Insight

Now is Time for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Testing
North Dakota State University Extension

An ideal time for producers to test their herd for bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) may be just after calving and before turning cows and calves out on summer pastures, says North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Veterinarian Charlie Stoltenow.

BVD is, as the name implies, a viral disease and can infect cattle of any age. It is easily transmitted and highly infectious. It lowers production in the herd and affects the reproductive, respiratory, digestive and immune systems.

Clinical signs include pneumonia, abortions, stunted calves, weak calves, stillbirths, increased susceptibility to other diseases and, in severe cases, a watery diarrhea that frequently leads to death.

A peculiar ability of this disease is to produce persistently infected (PI) animals, Stoltenow says. If a pregnant cow is exposed to BVD early in gestation, the virus can become incorporated into the unborn fetus and the resulting calf will be PI for life. These PI animals will serve as a reservoir for the BVD virus in the herd, continually exposing it to the disease. Even a good vaccination program will not protect the herd.

"Persistently infected animals can survive to become breeding cows and bulls in your operation," Stoltenow says. "Another important point: A PI cow will always give birth to a PI calf."

Testing can be expensive, but new programs and techniques designed to minimize the cost are available, according to Neil Dyer, director of the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

"Not every animal on the ranch has to be tested, but every animal has to be accounted for, and every PI must be removed from the herd, preferably slaughtered, because we do not want to pass this disease on to our neighbor," Dyer says. "Instead of testing all the cows, we test the calves. If a calf tests as a PI, we remove the calf and test the cow. If the cow tests as a PI, we remove the cow from the herd."

The available testing methods include techniques that can identify PI animals through ear notches and serum, molecular assays that can use serum, whole blood or ear notches, and traditional virus isolation from serum or whole blood.

The best time to test the herd is when the cows are open before the breeding season, Stoltenow says. He advises producers to consult their local veterinarian about what method is best.

"You can process a large number of animals quickly using these techniques, all with the goal of identifying PI animals and removing them as a source of disease for the rest of the herd," he says. "Once PI animals are removed from your herd, you must commit to keep BVD out of your herd by testing any additions to your herd, including replacement heifers and bulls, and you must implement a BVD vaccination program."


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